1678 Royal v. Local Union 2069
Case No: 1678
It is clear from the record that the pay grade for the sales engineer classification was still an open question when the 2008 collective bargaining agreement was ratified. An arbitrator would have been unlikely to interpret a contract proposal made during the 2008 negotiations as precluding the grievance settlement reached on March 3, 2009. The Union succeeded in negotiating a settlement for the existing sales engineers that restored their higher pay grade even though the qualifications for the position remained the same. The likelihood of obtaining an even stronger award that included back pay through arbitration was remote.