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JPE Union Board

Brothers and Sisters,

 

 I wanted to take to a minute to update you on several items that your Union has been and will continue to work on over the next several weeks.

 

Comp time: The union has met with the administration and is in the process of finalizing an agreement on Comp time. The Union position is as follows: If an individual is on call and receiving on call pay, the pay is for the employee to carry the phone and to answer it  if called. If an employee answers the phone and no action is needed, then the employee does not receive comp time. However, if the employee answers the phone and an action is needed the clock starts for comp time.

 

Contact Negotiations 

 

JPE has been in negotiations with the Judicial Branch since December of 2015. JPE has presented the Branch with 33 proposals to the Branch’s five.  The union’s proposals have mostly come from you (our members) as well as other sources in hopes to have a stronger contact with better protections for our members. The negotiation process has been a slow and drawn out process. Although there has been some movement, JP feels that not enough movement on the contract has been made. On Thursday 4/20/17, JPE and the Branch will meet to discuss the arbitration process and begin the process to pick a neutral arbitrator. It is our intention and hope, to continue in negotiations to achieve a suitable contract for our members. However, if one suitable contract cannot be achieved, then we will utilize the arbitration process.

 

SEBAC:

 

In 2014, The Judicial Profession Employees Union successfully obtained its own SEBAC  seat and independent vote.  Over the last several months, all of us have heard or read of the State of Connecticut’s financial crisis. In the Governors opening speech to the legislature, he stated that he was looking for 1.4 billion in State Employee Concessions.  Top Union Leaders (one from each voting membership) has been meeting with the state on informal discussions. This means that both the unions and the State are meeting to look at the States Fiscal situation and what impact it may have on the State and State Employees.  I have copied (Form the SEBAC  Bylaws) the procedure for reopening the current SEBAC agreement. The full SEBAC can be found at www.jpeunion.net under the document section.

 

 There has been NO VOTE to enter in to formal discussion at this time.

 

However, if a vote is requested, then the rules outlined below will take place.

 

REOPENING AGREEMENTS: The following provision applies to a decision to engage in discussions which might reasonably lead to modifications of one or more the terms of a SEBAC agreement during the term of the agreement.

 

(a) A vote to engage in the discussions shall require an 80% vote of all SEBAC voting unions in good standing with the votes being counted per capita, and not more than 20% of the SEBAC voting unions voting in opposition.

 

(b) Additionally, if discussions begin pursuant to 10(a), above, a vote to reach a tentative agreement shall require an 80% vote of all SEBAC voting unions in good standing with the votes being counted per capita, and not more than 20% of the SEBAC voting unions voting in opposition.

 

(c) Additionally, if a tentative agreement is reached pursuant to 10(b), above, finalizing that agreement shall require a 2/3rds vote of all SEBAC voting unions in good standing with the votes being counted per capita, and not more than 1/3 of the SEBAC voting unions voting in opposition.

 

(d) A Union in good standing which chooses to abstain or otherwise doesn’t cast its votes under paragraphs (a)-(c) above shall not be counted in any way towards the percentage requirements in those paragraphs.

 

Nothing in this section shall be considered a basis for interim bargaining or interest arbitration under Chapter 67 of the Statutes without the unanimous written consent of all SEBAC voting unions.

 

(f) The above paragraphs may not be amended or changed except by at least the vote required to undertake an action under the particular paragraph changed.

 

JPE will continue to keep you informed as information becomes available.  If you have not already done so, go to www.jpeunion.net  and register to ensure that you are getting the most up to date information.  To register click here: https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=59388&org=JPEUNION.OR

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any other Executive Board member.

 

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

Carmen

 

 

Carmen A. Roda

President

Judicial Professional Employees 

jpepresident@gmail.com

One Union One Voice

 

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