April 2017 Update
Sometimes it’s a battle. Our efforts at implementing the provisions of 2016 National Agreement have been progressing relatively well. At least so far. If there was a honeymoon period following the ratification of the new contract it seems to be over. Changing circumstances and an apparent unwillingness on the part of management to embrace their contractual obligations foretells a battle looming on the horizon. This isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last time, that we must fight tooth and nail for everything to which we’re entitled.
Management’s efforts appear to be focused on 3 areas. Reduction of staffing, reduction of overtime, and a reduction in the number of MHAs being converted to full-time regular. The thing that management can’t reduce is the number of grievances we’ll be filing; and those numbers are already climbing.
We’re seeing the onset of management’s objectives in both States and this seems to be part of a broader nationwide initiative. So, buckle up, it may be a bumpy ride for a while. But rest assured that the Representatives of Local 323 are ready to roll.