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Article 5 Grievance Procedure

The Union and the Employer, recognizing that there are numerous grievance procedures contained with the collective bargaining agreements of the Building Trades Affiliates, and after every attempt is made, by the Union Steward and a Supervisor, representing management, to adjust a dispute that may arise, the Union and the Employer do hereby agree to the following grievance procedure:

5.1 Step One

When a dispute or controversy arises over the interpretation of, or adherence to, the terms and provisions of the Agreement between the Employer and the Union, the Union must, within fifteen (15) working days, officially notify in writing the Director of Facilities Management that a dispute exists.  A meeting shall then be held within five (5) working days between the Business Agent or designee of the affected union and the Director of Facilities Management, or his/her designee, in an attempt to resolve the dispute.  If a resolution cannot be reached, the grievance will proceed to Step Two.

5.2 Step Two

If no resolution can be reached in Step One, a meeting shall be held within fifteen (15) working days, between the Director of Facilities Management or his/her designee, and the Business Agent or designee of the affected union, in an attempt to resolve the dispute.  If no agreement can be reached, the Union and the Employer shall proceed to Step Three.

5.3 Step Three

If the Union and the Employer cannot reach a resolution in Step Two, they both agree to submit their case to the Minnesota State Bureau of Mediation Services, within fifteen (15) working days.  Both parties agree that the decision of the Bureau shall be final and binding.

The time frame spelled out in Steps One, Two and Three may be adjusted as mutually agreed upon, by the Employer and the affected Union.