I am sure that many members are wondering what has transpired since the election. We just wanted to touch base with everyone and give them an update of happenings at the PSCOA main office.
– All elected Executive Officers took the oath of office July 1st.
– We have begun the task of reviewing all financial transactions from the past several years.
– Four Business Agents were sent back to their jails and one retired. The existing Business Agents will be presented before the Executive Board for review so that a determination can be made if they will continue to represent members in this capacity.
– We had a meeting with Emerson and Reid. (broker of employee benefits) We had lengthy discussion on seeking another administrator of benefits effectively removing ourselves from the PEBTF. This is the first of many meetings to come.
The meeting consisted of the association expressing what our intentions were and what we needed to do to lay the ground work to seek an alternative option to the PEBTF. We feel that if this is done correctly this could reduce the biweekly cost to the individual member. Emerson and Reid requested several key pieces of information that we are currently putting together. When all the information is compiled, Emerson and Reid should have a better understanding of how to proceed and where this may lead us.
– We have scheduled a meeting with Bill Einhorn, our PEBTF representative on July 18th.
– We will be mailing a contract survey to the membership in the very near future. We will be asking for your top five contract concerns. We are very aware that pay and benefits are a top priority. At the bottom of the survey page there is a place to cast your vote on whether or not the Association will attempt to reinstate classification seniority in our next contract.
– We have met with our Lobbyist group WOJDAK. We informed them that the PSCOA is moving in a new direction. We were given a detailed report on upcoming legislation that will greatly benefit our members.
– We have begun laying the ground work for obtaining support for several key pieces of legislation. We had a meeting with Senator Judy Ward, the District Attorney for Huntingdon County Mr. David Smith and the SCI Huntingdon Local President Stephan Bowser. Topics of discussion were, staff safety, prosecution of inmates found to be in procession of drugs, Concurrent sentencing for staff assaults, staff to inmate ratio, stability D-code, inmate misconducts/Hearing Examiner issues and several upcoming pieces of legislation to include House bills 44, 45, 46 and the Corrections Officer Bill of Rights. We have more meetings scheduled with members of the House and Senate.
– All Business agents were called to the office and met with the President, Executive Vice President, East and West Vice Presidents. We reviewed over two hundred grievances from the past three years that were deadlocked at step two and have been sitting in limbo ever since. We have scheduled a grievance review with the Commonwealth for several of these grievances.
– There is a State Board meeting scheduled for August 13th. We look forward to sharing our vision and showing the transparency that was promised with all Local Presidents and Vice Presidents.
– We have sent a letter to all Locals seeking qualified candidates for several open Business Agent positions. These candidates will be interviewed by the Executive Board.
– The Heart and Lung division is under new leadership and is back to level of service that it once was.