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CSEA grievances aired during meeting of Silver Creek Village Board

SILVER CREEK – Union representatives brought three grievances to members of the Silver Creek Village Board on Monday.

The hearings represented the third phase in the grievance process for members of the Civil Services Employees Association, which represents village’s streets and water and sewer departments.

CSEA representative Rick Toth presented the three complaints and Village Attorney Daniel Gard spoke on behalf of the village.

Gard said he hoped that board members agreed with the mayor that no contract issues were violated.

“Don’t give in to a few disgruntled employees,” said Gard, who called the grievances without basis.

Board members have 10 days to give a formal answer to the union representative.

Toth’s complaints included a schedule change. He said employees of the Streets Department did not receive a seven-day notice when the schedule was changed from nights to days for plowing during the winter. He said the contract calls for the week’s notice so employees can prepare to change their shifts.

Gard countered that the notice stipulation for changing schedules was waived by the employees because they benefit from the change of hours, as does the village. Summer shifts eliminate nighttime working hours and weekend shifts. Gard said the employees were happy with the change and agreed to set the new shifts without a seven-day waiting period.

The second grievance is over a subcontractor hired in March to perform work to alleviate flooding. An excavating contractor was hired to remove ice from the creek. Gard said that the village employees could not have performed the work because the village does not own the equipment.

Gard also said it has been the village’s practice for many years to hire a contractor for the ice jam removal. He said the situation was an emergency and warranted bringing in outside labor and equipment.

The third grievance is a complaint that some employees were not awarded overtime. Gard said the appropriate rotation for overtime was followed and Supervisor Ralph Crawford followed the list for overtime. The complaint was filed by workers in the Water and Sewer Department and the overtime was given in the Street Department, Gard said.