Hey all. To be frank, I am a fairly young member of this board. I am only 23 and as such I have quite a bit less experience when it comes to work, contracts, and grievances. To preface my issue, I was working for a local hospital in the Children's Psychiatric Unit. I was a Behavioral Health Aide, responsible for supervising the children (ages 5-17) throughout my shift. Often times the nurses would promote dangerous working conditions i.e. giving a violent, autistic 11 year old a sharpened pencil when he wasn't even allowed to use a special plastic spork to eat. That kid almost stabbed me as a result. Another time, a patient told me that the same nurse let her sit in her car while the nurse smoked so she could receive "second-hand smoke." The patient was allowed to leave the floor via a Doctor's order, but not allowed to leave the building. No action was ever taken against this senior RN. So, on to my issue. Below is a verbatim copy of Article 14, Section 2 of the contract I signed with an explanation of how I believe it was breached. "Upon receipt of notice from the Hospital, the probationary period will be extended for a maximum of three (3) additional calendar months. Individuals who are placed on an extended probationary period will begin their benefits and obtain CSEA membership as though the probationary period had not been extended. The notice extending an employee's probationary period of employment will set forth the specific reason or reasons for this action. The statement of reason(s) is for the purpose of assisting the employee to satisfactorily complete the period of probation. The reasons are not subject to challenge through the grievance and arbitration procedure contained in this Agreement. A copy of the notice shall be sent concurrently to the CSEA Unit President." Now for the explanation of how this article was breached. I was notified AFTER my probationary period had been extended that it had in fact been extended from 2 fellow employees. Barring that this may be a violation of HIPAA, it says right in article 14.2 that a probation extension must be pursuant to a notification from the Hospital, which I did not receive, and no specific reason(s) given. Second, section 14.2 also states that employee's whose probationary periods have been extended will obtain CSEA membership and start obtaining benefits. After my informal termination via a phone call to my cell phone, I contacted the CSEA headquarters in Albany, NY to see if there was anything I could do. However. the individual I spoke to informed me that they had no information of me within their system, implying that my paperwork had never been submitted after my initial 90 day probationary period.