2 fired Kroger workers lose appeal
MILAN — Two Kroger employees who were fired have lost their case at a federal appeals court.
Tammy Crampton and Mary Beth Savage worked at a Kroger store in Milan in southeastern Michigan and were released for making purchases while at work.
They sued the big grocer and a labor union, arguing the union should have taken the firings through an arbitration process.
Crampton and Savage said their dismissals were too severe.
The appeals court said it might seem “profoundly unfair” that a union wouldn’t exhaust every avenue. But it also said the United Food and Commercial Workers union had the right to decline arbitration.
The union said Kroger's purchase rule was reasonable and consistently enforced.
The court’s 3-0 decision was released last week.