by Robert M. Schwartz, 2007, Work Rights Press, 73pp.
Your boss suddenly announces that the traditional afternoon coffee break is no longer allowed. You check your contract but find no specific language on this issue. Can you file a grievance? A labor board charge? The principle of past practice requires employers to maintain benefits and working conditions that employees have come to rely on even without specific mention in the collective bargaining agreement. Written for union stewards, officers, and members, this handbook provides methods for defining and categorizing past practices that will help you identify violations, present grievances, and win arbitrations. A glossary and detailed index make this an easy-to-use handbook.