Conciliation and Grievances
The AFA contract defines specific procedures for resolving differences between a faculty member and the District relating to terms and conditions of employment. Both AFA and the District are committed to a prompt, fair resolution at the lowest administrative level possible. The AFA Conciliation/Grievance Officer assists any faculty member trying to resolve such an issue with the District.
Each article in AFA's Contract with the District has a specific focus; reading the appropriate article will help you to understand whether you have specific grounds for a contractual grievance. If you believe that your contractual rights have been violated, contact the AFA Conciliation/Grievance Officer for a confidential consultation. For links to the articles of the Contract, click here.
WHAT ARE YOUR 'WEINGARTEN RIGHTS'?
If you are meeting with a supervisor or other representative of the District and you perceive the possibility of investigatory or disciplinary action against you, you have the right to ask that the meeting be adjourned and reconvened at a later time when you may have an AFA representative present to assist and counsel you.
Based on the 1975 U.S. Supreme Court ruling of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vs. Weingarten, union employees are entitled to have union representation at meetings with supervisors that are investigatory or that could lead to disciplinary action. These rights have become known as the Weingarten Rights. (NLRB vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689).