The Rules and Judiciary Committee heard from Annie Day Henry, nominee to the Public Employee Relations Board, Thursday. Senators voted to send her nomination to the floor with a favorable recommendation.
Henry has been a registered nurse for 46 years and a St. Croix resident for 41 years. Originally from Lakeland, Florida, she was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp in 1971 and 1972. She has been a chief negotiator for two V.I. nurses unions. Henry has served on a number of boards in the past, including the governing board of Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital. She is a vice commander of District 10 of the American Legion.
Voting to send her nomination on were: Sens. Novelle Francis (D-STX), Marvin Blyden (D-STT), Jean Forde (D-STT), Myron Jackson (D-STT), Janette Millin Young (D-STT) and Positive Nelson (ICM-STX). Sen. Sammuel Sanes (D-STX) was absent. There was no opposition.
PERB was created in 1980. This volunteer board can conduct hearings on complaints of prohibited practices by employers or by employee organizations and “take such actions with respect thereto as it deems necessary and proper,” including arrange arbitration, among other responsibilities. It broadly overseas labor relations specifically with V.I. government employees and certifies the several unions representing various categories of employee.
The board must have at least two members from each district, with three members with experience in labor relations, in each of the three categories of public employee. Members serve 5 year terms, which appear to have expired. All members serve until a successor is appointed. Three members have terms that have expired.
The committee also voted to send on a resolution honoring Nels Hawkinson for founding the Paradise Jam basketball tournament in 2000 as a women’s basketball tournament, and in 2001 adding the men’s bracket to the tournament. Hawkinson is president of Basketball Travelers Inc., based in Seattle Washington, and is a basketball coach.
Voting to send the resolution to the Senate floor were: Blyden, Young, Sanes and Francis. Forde, Jackson and Nelson were absent.