What to do If you think you have a Grievance?

Step 1: Filing a Grievance

A “grievance” is a complaint that there was a violation, misinterpretation or inequitable application of any of the provisions of our contract or that a member has been treated unfairly or inequitably. This needs to be done immediate because failure to start the process in a timely manner may forfeit your chance to go further.

Step 2: Decide if it is a grievance

Some issues are complaints not grievances. Your build representative will help you with the difference because this determines our options.

Step 3A Put the Grievance in abeyance.

Sometimes it is best to attempt to resolve the grievances and complaints informally with the immediate supervisor. This is almost always our best chance of getting what we want. If the grievance is not resolved informally, continue with step 3B

Step 3B: Submit Grievance

The Grievance Chair will submit the grievance to the immediate Supervisor. Class action grievances are filed first with the superintendent. We then wait for the response.

Step 4:  Receiving Response

If the grievance is denied or the remedy is not acceptable, a grievance shall be submitted to the next level. We then wait for the response. If the remedy is acceptable, no further action is necessary. If the grievance is denied or remedy unacceptable, the grievance may be filed up to level 3, School Committee.

Step 5: Arbitration

If the grievance is not settled at level3 the Grievance Chair will bring it to the SEA Board for consideration. The Board, without the Eboard, will decide if this matter deserves arbitration. Note: Arbitration is time consuming and costly and not grievance are approved.

Step 6: Denial for Arbitration

If the SEA Board decides not to proceed with arbitration, the grievant may appeal to the SEA Eboard. The decision of the Eboard is final.

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