Grievances may be initiated by employee(s) covered by this Agreement and/or their Union representative or by the Administration. Representation of bargaining unit employees shall be the sole and exclusive province of the Union.
his is the exclusive procedure available to bargaining unit employees, the Union or the Administration for the resolution of grievances.
A. Bargaining unit employee(s), filing a grievance under this procedure, may represent themselves or be represented only by a designee of the Union.
B. Upon filing of a grievance, whether an employee is self-represented or represented by a designee of the Union, the Union has the right to be present during the grievance proceeding.
C. Where the grievant elects Union representation, meetings and communications with regard to the grievance attempts at resolution shall be made through the designated Union representative.
D. 1. For employees on flextime, the parties agree to schedule all steps in the grievance process during the core hours of the grievant and representative unless the parties mutually agree otherwise.
2. For employees on a fixed shift, the parties agree to schedule all steps in the grievance process during the fixed shift of the grievant and representative unless the parties mutually agree otherwise.
3. In situations where the grievant(s) and representative are on different work schedules and/or locations, the parties agree to make every reasonable effort to schedule all steps in the grievance process to the common work times of the grievant(s) and representative unless the parties mutually agree otherwise.
Section 5--Resolution of Grievances and Employee Standing
The Union and the Administration agree that grievances should be settled in an orderly, prompt and equitable manner so that the efficiency of the Administration may be maintained and morale of employees shall not be impaired. Every effort shall be made by the Administration and the Union to settle grievances at the first level of supervision. Employees and their representatives will be unimpeded and free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal, consistent with 5 U.S.C. 71 and this agreement, in seeking adjustment of grievances.