Quote from Ambersmom
Yeah, they don't return calls and labor attorneys don't return calls (guess they don't need the work), guess I'll never get these questions answered.
Sorry, I'm not trying to be evasive, but without viewing the terms of your contract, no one can really give you much information.
As for the arbitration process, your previous employer's representative will present their case, and then you, or your representative will present your case. If your previous employer prevails, nothing changes in your situation. If you prevail, it is like you were never terminated. You are reinstated in your previous position, and are paid all wages and benefits. As to the gap in hour employment, if you are reinstated, the gap no longer exists.
As far as unemployment, you might be expected to repay any benefits that you have received, however this will be determined by the unemployment system. If you prevail, and opt not to return to your position, this will be considered a voluntary termination by the unemployment agency.
Please bear in mind that I'm not a lawyer, and I'm basing this on my experience as the EMS Chief in a unionized agency. This is a decision that can have major impact on you, both financially and in your career. You really need to contact your union representative. If you are unable to contact your local representative, then you might consider trying to contact someone at the regional level. You are paying for this service, it's not too much to expect them to representative.
Again, best wishes as you work forward through this.