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As you are in the Union, you MUST seek proper representation from you Union to fight on your behalf. Look at your union agreement as to what your Union is obligated to do for you - hopefully it is required to stand in, either with a represenative for you or an attorney. First, it must be determined if your were fairly suspended under your union contract. It must also be determined if your suspension amounts to an unjustified termination in breach of the union contract. If you have possession of the documents defining your rights as a union member, look for terms defining if and when vacation pay is forfeited (if every) and if suspension can suffice. Usually progressive discipline procedures involve having the employee sign such documents, not in agreement with the discipline but in acknowledgment of having notice of same - if your signature is not on these documents that the company is trying to assert against you - you may have a basis to urge that these records are fraudulent OR that you were simply never given notice of any problem. Because this is a very fact specific matter, a full review of all employee/employer and union documents really must be had - your union should have a duty to represent you to at least determine if the suspection and/or termination was kosher under the contract. If it is not determined to be kosher, than the union should be further representing your rights in securing your employment back. If your union is failing to represent you based on your contract (this is what you pay for in dues), then you will need to go further - i.e. consult with a union experienced labor attorney in your jurisdiction who can obtain discovery on your behalf and determine which of your rights have been violated with regard to the above possibilities.
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