What should an employer do if an individual employee wishes to present his or her own grievance instead of having the union file it on his or her behalf?

Author: Jessica Sussman

An employer and an employee represented by a union are required to follow the collective bargaining agreement. Whether an employee may present his or her own grievance depends on the language of the collective bargaining agreement. If the grievance clause provides that only a union representative may file a grievance, the employee is not permitted to present his or her own grievance. However, most grievance clauses in collective bargaining agreements contain a provision providing that either the union or the aggrieved employee may file a grievance.