grievance

Union wins promotion, $12,000 pay hike and $8,000 in back pay for OCME scientist

May 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union helped a forensic scientist at the Office of the City Medical Examiner win over $8,000 in owed back pay, and a promotion with a $12,000 annual pay bump after settling an out-of-title grievance at Step 2. OCME managers assigned the Local 3005 Criminalist Level 3 supervisory duties of signing timesheets, preparing work orders, scheduling assignments and reviewing other Criminalists’ work. The member asked that PEP not print her name. OCME forensic scientists staff the country’s most advanced toxicology and biology laboratories and the nation’s only molecular genetics laboratory housed in a medical examiner’s office. The scientists upload DNA samples into CODIS, the combined index system of DNA samples that span local, state and federal databases. As experts in mass fatality management, they are called on to share their expertise in responding to [More...]

Union wins $70,000 in Owed Longevity for Pest Control Workers

April 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union won a collective $70,000 in owed longevity payments for 35 City Pest Control Aides and Exterminators at the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene after forcing the agency to apply the contract’s recurring increment payments or RIPs. “The union remains diligent in protecting members’ hard won wages and benefits—whether it means fighting over federal rollbacks on union rights or correcting the mistakes made by agency management,” said Local 768 President Fitz Reid. “If it impacts our members, we here to make sure the contract—and the members—are respected.” Several CPCAs and Exterminators called the union after DOHMH failed to apply or took away the contractual RIPs they were entitled to. Longevity pay is disbursed incrementally in members’ biweekly paychecks. CPCAs do the dirty work that keeps New York City clean by enforcing health codes. [More...]

Health Dept. Restores Leave for Social Workers

June 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union settled a group grievance for nine Local 768 members that restores their annual leave after the city forced them to use accrued time for continuing education courses required to maintain their licensure as professional Social Workers. “It took quite some time to resolve, but through the persistence of dedicated staff in the Professional Division, including the director, Stephanie Miller, Reps Dana Tilghman and Shayvonne Jones,” said Local 768 President Fitz Reid, “and other concerned members at the worksite, who weren’t even affected but agreed to be a liaison for information, the union prevailed.” Union protects its members New York State mandates Social Workers to take 36 hours of courses every three years to maintain their professional licenses. These courses ensure they are current with the best practices and issues regarding mental health, [More...]

Member Gets Promotion and Pay Increase in Out-of-Title Grievance

April 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES A Local 1407 member won a promotion and an 8 percent raise after the settlement of an out-of-title grievance. Ahsan Masood joined the city workforce in 2014, when he was hired as an Associate Analyst. A provisional worker, he took a civil service exam within a year and became a permanent city employee with the title of Management Auditor. He took that step because he wanted the security of a permanent job. “There was a change in my salary, which I was okay with,” Masood said. “But as time went on, they kept adding tasks.” This extra work involved coming up with the budget that the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene needs to obtain grants from the Dept. of Homeland Security. Masood did the work for about a year even though it was not included in his responsibilities as a Management Auditor. But he grew tired of putting in the extra effort without the extra [More...]

Member’s Estate Awarded $20,000 for Back Pay

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The DC 37 General Counsel’s Office obtained a consent award that granted posthumously $20,000 in back pay to a Local 1597 Custodial Assistant, who was wrongfully terminated from Brooklyn College. Management alleged that Hope McNeill failed to follow the college’s procedures for approved medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and fired her. Ms. McNeil died before her case went to arbitration. McNeil had worked for Brooklyn College for about three years when an illness left her unable to work. But when McNeill was ready to return to her job at the college in April 2015, she learned she was terminated. Management fired McNeill in a letter that accused her of abandoning her job and alleged that her medical leave had not been approved. Blue Collar Council Rep Norlita De Taza filed a grievance to appeal McNeill’s termination. It was denied at [More...]

Deceased Member’s Estate Awarded $20,000 in Back Pay

March 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The DC 37 General Counsel’s Office obtained a consent award that granted $20,000 in back pay to the estate of a Local 1597 Custodial Assistant, who was wrongfully terminated from Brooklyn College. Management alleged that Hope McNeill failed to follow the college’s procedures for approved medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and fired her. Ms. McNeil died before her case went to arbitration. McNeil had worked for Brooklyn College for about three years when an illness left her unable to work. But when McNeill was ready to return to her job at the college in April 2015, she learned she was terminated. Management fired McNeill in a letter that accused her of abandoning her job and alleged that her medical leave had not been approved. Blue Collar Council Rep Norlita De Taza filed a grievance to appeal McNeill’s termination. It was denied at [More...]

Community Health Liaison Worker at NYC H+H Wins $13,500 in Out-of-Title Grievances

October 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE For more than 12 years, SSEU Local 371 member Denise Kittrell has worked for NYC Health+Hospitals as a Community Liaison Worker I at the Sydenham Health Center in Harlem. Beginning in 2012, management began assigning out-of-title duties to Kittrell. Management mandated that she perform HIV swab testing and counseling, thus blurring the lines of her position and egregiously increasing her workload. Ms. Kittrell filed a grievance, and the union successfully won her $3,500, as well as a cease-and-desist order prohibiting NYC H+H from assigning Kittrell duties beyond her community liaison work. As they say, some people don’t listen and in this case, the exploitation of Kittrell’s hard work at the Sydenham Health Center continued. Management ignored the initial decision, and immediately ordered Kittrell to again perform HIV swab testing and counseling. Within a month, in [More...]