Labor-Management Arbitration

Attorney Katy Miller at Littleton Alternative Dispute Resolution, Inc. (LADR) has many years of experience working on arbitration cases brought under collective bargaining agreements. She understands the union-management arbitration process and ensures her decisions are detailed and carefully written.

Attorney Miller provides all stakeholders, from employers and human resources executives to union officials, with an efficient, orderly, and constructive path to conclude the arbitration .

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution. Unlike mediation or conciliation, for which a third party helps disputing parties find common ground, arbitration involves ending a dispute through a binding decision. In arbitration, the parites hand over the power to decide the issues  to the arbitrator. The parties involved in a dispute agree with the arbitrator’s ruling.

In a unionized workplace, arbitration means resolving disputes that occur in the interpretation or application of a collective bargaining agreement between a union and an employer. In the absence of a union, however, employers may use arbitration to resolve workplace disputes through the drafting of a contract, handbook, or policy.

The Union Arbitration Process

The union arbitration process starts with a grievance process. This is to resolve the case at the lower levels of the organization. Disputes that remain unresolved go through arbitration.

During the arbitration, the employer and the union will each present their case and argue their position. The two parties may use witnesses and exhibits to support their case, but the strict rules of evidence used by judges generally do not apply. The arbitrator holds a hearing and decides issues an award. The right to appeal is limited.

Attorney Katy Miller

Katy sits on the panels of arbitrators available through the American Arbitration Association and also conducts hearings under the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.

The attorneys at LADR have worked on labor-management arbitration cases and employment disputes since 1994.

With more than 25 years of litigation experience prior to becoming a full-time neutral, and carrying the proud legacy of her father, late Arapahoe County District Court Judge Martin P. Miller, Katy brings a sharp mind and keen sense of fairness to her role. She has arbitrated cases related to many issues, including:

  • Discrimination
  • Sexual, racial or other harassment
  • Contract and Collective Bargaining issues
  • Executive Contracts
  • Wrongful termination
  • Tort claims
  • Retaliation or whistle blower issues
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Trade secrets and other confidential information
  • Attorney fees

To learn more about the labor-management arbitration process call 303-798-2533 or contact our office.