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RE: Last night’s School Board Meeting
We thought it was important to send a letter today, to re-cap important information from last night’s School Board meeting.
For many years the board has operated under the assumption that a majority of its employees within certain groups want to be represented by the Teamsters. Since the labor agreements expired, the board has heard from many of you that has led them to be uncertain as to whether or not a majority of employees in the EVSC secretary and bus driver groups wish to be represented. At its meeting last night, the board unanimously called for a vote to take place — allowing your voice to be heard.
The simple Yes/No vote will be taken on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5:30-7:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 3:30-6 p.m., EVSC Boardroom and Thursday, Aug. 28, 5:30-7:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 3:30-6 p.m., EVSC Boardroom.
The vote will be by secret ballot — an employee’s name will not be placed on the ballot. All that will be needed to sign in and vote, will be a photo ID. Ballot boxes will be secured, not opened, and not counted until the end of the balloting on Thursday evening.
The school board believes that a simple majority – 51% — of the members of the affected employee groups must vote “Yes” in favor of Teamster representation, before ALL members are potentially required to pay dues or representation fees.
Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the EVSC will continue to value its employees, and all current wages, benefits, and working conditions will continue. The board’s goal is to continue to be the employer of choice.
We have received numerous calls already this morning from employees, saying that they have been told by the Teamsters, that without Union representation, the EVSC will begin taking benefits away. This is simply not true. If you have questions or concerns about this, please call me at ext. 10915.
Finally, the EVSC does not tolerate harassment in any form – whether it is with students or employees. If an employee feels threatened or harassed, he/she should talk with Marsha Williams, in the Office of Human Resources, ext. 18508.
You tube video: Please click here to view to see Dr. Smith comments concerning upcoming Union vote.
Straight to You August 26, 2014: http://youtu.be/Jvif_qGaCAQ
THIS LETTER IS POSTED BY CCO WITHOUT EDITING OR BIAS. HOWEVER WE DO HAVE A STRONG OPINION CONCERNING THE UNDERHANDED TACTICS THAT THE EVSC SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT USED TO FORCE A QUICK VOTE ON EVSC SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS.