For the GWC Valve International company, once they choose to become unionized, that means that all grievances will have to be given to the union. A grievance is a complaint that an employee has and it could be about anything. All grievances must be in writing in order for the union to go through it and actually read it in order to figure out as solution. If the Collective Agreement is in place from 2016-2021, it is important that all employees and even the union must always read it and follow it from A-Z. If you have a complain you actually need to write it out step-by-step.

Common Types of Complaints

There are three common types of grievances that get file frequently in several large organizations which include:

  1. Seniority: normally the collective agreement will say that the last in is the first person out of the organization if ever they have too many employees for the workload at hand.
  2. Discipline: if you get two letters in your file when you are a college professor, you will then get fired.
  3. Pay and Wages: there are numerous merit pay disputes on bonuses and raises since if you are in the top 10 in your organization (for college professor’s), you usually receive a 5000-10,000$ bonus which is seen unfair to several other employees. There is also disputes on classification since for example if you are in category 19 of your organization, this is the years of education you have which is how long you have been there, therefore you’ll most likely be getting the highest pay.

Grievance Process

Step 1: employee prepares written grievance.

Step 2: grievance is discussed by the human resource manager.

Step 3: senior management, senior labour relations specialist, and top union officials discuss the grievance.

Step 4: grievance is submitted to arbitration, arbitrator hears evidence and renders decision, then the grievance gets resolved.