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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.   


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