United Parcel ServiceUPS AND UPS FREIGHT TEAMSTERS AT LOCAL 633 SAY NO CONCESSIONS
At successive contract meeting held yesterday, New Hampshire Teamsters voted unanimously to reject agreements negotiated by the International. Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro and Business Agent Kevin Foley met with UPS and UPS Freight workers on Sunday, August 26, 2018, to discuss the current tentative agreement on the table. After an informative … Continue reading →Teamsters Local 633 Wins $23,000 Arbitration Award for UPS Freight Worker
July 19, 2018 Myrtle Beach S.C. Before the Teamsters/UPS Freight Eastern Region Grievance and Arbitration Panel Teamsters Local 633 scored a big Arbitration victory for our member Robert Ventullo who was wrongfully terminated by UPS Freight. “UPS is a giant corporation who thought they could trample all over my due … Continue reading →
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Local 633 SnapshotsSenator Shaheen meets with Unions to Discuss Labor Issues
Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro requested that President Kevin Foley and Local 633’s Political Consultant and Lobbyist, Dennis Caza, attend a meeting with Senator Jeanne Shaheen where many issues concerning our members were discussed. Topics discussed included the Butch Lewis Act of 2019, which has been referred to the Committee on … Continue reading →2019 RECIPIENTS OF LOCAL 633 SCHOLARSHIPS
Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro announced the Local 633’s Scholarship Recipients for 2019. Jeff stated, “This is truly Teamsters supporting Teamsters. The Scholarship Fund is funded by voluntary donations from our members and other Local Teamster Unions throughout the country. College is an expensive investment and every little … Continue reading →LOCAL 633 EXECUTIVE BOARD SWORN IN BY SEAN O’BRIEN
Sean O’Brien, President and Principal Officer of Local 25, attended our Local Monthly Memebership Meeting to address the membership and swear in Local 633’s Executive Board. Sean discussed the importance of getting our younger members involved in the Union to keep the fight for workers’ rights going. His message was … Continue reading →
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State COs risk their lives every day to protect us, and now it's our turn to protect them, @GovChrisSununu. #nhpolitics #teamsters #1u
TONIGHT: Gov Sununu on WBZ 1030 AM BOSTON w Dan Rea Call 617-254-1030 or 888-929-1030 to ask why he won't stand up for our COs. #nhpolitics
After months of negotiations, mediation and fact-finding the Teamsters and the state have a tentative agreement in place. The hard working correctional officer and corporals have been mailed a copy of the tentative agreement along with a ballot to cast their vote. Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro advocated relentlessly for the men and women the Teamsters represent at the state’s correctional facilities. The critical staff shortages and unsustainable mandatory overtime needed to be acknowledged in this agreement as it had been in the last agreement. The negotiating team for the Teamsters, chaired by Jeff Padellaro, were successful in attaining and maintaining benefits that were not offered to other state employees.
Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
4% pay increase effective the first full pay period following the date of execution of this Agreement;
4% increase first full pay period immediately following January 1, 2021;
Increase in Longevity Pay;
Two Times the regular rate of compensation for any overtime in excess of 16 hours in any given work week.
We maintained the time worked definition so that our members DO NOT lose OT if they use sick leave.
This is just the highlights, the entire tentative agreement is included in this post along with the correspondence from Jeff Padellaro to the members. Jeff thanked the negotiating team of Frank Logan, Erik Turner, Tom Macholl, David Burris, Ryan Goulette and Joey Bachman for their time and effort in staying focused during the numerous long, contentious bargaining sessions. Jeff also thanked Business Agent Keith Judge for his unwavering support of this bargaining unit. The correspondence mailed to members is below.DOC824
By Kevin Landrigan
New Hampshire Union Leader
CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu and officials with Teamsters Local 633 announced Friday they’ve reached a tentative, two year contract for the state’s corrections officers.
Under the agreement, workers would get 4% pay increases, one next year and another in 2021 and it also addresses overtime, longevity, health care and other benefits.
It will cost the state $2.5 million and there is money set aside in the current state budget for collective bargaining agreements.
“I am pleased that we were able to come together and reach an agreement that both recognizes the tremendous work of our State employees and protects the interests of the State’s taxpayers,” said Sununu. “Both sides negotiated in good faith, and achieved a fair compromise that delivers a true win-win for the State and its hard working employees. This is truly the New Hampshire way, and I extend my sincere thanks to the Teamsters and the state employees they represent for their hard work in getting us to this point.”
