If one of the rights or benefits guaranteed to you by the Contract or by your Letter of Appointment is denied to you as a GAU member, we are here to help.
The grievance procedure provides a standardized process through which your concerns can be addressed. Someone from our Grievance Committee will be there with you every step of the way to make sure that your benefits are protected and that your rights are enforced.
Discuss your options with us within 25 days after the incident and before filing other forms of resolution (e.g. complaint to Human Resources), to avoid possibly interfering with the grievance process or losing ability to file a grievance.
Please complete the Grievance Form below and one of our Grievance Committee members will respond as soon as they can! To learn more about the Grievance Committee, please visit our Committees page.
If you are a GAU member and your issue constitutes a grievance of the CBA, you will meet with a member of the Grievance Committee to go over all the details of your situation, consider your options (including filing a formal grievance), and discuss the remedies you hope to get for your situation.
Before filing a formal grievance, you and a GAU representative will seek an informal resolution to your situation, such as a meeting with the involved parties to receive clarification or additional information. Oftentimes, issues are resolved at this stage.
If an informal resolution is not reached, and you would like to pursue the matter further, the GAU representative will write a formal grievance and submit it to HR. Please note that a formal grievance must be filed within 25 days of the initial incident.
Within 10 days of filing, there will be a Step 1 Hearing. At the hearing, you and the GAU representative present the grievance and provide any supporting documentation. This is the chance to tell your story and get your point across.
Within 10 days of the Step 1 Meeting, UF hears from the other side of the grievance and then issues their report. This report details the grievance and the decision that UF has made. If you are satisfied with the decision, this concludes the grievance process!
If the Step 1 decision is not acceptable, we have an additional 10 days to file for a Step 2 Hearing. This is essentially the same process as Step 1, except the grievance is presented to different UF administrators and we have the chance to address issues with the first report.
Within 10 days, a second report will be issued. As before, this report details the grievance to date and the decision that UF has made. Again, if you are satisfied with this decision, you can conclude the grievance process at this stage!
If the decision is not acceptable, we have an additional 25 days to file for arbitration. Then within 14 days of filing, arbitration will begin. With arbitration, an outside mediator will hear both sides of the grievance and make a decision. Arbitration must be completed within 90 days. Whatever decision the arbitrator makes is the final decision for the grievance.
Through collective bargaining, we negotiate our Contract. Through the formal grievance procedure, we enforce it.
The University of Florida is a huge place, home to over 50,000 students and over 40,000 employees.
If something goes wrong, you need a strong voice to fight on your behalf. When you’re taking classes, teaching classes, and doing research all at once, you might not have the time or the energy to fight these battles on your own.
That’s what GAU is for and this is why it’s valuable to be a GAU member!
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