If you feel you were treated unfairly, you may file a grievance with your employer through CUPE 2626. Grievances can pertain to candidate selection, exceeding the allotted number of work hours in your contract, harassment, discrimination, evaluation procedures, health and safety, employment entitlements, and many other rights and privileges established by Canadian laws and our collective agreement with the University of Ottawa.

Remember: You have a legal right to be part of a union and to protect your rights through a fair grievance procedure! An employer cannot reprimand you in any way for exercising that right, during or after the grievance, and regardless its outcome.

If you would like to file a grievance or have questions regarding whether or not you could file a grievance, contact one of the Chief Stewards, Rosemary Dineen and Maxime Vallée.

What exactly is a grievance?

A grievance is the regular process by which problems are solved in a unionized workplace. It occurs when a member believes his or her rights on the job were violated. It can also be filed by the Union on behalf of an individual or group, to address a wide range of issues.

Our Collective Agreement describes how CUPE 2626 and the University have agreed to handle grievances. The aim of this process is to provide the means to resolve a workplace issue through formal negotiation.

If you decide to file a grievance you will have CUPE 2626’s support throughout the various steps of the process. We will draft the necessary documents, help you understand the possible outcomes, make sure we meet the deadlines and attend meetings with you.

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