v. Docket No. 05-HE-437
FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY,
The following facts have been derived from a preponderance of the evidence made part of the level three record.
3. Grievant and a co-worker filed a grievance asserting that the employment of contract workers was in violation of statutory provisions and policies. This grievance was denied at level four by decision dated May 24, 2005. See Holley and Thomaschek v. Fairmont State Univ., Docket No. 05-HE-101 (May 24, 2005). The decision was not appealed to a circuit court for review.
4. Although the grievance was denied at level three by FSU President Daniel Bradley, certain measures of relief were to be afforded. Specifically, FSU employees who do not have computer terminals readily accessible are to be given instruction as to where and how to review online job advertisements, and are to be offered the opportunity to accept overtime assignments before the contract employees.
FSU argues that because the issue of outsourcing has previously been litigated by Grievant, she is barred from pursing the matter a second time by the doctrine of res judicata. Grievant offered no response to this argument. The preclusion doctrine of res judicata may be applied by an administrative law judge to prevent the "relitigation of matters about which the parties have already had a full and fair opportunity to litigate and which were in fact litigated." Vance v. Jefferson County Bd. of Educ., Docket No. 03-19-018 (May 27, 2003). Grievant has fully litigated the issues of whether services may be outsourced, and her shift change. A level four decision determined that FSU did not act improperly regarding either matter, and Grievant is barred from relitigating those issues.
Because FSU has agreed to provide instruction to employees in the use of the online posting procedure, and to award overtime to state employees before contract employees, it appears there are no additional issues to be addressed.
In addition to the foregoing findings of fact and discussion, the following formal conclusions of law are appropriate.
Conclusions of Law
Accordingly, the grievance is DENIED.
Any party, or the West Virginia Division of Personnel, may appeal this decision to the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, or to the "circuit court of the county in which the grievance occurred." Any such appeal must be filed within thirty (30) days of receipt of this decision. W. Va. Code § 29-6A-7 (1998). Neither the West Virginia Education and State Employees Grievance Board nor any of its Administrative Law Judges is a party to such appeal and should not be so named. However, the appealing party is required by W. Va. Code § 29A-5-4(b) to serve a copy of the appeal petition upon the Grievance Board. The appealing party must also provide the Board with the civil action number so that the record can be prepared and properly transmitted to the appropriate circuit court.
DATE: MARCH 30, 2006
SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE
Footnote: 1 Grievant elected not to file proposals.