GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 8.1 Grievance Procedure Sample Clauses

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 8.1 Grievance Procedure. Should a dispute arise respecting the interpretation, application, operation or any alleged violation of a provision of this Agreement, including any question as to whether a matter is arbitrable, or the dismissal,discipline or suspension of an employee bound by this Agreement, an earnest effort shall be made to settle the dispute in the following manner. 8.2 Step 1Every effort shall be made by an employee and his/her immediate supervisor to resolve the issue verbally. An employee shall have the right to have his/her steward present at such a discussion. If unresolved, an employee may, within twenty-one (21) calendar days of first becoming aware of the action or circumstances giving rise to the grievance, submit a grievance in writing to the Employer's designate. The Employer's designate will sign and date the grievance form to confirm receipt. 8.3 Step 2The Employer's designate shall meet with the Union's designate(s) within fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the grievance. This meeting may be waived by mutual agreement. Following such a meeting, the Employer's designate shall respond within ten (10) calendar days in writing to the Union's Area Representative. 8.4 Time Limit to Submit to ArbitrationFailing satisfactory settlement at Step 2, the Union Area Representative may submit the grievance to arbitration within twenty-one (21) calendar days of the date of receipt of the Employer's Step 2 reply or the date it was due. 8.5 Policy GrievanceEither Party may submit a policy grievance respecting the general application, interpretation or alleged violation of an article of this Agreement, within twenty-one (21) calendar days at arbitration pursuant to Article 9.1. In such instance a Step 2 reply is not required. 8.6 Time LimitsIf a grievance is not initiated in accordance with the prescribed time limits, such grievance shall be deemed to be abandoned by the Union. However, the Union will not be deemed to have prejudiced its position on any future grievance. Notwithstanding, the Parties may agree to extend time limits by mutual agreement. 8.7 Administrative ProvisionsGrievances may be filed by hand delivery or other mutually agreeable means. Grievance replies shall be sent by registered mail, by hand delivery or courier. Written replies and notifications shall be deemed to be presented on the date which they are registered or accepted by a courier and received on the day they were delivered to the appropriate office. 8.8 Technical ObjectionsNo griev...