All bargaining unit members should be aware that they have a right to Union representation at investigatory interviews with administration. You must make it clear (either before or during any interviews) that you want Union representation. You may stop an interview or discussion until you are able to have Union representation. If you are denied Union representation, this is an unfair labor practice. You may not be penalized for making a request for Union representation.
Before your appointment with the grievance officer
If you make an appointment for a grievance, in preparation, please consider the following six questions: 1. Please write, in your own words, what has happened. (Be sure to include: Who did that? What happened? Where did it take place? When did it take place? Why did that happen?) 2. Please list any other people who are involved (witnesses, others who are affected, etc.). What additional information do they have about this complaint? 3. Which article of the contract (or supporting policy) has been violated? 4. What insight can you offer about why management has take the action it has taken? 5. Has the administration suggested that this is a discipline or termination case? What is the evidence they have offered? 6. What is the remedy you are seeking?
UNHLU-AAUP is the union for lecturer faculty at the University of New Hampshire. The views and opinions expressed are those of UNHLU-AAUP and do not imply endorsement by UNH.