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“Just Cause” Standard Helps Reinstate Billerica Town Hall Member

April 2, 2013

A Local 888 member in Billerica recently won his job back after the union fought for his reinstatement.  The town accused the member of habitually leaving work early and terminated him.  He filed a grievance because he believed he was terminated without just cause. The town forced the grievance to arbitration.  The union argued that he should be returned to work because there was no history of progressive discipline and no attempt at counseling. In the February 11 decision, the arbitrators wrote, “It is the opinion of the arbitrator that the Town did not have just cause to discharge the grievant…” If you’d like to learn more about Just Cause, consider attending an event with labor lawyer Robert Schwartz, More info at