SEIU Article 64

Article 64: Mutual Respect

Section 1.

The Employer and the Union agree that mutual respect between and among managers, faculty, employees, co-workers and supervisors is integral to the efficient conduct of the University’s business. Behaviors that contribute to an intimidating, abusive or bullying work environment, will not be tolerated. They include, but are not limited to:

a) threatening or intimidating behavior or words (written or oral).

b) obscenities/profanities (verbal or gestures) directed at a person.

c) threatening or obscene gestures, jokes, or cartoons.

d) degrading a person or a group on the basis of a personal or cultural characteristic.

e) taunting, jeering, mocking, or humiliating another person through acts or words.

f) screaming and/or yelling at others.

Section 2.

Employees who believe that they are subject to such behavior should raise their concerns with an appropriate manager or supervisor as soon as possible, but no later than thirty (30) days from the occurrence of the incident(s). In the event that the employee’s concerns are not addressed by the manager or supervisor within thirty (30) days the Union, on behalf of the employee(s), may file a complaint with the Central Office of Human Resources. The Office of Human Resources will respond in writing to the complaint within thirty (30) days of receipt.

Section 3.

The parties agree that issues relating to inappropriate workplace conduct by employees or supervisors not covered by Article 19 - No Discrimination, are appropriate for discussion at monthly meetings under Article 18 – Grievance and Arbitration Procedure, Section 12.

Section 4.

Every January, each university will remind employees of available university resources for dealing with inappropriate workplace conduct by means such as memoranda or electronic mail.

Section 5.

The Union acknowledges the university’s right to deal directly with employees in resolving complaints of inappropriate workplace conduct, provided bargaining unit employees maintain their rights to grieve discipline under applicable provisions of the Agreement, pursuant to the grievance procedure.

Section 6.

The provisions of this Article are not subject to grievance or arbitration.