You are in a tough spot. Unions can make or break you, and they are not required to treat all members equally. Consider yourself fortunate that the Union is even taking steps to go through the grievance arbitration process.
This is practical advice, not legal advice. Kill your union rep with kindness, tell him how much your job means to you and your family, and ask him what you can do to make his job easier and help you win the case. For example, ask him what legal standard you must meet in order to get your back or change the termination to a lesser punishment. That rule or standard will inform the best way to present your case to the arbitrator.
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Hire private counsel if the CBA allows you to use own counsel.
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There are no facts in your post that would suggest you have any legal rights outside of the collective bargaining agreement that you can assert. Therefore, you are stuck with your union representation in the dispute resolution process called for under the CBA. It would be very unusual for you to be able to hire independent counsel to represent you in the arbitration process but if the CBA allows for such, you should consider that. Otherwise, simply continue to be an active part of your claim without becoming an irritant. The one thing you have been told is probably true - you need to simply wait for your arbitration. That can take some time.
You have listed the practice area of the post as "wrongful termination." While the common understanding of that term is that you lost your job for incorrect or unfair reasons, that is not the legal definition. Legally, you are wrongfully terminated only if the motivation of the termination was in violation of a fundamental public policy of the state. Termination because of an alleged violation of the master agreement is not a motivation in violation of public policy.
Good luck to you.
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