Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Election time!

Once again its your opportunity to vote on new leadership for Local 733.  You will be receiving ballots for officer elections along with a special vote for changes in our Local's Constitution and Bylaws.  To review the revised bylaws, click the link below.

To view the old version of the bylaws follow the link below.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Wheres the new Contract?

So, if you don't already know, the contract has been ratified and there should be a final draft available by the end of September.  Contact your Shop Steward or nearest SEIU Organizer to get your worksite a copy.  I will be posting it electronically on the blog as soon as its available. 

The new differential for Pesticide applicators is $1.25/ per hour.  In the past we just use the standard shift diff coding but I assume payroll will have different solution since it has gone up by $0.75.

There should also be new boot forms, as the language has changed slightly to now include felt bottom shoes.  Talk to your OC for guidance.  If you need additional assistance contact your Local 733 Leadership.

Thanks to all who signed the Pledge to strike vote.  This tactic really brought swift movement to our contract negotiations this time around. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Coalition Bargaining Update

At approximately 12:30am  June 18th your Parks Local 733 delegates agreed with other ODOT coalition delegates to approve of the final tentative agreements discussed in this contract’s bargaining session.  Although we and other locals won some small victories, we did not however reach a compromise in article 66.3 in regards to allowing our seasonals to carry over up to 40 hours of vacation into the next season.   The response from management is that seasonals are hired each year to work and not take vacations.  Even when we discussed scenarios about seasonals with over 10 years of service and not able to spend a few days with their families on a holiday weekend, management refused to budge.   At the bitter end, we even offered compromises that would only allow seasonals with 6-9 month long positions to qualify for the carry over, yet still they refused any offers. 

Your Parks delegates were outraged that our agency refuses to grant such a simple request out of respect for our Park Ranger Assistants who have shown their loyalty over the years by returning each summer to make sure the restrooms are clean, our visitors are safe and having a memorable experience, and giving a needed hand to our Park Rangers! 

If you are as disappointed as we are, then I urge you to make contact with your shop steward or your Local 733 officers and get involved.  If this is an important topic or you have other issues that need to be addressed, then this is a great opportunity to start building up support for the next contract negotiation.

In the meantime, the battle is not over.  We are still fighting for Healthcare, COLA’s, and retirement at central table.  We will keep you posted as we receive updates.   

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Bargaining Update

Coalition Table
 In the last sessions, office coordinator reclassification was discussed including a sidebar with Parks and management for detailed talks on a draft Classification that includes all the duties our OCs do along with a newly proposed wage.   Thanks to all the Parks OCs who attended the session where Barb did her presentation on the reclass.  More to come on this topic

Other Parks specific proposals included a presentation on a Boot Reimbursement language upgrade to include other types of boots and our proposal for 66.3 to expand the seasonal definition to allow Parks seasonals to carry up to 40 hours of vacation into the next season.   We received immediate responses for both proposals from management giving us a good idea we may have a long fight ahead of us.

This upcoming session will be next Tuesday April 16th at the OPRD Headquarter.   We will be presenting our differential proposals, included our Parks Shift Lead Differential.   Hopefully we can finish up all our proposal presentations by next session so we can start getting counters and responses from management (when the work really begins).

Central Table
 Our people on central table have been discussing many concepts proposed by both parties but so far management is not considering anymore furloughs or step freezes in the next contract.  However, no other economics will be discussed until May after the State’s budget plan has been ratified.  

An interesting example of a concept proposed by management  is to increase Trial Service to 1 full year.  They’re supporting argument is because of the lack of managers (after the 11:1 manager/employee ratio was implemented) they have to extend the time allowed so they can have enough time to evaluate whether or not those employees will be moved into regular status.  Really?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Bargaining Begins

Your Parks Local bargaining team just completed they're 2nd session which coincides with the last possible day that we had to hand our proposals to management.  Thanks to all you completed and turned in they're Bargaining Surveys. Your ideas helped formulate our fight for this contract.  Here are the proposals that we will be fighting for in the coming months.

Article 122.3 AB - improve boot language by removing section 3 and using section 1, striking out "odd year language" and using "appropriate footware" instead of ANSI references

Article 66.3 Section 1 a)- striking out most of the first paragraph to allow our seasonals to crarry over up to 40 hours of Vacation into next successive season if they choose

Office Coordinator Classification Study.....thats right!  Maybe DAS will give our OC's what they deserve!

Article 26 section 12 - Basically we are going for a 5% diff. for all our Park Rangers assigned shift lead duties.  the language mirrors Section 8 language. 

Park Hosts/Volunteer Language -  We all love them.  We couldn't do it without them.  Some of these folks I would consider my friends but...we need to make sure that volunteers are not being used to replace potential park positions and/or park ranger roles.  Sounds extreme?  Go visit a Forest service park sometime and count how many Forest service employees you can find. 

Vacation Leave LOA moved into 66.3 - this is the LOA that allows Rangers to have up to a week of vacation in any given season.  

As for a Central Table update, no economics have been discussed yet.  Stay tuned.

Next Coalition Session will be at 6:30pm at OPRD HQ on March  19th.  There will be an opportunity for OC's to do a presentation at this one.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bargaining Surveys due October 31st!

Let your voice be heard!

If you haven't already done so, get your bargaining survey completed and turned in by October 31st.  Follow the link below to access the electronic version and get it done today.

If you have any suggestions for contract changes, you will find a section of the survey that will ask you to reference the Article if one exists.  You want park specific language?  This is the place in the survey to do so.  This is how we changed the vacation, holiday, and boot language in the last contract.

Shift Lead Differential?
Automatic purge of LOE's after 2 years?
Seasonal staff vacation carry over to next season?

These are examples of what some Parkys are putting on they're bargaining surveys.

Strikes of 2013

There is alot of emphasis on questions in regards to striking.  At this time we are not planning on a strike, but this is always a tool at hand that we may use if the offers of managment put employees into a position to vote on a strike.

Friday, September 21, 2012

SDE Error

Recently a grievance, in regards to Article 26, was won after it was decided that the language within the article under Section 5 has been misinterpreted by our agency. There have been similar cases with the half hour of SDE misunderstood by other agencies in the past.

Article 26 Section 5 "... All employees shall be paid a differential as outlined in Subsections (b) and (c) below, for each hour or major portion there of (thirty (30) minutes or more), worked between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and for each hour or major portion thereof worked on Saturday or Sunday."

 In a nutshell, this means that if you worked 30 minutes of SDE instead of a full hour, your rate of .75 should not change (.5 hours SDE x $.75 does not equal $.375).   I remember a few years ago when I worked weekends we were told if you worked 8.5 hours of SDE you are supposed to round up to 9. Then about 2 years ago an email went out and we were directed to no longer round up our total "shift diff" if it included a half hour. Looks like we may return to 9.

Most of you have probably received the email from our HR Department about this issue. Payroll will be performing an audit on all employees effected and there will be more to come, so stay tuned.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shop Steward Maurice Wray for his diligence in working on this case. He was the steward who represented the grievant that brought this issue to light.