State of New York - Unified Ct. Sys. v Association of Surrogate's & Supreme Ct. Reporters within the City of New York, 2013 NY Slip Op 02155, Appellate Division, First Department
In Unified Court System the Appellate Division considered the viability of demanding that an appeal of a grievance challenging disciplinary action taken against an employee be submitted to arbitration. Its conclusion: the availability of arbitration to challenge an employer’s disciplinary decision is controlled by the appeal procedure set out in the collective bargaining agreement.
Although the typical collective bargaining agreement [CBA] provides that an appeal of a grievance challenging disciplinary action taken against an employee is ultimately to be submitted to arbitration, in this instance the Appellate Division unanimously reversed a Supreme Court order compelling the arbitration of a disciplinary termination of an employee in the collective bargaining unit and “permanently stayed” the arbitration.