Grievances

CURRENTLY

ARTICLE TWENTY-TWO
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

It is the declared objective of the parties to encourage the prompt and informal
resolution of employee complaints as they arise and to provide recourse to orderly
procedures for the satisfactory adjustment of complaints. A resolution should occur at
the earliest possible step in every case that can reasonably be resolved.
In order to accomplish its stated purpose, a grievance conference must be attended by
those individuals who may be able to promote resolution or, if resolution is not possible
in a particular case, to provide the necessary information for a fair determination of the
grievance. At the Chancellor’s level, principals will be expected to attend or to have a
suitable representative present at the conference. Failure to attend may result in
sustaining the grievance on procedural grounds.

For additional grievance procedures, such as expedited reorganization grievances, please see the contract in the menu above.

DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR CHANGE:

ARTICLE TWENTY-TWO
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

It is the declared objective of the parties to encourage the prompt and informal
resolution of employee complaints as they arise and to provide recourse to orderly
procedures for the satisfactory adjustment of complaints. A resolution should occur at
the earliest possible step in every case that can reasonably be resolved.
In order to accomplish its stated purpose, a grievance conference must be attended by
those individuals who may be able to promote resolution or, if resolution is not possible
in a particular case, to provide the necessary information for a fair determination of the
grievance. At the Chancellor’s level, principals will be expected to attend or to have a

suitable representative present at the conference. Failure to attend may result in
sustaining the grievance on procedural grounds.

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Since a principal, or any other supervisor, is NOT required to be present at a Step 2 Chancellor’s level grievance hearing in Manhattan, they have less of an incentive to follow the contract and also approve a Step 1. A member has to take the day and travel to the city, while a supervisor needs to only have a representative attend and/ or call in from the convenience of their office. By making this small change, then they may be less likely to violate the contract.

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Matt

That’s not a bad idea at all. However, I think the entire grievance process should be heard by a 3rd party and not the DOE. What good is grieving a case before the very people who caused the grievance? The deck is automatically stacked against you and the rulings would thus be to save face rather than what is truly deserved

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