Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.
John F. Kennedy
Crafton Hills College
What is a grievance?
A grievance is “an allegation by one or more unit members that there has been a violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of the specific provisions of the Agreement.” Article 9.A.1. The Union’s goal is “to resolve all grievances as expeditiously as possible, and at the lowest level possible.” Article 9.B.
What does a grievance rep do?
In consultation with the SBCCDTA President and CTA staff, the Grievance Representatives meet with members, college, and district representatives at their respective colleges to enforce the contract and resolve contractual conflicts.
Resolution of grievances is the responsibility of the Grievance Representative. The President of SBCCDTA appoints two Grievance Representatives, one from (and for) each college.
Grievance reps receive 0.2 released time (equivalent to a class or 7 hours of noninstructional).
The work of Grievance Representatives includes:
Learning the terms of the Bargaining Agreement, especially Article 9 (p.13)
Using the Grievance Forms in Appendix T, (pp.145-153)
Making contact with Deans
Inviting questions from Deans
Receiving emails and calls from members
Meeting with members
Researching and answering questions from members about contract issues
Advising members on contract issues
Attending meetings with management to represent a member, if requested by the member
Sending emails/notices to management on contract issues
Attempting to resolve allegations before a grievance (informal grievance process)
Filing formal grievances where allegations are not resolved through the informal process
Leading settlement of formal grievances
Attending training and conferences
Attending e-board meetings
How can I become a grievance rep?
Greivence reps are appointed by the Executive Board.
Faculty who are interested in learning the grievance process receive training and work with the college’s grievance representative with Executive Board approval.
Grievance training is provided through NEA, CTA, and CCA conferences; staff-hosted training sessions at our local offices; and shadowing.