November 25, 2012
Unionize? Hellooo, You're Management
Here's something I never thought I'd say: good decision, RI State Labor Board.
The Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board recently dismissed a petition to unionize by Tiverton’s municipal department heads.
The board decided the matter on Nov. 7, saying the superintendent of wastewater collections, the town planner, tax assessor, zoning officer, senior center director, tax collector and public works director were ineligible to unionize because they all held managerial positions.
The town had also argued that the positions did not share a community of interest with each other, further limiting their eligibility to join a municipal employee union.
File the petition by Tiverton department heads to unionize under the category, "Unclear on the Concept". It appears that the Labor Board also subscribed to this view in light of the superlatives employed in their denial.
“The testimony and documentary evidence submitted in this proceeding overwhelmingly established that each and every one of the positions sought, meet the test for supervisory and/or managerial status,” the decision stated. “As such, they are wholly ineligible to engage in collective bargaining under the Municipal Employees Arbitration Act.