Q: At one point management was leading a focus group to start a mentorship program to help with training a consistent service for our new hires. It seems like this would be a perfect time to implement such a program. Is this kind of program even being talked about anymore?
A: Management presented a proposal for a trial mentorship program to the MEC for consideration back in 2016 (see “Mentorship Program Update – November 2016”). The MEC rejected the proposal for a variety of reasons, including troubling shortcomings in terms of scheduling requirements and pay.
Management did not address the Mentorship Program with the JNC in these negotiations. The MEC remains open to conversation about establishing a Mentorship Program if the timing is right and the program is deemed to be a benefit to the membership as a whole.