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Thanks to all that attended this last GM meeting. The input, debate and discussions were professional and hopefully gave a little more insight to the permanent days off issue.
A motion was presented and passed unanimously for the EB to EXPLORE the issue of the road patrol going to permanent days off. At this point there is NOTHING etched in stone.
To those that took the time to respond via text, email or in person- Thank You!!!
V/P Garrison will be sending out the road patrol bump slips in the next few days. Attached/included in those are a simple form to fill out in reference to the permanent days off.
There is a space for you to write your thoughts, pro or con, on that form. Please return that form with your bump slip.
Yes, its a vote....of sorts...the results will give the EB some direction on how to proceed. A yes vote doesn't mean that this will happen...its simply giving the EB board room to work out ideas to present to the membership.
At this point, the sky is the limit. It doesn't have to be the days off we currently have, we could possibly change those...change the training day...many people have suggested Friday/Saturday instead of Saturday/Sunday. I was asked if a particular shift at a particular sub could do it by themselves...again, sky is the limit...so yes, that's entirely possible.
This is a mandatory subject of bargaining; changing working conditions. So, we'll have to meet with management in order for this to happen in any regard.
I have had a few responses with concerns about never seeing weekends off. I would suggest that you look at the big picture and not the current situation that you are in.
I am guardedly optimistic that we will have an "experimental" on line bump system in place by summer. This will allow each member to enter their bump information into the system and be able to see, virtually instantaneously, where they are at and where they could go. Some of the parameters are still being worked out. Should the permanent days off issue gets some wheels, this too will be in the mix.
Regardless, this association will be moving and to some degree, staying in the 21st century. Bump on line is coming. We are also in the process of developing an on line voting system. More on this as it develops. If you have computer skills, please contact Jason Tucker and offer your assistance.
Lastly, and I dropped the ball at the meeting. The PT test (100.00 visa gift card) will be starting in the spring summer. There will be a couple of locations and multiple dates/times whereby you can take the test. Some details are still being worked out. Stay tuned.
Have to contact the committee to get it to move out of there
Here is a link to the committee's website. It shows all the committee members and if you click on the committee clerk's name it opens an email to compose to the clerk. Could probably just send one to her that she would distribute to each member but I would suggest sending one to each.
Here are their individual emails
Attached you will find three very important documents. A form letter to State Reps, Senator's and an instruction sheet of sorts. A packet of these letters along with instructions and two SASE's will be sent to your home in the next week or so. This Bill has been introduced to the Senate and its what we have been waiting for!!! This bill, in part, will put local corrections (sheriff's office/departments) back on a level playing field and back in the binding arbitration arena. NO MORE PA54.
It is vitally important that you send these letters to your state representative as well as your senator. The OCDSA will be providing every thing you need except your signature and saliva (to seal the envelopes) I would ask that you make copies when you get them and ask other to do this as well. Friends, family, neighbors...everybody. As politics go, the outcome is still uncertain. It will be less uncertain if these letters reach them!!! I wanted to get these out in the event you fail to receive them through the mail. Corrections, dispatch road...makes no difference...ALL OF US NEED TO DO THIS!!!!
Senate Bill 679
AS you may have already heard 6 Senators introduced Senate bill 679 which adds County corrections deputies to Public Act 312. This is extremely important legislation to us. We ALL must do our part to get this legislation passed.
Our union attorney drafted a letter which needs to be sent to our Senators and Representatives. You may write your own or simply copy the one from the union. Put your name and address on the letter, Sign and date it. Make two copies and mail one to your Senator and one to your representative.
Please make copies for family members and friends and ask them to support us by mailing one to their legislators as well. You can look up your Senator and Representative on line at Please take the time to mail this letter. Help us get all our Deputies protected by 312.
THE DECEMBER 2015 GENERAL MEMEMBERSHIP MEETING HAS BEEN CHANGED TO DECEMBER 15TH SAME STARTING TIME-1600 HOURS.
