PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

Theresa Kohutka

During the last days of 2019, the 880 membership ratified an agreement for the implementation of a new payroll system – and a necessary one-week lag – and the agreement passed by overwhelming numbers. I believe we passed a great deal for all involved and it is a great example of what can be achieved with mutual cooperation. Thank you to all of you who took the time to give our team your input and ideas during the process, and an even bigger thank you to those of you who helped man the voting boxes.

As we start returning to our regular work schedules, I would like to reflect on the past 5 months. In March we were faced with the start of the spread of COVID-19. Many were sent home as “non-essential”, others as “essential” and working from home, and the rest as “essential” and working. No matter what your status, I believe we all held some sort of fear and confusion on what the future would hold. Would the Town ever come back to 100%? How long would it take to get the virus under control? We are now in the month of October and these questions still have no answer. Anxiety and apprehension have become the new norm as we enter the Fall months.

Representatives from a company called H2M, have been going from facility to facility to assess what must be done in order to safely come back to work. This means moving your workspace, partitions being hung, sanitizer being readily available, and the implementation of mask-wearing. These are new rules for all of us and we are all learning as we go so please be patient and ask questions whenever you have a concern.

I would like to personally acknowledge all of our “essential” workers and thank them for coming to work each and every day while others were able to stay home. THANK YOU for your tireless service to the Town and our residents. You are truly CSEA strong!

In the coming weeks, I will be assembling my contract negotiation team. While the current C.B.A. does not expire until the end of 2021, I’d like to be on track to have its successor settled prior to its expiration. I will be relying heavily on input from all of our members. In the near future, you will be receiving notice asking specifically for your ideas. Lastly, since we can’t currently hold any general membership meetings, I’d like to remind you that we are here to help with any questions you may have. 

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