Arbitrator Finds Overtime Offered Is Unreasonable

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
On April 15, 2019, the Union received the arbitration ruling on the "Reasonable Overtime" case that will affect many members working at Duquesne Light Co. The arbitration hearing was held on December 4, 2018, for a grievance which contended that the company was not offering a reasonable amount of overtime per the contract, based on the number of contractors working on the property.
The Arbitrator did not award any back pay, he also did not say what a reasonable amount of overtime was, instead he gave both sides until June 30th to try and come to an agreement on what is, a reasonable amount of overtime. If the parties do not come to an agreement by that date it will then go back to the Arbitrator to make the final decision on what is reasonable.
Although he did not say what was reasonable, he did say the current offer was unreasonable and that the Company does not have the sole right to determine what is reasonable, which they believed was their right. The Arbitrator also gave us some strong language which could possibly help us in future arbitrations. I believe we will be able to come to an agreement with the company on what most people would consider to be a reasonable amount of overtime.
You will hear more about this arbitration in the coming months, but make no mistake about it, this was a huge arbitration win for this union in many ways. We won this case with the help of many supporters of this union, from retired officers to newer stewards to the current officers and Business Reps, along with our attorney, but most importantly by all of the support that we have gotten from the membership. We will continue to need that support as we get ready for negotiations this September if we expect to get a fair contract that we can all be proud of.
I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work that helped us get a successful outcome on such an important issue that will affect many members.