In an interest to improve our relationship with the District management we have come to the realization that a side letter to the current MOU is needed.
The reason for the side letter is to set a clear process for the shift bid process as well as the process for placing members at station 336. Currently the MOU states that we the members of L4742 control the bid process and submit a completed bid sheet to the District. Once we submit the completed bid sheet the District will then make any movement or placements as the FC deems appropriate. While they will provide union leadership with good reasoning for any movement it is not subject to grievance or appeal. Meaning that you or someone from the crew of your chosen bid can be moved, potentially affecting the choices made to bid in chosen spots. (Example: FF. Franco bids to station 334 on C shift with Cpt. Malloy, the District then moves Cpt. Malloy to the truck on C shift replacing him with Cpt. Milson at 334. FF. Franco potentially is no longer happy with his bid working for a different Captain. Effectively denying him a true bid.)
The District and your Union leadership have come together to find a better process. The side letter we are asking the members to vote on explains the changes to the MOU without having to open the MOU for negotiations.
The side letter makes the process work like this, the District will seek interest from the members who are interested in working at 336 as part of the Training Division and the responsibilities that it holds. Once the interest is collected the District will evaluate the candidates and make the placements they see appropriate. Once the station 336 personnel are placed the District will give us a bid sheet with all the available bid spots. With this new process it is clear how to get to 336 in the Training Division and it is clear that when you bid it is a very low chance that you or another from your chosen bid crew will be moved allowing a more true bid process. The side letter will be placed on to the website for review by all and a vote will be sent out to see if the membership agrees to the side letter. If after a majority vote of voters responding the side letter is not accepted the process will remain the same and unchanged. If the side letter is agreed upon by majority of voters responding it would take affect once signed and by the process for the bid taking place on November 5 th 2022 for the 2023 calendar year bid cycle.
Let me know if you have questions or need further explanation.