I wanted to update you on the status of our grievance over the decision by the Department of Corrections to eliminate recruitment and retention pay for certain job classifications at CRCC, WSP, and MCC.

On August 3, Sgt. Cory Laughlin of MCC, Shop Steward Sgt. Michael Boe of MCC, and I met with DOC Deputy Secretary Dan Pacholke to discuss the issue.  As reported previously, we were unable to reach an agreement with the Department at that meeting.

The next step in the process is a pre-arbitration review meeting with the Department as per the contract.  We are in the process of scheduling that meeting.  We anticipate that the pre-arbitration meeting will be held in the next several weeks and that we will likely file for arbitration in November.

This is an incredibly important issue and we are doing everything we can to expedite the process.  Even so, an arbitration of this magnitude will take time, most likely several months or longer.

Our legal team is working on the case and wants to be absolutely sure that we have all of the evidence we need to argue the case successfully.  Thank you for your patience.  As soon as we have any new information, we will let you know.