Employees have the right to address concerns with workplace issues — like pay, 工作环境, 行为, and assessments — through a formal grievance process. You should never have to worry about retaliation because you exercised your right to file a grievance.
Informal Grievance Discussions
很多次, employment issues can be resolved informally, with a discussion or conference with supervisors and administrators.
请记住, 虽然, that informal resolutions are not required to be in writing, and your local policy’s rebuttal and grievance timelines are in full effect while trying to solve them informally.
Even if you’re not yet ready to file a formal grievance, you should:
- 联系你的 当地的工会 或者是 准会员资格的程序 service team for assistance and guidance
- document your informal complaint with your immediate supervisor
- request an informal conference to discuss
If your informal discussions don’t lead to the resolution you requested, then pursue the formal grievance procedure in consultation with your union representative.
Neither your school board nor your district can retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint. Always check your district policy f或者是 full grievance procedure and 联系你的 union representative for assistance.
But here are some basics you should know:
- Grievances and appeals must be filed with the appropriate administrator 或者是 Human 资源 department. Please be sure to use the proper complaint form for your district. No new documents can be presented after the 1级 conference.
- In policies, “days” are defined as business days or workdays.
- Typically, all grievances must be filed within 15 business days. All appeals must be filed within 10 business days. But check your board policy — DGBA (local) — f或者是 accurate timelines.
Most district policies outline a three-level (or three-step) process once a grievance has been filed. 一如既往地, verify these specific timelines with your local policy and 联系你的 union representative for assistance.
This first meeting takes place with your immediate supervisor within 15 days of submitting the district’s grievance form. All documentation related to your grievance must be presented at this meeting.
If you are not satisfied with the response, you must file an appeal within 10 business days with the appropriate administrator, 负责人, 或地区被任命者.
If you still are not satisfied with the resolution, file an appeal with the Board of Trustees within 10 business days. You will present your grievance to the board, which has the right to appoint a hearing officer. Their response must happen by the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
Documentation and Your Signature
At some point, you may receive a document or written reprimand that you don’t agree with. 如果这发生在你身上, you should still sign it; failure to do so could result in another reprimand or memo for being insubordinate.
If you do not agree with a document, you should check with your union representative on how to respond to certain documents. But here are some suggested steps:
- Sign it and write next to your name, “My signature indicates that I have received a copy but does not indicate that I agree with the content.”
- 收到任何文件后, you typically have up to 10 business days to write a response (your defense) and attach it to the original document. 在你的回复的底部, you should include: “NOTE: Please attach this response to the original document and any copies filed.”
- You also have the right to file a grievance, but you should always 联系你的 union representative before proceeding with a grievance.
- 德州教育法规委员会. 11.171: School District Grievance Policy
- 德州教育法规委员会. 51.960: Grievance Rights on Certain Personnel Issues (高等教育)
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