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May 21, 2003

2003.05.21: Re: Votes on [H] Arbitration Request

From: Susan Morris
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 3:22 PM
Subject: Re: Votes on [H] Arbitration Request

It is my understanding that the vote on the second question was a roll call vote. When you provide the minutes to the DC meeting, please include the roll call. Thank you.

>>> James Rogers 05/21 2:38 PM >>>
Dear Members:

Many thanks to all of you who showed up and stayed for consideration of the [H] arbitration request.  To my mind the deliberation was thoughtful and complete and resulted in the following answers:

Should the union arbitrate the absence of process in [H] discharge?

Yes: 27   No: 8          Abstentions: 2

Should the union arbitrate the discharge of [H] for the actions detailed in the termination notice?

Yes: 12   No: 26         Abstentions: 2

In addition, a motion to join the two questions prior to a vote was rejected by the body.

Therefore we will proceed to file a request for arbitration on question one straight away.  We will be seeking to remedy whatever losses were incurred due to the lack of process and a ruling that prevents summary discharge and/or institutes an appropriate procedure when discharge is ordered by the highest ranking officer of The Legal Aid Society.  In addition, I will ask the Executive Board to amend our bargaining proposals to include a demand for that type of process.

In accordance with the above vote, the union will not arbitrate the merits of [H’s] discharge.

If you have any questions please call me anytime.

Thank you

Jim Rogers

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