Executive Director Medina Visits Combined Staten Island Head Starts
Posted On: Aug 24, 2017
ED Medina addresses members of Staten Island Head Start assuring them that unity brings progress against all odds.
Executive Director Kim Medina visited two combined Head Starts on Staten Island after members complained that the new management was trying to impose drug testing and other issues that should have been discussed first with the union before implementation.
Medina informed the members that any change of the contract is a point of bargaining and that the employer had no right to attempt to introduce and impose any restrictions on members.
The members work for the Staten Island Mental Health Society Head Start and the Richmond University Medical Center Head Start.
When members brought up other complaints and grievances, she said that members had a right to file class action grievances and that she was grateful that members called her. “I will always respond to you,” she said.
Members complained about other issues, including health care that she responded could be resolved. But she needed members to contact her with their problems. The centers currently did not have a shop steward and she warned them that without a shop steward they could not be fully protected when employers attempted to take away contractual protections.