Timeliness. The grievance procedure shall proceed without unnecessary delay. It is recognized that in some cases strictly enforced time limitations may interfere with a mutually acceptable process of fact finding or problem resolution. However, either Party may invoke a time limitation upon five (5) days’ written notice to the other Party. Except by mutual agreement, time limits for initiating a complaint/grievance, however, must be adhered to.
Timeliness. A grievance will be deemed untimely if the time limits set forth above for presentation of a grievance at Step 1 or of an Association grievance at Step 2 are not met, unless the parties agree in writing to extend such time limits. Subsequent grievance advancements and responses will be deemed untimely if the time limits set forth above are not met, unless the parties mutually agree in good faith to extend such time limits. Such extension shall be documented in writing if requested by either party. If a response is untimely, the grievance shall be considered automatically elevated to the next Step in the grievance process.