Dear COBA Members;
COBA is happy to announce that we have settled Grievance # SG-04-22 pertaining to the use of 207c time while on a pre approved mutual exchange of duty (Swap).
This dispute arose when COBA members who exchanged their respective shift(s) pursuant to the Department’s Swap Policy, then were subsequently injured in the "performance of duty" and were unable to fulfill their swap obligation. When this occurred, the Dept deducted a Sick Day from the Member who could not perform the Swap while out of work on 207c status.
In this Stipulation of Settlement dated 1/26/23, the Department agreed that, going forward, COBA Members will not be charged a sick day when that Member is on 207c status and unable to perform their end of a swap.
As for any claim prior to the date of this Stipulation, the terms of this agreement shall be applied retroactively to October 19, 2021.
Specifically, the County shall credit to a COBA member's appropriate leave bank a sick day or other leave entitlement that they were deducted when they utilized 207-c on that Swap date.
COBA again, will make every effort to ensure that our Members are made whole with regard to this issue. If you were denied a 207c day when you performed a mutual (swap) and were charged a Sick Day, please reach out to me so that I can ensure that you are properly re-credited with your entitlement day/s.
Brian Doyle, COBA 3rd VP