AFSCME Local 2865

This page is for getting the news out about our wins and loses.  Local 2865 is dedicated to all Support Staff Members of West Shore School District.  Please read and share the paragraphes below with other Support Staff Members.  Our wins and loses effect all Support Staff Members. 

Remember, We Fight, We Win. 

AFSCME LOCAL 2865 Grievance Report

April 22, 2009

Grievance Number

Issue

Current Status

0001

 

The interpretation of how vacation leave is requested and granted according to the Contract.

Arbitration lost

0002

Suspension – Denial of right to union representation

 

Grievance was settled in conjunction with an Unfair Labor Practice.  Employee was paid for suspension & District acknowledged union rights.

0003

Denial of health care benefits to employees

 

Grievance was settled in conjunction with grievance #0010 in which 10 employees were given health care benefits

0004

Denial of pay raise to an employee considered a substitute

 

Grievance was withdrawn when the grievant informed the union that the District gave her the pay raise.

0005

Class Action from Transportation - Kindergarten list not being posted

 

Grievance was withdrawn as grievance # 0011 deals with a similar issue and is being arbitrated.

0006

Class Action from Transportation – Seniority and extra trips being distributed fairly

 

Grievance was settled by putting in place a process to insure extra trips were distributed equitably.

0007

 

Allowing employees to use vacation time to cover the Good Friday Holiday.

Grievance was won.

0008

Denial of health care benefits to employees

 

Grievance was settled in conjunction with grievance #0010 in which 10 employees were given health care benefits

0009

Substitutes

 

Grievance was settled with an acknowledgement that if any substitute wants to become permanent the may.

0010

Denial of health care benefits to employees

 

Grievance was settled and 10 employees received health care benefits

0011

Job bidding rights

 

Grievance was settled by the District agreeing to post the mid-day kindergarten runs in accordance with the contract

 

 

0012

Bus driver incentive

 

Grievance was won

0013

Bus driver incentive

 

Grievance was won

0014

Employee forced to use their own sick leave to cover initial treatment for a work related injury

 

Grievance won and employee paid for missed time.

0015

Computation of overtime

 

Arbitration Lost

0016

Denial of overtime  - Snow removal

 

Grievance was won.  Bargaining unit employee will be called for bargaining unit overtime before supervisors

0017

Bus driver incentive

 

Grievance was won

0018

Bus driver incentive

 

Grievance was won

0019

Past Practice – Christmas Party

 

Grievance was settled & employees can now have a Christmas party

0020

Out-of-class pay when mechanics drive school bus

 

Grievance was settled so that if a mechanic drives during their regular hours of work they will be paid at the mechanic rate.

0021

Bulletin Board Space for union related postings

 

Grievance was settled so that the union could have it’s own bulletin board in the maintenance building

0022

Appeal of discipline – 3 day suspension

Discipline was reduced to a 2 day suspension

0023

Supervisors performing bargaining unit work

Grievance was won.  Bargaining unit employees will be called for bargaining unit overtime before supervisors

0024

Non-payment of shift differential

 

Grievance was won and employee was paid shift differential.

0025

Discipline / insubordination / refusal of overtime

 

Grievance was settled by discipline reduced to a counseling

0026

Discipline / Demotion / Change of shift & work location

 

A settlement was worked out by the arbitrator that the grievant was happy with

0027

Shift / job bidding

Moved to arbitration.  Awaiting response to settlement offer from the District

0028

Shift bidding / Hours of work

A settlement was worked out by the arbitrator that the grievant was happy with

0029

Appeal of a written reprimand

A settlement was agreed to reduce the reprimand to a memo of concern

0030

Call-time

The grievance was withdrawn after an investigation revealed there was no violation

0031

Bargaining Unit Work

The grievance was withdrawn after an investigation revealed there was no violation

 

 

**Grievances in bold print are still active

 

Transportation Services at WSSD are NOT Being Contracted Out.

During the 2007-2008 school year, WSSD has looked into contracting out some bus routes.  This action would have possibly displaced drivers who have served the same bus route for many years.  During the summer of 2008, WSSD has decided to not pursue contracting out any of the transportation services for the 2008-2009 school year.   Local 2865 has showed the District that the cost of contracting out would be so costly that it would hurt the District.   Local 2865 is determined to standby the Support Staff Employees and protect their interests and work enviroment.   If you have any questions or concerns please contact Penny Fink.

Grievances Are Being Handled

If you have filed a grievance with Local 2865 about anything, your grievance is being handled.  It takes awhile to handle grievances in the proper way.  Grievances have been settled between the Local Union and School District.  If you have any problem with your work enviroment, please notify a Local Union Steward.  They will help you.

We have a Grievance Settled in the First Step that is in Our Favor

We have had a grievance settled in our favor!  There was a grievance filed with a concern about an employee not getting paid a shift differential for time worked before their normal shift started.  The grievant was going to lose their shift differential for the extra hours that were worked before their normal shift started.  This employee was asked by their supervisor to come in and work a few hours extra for a few days.  The employee did work the extra hours and then realized that the shift differential was not paid on all the hours worked.  The employee contacted a Union Steward who filed the grievance on the employee’s behalf.  The grievance was settled at the first step of the grievance procedure.  Because of the Union if any employee does not get their shift differential in the future for hours worked before or after a normal shift, the employee can contact a Union Steward and get the situation fixed.  Supervisor's can not treat one employee different than another.  Once a grievance is filed and settled it applies to all employees equally.  West Shore School District and Local 2865 have to obey by and respect the settlement for employees now and in the future.  Please contact a Union Steward with any and all concerns.  If the concern can be grieved, it will be filed.  Understand that all grievances are handed with importance.  Only one person has to file a grievance, but many more employees may have the same concern.  Local 2865 is here for all employees.  We fight, we win.

Rumors and talk come up all the time about the Union and District.  If you hear anything that you are not sure about please don't spread it.  Call a Steward, so they can research the item.  The Steward will find out the truth and report back to you.  Rumors and stories can start by anyone.  We all need to communicate with each other in a way that is proper and appropriate for the situation.  Bulletin boards are being setup, email accounts are being collected, meetings are being arranged so all Support Staff Employees have a chance to get the truth and facts.  Please remember that we all have to unite in order to maintain a good work environment.  Someday we all will have a GREAT work environment.  Things take time to work out.  NO ONE IS ALONE ANYMORE.

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