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Arbitration Decision

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Policy, Temporary, Absences, Annual Vacations, Senior, Consecutive, Interpret


This is a policy grievance to determine whether the Employer may use temporary employees to cover extra absences on annual vacation that result from senior employees taking more than four consecutive weeks of vacation. The parties are agreed on the facts, and there is no extrinsic evidence to consider; the Arbitrator is asked to interpret the words of the Agreement and give effect to the intention of the parties.

The grievance fails. The Employer's interpretation is not inconsistent with other articles of the Agreement.