This grievance procedure shall be the sole and exclusive method of resolving disputes regarding allegations by employees and/or the Union that the CSU has violated this Agreement. Nothing herein precludes employees and/or the Union from pursuing allegations the CSU has violated constitutional, statutory or regulatory obligations in the appropriate forum as provided by law.
Grievance - The term "grievance" as used in this Article refers to the specific stated allegation by a grievant that there has been a violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation of a specific term(s) of this Agreement.
Grievant - The term "grievant" as used in this Article refers to a CSUEU-represented employee who is:
Representative - The term "representative," as used in this Article, shall be a Union Representative or an employee who, at the grievant's request, may be present at all levels through Level III. Representation at Level IV shall be by the Union only.
Respond and File - The terms "respond" and "file" as used in this Article refer to personal delivery or deposit in the U.S. mail or transmittal by facsimile or electronic mail.
A grievant shall have the right to present a grievance and to have that grievance considered in good faith.
A grievant may file a Level I grievance with the appropriate administrator no later than thirty (30) days after the event giving rise to the grievance or after the grievant knew or reasonably should have known of the event giving rise to the potential grievance. The grievant shall state on a grievance form agreed to by the parties and provided by CSUEU:
Failure to provide the required information in items 7.7 (a) through (h) will be grounds for the return of the grievance to the grievant. A copy of the grievance shall also be sent to the union representative handling the case and to CSUEU Headquarters. If the grievance is not amended and returned within twenty-one (21) days, the grievance will be deemed withdrawn.
The appropriate administrator shall hold a meeting with the grievant and the grievant's representative, if any, at a mutually acceptable time and location within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the grievance. The grievant may bring an additional representative to the meeting by advising the appropriate administrator in advance. If the grievant has an additional representative, the appropriate administrator may have an additional representative of management present at the meeting. The appropriate administrator shall respond to the grievant no later than twenty-one (21) days after the Level I meeting.
In the event the grievance is not settled at Level I, the grievant may file the Level II grievance with the President or designee no later than twenty-one (21) days after the Level I response. If a settlement is proposed at Level I, the grievant should include a written statement relevant to the settlement proposal. Within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the Level II filing, the President or designee shall hold a meeting with the grievant and the grievant's representative, if any, at a mutually acceptable time and location. The grievant may bring an additional representative to the meeting by advising the appropriate administrator in advance. If the grievant has an additional representative, the appropriate administrator may have an additional representative of management present at the meeting. The President shall respond to the grievant no later than twenty-one (21) days after the Level II meeting.
Level III – Office of the Chancellor
In the event the grievance is not settled at Level II, the grievant may file a written request for review with the Office of the Chancellor no later than twenty-one (21) days after the Level II response. The grievant shall attach a copy of the Level I and Level II responses together with any documents presented at those levels.
Within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of the Level III filing, the representative of the grievant shall schedule a conference, at a mutually acceptable date, time and location with a designated individual in the Office of the Chancellor for the purpose of reviewing the matter. If there is no mutually acceptable location, then the conference shall take place via a telephonic or teleconference meeting. The designated individual in the Office of the Chancellor shall respond no later than twenty-one (21) days after the conference. The original Level III response from the Office of the Chancellor shall be sent to the Union representative handling the case at Level III. A copy of the Level III response shall be sent to the grievant as long as the grievant provides an address on the grievance form. A copy of the response shall be sent to CSUEU Headquarters. If the grievant has not provided an address, the grievant's copy shall be sent to CSUEU Headquarters and CSUEU will deliver it to the grievant.
The grievant shall present at each level all issues and evidence related to the grievance. Additional issues and/or evidence which become known after the Level II meeting shall be allowed to be presented and may be cause for the grievance to be remanded to the prior level only upon mutual agreement of the parties. Issues and/or evidence must be made known before filing the grievance at Level IV.
Amendments and/or modifications to the grievance shall not be made by the grievant after the Level III filing date, except by mutual agreement.
The parties may, by mutual agreement between the system-level representatives of both parties, expedite the grievance to Level III. Level III time limits shall commence on the date the agreement to expedite was reached.
Level IV - Arbitration
If the grievance has not been settled at Level III , the Union alone may, no later than forty (40) days after the Level III response, submit the grievance to arbitration by giving notice to that effect by certified mail, return receipt requested, directed to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.
The parties shall use the same arbitration panel used for Bargaining Units 2, 5, 7 and 9.
