The Collective Bargaining Agreement we negotiate is a legally binding contract. When FSU violates the terms of this agreement, we can use what's known as the Grievance process to set things right. The details of the Grievance process are laid out in Article 20 of the CBA.
There are some important things to know:
- All faculty covered by the CBA can file a grievance.
- Only dues-paying members of UFF-FSU get free assistance with this process, including legal representation.
- To get UFF's help, you need to be a member before your rights are violated. Think of it like insurance: you can't buy it after your car gets totaled or your house gets robbed.
- Non-members are not automatically able to proceed all the way to arbitration. UFF retains the exclusive right to invoke arbitration. This is to safeguard the process from frivolous or hopeless cases.
- The cost of arbitration for non-members is typically $2k-$4k, plus the cost of an attorney (which can exceed $20k).
- All the forms you need to file a solo grievance are in the CBA.
In addition to individual grievances, sometimes FSU makes a violation so egregious that UFF will file a grievance on behalf of the entire chapter. We take contract enforcement very seriously. The system is set up to protect us, and we use all our strengths to defend our rights.
Need Our Help?
Whether you know all the facts or you just need to talk, the first step is to let us know about the problem. We've made the process easier than ever.
What Have We Done?
While we can't publicize the results of every grievance, we are particularly proud of our successful chapter grievances. Read more about them: