New Britain Board of Education and AFSCME, Council 4, Local 1186
The Board of Mediation and Arbitration may consider a class-action claim, even if a similar claim has been filed with the Board of Labor Relations. The union filed a class-action grievance, alleging that the New Britain Board of Education unilaterally enforced a summer shut down that required that employees refrain from working on Fridays. The Board of Education objected that this did not constitute a proper subject of arbitration and that a similar claim was filed with the Board of Labor Relations. The union objected that the legal issues were different. Arbitrators concluded, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the union's current grievance was arbitrable. Susan Scott represented the board of education, and Edward Thibodeau represented the union.