VOLUNTARY LABOR ARBITRATION

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This is a police union arbitration case. The employee was a 20 year officer who, among other things, leveled his unregistered gun at state police officers and led the police on a high speed car chase (80 - 100 MPH). The officer was terminated by his employer but he asked that the discipline be reduced to a suspension because he is an admitted alcoholic and a long term employee who is seeking help for his alcoholism.

The arbitrator gave credit to the employee's long term employment and his problems with alcohol. The arbitrator, however, decided that the termination was for just cause because the employer could not be expected to rehire an employee who had acted in such an inappropriate and illegal manner.

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