Record of Proceedings
Jefferson County Communications Center Authority
Board of Directors
August 28, 2018, 1:30pm
433 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226
I. CALL TO ORDER
The board meeting of the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority (Jeffcom) was called to order by Jon Greer at 1:30pm. This meeting was held in accordance with the applicable statutes of the state of Colorado, at 433 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, Colorado.
II. ROLL CALL
President Jon Greer (Arvada Fire) Present
Vice President Jeff Shrader (Jeffco Sheriff’s Office) Present
Secretary/Treasurer Daniel Brennan (Wheat Ridge PD) Present
Member Link Strate (Arvada PD) Present
Member Mike Weege (EFD) (Proxy Dave Montesi) Not Present
Member Bill Kilpatrick (Golden PD) Present
Member Dan McCasky (Lakewood PD) Present
Member Don Lombardi (West Metro Fire) Present
A. Oath of Office for Mike Piper
B. Union Presentation-AFSCME
- Nick Hochstedler with AFSCME:
- We are the exclusive representative for 13 locals across Colorado. We are AFLCIO affliated. We have 1.6 million members across the nation. We have a lot in public safety. In Colorado we have 911 dispatch in Trinidad, Pueblo and Denver as well as police officers and fire fighters in Trinidad.
- We are dedicated to providing better working conditions and our mission aligns with Jeffcom. We want effective and efficient public services. We want confident, happy employees who are engaged and a fully staffed and highly skilled workforce.
- Retention is the number one issue facing Jeffcom. Union workplaces has lowered turnover rates. They feel more invested in their workplace.
- We play a role in safety. Union workers tend to have more support provided for them when the need arises.
- We play a role in employee engagement. Collective bargaining allows employees to voice an opinion. Benefit to members: they have a voice, better pay and benefits. AFSCME has a special legal counsel to help with issues that arise. Benefits to Jeffcom: higher retention, happy employees, increased safety, higher employee engagement, training, and more professional image in the center.
- Lindsay Ainge:
- I come from Pueblo police and fire. The union there had a lot of teamwork. Management worked together more closely because we had a collective bargaining and we had security in that. We had competitive pay as part of our agreement with the union. We did have over time, but we knew what we were getting into because of the agreement. It’s a great way to work with management and feel like we are a part of the decision making.
- Willie Sandoval:
- We do need a voice and we need an advocate. This is something the employees really want. It will provide a better working relationship with management.
Questions from the Board of Directors:
- Don Lombardi:
- Who do you represent in Police? Trinidad 25-30 police. Who in Fire? Trinidad 15 firefighters. What 911 centers? Pueblo and Denver Police. Is it fair to say that AFSCME has a fairly limited experience with 911 centers? Yes that is correct.
- How would AFSCME provide greater retention? The employees will feel secure and confident in their positions. They feel like they have a buy-in to the center. The people who have stayed are the ones that desire a union. Pueblo had a higher retention because we felt like we had more of a say into how things were run.
- In what way does a collective bargaining agreement allow employees to have a say in decision making? I ask these questions because I don’t want people to have a false sense of hope in regard to a collective bargaining. This does not fix all things in regard to organizations.
- When you say “most everybody” what do you mean by that? We did not approach the new Jeffcom employees. We did not want to make them feel like they needed to choose between management and the union.
- What safety issues do you see? The union will lobby for resources and therapy for the dispatchers.
- Jon Greer:
- Is it collective bargaining or nothing at all? Is there another way to resolve this through a memo of understanding? An MOU won’t be as stable and extensive as collective bargaining. We want collective bargaining. We want to be recognized.
- Bill Kilpatrick:
- Most of us think we did have a good environment and worked hard to maintain that good environment. I’m having a hard time understanding why you wouldn’t want to give an advisory committee, where you can work hand in hand with management, a shot. Willie Sandoval: We believe that having a contract, a union, is a committee. The employees don’t get to choose who will be in this committee if it’s put out by Jeffcom.
- Jeff Shrader:
- Is there anything unfair in the Jeffcom Policy and Procedures? Dustin Zweibel: I was under review by 8 people for a negative outbreak on social media. I was denied my first round of retention bonus. I asked for an appeal and was told that I could not do this per the member Policy and Procedure. We are so desperate to find coverage for staffing needs that our safety is at risk. How does this get fixed in a collective bargaining? In a situation that I am fatigued I would have specific things in the agreement that will keep them in line when it comes to my treatment at work.
- Robert Linger with AFLCIO: I support these Jeffcom workers because I have heard from these workers on topics of concern like training and workload. You have staff that is working to help you identify needs within Jeffcom.
IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION
MOTION: At approximately 2:25pm it was moved by Dan McCasky and seconded by Dan Brennan to move into Executive Session pursuant to Section 24-6-402(4)(b) and (e), C.R.S., for determining positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations, developing strategies for negotiations, and instructing negotiators and for a conference with the attorney for purposes of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions related to the request from AFSCME for recognition of Jeffcom’s employees under a collective bargaining agreement. The motion was voted upon and carried.
MOTION: At approximately 3:33pm it was moved by Dan McCasky and seconded by Jeff Shrader to reconvene the regular meeting of the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority board of directors. The motion was voted upon and carried.
MOTION: There being no further business to be presented it was moved by Jeff Shrader and seconded by Jon Greer to adjourn the board meeting of the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority board of directors. The motion was voted upon and carried.
Meeting was adjourned at 3:34pm.
This meeting is open to the public.