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Policies and Procedures

12.03 Merit System Grievance and Appeals Procedure

Purpose:

To provide a process by which grievances of merit employees concerning terms of employment and working conditions will be considered and resolved.

Policy Statement:

Merit employees in non-temporary positions may file a grievance regarding the interpretation or application of institutional rules governing terms of employment or working conditions or the provisions of the Regents Merit System Rules. Employees should contact the Office of Compliance and Equity Management for situations alleging discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other protected category under applicable federal, state or local law.

Merit employees covered by the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement (CBA) may file a grievance regarding the interpretation or application of the AFSCME CBA. 

Procedure:

Employees are encouraged to first discuss the issue with their immediate supervisor. Human Resource Services may also be contacted to informally discuss an issue prior to beginning the formal grievance process. 

Merit Supervisory & Confidential employee grievances will be handled in accordance with the procedures set forth in Regents Merit System Rule 681-3.129 (8A) Grievances at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/03-21-2012.681.3.pdf

Merit AFSCME employee grievances will be handled in accordance with Article IV of the CBA, Grievance Procedure.  The current CBA can be viewed at http://www.uni.edu/hrs/merit.

Related University Policies:

13.02 Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

13.19 Retaliation and Misconduct Reporting 

Human Resource Services, approved September 1, 2015
President’s Cabinet, approved November 9, 2015
President and Executive Management Team, approved December 14, 2015