Port of Seattle
Brothers & Sisters
This week has been a very active week for the union. Many of you have been asking about the status of various issues of concern. Recently, it had surfaced that Sprinkler Fitters from the water front have been working at SeaTac Airport. The Boiler Shop has been providing Fire and Life Safety services to the Port since 1964. The union met with the Fire Chief, Fire Marshall and Labor Relations. During those meetings we were able to hash out areas of jurisdiction based on past historical lines. The culmination resulted in a meeting with the Sprinkler Fitters and a tentative agreement for additional joint training is in the works between the fitters and OE's. This was a huge win. We were able to turn a potentially ugly situation into a partnership.
The Port asked its employees to park in the Mega Lot adding one hour to your daily commute. Only 100 Port Employees answered the call to park out in the North End. 5 members from 286 were of the 100. Our contract is clear. A change in parking will be bargained. Labor relations and 286 are now in that process. A little bit of investigation revealed that the crafts that fall under the electrical trades are compensated 1hr either in OT or in reduced terminal work hours. With virtually identical contract language. Our own members working at the IWTP were compensated during a SIDA , AOA restructuring that temporarily eliminated the plants parking. We are expecting nothing less then the same consideration given to other trades and our own members. The ramifications of not standing firm on parking are far reaching and we are taking additional steps to preserve this negotiated benefit.
The LMC is still hammering out details for the Boiler Shops 4- 10's. It is my understanding the Port has some proposals for the next LMC. We are expecting nothing less then the same consideration given to other trades and our own members. The ramifications of not standing firm on 4-10's are far reaching and we are considering any and all additional steps to resolve this if the LMC should fail.
The Port now has the documentation on hand to determine how they will move forward with the 40 hour vacation bank lump sum that is applied when vacation accrual rates increase on the 3rd,10th and 15th year of employment. We are waiting for that news.
What do all of these things have in common? The Port is in negotiations for the next contract. Make no mistake we are in negotiations and are working under a litigious management group. The contract is scrutinized and exploited when applicable and held to the letter when convenient. Catch phrases like closed contract are bandied about. Both the Boiler Shop and Conveyor Shop are under the leadership of new Chiefs. Both Chiefs have to straddle being Union Brothers and stewards of the Ports interests. Under the current climate not a enviable position. It is your responsibility to mentor these new leaders and help them to avoid exploitation that could potentially head our membership down the wrong path. It is your responsibility to follow the contract, report contract violations and never ever give away a negotiated right. As we move forward we must be vigilant to protect our work and each other. OE's work in almost every trade. Those other trades want your work! We are plumbers, millwrights, plant operators, HVAC techs, DDC techs, welders, pipe fitters, sprinkler fitters, low voltage electricians and so much more. When people ask me what does a OE do at SeaTac. I reply " We do everything but one. We don't sit in the AOB tying to get more for less."
AKA Boiler Zero
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