• Petitioned Baltimore County Public Schools

This petition was delivered to:

Baltimore County Public Schools

Help reinstate Ms. Robinson back to work.

    1. Khidr Amari
    2. Petition by

      Khidr Amari

      Baltimore County, MD

 We, the undersigned, believe this is very important and demand the immediate end to the the repressive ways and abuse of power displayed by the Board of Education of the Baltimore County Public Schools. 

A Resolution:

The prejudices and intolerance towards a comment Ms. Robinson made on December 7, 2012 should have not led to Ms. Robinson being manipulated and unjustly terminated under the guise of retirement then changed to voluntarily resigned. The way the BCPS human resource personnel  handled Ms. Robinson's concerns of harassment and discrimination under duress, she said she was retiring and the way they misled her and manipulated the entire situation under those circumstances and the way the separation was done is unacceptable and an insult on Ms. Robinson's dignity and rights and her positive image she has presented throughout her 21 years working with BCPS. 

WE HEREBY: 

 RECOGNIZE that within Baltimore County Public Schools there are many other victims of the same scheme that has led Ms. Robinson and many others out of their job and this needs to be put to an immediate end. 

RECOGNIZE that Baltimore County Council has introduced a bill that would offer 1,100 county employees early retirement and this is a way to also save millions of dollars to reduce the size of the government workforce in the name of early retirement, voluntarily quit, constructive termination/quit and termination. Employees who are targeted unfairly under these schemes has been subjected to a violation of their constitutional rights which is unconstitutional. We hold the Board accountable to following your own policies that states: 

"The Board further believes that the separation, termination, and discharge of employees should be administered in a fair and consistent manner."

 http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/policies/4000Series/POL4402.pdf 

RECOGNIZE that the failure of BCPS to follow their own policies and procedures when it comes to wrongful termination of employment of employees can lead to the loss of skills, education, unemployment, isolation, and family crisis including bullying, increased risk for drop outs of students, juvenile justice proceedings, and increased chance of incarceration, undue financial burdens, broken families and serious emotional, physical and mental health problems.

RECOGNIZE that the failure to allow due process to BCPS employees pending separation of employment increases the risk of bullying, delinquency and higher drop out rates that causes loss of educational opportunities which decreases children's chances for success and to become productive adult citizens of our communities.

AFFIRM through signatures of this resolution that the Baltimore of Education must reinstate Ms. Robinson back to work immediately and make her whole. The Board of Education policies and procedures must be followed and executed consistently and fairly. All of the employment related communications by or on behalf of the Board should be reviewed carefully to make sure that the Board articulate exactly what is meant. If policies, procedures, rules or methods of dealing with BCPS employees are described, they should be followed precisely. The Board policies should be reviewed regularly to make certain that they are understandable, consistent, current, capable of being implemented fully and in accordance with legal requirement. Misunderstandings can be reduced through well structured, understandable, progressively applied and equally enforced. There is no reason why the Board should not be able to comply with its own policies and procedures. 

SEEK SOLUTIONS and LEADERSHIP to solve these critical problems; not to force people to retire along with forcing people to constructive terminations and resignations. There are managerial and legal reasons for following an established termination procedure. 

URGE the Baltimore County Pubic School Board to work together to eliminate these unconstitutional violations of people's human/civil rights of due process and liberties. Upon receiving notice an employee is resigning or retiring, BCPS should notify the employee of the date, time, and location of an exit interview stating the employee's last check and other benefits that may be obtained by attending an exist interview. The exit interview should be conducted by an employee from BCPS Human Resources department. A second management representative and at least two high ranking union representatives should be represent in order to be a witnesses to anything that is done or said in the meeting. 

Even though the termination should be voluntary, possible disagreements about what was said or promised at the meeting may arise. Thus, in an exit interview the manager should write a memo outlining what was done and said during the meeting, sign and date it and place it in the individuals personnel file. Managers and employees should know what grounds may lead to firing, resigning and retiring and the procedures. Any employment termination must be approached cautiously and must not be improperly motivated. 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Meeting: March 12, 2013

      Khidr Amari
      Petition Organizer

      We have a meeting with the Supervisor of Human Resources on March 12, 2013 to discuss what happened to our mother and we will try to resolve this matter once and for all. There are a lot of holes in their story along with incomplete documents that has to be brought up for scrutiny.

