HUDSON COUNTY PBA DRAWS LINE IN THE SAND, TIRED OF THE GAMES
After years of playing "pass the buck" and getting the run around, Hudson County PBA draws a line in the sand and demands to know who is running the jail.
Although everyone is aware of the ceremonious titles, no one appears to be able to make a decision let alone accept responsibility for the decisions that are being made. Supervisors are calling the Legal Department directly usurping the Chain of Command as they apparently cannot get a straight answer either.
The Administration is using non-board members and non-supervisors to negotiate discipline for the rank and file officers and conditioning the "deals" on not letting the Union know.
In an email released earlier today Acting PBA President Daniel Murray demanded to know who is running the jail and what their credentials are. Director Aviles has no control over the jail and cannot make a decision independent of the Legal Department. If he is no more than a puppet, the PBA wants to see the credentials of the person(s) in the Legal Department who is running the jail to make sure they are in conformance with both Attorney General Guidelines and the ACA accreditation.
Former Confidential Aid, Deputy Director Kirk Eady was found guilty of Federal Wiretapping charges but as of Friday still remains on the books as being suspended, without pay. In response to an OPRA request, the County turned over his pay stubs which they believe indicate he stopped getting paid in February of 2014. If you look at the pay stubs and add up the numbers you will see that there are a lot of things that do not add up. Click to view pay stubs.
Acting Deputy Director. Captain Tish Nalls-Castillo attended Kirk Eady's trial and listened to all the evidence including tapes wherein she conspired with him to get rid of PBA 109A Lt. Omar Ortiz, who still remains without due process for over 20 months now. Has Nalls-Castillo been charged with anything?
She sat for a week and listened to the language being used by Kirk Eady, the same language she fired Ricky Oquendo for. Has he received his back pay for the suspension she gave him?
The JDO's, another line of bull sh*t from the Legal Department were suppose to be brought on after they took the Civil Service Communications Officers test. After speaking with them, not only did they not take the test, but the test was never posted, they are transporting inmates and allegedly working in Union County with unruly juveniles.
But the important issues are being handled, Hudson County paid 17 officers overtime to be extras for a movie being filmed at the jail. Thank goodness they have their priorities straight.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DANIEL MURRAY FOR HIS WIN OF THE STEPS ARBITRATION
Since 2010, in his position as Grievance Committee Chairman, Officer Daniel Murray has led the way fighting for the rights of each and every member of PBA Local # 109. In this thankless position, Officer Murray has investigated hundreds of Union complaints, written hundreds of grievances and butted heads with countless members of the Hudson County Administration, with little to no recognition.
In and about 2010 while examining the seniority, time and salary of Union members, Officer Murray discovered that numerous members were on the wrong salary step, being underpaid and denied the proper accumulation of sick and vacation time.
Officer Murray, a/k/a "Hell Boy" filed a grievance on their behalf which was of course, ignored, not investigated and "denied". The basis of the grievance was that the five members were laid off and then subsequently brought back, but when they were rehired, they were rehired as "new" employees and made to start again on the salary scale.
Officer Murray was aware that a Side Bar Agreement was in place that covered this very issue and stated that the members, if rehired, should resume at the salary they were making when they left.
The officers were willing to waive the back pay in exchange for being placed at the correct step to settle the grievance. However, the County once again, playing with taxpayer's money, refused to be reasonable and the matter was taken to Arbitration where the Side Bar Agreement was enforced and the County ordered to place the five officers at the proper step with pay back pay.
The exact Award is as follows:
The grievance is sustained. The County must make the Grievants whole by adjusting their guide placement and earned annual sick, vacation and personal leave in accordance with the Re-employment Agreement.
* The effective date of the adjustment shall be 30 days prior to the filing date of the instant grievance. The Grievants are awarded back pay equal to the difference of what they would have earned had they received credit for their prior service when rehired, and the amounts actually paid to them from August 17, 2010 to the present.