General Dynamics Land Systems

111 Lab. Arb. Rep. 319 (1998)

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General Dynamics Land Systems

Labor Arbitration
111 Lab. Arb. Rep. 319 (1998)

Facts

The grievant (plaintiff) was a fire marshal for General Dynamics Land Systems (General Dynamics) (defendant). The fire marshal was not represented by a union but was instead covered by a Dispute Resolution Handbook (handbook), which General Dynamics had issued. Under the handbook, employees had the right to appeal employment decisions to the Management Appeals Committee (committee). If the committee’s decision was based on a legally protected right, the employee could bring a complaint to arbitration. General Dynamics laid off the fire marshal without explanation. The fire marshal appealed to the committee, which recommended that General Dynamics give an explanation for the layoff. The fire marshal then filed an arbitration request. The request did not cite any legally protected right that the fire marshal was claiming to have been violated, although it said that such information would later be provided. As for the details of the arbitration request, the fire marshal claimed that he was laid off wrongfully and disagreed with the decision to lay him off. The request sought the remedy of reinstatement.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Feldman, Arbitrator)

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