Protocol for Maintaining AFSCME Bulletin Boards
The Employer recognizes the need for AFSCME to communicate with its bargaining unit members, the Employers obligation to provide bulletin board space for this purpose, as well as the obligation to provide release time to union representatives for the purpose of posting information on these bulletin boards. The Employer wishes to work with the Union, in concert with the collective bargaining agreement, to meet such need and obligations.
Article II, Recognition and Union Security, Section 3, Bulletin Boards, of the collective bargaining agreement, states:
- The Union shall be allowed to utilize one-half (1/2) of the space on existing bulletin boards customarily used for the posting of information to the employees in the unit. It is understood that there shall be no pyramiding by the Union and that no more than one-half (1/2) of any existing bulletin boards shall be used by the Union regardless of the number of bargaining units represented.
One-half of bulletin boards typically utilized for staff notices have been identified for use by AFSCME in most units. ASFCME may label their half of the board, and often does so by use of a ASFCME bumper sticker. AFSCME is responsible for posting of information, including content, length of time posted, and the general maintenance of its half of the bulletin board. The units are not responsible for posting or maintaining the bulletin board space designated for AFSCME. If complaints arise regarding any vandalism of such boards, items removed, defaced, etc., we should monitor and respond to the same extent as we would our own areas. We should not treat the union space differently from our own in this respect.
- No political campaign literature or material detrimental to the Employer or the Union shall be posted. This provision shall not apply to bulletin boards customarily used for the posting of notices to students, patients or inmates at state institutions.
In the event that such material is found on ASFCME bulletin boards, supervisors should leave the board intact and contact the Office of Staff Relations at UIHC, their Human Resource Administrator, or the Office of Employee and Labor Relations. Supervisors should not independently remove any material from AFSCME bulletin boards.
- The Employer agrees that during working hours, without loss of pay, and on the Employers premises, Union representatives shall be granted a reasonable amount of time for the purpose of posting Union notices on designated bulletin boards.
AFSCME has designated specific persons as those who will post information on designated bulletin boards. These employees should arrange a mutually agreeable time with their supervisor for them to be away from their work duties for this purpose for a reasonable period of time; e.g., an average of one hour per week. Generally, where operationally practicable, this time should be granted within 24 hours of the employees request for release time.
Please contact the Office of Employee and Labor Relations at 5-0052 with your questions.
Page Last Updated 2011