First of all I'm not sure if this is the right place for this post or if it falls under Labor Laws. I posted here first. This situation concerns my sister's employment with a major grocery store where she works under a union.
Today she was sent home after only working for about 2 hours. She was called into the office and told that due to a 2-3 week old tardy that she was being suspended for 3 shifts. Interestingly she was asked just last Thursday when getting her next schedule if she was willing to drop 2 upcoming days to help cut hours/payroll. She declined as she already works so little. Then today she is given a corrective conversation and suspended for the exact days they had asked her to drop. I know that a company probably has the right to coach employees as they see fit and in whatever time frame they deem, it's just bad form to coach a situation so late (I am a manager by trade myself) but it seems rather suspicious timing. I can't really counsel her on this as I've never worked with a union.
She also spoke with a few other co-workers who claim they were written up/suspended this coming week as well for old infractions. They had also been asked to cut their hours to help with payroll. I know these other situations are hearsay but if true seems a rather unethical way to balance payroll. I'm just trying to help her figure out if it's just unethical or if it's also against the law or could mean trouble with her union if true.
Any help would be great. If I can help to clarify anything I will.