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November 8, 2010

Adverse grievance decision not proof the union failed to provide adequate representation absent proof that the union acted arbitrarily or in bad faith

Adverse grievance decision not proof the union failed to provide adequate representation absent proof that the union acted arbitrarily or in bad faith
Rosioreanu v New York City Off. of Collective Bargaining, 2010 NY Slip Op 07797, Decided on November 4, 2010, Appellate Division, First Department

Upon conclusion of a grievance procedure that resulted in her termination, Cleopatra Rosioreanu filed an improper practices petition with the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining [OCB] contending that her union failed to provide adequate representation throughout the grievance process.

OCB denied the petition and Rosioreanu filed an Article 78 proceeding challenging OCB’s determination.

The Appellate Division said that Rosioreanu’s Article 78 petition advanced the theory that because the grievance process ended with her termination, her union representatives must have acted arbitrarily, capriciously or in bad faith.

The court characterize Rosioreanu’s claim as a “conclusory assertion,” commenting that there was nothing in the record that suggests malfeasance by the union representatives, much less fraud, deceitful action, dishonest conduct or discrimination on the part of union representatives, citing Mellon v Benker, 186 AD2d 1020.

The decision is posted on the Internet at:
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2010/2010_07797.htm
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