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Supervisory Unit 4900
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a grievance?

A grievance is defined in the SU Bargaining Agreement as a controversy or dispute on the application or interpretation of the terms of bargaining agreement. This could be between the SU Union and the employer or the employee and the employer. Grievances are covered in Article Section 10.2 of the current Bargaining Agreement. (You can read this online by clicking on the SU Contract link in the gold bar above.)

If you are unable to resolve the problem you are having by discussing it with your supervisor, the best thing to do is contact a union employee representative (aka Shop Steward). To find the nearest union employee representative to your location, click HERE. You can also call the business office and get the name and phone number of your nearest employee representative.

What are my layoff rights?

Layoffs are dealt with in Article 17 of the SU Bargaining Agreement. Supervisors have certain rights in the agreement including notification, bumping rights and recall or rehire rights. Your department Human Resource Manager (HRM) will have information for you if you are laid off. However, because it is the job of the HRM to represent management, you should always check with your union employee representative to find out what your rights as an employee are.

What are my union benefits?

The union has negotiated many benefits for the members including: leave, health insurance, flex time, and many auxiliary benefits such as credit cards and loan options, discounts on rental cars and travel. Click Here to find out more.

Who can serve in leadership positions?

Anyone who is member in good standing is eligible to serve as an officer in the SU Local #4900 on either the chapter or state level. The first step is to attend your chapter meetings to find out what the current issues and how the union is dealing with these issues. All the officers are elected from within the local chapter.



Does SU work with state or national affiliates

Yes we do.

APEA-Alaska Public Employee Association is our State Affiliate. The APEA/AFT, AFL-CIO will enhance the lives of our members and their families by practicing the highest professional and ethical standards and promoting social and economic well being in the workplace and our communities. 

AFT-American Federation of Teachers is our National Affiliate. The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.


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