Discipline, Grievances and Due Process Rights
What You Need to Know
Your initial contact for accessing the NEA-Alaska UniServ Program as well as any other NEA-Alaska member program is through your local affiliate President. Contact your Local President, or if you are unable to make timely contact with your local President, please call the NEA-Alaska office toll free number at 800-996-3225 or 907-274-0536 or email your concern to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a public school employee you may encounter situations where disciplinary action is taken against you. Remember, you have rights and you need to use them.
Collective bargaining agreement violations do happen. Contact your association representative as soon as possible and keep a journal of events.
Before an evaluation by your supervisor, review your contract and district policy on evaluations. If you receive a negative evaluation, contact your Building Representative or Association Representative as soon as possible.
Reprimands and Suspensions
If you are disciplined, reprimanded, suspended or dismissed contact your union representative as soon as possible even if you believe the action was warranted.
Thriving as a Public School Employee
Get to know your contract!
Flag important pages such as your salary schedule, grievance process, leave, layoff and recall protocol, etc. Having them bookmarked will let you access them quickly as issues arise.
Get to know your local officers and building representatives
- Who is your Building Representative?
- Who is your President?
- Who is your Rights Chair?
Know your school rules
Read your handbook and always have a copy handy.
Keep your records!
Saving all records and correspondence about an issue could make your case for you. Keep all evaluation, discipline, or other formal documents.
Act. Don’t Wait.
Act quickly when an issue comes up. Talk to your union representative before doing anything!
File the Grievance
If you feel that your contract has been violated, talk with your union representative and file a grievance so you don’t miss important timelines!
Follow Directives! Work, then grieve.
When you feel you’ve been given an assignment or directive outside the contract, complete the task and then file the grievance.