From the Desk of the President (September, 2014)
– Tywanna Gray has been elected at the August 20, 2014 Executive Board meeting
to fill the vacant Chief Steward position. She has been one of our stewards so
is familiar with the job duties and is able to hit the road running. I look
forward to working with the Kela Williams/Tywanna Gray Chief Steward team as
they continue moving forward with the excellent services our stewards provide to
the members of Local 34. Please join me in congratulating her on this election
and assisting her with the job duties when she needs that help as it is big job
to take on.
– delegates have been elected to represent you at the Council 5 convention.
They are Angel Alexander, Elizabeth Allison, Grace Baltich, Jacqueline Coleman,
Jean Diederich, Deborah Diggins, Ibrahim Farah, Linda Flykt, Tywanna Gray, John
Herzog, Fatuma Kasim, Kathy Kelly, Deb Konechne, Andrea Lazo-Rice, Lashonda
McKinley, Ahmed Mohamed, Vicki Moore, Jacquelin Poole, Kay Powell, Patrick
Regan, Shawnice Reid, Miguel Salazar, Lindsay Schwab, Jody Stadler, Sharon
Streeter and Wes Volkenant. The convention is held September 11-13, 2014.
– delegates elected to represent you at the MN AFL-CIO convention are Grace
Baltich, Jean Diederich and Kathy Kelly. That event will be held September 21
– please join me in congratulating three of our Local 34 members who have been
selected to participate in the 2014- 2015 Minnesota Union Leadership Program –
Brenda Braswell, Deborah Diggins and Lakisha Perkerson. They will attend a
series of workshops over the course of a year touching on the topics of union in
the 21st century – labor being in the public eye, labor and our economy, labor
and social changes, building union membership and taking leadership roles in the
union. Way to go Brenda, Deb and Lakisha!
– Local 34 has committed to supporting the 2nd Annual Working Partnerships’
Golf Tournament held on Monday, October 6, 2014. The Local 34 membership voted
to approve lost time for up to ten members to volunteer at this event. If you
are interested in helping out, please let me know so that I can forward your
name on to Doug Flat-eau. Last year’s event had a good turnout and they look
forward to having even more participants this year.
– we have concluded the disputes to the seniority dates on the new Local 34
Seniority report. About a dozen members contacted me with issues which appear to
mean that the dates on the report are correct as of the date it was printed. Of
course, as folks move from one job class to another, their seniority will change
based on where they fit into the new job class. So, if a person is currently the
18th per-son from the top in their existing job class and they move to another
job class, they could then find that they are 45th in that new job class based
on the hire/rehire dates of the folks in that new job class. Thank you to
everyone who asked questions about the report.
Your Hours on APEX
thought that this issue had been laid to rest a long time ago but it is cropping
up again. Workers are once more sharing with me that they have been instructed
by their supervisors to report their time as 8 hours per day, Monday through
Friday, on the timecard for APEX, regardless of when they actually do the work.
That is wrong, wrong, wrong!!! Putting false hours on the timecard leaves
workers wide open to disciplinary action for falsely reporting their time. You
know darn well that the supervisor will not be on the hook for that false
reporting even though they are the ones instructing their staff on how to
complete the timecard – it will be the worker left holding the bag.
Federal Fair Labor Standards Act governs exempt and non-exempt status for
employees. If you look at our contract, Article 38 spells out the non-exempt and
exempt job classes for Local 34. We are supposed to report our time as we work
folks in non-exempt job classes report their hours on a weekly basis. Anything
over 40 hours worked must be compensated as overtime. In other words, if you
work 10 hours on Monday, 6 hours on Tuesday, 5 hours on Wednesday, 8 hours on
Friday, 7 hours on Friday and 4 hours on Saturday, that is how you document your
time on APEX. If you do not qualify for the weekend pay differential, you would
select the code, INELIG-WKD, in User Field 1.
folks in exempt job classes report their hours on a pay period basis. So, if you
are scheduled for 80 hours per pay period, you can work those 80 hours at any
time during the pay period and report them as you work them. So, if you work 10
hours on Monday, 4 hours on Tuesday, 18 hours on Wednesday, off on Thursday –
Tuesday, work 15 hours on Wednesday, 16 on Thursday, 8 on Friday and 9 on
Saturday, that is how you report your hours. Again, if you do not qualify for
the weekend differential, you would use the INELIG-WKD code in User Field 1. Any
hours worked over 80 in the pay period should be reported as you worked them, so
that you earn compensated time for those hours.
need to keep this in mind – we earn overtime or compensated time when the
Employer has approved it. If you are facing the point of going over the 40 hours
per week for non-exempt or 80 hours per pay period for exempt, you need to let
your super-visor know that you are there.
they want you to continue working past the 40 hour or 80 hour mark, they then
ought to be approving the time. You cannot be forced to work past your scheduled
times without pay as that would be a violation of the law.
you are one of those folks who has been instructed to report your time as a
straight 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, even though you do not actually work
those hours, please let me know. We want this misinformation to stop and to have
every-one report their time truthfully. I do not want to see any one of us being
dinged for falsely reporting our time.
as a corollary to this topic, there is also misinformation on compensation time.
You can have 40 hours on the books at any given time but it is a rolling 40.
That means that you can have 40 hours on the books, use 20 hours, earn another
20 hours to bring you back up to the 40 hour limit, use the 40 hours and, again,
earn another 40 hours. My hope would be that there would not be a need to
continue working so many hours that you accrue the comp time but you are
entitled to it if that is what it takes to do your work.
we celebrate Labor Day on September 1st, please remember these words from John
Lennon – “A working class hero is something to be.” Enjoy the fruits of
your labor and celebrate your day.