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Bloomfield Twp. DPW Supervisors join GELC for knowledgeable representation

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: April 22, 2021

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Bloomfield Township Maintenance Supervisors joined the GELC after years of conducting their own negotiations through an association.

“We get together as a group and talk about what our needs and wants are and we present it ourselves and cross our fingers,” said Dean Begley, President of the local union. “We wanted to have a little bit more knowledgeable representation about how to handle ourselves during a contract negotiation. Until now it’s just been sort of old school.”

Begley appreciated POLC-represented Bloomfield Township Police helping to guide their five-member group through the process of joining the GELC.

“We wanted representation since we’ve all been here for 20-plus years and we didn’t know how to (unionize),” Begley said.

Begley said the process with GELC Labor Rep. Jim O’Connor has gone smoothly and they are pleased with the results of their six-year agreement.

“Not having an actual contract in this day and age is probably not the best idea,” Begley said. “We just sort of went by the employees’ handbook. We wanted to get all of our rules and regulations in the employees’ contract officially. We just wanted to get something down on paper.”

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