I hope everyone is enjoying the idea of warmer weather coming around the corner. I want to take this opportunity to discuss a couple of ongoing issues here in the Maintenance Department in regards to the Custodial Occupational Group employees. The Union has argued and settled grievances on the issue of Management continually issuing more then 7 hours per day on the Employee Assignment Work Sheets (EAWS) for the Laborer Custodial employees at the Saint Paul P&C and the Twin Cities L&DC, to include the Station and Branches. This is a violation of the MS-47 TL-5 Section 5.9.1.1 Route Size. Unfortunately Management cannot get it right and they continually violate this on an ongoing and continuous basis.

If you are issued more than 7 hours on a given day, please look at your EAWS to see if the Work Order / Route is due on the that day.  If all work assigned for the day, is due on the day issued equal to more then 7 hours, request to see a Union Steward. We will file the appropriate grievance.

Management here at the Saint Paul P&DC are failing drastically to utilize the Group Leader Custodial PS-5 employees as the position are required. Here is the actual language for the position.

Position Description

Group Leader Custodial PS-5

Functional Purpose

In accordance with specific instructions, or well defined work assignments furnished by supervisor, oversees the work of up to approximately 15 laborers, janitors and cleaners performing general Laboring and Cleaning duties.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assigns tasks to be performed by laborers, janitors and Cleaners.

Checks performance of employees both during and upon completion of assignments.

Instructs new employees in cleaning methods and in the proper use of tools and equipment.

Oversees the moving of furniture and equipment.

In addition may perform laboring tasks as required; acts for supervisor in that person’s absence.

SUPERVISON

Supervisor of unit to which assigned.

SSELECTION METHOD

Senior Qualified when filled from Custodial Laborer (Lvl 3) 3502-03XX, SP 6-13.

Best Qualified when filled from any other position.

The above position description language governs the assignments that shall be assigned to the position holder. This issue will be discussed in the grievance process. The Union will continue to file the appropriate grievances until Management properly implements the proper duties and responsibilities to the Maintenance Craft employees assigned to the position.

Each tour should have a Group Leader assigned to the above duties on a daily basis on each tour. If you notice that this is not happening please write a statement of fact and request to see a Union Steward to assist the Union in combating this issue.

We need to ensure through the grievance process that Management understands and complies with the position of Group Leader Custodial PS-5 position description on each tour as required.

One other issue that has been brought to the Union’s attention is that Management is requiring the MPE-9 and ET-10 employees on tours 1 and 3 to train the new Maintenance Mechanic PS-7 employees to do more than what their Position Description allows when it comes to troubleshooting reaction calls. If you are told to train the MM-7 employees so they can perform reactive calls better, the Union needs to know about this as soon as it occurs.

MANAGEMENT CANNOT ASSIGN THE MAINTENANCE MECHANIC PS-7 EMPLOYEES TO PERFORM REACTIVE MAINTENANCE CALLS. PERIOD!!!!

Level 7 Maintenance Mechanics cannot diagnose, make determinations of faults, troubleshooting in any capacity.

If you are a Maintenance Mechanic PS-7 employee and you are told to answer maintenance calls you need to let the Union know about it as it happens. Do what you are told by Management and then ask for a Union Steward so we can file the appropriate grievance. As long as Management assigns the lower level Mechanics to perform this work, they are not going to feel the pressure to provide the higher level positions. If they can get the work done cheaper by using lower level employees, they will not post higher level jobs.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, AND STOP IT IF IT IS HAPPENING ALREADY.

I want to welcome our newest Maintenance Craft Union Steward Jeff Maine, if you see him make sure to thank him for stepping up. Currently your Maintenance Union stewards are Rod Renner, Matt Garcia and now Jeff Maine. The Union Stewards are doing awesome work enforcing your contractual rights.

Jim Pierce
Maintenance Craft Director