UNION BUSINESS
Benefit Pay

Attached for your reference is the Defination of Benefit Pay

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USW - Chemical Solutions Issue 9

Below is a link to view the September 2017 Issue of the USW Chemical Solutions Newsletter for the Chemical Sector 

https://0j.b5z.net/i/u/10180108/f/Issue_9_Chemical_Solutions__low___res_.pdf

AT&T Offers Discounts to Union Members

Union members can save 15% on monthly service charges of qualified AT&T wireless plans.  

Click on link for more details  https://j.b5z.net/i/u/10180108/f/ATT-_Union_Member_Flyer.pdf

Drug & Alcohol Testing Program

Members

This is to inform you that your Union leadership and ExxonMobil are bargaining changes proposed by the company to the Drug and Alcohol Testing program.  The proposed changes communicated to the Union leadership are around that of synthetic cannabinoids/synthetic weed.  This is also known as a designer drug.  This material is sold as an incent and is labeled not for human consumption.  However, it is reported that humans are consuming this by smoking it.   The Union has issued 3 information requests thus far and the parties have had one meeting and are scheduled to meet again on November 21, 2016.  Here is a list of brand names or street names of the herbal incense that are being sold and that are also being smoked K2, K2 Blond, K2 Blue, K2 Blueberry, K2 Cherry, K2 Citron, K2 Cloud 9, K2 Melon, K2 Pink, K2 Rasta, K2 Sex, K2 Summit, K2 Ultra, K2 Watermelon, K3, K3 Ultimate, Lava Red, Mr. Happy, Armageddon, Astral Blast, Black Mamba, Flue Fire, Bonzai, Cloud10, Coma, Demon Ritual Botanical, Fake Weed, Funky Green Stuff, Genie, Head Trip, Herbal Incense, Smoke, Super Kush, Texas Kush, Voodoo Spice, Zombie Twilight.  This is not an all inclusive list but it will give you some indication of the products that are on the market and that contain chemicals that are applied to the materials and if consumed by smoking and or burning this material will trigger areas of the brain that will give a person ingesting this smoke a similar high or sense of euphoria similar to marijuana.  Standard marijuana test and or drug test do not detect these chemicals and or metabolites produced by these chemicals.  Thus the company has proposed expanding the drug testing panel to include testing for these chemicals and or metabolites produced by the human body if these chemicals are ingested. 

The Union as always and in an unwavering stance is committed to safe and healthy work environment free of drugs and alcohol.  The glaring issue regarding this proposed change is that there are no regulated forensic standards for these types of urine tests.  There are no studies that show at what levels a person is impaired when utilizing these products.  There are no scientific studies and or reliability studies or proficiency studies that validate these testing methods.  Long story short this is a very complex and complicated issue before us and the Union Leadership is working to assure that the playing field is level and that the testing is reliable, proficient and accurate.  The Union leadership is also looking for any and everything that could or has caused false positive test for these chemicals and or metabolites.  The Union Leadership is also looking into that of the cut off levels in which the company has proposed for these chemicals and or metabolites.  The Union Leadership is also looking to solidify if there are any studies or reports on passive exposure or secondary inhalation of these products that may produce a positive urine test.    

While we continue to bargain this issue we will certainly keep you the membership aware.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns with this official communication please contact me direct. 

Respectfully,

Ricky Brooks

USW Local 13-2001 President         

USW, Allies in Europe United in Fight for Safety at Oil Refineries Striking Union Members Join Forces with Workers in UK, Netherlands

PITTSBURGH (February 9) – A delegation of striking refinery workers from the United Steelworkers (USW) will bring their campaign for a safer oil industry to Europe this week, meeting with allies from labor unions in the Netherlands and Great Britain.

The group, led by USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, includes striking workers from refineries owned by Shell, Marathon and Tesoro. Shell, which has taken the lead on bargaining for the companies, has its headquarters in the Netherlands.

The USW members will meet with leaders from the FNV oil workers union at Shell and LyondellBasell in the Netherlands today through Wednesday and then travel to London on Thursday to meet with leaders from Unite the Union, the largest industrial union in Great Britain and Ireland.

“The USW deeply appreciates the support of the FNV, UNITE and other unions in the oil industry worldwide in our fight to ensure that U.S. refineries are safe for our members who work in them and for the communities that surround them," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

The group will update the European unions on the status of bargaining and also carry a message of the importance of safety in an industry that in just the past eight years has seen at least 349 reported fires, many of which have led to fatalities, explosions and catastrophic injuries.  

