Hopkinton School District Grievance Results in $2100 Award

Field Representative Keith Judge represents the Hopkinton School District Custodians. A grievance arose out of the hiring of a custodian who had previously worked as a casual/substitute custodian for several years. Upon hiring the part-time custodian to a full- time regular position, the Superintendent placed the member in the wage scale for Employees Hired after the Ratification of the present Agreement per Article 16.2, as opposed to the wage scale for Current Employees under Article 6.1. This placement resulted in a significant hourly wage difference with a loss of approximately $3.00 an hour. Field Representative Keith Judge correctly and competently grieved this issue via the CBA and the Superintendent continued to interpret the CBA in a manner that prejudiced our member. The grievance finally made it to the last step of the grievance procedure which is before the School Committee. 

The Superintendent presented his case to the Board and, although extremely complimentary to our member’s work product, he adhered to his proposition that the former casual/substitute custodian was a “New Hire” under the CBA and was properly placed in the wage matrix.  Field Representative Keith Judge and Attorney Bill Cahill presented our member’s case to the Board. The Board listened intently and asked probative questions. The parties made their closing statements and awaited the written decision of the Board.

Two weeks later, the Board’s written decision was issued. The Board held that our member was, in fact, an employee prior to the ratification of the new CBA and should be placed on the Wage Scale for Current Employees resulting in an award of a little over $2,100.00. Great work by Keith Judge with the support of Steward Joe Case. 

UPS OFFERS DISCOUNT SHIPPING TO PUERTO RICO & SELECT CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS

UPS Service to Puerto Rico Resumed with Special Discount on Selected Services for Individual Shippers

 
  • Shipping has resumed in most areas and will continue to expand as conditions allow. Humanitarian aid flights also continue.
  • Special discount rates from U.S. to Puerto Rico and select Caribbean destinations for select ground and deferred shipments, where available, through The UPS Store, www.ups.com/ship and 1-800-PICK-UPS® offered from Monday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 31 for individual shippers not currently under commercial contract with UPS.
  • Special package pick-up hours at five delivery centers in Puerto Rico
  • The UPS Foundation continues to support humanitarian aid organizations to prioritize transportation of goods and provide logistics experts to assist recovery operations

Atlanta, October 5, 2017 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) has reestablished delivery service to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Air shipments, small package, and some freight services are now available in 149 of the island’s 176 zip codes (see www.ups.com for daily updates to service areas, by zip code).

“We are pleased to begin operations again in Puerto Rico, though the situation is dynamic. Power outages, many impassable roads, and damaged communications infrastructure are impacting our ability to operate normally,” said UPS Americas Region President, Romaine Seguin.

The company has established a special hurricane aid rate discount, which can be applied at the time of shipping, for packages shipped from the U.S. to Puerto Rico and selected Caribbean destinations. To access the discount, UPS customers should go to www.ups.com/ship, visit a local The UPS Store location, or call 1-800-PICK-UPS. The special shipping rates will be available from Monday, October 9, through Tuesday, October 31 for individual customers not under existing UPS commercial contract agreements. The discount applies to UPS’s Ground shipping solutions, the company’s least expensive products, most often used by individual shippers.

Throughout Puerto Rico some residents are living in alternative dwellings. In response, UPS has begun special hold for package pick-up services at five of the company’s seven package centers in Puerto Rico. In San Juan, pick-up hours are from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. In Arecibo, Bayamon, Caguas and Ponce, pick-up hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

UPS customers shipping to the island should anticipate delayed service at this time, and the company’s time-in-transit commitments are temporarily suspended, due to the extensive damage to the island’s roads and other infrastructure. Additionally, many packages shipped prior to the hurricane are now being transported, and there is a backlog in UPS facilities throughout the island and on the mainland. The company is implementing contingency plans, but expects continued challenges before returning operations to normal.

UPS and The UPS Foundation have been supporting relief operations for Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Until now, The UPS Foundation and UPS Airlines have been prioritizing flights to Puerto Rico for first responder organizations. In fact, since just prior to the hurricane, UPS has operated 17 relief charter flights, transporting more than 1.7 million pounds of relief supplies to Puerto Rico for groups including UNICEF, FEMA, CDC, Salvation Army and others. Earlier this week, The UPS Foundation, UNICEF and the State of New York announced several flights to deliver water and hygiene kits to thousands in need on the island.

At the same time, UPS employees have been working at a grassroots level throughout the Caribbean, including in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recently, several UPS Freight truck drivers also deployed to Puerto Rico to provide additional assistance, at the request of the White House and Department of Transportation. The UPS Foundation continues to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and the earthquake in Mexico. The UPS Foundation also conducted a test in the Houston area together with the American Red Cross, using a drone to capture high resolution photography and aid in disaster assessment efforts.

More than 470 UPS employees live and work in Puerto Rico, and UPS is continuing to locate staff, make sure they are safe, provide direct aid and make arrangements to resume deliveries where the company has reopened operations.

Merrimack College Facilities Department Becomes Teamsters!

On September 8, 2017, members of the Merrimack Facilities Department voted overwhelmingly to have the Teamsters be their exclusive bargaining representative. Field Representative Roger Travers reports that this group maintains the facilities and grounds of Merrimack College. Merrimack College’s grounds and facilities accommodate 3,500 full-time undergraduate students and 575 graduate  students. 75% of Merrimack College students reside on campus. Under the direction of  Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro,  Field Representatives Roger Travers and Keith Judge successfully educated and organized this group of hard working individuals. 

Welcome to the Teamsters Local 633 family!

STA DRIVERS IN LONDONDERRY VOTE FOR TEAMSTERS!

On September 19, 2017, the bus drivers of STA Londonderry stated clearly to their employer, by an overwhelming vote,  that they wanted to join the Teamsters in Driving UP Standards at their location. Under the direction of Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro, Field Representative Roger Travers assisted the group in organizing to become part of the Teamster family. The Teamsters will now negotiate with STA for these drivers to receive comparable terms and conditions of employment as their Union brother and sisters receive.  Field Representative Keith Judge and President Dennis Caza assisted Roger Travers in the organizing effort. 

Jeffrey Padellaro welcomes our new brothers and sisters from STA in Londonderry, and looks forward to meeting them during our upcoming Union Meetings. The Londonderry location employs approximately 45 drivers. 

TEAMSTERS SUPPORT VICTIMS OF HARVEY and IRMA

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This time of year most of us are focused on a new school year for our children, fulfilling our obligations to work, and spending time with our families. Unfortunately, many of our brothers and sisters in Texas and Florida are focused on just subsistence. In Texas, hundreds of thousands of homes have been damaged or lost by a natural disaster, Hurricane Harvey. In Florida, as we await Irma to run her course, thousands will be subjected to killer storm surges and winds. Lifetimes of memories recorded in pictures and keepsakes may be lost forever. The Families’ goals and projects that were being worked on in August have been quashed or put on hold for a long time. This is a tragedy of epic proportions which will have a profound and devastating impact on many families and communities.

Please take a moment or two in your busy life to keep these citizens in your thoughts and prayers. If you have the means, and the desire, please donate to the disaster relief organization of your choice.  The devastating impact of these storms will be felt by these families long after the storms have dissipated. 

Fraternally,

Jeffrey Padellaro

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Scholarship Winners are Announced for 2017

 

Secretary Treasurer Jeffrey Padellaro and the Executive Board are pleased to announce the Local Union’s 2017 Scholarship Awards. 12 families were notified on July 25, 2017, that their children would receive a scholarship from Local 633.  These families were eligible for the scholarship by simply filling out the Scholarship Form that could be found on this website. As one recipient stated, “College is expensive and this scholarship is greatly appreciated.” Jeff Padellaro encourages all our members to fill out the scholarship application when it is made available for the 2018 school year.  

The Scholarship Winners are:

W. Douglas Bowen of UPS for Justin;

Noreen Cochrane of First Student Belmont for Nicholas;

Paul Farrell of Bimbo Bakeries (Thomas’) for Molly;

Deborah Foley of First Student Nashua for Aidan;

Edouard Isabelle of UPS for Brianna;

Michael Leigh of UPS for Madison;

Raymond Lord of Anheuser Busch-Inbev for Bailey;

Lawrence Macleod of Bimbo Bakeries for Colin;

Nicole McCarter of UPS for Aryssa;

Marc Riendeau of ABF Freight for Tyler;

Ronald Robinson of Derry Public Works for Chloe;

Bryan Stanley of UPS for Molly.

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Winners! 

 

Keith Judge Visits AG with New CBA

Keith Judge, Teamsters’ Field Representative, visited the Associated Grocers facility located in Pembroke at 12:30 a.m. on July 14, 2017, to meet with our Teamster members. Keith was joined by Steward Rich Charity, a 5- year employee of AG, in meeting with the drivers as they reported for work. As always, the Teamster representatives wanted to hear from the members regarding any concerns or questions they may have had. Each driver was handed a printed copy of their new Collective Bargaining Agreement which is in effect from February 26, 2017, through October 15, 2021. Keith Judge, with the assistance of Business Agent Rick Laughton and the negotiating team, successfully negotiated a contract that included substantial raises while protecting their Health Care and Pension Benefits.  Keith and Rich remained onsite until 6:00 a.m. in order to personally talk to every Teamster driver who was scheduled to work that day.  Prior to becoming a full-time Field Representative for the Teamsters, Keith Judge worked at AG from 2006 through 2015. 

NH DOC Unsustainable Overtime – A Snapshot

Jeff Padellaro has made the Governor aware, through direct communication, that the current staffing levels of the Department of Corrections are unacceptable. The overtime necessary to maintain critical staffing for the Concord facility on July 8th and 9th was beyond unacceptable. On the 8th of July over 49% of the posts were filled by officers working overtime; on July 9th, over 47% of the posts were filled by officers working overtime. The majority of those officers are forced to work double shifts several times a week. The men and women who work for the Department of Corrections are dedicated professionals who have continually reported to work knowing that their 8- hour shift will more likely than not result in an 16- hour stay. The state has failed to recruit a sufficient number of recruits to reverse this dangerous trend. The only way to increase recruitment in this tough and dangerous profession is to offer a compensation package that is comparable to other law enforcement opportunities that exist in NH or close-by in Massachusetts.  Jeff Padellaro, along with your negotiating team made up of veteran COs, will continue to educate the state and the public regarding the need to properly fund this department and support the men and women who make it work.

