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The next union meeting is Monday, October 2 at 5:00p at the Cranston Portuguese Club.
On the agenda:
- Columbus Day / Sunday
- Contract Negotiations - Gas side & Manchester Street
The election of Local 310 officers will be conducted by mail ballot per Article III, Section 6 of the Local Bylaws. The mail in ballots must be received by 3pm on November 2, 2017.
- And the candidates are:
Uncontested: Phil Fogarty President Overhead Lines Choose up to 1: Jim Diggle Executive Vice President Overhead Lines Jim McKenna Executive Vice President Overhead Lines Uncontested: Marc Bernat Vice President - Generation MSS Uncontested: Kieran Reilly Vice President - Gas C&M Choose up to 1: Walt Trombly Secretary-Treasurer Underground Mark Buffery Secretary-Treasurer Overhead Lines Choose up to 1: Laurie Stenovitch Recording Secretary Stores Sarah Bradford Recording Secretary Underground Uncontested: Steve Donahue Grievance Coordinator Overhead Lines Choose up to 1: Jason Mota Council Rep Overhead Lines Ray Turner Council Rep Overhead Lines Choose up to 3: Joe Damato Arbitration Board Overhead Lines Chad Neubauer Arbitration Board Garage Sue Whitford Arbitration Board CMS Dan McDonald Arbitration Board Overhead Lines Pat Walsh Arbitration Board O&M Josh Sylvain Arbitration Board Overhead Lines Dave Platt Arbitration Board O&M Dave Carter Arbitration Board Underground Pete Correia Arbitration Board Overhead Lines Choose up to 1: Jeff Sweet Sargeant-at-Arms Garage Pat Charest Sargeant-at-Arms O&M Uncontested: Chris Chagnon Outside Guard Overhead Lines Choose up to 3: Jesse Vezina Auditing Committee Overhead Lines Aaron Miller Auditing Committee Overhead Lines Jim Macera Auditing Committee Overhead Lines Brad Conway Auditing Committee Overhead Lines Nicole Baur Auditing Committee Underground
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.