Hundreds of faculty & students rallied against unfair layoffs at NADC.
In a ruling by arbitration, two veteran instructors who were laid off by the Nashville Auto Diesel College were ordered back to work with back pay with interest. SEIU Local 205 represented the instructors in their grievance against the company.
In 2011, the Nashville Auto Diesel College laid off two instructors who had seniority over 14 other instructors in their division. According to the collective bargaining agreement between NADC and Local 205, “seniority will govern all layoffs,” and yet, NADC still laid them off citing the reason of “their failure to attain Master ASE certification” – implying that they were not qualified to teach. But the instructors had been qualified, the arbitrator decided, because both instructors had been teaching their courses for years. The arbitrator also pointed out that, “instructors hired before January 1, 2006 were not required by the Agreement to complete […] certification to keep their jobs”. Both instructors were hired long before 2006.
As a result, the union’s grievance was sustained and both workers are to be made “whole in all respects”.
Just hours before their contract expired, the Bargaining Committee of SEIU’s Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC) chapter voted overwhelmingly to approve a new five-year agreement. The new agreement will result in better working conditions, better communication procedures with Management, and will increase wages by $4.50/hr over the five-year period of the contract.
“This was a tough set of negotiations,” says local president Doug Collier. “The committee was very frustrated at some proposals Management was making and the membership was fully prepared to go on strike”. Bargaining Committee member Jeff Baker – a union member for nine years – attributed the success of the negotiations to solidarity since 90% of the NADC instructors are in the union. “If there’s one lesson to be learned here it’s that when workers stick together, they can win – even in this economy”, Baker says.
When Metro Nashville Public Schools first announced that they would be laying off 130 special-education paraprofessionals, they said it was because of stimulus funding that ran out for recent hires. But as Channel 4’s Nancy Amons discovered, workers with decades of experience and good evaluations were also shown the door.
Parents of special needs children in Metro Nashville Public Schools were outraged at the decision by the district to eliminate the jobs of approximately 130 special-ed paraprofessionals across the city.