What are Union Arbitration Rules?

Los Angeles Labor Union Lawyers Explains Why Employees Can Sue Even When Unions Have Arbitrated Claims

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By: Labor law attorney Douglas N. Silverstein

So, you think that those wage claims you arbitrated last month are resolved and your employees can’t sue? Think again.

More and more, employers are requesting – and often requiring – employees to agree to arbitrate their claims, in theory to manage the unpredictability of jury verdicts, reduce the cost of litigation and obtain a quick decision. In the unionized workplace, grievance and arbitration procedures are standard terms of union collective bargaining agreements. However, there are important limitations on whether union arbitration rules are final and binding, thus preventing employees from additionally pursuing the identical claims in court.