At this month’s meeting we talked heavily about the safety of our Tag Out or Red Pro Program. We also covered a new possible way to hire Operators the Company is looking into and the possibility of a new building for us to make our Union Hall. We also touched on the status of any grievances or arbitrations that are currently still open.
During our meeting it was brought up that Solid Waste Processing and Coal Handling do not have a dedicated Tagging Authority Person dedicated to the tagging of equipment. This is a disadvantage to them because you must pull different people off of the job they are currently doing to do the tagging. That person may or may not be familiar with the system. It is also a difficult system to learn with the limited experience they are getting with it. This is a system that falls under our Core Life Saving Values and could cause someone to get seriously injured if not properly implemented. It was decided we should bring this up to our new Safety Advocate and Union Safety Rep. for further investigation.
It was brought to our attention about the turnover we are expecting in the Operation Department. The company was looking into getting the students in the Pierpont program to receive class credit for on the job training at Harrison Power Station. There are still many details to work out, but they were looking to have them work at our plant in Operations four days a week, eight hours a day. They would be considered part time employees and would be dues paying union members. The thought process behind this would be to fill the turnover/attrition gaps in the department and to get a well trained full time Operator once they have finished the Power Plant Program.
Lastly, we talked about a potential building for sale near by that may be a suitable Union Hall. It is a newer construction that is set up with a great room that would work as a meeting room. There are still logistics to be gone through and site inspections that need completed. The building will be open on October 16th, 2018 from 1430 to 1600. After the initial inspection, it is possible that we have the November Monthly Meeting there to give the membership a chance to look at it and decide if it is a viable option. After going through all the details, cost analysis, etc. it will all be presented to the membership to find out if we want to pursue the purchase of this building. See Stewart Whitehair, or our local 304 officers, for preliminary information on the building.
The next meeting is currently scheduled at Brickside Bar and Grill for November 13th, 2018. This location may change based off the initial inspection of the possible Union Hall. If the location changes the membership will be notified. If there are any questions or concerns with anything going on at the plant or in the union, I urge you to attend. Hope to see you at the next meeting.