Like many of our members, I sometimes think that our grievance process takes forever. In today’s world where the internet is constantly at our finger tips and with the swipe of a finger you can buy things, read world news, talk with somebody half way across the globe, etc., you come to expect instant gratification. When you want something done you want it done now. You almost begin to wonder does our grievance process even work.
I came across the article below and I was reminded that like our nations judicial system, things may not move fast, but they do get done. It was nice to see the proof in the efforts of our brothers and sisters in the IBEW Local 272 at First Energy’s Bruce Mansfield Plant. Sometimes it is hard to remain patient when you feel you have been wronged or have an issue you just want settled.
With the information I am interpreting from the article below (and I may be wrong), it seems that the issues they have tried to settle for approximately three years may finally be at an end. Three years seems like a lifetime in today’s world, but to have something like this settled after all that time is good for both sides in the disagreement. It is good for the union folks because they will get their work back and be made whole on wages they have missed out on for some time. It is good for the company folks because they can put this distraction behind them and focus on what really matters to both sides; the state of First Energy and where we will be in the next couple of years.
Please click the link and read the article below. If you sometimes feel like I do and wonder if this long drawn out process is worth it, you may find it encouraging. The grievance process only works if you take the time to fill them out and stay informed, patient, and calm throughout the process.