The governor is speaking today and prior to that, he'll have lunch with the 3 L+M union presidents to discuss all the ongoing problems at their hospital. The 3 presidents have graciously invited me along.
Non union employees are disciplined and discharged completely at the will of the employer. The best that employee can hope for is unemployment insurance if the labor department agrees that they were not at fault. In a limited number of cases, the employee may, with the help of a lawyer, be able to prove discrimination due to sex, age, color, etc.
A unionized worker who is covered by a contract with a "just cause" article is afforded protection, in that management must prove there is a "just cause" to discipline or discharge.
Protecting that right is the reason I will be at arbitration.