What is a Grievance?
A grievance is a violation of agreement or difference of interpretation.
There are two types of grievances:
most common types of individual grievances involve discipline,
termination of employment, improper layoff, or denial of a benefit. It
is an individual grievance as only one person is affected, and so the
grievance is filed in the name of the individual. Individual grievances
must be filed within ten days after the nurse becomes aware of the
breach of agreement. The breach may indeed be an application of general
policy and a policy grievance should be filed as well.
grievances arise where a policy or practice is applied to all members
of the bargaining unit. Therefore, it is a complaint by the Union that
an action of the employer is in violation of the Collective Agreement
that could affect all who are covered by that agreement.
examples of policy grievances have been pro-rating education premiums
for part timers, failure to permit chain dumping, treating those on lay
off and doing additional/relief shifts as though they were casuals.
If you have a Grievance with your Employer, please contact a Local Executive member or your Labour Relations Representative.