Work Rights Press | How to Win Past Practice Grievances

74 pages, illustrated, open-flat binding.
Third edition publication date: February 2007. Price: $13.00
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This book explains the powerful labor relations principle of past practice. It assists union representatives in identifying past practice violations, investigating grievances, making presentations, evaluating whether to file for arbitration, and filing labor board charges.

Chapter Topics

Past Practice in Brief

Proving a Practice

Clarifying Practices

Independent Practices

Conflicting Practices

Labor board charges

Samples of Questions Answered

What are the five requirements necessary to establish a
past practice?

Must a practice exist throughout the workplace?

Can a single incident establish a past practice?

Must a past practice be jointly established?

Is a new owner required to respect a past practice?

Can a payroll error be a past practice?

Are personal arrangements past practices?

Do non-union employers have to follow past practice?

Does an employer have to adhere to a past practice that conflicts with the contract?

Does an employer have to adhere to a past practice that conflicts with the contract?

If an employer plans to tighten up enforcement of work rules, must it give prior notice and bargain with the union?

Can a new union administration enforce contract provisions that the previous union administration allowed to
be violated?

Can contract language nullify past practice?

Can an employer drop a past practice under a new contract?

Is a Christmas bonus a past practice?

Do smoking restrictions violate past practice?

Does the adoption of a drug testing policy violate past practice?


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