PARKS Area Report 10/2018

1- Met with C&M workers to discuss issues that have developed as a result of area management
Update: Based upon concerns brought to my attention I am evaluating another method of approving or providing feedback from maintenance workers to ensure they have a voice.

Working with the Board to address these concerns. A local meeting is being scheduled to determine support/non-support for the area management concept.

Working on strategies to ensure C&M personnel feel as if they have a voice in the impacts for them associated with Area Management. Visiting Parks, specifically evaluating contracting out concerns relative to maintenance and vendors.

Update: Requested management update on classification questionnaires so we can follow the work.
We are working through management’s presentation of the work and what classification is responsible for what. We will be bringing in a team C&M folks to decipher what classifications are actually doing.
Dates are being established to meet with C&M across the state to determine the breadth of work being performed. These updates are critical to getting folks banded correctly.

2- Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate .01 FTE Ground and Nursery Specialist
3- Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 1.0 FTE Maintenance Specialist 4
4- Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 1.97 FTE Heavy Equipment Operator Supervisor
5- Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 5.0 FTE C&M Project Specialist
6- Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 13.0 C&M Project Leads
7- Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 7.0 Park Ranger 3
8- Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 2.0 WMS Band 2/ Eliminate 5 Park Ranger 4
9- Un-armed Rangers met to discuss implications surrounding the agreement to mandatorily arm. Management substantially changed their opportunities for unarmed position with Area Management.
10- Lunch with Commissioners to develop strategic political relationships is moving forward.

Hi Ton:

This is to confirm that we have agreement to close and move forward on all Area Management DTBs as well as an agreed solution for the remaining seven unarmed park rangers who will not be able to meet arming requirements as established in the MOU signed on February 12, 2015.

Area Management DTBs:
16-352 Elimination of 7 Ranger 3s
16-353 Elimination of Two WMS and Five Ranger 4s
16-358 C&M Project Lead Positions
16-357 Elimination of .01 Ground & Nursery Spec
16-356 Elimination of Five C&M Proj Specialists
16-355 Elimination of One Maint Specialist 4
16-354 Elimination of 1.97 Heavy Equipment Op Supervisor

Available Parks for a Limited Commission Park Ranger 2:
Rainbow Falls
Spencer Spit
Fort Townsend
Peace Arch

The agency will follow the attached procedure with some minor modifications to both the timelines (since we are starting a little later), and the change to seniority (no priority for park area) as described above.

Additionally, Parks will provide $1500 in moving expenses to the seven affected rangers who select an option through the reassignment/reallocation process or through the layoff process, when selecting a new position that requires a move.

The details of the February 12, 2015 MOU remain in place, with the exception of the “grandfathering” of these seven unarmed rangers. Parks retains all management rights as outlined in Article 35, including determining staffing and size of workforce. Should Parks make any changes that affect mandatory subjects they will provide notice as required under Article 38. This is the complete and final agreement for Area Management and the outcome for the seven unarmed rangers. Parks will begin to communicate with affected staff right away.