November 26, 2011 in GA resolutions
Because we, Occupy Denver, strive to encourage productive and positive interpersonal communication and respectful conflict resolution, we set forth a proposed and preferred method of conflict resolution. The aim of these procedures is to create a process for handling internal conflict without needlessly causing disruption in the General Assembly. We hope that this process will create a culture of solutions oriented conflict resolution. We understand that disagreement in our group is inevitable, but hope that this process will ensure that all disagreements remain internal and peaceful.
The process as outlined below may be used as a tool to resolve conflict or concern amongst Occupy Denver participants.
We propose that if you have a grievance with a committee or with a fellow participant of Occupy Denver, the GA officially recommends you follow the following steps in order to resolve the problem.
Steps to bring a grievance:
(Person bringing grievance will be referred to as “Initiator” and the other party will be “Person in Question”)
The Initiator and Person in Question, should first meet face to face for a personal un-mediated discussion to attempt to alleviate the problem or grievance. You should attempt to talk about your problem with the other person before you do anything else.
If this is unsuccessful or if the Initiator (of the grievance) cannot contact the Person in Question, this grievance is brought to a neutral Third Party.The neutral Third Party should be agreed upon by all parties involved. This Third Party should act as mediator for conflict by helping set up a meeting, and listening to both (all) parties and asking appropriate questions to gain as fair and balanced an understanding of the problem as possible. The role of the Third Party is not to decide whether or not a grievance is legitimate, but to facilitate dialogue between parties in effort to help resolve the conflict directly. Both parties are encouraged to bring forth suggestions solutions to resolve the conflict.
The Third Party will attempt to make contact with Person in Question
If the Person in Question is still not responding to attempted contact by the Third Party within 48 hours, the grievance will be brought to GA.
The Person in Question has the right to know that if they refuse to meet, the grievance in which they are involved will come before the GA. If no resolution can be reached with the Third Party, the grievance is then brought forth to the GA.
Things to bring to GA: When an Initiator brings a grievance to the GA, he or she must be prepared to bring the following things to the facilitator before the GA begins.
1. A statement and explanation of grievance and what OD resolutions are being violated.
2. Facts and/or evidence to support grievance
3. A suggested proposal on how to deal with grievance
If the Person in Question is present at the GA the following will occur:
1. Once brought to GA, GA will hear from both the Initiator and the Person in question
2. Stack will be taken on questions, comments and concerns with regard to first the conflict, and second the suggest proposal on how to deal with it.
3. GA will assess and then vote on the Initiators proposal, with amendments if necessary, to deal with the grievance.
If the Person in Question is not present at the GA the following will occur:
1. Once brought to GA, the Person in Question has another 48 hours to begin the mediated conflict resolution process through a Third Party. The Initiator and the Third Party mediator will have the responsibility of attempting to notify the Person in Question that the grievance was brought to GA.
2. If the 48 hour time frame passes without any attempt by Person in Question to contact the Third Party or the Initiator, the Initiator may bring the grievance and proposed solution to the GA without the person in question being present
3. The same GA procedures as set forth in section b. can then be used.