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 info@neaalaska.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.

Professional Issues

Collective bargaining agreement violations do happen. Contact your Association Representative as soon as possible and keep a journal of events.

Evaluations

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.

When You Need Help?

CALL YOUR UNION

1-800-996-3225

Local: 907-274-0536


Weingarten Rights

“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my Association representative be present at the meeting.”


Contract Database

View your local’s contract in the Alaska Educator Contract Database.

Contract Database

Do’s and Dont’s of Due Process Rights

If you are charged with job-related violations or your supervisor asks to meet with you to discuss concerns about your performance or conduct:

DO

  • Contact your local employee rights representative immediately.
  • Listen carefully to the employer’s concerns or accusations, and then ask for time before you respond.
  • Insist that a local representative be present for any interview or meeting regarding allegations of misconduct, poor performance or possible charges against you.
  • Make detailed notes of all related events.
  • List names of people who have direct knowledge of the event(s).
  • Request and keep copies of all documents and papers related to the event(s).
  • Meet deadlines with appropriate responses.

DON’T

  • Resign prior to discussing your employment options with your union representative.
  • Admit guilt or accept blame in any incident.
  • Agree to meet without a union representative.
  • Make statements or respond to questions prior to consultation with your union representative.
  • Sign any papers or agreements before consulting with your union representative.
  • Agree to pay any expenses for any damage or to make restitution, etc.
  • Reveal your liability coverage(s).
  • Hire a private attorney before understanding your legal defense benefits, coverage, and limitations.

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.