Over the summer, I volunteered to be part of the grievance committee because of the important role I know it plays in creating a positive workplace atmosphere. Grievances are a mutually agreed upon method of resolving contract disputes between employees and employers. There can be no retribution applied to an employee for trying to resolve a conflict through the grievance process.
With that in mind, knowing your contract might be the most important thing you can do. I am quite aware of how busy we have been these first few weeks of school. I am a teacher as well, and know how little free time we actually have when we want to be good at our jobs. Administrators also want to be good at their jobs and they will push us to limits to help us achieve our common goals. The one thing I encourage you to do before you dive back into your work is read your contract closely to make sure both you and they are following the agreed upon rules.
You can find our contract both on the district webpage and this website.
Grievance Chairperson: Lyle Melkerson – Kivalina, 907.891.3941