101: General Principles of Discipline

Program 101 / Episode 1

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Discipline is a management right and obligation.
Management does not enjoy the investigative powers of government.
Disciplinary process and procedure have evolved uniquely.
Implementation of Discipline:
Establish the fact of an infraction.
Where there is reasonable suspicion of a serious infraction, suspension is indicated during the term of investigation.
The labor agreement may provide for a cut-off date regarding the retention of adverse records in file.
Mechanical application of rules isn’t realistic, as there must be a zone of reasonableness.
It is permissible for Management to successively discipline individuals in an employee group where disciplining the group at once would affect the plant operation.
Paper penalties in lieu of time-off is generally ineffective and counterproductive to progressive discipline.
Can Management delegate its discipline authority?
This is particularly related to group leaders and plant guards.

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Three member panel discussion


61 Minutes


M. David Keefe, Labor Arbitrator, Founder of LMDSI

Management's View

Malcolm Denise, former V.P. for Labor Relations, Ford Motor Company

Labor’s View

Raymond Shetterly, former Director of the Arbitration Services Dept., UAW