Oct 30, 2014

UPDATE ON PROBATION NEWS

On Thursday, October 23, 2014 we held a labor-management meeting at NAGE with representatives from the Office of the Commissioner of Probation and Trial Court Human Resources. Commissioner of Probation Ed Dolan attended, along with Crystal Collier, 1st deputy commissioner, and Dianne Fasano, deputy commissioner of field services.  The commissioner reported on plans to hire probation officers in the courts that have been identified as having the greatest need.  He anticipates the interviews to be completed in November. Now that the screening interviews are mostly done, the 35-40 new officers should be on board by the end of the year.  This will be the first wave of hires and the commissioner anticipates more hires for probation offices throughout the remainder of the fiscal year. 

As you may have seen on the job posting page, the position for Statewide Training Supervisor has been posted.  At the meeting, we raised your concerns regarding the new required annual training hours.  Because there are a limited number of trainings available, and because probation officers facing staff shortages and heavy work loads may be unable to leave the workplace to attend trainings, we requested a waiver for the hours. Management responded that there will be more training opportunities going forward, but agreed they will work on a case-by-case basis with officers to determine if a waiver is appropriate.  The suggestion we make to all APOs and POs is that when you see a posting for training, sign up for it, and if you are either denied permission to attend by your CPO or are waitlisted for that training, keep a record of that in your own personal files.  

Board Advisors Dan Sullivan and Phil Landry, who specialize in defensive tactics, were present at the meeting as management provided their draft of the use of force policy for probation officers. This is a long awaited first step in establishing a policy regarding the continuum of force that probation officers are authorized to engage in during the course of their duties. We will keep you updated as this moves forward.  

Two sub-committees were formed to work on the issues of the APO job description and to finalize language regarding the mutual respect clause that will be inserted into our contract.

Management reported that internet access will now be provided to probation officers by October 31.  Please advise me if that is not implemented; it is a promise that has had many deadlines come and go, so we will see….

***The next labor management meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2014.

As always, contact President Margaret Thompson at NAGE with any questions or concerns at mthompson@nage.org 

REMINDER!!

LOCAL 229 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING IS 11/5/14, 5:30pm AT THE WORCESTER OFFICE OF NAGE, 29 Endicott St, Worcester MA—second floor. 

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