1535 Eardley v. Local Union 1112
Case No: 1535
Eardley complains that WEMR’s are being allowed to bring their skilled-trades seniority into the Electrician classification to the disadvantage of Electricians. The WEMR and the Electrician classification are related in this location, so time spent in the WEMR classification is the equivalent of time spent in the Electrician classification. The decision of the Union and GM to treat trades as related is based on the particular circumstances and history of those trades at the locations. Such decisions are a matter of bargaining policy and are therefore not subject to review unless it can be shown that the policy derives from impermissible motivations such as fraud, collusion, or discrimination or is otherwise devoid of a rational basis. Eardley has made no such showing.
Issues addressed in this decisionContract interpretations
Rational basis test