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CONRAD WASHINGTON v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (04/08/87)

decided: April 8, 1987.

CONRAD WASHINGTON, PETITIONER
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW, RESPONDENT



Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, in case of In Re: Claim of Conrad Washington, No. B-241795.

COUNSEL

Simon W. Tache, Simon W. Tache, P.C., for petitioner.

James K. Bradley, Assistant Counsel, with him, Clifford F. Blaze, Deputy Chief Counsel, for respondent.

President Judge Crumlish, Jr., Judge Colins, and Senior Judge Blatt, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Colins.

Author: Colins

[ 105 Pa. Commw. Page 216]

A replaying of a traditional conflict upon the high seas has led to the appeal presently before the Court.

[ 105 Pa. Commw. Page 217]

Conrad Washington (petitioner) appeals an order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board) which affirmed the referee's decision finding him ineligible for unemployment compensation on account of willful misconduct.*fn1

Petitioner was previously employed as a seaman (watchstander QMED*fn2) at a rate of pay of Seventeen Hundred Dollars ($1700.00) per month on board the M.V. Chestnut Hill operated by Keystone Shipping (employer), when he was discharged for failing to report for watch in violation of the employer's rules.

Clearly posted in the crews' lounge and mess was a notice which read in pertinent part:

Members of the crew of this vessel may be discharged without notice for violation of any of the following rules:

11. Failure to report to duty except for causes beyond the control of the crew member.

13. Introduction, possession, or use of intoxicating liquors or habit-forming drugs, on ...


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