Opportunity Taken

On the flip side of the previous post: I once represented Management at a Step 3 grievance meeting where the Union was challenging the dismissal of a professional employee for misuse of the computer. A couple of the union officials were upset that the company had needlessly humiliated the grievant by how he was terminated in front of his coworkers. After an exhausting battle over the more germane issues, I was asked in the presence of a stenographer, “Why did you have two security guards escort the employee off the premises?” I replied, “Because the third one called in sick that morning.” I did move to strike my own answer but it lived and actually aged better than I have.

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