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Letter to JCBE

Posted On: Aug 19, 2016 (08:29:14)

 

Four JCPS employee unions send letter to school board members asking for help

Posted: Aug 16, 2016 10:18 AM EDTUpdated: Aug 16, 2016 10:27 AM EDT
 
 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Citing a strong objection to the approach Jefferson County Public Schools has taken to negotiate employee wages over the past few months, four major unions who represent more than 13,000 employees sent a letter to the school board Monday pleading with members to "provide oversight and direction."

In a letter sent to all seven Jefferson a County Board of Education members on Monday, the leadership of the four unions -- Jefferson County Teachers Association, Teamsters Local 783, AFSCME Council 962 and SEIU -- have joined together as one labor coalition on this issue, which has continued to gain traction and negativity as the days go on without an answer on employee wages.

The unions specially call out Superintendent Donna Hargens and Tom Hudson, chief economic officer who is doing most of the district's negotiations.

"Despite our clear and repeated communications prior to negotiation that district bargaining proposals that do not recognize experience steps that have been earned by employees in accordance with state statutes would generate intense counterproductive reactions by our members and would be taken as an affront to the dedicated word of our collective memberships, Mr. Hudson has repeatedly proposed illegal offers that have not recognized experience steps," the letter reads.

It goes on to say that Hudson has "abandoned the no step approach and offered each of us a proposal that it at least legal because steps are recognized."

"We have to ask, other than making every JCPS employee feel disrespected and not valued,what has been gained by offered these divisive proposals?"

The labor unions also tell the board they believe the district is misinforming board members about the cost of the step increases -- which cost about $11.4 million. They also ask the board to direct the district's negotiating team to utilize the $11.4 million that was approved for salary steps so that employees can get their raises.

"We urge the school board to provide oversight and direction to the board's negotiating team," the letter states. "In order to provide appropriate oversight and direction, board members have both a right and responsibility to see the proposals from both the district's negotiation team and those from employees representatives."

The leaders of the four unions - Brent McKim, John Stovall, Robert Johnson and Robert Smith signed the letter Monday.

JCPS could not be reached for immediate comment on Tuesday.

The text of the letter appears below. 

CA Step Raises

Posted On: Jul 11, 2016 (08:27:22)

Download: CA Step Raises.pdf
Labor Day at the Zoo

Posted On: Jun 22, 2016 (10:28:13)

 

 Greater Louisville United Labor Picnic

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fun, Food, Labor Booths, Car Show

at the Zoo

Information: Bob Bracy 502-593-0324  Steve Fein 502-432-3285

UA 502 Charles Clepas (President) UAW 862 Todd Dunn (Vice President)

more information available from

Bo Johnson JCAESP 4011 Staff Rep bjohnson@afscme962.org. 270-213-0618

unemployement

Posted On: May 24, 2016 (17:14:48)

 My Sister,

 
  As I mentioned before, the members of Local 4011 who are going to experience a permanent layoff are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits after their last day of work. Let me know when you think the bulk of the affected membership will be contacting the UI office and I will have my contact in Frankfort alert the regional manager.  She said she would like it to be within 72 hours and no more. Your members can apply in person, on-line using the link below or by phone.
 
1)  600 Cedar Street, Louisville, KY 40202
 
 
3)  (502) 875-0442
 
  The members are supposed to familiarize themselves with the rights and responsibilities contained this packet:  http://kentuckycareercenter.ky.gov/documents/forms/PAM_UI_400.pdf
 
  Finally, if the member applies on their last day of work then the form automatically backdates to the most recent Sunday.  The member will have to disclose how much they earned in wages in that last week if it backdates prior to their layoff.  If you have any questions, we are here for you and your members.  
 
In solidarity,
dave
 

David O'Brien Suetholz
Kircher Suetholz & Associates PSC
515 Park Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208
Tel: (502) 636-4333
Fax: (502) 636-4342
dave@unionsidelawyers.com

To remember the loneliness, the fear and the insecurity of men who once had to walk alone in huge factories, beside huge machines—to realize that labor unions have meant new dignity and pride to millions of our countrymen—human companionship on the job, and music in the home—to be able to see what larger pay checks mean, not to a man as an employee, but as a husband and as a father—to know these things is to understand what American labor means.
Current Contract

Posted On: Mar 02, 2016 (13:15:11)

Download: AFSCME 2012-2017 Contract.pdf


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