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UW - SEIU1199NW Master Contract

2015-2017 Biennium

Article 27 - Grievance Procedure

27.1 Definition.
A grievance within the meaning of this Agreement shall be defined as any alleged misapplication or misinterpretation of the terms of this Agreement, and/or the Employer's written personnel rules and policies.

A grievant, within the meaning of this Agreement, shall be defined as an employee(s) within a bargaining unit covered by this Agreement, who alleges a grievance, or the Union alleging a grievance, under the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

27.2 Noninterference.
Employees shall be free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal in seeking resolution of their grievance when processed in accordance with this procedure.

27.3 Application of the Grievance Procedure.
This grievance procedure shall be available to all employees covered by this Agreement subject to the following:

  1. Concerns regarding performance evaluations may be filed as a grievance and processed only through Step 2 of this procedure.
  2. Concerns regarding Health and Safety (Article 31.2 and 31.3) shall be resolved following the provisions of Sections 31.2 and 31.3.
  3. Concerns regarding corrective action may be filed as a grievance and processed per the grievability/arbitrability language in Article 21.4.

27.4 Union Delegates.
The Employer recognizes the right of the Union to designate Union Delegates who shall be authorized to take up employee or group grievances through the grievance procedure.

A Union Delegate who is a bargaining unit employee and is processing a grievance in accordance with the grievance procedure shall be permitted a reasonable time to assist in the resolution of legitimate employee grievances on the Employer's property without loss of pay. Such time off for processing grievances shall be granted by supervision following a request, but in consideration of any job responsibilities.

27.5 Time Limits.
An extension of the time limitations as stipulated in the respective steps below, may be obtained by mutual consent of the parties. Failure of the Employer to comply with the time limitations due to negligence shall establish the right of the grievant to process the grievance to the next step or to submit the grievance to the next step. Failure of the grievant to comply with the time limitations due to negligence on his/her part shall constitute withdrawal of the grievance. A grievance may be withdrawn at any time, in writing to the Employer, by the grievant. Withdrawal of a grievance shall close the matter, and it shall not be resubmitted.

27.6 Pay Status.
An aggrieved employee and the Union Delegate shall be in a pay status during those working hours in which a grievance, a grievance mediation, or an arbitration hearing is held. Release time for additional employee representation shall be subject to approval by the Labor Relations Officer or designee when a group grievance is filed.

27.7 Employee Representation.
The Union is the official representative for any individual employee or group of employees filing a grievance who wish to be represented. Individual employees or groups of employees who choose not to be represented by the Union may present grievances to management through Step Two of the grievance procedure only. Such grievances may be adjusted by management so long as the adjustment is not inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and the Union has had an opportunity to review such adjustments.

27.8 Procedure.
The following shall be the formal grievance process. The parties are encouraged to meet informally to resolve issues that may be potential grievances at the lowest possible level of supervision. Such informal meetings will not be considered a step of the grievance process and will not stop the grievance timelines. If requested by the employee, a Union representative may be present.

Step One - Administrative.
It is the desire of both the Employer and the Union that grievances be adjusted informally whenever possible. If an employee or the Union wishes to file a grievance, such grievance must be filed within thirty (30) calendar days from the date the grievant is aware that a grievance exists. The grievance shall be in written form with a complete description of the alleged grievance, the date it occurred, the specific article(s) and section(s) of the contract, or Employer policy or rule alleged to have been violated and the remedy sought. A copy of the grievance will be sent to the Medical Center's Human Resources Office. The parties will schedule a grievance meeting within ten (10) calendar days of filing. If requested by the grievant, a representative or delegate may be present. The University will be represented by a manager with the authority to adjust the issues raised in the grievance and a representative from the Medical Center's Human Resources Office. The University will respond in writing within ten (10) calendar days of the meeting.

Step Two - Review.
If a satisfactory settlement is not reached within the required time period above, the employee and/or representative may submit the written grievance to Step Two within fourteen (14) calendar days after the decision at Step One. A copy of the grievance will be sent to the Medical Center's Human Resources Office and the Office of Labor Relations. The second step review meeting shall occur within ten (10) calendar days. The grievance review meeting shall include the grievant, the grievant's representative or delegate, the head of the unit or designee, and representatives from the Medical Center's Human Resources Office and the University's Labor Relations Office. The University will respond in writing within ten (10) calendar days of the meeting. If a satisfactory settlement is not reached, the employee or representative may submit the written grievance to Step 3 within fourteen (14) calendar days.

Step Three - Mediation/Arbitration.
The written grievance may be submitted by the Union within fourteen (14) calendar days after the Step 2 decision to the PERC for mediation.

If mediation fails to resolve the grievance, the grievance may be submitted by the Union to arbitration. Such submittal must be within fourteen (14) calendar days from any of the following: the mediator's impasse report, a written declination by a party to mediate, or the Step Two response if neither the Union nor the Employer requested mediation. The submittal must be in writing and served on the other party.

The parties agree to establish a permanent panel of ten (10) arbitrators. These arbitrators shall be assigned cases by the parties on a rotating basis. If the arbitrator is not available to hear the case within ninety (90) calendar days of the decision by either party to go to arbitration, the parties may contact the next arbitrator in the rotation. If no arbitrator can hear the case within ninety (90) calendar days, the case will be assigned to the arbitrator who can hear the case on the earliest date. If an individual arbitrator decides to remove his/her name from the panel or if one or more members of the panel are not continued by either party, the parties will meet to decide whether to substitute an additional name(s).

No later than seven (7) working days prior to the scheduled arbitration meeting, the parties will submit questions of arbitration eligibility to the arbitrator for preliminary determination, share the name of each witness intending to testify at the hearing, and attempt to agree upon the issue statement. A copy of written materials submitted to the arbitrator will be provided to the opposing party.

The parties agree that the arbitrator shall have no power to render a decision that adds to, subtracts from, alters or modifies in any way the terms and conditions of the Agreement. The parties further agree that the decision of the arbitrator will be final and binding upon all parties. The Union or the Employer will have the right to request the arbitrator to require the presence of witnesses and/or documents. The arbitrator's decision shall be made in writing and the arbitrator shall be encouraged to render the decision within thirty (30) calendar days of the close of the arbitration.

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