I. Michigan Union Grievance Arbitration Awards
A. Parties Names Have Been Changed
The following are Michigan Public Sector Grievance Arbitration Awards. The names of the parties have been changed or deleted. Names of buildings and other identifiers have also been changed to protect the identity of the parties. The facts of the cases and the reasoning in the arbitrators' decisions, however, have not been changed.
B. What is Union Grievance Arbitration?
Grievance arbitration is a procedure that is provided for in a labor contract between a union and an employer. A grievance is a claim that the labor contract has been violated. A neutral arbitrator is chosen by the parties to resolve the dispute. The arbitration award is binding on both parties.
C. Mediation before Grievance Arbitration
Sometimes labor contracts provide for mediation before grievance arbitration. Please look to the menu bar for more information on mediation.
D. Arbitration Boards and Arbitration of Statutory Disputes
Some bargaining agreements state that an arbitration board (usually 3 neutrals) will hear a grievance arbitration. If you look at the end of all the arbitrations on this page you will see an example of a grievance award written by an arbitration board. Just below that award you will see an example of an award for the arbitration of a statutory dispute (discrimination, tort, etc.) This type of arbitration is usually the result of a non union contract agreement.
E. How to find the Awards and Summaries of the Awards
Click below on either "Summaries of Arbitration Awards by Arbitrator's Name" or "Summaries of Arbitration Awards by Issue" to see summaries of the awards. Click below on an arbitrator's last name to see the actual award.
II. Summary of Awards
III. Arbitration Awards
IV. Board of Arbitrators
Sometimes collective bargaining agreements require that more than one arbitrator hear a grievance arbitration. In the following case about falsification of employer documents a board of arbitrators rendered the award.
Board of Arbitration #1
V. Arbitration of a Statutory Disputes
If you click on the award below you will see an example of an award for the arbitration of a statutory dispute (i.e. Title VII). The authority of the arbitrator does not come from a union contract bur rather from an agreement between the employer and the employee to resolve all employment disputes through binding arbitration. Typically the employees who use this type of arbitration are not unionized.
Statutory Award - Sexual Harassment (Bates Award)
Page last modified October 10, 2012