BEFORE THE ARBITRATOR
In the Matter of the Arbitration of a Dispute Between
WAUKESHA SCHOOL DISTRICT
UNION LOCAL 2485, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WAUKESHA
(William Koehn Grievance)
Ms. Christine Bishofberger, Staff Representative, Wisconsin
Council 40, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, on behalf of the Union.
Quarles & Brady, S.C., LLP, by Mr. Gary M. Ruesch, on
behalf of the District.
The above-captioned parties, herein "Union" and "District", are signatories to a
bargaining agreement providing for final and binding arbitration. Pursuant thereto, hearing
in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 12, 2002. There, the parties agreed to waive the filing of
after they presented their respective positions.
Based upon the entire record and the arguments of the parties, I issue the following
This case stems from the District's refusal to award a posted Groundskeeper position
grievant William Koehn, who has about 21 years of seniority and who was the most senior
applicant for that position. Another bargaining unit member who has less seniority
than Koehn also
was turned down. After being turned down, Koehn on August 30, 2001, filed a grievance,
leading to the instant proceeding.
Having fully considered this matter, it is my
1. That the current Groundskeeper shall retain his position.
2. That grievant Koehn shall continue to receive training in performing the
Groundskeeper's duties and he will be deemed qualified to work as a Groundskeeper by
1, 2002, without taking any test.
3. That if the Groundskeeper position opens up in the future, or if another
Groundskeeper position is created, the District shall post the Groundskeeper position, which
may not contain different duties. That position will be subject to bidding by bargaining unit
with Koehn being deemed qualified for that position without taking a test. Koehn shall be
that position if he is the most senior bidder and he thereafter will be trained for any modified
4. That the District will not fill any Groundskeeper positions before November 1,
5. That this Award is limited to the unique facts of this case and thus shall not
a precedent in any other matter.
Dated at Madison, Wisconsin, this 14th day of June, 2002.