ANY AGENDA ITEMS HAVE TO BE TO THE SECRETARY 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING...GET THEM IN IF YOU ARE PLACING ANYTHING ON THE AGENDA.
Here are the following counts for the ratification votes.
Corrections: 139 yes / 59 no
Road: 140 Yes / 96 No
Thanks to everyone that showed up and voted and many thanks to the tellers/counters that helped as well.
OCDSA CONTRACT RATIFICATION
CORRECTIONS AND ROAD PATROL
NOVEMBER 4TH, 2015
MAIN JAIL BASEMENT (CORRECTIONS)
OCDSA UNION HALL (ROAD PATROL)
11PM (TUESDAY November 3RD) TO 2AM
4AM TO 8AM
2PM TO 6PM
COUNTING OF BALLOTS WILL BEGIN AT 7PM AT THE
OCDSA UNION HALL. ALL TIMES ARE FOR BOTH LOCATIONS.
PLEASE POST AT YOUR WORK LOCATION AND WITH YOUR CO-WORKERS.
Click below to read the proposals being voted on.
UPDATE: I have received a couple of calls/emails asking about the "searches" portion in the random drug testing proposal along with some other concerns; IT HAS BEEN REMOVED IN ITS ENTIRETY. It was under Roman Numeral III. There is still a "III" but it simply replaced the "search" portion.....Its not hidden anywhere. Its is still only a one (1) year agreement, not 3. Yes, we'll get the pay raise on, probably the first pay in December. (3%) Yes, merit increases will start to take affect then also. Call if you have any additional questions. The members I talked to were glad they did as there are always the rumors out there that simply are not true.
Attached you will find the final versions of contract proposals for both Corrections and Law Enforcement (road and dispatch) bargaining units (BU 09 and BU 10).
The substance has not changed with the exception of what should be much clearer language and the elimination of Art. III under the drug policy. That was the “searches” portion that a number of members had issues with. It has been removed in its entirety. The roman numerals simply moved up one.
The Road Patrol bonus remains the same for 2015. Starting with 2016, that $1000.00 will be added into your HOURLY RATE. Not a line item. This will result in a higher OT rate etc.
If you have questions….EMAIL…CALL…TEXT an EB member. I can’t begin to explain how many people voted with bad information or were provided bad information to satisfy their agenda. If you don’t ask and vote based on erroneous information, you do so at your own peril.
A comprehensive review of the proposal will be conducted at the General Membership meeting on October 27th. Voting will take place on November 4th at the Main Jail and OCDSA Union Hall. Some have asked about why mail voting isn’t conducted. The by-laws state it has to be done in person. I would prefer to move into the 21st Century and use an on-line system. Can’t do that until the by-laws change. It is, however, a work in progress.
p.s. The Dispatch pay raise was inadvertently left off the front page. You are still getting the 5%.
As you should know, members of the EB met with the employer and Sheriff’s Office officials yesterday.
The substance of the meeting was fairly straight forward. The EB has gathered and listened to concerns from the membership. We presented those concerns in the form of modifications to the original proposal that failed during ratification voting.
The employer seemed amicable to those requests but needs time to sort through them.
We are confident we will have answers back as well as a “hard copy” to present to the membership.
The current plan and time line is as follows.
Sometime in the next 3-5 business days the employer will have the change(s) requested and return same to us.
Briefings about those changes will be conducted at the General Membership meeting on Tuesday October 27th. That meeting will begin promptly at 1600 hours at the Union Hall.
Voting will take place on November 4th, throughout the day, much as we did before. We are still working out the details and any assistance in the form of tellers is greatly appreciated.
It is, however, vitally important that you DO NOT listen to the rumors and/or someone else’s “Take” on the proposals. You need to read it for yourself IN ITS ENTIRITY. Furthermore, if you have questions, those questions need to be asked of an EB member.
The substance of the proposal has not changed. What has or will, hopefully, is the removal of some language concerning the drug testing policy and additional language that either clarifies or qualifies certain proposal language.
As always, if you have questions, ask…please do not rely on locker room talk etc.