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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Vote of No Confidence in Parole Leadership



Vote of No Confidence in Parole Leadership

Press Release Issued by FOP Lodge #200 NJ State Parole Officers

Police and Law Enforcement News
Friday, January 27 12:05 a.m.

On December 22, 2005 Parole Officer State Representative Joseph Martin sent an email to the State Parole Board Chairman John DíAmico regarding three very serious labor related issues. Those issues involved the State Parole Board administration forcing parole officers to become essential status without negotiation, the recent epidemic of involuntary transfers against the negotiated contract, and the grievance procedure (a recent grievance decision in particular). Later that same day, State Parole Board Executive Director Michael Dowling scheduled a meeting with the Parole Officer State Representative for 12/23/05 at 9:00am. The following administration staff were present Executive Director Michael Dowling, Assistant Executive Director Ed Bray, Director Thomas James, Assistant Director Sean Asay, and Office of Employee Relations Manager Jennifer Meyer-Mahoney.

The meeting immediately began with Mr. Dowling telling Joseph Martin the Parole Representative in a hostile manner, never to email the Chairman again. Dowling repeated this directive several times. Dowling called the emails absurd and fruitless as the Chairman would not read them anyway. Dowling then went on to address each of the three emails / issues. As each issue was read, Joseph Martin was sometimes given a chance to respond, and other times was told not to say anything. Intermixed in this discussion, Parole Officer Representative Joseph Martin was berated, and the issues were laughed at, belittled, mocked, and dismissed as fruitless and misdirected. The meeting ended with none of the Parole Officer Representatives suggestions / resolutions accepted, no resolutions offered. Joseph Martin was told that he should give up on these issues and find other issues to discuss.

The Parole Officers union considers this attack unprofessional, and contrary to good faith labor negotiations and healthy labor relations. The issues presented in the emails are extremely important to all parole officers. They are issues defined via the Executive Board, and by other parole officers in General Membership Meetings, personal meetings, and via various correspondences. It is precisely this type of treatment and general lack of respect for parole officers and their issues that has led to the recent No Confidence Vote dated 9-29-05.

The parole officers of the NJ Division of Parole will not be intimidated and will not give up on these and other issues that they define as important. They will not have management define, or re-define our issues. They have a right, and obligation, to represent the parole officer issues to the appointing authority, the person who has the power to make the ultimate decision in labor matters.

The Parole Officer State Representative has filed an Unfair Labor Practice Complaint for retaliation, bad faith negotiation, a corrupted grievance procedure, and for ignoring many of the issues presented for discussion. They have also notified Chairman John DíAmico they will no longer meet with the administration unless the Chairman is present.



On this date the membership of Parole Officers, of the New Jersey State Parole Board, did vote, by unanimous decision, in a Statewide General Membership Meeting, No Confidence in State Parole Board Chairman John DíAmico. We have resolved that we have No Confidence in the Chairmanís leadership, resulting policies, and general treatment of the officers. Whereas the Chairman is ultimately responsible for all policies implemented, appointments, and positive union / management relations; and whereas these policies and appointments have led to a severe decrease in morale, and ultimately poor union/ management relations, we have voted No Confidence. Despite every effort made on behalf of the Union, negotiations regarding the most major of issues have failed. Despite every effort on behalf of the Union to have the Chairmanís administration recognize the Parole Officers ability to independently fulfill the mission of our jobs, and to treat the officers with the dignity, respect, and fairness we deserve, this has not generally occurred. As a result of Chairman John DíAmicoís action, and inaction, we have voted, this date, No Confidence in his role as State Parole Board Chairman.

Police and Law Enforcement News
Friday, January 27 12:05 a.m.



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