Belonging to a union gives you an opportunity to stand up for your rights.
Occasional miscommunication and misunderstanding is an inherent part of teamwork, wrongdoings and injustice are not. Your needs deserve to be met.
What is a Grievance?
A grievance is a formal complaint a union member is entitled to lodge against his or her employer in accordance with the Collective Agreement. Grievances can also be filed against other union members in cases of harassment or extenuating circumstances. Understanding how to properly file a grievance in your workplace is important because it helps protect employees against arbitrary decisions of management regarding discipline, discharge, promotions, or benefits.
How soon do I file a Grievance?
Within 10 working days of the incident. It can be filed later but may not be given due consideration. However, time limitations may vary per your Collective Agreement.
How do I file a Grievance?
1. Meet with your Shop Steward and review your concern.
2. Complete a Grievance Form outlining the details of your employment and your concern.
3. File your grievance. The Shop Steward and/or Business Rep will then begin discussions with your employer to settle the dispute.
How long does it take?
Patience is the key to a successful settlement. Your happiness at work is worth it. Settling a Grievance may take some time. Your cooperation with your Shop Steward and/or Business Rep will be essential to a favorable resolution.
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