1. Locals will file for arbitration if necessary to protect any contractual timeline.

  2. Locals submit the case to IAEP Legal Staff for review.

  3. Locals may be asked to request an arbitrator's list and submit it to the Legal Staff for selection assistance.

  4. An attorney will be assigned to review the case. The assigned attorney will issue a letter of acceptance. If the case lacks merit, the reviewing attorney will advise the Local President and the Grievant, in writing, of the deficiencies of the case.

  5. Upon receipt the Local President and the Grievant will be given a reasonable period of time to provider any additional information or discuss the case with the assigned attorney.

  6. Should a case continue to lack merit, the case will be forwarded to the Chief Counsel for review. The Local President and the Grievant will receive a written notice explaining why the case will not be processed further. The notice will also explain how they will not be responsible for any associated arbitration costs, nor will attorney services be provided.

  7. The determination not to proceed with the case can be appealed to the National President in writing within 7 business days following the determination to not pursue the case.

    1. Such appeal shall set forth a complete narrative as to the facts in support of the Grievance, a copy of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the decision of the Legal Department, and whatever documents are reasonable necessary for an understanding of the case.
    2. The National President shall designate an Appeals Board consisting of one (1) National Vice-President and two (2) Executive Board members. The Appeals Board shall conduct whatever investigation they deem appropriate to render a decision.
  8. The Local President and the Grievant will be notified of the decision of the Appeals Board.

  9. The Local President and the Grievant may request a final review by the National President.