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.