In this issue, the member spotlight submission is from Leslie G. Rienzie-Barry, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources for the Will County Circuit Clerk’s Office and IPELRA President.
Leslie joined the Circuit Clerk’s Office in 2006. She has responsibility for directing and monitoring human resources; including onboarding, employee and labor relations, performance management, policy development, and payroll administration. In addition, Leslie serves as the Circuit Clerk’s Ethics Officer.
Leslie has held several IPELRA board positions, including At-Large Member, Assistant Vice President, Vice President and now President. She has worked on many of IPELRA committees, including Legislative Committee, Membership and Marketing Committee, and Chair of the Training Committee for four years. She has been an active member of both SHRM and IPELRA and looks forward to continuing to share her HR knowledge with both associations.
When asked to complete the member spotlight, Leslie chose to answer two questions:
What is one thing that most people don't know about her? She absolutely eats, sleeps and drinks sports, whether as a spectator or as a player. She loves bad weather during the weekend because it encourages her to stay put and watch sports. It does not matter what type of sport, she enjoys them all. In the winter, a great Saturday for Leslie is watching college football and ending the evening, watching basketball. On Sunday, a great day is watching NFL all day and ending it with doubleheader NBA. In the summer, she enjoys going to WNBA games, playing golf and watching the Yankees. People don't know, she will DVR her sports teams and binge watch them.
If she could do another job for a day, what would it be and why? During the past several years she has been disappointed in union leadership. Coming from a union family, where her husband was the chief steward for over 25 years with the railroad, she continues to debate with him on union vs. management issues. She does not feel that leadership has been upfront with employees and she doesn’t feel union members are educated on their contracts. If she could do another job for a day it would be as a union leader. She would start by educating employees on the discipline process, explaining the grievance and arbitration processes as well as other contract language. In addition, she would talk to the poor performers and make certain they understand that their jobs are in jeopardy when they go into the discipline process. Her one-day agenda would also include a conversation on attendance, explaining to members, that just because you get one day per month, doesn't mean you must take it by the 2nd or 3rd day of the month. Finally, she would make certain that stewards are knowledgeable and that they are trained in investigating workplace problems. Her goal is to make certain that the words "harmonious relationship" is mutual.
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