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Westside DOC Report - June 2014

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
  • Representative Manning attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here.  Your Union bargaining committee met again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia. Look for an update from those bargaining sessions on your Union’s website.
  • Members who work in the DOC pharmacies were given their at-risk letters, followed by formal layoff letters over the last few weeks.  The layoff letters provide notice of formal and/or the opportunity for informal options that may prevent members from facing a layoff from State service.  Members who received layoff letters had until June 16 to make their decision as to whether or not they wanted to accept a formal option, seek an informal option(s), or accept a layoff.  The department informed the pharmacy staff that they would let them know by the end of June what the seniority application of the layoff process results were so that people can move forward with their plans.  Stay tuned for more information on statewide pharmacy consolidation.
  • The demand to bargain (DTB) over the application of the Specialized Units Staffing Policy is currently in limbo as this is written.  The DOC made some proposals in full contract negotiations related to the policy’s application so there are discussions to be had around whether or not to bring the entire DTB to the full contract negotiations or to continue to hold bargaining sessions on this important topic at a separate table. 
  • Your Union’s Communications Department was at the facility on June 10 to interview members for a video project featuring members at MCC.
  • The new Nursing schedule will not go into effect until July 1.  There were a few considerations that drove the delay in implementation.  Not only was there going to be new schedules for some of the Nursing staff but also two new contract agencies were signed to  support when the complement of regular staff and On-Call staff are not available.  
WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • DOC Coordinator Davis attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here.  Your Union bargaining committee met again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia. Look for an update from those bargaining sessions on your Union’s website.
  • On June 12,  Coordinator Davis met with the Department as a part of your Union’s demand to bargain over classification counselors working out of class. 
  • Business Representative Shannon Reeder was at the facility on June 2 for a site visit.   Reeder visited members on graveyard shift at the facility on June 11.
  • Members who work at the WCC pharmacy were given their at-risk letters, followed by formal layoff letters on June 9.  Eleven members at the facility received layoff notices.
  • Your Union’s Communications Department was at the facility on June 6 to interview members for a video project featuring members at WCC.
MISSION CREEK CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN
  • CoordinatorDavis attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here. Your Union bargaining committee met again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia. Look for an update from those bargaining sessions on your Union’s website.
  • Representative Shannon Reeder was at MCCCW for a site visit on June 10 for graveyard shift and day shift.  
LARCH CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • Your Union’s Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement, Michelle Woodrow, attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here. Your Union bargaining committee met again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia. Look for an update from those bargaining sessions on your Union’s website.
  • Please welcome your newly-elected Shop Steward at LCC, Fern Gross.  
  • Director Woodrow spoke with Superintendent Meusborn-Marsh and Security Specialists to review the number of local security advisory committee members. Additional members for the committee have been identified and invitations have been sent out. 
  • New uniforms have now been issued to all staff at the facility.
  • There will be a follow up meeting on Classification Counselor workload and evidence-based programming in July. 
STAFFORD CREEK CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • DOC Coordinator Davis attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here.  Your Union bargaining committee met again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia. Look for an update from those bargaining sessions on your Union’s website.
  • Coordinator Davis was at the facility on May 27 for a site visit. New Business Representative Shannon Reeder also visited the facility on May 27.
  • Business Representative Shannon Reeder visited the facility on June 9 and 10.
CLALLAM BAY CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • DOC Coordinator Davis attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here. Your Union bargaining committee met again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia. Look for an update from those bargaining sessions on your Union’s website.
  • Coordinator Davis visited members on all three shifts at the facility on June 11 and 12.
WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN
  • Your Union’s Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement, Michelle Woodrow, attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here.  Your Union bargaining committee met again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia. Look for an update from those bargaining sessions on your Union’s website.
  • Pharmacy staff members were given their formal layoff notices on June 9.  Director Woodrow was at the facility on that day to meet with impacted members.  Negotiations over the layoffs are ongoing.  The next bargaining session will take place on July 11.
  • Your Union recently resolved an issue with regard to hospital watch officers being removed from their bid posts.  The Department has indicated that they will not continue that practice.
  • On May 29, Director Woodrow participated in an LMCC to review the L&I citation with regard to asbestos removal in the kitchen. 
  • Your Union resolved an issue that will prevent building manager duties from being assigned to sergeants.
  • Director Woodrow worked with the Department to establish a committee that will review overtime coverage for positions with non-standard work hours.
  • The facility is having an issue with missing leave slips; the Department plans to set up a monthly audit to review the slips.
OLYMPIC CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • DOC Coordinator Davis attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here. Your Union bargaining committee is expected to meet again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia.
  • Business Representative Shannon Reeder visited the facility on June 11.
CEDAR CREEK CORRECTIONS CENTER
  • Representative Groff attended contract negotiations in Tukwila on June 4 and 5.  View a negotiations update here.  Your Union bargaining committee is expected to meet again with the State for negotiations on June 25 and 26 in Olympia.
  • The AAG reduced a 10-day suspension to a letter of reprimand on an unnamed employee after informal arguments were heard from the Union prior to arbitration. Despite the win, the Union will be pursuing a grievance for the improper LOR as well as a retaliation, discrimination, and harassment. 
  • We will be holding a contract proposal presentation on July 29 in the Timberline Building from 6:00am to 6:00pm. 
  • Your Union will be filing several information requests to ascertain if violations have occurred against a myriad of bargaining unit employees.

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