August 2016 Newsletter
Posted: August 24, 2016
The Local Union Executive Board and staff wish you an enjoyable Labor Day holiday weekend and welcome back school foodservice and bus driving members who have been off during the summer months. I would also remind those of you who have not registered to vote in the upcoming General Election that time is running out to do so. So much that Unions have accomplished for working men and women depends on supporting elected officials who in return support policies and standards that make it easier for workers rather than attacking those same standards and policies.
Ocean Beach Hospital: Contract proposal surveys will be mailed out during the month of September with a scheduled proposal meeting to follow in October.
UPS: The Kelso Center continues to experience many contractual violations from the Company resulting in many grievances being filed. Make sure and protect your work. Management should not be handling packages. Supervisors are only allowed to train with new employees for three days in the preload operations throughout the State of Washington. If you see supervisors performing our work, report it to your shop steward and get a grievance filed.
Castle Rock Police: The Union has been in contact with the City for possible dates to meet and discuss the current wage and health and welfare opener.
City of Kelso: Dates have been set with the City for negotiations. The current agreement is set to expire December 31.
Cash and Carry: We have finally begun to talk economics with the Company. After the two meetings that were scheduled in August, we are moving closer in reaching an offer that we will be able to bring to the membership for vote, however two more dates have been scheduled in September for bargaining. Please check your Union bulletin board for future updates or possible meetings.
Maletis, Southern Wine and Spirits and the City of Woodland – Clerical Unit: Contracts have been distributed to the membership. If you have not received a copy, please contact your business representative.
Columbia Ford: The Union continues to make themselves available for talks with the Company in efforts in reaching a tentative agreement to bring back to membership for a vote. The Company has failed to bargain in good faith and it is the Union’s position that they are committing an unfair labor practice. A recent meeting with the membership yielded a unanimous strike authorization. Please check the Union bulletin board for any updates or possible future meetings. If you have questions please contact your business representative.
Tillamook County Creamery Association: As this edition of the Oregon Teamster goes to press, a follow up meeting between the union and management is scheduled for effects bargaining over employee impacts associated with the Employers proposed policy of mandatory safety glasses throughout plant production areas. The Union committee comprised of a select group of Stewards has expressed concerns where the use of safety glasses and/or side shield have proven to be more of a hazard than a protection. We have received records and documents from the company to review and intend to use this data as evidence proving the concerns that have been raised calling for variances or exceptions are valid and we will ask the Employer to consider our findings showing safety glasses and/or side shields should not be required during certain activities where doing so may cause a greater hazard as an unintended consequence. Also, we have proposed the Employer should pick up the expense for progressive lenses for safety eyewear in cases that a doctor has prescribed them as being medically necessary. In the meantime, the Employer is on notice that the status quo remain in place unless the parties reach an agreement to resolve legitimate concerns that have been raised. We will keep you posted on any progress made on this issue.
General Membership Meetings.
The Local Union monthly meeting are scheduled on the 20th of September and the 25th of October, at 7:00 pm, at the Vancouver Labor Center, 2212 NE Andresen Rd. Vancouver WA.
Quarterly meetings are scheduled for September 14, 2016 at the Tillamook Fairground 4H Dorm at 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm.
WITHDRAWAL CARD INFORMATION
Members subject to temporary or permanent separations from employment are encouraged to inquire about your options for taking a withdrawal card. To be eligible for a withdrawal card, you must be a union member in good standing with the local and must be current in payment of all dues and fees. You are encouraged to take the time to check the status of your membership by contacting your local union office immediately upon your separation from employment for any reason. Failure to take the action under the any of the above circumstances may result in owing additional dues and fees even while you are not working. If you have any questions regarding your membership status contact your Local Union office.
KNOW AND EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS! It is recommended you invoke your Weingarten Rights anytime you are called into an investigatory meeting with management about alleged misconduct associated with performance or other any other allegations of policy breach affecting your employment. This right includes requesting Union representation be present during any meeting which you believe may result in discipline. If you don’t invoke your Weingarten Rights you may be putting your job and your future at risk!
HAS YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGED? We appreciate you notifying the Local Union about any change in your contact preferences so we may keep you informed on activity affecting you and your family. With this, please contact the Local Union anytime you change your mailing address or telephone number so our records remain up to date. Thank you.