During our 10 July 1992 meeting regarding the Code 400
reorganization, we mutually agreed to survey the bargaining unit employees of the Public
Works Crane Engineering and Planning Division regarding their current working conditions
in Building 455. After reviewing the Union's proposed questionnaire, I have several
1. The Questionnaire does not recognize that this is a
joint venture between the Employer and the Union. The employee's responses are to be
provided strictly to the Union. I do not consider this procedure to be cooperative by any
2. The Questionnaire addresses concerns which have been
already corrected by the Employer. Within the text of the
Questionnaire you have asked employees to respond to issues such as the re-roofing of the
building. I believe we agreed to deal with current issues which would be effecting
employees working conditions.
3. The Questionnaire is negative and adversarial against
the Employer. The employees are asked to respond, for the most part, to strict
"yes/no" responses. The questionnaire does not gather data which attempts to
assess the employee's feelings regarding his/her current working conditions.
4. The Questionnaire should not
address areas regarding employees rights which relate to Workers Compensation Claims or
Negotiated Agreement. I do not recall agreeing to address concerns regarding the
employee's knowledge of their rights under either of these forums and I am not interested
in including them in the Questionnaire.
I have prepared a questionnaire (enclosure 1) which I
believe will be acceptable to both parties. The concerns of the Union which were expressed
in your 16 June 1992 letter to Mr. George Ford regarding Code 400's reorganization, and 17
June 1992 letter to Norman Hill regarding Habitability Issues are addressed in enclosure
1. Please review the Questionnaire and provide me with your response as appropriate.