Presentation on theme: "BR 101: Roles and Responsibilities"— Presentation transcript:
1BR 101: Roles and Responsibilities Peggy Gladden & Adia HoagBTU Field Representatives
2The Core Responsibilities The Work Site LeaderThe CommunicatorThe Problem SolverThe Union Builder
3The Worksite Leader Is a visible representative of the union Holds worksite meetingsGets union members to serve on committeesWelcomes new employeesDiscusses important issuesRepresents the school at building representative meetings
4The Communicator Distributes newsletters and flyers Maintains a bulletin boardCollects literature & bulletins from oppositionActivates a building telephone tree or listConducts surveysInforms faculty of policy decisionsReports back information to members
5The Problem Solver Handles lower level informal grievances Maintains contact with BTU staff regarding concernsIndentifies worksite problemsInvolves members in professional issues
6The Union Builder Recruits members Develops a Union Chapter Committee Organizes social eventsRecruits volunteers for political campaignsSecures support for legislative activitiesDevelops a Union Chapter Committee
7What is a Grievance?Article IV 4.2 Definition A grievance is a violation, misapplication or misinterpretation of any provision of this agreement or of a policy of the Board of School Commissioners which affects the terms and conditions of employment.
8The Grievance Process Step 1: School Site or Office Step 2: Appropriate Executive Director or DesigneeStep 3: CEO or DesigneeStep 4: Board of School CommissionersStep 5: Arbitration
9Step 1 School or OfficeAn employee shall present his complaint orally to the appropriate administrator, within ten (10) school days after knowledge by the employee of the facts giving rise to the act or condition which is the basis of the complaint. The employee, or his representative, and the administrator shall confer with the view of arriving at a mutually satisfactory resolution. All matters, whether or not they meet the definition of a grievance as defined in Section 4.2, may be discussed at this stage. The administrator shall render a written decision which shall be communicated to the employee or Union representative within five (5) school days of the conference. Only grievances as defined in Section 4.2 may be pursued to Step 2.
10Step 2: Executive Director If the dispute is not resolved at Step 1, the grievant may appeal by forwarding in writing to the Executive Director of Elementary/Middle or Secondary School, as appropriate, or next appropriate supervisor, in writing within five (5) school days after he has received the Step 1 decision. The Step 2 administrator shall schedule a meeting with the parties concerned within seven (7) school days of the receipt of the appeal at which time the aggrieved employee shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard. The Step 2 administrator shall issue a written decision within five (5) school days after the meeting.
11Step 3: CEOThe Step 2 decision may be appealed in writing to the CEO within five (5) school days after the Step 2 decision has been received. The CEO, or his designated representative shall meet with the aggrieved employee within ten (10) school days of the appeal. The aggrieved employee will receive at least two (2) school days notice of the meeting and shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard. The CEO, or his designated representative, shall communicate his written decision to the aggrieved employee not later than ten (10) school days after the meeting.
12Step 4: Board of School Commissioners The Step 3 decision may be appealed in writing to the Board within five (5) school days after the Step 3 decision has been received. The Board, sitting as a whole, by committee, or by designee, shall hear the grievance within fifteen (15) school days following receipt of the appeal and shall render its decision not later than ten (10) school days following said hearing. The Board, at its option, may waive Step 4, in which case the Union may press the matter to arbitration.
13Step 5: ArbitrationWithin ten (10) days following receipt of the Step 4 decision, the union may move any unresolved grievance to arbitration by notifying the Board in writing of its intention to do so. Thereafter either party may request the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to provide a list of seven (7) arbitrators who each are members of the National Academy of Arbitrators, FMCS Maryland Sub-Regional or Regional Area. An arbitrator shall be chosen by alternately striking names from the list, with the last name remaining being the arbitrator chosen. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on all parties to the arbitration.The arbitrator shall be without power to add to, subtract from, change or alter any provision of the Agreement, Board Policy or of applicable State or local law. The Arbitrator shall confine himself to the precise issue submitted for arbitration and shall have no authority to determine any other issues nor shall he submit observations or declarations of opinion which are not essential in reaching the determination.The arbitrator shall not hear or decide more than one (1) grievance unless mutually agreed otherwise.The cost for the services of the arbitrator, including per diem expenses, if any, and actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses, will be borne equally by the Board and the Union.
14Networking In School Network Ideas Phone Tree Assign several names to each of your most reliable peopleDivide the faculty by prep periods, floors, wings, etcUse this system to send out reminders out about meetings, voting, and passing on important informationPhone TreeMessages arrive faster when no one person has to make more than 3 to 5 callsUse reliable staff members who can report back resultsA good phone tree works in both directions
15School Meetings Keep them relevant, purposeful and worthwhile Make sure they reflect the opinions of the membersGive advanced noticeThe meeting should be held at a regular and convenient timeProvide an agenda and key items to be consideredInclude a social dimension (like coffee or a light snack)Allow questions and if you don’t know, say so, and get back to your members with answersPromote a discussion, adds stimulation and is vital to decision makingAfter the meeting follow up with non-union members present and make sure they are asked to joinAsk for suggestions from new members and others on topics for the next meetingHelp members relax by providing a relaxed and congenial atmosphereMake the meeting short and make sure it ends on time
16Union Chapter Committees The UCC and the principal are to meet once a month, as stipulated in the contractMeetings help formulate school policy and contribute to the prevention of grievancesThis is a valuable tool in getting teachers and PSRPs voices heard on school mattersAwkwardness can be dissipated if meetings are conducted properly; the intention is that the UCC and the principal sit down as equals to discuss school issuesThe UCC should have an agenda prepared and a strategy before you meet with your principal; decide to start with easier items first or difficult items firstEstablish and maintain a good rapportPropose and discuss solutions that are practicalWith time your principal will be convinced that your cooperation in solving problems at the school level will be an assetInform staff members of the results of each meeting. THIS IS IMPORTANT!Do not give up!
17Bulletin Boards For BTU information and important announcements Keep your bulletin board attractive and up-to-dateOld poster and messages should be removed promptlyAll material should be kept freshA quick glance by a colleague will show them that BTU is fighting for them!
18Recruiting Form a leadership team Target non-members BTUMembership DriveForm a leadership teamTarget non-membersContact non-membersFollow-up
19Forming a Leadership Team The Building Rep can’t do everything. The activism of all union members is essential. Volunteers are needed.Membership recruitment is an on-going process.The regularity of membership recruitment meetings determines to a large degree the success of membership recruitment.
20Swift and prompt handling of grievances builds membership. Reaching Out to Non-membersSwift and prompt handling of grievances builds membership.You may wish to invite a BTU staff person to talk with your total staff or individual non-membersThe Buddy System: a BTU member is assigned to welcome each new member and inform new members about the benefits of joining the BTUBRs should keep a supply of Membership Cards on handMass Action Approach: BR must actively seek the participation of every person at schoolIf you don’t ask, they won’t join!
21Follow UpDon’t believe them when they say no; today’s “NO” could be tomorrow’s active memberPeople will often say no because its easy or because they don’t know much about the unionGetting people to join is an educational processKeep going backConvince them they have a contribution to make and that you really want them with you
22Lay the Groundwork In school Contact Network Phone Tree Have Meetings Involve PeopleEstablish Important RelationshipsAttend Every Building Representative MeetingEncourage Attendance at Every Membership Meeting
23Remember, even though the BTU has one of the toughest contracts in the country, no contract is worth the paper it’s printed on unless it’s enforced.