Help Wanted: Firefighters

Union thought process – pick us or there may be lay offs. But no P.G. firefighters were laid off when their jobs were given to Monterey.

Neal Hurd, president of the Monterey Firefighters Association, said all of the Pacific Grove firefighters joined the Monterey Fire Department at the time of the merger.

Hurd said if Pacific Grove chooses to go with another agency to provide fire service, it could mean up to 12 positions would be eliminated leading to layoffs.

Help Wanted: Firefighters

Union Against Hotel

Not even built yet and getting their name in there. Does CEQA relate to the NLRB or AFL-CIO?

483 Union

A group dubbed the Committee Against Measure X sponsored by Unite Here, Local 483, sent out fliers over the weekend to Pacific Grove voters declaring “Measure X is wrong” and asking voters to reconsider the measure because it allows a developer to avoid the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Union Against Hotel

Union Employee Tries To Form Union, Guess Where That Goes

What – labor unions are not welcome at labor unions?

Francisco Cerritos, who was hired by the United Farm Workers of America in 1998, alleges in a May 2 lawsuit filed in Monterey County Superior Court that the UFW broke numerous state labor laws, including failing to pay him overtime, and to provide meal breaks and itemized paychecks. He also alleges the UFW retaliated against him for helping forming an employees union within the UFW.

Union Employee Tries To Form Union, Guess Where That Goes

Outsourcing The Golf Course

With the blessings of what puts people in office.

Karl Spackler

The Pacific Grove City Council on Wednesday will again consider leasing the city’s golf course to a private operator, but this time with agreements in hand with two city employee unions.

The council postponed action on the golf course lease, which city officials say will benefit the city’s finances, at its last meeting after the General Employees Association filed a complaint with the Public Employees Relations Board.

Outsourcing The Golf Course

Union Files Charge Against P.G. For Golf Giveaway

Unions got to stay paid for their “work”,

The union representing the Pacific Grove General Employees’ Association filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the city on Jan. 31, alleging the city violated its collective bargaining agreement with the city employees represented by the union.
The charge stems from city’s proposal to lease the city’s golf course, Pacific Grove Golf Links, to a private contractor, Pacific Grove Golf Links, LLC, which would take over the operations and maintenance of the course and lead to the layoff of an unspecified number of city employees.

Union Files Charge Against P.G. For Golf Giveaway

MST May Lose Federal $ And Cut Services

Cut services or build fewer of those jazzy bus shelters? Thanks Transit Union.

Federal grant money accounts for about 25 percent of the agency’s operating budget.

California’s new pension reform law has come under fire from the Amalgamated Transit Union, which has called upon the U.S. Department of Labor to withhold federal funds from MST and other California public transit operators, the agency said Tuesday.

MST May Lose Federal $ And Cut Services

Pacific Grove Police Officers Association Charges Investigated

PG cops on break

A city ordinance approved in August — the Sustainable Retirement Benefit Reform Initiative — limits city contributions to police pensions.

The council took action after voters collected enough signatures to force the measure to curb pension benefits onto the November ballot.

The council did put a measure on the ballot that changed the city charter to allow the council or citizens to regulate employee benefits. The police union contends that too violated the city’s obligation to meet and confer with the association.

The complaint vindicates “our efforts to see that the city keeps its promises to its hardworking public safety employees,” said association president Sylvia Newton in a prepared statement.

Pacific Grove Police Officers Association Charges Investigated

Garcia Losing My Respect

Protesting at Asilomar.
Asilomar union picket

Pacific Grove City Council member Ken Cuneo stood with the protestors on May 12 and held a sign, as did Mayor Carmelita Garcia. “I hope Aramark comes around,” Garcia said later. “It’s terrible to think people can exist for five years with no wage increase.”

Five years and no wage increase for the workers? If that’s what Local 483 negotiates for it’s members, see what wage increases the Local’s Secretary-Treasurer gets in five years- $15,652 from 2005 to 2009. The workers need to be protesting on the corner of Forest & Gibson, not at Asilomar.
483 Union

The membership keeps dropping but the Union’s management gets raises. Who is left to pay those ever increasing union rep salaries?

Unite 483

Garcia Losing My Respect

Union Disturbs Peace In Name Of What?

Last round the workers got 90 cents an hour over the term of the contract.

Union work

scores of union members armed with whistles, drums, placards, megaphones and leafets shouted bilingual phrases and taunts as they circled the historic center.They were not pleased with concessionaire Aramark’s proposal for a five year freeze on wages! This action, if implemented, would keep the pay of Asilomar’s house keeping employees at $12.74 an hour until 2016!

Are! They! Happy! To! Have! Apostrophes Exclamation Points! At! The! Bulletin! Or! What!

(thanks to Ted for the proofreading, even if he was technically wrong, the message got through!)
Union Disturbs Peace In Name Of What?

Mission Inn Employees Better Off Without Union

And the union protests the loss of dues labor policies

Labor unions for hotel workers make no sense. Is there an apprentice program for maids?

“During negotiations, a group of employees decided they didn’t want to be represented by the union and they circulated a petition that was signed by the majority of our employees,” Levenfeld explained.

“Based on the petition, we notified the union that the employees withdrew their recognition of the union. The union wasn’t pleased and made a series of accusations against us that we believe are false.”

Levenfeld said the inn has replaced the union’s health care plan for its employees with one that is fully paid by the employer and replaced the union’s retirement plan with a 401k option.

Mission Inn Employees Better Off Without Union