May 13, 2011

 

REPORT OF THE RULES, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL
RELATIONS COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

 

Honorable Board of Directors
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway
  and Transportation District

Honorable Members:

A meeting of the Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole was held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, CA, on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., Chair Pahre presiding.

Committee Members Present (6): Chair Pahre; Directors Chu, Elsbernd, Mar and Theriault; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
Committee Members Absent (1): Director Snyder
Other Directors Present (7): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Moylan, Rabbitt, Renée, Sobel and Stroeh

Committee of the Whole Members Present (13): Directors Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly
Committee of the Whole Members Absent (5): Directors Boro, Brown, Campos and Snyder; Second Vice President Grosboll

[Note: On this date, there was one vacancy on the Board of Directors.]

Staff Present: General Manager Denis Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph Wire; District Engineer Ewa Bauer; Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino; Attorney Madeline Chun; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary Witt; Deputy General Manager/Bus Transit Division Teri Mantony; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division Jim Swindler; Human Resources Director Harvey Pye; Public Affairs Director Mary Currie; Assistant Clerk of the Board Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: Helen Moore, District employee

 
 
1.
Approve Actions Relative to the Reorganization of the Ferry Transit Division
     
  a.

Staff Report

In a memorandum to Committee, Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division Jim Swindler and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on staff’s recommendation to approve actions relative to the reorganization in the Ferry Transit Division.

The staff report stated that the reorganization will create three new positions: Director of Operations, Director of Engineering and Maintenance and Manager of Ferry Maintenance; and, eliminate three existing positions: Terminal Operations Superintendent, Marine Superintendent and Marine Projects Manager, resulting in a net loaded annual increase of $16,697.00. This reorganization would separate responsibilities for maintenance and operations, to improve management of complex and specialized, yet interrelated, disciplines, and better position the Ferry Division for succession planning.

The staff report stated that the current organizational structure does not provide clear responsibility and accountability with respect to day to day operations as well as ongoing vessel development and maintenance. The proposed reorganization would place on-time daily service under the Director of Operations, who would be the single manager in charge of all facets of landside and water operations. Similarly, the proposed reorganization would place clear responsibility for both short-term and long-term vessel maintenance, as well as the capital rehabilitation program and project management under a single manager, the Director of Engineering and Maintenance. The new position, Manager/Ferry Maintenance, would support management of the complex fleet of ferries. A copy of the staff report is available from the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

     
  b.

Presentation

At the meeting, Mr. Mulligan reported that the Ferry Transit Division Terminal Operations Superintendent will retire in the near future and that, currently, responsibility for daily operations is shared by more than one position. The same is true regarding the long-term life of vessels. He stated that staff wishes to streamline operations and provide continuity.

Mr. Swindler briefly summarized the staff report, describing the responsibilities of the recommended new positions. He stated that the Director of Operations position will have responsibility for both terminal and vessel operations. The Director of Engineering and Maintenance position will have responsibility for vessel engineering, program and project management of marine projects, and day-to-day maintenance of vessels and facilities. The Manager/Ferry Maintenance will report directly to the Director of Engineering and Maintenance and have responsibility for managing the activities of the Ferry Division’s ten full-time mechanics in planning and implementing the day-to-day maintenance of the District’s ferry vessels and related facilities.

       
  c.

Discussion by the Committee

Discussion ensued, including the following inquiry:

  • Director Theriault inquired as to the length of time expected to elapse before the additional expense total noted in the staff report would be reached. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that the total amount of the increase would be reached in approximately three to four years.
       
  d.

Public Comment

Helen Moore, District Customer Relations Supervisor, stated she had submitted a written statement. She stated that she had recently appeared before the District’s Board of Directors, and that she is aware that many businesses, whether in the public sector or the private sector, must reorganize to remain viable. She questioned staff’s recommendation to increase pay for upper management positions and decrease pay for lower positions. She stated that, when issues associated with the reduction in salary for the position she currently holds were discussed with her, she was told that the position pay range was too high for the position responsibilities. She added that she was also told that numerous changes would be required in order to reduce the District’s overall deficit. She stated that decisions such as the one recommended today will cause staff to believe that District management does not value the positions they hold. She stated she would like to know how the proposed salaries for the new positions were arrived at, and that the information should be made available to the public. She concluded by requesting that the information be provided in writing, in advance of the changes being made.

   
 

Staff recommended, and the Committee concurred by motion made and seconded by Directors SOBEL/MOYLAN to forward the following recommendation to the Board of Directors for consideration at its meeting of May 13, 2011:

RECOMMENDATION

The Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee recommends that the Board of Directors approve actions relative to the reorganization in the Ferry Transit Division, as follows:

    a. Eliminate the positions of: Terminal Operations Superintendent, at an annual salary of $112,320.00; Marine Superintendent, at an annual salary of $112,320.00; and, Marine Projects Manager, at an annual salary of $110,864.00;
    b. Add three new management positions: Director of Operations, at an annual top step salary of $122,990.00; Director of Engineering and Maintenance, at an annual top step salary of $122,990.00; and, Manager of Ferry Maintenance, at an annual top step salary of $102,336.00; and,
    c. Amend the Ferry Transit Division Table of Organization accordingly;
   

with the understanding that requisite funds are available in the Ferry Transit Division Operating Budget.

Action by the Board at the Meeting of May 13, 2011 – Resolution
NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

       
 

AYES (13): Directors Chu, Cochran, Elsbernd, Mar, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly

NOES (0): None

   
2.

Public Comment

There was no public comment on items not on the Agenda.

   
3.

Adjournment

All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40 a.m.

   
   

 

Respectfully submitted,

s/ Barbara L. Pahre, Chair

Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee