Hi, thanks for submitting your question today. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I’m happy to assist you with your question today. I'm sorry to hear about your treatment on the job.
Because you are a union member, you have all the rights under the collective bargaining agreement to "just cause" in your employment - this means a fair and accurate investigation and procedure and right to be treated without discrimination
- along with a right to be heard. You'll need to file a second grievance (or an amendment of your first grievance) for being retaliated against in the filing of your first grievance. Likewise, if the grievance is rejected, you can request your union file arbitration for you.
If the union ultimately fails to do these things for you - there are two courses of action you can take -1) is to file an unfair labor practice
against the union for failure to represent you. These are free of charge and you can follow the process at this link http://www.nlrb
.gov/what-we-do/investigate-charges 2) is to file a Section 301 Labor
Management Relations Act (LMRA) claim against both the employer and union in federal court. With the Section 301 claim you would indeed have to hire your own attorney. In the 301 claim you are essentially suing the employer (because it violated the collective bargaining agreement by treating you unfairly in the discipline) and the Union (because it did not properly and fairly represent you).
I believe this answers your question. However, if you need clarification or have follow-up questions regarding this matter, I will be happy to continue our conversation – simply reply to this answer. If you are otherwise satisfied with my response, please leave a positive rating as it is the only way I am able to get credit for my answers. Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX wish you all the best with this matter.