Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Union Grievances

Good to see that unions continue to protect their members by defending their legitimate grievances.

At issue is landscaping at Roadoan Elementary School done by volunteers and a local company to honor 8-year-old Matthew Barrick, who died in February of a brain aneurysm. The work extended to the grounds of Brooklyn High School.

Hennings and Scott, members of the Brooklyn Classified Employees union, filed a grievance in May because they would normally do such work.

Their supervisor, business manager James Daugherty, rejected the grievance, and an appeal to Superintendent James Garber also failed. The union's position is that the district cut landscaping positions, saying they were not needed, then used volunteers. It maintains that the work by the outside landscaper exceeded the scope of a memorial for Barrick.

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