[Audio] Grievance Filed Against Pine City, but Denied

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 at 6:21 am
Jo Musel Parr, AFSCME, speaks to Pine City Council

Jo Musel Parr, AFSCME, speaks to Pine City Council

Employees in the Pine City Public Works Department filed a grievance against the city of Pine City, citing too many hours and not enough staff. The Pine City Council denied the Step Three Class Action Grievance, on Wednesday. Jo Musel Parr is with the AFSCME Council 65, she represents the state employees of the city of Pine City. Parr says that the violations occurred within the city’s public works department. She outlined the allegations at Wednesday’s city council meeting

Hear Parr’s Comments:

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The city denied the grievance after going into a closed session with the city attorney. Mayor Jane Robbins and Parr agreed that the city and employees would work together to try to resolve the issues in an effort to avoid the filing of a Step Four Class Action Grievance.

Parr did acknowledge that the city posted two of the four vacant jobs in late September.

An attempt to obtain a copy of the grievance from both the city and Parr was denied, due to the ongoing negotiations regarding the issue.

Parr said that she brought the grievance to the open meeting because no specific individuals are mentioned in the grievance.

The council accepted a motion to extend the deadline for the next step in the grievance from 10 to 30 days, so both sides can thoroughly review the matter.

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