A local union is seeking to get a judge to enforce an order to re-evaluate three Herkimer County probation employees, which, according to a Civil Service Employees Association news release, the county has failed to do.
A decision by the state Public Employment Relations Board in Albany found the county's Probation Department illegally changed the job duties of the probation officer and included unfavorable comments on the employee's evaluations and the evaluations of two other department workers who had raised concerns through the union about the department's management and operations.
The judge had ordered the probation officer - who is the CSEA Local 822 president - return to their previous job duties and all three workers be re-evaluated without consideration of their protected activities.
The union asserted the county gave the workers the same evaluations; failing to comply.
"This was a clear case of retaliation, where management of the Herkimer County Probation Department overstepped their authority and broke the law by going after our union president and workers who were exercising their rights," CSEA Central Region President Colleen Wheaton said in the release. "Herkimer County needs to respect the rights of their workers and they need to comply with the judge's order. We'll keep pursuing this, in court if need be, to force them to do so."
A statement issued Wednesday said the county "acknowledges a recent decision from the Public Employment Relations Board, a state agency, involving a matter which occurred more than three years ago. The decision which was received by the County, which the County strongly disagrees with, will be followed by the County and implemented.
"Due to the passage of time, many of the issues which were the subject of the decision have been resolved and therefore County did not pursue an appeal."