The employer issued a three (3) day suspension to the grievant for safety rules violation. The grievant, a crane operator with twenty-two (22) years seniority, was operating his crane when the "C" hook on said crane struck and damaged the transfer car control room resulting in disciplinary action. The grievance stems from how this situation happened. The position of the Union was that the damage to the control room was accidental due to a control malfunction and was without fault on part of the grievant. The Company asserted that the grievant deliberately rammed the control room in a fit of anger, or at the very least was negligent in operating the crane. Arbitrator Garrett ruled that the grievants' contention of an accident was unpersuasive. Grievance denied, suspension upheld.
United States Steel Corporation
United Steelworkers of America
Grievance 1 Date
Three-day suspension for safety rules violation
August 1, 1968, Agreement
Contract Provisions Involved
Section 8, Section 7-J
Arbitration, Discipline, Suspension, Just Cause, Safety Rule Violation
Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
Garrett, Sylvester and Wolff, Aaron S., "United States Steel Corporation Joliet Works and United Steelworkers of America Local 1445" (1971). Arbitration Cases. 36.