One goal of PEF/Encon is to have Compressed Pay Period (CPP) and Telecommuting be programs available to DEC employees through out the State.

Committee Co-Chairs: Tara Blum, Keith Browne & Lawrence D'Arco

Members:   Bernadette Anderson, Wayne Bayer, John Donlon,

                  Dylan Keenan, Toni Norfleet, and George Stadnik

Click Below for:

2007 correspondence & comments concerning CPP Guidelines Redraft

Feb 2007 Commuter Benefits Letter & Proposal

Oct 2005 PEF Letter to Commissioner Sheehan 

June 2004 LM Position Paper

July 2003 Reply from Commissioner

June 2003 LM Position Paper

May 2003 Letter to Commissioner

2003 CPP Pilot Report & Recommendation

2002 CPP Pilot Guidelines, etc.

2002 Telecommuting Guidelines for Central Office

1999 Summary Report on Telecommuting Pilot

The following Email was sent by Mike Keenan to Joe Lattanzio Re: his June 25, 2004 Bulk Email concerning the Compressed Pay Period Pilot Program in the Central Office:

As you are aware, an employee and supervisor may mutually agree to change the employee’s passday. It is the experience of the PEF/encon Steward Council that changes of a CPP passday are usually requested by a supervisor wanting an employee to attend a work-related event on the normal passday. In addition, each time sheet requires supervisory sign-off. Thus, we question the premise implied in your June 25th memo.

We also wonder why the normal chain of command was not followed. CPP currently has less than 200 participants and 100 supervisors. Yet, your memo was sent to around 1000 employees. Why wasn’t your memo sent to the Division Directors to transmit through the supervisory ranks? This method would have insured that the supposed "some CPP Pilot participants" were given corrective guidance without unduly sullying DEC’s environmentally successful and employee morale friendly CPP Pilot.

Finally, we are intrigued that a request for a meeting with the PERC Committee has been characterized as claiming "oversight responsibility for this program." A review of the preamble of the CPP Guidelines recognizes the role of the Albany Pollution and Energy Reduction Committee (PERC). In addition, the actual CPP program design, sign-off to GOER and Civil Service, employee training and program report were all joint LM efforts. Finally, Article 24.4 of the contract includes both "scheduling of employee workdays within established workweek" and "institution of alternative work schedules" Thus, it would appear PERC indeed has a role concerning the administration of this program.

Excerpt from December 2002 LM Minutes:

 

12. Pollution and Energy Reduction Committee (PERC)

Since management has stated that the expansion of compressed pay period (CPP) and telecommuting to the regions is contingent upon success in Albany, PEF is discouraged that the telecommuting expansion has not moved forward to the solicitation of interest stage.

Management's response: We are currently in the evaluation phase of the CPP Pilot. We expect this evaluation to be completed in the near future. Management will not extend the CPP to any other regions at this time. It is expected that the next step will be to expand the program within the Central Office only. [Editor's note: click here for CPP Report]

The application process for the expansion of telecommuting in Central Office was initiated on 9/25/02. Forty-nine (49) approved applications for telecommuting have been received from the participating divisions. We are now in the process of scheduling telecommuting informational sessions for both telecommuting participants and their supervisors. [Editor's note: expansion is "on hold" awaiting Executive clearance to begin!]

Downstate (NYC) set a record this past summer with 21 ozone alert days. Regions 1, 2 and 3 pay for emissions testing on vehicles annually. Isn't it about time that those employees who work in the regions be afforded the same benefits as those offered to Central Office personnel.

PEF requests that the CPP and telecommuting programs be offered downstate without delay.

Management’s response: Management is not prepared to extend these programs to the New York City Metropolitan Area at this time.

 Excerpt from December 2003 LM Minutes:

13. Pollution and Energy Reduction Committee (PERC)

Attached & herein made part of PEF's statement in these minutes are a PEF/encon Position Paper providing references on successful telecommuting and compressed workweek programs implemented across the country, and the May 27, 2003 letter from the PEF/encon PERC Committee Chair to Commissioner Crotty.

Has the Executive approved the nine (9) out of ten (10) days compressed work schedule as a permanent offering in the Central Office and transmitted the request to the Department of Civil Service for formal approval of the program in the DEC Central Office? Has the Executive reapproved the telecommuting expansion in the Central Office which was put in abeyance in Nov. 2002?

PEF believes that the CPP and telecommuting should be strongly embraced by this agency since it encourages pollution prevention and resource conservation. The program should be expanded to include regional employees. This is important not only in Regions 1, 2 and 3 where ground level ozone pollution reaches dangerous levels and where public transportation costs have increased by one-third, but upstate as well because both pilot programs resulted in increased productivity on the part of employees. Additionally, CPP allows more effective time in the day for work - thus allowing a field person to perhaps complete twice the work in half the travel time. An example - you need to drive 1.5 hours to get somewhere, the inspection takes you 3 hours. If you had a longer day you could complete 2 inspections and only travel once. This will be especially useful with DEC having less staff (attrition - no backfills) trying to do more work.

Therefore, the full implementation of these two programs in the central and regional offices would reduce pollution across the State and concurrently improve employee morale and productivity. Thus, PEF requests that the CPP and telecommuting programs be offered to all regions without delay.

Management’s response: The answer to both questions is no. Both programs remain on hold with Executive. Executive Deputy Commissioner Sheehan will review the January 2003 joint L/M committee pilot reports and the NYMTC research package provided by PEF and respond to the request for a meeting.

 

 

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