A grievance exists when a faculty member has a reasonable allegation that a contract agreement clause or past practice has been violated, misinterpreted or applied unfairly. It is the association and the bargaining unit member who determine that a grievance exists, not the administration. The employer may dispute the grievability of a problem but may not refuse to hear it, respond to it and/or process it through the grievance procedure. A grievance is a dispute between the association (through its members) and the employer regarding an employment contract, rule or practice. A grievance is NOT a dispute between employees, nor should it be a personal conflict between a grievant and an administrator.
Grievances are important because we must enforce our negotiated contract. From a negotiations perspective, there really is no need to negotiate changes to our contract if our members are not willing to enforce that contract.
If you feel that there is a contract violation happening on your school site, it is important to quickly discuss your concerns with an OEA Site Representative. Check out the current contractual agreement to help answer some of your questions.
Ideally, a member who feels a grievance is in order will discuss the matter with their school site representative before meeting with the site administrator. The site rep will be able to consult with the OEA Grievance Committee member in their cluster if needed. After deciding that a grievance needs to be filed, the site rep or member involved will schedule a grievance meeting with their site administrator. At that meeting, it is important to state that the meeting is to informally discuss the situation and try to resolve the matter.
Grievance Process Steps
Start with Pre-Formal Meeting
B. Level 1 - Grievance Form
C. Level 2 - Goes to NEXCO
D. Level 3 - Goes to Superintendent office
E. If still not resolved goes to Grievance Committee and Executive Board decides if the grievance goes to Arbitration.
OEA Grievance Form here
Note: Make sure to call the OEA Office for a grievance number before you file the Grievance Form. The OEA Grievance Committee needs to track all grievances.
Our Grievance Committee meets to discuss and evaluate grievances happening in the District.
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