On May 15, 2012, the Capitol Chapter of the West Virginia Public Workers Union voted to announce that our union members are collecting research on problems with the public employee grievance system.  One goal the union has is to develop testimonials from people who have experienced problems with the grievance process and make a report to the legislative committee studying the grievance process. [1]

Our union members have experienced a variety of problems including: denial of discovery motions; denial of due process; hearing examiner bias; retaliation against grievant and witnesses; agencies make up the rules as they go; agency bad faith; incorrect interpretations of laws, rules and policies by agencies; and refusing to allow representation in meetings that can result in discipline.

If you have experienced problems with the WV public employees grievance system, or if you have suggestions on how to improve the grievance process please contact Sherry Wilkins and let the union know what your ideas are and what problems you have experienced in the grievance system, when and what the result was. Include any recommendations you may have on ways we can improve the grievance process to make it fair, cost effective and you can help us change the grievance process to actually resolve work place problems.  The Union anticipates providing a report to the WV Legislature of this broken grievance process.  Please contact Sherry no later than June 15th, 2012. 

[1] West Virginia Legislature announced Monday, May 14, 2012, that HCR 116, the study of the WV Public Employees Grievance code, policies, & rules, was assigned to the Joint Committee on Government Organization for the 2012-2013 interims. For a list if all 2012 Legislative studies: