Two union grievances denied in Nashua
The American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 365, Council 93, submitted one of the grievances on Nov. 5, 2012, about a week after the major storm caused significant power outages and fallen trees throughout the greater Nashua area.
Matt Eiserman, union president, claims in the grievance that all park department employees should have been called in to assist in the storm cleanup before street department employees were sought for duty.
In the grievance, he asked that two employees -- Eiserman and Paul Haskell -- be paid 16 hours of overtime to make up for the alleged error.
Nicholas Caggiano, superintendent of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, initially denied the grievance in November, explaining the division staffed the storm with the personnel that it required from each department based on the storm forecasts and the equipment that was needed, according to the finding on record at Nashua City Hall.
Last week, the Director of Public Works, Lisa Fauteux, agreed with Caggiano and also denied the grievance.
"As with any emergency, we were uncertain what challenges we would encounter. An emergency is always staffed with the appropriate staff and equipment to ensure the safety of Nashua's residents," she said in the memo, stressing that no violation of the collective bargaining agreement occurred.
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