Not all arbitrators are created equal. As in the medical profession, arbitrators have specialties and are selected because they have specialized skills and experiences that can facilitate resolution of specific problems. Arbitrators are selected to settle disputes in the commercial, construction, real estate, insurance, consumer, employment, labor, and other sectors of the business world. And, just as one probably would not select a podiatrist to complete a prefrontal lobotomy, one probably wouldn’t select an arbitrator with experience only in the construction industry to make binding decisions relative to the interpretation of a labor agreement or whether or not sufficient evidence is present to support the discharge of a union-represented employee for a violation of company rules.
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