Sep 10, 2015

Statement From President Holway on Trial Court Exams

Please see the statement below from NAGE National President David J. Holway and Local 229 President Margaret Thompson on the essay questions for the recent promotional exams.
“The decision by the Trial Court to change how the essay questions in the recent promotional exams are used is a perfect example of how labor-management relations are supposed to work. NAGE brought our concerns about the exam to Court Administrator Harry Spence – he listened and he acted. The union’s job is to help provide a level playing field for promotional opportunities for our members and the Trial Court’s action today does exactly that. Our members, the Trial Court, and the Commonwealth’s citizens are well served by today’s decision,” said NAGE National President David J. Holway.
Holway continued, ”I wish that the decision had been expedited, because many of our 150 or so members affected by the decision have been hanging by the fingernails for a long time awaiting the Court’s action.
NAGE Local 229 President Margaret Thompson added, “I appreciate the increased promotional opportunities for employees but when management dragged their feet through the process they indirectly made it more difficult for the Probation Department to reach its mission of enhancing public safety. Regardless, we are grateful to be able to now move forward.”
Please read the memo from Court Administrator, Harry Spence.
Click here for the memo.

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