I am a road driver. Some of the places we bed down are ridiculous. I wouldn’t make my dog lay in them. What rights do I have besides grieve and wait? When we find our own rooms, we get threatened with disciplinary actions. Under Article 49 in the contract, it says the company has to pay $40. Why can’t we get some relief?
- Ornery at the Road Rash Inn, Local 200, USF Holland, Milwaukee
A couple of us couldn’t support it and put out a flier opposing the contract. My BA said I couldn’t oppose the agreement because the boss was claiming we had bargained in bad faith. Is that right?
— No in Northridge
If I’m a steward, do I have the right to demand that another steward sign my grievance? Does that come under “duty of fair representation?”
Many times, I’ve asked other stewards to sign off on big grievances with me, because I think the union would be more effective if we worked together to attack difficult managers and problems at the workplace. It’s also good to have a witness at the meeting. I’m usually faced with a “do-it-yourself” attitude. Yes, I’m a steward, but I’m already in danger of retaliation from a manager that seems eager to fire me. I’m constantly wondering what will happen if I stick my neck out any further with grievances.
- Lots of grief but no support
One of my co-workers was suspended for a customer complaint. Last month, our boss let another employee skate by for the same thing with just a verbal warning, because they like his numbers. What can we do to stop management from playing favorites?
— Never the Teacher’s Pet
Last week, I went to my boss’s office to ask him about an information request for a grievance I’m working on. He didn’t have the information, and I got angry and raised my voice with him. His door was open and some co-workers saw it. Right in front of them he told me that he would have me fired if I ever yell at him again. Can he get away with that?
-Stewing in Ohio
We’re being buried in forced overtime because of understaffing. Management is making us work 60 and 70-hour weeks. How can we make management hire enough employees, instead of working us to death.
–Overloaded on Overtime
Rumor has it that our local officials are looking to merge our local. Do members get a say? Do they have to let us vote?
– Merger Mayhem in NYC
I’m not the steward on my shift, but I’m definitely the most out-spoken member! I speak my mind and I file grievances when the boss breaks the contract. The day after I filed my last grievance, he took me in his office and gave me a warning letter. I know it’s payback—what can I do about it?
— Telling It Like It Is
I’m a new steward at UPS. I’ve been encouraging members to file grievances against excessive overtime and supervisors working. My supervisor told me that I need to watch my step because I am not allowed to “solicit grievances.” Am I doing something wrong?
- Troublemaker in Training
Last April, the majority of Teamster members at Allied approved concessions on the carhaul contract. I need the updated version of the contract we work under, especially because we have lots of pay rates. It’s been eight months; still nothing in writing. What can we do?
- Losing Daily at Allied