Alaska Grievances laws & HR compliance analysis

Alaska Grievances: What you need to know

Grievances are usually thought of as the way for recognized unions and employers to settle their disagreements. Virtually all collective bargaining agreements have some type of grievance procedure language. These types of agreements are not for the exclusive use of unions, however. Many states provide for the settling of disagreements between employer and nonunion employee through arbitration or mediation. Also, many state laws distinguish between public and private employers and provide a different method of settling grievances for each.
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For private employers, many states allow the written language of the grievance procedure agreement to be controlling, similar to a contract; for public employers, the statutory language of a proper grievance procedure is strictly followed. However, if the language in a private agreement is contradictory to an applicable law, the law controls. If the grievance procedure agreement is silent on an issue, the law controlling grievance procedures will apply. Both employers and employees can benefit from grievance procedure agreements, as they are a fair and objective way to settle agreements without getting the courts involved. The general methods of settling grievances are mediation and arbitration. There are additional details.
According to the state's Public Employment Relations Act, if a public employer or employee believes that the other has committed an unfair labor practice, an investigation of a grievance will be conducted by the Alaska Labor Relations Agency (AK Stat. Sec. 23.40.070 et seq.). The agency administers the Public Employment Relations Act and the labor provisions of the Alaska Railroad Corporation Act (AK Stat. Sec. 42.40.705et seq.) pertaining to collective bargaining for public employers, including the state, municipalities, boroughs, university, school districts and their employees in Alaska. The agency also conducts elections to certify or decertify employee representatives; hears unfair labor practice charges brought by employers, unions, or individuals; determines appropriate bargaining units; enforces collective bargaining agreements; and offers a noncompulsory mediation service for disputes relating to collective bargaining agreements (

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