Dear Sisters and Brothers:
We would like to give you a brief update regarding the Office of Court Management (OCM) Fiscal & Facilities reckless reorganization.
Business Manager George Noel, Special Assistant to the President Dick Martin and Business Agent Phil Basile met with Chief Justice Paula Carey, Court Administrator Jon Williams and Director of Labor Relation Mark Conlon to voice our strenuous objection to the OCM Fiscal and Facilities reckless reorganization and the manner in which it was announced to our members in those departments. We informed them that this type of activity taking place on the heels of the Classification and Compensation Study where the Trial Court committed to our members that “there would be no layoff or reduction in pay” has shaken the confidence and credibility of the entire Trial Court Leadership in the eyes of OPEIU Local 6 and our members. We further advised them to stop this ill-conceived reorganization plan immediately.
Chief Justice Carey and Court Administrator Williams listened to our concerns and asked for some time to consider our comments and suggestions.
As reported yesterday, we sent a Cease and Desist Letter to the Trial Court as well as an Information Request. Our attorney will be filing a prohibited practice charge with the Department of Labor Relations today. Copies of these documents can be found on our website.
We have received a response to our Cease and Desist letter in which the Trial Court stated that it, “… does not intend to take any steps to implement these plans without engaging in collective bargaining.” Part of the Cease and Desist Letter and the Trial Court’s response prohibits Trial Court managers from negotiating or discussing this issue with you. If a manager approaches you to discuss this reorganization, bring it to our attention immediately.
We will keep you informed of any recent events that may occur or actions that we suggest you take regarding this matter.
George Noel, Business Manager