By Mike Lo Vuolo/Staff Rep
Many times a day the local receives calls and text messages saying, “I’ve been written up, how do I file a grievance?” After probing and asking about the situation it usually turns out to be that a CCM / CSM has had a conversation or a coaching/ counseling session with an employee. The agent wasn’t issued a progressive discipline step but the conversation between the employee and management was recorded in their file.
CR1’s (Conversation Record at LAA) and Coaching/Counseling (LUS) records cannot be grieved. Management is required to keep track of conversations pertaining to job performance. Familiarize yourself with American Airline’s Peak Performance through Commitment policy in Jetnet. Here is some information about CR1’s.
It is wise for every employee to request to see their personnel record from time to time to see what has been placed in it. Anytime a CR1 has been recorded and placed in your file, ask for a copy. If you see any conflict or wish to add comments you have the right to enter written remarks with the CR1.
A Manager's role is to:
After the discussion with your employee:
If an agent is placed on a level of discipline at any time, a grievance may be filed. Throughout the grievance process, including arbitration, if the company cannot show that they haven’t had a conversation or coaching session with the agent, the chances of winning a grievance are better for the employee. That being said, you want to be sure that any conversations pertaining to policies, procedures, or job performance have been recorded the way it happened.