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Part II Analysis Of The Issues UnionManagement Positions I chose to research labour arbitration cases on work safety Work safety is a complex topic full of a wide range of issues Arbitrators do not take safety infractions lightly deem them as very serious Their decision is based on a comprehensive investigation that explores both parties involvement with this issue Key Issue 1 Are the concerns of safety being communicated by both employee and employer One key issue that I found rather interesting was the issue of employees properly communicating their belief that the working environment was unsafe and hazardous to their health and safety This issue was interesting to me because it seems as though there seemed to be a problem of employees not informing their employers of safety concerns The cases that deal with this particular issue stress the importance of notifying the employer as soon as possible when a concern for safety exists When they have communicated their belief the employer will take corrective measures to fix the concern if they can at all One example can be seen in the case Mercury Builders Supplies Teamsters Union Local 879 18LAC4th 168 Here an employee filed a grievance because he felt he was unjustly discharged from his employment when he refused to work in what he felt were unsafe working conditions due to the poor weather However in his case he did not mention to his supervisor or his manager that he was concerned about these unsafe working conditions The case RE HM Trimble Sons 1983 and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 can also be applied to this issue as it involves two employees communicating to their employers about their safety concern of taking a truck load to Bend Oregon during a violent strike in the United States The employers dismissed their concern and said their concerns were based merely on
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