Dear Fellow Handlers,
I am sure you have read the latest letter from Mr. Kucera, filled with untruthful statements, and in which he continues to personally malign the people who are working to protect your interests. If there was no threat of a union, he would not be listening to us and would not be promising anything. He has retaliated against K9 handlers and has tried to intimidate us. We have pointed out the law in this regard on numerous occasions.
To address his untruths; I was a union delegate for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in the Brooklyn North, Emergency Service Truck 7 Unit for 11 years. I served on the honor committee and the contract committee. What experience does Glen have negotiating labor contracts?
We do not work in Mercy Hospital, which is not part of Northwell Health Corporation, nor do we even work in a hospital. We are not security guards. Our job titles are Specialists, Executive Protection, Corporate Security and Emergency Management. Glen is correct, our current job does not have a union. It might have something to do with how we're treated. Our job voluntarily gives us raises every year. They provide us with several fringe benefits that are very similar to what MSA should be providing many of you according to the Service Contract Act. More importantly, they treat us with respect. Do you see a difference between these benefits and MSAs Glen?
My K9 and I worked for fourteen years at numerous locations and in all kinds of weather, just like the ladies and gentleman on post right now. I dealt with the same problems including insufficient pay, personally absorbing much of the expenses of our K9 partners, and failing to receive the wages required by law. We care about MSA and our K9 partners. I don't believe Glen or the office really know how hard we work, or how much time we spend with our partners. This includes time spent caring for them at home, for which we are not paid, in blatant violation of the law.
Only the threat of a union will get Mr. Kucera to promise anything to anyone. I think we all understand that MSAs owners and officers wish to keep as much money for themselves as they can. They don't want a union to fight for the rights of handlers because they'd rather keep everything "business as usual".