A Win Against Wage / Break Theft

It appears that the Hall has finally come to their senses in regards to the Washington State laws regarding break or rest periods. Granted, it did take the threat of charges being filed for misrepresentation by one member, and the continued pressure by other members for the Hall to research the problem.

L&I and a lawyer hired by the Hall agreed that a second break is due for any worker that is working more than 8 hours in a single shift. How this plays out in the law is a 10 minute break by the 3rd hour of the shift, a meal period by the 5th, and second 10 minute break by the third hour following the end of the meal period. For example a 9-10 hour day would look like this: Start at 6am, break at 9am, lunch at 11am, and finally a break by 2:30pm.

Thanks go to the members who pushed this issue, and to our representatives at the Hall for taking following through and getting the answers.

Meal & Rest Periods

Check out this link from L&I

An exception to these rules is a CBA which specifies the meal and break periods for construction workers. Without meal and rest periods being specified in a CBA, the rules as laid out in this document apply.

Our CBA does not specify rest periods… so what is the rest periods required by law?

“Employees shall be allowed a rest period of not less than ten minutes on the employer’s time in each four hours of working time. The rest break must be allowed no later than the end of the third working hour. Employees may not waive their right to a rest period.”

Notes for December Unit Meeting

Unit Meeting 12/1/2015

  • 3 months of future healthcare coverage will start accruing in January.
  • Cadillac Tax will not apply as our insurance does not meet the requirements.
  • Poker tournament was a success.
  • New panelboard manufacturer signed.
  • We went to book 2, 3 times in the last week.
  • 9th of January splicing class in Silverdale.
  • Need to people to sign up for Silverdale code update 1/12/2016.
  • Motions to request PSEW to talk about our pension put off for the John Hancock meeting in February.
  • The trustees will answer questions in the meantime.
  • Silverdale lease has been signed.
  • Pacific Coast Pension is terminating reciprocity for pension.
  • 401k running into legal hiccups, but on track for June 2016.
  • Vacation plan moving to Denali with debit card, also in June.
  • Shop Stewards had a dinner at the Hall. Next is Feb 11th.
  • IO office asked 46 & 77 to co-host the 2017 progress meeting.
  • 125th convention in St Louis in 2016.
  • Jury Duty pay is taxable unfortunately.
  • Seattle Sick Leave lost due to back dating the contract agreement.
  • Call Dispatch to sign up for the Stewards Class.
  • Raise allocation at January unit meeting.