Public Employee Press
Five at Met
Hospital win back pay in grievances
LOCAL 420 GRIEVANCE WINNERS at Metropolitan Hosp., from left: Reginald
Young, Felicita Creque, Joslyn Asberry, Angel Rojas and Ursula Joseph.
Five members of Municipal Hospital
Employees Local 420 recently won a total of $12,000 through grievances
against Metropolitan Hospital.
Institutional Aide Angel Rojas had been doing out-of-title work since
1999. Mr. Rojas was supervising nine employees, assigning them their daily
duties and even approving their vacation time. But he was not receiving
a supervisors salary.
DC 37 Rep Felicita Creque and Chapter Chair Ursula Joseph filed a grievance
requesting that his job title be upgraded and that he receive back pay.
Management agreed, and Mr. Rojas was promoted to Supervisor of Housekeeping
retroactive to March 1, 2001. He received back pay of $5,006.
Reginald Young, a Service Aide, also won his grievance for out-of-title
work that he had been doing since August 2001. Mr. Youngs out-of-title
work included attending budget meetings and supervising three Service
In February of 2003 the union filed his grievance and requested that he
be compensated correctly and upgraded to Supervisor Stock Worker Level
III. Management promoted Mr. Young to Per Diem Supervisor Stock Worker
Level I retroactive to Feb. 19, 2003 and he was awarded back pay of $4,000.
As supervisors, Mr. Rojas and Mr. Young are no longer members, But
we still love Local 420, said Mr. Rojas. They worked real
hard for us and we appreciate it.
Roger Sherrod, Kevin Pinkey and Asberry Joslyn are Housekeeping Aides.
Grievances were filed on their behalf for performing more difficult duties,
such as handling red bag waste material from the emergency rooms. The
union charged that Metropolitan Hospital was in violation of the Institutional
Service Unit Agreement.
HHC agreed to pay Mr. Sherrod the red bag differential from Oct. 1, 2001
through Nov. 3, 2002. He got $1,640 in back pay. Mr. Pinkey was awarded
$1,500 and Ms. Joslyn received $400.