      We also went to my mother's unemployment appeal meeting on February 20, 2013, in which BCPS brought in a lawyer or legal representative to continue to deny my mother the opportunity to collect her own benefits even though they know they are clearly wrong. We haven't received any verdict yet from the hearing officer but I believe we presented a strong case.

      In the next week or so I'll be preparing to take this campaign to the STREETs of Baltimore County and then prepare to present this to the public Board meeting to bring awareness and to expose the contradictions within BCPS. The Union has not done anything but finally wrote a letter to the Board. They failed to show up at the unemployment meeting.

    2. Slowly things are beginning to turn thanks for all your support...

      Khidr Amari
      Petition Organizer

      We have a meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to appeal my mother's unemployment. We also have the Union 4-205c administrative appeal that was sent to my mother and the Board of Education. Yes, Alhumduillah, all praise be to Allah finally the Union also is involved. We also have a meeting with Dr. Lisa who is the Chief Officer of Human Resources on Friday, February 22, 2013 to try to resolve this matter. Thanks to all who has supported our struggle and cause to help my mother get what she rightfully deserves.

    3. Received a call from the Chief Officer from Human Resources

      Khidr Amari
      Petition Organizer

      The Chief Office from Baltimore County Public Schools of Human Resources called me today and conveyed to me that she will be taking over and handling our mother's case. She requested that I submit in all the documents relevant to her case. She will re investigating it and said she will contact me on Monday. We don't know where this will go but its a start. Our lawyer's appointment is tomorrow. :-)

    4. We reached 100 SIGNATURES :-)

      Khidr Amari
      Petition Organizer

      Continue to invite people to this campaign a journey to a 1000 miles takes one step at a time.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. This week we will be receiving a call from the Office of Staff Relations...

      Khidr Amari
      Petition Organizer

      We don't know how to take this right now but we know that some nerves are being pinched. The Office of Staff Relations a department of Human Resources of Baltimore County Public Schools will be calling me this week to discuss Ms. Robinson (our mother)'s case.

      We also have an appointment on Thursday to talk to a lawyer so whatever we are doing seems to be catching attention. Thank you all for any cooperation, participation that you all have done for us so far. All help comes from the Most High and to this we are grateful.

      http://www.bcps.org/offices/staff_relations/

      Office of Staff Relations

      The Office of Staff Relations is part of the Department of Human Resources and represents the Superintendent in the negotiation and administration of contracts with all employee groups. The office represents the Superintendent in the response to appropriate administrative appeals, and assists in the establishment and maintenance of productive working relations between all employee groups and the Board of Education.

    7. We may have some good news:

      Khidr Amari
      Petition Organizer

      There is some hope for our mother in the midst of this horrific storm we contacted a lawyer's office today after calling so many law firms and law clinics. We finally was able to contact one law clinic who may take on our case. My brother and I have a scheduled meeting next week. Keep us all in your prayers.

      Our mother has been unemployed for over 2 months now and her bills are accumulating. We have tried to get her unemployment but BCPS has lied and said to the unemployment that she voluntarily resigned which is not true. We haven't heard anything from them since last Friday. My family and I will be protesting in front of BCPS in a few days along with circulating this petition out in the community. We will keep you posted.

    8. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Christine Mohamed PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is so unjust and not right. There are people stealing and cheating their companies and people turn a blind eye. Honest, hard workers should not be tricked into things like this. There needs to be policies to protect others in this situation.

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    • aisha spencer CATONSVILLE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      21years she need to sue this is very unjust and we all need to take a stand for justice cause like she said it could happen to any one of us working

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    • Ghulam Jan KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
      • over 1 year ago

      he is good guy

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    • Robert Amine HENDERSON, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      because I have almost the same situation

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    • Barbara Bridges HALETHORPE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      cause we need more justice in Baltimore

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