Today in Labor History: August 6
Some 45,000 CWA and IBEW-represented workers at Verizon begin what is to be a two-week strike, refusing to accept more than 100 concession demands by the telecommunications giant – 2011
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Member Tip: Relief Available Under the Grievance Procedure
An important consideration in deciding whether and how to pursue any grievance is the question of what you can get if you win. Though the language of your contract’s grievance procedure will determine in large part what relief can be obtained by filing a grievance, it’s useful to understand that there are certain general categories of remedies. Perhaps the most clear-cut type of relief that can be obtained through the grievance procedure is in those cases where one or more individuals have suffered a direct and measurable financial harm. For example, if a two-week suspension is overturned, a “make whole” remedy will include payment of lost wages and restoration of any benefits (such as payment into a retirement plan or accrual of leave). There may also be nonfinancial consequences that can be remedied through the grievance procedure, such as cleaning up the employee’s personnel file by deleting references to the suspension.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer