Summer is coming to an end and this year for the first time in over twenty-eight years Local 206 did not have a Labor Day Picnic, nor did anyone else due to the current restrictions in place for everyone’s safety. I hope you still found time to celebrate Labor Day which honors the hard-working people who are the backbone of America. You are Essential whether your employer says so or not, and Local 206 wants to recognize the value you bring through your labor every day.
There is no mistaking that we are in the midst of the election season. Between mailers and endless political ads, you may find yourself wanting to turn it all off. I would encourage that you persevere and become educated as to the facts and what the candidates truly stand for. There is more information available to voters now than at any time in our history. Maybe too much, but that means do your fact checking, and then VOTE! Every Vote Matters!
Local 206 submitted a proposed Local Union Election Plan to the Election Supervisor to elect delegates to the IBT Convention to be held in Las Vegas in June of 2021. For more information on the Local Union Election plan, click here.
A grievance is a violation by the company of the contract, the law, employer rules or policies, fair treatment or past practice. Before you file a grievance, check your contract to find out about your specific grievance procedure. Talk with your shop steward or Union Representative for help.
Don't delay! We may lose the right to file and pursue a grievance if it is not filed according to the contractual time limits. (Note: Grievances cannot be filed online).
Limit statements on the grievance form to basic facts.
Think of the six Ws — who, what, when, where, why, and witnesses.
Do not include arguments, evidence, and justifications at the time.
Do include all provisions of the contract you believe have been violated.
State the specific remedies being requested: i.e. pay claim, remove discipline, etc.
Sign and date your grievance after reviewing the prepared grievance for accuracy, especially dates.
Turn your grievance form into the union office in a timely manner.
Union members have the right to union representation during any conversation with a supervisor or manager that could lead to discipline.
These rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court and they are known as Weingarten Rights. This means that you have the right to Union Representation when management is conducting any kind of investigation, be it into your numbers or an accident.
If management calls you into the office or talks to you about your job performance, an accident, or anything that could lead to discipline, ask for your shop steward.
Your steward has the right to know what the meeting is about and to meet with you to talk before the meeting starts.
You also have a right to take a break during the meeting and talk to your steward privately. Just say you want to go in the hallway and “caucus” with your steward.
Use a caucus to ask questions, to fill your shop steward in on important facts and to get on the same page.
Dues are due and payable on the first day of each month. If dues are not received in the Local Union office by the close of business on the last business day of each month due, a $5.00 late charge will be assessed for each month that it is late. (If your employer does not deduct your dues, you may either mail them or pay them in person at the Local 206 office.)
Dues that are three months in arrears will constitute cause for suspension from the Local Union, and will necessitate the payment of a $125.00 reinitiation fee in addition to all delinquent dues.
If you pay by mail or in person, please remember: your dues must be received in the Local 206 office by the close of business on the last business day of the month.
Upon leaving the craft please obtain a withdrawal card immediately. Dues must be paid through the month in which you last worked to receive a withdrawal card at no charge. If you do not take a withdrawal card, you will be suspended when your dues are three months delinquent.
When you have a withdrawal card and you return to work, you deposit your withdrawal card and begin paying dues from the month in which you begin working again.
UPS Legal (covers most simple, uncontested legal actions) (800) 222-3025
UPS Harassment Hotline (800) UPS-1508
UPS 401K Voluntary program (800) 537-0189
UPS Part-Timers / Western Region 177 Healthcare (855) 215-2039
IBT GCC Division President, George Tedeschi (202) 624-6800
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