A grievance is an agreed upon process for resolving disputes which arise between our union and management. Filing a grievance is the means by which the union enforces the rights and benefits stipulated in our contract.
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A grievance can be filed over the interpretation of the contract, for unfair discipline, over the incorrect application of the employers' policies, violations of state or federal law or for violations of binding practices which may exist in the workplace.
The BWH union contract provides a three-step process for resolving grievances. Click below to view the Article in your contract on “Grievance Procedures”.
How do I know if I should file a grievance?
If at any time you have a concern over management’s interpretation of your contract, or if you feel that your rights at work have been violated, contact a negotiating committee member or your MNA representative to determine if a grievance is warranted and for guidance on how to proceed.
How do I file a grievance?
If it is determined that a grievance is warranted, the union will consult with you to prepare and file the grievance on your behalf and then guide you through the grievance process. In some cases, when the issue involved will impact a number of nurses, the MNA can and will file what is known as a “class action” grievance.
If the union and management can not come to a resolution over the grievance, our contract allows the union or management to submit the grievance to arbitration. Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution where both the union and management present their case, similar to a court proceeding, before a neutral, third-party- an arbitrator -who then makes a ruling on the matter that becomes binding on both parties.