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We are a union shop. Per union contract, anyone that comes into an existing title gets paid a contract set salary but the salary of any new title is set by the director. A new person/and title with 20 years experience was recruited over a year ago. A salary and vacation time was negotiated to be comparable to what they had been making at their old job. Management is very happy with the employee - employee is happy - a very high performer. Out of the blue a year later, the union president informs the director he feels that the salary is "illegal" and is having the regional union look into it. And he is going to confront the employee and tell them that to their face.
We were very careful to make sure we were working within union guidelines, grievances must be filed within 30 days of the known offense, so he is outside the timeline and we don't think he has the right to file any complaint. I have never seen a union official complain that one of there own union people is getting paid too much. He blocked another good employee from getting a raise after he negotiated it with us as a sidebar and then changed his mind and wouldn't sign the agreement - I thought the employee should have filed failure to represent and we could have filed for not negotiating in good faith.
We are pretty sure he is using his union president position to advance his private issues and frustrations. He negotiated a poor contract this past year. Should he be ignored? Be told to come back when he has an official signed complaint? The employee he wants to confront is union but a department head several grades above him but not his supervisor. We really don't want him verbally attacking the employee disguised as a concerned union official. Do we wait to see if they complain?