FW: [Histonet] Need info

Charles.Embrey Charles.Embrey <@t> carle.com
Wed Feb 16 08:10:37 CST 2005

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles.Embrey 
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 8:10 AM
To: 'Heather.A.Harper <@t> pcola.med.navy.mil'
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Need info

Heather, I am sorry to see that this is happening to you.  Your union is
your best help in the matter.  As retired active duty Air Force I
understand how orders can be given but as a GS employee you have more
power in resisting those orders.  The biggest problem is that even if
you win the battle you still may lose the war.  After everything is
settled you will still have to work there and the pathologists may try
to make things unpleasant if they chose to.  Hopefully you can work out
a compromise.  Do you meet the CLIA requirements for high complexity
testing?  If not, you have grounds to refuse biased on the regulation.
For the record, I feel that any histotech that grosses tissue for the
same wage that he cuts blocks is doing himself a disservice.  Standard
histology is not considered "high complexity testing" and grossing is.
If you are working at a higher standard you should be paid at that
level.  To willingly accept otherwise is foolish.
Charles Embrey, PA(ASCP)
Urbana, IL 

-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of
Heather.A.Harper <@t> pcola.med.navy.mil
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 7:45 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Need info

   I work for the Navy as a civilian histo tech. I have been here for 5
And as of Valentine's Day, I got land basted by a pathologist presenting
with a new and revised work description of my supervisory duties. I got
that as of April 1st I will have to be trained for 30 days to gross in
small specimens. This is at no extra pay and I am a GS employee. I felt
I was done totally wrong, because they went behind my back and
threatened me
that if I didn't comply to learning how to gross, that administrative
will be taken against me. Now remind you I would've been far more
if I had been asked to gross and possibly be upgraded from a GS-7 to a
or GS-9. But no, I was treated like I was some enlisted navy sailor. I
like to know if anybody has any information on rights that histo techs
when it comes to grossing. Can an employer threaten you after working
for 5
yrs and tell you if you don't comply, administrative action will be
against you. I assume that means...in the board room, and being told
fired". I have the Union involved but any information on employee
regulations etc...would be of great help. Thank you in advance.


Heather A. Harper

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