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The Telegram
  • Union grievance in Herkimer not going away

  • The local union representing Herkimer County employees has filed a grievance over the apparent failure of the county to list a job opening. County officials said a clerical error caused the problem, but the union is continuing the grievance. Steven Billings, Herkimer County’s personnel officer, sa...
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  • The local union representing Herkimer County employees has filed a grievance over the apparent failure of the county to list a job opening.
    County officials said a clerical error caused the problem, but the union is continuing the grievance.
    Steven Billings, Herkimer County’s personnel officer, said the grievance was received on Dec. 13, and they have “rectified the situation.” He would not elaborate.
    The position was for senior data collector, which was filled by Gabe Oram, who was promoted on Oct. 1 from data collector in the county’s Real Property Tax Department, Billings said.
    “We’re complying with the contract,” he said. “The union has filed a grievance, and I’ll leave it at that.”
    JoAnne LeClair, Civil Service Employees Association Unit 7100 president, said the union filed the grievance based on two points:
    •T he vacant position should immediately be posted.
    • The county also should give the appropriate Civil Service exam.
    The union has not ended the grievance.
    LeClair said she is waiting for a response to her Freedom of Information requests.
    The FOIL inquiries stem from the recent announcement of two layoffs within the Real Property Department.
    While it’s not stipulated in the union contract, LeClair said they requested an exam be given as “part of the remedy.”
    Billings said, “That’s not necessary to do.”
    LeClair said typically she is emailed the postings, but instead was informed by county employees of the vacant position.
    Billings said the posting does go to Herkimer County Community College’s Human Resources Department as well as posting them internally and on county bulletin boards.
    “It does say in the contract that (sending it to the union president is) what we do,” he said, adding he had never received a call or complaint before.
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