NEW YORK NURSE: January-February 2011
“Made whole” is a phrase that unions include in their remedies for grievances that involve loss of pay or other benefits, such as disciplinary actions or improper denial of overtime or promotions. The term means that the grievant is restored to the status before management took the improper action.
In instances such as when a promotion or overtime has been denied, it asks that the grievant be treated as though management had given the promotion or overtime. When “be made whole” is included in the remedy – and the grievance is upheld – it ensures the grievant will receive all back pay and any benefits that are due. Benefits would cover such areas as seniority, pension, medical coverage, and vacation and sick leave. Being made whole covers all the bases, including money claimed, so the delegate doesn’t have to remember each and every possible injury when writing the grievance.
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