Work Schedules, Benefits and Your Contract2014.09.29membertip-bldg.trades.wrkr

Your work schedule may well be covered in great detail in your union contract.  There may be very specific language dictating who can be assigned or who can choose to work on particular days or times, along with pay levels attached to night, weekend or holiday shifts.  Supplementing laws already on the books, your contract may define “overtime” and regulate its use/abuse and any extra compensation that comes into play.  Depending on the type of work that you do, your contract may guarantee a certain amount of time to get ready to begin work or to wash up at the end of a shift, may define and specify compensation for being “on call” or for traveling to a particular worksite, or may set mileage reimbursement levels or per diem rates for travel.  There may well be a similar level of detail for benefits.  Sometimes an appendix to the contract will list what’s covered and what’s not in the health care plan, life insurance and disability policies, and other benefits.

Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer