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Employee sues union for unfair labor practice

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Employees are suing everyone these days—even their own unions.

William Miron, a 17-year employee of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, recently won a lawsuit against the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which represents the bus company’s employees.

Miron had been fired after filing a grievance against the bus company. He sued the bus company, and that case was settled for $13,000.

But Miron also sued the union, claiming it engaged in an unfair labor practice when it refused to arbitrate the grievance. He charged that the ATU’s failure to demand arbitration was in retaliation for an incident a few years earlier in which Miron had publicly argued with a union official over union election procedures.

Florida’s Public Employees Relations Commission heard the case and sided with Miron. It awarded him back pay—more than $100,000, plus interest.

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