What is a Grievance?
A grievance is a formal complaint about violating a collective agreement, labour law, human rights code, or an established and well-evidenced past practice. It’s one of the tools and rights union members have to address workplace issues.
Grievances have strict timelines and follow a formal process. A grievance must be filed within 15 business days of the event that would give rise to the complaint. Contact the Local immediately if you have a concern.
Types of Grievances
- Individual grievance – One person grieves that a management action violated their rights. For example, unjust discipline or denial of earned overtime.
- Policy grievance – the Union grieves that a management action violates the collective agreement. For example, a new attendance policy or contracting out union jobs.
Which collective agreement articles cover grievances?
- Full-time collective agreement: Article 18
- Part-time collective agreement: Article 20