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More Negativity About Adams and Associates: What Else is New?

It seems that Adams and Associates of Nevada can’t keep itself out of the negative news.  For those of us who worked at a Job Corps Center run by the notorious numbers manipulator, Roy Adams, we are not surprised.  Roy presently reigns over twelve Job Corps Centers in the US:  Atterbury, Exeter, Gadsden, Glenmont, Grafton, Indypendence, Joliet, Little Rock, Shriver, Treasure Island, & Woodstock. Now, Roy is ignoring the law again and apparently is refusing to bargain with the Treasure Island Job Corps Workers Union AFT Local 6319.

Roy’s latest gaffe has the union rejecting his May 25, 2010 pay scheme which includes a pay for performance clause based on employees performance evaluation scores.

I’m going to side-track a bit here:  I worked at Shriver Job Corps in Devens, MA, for almost two years.  During those two years I was often required forego my lunch break despite my working a 8.5 hour day which supposedly included a half hour unpaid lunch. (My job was advertised  as a 40 hour per week position).  During those two years I often worked many hours overtime without pay in order to get my job done.  I never succeeded.  Despite my recruiting more employers to sign up to partner with Shriver than any of my predecessors, and having excellent references from previous employers my two performance reviews from Shriver claimed that I barely met expectations.  I believe that the raise I received amounted to 11 cents an hour. The center was also short-staffed and ill-equipped to do one’s job properly.  Staff were routinely threatened and coerced into submitting falsified reports to the Department of Labor in order to inflate performance reports.  And, as recently as early this year Adams and Associates was required to pay restitution amounting to thousands of dollars to hourly workers at Shriver who were also forced to work overtime and through their lunches in violation of Federal Law. Posts from credible sources (read the comments section of this article) who worked in Human Resource Departments from a few Job Corps Centers have made similar claims that employees are given very low scores on their performance reviews in order to increase Adams’ bottom line  and in addition, the HR employees were unwilling parties to requiring employees to falsify their time cards to state they took a lunch when they did  not.

Now, Senator Mark Leno from California is joining congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano in writing polite letters to Roy Adams kindly urging him to bargain with the union:

“It is my hope that you will soon reach an agreement with your employees for a contract that is fair and reasonable and reflects the standard for Bay Area educational employers.” said Senator Mark Leno.

Am I mistaken or was Senator Leno genuflecting  while writing  his letter to Adams? When is someone going to step in and demand that Adams and Associates bargain with the union as is required by law?  Where is the Department of Labor? Why aren’t they threatening to rescind Adams’ contract for their appalling behavior?  Who can stop this out-of-control contractor?  I’m not sure a polite letter from a Legislator is the way to force Adams to negotiate.

In the meantime, it is my sincere hope that the Treasure Island Job Corps Union AFT Local 6319 will not cave in to Roy’s demands and give him free reign to browbeat his employees to remain in poverty through phony performance reporting merit raises.  Perhaps they should strike and let upper level management run Treasure Island.

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