Workplace issues, also referred to as grievances, are incidents that negatively affect a worker. Read the summary & FAQs to answer any questions and fill out the form. Once we have received your form we will get in contact to set up a time to meet & discuss. When in doubt it is always good to set up a time to talk with your union!
Workplace Issue Form
Brief Summary of Workplace Issue
Workplace issues are incidents that negatively affect a worker. Often, workplace issues occur when a worker’s rights, as outlined by the collective bargaining agreement, have been violated. Union representatives can meet with you about any workplace issue you may be facing and speak with you about your rights and options, which may include filing a grievance. A grievance is a claim by an individual GA/Postdoc, a group of GAs/Postdocs, or the Union that the University has violated a specific term of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (contract). Not all workplace issues necessary lead to a grievance; some can be resolved informally. Most importantly, we will never file a grievance without your consent, and we always do our best to make sure that you are informed about your rights and obligations as well as the grievance process.
Frequently Asked Questions
My supervisor is asking for a meeting to discuss my job performance. What should I do?
If this happens, you are allowed to ask to have your union representative present at that meeting. This is part of your Weingarten rights, which guarantee an employee the right to Union representation during an investigatory interview. You must claim that right! Your supervisor has no obligation to inform you that you are entitled to Union representation. You can read more about Weingarten Rights here.
I want to have a difficult conversation with my supervisor. How can the union help me?
There are several ways we can help you: we can help you prepare for the meeting, draft email responses, and in some cases, we can be present at the meeting with your supervisor. Please reach out to us with your specific case, so we can determine how we can help you.
What can my supervisor ask me to do?
WHAT do I do if my rights and benefits are being violated?
WHAT CAN the union do for me?
The union can help you address workplace issues in order to resolve them and represent you in disciplinary conversations with your supervisor. Each case varies, so avenues for resolution vary as well. You’ll find examples of workplace issues and resolutions in the “what are some examples of workplace issues and grievances” question below, and you can read more about Weingarten Rights to Union Representation here.
WHAT happens when I file a grievance?
Is there a deadline to file a grievance?
Yes. A grievance should be filed within thirty (30) calendar days after the event, or after the grievant becomes aware or should have become aware of the event giving rise to the grievance. However, this should not discourage you from coming to us with workplace issues; some incidents can be ongoing and are therefore grievable.
WHAT if I change my mind about pursuing a grievance?
You are in the driver’s seat. We will never file a grievance without your consent, and if at any moment you decide to drop a grievance, we will respect your wishes. Even when discussing informal solutions, we will never proceed without your consent.
WHAT ARE SOME PREVENTATIVE MEASURES I CAN TAKE TO PROTECT MY RIGHTS?
scenarios and examples:
WHAT happens when I submit this form?
Our organizers will get notified about your submission and will reach out to you to schedule a meeting with you as soon as possible. From there, we will discuss your rights and options with you.
CAN I still submit this form if I am not sure I have a formal grievance?
Yes, we encourage you to! It is in everyone’s best interest if the union is aware of any workplace issues, even if they are not grievable under our contract. Grievances are not the only avenue to address workplace issues.
I haven't been personally affected, but I am aware of an issue happening in my lab/department. Can I submit this form?
Yes, you can submit this form to make us aware of workplace issues happening around you. This will help investigate issues and talk to those affected to inform them about their rights.
How will the union protect my privacy when I submit information through this form?
We won’t share any of your personal or case information with anyone without your consent. The only people who will know of the details of your case are the organizers working directly with you and our trained staff, all of whom are cognizant of the importance of privacy for affected workers.