Professional Rights and
The PR&P Committee is your prime resource to contact for any contract language violations. If you think that the contract language has been violated, it is YOUR responsibility to contact your building representative and committee member as soon as you have knowledge that there may be a violation. There are specific timelines, at each grievance level, that the Committee has to abide by that are stated in the contract. See your HTA building representative for an HTA Contract Violation Form or download one from this site; complete the form; and schedule an appointment with the Committee.
Chair: Roberta Duprey – E.N. White
MTA Consultant: Paul Ryan
Please refer to the Turn Around Plan for the grievance procedure regarding that specific plan.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE Section I. 1. The purpose of the procedures set forth below is to produce prompt and equitable solutions to those problems which from time to time may arise and affect the conditions of employment of the employees covered by this Contract. Such a problem shall be defined as a grievance under this Contract and must be presented promptly but no later than fifteen (15) calendar days (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and the school year vacation periods) after it arises or the employee first has knowledge of the event initiating the problem, and be processed in accordance with the following steps, time limits and conditions set forth. All grievances will be presented and answered in writing, on a form to be mutually developed by the Parties. Nothing in this procedure will preclude the Parties from resolving problems informally before a grievance is presented formally (in writing) at
Level I. Any employee may discuss any grievance with the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Holyoke Teachers Association.
2. Level One: The employee or the Association shall present the written grievance to the employee’s immediate supervisor within the time limits set forth above. The supervisor shall give a written answer within seven (7) calendar days (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and the school year vacation periods).
3. Level Two: If the grievance is not settled at Level One within seven (7) calendar days of the written presentation to the immediate supervisor, the Association shall within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of the immediate supervisor’s answer, present the grievance to the Superintendent of Schools who shall meet with the Association and Grievant within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the written grievance. The Superintendent shall give a written answer within seven (7) calendar days of the Level Two meeting.
4. Level Three: If the grievance is not settled at Level Two, the Association may appeal it, by giving written notice of such appeal, within seven (7) calendar days after such receipt of the 32 written answer of the Superintendent, to the School Committee, who shall discuss it with the Association representative at a meeting to be held within fourteen (14) calendar days following receipt by the School Committee of the written appeal of the Association. The School Committee shall give a written answer within seven (7) calendar days following the Level Three meeting.
5. Level Four: If the grievance is not settled at Level Three, the Association may submit it to final and binding arbitration by giving the School Committee written notice, within fourteen (14) calendar days of the Association’s receipt of the School Committee’s Level Four written answer, of its desire to arbitrate the problem.