FAQs: click on any question to view answers.
Q: What is a grievance?
A: Grievances are a legal challenge to the District to remedy contract violations or unreasonable disciplinary decisions.
There are four levels:
- Building Meeting/Level I
- District Meeting/Level II
- Mediation/Level III, and
- Binding Arbitration/Level IV.
MFT must support the grievance for it to go forward and expects your participation and candid preparation of a written account of your issues or concerns. With that in mind, please be prepared to:
- Keep a record - Write down the sequence of events, keep track of documents, be prepared to concisely and accurately tell your story or show your records and the source of support you have for your side of the story, whether it would be witnesses, documents, past practices, etc.
- Pinpoint the issues, if asked to do so (What is inaccurate in this letter)?
- Explore the assertions of the district (Why would the district conclude that …)?
- State what would resolve the dispute...
- Exercise good faith in responding to the district's assertions or giving credence to accurate assertions.
- Consider writing a rebuttal to a written reprimand if you cannot point to a factual inaccuracy in the reprimand letter.
- Immediately contact an MFT Business Agent and provide any correspondence that you receive.
Q: When/how is a grievance filed?
A: MFT exclusively files grievances on your behalf. They must be filed within 20 duty/school days (weekends, breaks are not counted) from the date of the "harm", (discipline or contract violation), occurs. MFT cannot guarantee the outcome of a grievance, however, MFT's grievance committee can recommend that a grievance be advanced to binding arbitration to pursue a remedy.
Q: What rights do you have if you are discharged from a tenured position for disciplinary reasons?
A: You have rights under the Teacher Tenure Act (MS122A.41). If you are terminated for cause, you need to be formally notified in writing by the Board of Education and individually file a written challenge within 10 days of the date of the school board action. Note: ECFE and ABE teachers do not have statutory rights to tenure status, but may have still have due process rights under the contract. Contact MFT59 ASAP if you have been discharged and have any questions about your rights - your case will be reviewed.
Q: What is realignment? Realignment FAQ
A: Realignment is pretty much a thing of the past, but typically involved retaining a singly licensed teacher by moving a multiply licensed more senior teacher to another license ladder if that would accomplish laying off a less senior teacher than the one originally proposed for layoff. Realignment has been eliminated since the current bargaining agreement between MFT and the District.