If an arbitrability question exists, the arbitrator shall determine the arbitrability question prior to hearing the merits of the grievance. The arbitrator may proceed to hear the merits of the grievance prior to meeting the requirements of Provision 7.20 below.
The arbitrator may conduct the hearing as mediation-arbitration upon the mutual agreement of the parties and the arbitrator.
The arbitrator's award shall be in writing and shall set forth his/her findings, reasoning, and conclusions on the issue(s) submitted.
The Voluntary Labor Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association shall apply at Level IV.
It shall be the function of the arbitrator to rule on the specific grievance. The arbitrator shall be subject to the following limitations:
The arbitrator's award shall be final and binding on both parties.
A witness who is the Grievant shall be excused from worktime to appear at an arbitration hearing with no loss of pay. Other witnesses called by CSUEU who are employees shall be excused from worktime to appear at any arbitration hearing at no cost to the University. Expenses of any witness called before the arbitrator shall be borne by the party calling the witness.
Each party shall bear the expense of preparing and presenting its own case. The cost of arbitration, excluding advocate, unilateral withdrawal, postponement, or cancellation fee, shall be borne equally by the parties.
The process to schedule a grievance for an arbitration hearing shall be initiated by a written request from the representative of the Union to the designated individual in the Office of the Chancellor The request shall be for the parties to select an arbitrator pursuant to Provision 7.17. Any grievance filed into arbitration shall be considered withdrawn by the Union if it has not been scheduled within twelve (12) months of the filing to arbitration from Level III and no written request has been made by the Union. Within the twelve (12) months the parties shall confirm with an arbitrator that a hearing date has been set.
Upon mutual agreement, the parties may agree to use the expedited AAA arbitration procedures for Health and Safety grievances.
The parties agree to participate in mediation for the purpose of compromising, settling, or resolving a grievance. Grievances may be subject to mediation in accordance with the following:
“Med/Arb” is a process under which the mediator begins the hearing by attempting to mediate a settlement. If unable to settle the grievance, the mediator assumes the role of arbitrator and the hearing changes from a mediation to an arbitration.
Grievances may be subject to “Med/Arb” for the purpose of compromising, settling, or resolving a grievance in accordance with the following guidelines:
“Med/Arb” hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the following procedure:
Failure of the grievant to comply with the time limitations of this Article shall render the grievance null and void and bar subsequent filing of this grievance. Failure by the appropriate administrator, President, or designated individual in the Office of the Chancellor to timely respond under this Article shall permit the grievance to be filed at the next level.
Time limits set forth in this Article may be extended by mutual agreement. If the grievant, representative, if any, or appropriate administrator is on a leave, vacation or holiday for five (5) days or more, but less than one year, the time limits shall be extended by the length of time of such leave, vacation, or holiday.
In cases where it is necessary for the grievant or his/her representative to have access to information for the purpose of investigating a grievance, the grievant or his/her representative shall make a written request for such information to the appropriate administrator. The grievant or his/her representative shall have access to all information within the policies and procedures defining confidentiality which would assist in adjusting the grievance.
To ensure the integrity of the grievance process, at every level a different administrator shall hear and respond to the grievant with the exception of Level IV, arbitration.
The processing of grievances filed and unresolved prior to the effective date of the Agreement may continue under the grievance procedure in effect at the time of the initial filing.
A decision by the Union to submit a grievance to arbitration shall automatically be a waiver of all other remedies except as provided otherwise by statute.
A grievance settled prior to arbitration shall not be precedent setting.
A grievant may withdraw a grievance at any time. The grievant shall not file any subsequent grievance on the same alleged incident.
The parties, by mutual agreement, may consolidate grievances on similar issues at any level.
By mutual agreement, a grievance may be filed at the level at which the authority to resolve the grievance resides.
The grievant or potential grievant and the representative may meet on University property to prepare and present grievances provided such activity does not conflict with any scheduled courses.
Both parties agree that all grievance files shall be confidential. Both parties agree that specific statements made and records used in grievance meetings shall be confidential.
An employee may present grievances and have such grievances adjusted without the intervention of the Union as long as adjustment is reached prior to Level IV; provided such adjustment is not inconsistent with the terms of a written agreement then in effect; and provided that the CSU will not agree to a resolution of the grievance until the Union has received a copy of the grievance and the proposed resolution, and has been given the opportunity to file a response.