Professional Staff Grievance Info    Last Revised: 02 Dec 2003 10:24 AM

E-mail Sent to TCNJ Professional Staff on December 2, 2003

Dear PS Colleague:

I thought you might be interested in reviewing a grievance which was recently filed on behalf of a TCNJ professional staff unit member related to the professional staff evaluation process. As you can see, it involves many issues which have been of concern to professional staff for some time.

It is clear that the present professional staff evaluation system needs to be reviewed and appropriate changes incorporated in order that we can begin negotiations with the administration for an better evaluation process.

If you are interested in participating in this review, please contact me ASAP. We need your input and assistance if YOUR evaluation process is to be improved. Remember, you ARE NOT eligible for a performance-based promotion unless you have at least a rating of 215 points in 3 of the last 5 years.  More info about this promotion program can be found at: 

Thank you for considering our request for help. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or Jose Valentin, X 2718.

Ralph Edelbach, President, TCNJFT, Local 2364, AFT


November 26, 2003

Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein, President
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2200 Pennington Road
Ewing, New Jersey 08628-7718

Dear Dr. Gitenstein,

The Union, on behalf of Ms/Mr  _______, Professional Services Specialist __, Office of _____ , hereby grieves the College’s violation of Article XIII, Section J. of the State-Union Agreement, local procedures, and Article XXIX, Section D. of the Agreement in connection with the College’s violation of the Performance Evaluation Schedule for AY04, denial of Ms/Mr ________’s right to respond to her/his supervisor’s evaluation prior to its forwarding to the next level of review, her/his supervisor’s attempt to change Ms/Mr ________’s job description at the time of the evaluation by incorporating items from a  _____  job description into hers/his, and her/his refusal to show her/him the entire evaluation at the time she/he was to sign it at a belated meeting on November ___, 2003.

In addition, Ms/Mr  _____ has informed the Union that the College has discouraged her/him from giving her/himself, in the Self-Evaluation, more than 1 or 2 “3” ratings. Said approach, if true, is a clear violation of Article XIII, Section J. of the Agreement and is a particularly egregious form of the College’s trying to “cook the books” with respect to evaluations.

The appropriate remedy is for the College to permit  Ms/Mr  __________ to re-do her/hisself-evaluation, in order for her/him to give her/himself the ratings she/he feels she/he has earned, and to set up an evaluation calendar by which the entire process may be redone according to the requirements of the Agreement and local procedures.

Kindly have your representative contact me as soon as possible to set up a Step 1 hearing in this matter.

Barbara Hoerner, Senior Staff Representative, Council of New Jersey State College Locals, AFT