Do not be afraid to contact your Union when you feel you have a grievance.
The U.S. Supreme Court has held that under the Weingarten Rights, you have the right to Union Representation. Do not feel pressured by Management to have a disciplinary meeting without Union representation (you are protected by law!).
You have 15 business days (Monday – Friday) to file a grievance after discipline
Your fifteen days starts from the date the event happened (called the Date of Occurrence); the date you were disciplined; or the date you were made aware (such as overtime not being on your paycheck). Weekends and Holidays excluded.
Go to your Shop Steward first.
Your Shop Steward will work with the Union Hall and Assistant Business Agents to get you a grievance number.
The first 2 steps are usually handled on site by your Shop Steward. They will call the office to get a grievance number. Make sure to keep a copy of your grievance, with the number, and note the day and time.
If Step 1 is denied, the Union has 10 days to move to Step 2 and then 10 days to move to Step 3, where the assistant business agent gets involved. At Step 4, the assistant business agent may appeal by requesting a conference with the General Manager. If the Union is still not satisfied with the Step 4 decision, the Executive Board may recommend to membership to take your grievance to Arbitration (arbitration must be voted on at monthly membership meetings).
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- Mahatma Gandhi
Katherine Crawford is the Local 689 Manager of Facilities and Record Keeping. She can be contacted at (301) 669- 8213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.