Two Oneida Business Committee Resolutions Everyone Should Be Aware Of – And BEWARE Of

UPDATE: Both Oneida Business Committee Resolutions have been approved by OBC:


5. The language – “other duties as assigned” – appearing in job descriptions shall be interpreted as – “other duties as reasonably related to the duties in the job description and shall not be limited to assignment of duties within a program, business unit, or division of the Tribe and may take place crossing divisions and operations of the organization.”

6. Amended job duties and assignments shall not result in an increase in compensation, even where the amended job duties and assignments are made permanent.

7. Amended job duties and assignments may be permanent.

8. Amended job duties and assignments shall not be considered an adverse employment action per this resolution and supercedes any prior policies, interpretations, opinions and similar actions.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that failure to accept job duties and assignments may result in disciplinary action.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these amendments shall go into effect on October 1, [2014] and shall be effective for six months.

QUESTION: If Tribal employees aren’t going to be compensated for being required to perform additional job duties and assignments from different divisions, why did Division Directors Pat Pelky and Joanie Buckley receive compensation increases for additional duties from different divisions? Will Pat Pelky & Joanie Buckley reimburse the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin for their additional compensation to make things fair across the board?

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all operations of the Tribe shall estimate. reduce or re-schedule all non-essential, non-emergency expenditures to assist in the management of cash-flow and meeting budget needs. To carry out this intent, the following expenditure restrictions are directed:

1. Ongoing Comprehensive Hiring Freeze
a. The Oneida Business Committee maintains an ongoing comprehensive hiring freeze. From October 1 until until the Fiscal Year 2015 is adopted, no hiring shall be authorized and no exceptions will be granted. Direct Reports are given authority under Resolution # BC-__________ [See Draft BC Resolution re: Job Duties & Reassignments]

b. The Oneida Business Committee has not yet identified how to address posted positions. This decision is difficult to make in light of budget needs and cash flow demands and meeting community and organizational needs. The Treasurer is accepting written recommendations regarding resolution language to address this question through e-mail or memo sent to the Treasurer received no later than 4:30, September 16, 2014. The Oneida Business Committee will reconvene September 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. to review these resolution recommendations and make a final determination regarding this section. [Emphasis theirs]

These Direct Report Roll-out draft BC Resolutions are two more important reasons why General Tribal Council should reconsider whether November 1, 2014 is really a practical implementation date for the Oneida Tribal Judiciary given the budget constraints that resulted in these two draconian documents.

Add in the fact that BC Treas. Trish King’s September 4, 2014 Kalihwisaks column said that the FY2015 budget won’t even be presented to GTC for approval until sometime in January 2015 at the earliest and ask yourself: Shouldn’t GTC be given more time to consider the impact of the Judiciary on the overall Tribal budget before either is implemented?

Perhaps this explains why the BC is so anxious to implement the Judiciary as quickly as possible: So that anyone who questions and challenges these types of radical policy changes and/or budgetary priorities will have to make their case before a Judiciary stocked with buddies and bid-doers of the BC and the HR Dept.

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