What you should know about your contract
Your contract is the essential document that gives the union the foundation it needs to protect and fight for you. It is the responsibility of each member to become familiar with the written agreement for many reasons:
- It spells out the rights and responsibilities of both management and members
- It is carefully written so both sides know what is expected
- Enforcing this agreement is union business. Therefore, it is critical that members alert their Shop Stewards or Business Agents if they believe a contract violation has taken place. Moreover, management cannot legally change the contract language without negotiating with the union.
- Winning a fair and equitable contract takes teamwork between Local 495 and the members in the bargaining unit.
- Members make proposals, support the negotiating team and vote on the final agreement.
Your contract language
YOUR CONTRACT LANGUAGE LETS EVERYBODY KNOW WHERE THEY STAND.
When in doubt, spell it out.
The A, B, C's of Benefits and Rights on the job:
PAY RATES, RAISES, HEALTH COVERAGE, VACATIONS, PENSION
- Rates of pay
- When your health coverage kicks in
- What your health insurance covers
- Paid vacations and holidays
- Pensions and when you can retire
FAIR TREATMENT, PROTECTIONS AGAINST UNFAIR TERMINATION, DISCRIMINATION HARASSMENT OR FAVORITISM
- How you can expect to be treated on the job
- Job security
- How promotions are awarded
- Handling problems in the workplace
- When to talk to your Shop Steward
- When to call your Business Agent
- Meeting with management
- Filing a grievance
- How to handle sexual harassment
Know Your Contract. Request a copy from your Business Agent. If you think management may have violated your rights, or have any questions or problems at work, tell your Shop Steward or call your Business Agent.