Critically Low Staffing Levels Create Safety Crisis in NH State Prisons

Concord, NH (June 29, 2017) – Teamsters Local 633 today urged people across New Hampshire to get behind correctional officers who are warning of a major safety crisis in the NH state prison system…. see full article on Concord Patch. https://patch.com/new-hampshire/concord-nh/critically-low-staffing-levels-create-safety-crisis-nh-state-prisons

FORCED OVERTIME EXHAUSTS PRISON OFFICERS,COSTS STATE MILLIONS

Overtime Exhaustion

For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure.  The prison population has gone up as staff numbers have gone down.  Aside from the inmates, few feel the consequences as acutely as the state’s correctional officers.

Corrections Sergeant Justin Jardine represents prison officers with the State Employees’ union. “I’m working approximately 3 double shifts a week, so 64 hours a week,”says Jardine.  Younger officers, Jardine says, work 4 or 5 double shifts — around 80 hours a week.  

The overtime is forced. That means if officers refuse to work, they’ll be disciplined — whatever the circumstances. And although you can volunteer to work overtime shifts that fit your schedule, officers often don’t find out they can’t go home until they get to work.  

The money is good – overtime earns time and a half.  A sergeant like Jardine can walk home with almost $70,000 a year.  But, Jardine says, “no matter how money hungry you are, no one wants to do that for years on end. And it’s been years now.”

Prison Guard Shortage

In 2004, a prison staffing analysis found the Concord prison for men needs 371 officers to operate normally; 277 for critical operations. Today, they are down to 198. Initially, positions were left vacant due to budget cuts across the department. Now, says warden Richard Gerry, the problem is finding qualified recruits.

The overtime is forced. That means if officers refuse to work, they’ll be disciplined — whatever the circumstances.

“We get a lot of applications,” Gerry says, “but then putting them through the different steps in our hiring process — a lot don’t show up, or they don’t pass the hiring phasing.”

There may be a snowball effect, too. The worse the working conditions, the harder it is to convince new recruits to sign on.  Commissioner Bill Wrenn says the problem is about to get worse.

“Employees’ average age is increasing,” he says, and with aging state employees comes retirement. “They have the ability to retire after 20 years at age 45.”

A 2012 state audit warned the more burned out the officers are, the more likely they are to take their benefits and retire. In fact, the department has lost many more officers than they’ve hired for five years running.

Overtime Costs

Since 2010, paying overtime has cost the state $3.5 million dollars more than it would have spent paying full time employees.

Governor Maggie Hassan says she and Commissioner Wrenn are trying to fix things. “We have redesigned the process,” she says, “moving the application process online,” and streamlining the testing process.  

The DOC still has only one employee responsible for recruitment and hiring. But now, 27 staff volunteers are going to job fairs, and even making follow up calls to applicants who fail to show up on test days.

But there may be a bigger problem for the Department of Corrections: New Hampshire’s economy is actually doing well.

Salary Competition

A.T. Wall, the president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators, says prison jobs are hard, dangerous, and require nights and weekends. He’s not surprised people opt for other jobs in a place like New Hampshire, where unemployment is low, “and where correctional officer salary and benefits lag behind what someone could make in another position.”

Right now, correctional officer salaries start at $33,600, which is $10,000 less than salaries at local police departments. However, policy makers aren’t talking about immediately boosting salaries. Governor Hassan says she wants to test the new online application process, first.

Inmate Outcomes Suffer

In the meantime, things at the Concord state prison for men do not look good.  Inmate Eric Grant has been at the prison for 24 years, on a second degree murder charge.  He says he’s found officers sleeping when they should be watching security cameras. “It happens,” says Grant. “I’m not gonna say all the time, but, his job is to monitor the unit, so in front of him there could be an assault going on and he wouldn’t see it.”

Grant says staff cutbacks have consequences. As staffing levels have dropped, inmate assaults have risen 30 percent during the last decade. Recidivism rates are up 60 percent.

Of course, there’s more to those numbers than just staffing. Prisons are overcrowded; there are growing racial tensions and increased drug use behind prison bars.   At the same time, treatment programs, educational classes, work programs — even visiting hours and sports — have been all been cut back.

As Grant sees it “everything’s related to everything,” when it comes to inmate outcomes.  

With 55 officers becoming eligible for retirement this year, this staffing shortage may get worse before it gets better.

UPS Rising

UPS Rising represents more than 250,000 Teamsters throughout the United States who work at UPS and UPS Freight. As UPS is the single largest employer of our union, our strength at UPS is the strength of the entire Teamsters union. We are RISING up to ensure that management abides by the UPS National Master Agreement (the largest collective bargaining agreement in North America) and the UPS Freight National Master Agreement. We are RISING as UPS package car drivers, air drivers, feeder drivers, part-time loaders, unloaders, sorters, clerks, freight drivers and dockworkers – for a strong contact in 2018!

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