33 Years of Satisfactory Work Overlooked in Drug Case

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33 Years of Satisfactory Work Overlooked in Drug Case
A company’s failure to consider an employee’s 33 years of discipline-free service prompted an arbitrator to overturn the worker’s discharge for violating the company’s drug policy. The arbitrator noted the company said it did not consider “mitigating factors,” such as the worker’s record, in its decision to fire him after a random test showed marijuana use. Furthermore, there was no proof, the arbitrator said, of the worker being under the influence of the drug in the performance of his duties or that he had used the substance on the job. In ruling that the worker be restored to the job with full back pay, the arbitrator said the company had failed in proving the “just cause” required to uphold the discharge of such a long-term employee.


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Everyone Benefits From Unions
“Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.”
—Molly Ivins (1944-2007), American Newspaper Columnist
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