Article 9 of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) states: “Disciplinary action may be imposed upon employees only for just cause.” What is “just cause”? In 1962, an arbitration case set the precedent for determining whether discipline is warranted. This case, “Enterprise Wire Co, 46LA362” established 7 tests or standards for “just cause” as follows:
- NOTICE – Does the employee know of the rule, was he forewarned or had knowledge of the rule and the consequences for violating such rule?
- REASONABLE RULE – Is the rule reasonably related to the efficient, orderly and safe operation of the employer’s