Before a grievance is initiated, the librarian is expected to engage in constructive discussion and consultation with the individual(s) involved in order to assure that concerns are understood and to attempt to reach a resolution. Librarians are also encouraged to consult with and seek advice as appropriate from supervisors, library administrators, colleagues, and members of the Personnel Committee. Those consulted are, in turn, encouraged to aid in reaching a resolution and avoiding initiation of a grievance by clarifying misunderstandings and conciliation.
A grievance may not be initiated where the subject is:
- An action or decision exclusively affecting one or more individuals other than the grievant.
- A decision or action to which the grievant has already been afforded the right to a hearing, whether or not such right was exercised (e.g., discipline).