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.

The 90 day rule

This is taken from the letter mailed out to all members.

Dated April 8, 2015 , from Jim Tosh


Registrants will retain their position on the Out-of-Work List until they have been out 90 cumulative calendar days for one of more employer’s signatory with Local 46.  (note: This will include employers not signatory with Local 46 but who use Local 46’s hiring hall, examples, under a National Agreement, PLA or CWA.)  Days are counted beginning on the date the registrant is to report to work and ends on the day he or she signs-in at the hall (or his/her termination slip is faxed or e-mailed to the hall by the employer by 4:00 p.m.); both the first day and the last day count.  However, if the registrant signs in from a job in person, prior to dispatch on the next working day, then the last day counted will be the previous work day.

If a registrant is dispatched but not hired then no days will be counted under the 90 day rule so long as they properly notify dispatch by phone or fax before 3:00 p.m.  (otherwise days will count)

Procedure: Registrants who take a dispatch for a call shall, upon signing in from the job, be restored to their prior place on the Out-of-Work List if they have 90 cumulitaive calendar days or less.  If a registrant quits or is terminated for cause, he or she will need to sign the bottom of the Book, and will not reicieve the benefit of the 90 day rule.  The 90 day rule applies to all agreements.

A registrant who takes an unfilled, out-of-class call is not subject to the 90 day rule for the first 90days.  Thereafter the registrant is subject to the 90 day rule.

Labor Neighbor

Labor Neighbor, the Washington State Labor Council’s grassroots member-to-member political action program, plans an aggressive effort to inform union households about the special election for State Representative in 30th Legislative District. But even if you live outside the district, you can help with neighborhood walks in that area and/or phone banks scheduled throughout the state.

Saturday, Oct. 17
Staging area: RENTON
UA 32 Hall — 595 Monster Road SW

Shift is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9:30 snacks/training/pair up, 10:00 first knock, 1:45 p.m. last knock, and debrief and lunch.

Please contact Angela Marshall if you plan on attending.

Successful First Meeting!

Last night we held our first meeting at the Labor Temple in Seattle. The hall we reserved was ready before we arrived, which was great.

As you might have guessed being the first meeting there was not a whole lot of structure but there was a whole lot of discussion. We ended up talking about how to structure future meetings, some roles and responsibilities, an overview of our online presence, and we talked about some of the issues.

Stay tuned, this group is going to make an impact on our local. You can show your support by signing up on our email list here.