The negotiating committee of the union unanimously approved the deal that still must be ratified by the rank and file.
“While this was a lengthy negotiation, I am pleased with the results. Our members will be voting on this contract in the very near future. I want to thank Governor Sununu for getting personally involved in these negotiations and for his support in reaching a compromise agreement,” said Jeff Padellaro, principal officer with the union.
The deal permits corrections officers getting double time for overtime in excess of 16 hours each week and increases longevity pay from $350 to $400.
Corrections Commissioner Helen Hanks said this agreement should help fill a chronic shortage of corrections officers throughout the system.
“New Hampshire’s corrections officers provide an invaluable service to the state of New Hampshire,” said Hanks. “Corrections officers in surrounding states and in federal facilities have historically earned higher wages comparatively, the result of which has been chronic shortages and vacancies. The benefits and wage increases included in this contract agreement will undoubtedly assist our recruiting and retention efforts.”
Sununu still has to resolve negotiations with three other unions that represent state workers.
The State Employees Association represents the lion’s share of workers throughout state government.
The New England Police Benevolent Association represents probation and parole officers along with Fish and Game Department union employees.
The New Hampshire Troopers Association represents state troopers.
- Letter to Membership
- Teamsters Tentative Agreement
- Factfinder’s Report
This is the report of the fact finder and the basis for his findings and recommendations. As you review this report please note that this report is NOT binding on either party. The report must remain confidential by law unless released by mutual agreement which is the case here. The final Memorandum of Agreement has not been completed, however, the agreement includes moving our members from the X208 Wage Schedule to the X416 Wage Schedule (Law Enforcement Employees). This is a wage increase of 9.1%. The Bonus Time has been replaced by an additional floating holiday which will benefit 68% of our members who receive no bonus days under the present system. The state did not agree to retro pay to any union.
This has been a long and grueling process. Jeff Padellaro stated, “It was a group effort that included selfless and dedicated members of the Department of Correction who not only worked the long hours at their respective assignments but took additional time away from their families to represent their brother and sister officers at the table. Our concerted efforts to push this matter to fact-finding was instrumental in getting this substantial wage increase on the table.” The Negotiating Team included officers Frank Logan, Annie Wrenn, Erik Turner, George Bigl and Tom Macholl along with Attorney Bill Cahill and Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro as the Chair.
Once we receive the final Memorandum of Agreement, the information will be forwarded to the membership for their vote.DOC255
Correctional Officer – Union Steward
Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro created this section to profile our members in more depth so that our brothers and sisters have a better appreciation for members working in careers with which they may not be familiar.
Frank Logan is currently assigned to the Concord Prison for Men’s Secure Psychiatric Unit (SPU). A 49-year-old Army Veteran, Frank has worked for the Department of Correction since 1999. He recalled the hiring process as slow and that new Correctional Officers were assigned to one of three locations prior to attending the academy. Frank described a situation where the new officers would be introduced to the new environment with little training. The assignments for the Correctional Officers in Training (COT) included a post in the Chapel, a post in the old weight room located near Box 1, and the visiting room.
“The visiting room was a difficult assignment for a COT as the inmates had the ability to meet with visitors and potentially introduce contraband,” Frank said. In addition, to bring attention to the status of the COT, they were required to wear a cover with the word “TRAINEE” emblazoned on it.
Frank described attending the Academy located in the Berlin facility administrative house. Three COTs were housed at the building for the duration of his training. The Admin building was described as an old farmhouse.
Frank recalls the introduction of cameras within the facility and described the apprehension felt by many of the experienced officers. Frank believes the stationary and hand-held cameras have generally been a good addition to the security infrastructure of the facility. Other improvements over the years have included the upgrading of radios and the introduction of Tasers within the department. Frank stated he would like the Tasers distributed to any officer who requests them.
Over the years, Frank has worked at every post within the facility except the Main Control Post. During his career he has been assaulted seven times, one of which was extremely serious, resulting in time off from work and the criminal prosecution of the inmate. The inmate was sentenced to additional time for the assault.
