The new vacation fund fee that was announced by letter has got a number of us a little upset. Here we went from an account that accrued a minor amount of interest to one that doesn’t accrue any. Now we are actually going to be charged $3 per month for the account! Most of us don’t want the account in the first place!
Article XVIII of the IBEW Constitution states in Section 3 that “No assessment shall be levied by the L.U. except by majority vote of the members present…”
Did you get a vote on this?
The next meeting will be held at Dick’s Restaurant on lower Queen Anne from 4:30 – 6:00 PM, on Friday, July 29th.
There is some consideration being given to starting a study group based on a Labor Notes book, “Secrets of a Successful Organizer“. The book is a collection of ideas set in a group of lessons to be discussed and studied in a group.
Idea #1: The Organizing Attitude
Sorry folks, too many regulars are not able to make the meeting tonight. Let’s stay in touch on Slack. If you would like access to Slack just let us know.
I was approached today by a fellow electrician who was concerned about a Stockman doing more than material handling. Specifically assisting a core driller with his work. Here is what the Stockman’s Agreement has to say in section 2.10:
…The Stockman may do labor tasks, but shall not install or fabricate material, and they shall not assist either a Journeyman Electrician or Apprentice in the performance of their work under the Wireman’s Agreement.
Q: If I get injured on the job, can I request union representation?
A: Yes, you have the right to representation during any investigative interview. This includes when discussing any accident / injury as well as during any medical exam or urinalysis testing.
Q: Does the employer’s representative have to be in the room during the medical exam with the doctor / nurse?
A: No, and it is recommended that they are asked to leave the room if they attempt to enter. There has been many occasions where the employer’s representative adds pressure to the doctor / nurse to give a clean bill of health even though the patient is injured. I bet you could guess why they would do this…
Q: My foreman tells me that I should be at the gang box at the start of my shift, but I was told before to be at the break shack with everyone else when my shift starts. What does the contract say about this?
A: Section 3.16 Workers Report Time … … Employees shall report on the job or shop ready to begin work at the designated place of the employer by starting time.
So, it seems pretty clear that the Employer can designate the place you are expected to be at the start of your shift. What is questionable however is whether they can tell some individuals to be in one place, such as the break shack, and tell others to be at a specific gang box. There are potential problems in this and any other scenario where individuals are being singled out and treated differently than the other employees. If you are being singled out in this way, I would suggest getting your steward or representative involved in the conversation.
Shift work as defined in the Inside Wire contract is not clearly defined. We have taken some time to work on this and the language changes we have come up with has been posted here: http://www.core46.org/causes/contract/article-3#s3_03
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.