A customer gave management a statement about a drivers conduct while he was on duty. The driver was fired and he turned in a timely grievance. After the grievance was given to management our steward (who was not present when the employee was terminated) asked to see the statement so he could start his investigation. The company said he could not see it until the local. To do a investigation you would have to know what you are investigating. A alternate steward was present when employee was terminated and the statement was not read. The employee has been to deadlock panel and was fired and the stewards grievance has not had a local in 4 months. A local will be in a couple of weeks. Employee has been to 3 panels. Looking for your thoughts on why the union and company would not have a local on this. The company did question the employee so we did know what it was about.