Disciplinary steps can include a verbal reprimand, a written reprimand, suspension with pay, suspension without pay, non-renewal or termination. Non-renewal, termination and suspension can be subject to a grievance. By contract terms, the deputy superintendent of operations must authorize suspensions. The relevant section follows:
“The above disciplinary actions are non-grievable except for non-renewal, termination, or suspension. Suspensions with or without pay must have the authorization of the Deputy Superintendent for Operations. Where circumstances permit, the Deputy Superintendent for Operations will allow the employee an opportunity to be heard prior to taking action on such suspensions. The employee may bring a personal representative to such a meeting.”
The contract also lays out a detailed grievance procedure which includes three progressive levels. At the final level, the grievance can be submitted to binding arbitration.