1. Irrespective of the defenses of timeliness and/or arbitrability, all issues and remedies shall be fully discussed and/or responded to at each level, prior to and including arbitration, without prejudice to those defenses.
  2. For the purpose of meeting timelines, postmarks or date of hand delivery shall establish the dates of receipt.
  3. If a steward is present at a grievance meeting at any step in the procedure, he/she will be copied on the applicable grievance-related correspondence. If arbitration has been invoked, stewards will not be copied on correspondence to attorneys involved in the arbitration process.