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The next union meeting is Monday, December 6 at 5:00p at the Cranston Portuguese Club. This will be our annual Turkey Trot event so please show up and plan on having a good time. There will be food and drink served along with several raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle for the PAC Fund, etc.
On the agenda:
- Columbus Day / Sunday
- Arbitration ruling on Progressive Discipline
- Outstanding Grievances
The ballots were counted and the final results have been tallied for the the 2017-2020 Executive Board nominations.
- Here are the results:
Phil Fogarty President Overhead Lines Jim McKenna Executive Vice President Overhead Lines Marc Bernat Vice President - Generation MSS Kieran Reilly Vice President - Gas C&M Walt Trombly Secretary-Treasurer Underground Lines Sarah Bradford Recording Secretary Underground Lines Steve Donahue Grievance Coordinator Overhead Lines Ray Turner Council Rep Overhead Lines Joe Damato Arbitration Board Overhead Lines Dan McDonald Arbitration Board Overhead Lines Pete Correia Arbitration Board Overhead Lines Jeff Sweet Sargeant-at-Arms Garage Chris Chagnon Outside Guard Overhead Lines Choose up to 3: Aaron Miller Auditing Committee Overhead Lines Jim Macera Auditing Committee Overhead Lines Nicole Baur Auditing Committee Underground Lines
Bring your issues and concerns to this important meeting.
The Ruling is in for work on Columbus Day and Sundays --
The misclassification of employees and the misapplication of the law by employers as a tool to increase profits by business at the expense of workers remains a problem throughout the country, as companies large and small continue to exploit the lax enforcement of employment law.
Local 310 BUW Council /Utility Workers Union of America AFL-CIO is proud to announce that they have won a victory for the working men and women of Rhode Island who all to often are forced to work on days that have been traditionally reserved for family and leisure. For more than 80 years the members of Local 310 have served the people of Rhode Island, 24/7, 365 days a year in every type of extreme condition ensuring that the people of the state have safe and reliable energy at their disposal. At issue was the fact that National Grid has failed to pay the union members the statutorily proscribed premium for their work on Sundays and Columbus Day that kept them away from their families.
The ruling by the Department of Labor and Training in favor of the Union recognizes that the company and the department had previously been misapplying the law as it related to work by “utilities” on Sundays and they were not entitled to rely on representations by the former Chief of the Labor Standards’ Division that were contrary to state law. The mere fact that a company is involved in a business that was "absolutely necessary" as defined by the general laws did not automatically absolve the company from paying its employees a premium for work performed on Sundays and holidays. Moreover, the department found that while the union and company had negotiated to treat Columbus Day as a floating holiday for those persons who chose to work that day, the agreement did not entitle the company to refrain from paying those workers a premium for such work. Click here to read the RIDLT's ruling.