1833 Reynolds v. UAW FCA Department

Case No: 1833


Given the weight of the evidence showing that Appellant committed serious violations of the Company’s harassment policy, the International Representative made a reasonable decision to settle the termination grievance in exchange for the opportunity to accept early retirement.   Appellant argues that he was not consulted in advance about the settlement.  However, three Union representatives have attested that he was advised beforehand about the settlement.  In any event, as the Board has stated in numerous prior cases, a Union representative does not require the grievant’s permission to accept a settlement.  Appellant also points to the fact that he is a high seniority employee.  In cases involving the discharge of a high seniority employee, the PRB has consistently required that the Union have a clear and substantiated basis for deciding to withdraw a termination grievance.  That standard has been satisfied here.