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Westside DOC Report - December 2013

The topics below are intended to reflect only a limited sample of the representational work that is occurring at your facility.  If you have questions about specific issues, please talk to your Business Representative.

MONROE CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX
  • On 12/17, we held our Holiday Membership Meeting. 255 members attended.
  • We have issued a statewide demand to bargain over DOC moving to a Regionalized Pharmacy system (one on the east side and one on the west side).  We will be bargaining over changes that will impact pharmacy, nursing, and possibly custody staff at MCC and several other facilities across the state.
  • At the end of October, Representative Mark Manning sat in on a DOC workshop, “Strong-R” that is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of DOC staff members who are tasked with revising the offender classification system.  Groups were identified from among the team of subject matter experts and were assigned different aspects of the evaluation process to develop a complete presentation for senior DOC management after the first of the year.
  • Representative Manning along with Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement held  a meeting with Psychologists from around the State to gain a better understanding of the issues that need to be addressed through either the LMCC process or bargaining.  More information will be forthcoming.
  • On 11/1, we conducted voting for Shop Steward positions at MCC.  A BIG Thank You to all who stepped up to serve their Brothers and Sisters at DOC!
  • Representative Manning assisted Business Representative, Sarena Davis, in conducting Holiday Meetings at the Westside Facilities of WCC, OCC, CBCC, and SCCC.
  • We completed a Demand to Bargain over the MCC Maintenance organizational chart and supervisory duties.  Bargaining over this topic had previously taken place in 2011 but some changes were made in 2013 without negotiating with the Union so the Demand to Bargain was filed and formal agreement was reached on 11/21.
  • On 11/21, Representative Manning participated in a half-day session with the nursing staff working in the IMU at MCC to collaborate with management on designing a working schedule to best cover the needed working hours with a less than desirable staffing level.  The changes resulted in hours changes for the nurses in that area and incumbency letters have been provided to the nurses which is still in the process of finalization.
  • Representative Manning participated in a Reallocation Appeal Hearing for ET4 members seeking reclassification to a classification that better represents the work they perform.  We have since learned that the appeal was denied and we are currently strategizing how to address what amounts to out-of-classification work being performed by this group of members.
  • We reconvened our bargaining over the Specialized Units Staffing Policy on December 5th where the Union made a proposal to the DOC.  The DOC provided a counter proposal and the parties are in the process of scheduling another bargaining session after the Holidays to continue the bargaining.
WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • On 11/22, 225 members attended our holiday membership meetings at WCC.  At the meetings, 15 members signed up for our upcoming DOC Lobby Day on 1/28.
  • On 11/22, 4 Shop Stewards attended a training facilitated by Leonard Smith, your Union’s Director of Organizing, and Michelle Woodrow, your Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement.
  • On 11/20, DOC Coordinator Sarena Davis met with the DOC over a statewide demand to bargain involving IMU officers issuing out the WCC store.   The bargaining resulted in CI issuing store to IMU offenders in the future.
  • We will be holding a Lobby Day for Teamsters at the DOC on 1/28.  If you would like to attend, please contact Representative Davis.  
  • Michelle Woodrow, your Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement, and Sarena Davis, your DOC Coordinator, have completed bargaining with the Department over the close loop food service.  Implementation of the new agreement regarding AC Cooks will begin on January 1, 2014.
  • On 12/4, Representative Davis met with the Department in an LMCC at WCC to discuss the officers’ role in the implementation of the closed loop food service.
  • We have completed bargaining on offenders performing outside maintenance work at WCC. The DOC has agreed to supply a clean room in the CI building. The Department has agreed to slow down the process of integrating offenders into the program.
  • Representative Davis bargained with the State over the opening of a special needs unit at Cedar Hall.  The bargaining is now complete.  There will be 7 additional FTEs to implement the program.  As of 12/1, all bids for those positions have been fulfilled and implementation will take place over the next couple of weeks.
  • On 11/22, we held an orientation meeting for New Initiates.  6 new members attended. Members in attendance will receive a partial rebate of their initiation fee.
  • We have issued a statewide demand to bargain over DOC moving to a Regionalized Pharmacy system (one on the east side and one on the west side).  We will be bargaining over changes that will impact pharmacy, nursing, and possibly custody staff at WCC and several other facilities across the state. 
MISSION CREEK CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN
  • On 12/12, we held our quarterly winter membership meetings at the facility.  51 members attended the meetings over the course of the day.
  • A joint training for Shop Stewards at MCCCW and WCCW will be held before the end of the year. 
LARCH CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • On 11/20, we met with the DOC in an LMCC to discuss two additional Classification Counselor positions at LCC in order to implement evidenced-based programming at the facility.  The two positions were posted for bid.  Initially, DOC wanted to change all position descriptions for Classification Counselors, but they have agreed to leave the current positions status quo and change the new positions only.  Before making additional changes, they have agreed to evaluate how evidence-based programming will impact the other positions through a work group at the facility.
  • On 12/16, we held our Holiday Membership Meetings at the facility.  54 members attended.
  • On 12/16, we held a training for Shop Stewards at LCC.  Leonard Smith, your Union’s Director of Organizing, Michelle Woodrow, your Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement, and Dustin Lambro, your Political Action Coordinator facilitated the training.
  • We have met with the several members at LCC named in lawsuit against the DOC to discuss a variety of issues surrounding their case. 
STAFFORD CREEK CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • On 12/6, we held our Holiday Membership Meeting at the facility.  187 members attended the meetings. 
  • A training for Shop Stewards was held on December 6 at the facility.  Local 117’s Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow and Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro,  facilitated the training.  Topics included the grievance and arbitration process, member mobilization, political action, and interest arbitration.
  • On 12/6, we held an orientation meeting for New initiates.  Members in attendance will receive a partial rebate of their initiation fee.
  • On 11/1, we completed a demand to bargain over the DOC’s proposal to make a living unit with veteran offenders exclusively at CRCC and SCCC.  We raised a variety of safety and security concerns which will result in LMCCs at both facilities. 
CLALLAM BAY CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • On 12/3, we held our CBCC Holiday Membership Meetings.  48 members attended.
  • A training for Shop Stewards was also held on 12/3.  Leonard Smith, Local 117’s Director of Organizing, Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow, and Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro facilitated the training.
  • We held an orientation meeting for New initiates on 12/3.  Members in attendance will receive a partial rebate of their initiation fee.
  • There are currently no demands to bargain at CBCC.
  • On 12/3, DOC Coordinator Sarena Davis participated in a Step 1 Grievance hearing for an employee who was incorrectly removed from his his bid post
  • The Department is transitioning out the antiquated Stentofon system at CBCC, but will not likely have the new system operational until sometime in January.
     
WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN
  • On 11/19, we held our Holiday Membership Meetings at WCCW. 199 members attended the meetings, which were held throughout the day.
  • There will be a joint Shop Steward Training for members at WCCW and MCCCW in the near future..
  • After meeting with the Department and the classification counselors regarding workload the DOC has authorized funding for two additional classification counselor positions at WCCW.. 
  • We have issued a statewide demand to bargain over DOC moving to a Regionalized Pharmacy system (one on the east side and one on the west side).  We will be bargaining over changes that will impact pharmacy, nursing, and possibly custody staff at WCCW and several other facilities across the state.
  • We are actively recruiting for our Lobby Day for Teamsters at the DOC, which will be held on January 28. Most WCCW Shop Stewards have already committed to attend.
  • Swing shift transport officers requested that they be moved to day shift with weekends off.  We discussed the issue with the Department and they have agreed to make that change.
  • At the facility’s business office, there was lingering confusion about members’ ability to take a personal holiday on a holiday.  That issue has been resolved. 
OLYMPIC CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • On 12/2, we held our Holiday Membership Meetings at the facility. 25 members attended.
  • On 12/3, we held a Shop Steward training for members at CBCC and OCC in the PDC room at Clallam Bay.  Leonard Smith, Local 117’s Director of Organizing, Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow, Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro facilitated the training.
  • We are actively recruiting for Lobby Day for Teamsters at DOC on January 28.  Please inform your Business Representative if you are able to attend.
  • There is a grievance over improper discipline pending at the facility. 
CEDAR CREEK CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • Your Union recently achieved a large settlement in a termination case involving a member’s improper reassignment to another facility. 
  • Shop Steward elections at CCCC have been concluded.  We have 4 newly-elected Shop Stewards:  Jessica Anderson, Dan Johnson, Mark Keller, and James Erwick.
  • On 12/9, 35 members attended our Holiday Membership Meetings.  We discussed an issue involving personal holiday access.  If you are having trouble scheduling your personal holidays, contact Representative Groff immediately.  There were also issues involving your Step M salary increases.  To confirm that you are receiving your increases, contact Human Resources and request that your payroll be audited.
  • We recently won a grievance regarding improper return from a reasonable accommodation that resulted in a large back pay.
  • On 12/9, CCCC Shop Stewards received training on a variety of issues, including the grievance and arbitration process, member mobilization, and interest arbitration.  Leonard Smith, Local 117’s Director of Organizing, Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow, and Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro facilitated the training.

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