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Grievance procedures need to be made clearer. Many teachers and administrators do not understand.
I don’t understand how to file a grievance. Is there help available?
What mistakes need to be avoided to ensure my grievance isn’t simply “thrown out” without being considered?
What if a grievance isn’t resolved to all parties’ satisfaction? Does the grievance “escalate” to a higher level or something?
Are grievances always related to an individual teacher’s complaint? Or are some situations a “class grievance” affecting many different members?

Grievances have a very specific process defined in Article 5 of the contract.

A grievance is not simply a complaint. A “grievance” means something specific in the contract has been violated/isn’t being followed. A more general complaint can be filed with SUSD using a district Universal Complaint Form.

While a member is free to initiate a grievance individually, you can also seek help from STA via the Grievance Committee. Contact STA to get in touch with that committee. (Just do so fast enough to fulfill the 15 workday deadline!)

Note: there is no recourse if you “forget” to file the grievance until too late, or you “forget” to include the Asst Supt of HR or your principal!]

§5.2.2.1 The grievance shall be filed in writing no later than fifteen (15) work days after the aggrieved person knew or should have known about the occurrence giving rise to the grievance…

§5.2.2.1 [The grievance must be given] simultaneously [to]:

…the President of the Association,

…the immediate supervisor [principal], and

…the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

There are four levels (see §5.2): (1) Immediate Supervisor Hearing, (2) Superintendent/Designee Hearing, (3) Conciliation, and (4) Arbitration.

§5.1.2 A grievance may also be initiated by the Association as a “class grievance” whenever the allegations involve the same or similar facts involving more than one teacher. A class action grievance shall be filed at Level I if the allegations involve only aggrieved persons under the supervision of the Level I supervisor. If the allegations involve more than one Level I supervisor, or if the matter relates to a District-wide action, the grievance may be filed at Level II. The District may refuse to hear the grievance as a class action, but the timeliness requirements of Section 5.2.2.1 will be tolled from the time of filing of the class action grievance until the District’s refusal to accept the grievance.

§5.1.3 The Association may file a grievance on its own behalf whenever the allegations relate to a right in the Agreement held by the Association itself.