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by Wayne Kubacki, Oct 2007 Beacon

The chain of command for the grievance process is as follows:

  1. The member should contact his or her building representative as soon as possible. They are your first line of defense. The building rep will schedule a meeting with the supervisor and all parties will attempt to come to a resolution of the issue.
  2. If the building rep is unsuccessful, he or she will then contact the area vice president who will attempt to resolve the issue.
  3. If the area vice president is unable to reach an agreement then it will be referred to the grievance officer who will then reduce the grievance to writing and present it formally to the supervisor.

This all must take place within 30 school days from when the member knew or should have known of the act or condition on which the grievance is based. Timeliness in filing grievances is critical. If a grievance is not filed in a timely manner the administration can refuse to entertain the grievance and the association has not further recourse.

The executive officers of our association have worked tirelessly on your behalf during the last school year, and have continued to do the same over the summer, in order to resolve more problems than I could possibly list here. As a result of their exceptional dedication and hard work, the BEES did not have to file a single grievance during the 2006-07 school year. This promises to be another busy year with the teacher's contract going into negotiations and all of the other issues that must be dealt with.

Congratulations to the para-educators on the ratification of their new contract. Please take the time to read your contract. The grievance articles are in Article 3 of the para-educator's contract, and Article 13 of the teacher's contract.

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