More than 5,000 USW members are on an unfair labor practice strike at 11 refineries owned by Shell, Marathon, Tesoro, BP and LyondellBasell that began after Shell failed to offer serious proposals to address the USW’s concerns about safety, onerous overtime and unsafe staffing levels.

The USW represents workers at 65 U.S. refineries that produce about 64 percent of the oil in the United States.

The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.

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Follow the Money

USW 8 and 10 Hour Employees

When the company forces a USW represented employee off on a regularly scheduled work day without pay this is the effect.

Top Rate of Pay 8 and 10 Hour employee is

$36.83 per hour

This is paid at straight time for all hours inside of 40 hour work week and inside the given shift.  Time above 40 hours or above the 8 or 10 hour schedule is paid at 1.5 times.

The total for 1 – 8 hr. shift is $294.64

The total for 1 -10 hr. shift is $368.30

The total for 1 – 8 hr. shift for an overtime day is $36.83 X 1.5 = $55.25 X 8 hrs. = $441.96

The total for 1 – 10 hr. shift for an overtime day is $36.83X1.5=$55.25X10 hr. =$552.50

If a represented employee is forced off by the company on a regularly scheduled work day without pay one of the overtime days in which the represented employee worked prior is reduced because of the loss of straight time pay.  In essence the represented employee by losing the straight time day worked an overtime day and received the delta between a straight time shift and an overtime shift which is as follows;

1 – 8 hr. straight time shift = $294.64

1-10 hr. straight time shift = $368.30

1 – 8 hr. overtime shift = $441.96

1-10 hr. overtime shift =$552.50

$441.96 - $294.64 = $147.32 Delta between 8 hr straight and 8 hr overtime.

$552.50 - $368.30 = $184.20 Delta between 10 hr straight and 10 hr overtime.

If we take the delta between the unpaid straight time day in which the represented employee was forced off without pay and the overtime day in which the employee worked prior to being forced off and divide that by 8 the represented employee actually worked an overtime day at a reduced rate of $18.42 for the 10 hour represented employee the reduced rate is also $18.42.  This is 0.500 of the straight time rate which again is $36.83 or 0.333 of the overtime rate which again is $55.25.

This is wrong this is a travesty.  Now that you are armed with the facts a concerted effort will be required to right this wrong.  Contact the hall, your area steward and file a grievance immediately and every time this situation arises.  We can and we will correct this travesty together as a labor Union.  Trading overtime days worked for unpaid straight time days is not in your or your brothers and sisters best interest.  We must, We can and together We Will Stop this.

USW 12 Hour Employees

When the company forces a USW represented employee off on a regularly scheduled work day without pay this is the effect.

Top Rate of Pay 12 Hour employee is

$32.32 per hour

This is paid at 2/3 straight time and 1/3 at 1.5 times.

$32.32 X 8 Hrs = $258.56

$32.32 X 1.5 = $48.48 X 4 = $193.92

The Total for 1- 12 hour shift excluding shift differential is then $452.48

The Total for 1 – 12 hour shift excluding shift differential for an overtime day paid at 1.7 times is

$32.32 X 1.7 = $54.94

$54.94 X 12 Hrs. = $659.33

If a represented employee is forced off by the company on a regularly scheduled work day without pay one of the overtime days in which the represented employee worked prior is reduced because of this loss of straight time pay.  In essence the represented employee by losing the straight time day worked an overtime day and received the delta between a straight time shift and an overtime shift which is as follows;

1-12 hr. Shift = $452.48

1-12 hr overtime shift = $659.33

$659.33 - $452.48 = $206.85

If we take the delta between the unpaid straight time day in which the represented employee was forced off without pay and the overtime day in which the employee worked prior to being forced off and divide that by 12 the represented employee actually worked an overtime day at a reduced rate of $17.24 per hour or 0.533 of the straight time rate which again is $32.32 or 0.313 of the overtime rate which again is $54.94.

This is wrong this is a travesty.  Now that you are armed with the facts a concerted effort will be required to right this wrong.  Contact the hall, your area steward and file a grievance immediately and every time this situation arises.  We can and we will correct this travesty together as a labor Union.  Trading overtime days worked for unpaid straight time days is not in your or your brothers and sisters best interest.  We must, We can and together We Will Stop this.