We've put together a short video update for you with information about temporary layoffs at DOC. Please take a moment to watch the video here.
We have been clear with the Department that its plan to impose widespread temporary layoffs is reckless. By laying off hundreds of staff over short periods of time, DOC is jeopardizing your safety, the safety of the incarcerated population, and that of the community as a whole.
Since our email communication with you last week, DOC has changed the list of impacted classifications. The Department's uncertainty about who should be affected demonstrates how ill-prepared they are. Please refer to the list of classifications DOC sent you with the understanding that it may be subject to change.
DOC has compared its layoff plan to members taking a vacation, which is absurd. The Department would never allow an entire job classification to vacate their positions at once.
When we engaged DOC in negotiating voluntary furloughs, we did so in good faith in an effort to achieve savings. Instead of taking advantage of those, DOC inexplicably denied members' requests to participate. Members were told they were too essential, yet now those same members are being delivered another message.
We can't emphasize enough how important it is for all of us to be vigilant in enforcing our contract when layoffs begin. Please report any cases of managers or outside consultants performing bargaining unit work. If you are asked to work outside of your normal job classification or asked to perform work that is unsafe, please contact a Shop Steward or Union Representative immediately.
The DOC should be ashamed of itself for imposing this risky, haphazard plan on the backs of its essential employees.
Please remember to support your co-workers during this challenging time. If you are in need of resources, don't hesitate to reach out to a Shop Steward or your Union Rep to ask for help.
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