Section 10.0 Definitions
Subdivision 10.01 Grievance
A “grievance” is an allegation by a bargaining unit member, members, or United Faculty (union) that there
has been a violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of any provision of the Master Agreement, except
for matter subject to appeal under Article Eleven (Appeal), which shall be resolved under the procedures of
that Article. The United Faculty may file a grievance on organizational rights specified in this Agreement
and may waive the first two (2) levels under Section 10.3.
Subdivision 10.02 Aggrieved Person
An “aggrieved person” is the person or the United Faculty making the complaint.
Subdivision 10.03 Party in Interest
A “party in interest” is the person or persons making the complaint and any person, including the United
Faculty or the Board, or their representative, who might be required to take action or against whom action
might be taken in order to resolve the complaint.
Section 10.1 Purpose
Subdivision 10.11 Lowest Level
The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible level, equitable solutions to grievances.
Subdivision 10.12 Informal and Confidential
Both parties agree that these proceedings will be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at
any level of the procedure.
Section 10.2 General Procedures
Subdivision 10.21 Time Limits
The failure of an aggrieved person to act on any grievance within the prescribed time limits will act as a bar
to any further appeal. An administrator’s failure to give a decision within the time limits shall permit the
grievant to proceed to the next step. Time limits may be extended by mutual agreement.
Subdivision 10.22 Processing
The investigation, handling, or processing of any grievance by the grieving person or the United Faculty
shall be conducted so as not to interfere with specifically assigned duties. Any departure from this
provision shall be by mutual agreement.
Subdivision 10.23 Election of Forum
If the grievant files any claim or complaint in any forum other than under the grievance procedure of this
Master Agreement, then, while such claim is pending or after it has been adjudicated, the Board shall not be
required to process the same or a substantially equivalent claim through this grievance procedure.
Subdivision 10.24 Filing of Initial Grievance
A Faculty Member who alleges that contract provisions have been violated shall initially seek to resolve the
problem by informal means through administrative channels. This procedure must be initiated within thirty
(30) days following the time at which the aggrieved party could reasonably have been aware of the
occurrence of the grievance. However, under no circumstances shall a grievance be considered timely after
twelve (12) calendar months from the date of occurrence.
Subdivision 10.25 Written Grievance
A formal grievance shall be submitted in writing and shall contain a concise statement of the facts
surrounding the grievance. The statement shall specify the specific Article or provision allegedly violated,
and relief requested. The grievance shall be filed on the form approved by the parties, which shall be
obtained from the United Faculty.
Subdivision 10.26 Filing Limitations
A formal grievance will be processed only if filed within forty-five (45) days following the time at which
the aggrieved party could reasonably have been aware of the occurrence of the grievance. However, under
no circumstances shall a grievance be considered timely after twelve (12) calendar months from the date of
occurrence. The grievance form shall contain an endorsement indicating the United Faculty’s receipt of a
copy of the complaint.
Subdivision 10.27 Days Defined
In all instances in which “days” is specified in this Article the term refers to class days. Saturdays,
Sundays, holidays, and days when classes are not in session are not counted. Class days during summer
session will be counted for faculty on summer appointment (teaching and research) for the whole eight (8)
weeks regardless of period of appointment of Faculty Member. By mutual agreement between United
Faculty and the Board class days may not be counted for faculty on summer appointment. Class days for
faculty not on summer appointment will not be counted except by mutual agreement between United
Faculty and the Board. When counting days, the day the grievance is received at any point in the procedure
shall be considered “day one.”
Section 10.3 Formal Levels
Subdivision 10.31 Level One
The grievance form shall be filed with the grievant’s Department Head who shall respond within fourteen
(14) days, indicating her/his disposition of the case. The Department Head shall distribute copies as
indicated on the approved grievance form.
Subdivision 10.32 Level Two
The aggrieved person may, within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the disposition of the case at Level
One, appeal to the appropriate Dean, in writing, with the authorized signature of United Faculty. The Dean
shall meet with the parties and United Faculty, and, within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the appeal,
indicate her/his response in writing, with a copy to United Faculty.
Subdivision 10.33 Level Three
The aggrieved person may, within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the decision at Level Two, appeal to
the President or her/his designee, with the authorized signature of United Faculty. The President or
designee shall, within fourteen (14) days of receipt, indicate her/his response in writing, with a copy to
Section 10.4 Arbitration (Level Four)
Subdivision 10.41 Notice of Arbitration
The United Faculty may submit a grievance to arbitration with the consent of the grievant and with notice to
the President and copy to the Board Office, provided written notice of intent to arbitrate is delivered to the
Office of the President within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of the President’s response at Level Three.
Subdivision 10.42 Selection Procedure
Unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties, the arbitrator shall be chosen according to the following
Upon submission of a request for arbitration, the parties may within ten (10) days after the request
to arbitrate, attempt to agree upon the selection of an arbitrator. If no agreement on an arbitrator is
reached, either party may request the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board submit a panel of
five (5) arbitrators. If the panel submitted by PERB is unacceptable to either party, the parties
shall request a second panel of arbitrators from PERB.
When a grievance has been taken to arbitration, the parties shall, within 14 days, meet to select the
arbitrator. The parties shall strike alternately until one name remains. The person who remains
shall be the arbitrator. The parties shall promptly notify the arbitrator of her/his selection.
Subdivision 10.43 Exchange of Evidence
After the date for the arbitration hearing is established, the Union representative and Employer
representative will schedule a meeting not less than one (1) week prior to the grievance arbitration date to
exchange all evidence relevant to the grievance that is available to them at that time through the exercise of
Subdivision 10.44 Hearing and Decision
The arbitrator so selected shall confer with the President or designee and the United Faculty and hold
hearings promptly and shall issue her/his decision not later than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of
the close of the hearings or, if written briefs have not been waived, then from the date the final statements
and proofs on the issues are submitted to her/him. The arbitrator’s decision shall be in writing and shall set
forth her/his findings of fact, reasoning and conclusions on the issues submitted. The arbitrator shall have
no power to alter, add, or detract from the specific provisions of the Agreement. The decision of the
arbitrator shall be submitted to the President and the United Faculty and shall be final and binding on the
Subdivision 10.45 Costs
The costs for the services of the arbitrator, including per diem expenses, if any, and actual and necessary
travel and subsistence expenses shall be borne equally by the Board and the United Faculty. Any other
expenses incurred shall be paid by the party incurring the same.
Section 10.5 Rights of Employees to Representation
Subdivision 10.51 Employee and United Faculty
Any aggrieved person may be represented at all stages of the grievance procedure prior to Level Three by
herself/himself, or at United Faculty’s option, by a representative selected or approved by the United
Faculty. The United Faculty shall have the right to be present at all levels as a party of interest.
Subdivision 10.52 Separate Grievance File
All official documents, communications, and records dealing with the processing of a grievance shall be
filed in a separate grievance file. The grievance file shall be accessible during business hours to the
grievant and United Faculty upon the request of either.
Subdivision 10.53 Arbitration Hearings
All hearings before the arbitrator under this procedure shall be open except if the parties mutually agree that
the proceedings should be closed, or the arbitrator orders the proceedings closed for cause.