The above grievance concerns compensation for employees who appear as witnesses at arbitration hearings during regular work hours.
After reviewing this matter, the parties mutually agreed no national interpretive issue is fairly presented in this case.
The parties agree that Article 15.5.D specifies that employee witnesses shall be on employer time when appearing at a hearing, provided the time spent as a witness is part of the employee’s regular working hours. Normally, rural carriers in a work status will perform their daily duties until their testimony is needed.
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