NEW! Changes to the Out of Work Rules were successfully passed at the Special Called Meeting on Saturday, February 25th, 2012.
Out of Work Rules
- The Local Union shall maintain an OUT OF WORK LIST for the purpose of registering the names and contact information of members and probationary members who are unemployed. This list shall be in charge of the Dispatcher. Members and probationary members shall register on the OUT OF WORK LIST within 24 (twenty-four) hours of employment termination. All members and probationary members who are unemployed may register on the OUT OF WORK LIST by one of the approved methods.
- No member shall be allowed to enter their name on the OUT OF WORK LIST or be dispatched if their dues are 3 (three) or more months in arrears.
- Any member or probationary member who is injured or sick is allowed to enter their name on the OUT OF WORK LIST providing a doctor's certificate is on file at the Union Office. While on compensation or otherwise medically indisposed, the member or probationary member shall retain their position on the list. When the member or probationary member is capable of returning to work, they should again submit a slip from the doctor, advising the Union office of same and then their name will be removed from the SICK LIST.
- Members unavailable for work may place themselves on a WILL CALL provision on the OUT OF WORK LIST for a minimum of fourteen (14) days. This provision is a static position on the bottom of the list. It shall be the responsibility of said member to notify the Dispatcher every thirty (30) days of their availability for work. After three (3) months on WILL CALL, the member's Health & Welfare benefits may be compromised, and after six (6) months their name shall be removed from the OUT OF WORK LIST.
- Any member or probationary member laid off due to shortage of work will be eligible for a recall provided that the member or probationary member is requested by name by the Employer, and has not been dispatched to another project.
- Dispatch hours are from 09:00AM to 03:00 PM (Local Alberta time) Monday through Friday inclusively. If changes are made to the dispatch hours by the Local Union Executive Committee, these changes will be posted in the office and on the website. Members and probationary members shall be available during this time, and will have fifteen (15) minutes to respond to the Dispatcher. If there is no response after fifteen (15) minutes, the job call is treated the same as a refusal. Emergency calls outside regular dispatch hours will not be penalized.
The rotation of members on the OUT OF WORK LIST will be determined by:
i) acceptance of a job call, or
ii) two (2) job refusals.
NOTE: There is a maximum of one (1) job refusal per day. If a member has six (6) job refusals within thirty-one (31) days, the member will be placed on the WILL CALL provision on the OUT OF WORK LIST and will be subject to self-pay on the Health & Welfare Plan.
If a probationary member has six (6) job refusals within thirty-one (31) days, the probationary member's status will be reviewed by the Local Union Executive Committee.
When a member or probationary member quits, is dismissed, or is a "no show", the member or probationary member will be rotated to the bottom of the List and will be subject to review by the Local Union Executive Committee.
8) i) Members or probationary members obtaining work outside of Millwright Jurisdiction shall remain on OUT OF WORK LIST and be subject to OUT OF WORK RULES.
ii) Members obtaining work with a non-signatory contractor without the approval of the Local Union Executive or Business Representatives will not be covered for Health & Welfare benefits and their name will be removed from the OUT OF WORK LIST.
9) Annual vacation for members is (31) thirty-one days. Members may take vacation time at a minimum of (7) days to a maximum of (31) days. Members must call and re-activate their name following completion of their vacation period. Failure to re-activate their name on the OUT OF WORK LIST at the end of (31) thirty-one days will result in the member being transferred to the WILL CALL provision.
10) Executive and negotiating committee members will not be penalized for refusing an out of town call provided they attend Union meetings on a regular basis.
11) OUT OF WORK RULES will apply to members and probationary members.
12) NAME HIRES
Name Hires will be available to a maximum of fifty per-cent (50%) for all Journeymen and all apprentices with a registered Alberta Industry and Training Apprenticeship. All Clearance Card members must have served a six (6) month waiting period before being eligible for Name Hires. Probationary members will be eligible for Recalls and Transfers only - not Name Hires.
13) Any Job Steward who is dismissed for union activities shall be allowed a position on top of the OUT OF WORK LIST.
14) All dispatch appeals are required to be submitted in writing to be reviewed by the Local Union Executive Committee. The Local Union Executive Committee can make administrative adjustments to the OUT OF WORK RULES.
Out of Work Rules Alcohol And Drug Policy
Every member working on or dispatched to a Union job is required to perform their work safely, without disruption or abuse of the Union, other members of the Union, and Unionized Employers. Members are expected to promote safe and healthy workplaces, develop good relations with all members of the Union and Unionized Employers, improve our trade in every way possible, provide fair and competent labour, to uphold the good reputation of the Union in the workplace and in the community, and provide a fair day's work for a fair day's wages.
These By-law and Dispatch Rules exist to ensure that members uphold the principles of the Union as set out in the Constitution and By-laws, as well as in section "A" above. When a member breaches these Rules, harm is caused to the Union and its members as a whole, including jeopardizing the work which the Union has available, making more difficult the Union's goal of organizing workers and organizing the workplaces of non-Union employers.
Millwright work is inherently dangerous and requires workers to be fully aware of and attentive to the tasks at hand in order to minimize the possibility of accidents. Members who attend work under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol are more likely to be inattentive to their job duties and thereby place at risk not only themselves but also other jobsite workers. The Union has an interest in ensuring the safety of all members and workers on every jobsite and cannot condone dispatching members who may reasonably pose a risk to themselves or others.
If a member tests positive for either drugs and/or alcohol:
- the member is refused admittance to a work site, or:
- the member is terminated by an Employer for cause or post-incident, or
- the member is barred from an owner’s site,
Such member will not be eligible for further dispatch and will not be eligible to place their name on the OUT OF WORK LIST unless and until the following condition is complied with:
- the member attends a drug and alcohol testing facility that is acceptable to the Union and provides a clean test along with an acceptable assessment from a Union-recognized Substance Abuse Expert.
If a member tests positive for either drugs and/or alcohol a third time this will be considered to be a fundamental breach of these By-Laws and the Dispatch Rules and the member will be subject to disciplinary action and potential loss of membership in accordance with the Constitution and these By-Laws.