Unions and Management

In class we will watch the video entitled, “A Labor Arbitration Case Study: The Suspension of Nurse Kevin.” This video is based on a realistic but fictitious arbitration hearing involving a Nurse (Kevin) who received a disciplinary suspension as a penalty for alleged insubordinate behavior. In class you will observe the arbitration hearing and listen to the witnesses testimony. Your assignment is to take over the role of the neutral, third party arbitrator, decide how to rule on the case and to write the arbitration award.

There should be four sections to your paper:I.The issue: In very simple terms (one or two sentences), what is the question before the arbitrator? You will hear the parties agree on this at the beginning of the arbitration hearing and you’ll want to quote what they say.


II.The positions of the parties:

a) Management’s position: Main arguments in bullet point format

b) The Union’s position: Main arguments in bullet point format


III.Discussion and the arbitrator’s opinion – go through each of the points above (in part II) for union and management and discuss your opinion on each point and summarize. This should be the lengthiest section of your paper.


IV.The arbitrator’s award: A short statement (one or two sentences) awarding the case in favor of either the union or management or some combination of the two. There are three possible outcomes from which you need to decide:

a) The grievance is sustained (the Union & the grievant prevail)

b) The grievance is denied (management prevails)

c) The grievance is sustained in part and denied in part (some form of a split decision)

  1. Submit only one attachment.
  2. Only use file types: Word or PDF.

Your paper should be double spaced and be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 9 pages. Your paper must be written by you alone, this is not a team project. The content must not be copied from any other source in whole or part without proper citations.

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