Frank stated that being an officer is a difficult job but believes it is important to remain positive. He said that Correctional Officers “work with your head on a swivel and to always look out for your brother and sister officer.” Frank expressed sincere concern over the number of hours officers are forced to work as a result of the critically low staffing numbers. Frank says that, unfortunately, some officers develop serious health issues, have difficulty maintaining healthy personal relationships at home and experience serious child care issues as a result of officers being forced to work two to four forced overtime shifts a week. In addition, because the staffing is always at the minimum, the officers available to respond to inmates acting out is severely limited.
When asked about his interaction with the Union, Frank responded that he had tried to get involved when previous Unions represented the group, but felt it was a closed system. Frank stated he is extremely satisfied with the Teamsters’ approach to servicing the members. He cited the Tours of Teamster Union officials on a regular basis and the availability of the Business Agents, Field Representative and legal counsel by phone and email between face- to- face meetings. He also appreciated Local 633 sending two of the stewards to a 3-day critical incident/internal affairs seminar and hopes to attend additional training provided by the Local.
When asked about his participation at the Labor Management Committee (LMC), Frank said, “It is an excellent forum to bring up issues directly to the Commissioner without it being filtered by the other members of the Administration.” Frank stated that he hoped the Governor and the other decision makers in the legislature would visit the facility and meet the men and women who, through their professionalism and commitment, make it work under difficult conditions. They make it work with staffing shortages that are unbelievably taxing on the officers. Frank said, “It is a pleasure to work beside the many men and women who do such a great job and I know have my back.”
Frank Logan is a Teamster Steward, LMC member, and he is on the Negotiating Committee.
On behalf of the Executive Board, I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation for all the time and effort Frank dedicates for all of our members employed by the Department of Correction. JP
Editor’s Note: Frank, we agree, the Governor and company should tour the facility, and, when their tour is complete, they should be notified that their tour has been unexpectedly extended another 8 hours.
On December 14, 2017, Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Padellaro visited the Concord Prison for Men along with Field Representative Keith Judge and Attorney Bill Cahill. Jeff stated he likes to visit the facility every 4 to 6 weeks to hear from the men and women who keep the facility under control 24/7 while working mandatory overtime 3 to 4 times a week. Updates were given regarding the Contract Negotiation process which is currently in fact finding status. (Updates will be posted.)
Last week, there was an incident in the Hancock Unit that resulted in a member being assaulted by an inmate. The situation was compounded by other inmates not following the lawful directives of the officers in a timely manner. This serious incident was prevented from becoming a more explosive incident by the fast, decisive and professional response of our members. These types of incidents become even more critical because of the limited staff available to respond to these flare-ups. This incident will be added to the arguments made in fact finding to support our demand for higher wages commensurate with the professional services rendered on a daily basis.
A member inquired whether the Union was doing anything, referring to the expiration of the current CBA. Jeff Padellaro emphatically stated, “Yes.” Upon the expiration of the current contract, the “Status Quo” doctrine applies. This means that terms and conditions of employment must be maintained while the parties continue to bargain in “good faith.” In fact, legal counsel for the Teamsters is at the Concord facility almost weekly to represent members that are called into the Warden’s office on various disciplinary issues. In addition, Bill Cahill represents members at the Police Standards and Training Council for certification issues. Investigations also require Teamsters’ legal counsel to travel to Goffstown, NCF and Headquarters for similar issues that arise. On a weekly basis, Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro and Field Representative receive and respond to emails and texts from our stewards and members who reach out with questions and/or concerns. In addition, it is the enforcement of our Teamster Contract that allows our members to use sick time without negatively affecting overtime that has been worked.
Preparation for our presentation to the Fact-Finder continues. Please thank your Negotiation Team Members for their efforts during the negotiations, mediation, and now, through the fact- finding process. Frank Logan, George Bigl, Erik Turner and Annie Wrenn have all devoted countless hours to the process.
On behalf of all your brothers and sisters throughout the state, have a Happy Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas!
Extreme Caution is Required when Testing or Handling Unknown Substances
Law Enforcement officers are encouraged to use extreme caution when handling any unknown substances in the field, jail or prison. The story below highlights the dangers all our LEOs are exposed to everyday while executing their duties and responsibilities to protect and serve, and provide care and custody for those detained or incarcerated. Make sure you have the appropriate equipment on hand to safely handle these dangerous and deadly substances. If the appropriate equipment is not currently available, please contact your Business Agent and steward for immediate action.
Union Leader – August 3, 2017 Edition – Letter to the Editor
NH’s prison problem
To the Editor: Gov. Chris Sununu delivered the 2017 budget address on Feb. 9, 2017.
