When a claimed wrongful disciplinary action has been taken against a provisional employee who
has served for two years * in the same or similar title or related occupational group in the same
agency, the following procedure shall govern upon service of written charges of incompetency or misconduct:
|| Following the service of written charges, a conference with such employee shall be held
with respect to such charges by the person designated by the agency head to review a
grievance at STEP I of the Grievance Procedure set forth in Article XV of this Agreement.
The employee may be represented at such conference by a representative of the Union.
The person designated by the agency head to review the charges shall take any steps
necessary to a proper disposition of the charges and shall issue a determination in writing
by the end of the fifth day following the date of the conference.
||If the employee is not satisfied with the determination at STEP A above, then the
employee may choose to proceed in accordance with the Grievance Procedure set forth in
Article XV of this Agreement through STEP III. The Union, with the consent of the
employee, shall have the right to proceed to binding arbitration pursuant to STEP IV of
such Grievance Procedure. The period of an employee's suspension without pay pending
hearing and determination of charges shall not exceed thirty (30) days.
||An appeal from the determination of STEP A above shall be made to the agency head or
designated representative. The appeal must be made in writing within five (5) work days
of the receipt of the determination. The agency head or designated representative shall
meet with the employee and the Union for review of the grievance and shall issue a
determination to the employee and the Union by the end of the tenth work day following
the day on which the appeal was filed. The agency head or designated representative shall
have the power to impose the discipline, if any, decided upon, up to and including
termination of the accused employee's employment. In the event of such termination or
suspension without pay totaling more than thirty (30) days, the Union with the consent of
the grievant may elect to skip STEP C of this Section and proceed directly to STEP D.
If the grievant is not satisfied with the determination of the agency head or designated
representative the grievant or the Union may appeal to the Commissioner of Labor
Relations in writing within ten (10) days of the determination of the agency head or
designated representative. The Commissioner of Labor Relations shall issue a written
reply to the grievant and the Union within fifteen (15) work days.
STEP D If the grievant is not satisfied with the determination of the Commissioner of Labor
Relations, the Union with the consent of the grievant may proceed to arbitration pursuant
to the procedures set forth in STEP IV of the Grievance Procedure set forth in Article XV
of this Agreement.