7/25/11 MSOP Meeting Minutes

For Management: Bonnie Wold, Gary Grimm, Ralph Schmidt, Cindy Jungers, and Melissa Gresczyk
For the Union: Molly Kennedy, Scott Grefe, John Knobbe, Jeremy Tubbs, Matt Stenger and Chuck Carlson



Forums/Recognition/Staff Appreciation
Ralph Schmidt announced that staff forums and service awards will take place on August 2. Staff appreciation day will be celebrated on August 9th.

Management has been reviewing staffing patterns and exploring future staffing options. Staff input has been sought and received. There is mixed feedback regarding potential change.
The union stated there are notes from previous supplemental negotiations regarding maintaining a fixed 5/2 rotation that were not printed into the contract. Management responded staffing changes are forthcoming. Input is welcomed and appreciated. The union asked what is driving these proposed changes, and management explained that overtime is the main thrust. There is a business need to change. The intent is to plan staffing patterns for the future, as well as for the present.
The union asked why a 6/2 rotation would be a better staffing plan. Management responded that a number of options are being discussed and asked that staff not be specifically focused on a 6/2. While an edict for staffing plans could be given, it makes more sense to listen to staff feedback. The intent is to implement scheduling patterns that work for the program and allow for flexibility. For example, four 10-hour days may work best for staff managing transports because transporting clients often results in longer than an 8-hour day and 10-hour shifts would minimize overtime. Management added that seniority will be taken into account, and a change may result in increased vacation slots.


Vacation Process After Shutdown

The union presented that staff are under the impression that they are able to request vacation more than one year out. Basically, the vacation calendar is getting out of control. They added that the vacation calendar is meant to be restricted so that only senior staff can take a piece of the open block. Management responded that contract