Consultation Labor Management Meetings
October 4, 2013
Bill Stephens, Director
Re: Topics for Discussion at Labor Management Meeting
The Correctional Employee Council would like to submit the following items for Labor Management Discussion with you and your Management Staff after TDCJ's Executive Board meeting, October 10, 2013. Toby Tobias and Brian Olsen will be in attendance and we look forward to meeting with you on the following Labor Management Agenda issues:
The actual Labor Management meeting was October 28, 2013, at the TDCJ Human Resource Conference Room. The next TDCJ Executive Board Meeting will be the last in the calendar year, December 12-13-13, at the Crowne Plaza Austin, 6121 North I-35 Austin, TX 78752.
1) Mandatory Overtime - Several Corrections Officer members, all assigned in the Huntsville Region, have recently voiced their concerns regarding mandatory overtime. We would appreciate a quick overview of TDCJ's current Systemic Overtime Policy for clarification.
Response by Bill Stephens
The Mandatory Overtime Policy has not been amended or changed; it remains the same as reflected in P.D. 91.
2) Please provide the number of Security Personnel Vacancies, system-wide; the current turnover rate; the number of Security Staff, system-wide, who call in daily as NOT coming to work; and the Agency's average Monthly Recruiting for Pre-Service.
Response by Patty Garcia and Bill Stephens
3) Please provide a copy of TDCJ's Employee Disciplinary Statistics for all of TDCJ's components for fiscal year September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.
Response by Patty Garcia
Ms. Garcia asked Ms. Ava Shelly if our request for this document would require an "Open Records Request", she responded with a "yes". (AFSCME/ATCEC had fully anticipated this response, especially with all the Agency changes in the HR Director position, Director of Labor Relations, Director of CID and his support Deputy Directors.)
We addressed Mrs. Garcia's response with "We don't want to appear presumptuous or forward," but we anticipated this; therefore, we prepared the Open Records Request ahead of this Labor Management meeting and brought it with us. It was passed to Mrs. Garcia who accepted it and then excused herself from the meeting to secure a copy of the document in question for disposition to us, which we appreciated.
Any Labor Management issue that comes up in the short term, before a formal Labor Management Agenda Meeting every two months, will now, by consensus, be handled via phone calls to Mr. Bill Stephens' office. At which point he will assign the issue to whichever Deputy Director he chooses to work through the matter, and the Deputy Director or Mr. Stephens will call us back directly with their response. This will expedite the turn around and provide a much quicker resolution to ongoing short-term issues, for which we are in complete agreement and to which we appreciate Mr. Stephens' position on the matter, as a matter of expediency to serve the interest of both entities.
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