IUOE Local 286
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    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."


    In Solidarity

    Tracy Jonassen

    AKA Boiler Zero

    Jul 05, 2016

    Brothers & Sisters

    Members have been asking for a current state of the Union on many subjects. Over the last month, the Union and its representatives have been in meetings with the Port and members alike over a variety of issues. Some have been resolved while others are still in the works. The wheel of progress is slow, but I assure you, we are chipping away at a mountain with the intent to represent every member under the language of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  As the Port adjusts its management practice, the Union reverts to the language of the CBA, once evaluated Port management is advised of the Union position based on the language of the contract.  The contract is legally binding between the Port, Union and Members. It is every member’s right to discuss the contract and their perceived interpretation of contractual language. However, final interpretation is between the Union, Port and ultimately legal channels when language interpretation cannot be agreed upon. I ask all members to be respectful of one another and the process required to administer the contract responsibly.  Please take in consideration the effects of changing management practices that could potentially affect the working conditions of your 100 brothers & sisters and yourself. These are extremely fluid times.

    4-10s:  The Port has proposed a 4-10s schedule. The Union diligently explored the Ports proposal and gave feedback on the implementation possibilities based on the Ports goals and the language in the CBA. The current Port direction requires an adjustment in off shift staffing. Based on Union (CBA) feedback the Port has opted to utilize the MOU for the purpose of implementing the 4-10s. The restructuring of shifts will follow to meet staffing adjustments. All fall within the language of the CBA and the MOU***Other 4-10 conversations between the Union and Port are still underway for plan review.

    40 HR Vacation Bank Lump:  The Union has forwarded all information to the Port and has been thoroughly investigated.  Labor Relations has forwarded all information and recommendations to chain. When that lump sum will be distributed is unknown. Some of you may realize that benefit at the 5 year mark.

    Parking Grievance: The Port at this time does not feel the need to a negotiate Parking in the garage. The grievance is still underway to recover compensation in pay for our members who incurred additional commute times associated with parking in the mega lot.

    Operator Fill-in Grievance: When filling in for operators in the CMP or pump house day shift. Boiler Shop OE’s will have the option of paid lunch or being relieved for lunch break if they work in the capacity as an operator during lunch hours. Management with Union agreement will no longer offer the ½ hour OT option. The grievances filed for the change in past practices will be paid and the new policy has been formally implemented.

    Boiler Shop Chief Grievance:  The Union has put for a proposal to resolve the dispute and is waiting for a response.

    The courage to start a journey requires the first step

    Boiler Zero

    Page Last Updated: Jul 05, 2016 (13:45:02)
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