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Team promises to post employee grievances online

Team Burnaby is promising to post employee grievances online if voters elect the party to a majority on school board.

Team school board candidate Bonda Bitzer, a former director of human resources for Burnaby school district, said posting grievances on the board’s website would increase the transparency around school district issues.

She said parents and district employees have a right to know about issues in the school district.

“At step one, a grievance is often a misunderstanding between an employee and a supervisor and should not be posted but by step three, a grievance is an issue between the Burnaby Teachers’ Association and the board and should be posted,” said Bitzer in a press release.

She stressed that any posting of grievances would protect the identities of those involved in complaints, involving both teaching and non-teaching staff. But the issues raised in the grievances would be made public to give parents and taxpayers insight into employer-employee disputes in Burnaby schools.

“People will be able to draw their own conclusions on the merits of various grievances and whether the board is acting responsibly and fulfilling its mandate as a public education body and employer."

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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