Published Date: 2021-08-05
CAPT holds management accountable for hostile work environment at MSH
CAPT-MSH Union Brothers and Sisters:
This message is to inform and update our membership on hostile workplace issues at Metro State Hospital. Membership concerns are growing throughout the facility about management, their abuse of power and how their actions have created a hostile work environment for our members. Let me assure you that CAPT will not tolerate management behaviors that suppress our dignity and professionalism in the workplace. We will use all means necessary to hold management accountable, to check and balance their actions against the rights of our members as outlined in our MOU.
We recently had a Unit Supervisor who continuously harassed our members, created a hostile work environment, and treated our members unprofessionally. After several meetings, program management disregarded our concerns, concluding that the Unit Supervisor had conducted themselves satisfactorily. CAPT responded by collecting several member statements, establishing grounds for grievances and unfair practice charges. CAPT initiated contact with the facility informally on the hostile work environment cases. CAPT then filed numerous grievances to MSH and DSH that were eventually granted. Finally, CAPT submitted a complaint directly to the Executive Office at MSH on behalf of its members.
Additionally, a Unit Supervisor who had verbally threatened a CAPT member is no longer working at MSH. The news came after CAPT had filed two grievances and counseled the member to file a police report with the HPO. Although CAPT’s intentions are never to have a person leave MSH, CAPT will pursue whatever means necessary to protect the rights of its members.
CAPT will not stand by and allow members to be persecuted and bullied on the units by anyone. With your help and diligence, we can hold management accountable. Please inform us of incidents and situations that are hostile. CAPT will investigate and take the necessary steps to protect its members, even if this means filing a police report. We will not stop until all options have been exhausted or until the issues are resolved. CAPT will continue to fight for its members’ right to work in a setting that upholds our professionalism with respect and dignity.
2.1 Professional Recognition and Rights
A. The State is committed to providing a safe and secure workplace where all employees, regardless of their classification or pay status, are treated by supervisors and managers in a manner that maintains a generally accepted standard of respect, professionalism, human dignity, and courtesy.
Please stay safe during the pandemic, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Carlos (Chuck) Garcia, President
CAPT Metro Chapter.
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