The Union has a number of important functions, but the two most important are negotiating the Collective Bargaining Contract (CBA) and enforcing it. In enforcing the CBA, the Union has the role of protecting the rights of the members of the bargaining unit under its provisions. In a large organization like our university, administrators across the institution have the contractual responsibility to follow the provisions of the CBA in their day-to-day work. Too often, we find that many of them either do not know the provisions of the CBA that are relevant to their work, or, sometimes, a few will consciously violate the contract for one reason or another.
When a violation of the CBA occurs, the affected member comes to the Union. An investigation of the facts of the case is begun. The relevant Union grievance officer will make a finding and, if the complaint has merit, the Union will file a grievance.
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