Tom Barrett


EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITION:  L-3 CS-E Grievance Chairperson
OCCUPATION:  SMES
COMPANY:  L-3 CS-E
ACTIVITY NO. AND NAME:  590 – Systems Engineering 

UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE DEGREES AND SCHOOLS:
MS Electrical Engineering – Drexel University, 1992
BS Computer Engineering – Lehigh University, 1982 

COMPANY EXPERIENCE:
L-3 CS-East:  2003 - present 

ASPEP SERVICE HISTORY:
Alternate Council Rep: 2013-2016

OTHER:

I came to Camden in 2003 after working at several other defense aerospace firms. I joined ASPEP a few years later after seeing the positive effects that our professional association has had over the years here and at Moorestown. ASPEP gives us a unified voice in our dealings with management, and the Grievance Chairperson plays a key role in representing you and making sure that the company lives up to our contract.

Everyone in ASPEP leadership, including our Executive Director and all the officers of the Executive Board, understand that CS-East operates in a challenging business environment and needs to be competitive in order to be successful. We also appreciate that business success and growth is the best way to protect jobs and improve our employment situation. However, we also know, from years of experience, that sometimes management may not seem to place the interests of our members ahead of the desire to improve their competitive position. The Grievance Chairperson, working with the Executive Board, the Grievance Committee, and all the Council Representatives, plays a key role in representing all of our interests.

Deciding to pursue a grievance, whether over a performance review, work-life balance issue, or any other concern, does not mean that the employee seeks a hostile confrontation with management. ASPEP has developed a phased process which first seeks to address the employee’s concerns in a constructive dialog with management. While we cannot guarantee that all matters will be resolved to our complete satisfaction, we can offer a way to make sure your issues are raised with management, and in this way we may be able to avoid similar issues going forward.