The appointing authority may dismiss, issue non-punitive disciplinary letters to, or demote any worker in the classified service provided the rules and regulations of the Civil Service Commission are followed. Workers covered by this agreement may not be temporarily reduced in step.

Right to Steward Representation

Whenever a worker is required to meet with a supervisor and the worker reasonably anticipates that such meeting will involve questioning leading to disciplinary action, they shall be entitled to have a Steward present if they so request. It is not the intention of this provision to allow the presence of a Steward during the initial discussion(s) of a worker’s performance evaluation.

37.1.            Notice

A permanent classified worker may be dismissed, non-punitively disciplined or demoted for cause only. Any written notice of dismissal, suspension or demotion sent to a worker shall include a statement advising them of the right to be represented by the union concerning the disciplinary action. If the worker is represented by the Union in a pre‑disciplinary meeting (Skelly Hearing), a copy of the decision from the pre‑disciplinary meeting (decision letter) shall be mailed to the Union office.

37.2.            Appeals

Any worker may either appeal such dismissal, non-punitive discipline or demotion to the Civil Service Commission or file a grievance in accordance with Section 38.2. Appeal to the Civil Service Commission must be received by the Human Resources Director within 14 calendar days after notice of disciplinary action is mailed or hand delivered to the employee. Grievances must be filed in accordance with subsection 38.2. A worker may not both appeal to the Civil Service Commission and file a grievance under subsection 38.2.