In re: Worthington Foods, Inc. and United Industrial Workers, Service Transportation, Professional and Government of North America, of the Seafarers International Union of North America, Atlantic Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters District, AFL-CIO

A food-manufacturer unilaterally adopted a policy banning smoking in the workplace after a 15-year-old policy had restricted smoking to restrooms, the lunchroom and locker rooms.  An arbitrator ruled that the policy is valid; “[t]here can be no question that the rule was necessary and reasonable.”  Furthermore, there “was no evidence presented by the Union that it had worked any hardship on any employee at any time.  The rule is eminently reasonable.”

89 LA 1069 (1987).