As part of this address, the governor stated, “We are building a new women’s prison … a desperately needed asset and we’re going to get it open. We are going to be aggressive and fully fund our corrections system to end the pattern of forced overtime and personnel shortfalls.”
This promise was a breath of fresh air to the correctional officers who faithfully go to work knowing more than half the time they will be forced to work overtime and more than an eight-hour shift.
The men’s State Prison in Concord requires 371 officers to operate normally, according to a state audit published in 2012. Today, it operates with only 187 officers. The state is unable to recruit new hires or retain officers, who choose to leave for more lucrative opportunities. Compounding the problem, our new women’s prison remains shuttered because nothing has been done to address the staffing crisis that exists.
The problem is simple, but New Hampshire leaders haven’t fixed it. Our state’s compensation for correctional officers is not even close to being competitive with other like professions in the same labor market.
This crisis may have preceded Gov. Sununu, but he is the CEO of the state. He’s aware of the staffing shortage in our prisons and aware of what’s needed to address it. Now it’s time he worked with the stakeholders to resolve this dangerous situation.
Secretary Treasurer Teamsters Local Union No. 633
Text of Original Letter
To the Editor:
Governor Sununu delivered the 2017 Budget Address on February 9, 2017. As part of this address, the governor stated, “We are building a new women’s prison – as we speak – a desperately needed asset and we’re going to get it open. We are going to be aggressive and fully fund our corrections system to end the pattern of forced overtime and personnel shortfalls.” This promise to aggressively address the chronic staffing shortages was a breath of fresh air to the men and women who faithfully show-up to work knowing that over 50% of the time they will not be going home after their 8- hour shift. The critical staffing shortages routinely result in up to 50% of the posts being staffed by correctional officers who are forced to work overtime.
The Men’s State Prison in Concord requires 371 officers to operate normally, according to a state audit published in 2012, but is now operating with only 187 officers. This has occurred because of the failure of the state to recruit new hires or retain officers who choose to leave for more lucrative careers with reasonable hours.
Adding to the staffing shortage crisis is the new Women’s Prison to which Governor Sununu referred as “a desperately needed asset.” This necessary facility will remain shuttered because nothing has been done to address the staffing crisis that currently exists.
The state has not addressed the systemic issues underlying this crisis which include a compensation package which is not competitive with other like professions in the same labor market. The governor is a business man and is aware of the solution. In fact, in Governor Sununu’s Budget Address, when addressing a shortage of healthcare workers, he stated:
“We need to appreciate the realities of our economy, something I say a lot: markets matter. We have a serious workforce issue in virtually every area of health care. This is not a secret, we know the realities, we’ve seen the numbers.
When you don’t pay anyone any more money, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of us who believe in capitalism that you’re going to have serious shortages, and that’s exactly what we have today.”
The same argument is true for the correctional officer staffing crisis. This crisis may have preceded Governor Sununu, but he is the CEO of the state, he is aware of the staffing shortage, he is aware of the action needed by the state to address same, and it is time that the governor work with the stakeholders to resolve this dangerous situation in our prisons.
WMUR reported on the issues concerning the proposed opening of the new Women’s Prison. The numbers put forth by the state refer only to the Women’s prison and did not address the severe shortages presently occurring at all the facilities. Jeff Padellaro and the Teamsters are continuing their efforts to educate the legislature and the public of the staffing crisis happening presently which will only be exacerbated by the opening of the new prison for women. See www.safeprisonsnh.com
Watch the WMUR report:
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.
The New Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified by the membership and the legislature in Concord. The printed version of the CBA will be delivered to the membership. The Teamsters’ Bargaining Committee, chaired by Business Agent Jeff Padellaro, was able to negotiate a contract with raises and to avoid the implementation of the terms concerning the use of unscheduled sick time and the negative effect on overtime. The CBA also increases the Life Insurance Benefit along with increases in the Dental Benefits. The CBA requires the state to utilize one sick bank, as requested by the majority of the respondents, along with maintaining the Short Term Disability Benefit. The state has finally recognized the outstanding performance of the men and women of the Department under extreme conditions. A job well done by the Teamsters’ Bargaining Committee which included CO Glenn Bergeron (NCF), CO Frank Logan (Concord), CO Steve Sullivan (North House) and Annie Wrenn (Goffstown).