Grievance Arbitration

Grievance arbitration is the preferred non-judicial method for resolving disputes over claims that an employer has breached its collective bargaining agreement with the unions representing its employees. Lawyers from the firm briefed, argued, and won the seminal Steelworkers Trilogy cases (Steelworkers v. American Mfg. Co., 363 U.S. 564 (1960), Steelworkers v. Warrior & Gulf Navigating Co. 363 U.S. 574 (1960) and Steelworkers v. Enterprise Wheel & Car Corp., 363 U.S. 593 (1960)) setting out what continues today as the framework for grievance arbitration.

Today lawyers in the firm handle a full range of grievance arbitration cases, ranging from individual just-cause discharge cases to matters raising such novel issues as whether the aftermath of 9/11 constituted a “national war emergency” allowing airline employees to be laid off despite a contractual “no furloughs” clause, and whether the closing of District of Columbia government offices due to former President Reagan’s funeral rendered the day a “holiday” for the District’s firefighters. We also handle arbitrations that concern complex financial and accounting matters, such as whether a company has fully compensated workers under contractual profit-sharing arrangements. The firm’s grievance arbitration work spans numerous work groups, including firefighters, police, mailhandlers, hotel workers, flight attendants, building trades, musicians, steelworkers, and others.