February 17, 2016 – Six members, working as mechanics for Greyhound Lines, Inc., will be reinstated after being terminated when policy changes were implemented that included new and severe disciplinary measures that were never lawfully bargained over with the Union. A company has the right to implement safety rules and regulations, however, the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) Section 8 (a) (5) states that an employer is in violation by unilaterally promulgating safety rules and instituting a disciplinary system to enforce those rules without bargaining with the union and reducing the Parties’ agreement to writing, which Greyhound did not do.
Moreover, during arbitration, Greyhound offered no evidence showing that any past policies with respect to the violations in question had even been enforced, or that any employee had ever received any level of discipline whatsoever for similar violations of the former policies. Greyhound’s actions were contrary to the concept of corrective, progressive, and uniform discipline.
This is another good example of why it pays to be Union!
– Salvador Vasquez, President/DBR