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Arbitration Decision

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Employee Grievance, Unjust Discharge, Jurisdiction, Legal Decision, Bridge Provision


We are concerned in this interim award with the legal questions of whether this board of arbitration is properly constituted and whether we have jurisdiction to deal with the grievances before us. At this stage we are not concerned with whether or not the dismissal of the grievors by the employer was just and reasonable. Indeed, we do not have before us evidence of the facts on the basis of which any decision on that ultimately important issue will have to be made. The only facts which concern us now are those which are necessary for the legal decision we must make on the employer's preliminary objection, and I will attempt to state them briefly.