Phone: 253-351-9095
Port of Seattle
Updated On: Apr 06, 2018

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Local 286 with a nationwide delegation of Operating Engineers converged in Crosby Texas earlier this week at the newly constructed International Union of Operating Engineer Training Center to discuss the potential implications of what the recently litigated Janus case could mean for represented public sector employees. Although a ruling has not been made  it is widely believed that the Supreme Court  will affirm Janus and establish a National Right to Work law for the public sector.  How and what that will look like is yet to be determined as litigation will continue defining Union Rights under the Janus ruling.  In that national forum, legal scholars theorized the implications of Right to Work and Locals already operating under State Right to Work laws shared insight. Rest assured Unions at every level have tasted Right to Work and have compiled lessons learned. The take away I took home with me was pretty simple. Locals that stepped up there representation of  members and increased their value added services have strengthened and thrived. Employers that embraced the Union relationship retained qualified employees and thrived as well. The Locals and Employers that did not adjust accordingly have not fared well under State Right To Work law.


>              More about the New Facility in Texas. Any member in good standing will be able to come and take classes with no out of pocket expenses. As long as you are a member in good standing, and get the approval from your Business Manager, the International will cover costs on Air Fare, Ground Transportation, and Lodging. Also includes 3 meals a day, a full service fitness center and pool, laundry facilities and a full service bar and lounge!! FYI the bar and lounge are complimentary.


>              Lastly as most of you know the CBA is within 90 days of expiration. If you want a voice it is incumbent on you to discuss with the elected focus group members and shop steward your desires and most importantly help them with the research and leg work to facilitate successful bargaining. I encourage each and every one of you to be value added for your Union and Employer. Always look forward, never look back but keep in mind the past paved the present. Included are some links to Janus (Right To Work) Face Book (Training Center)  and pictures taken in Crosby Texas.

> In Solidarity,

> Tracy Jonassen (Boiler Zero)

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