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Mar 4, 2019

C.W.U. Member Alleges Victimization by S.S.B.

Ella Waight

The union is also at odds with the S.S.B. over a complaint by one of their own. Ella Waight, who is the C.W.U.’s Deputy Chief Representative, is alleging that she is being victimized, but S.S.B.’s C.E.O. Young denies this allegation. Waight says that she has been employed at the S.S.B. for nineteen years with five years of service at the internal audit department. She says that after filing a personal grievance against her manager, she was swiftly transferred without her concerns being addressed.

 

Ella Waight, Deputy Chief Rep., C.W.U.

“The manager came in and we had an issue where I submitted an actual grievance against her. It has not been addressed yet. The board feels that by transferring me out of the department is the way to address. That is not the correct way. Basically it is removing the deputy out of the department and a position she applied for. I will consider it union victimization. It is just to get me out of that department and have the manager and the issue squash at that point. I am transferable and they have done so. I will do the best that I can at my desk. Being that I am the deputy chief, I represent workers at Social Security Board, union members; I don’t think it was right for them to move me like that.”

 

Colin Young

Dr. Colin Young, C.E.O., S.S.B.

“I can equivocally state that we are not victimizing anybody. I will not get into an internal staff matter in this interview except to say that we will be responding to the union in an official response. What I can say unequivocally and without any doubt is that no staff member is being victimized for any grievance. I could also suggest and you can verify on your own volition if you like, look at the CBA. There is a particular process which was outlined for a grievance which was not followed in this case. So again there is two sides to this story but I want everybody to be assured that that allegations is exactly what it is, an allegation that is unfounded in our view.”


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