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DeKalb County School District Workers Legal Fund: Safety for Children - Justice for Drivers & Workers

DeKalb County School District Workers Legal Fund: Safety for Children - Justice for Drivers & Workers

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Published by Viola Davis
DeKalb County School District Workers Legal Fund

To DeKalb County Board of Education and Superintendent Michael Thurmond:

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Workers Legal Fund members received new forms on Friday, November 8, 2013 within the Transportation Department which caused great concern.

According to the School Bus Operations Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on page I-1, time sheets and all supporting documentation (requisitions, statement of leave, etc.) must be submitted to a driver’s Supervisor before 12 noon on Monday. However, several fellow bus drivers delivered documents for the employees (bus drivers) to sign which include:

• Memo dated November 7, 2013 from Joseph Johnson stated there would be a meeting on November 15, 2013 at Miller Grove High School and also detailed a change in the policy involving the method drivers filled out their time sheets.
• The memo stated that the drivers are to turn in time sheets on Friday morning following the am route. If the drivers have a field trip on Friday night or over the weekend, drivers may turn in their time sheets first thing Monday morning.
• There were no supervisors available to answer questions concerning this document especially since this new policy contradicts the written SOP.
• The Employment Verification Audit Certification sheet required we sign our name, job position, and that we are employees of the DeKalb County School District.
• The Employment Verification Audit Certification sheet had a second section that required drivers verify, under penalty of perjury of the laws of the State of Georgia that the employees have actually worked for the hours that they have been paid.
• The DeKalb School Bus Driver & Aide Timesheet has a section in the shade box that stated the drivers “understand that the above timesheet will be used for payroll purposes and certifies that they have worked all of the hours reported on the timesheet”.
• The calendars given to the bus drivers states that the drivers’ timesheets are due each Monday except on holiday.

These new forms cause a large amount of confusion among the employees. We request an opportunity to speak with a supervisor. By signing three of these documents, the bus drivers are committing perjury because three of the documents contradict each other. We also have the following concerns:

A. The documents change the policy within our school bus operations; however, there are no signatures or letterhead on the documents disseminated by fellow co-workers. There were no meetings given to the employees to explain these new policy changes by a supervisor and department director. The employees received less than 24 hour notice of these policy changes and had no supervisor available to answer questions.
B. The drivers request more information and documentation on the prorated pay and the amount each driver has in his/her account. Until documentation is presented to each driver detailing the amount of money withheld from each person’s pay check and the total amount owed each employee, the bus drivers refuse to sign that they have been paid the full amount they are due.
C. The drivers have every plan to follow up on the common practice of altering the bus drivers time sheets without the driver’s permission especially when drivers’ actual work time is cut and the drivers are not given credit for all the time they have worked.

Members of the DeKalb County School District Workers Legal Fund request a meeting with the supervisors to make these concerns known and find an alternative to signing the section dealing with the issue of perjury.

Sincerely,

Mary Marshall
Executive Organizer

See Attachment: DCSD Workers Legal Fund: Safety for Children - Justice for Drivers & Workers
DeKalb County School District Workers Legal Fund

To DeKalb County Board of Education and Superintendent Michael Thurmond:

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Workers Legal Fund members received new forms on Friday, November 8, 2013 within the Transportation Department which caused great concern.

According to the School Bus Operations Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on page I-1, time sheets and all supporting documentation (requisitions, statement of leave, etc.) must be submitted to a driver’s Supervisor before 12 noon on Monday. However, several fellow bus drivers delivered documents for the employees (bus drivers) to sign which include:

• Memo dated November 7, 2013 from Joseph Johnson stated there would be a meeting on November 15, 2013 at Miller Grove High School and also detailed a change in the policy involving the method drivers filled out their time sheets.
• The memo stated that the drivers are to turn in time sheets on Friday morning following the am route. If the drivers have a field trip on Friday night or over the weekend, drivers may turn in their time sheets first thing Monday morning.
• There were no supervisors available to answer questions concerning this document especially since this new policy contradicts the written SOP.
• The Employment Verification Audit Certification sheet required we sign our name, job position, and that we are employees of the DeKalb County School District.
• The Employment Verification Audit Certification sheet had a second section that required drivers verify, under penalty of perjury of the laws of the State of Georgia that the employees have actually worked for the hours that they have been paid.
• The DeKalb School Bus Driver & Aide Timesheet has a section in the shade box that stated the drivers “understand that the above timesheet will be used for payroll purposes and certifies that they have worked all of the hours reported on the timesheet”.
• The calendars given to the bus drivers states that the drivers’ timesheets are due each Monday except on holiday.

These new forms cause a large amount of confusion among the employees. We request an opportunity to speak with a supervisor. By signing three of these documents, the bus drivers are committing perjury because three of the documents contradict each other. We also have the following concerns:

A. The documents change the policy within our school bus operations; however, there are no signatures or letterhead on the documents disseminated by fellow co-workers. There were no meetings given to the employees to explain these new policy changes by a supervisor and department director. The employees received less than 24 hour notice of these policy changes and had no supervisor available to answer questions.
B. The drivers request more information and documentation on the prorated pay and the amount each driver has in his/her account. Until documentation is presented to each driver detailing the amount of money withheld from each person’s pay check and the total amount owed each employee, the bus drivers refuse to sign that they have been paid the full amount they are due.
C. The drivers have every plan to follow up on the common practice of altering the bus drivers time sheets without the driver’s permission especially when drivers’ actual work time is cut and the drivers are not given credit for all the time they have worked.

Members of the DeKalb County School District Workers Legal Fund request a meeting with the supervisors to make these concerns known and find an alternative to signing the section dealing with the issue of perjury.

Sincerely,

Mary Marshall
Executive Organizer

See Attachment: DCSD Workers Legal Fund: Safety for Children - Justice for Drivers & Workers

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ToDeKalbCountyBoardofEducationandSuperintendentMichaelThurmond
TheDeKalbCountySchoolDistrict(DCSD)WorkersLegalFundmembersreceivednewformsonFriday,November8,2013withintheTransportationDepartmentwhichcausedgreatconcern.AccordingtotheSchoolBusOperationsStandardOperatingProcedures(SOP)onpage
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timesheetsandallsupportingdocumentation(requisitions,statementofleave,etc.)mustbesubmittedtoadriver'sSupervisorbefore12noononMonday.However,severalfellowbusdriversdelivereddocumentsfortheemployees(busdrivers)tosignwhichinclude:MemodatedNovember7,2013fromJosephJohnsonstatedtherewouldbeameetingonNovember15,2013atMillerGroveHighSchoolandalsodetailedachangeinthepolicyinvolvingthemethoddriversfilledouttheirtimesheets.ThememostatedthatthedriversaretoturnintimesheetsonFridaymorningfollowingtheamroute.IfthedrivershaveafieldtriponFridaynightorovertheweekend,driversmayturnintheirtimesheetsfirstthingMondaymorning.TherewerenosupervisorsavailabletoanswerquestionsconcerningthisdocumentespeciallysincethisnewpolicycontradictsthewrittenSOP.TheEmploymentVerificationAuditCertificationsheetrequiredwesignourname,jobposition,andthatweareemployeesoftheDeKalbCountySchoolDistrict.
 
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