Grievance

 

The Collective Bargaining Agreement we negotiate is a legally binding contract. When FAU violates the terms of this agreement, we can use what’s known as the Grievance process to set things right. The details of the Grievance process are laid out in Article 20 of the CBA.

There are some important things to know:

  • All faculty covered by the CBA can file a grievance.
  • You have 30 calendar days from a triggering event to file a grievance, so let us know ASAP if you think you might have one, as it takes many days to prepare for filing (CBA 20.8(a)(1)).
  • Only dues-paying members of UFF-FAU receive free assistance with this process, including legal representation. To qualify for UFF’s help, you must be a member before your rights are violated. Think of it like insurance: you can’t buy it after your car gets totaled or your house burns down.
  • Non-members are not automatically able to proceed all the way to arbitration. UFF retains the exclusive right to invoke arbitration. This is to safeguard the process from frivolous or hopeless cases.
  • The cost of arbitration for non-members is typically $2k-$4k, plus the cost of an attorney (which can exceed $20k).
  • Not all grievances are individual: sometimes FAU violates the CBA so egregiously that UFF files a grievance on behalf of the entire chapter. We take contract enforcement very seriously. The system is set up to protect us, and we vigorously defend faculty rights.

Remember your Weingarten Rights: the right to have a union representative at any meeting that might result in discipline. So if it rises to that level, even during the meeting, you have the right to immediately ask for union representation. If that’s not practical, you should ask for a postponement until your union rep can be present. Let us know if that situation arises and we can be there. Click here to learn more.

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Education unions oppose calls to arm teachers

[Preface: UFF and its affiliates, the Florida Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, have consistently opposed efforts to bring more guns on the campuses of universities, colleges and public schools.  The president of UFF has testified at Florida legislative hearings to oppose guns on campus and in classrooms]

Terry Spencer, AP, February 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The nation’s two largest education unions reiterated their opposition to arming teachers as a response to school shootings Monday, saying more guns on campuses will make them less safe.

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association joined with Everytown for Gun Safety to oppose proposals in Florida and elsewhere to arm teachers and staff members in response to the Marjory Stoneman High School massacre, which left 17 dead. The anniversary of the mass shooting is Thursday.

The Florida Legislature is considering a recommendation by the state commission that investigated the shooting to allow school districts to arm volunteer teachers who undergo background checks and training. The commission concluded that relying solely on law enforcement is insufficient because mass shootings are usually over in one to three minutes and police officers likely won’t arrive in time.

But the unions and Everytown say they oppose such measures for several reasons, including the possibility of students stealing teachers’ guns and responding officers confusing an armed teacher for the shooter. They said a study of New York City police officers showed they hit their target about one time in five shots during firefights, and teachers would be even worse. Those errant bullets would further endanger students.

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