DOT Area Reports

Dept of Transportations

8/2018 Ron Heley

The agency provided notice regarding a change in working conditions in the TMC.  We have filed a demand to bargain and expect a meeting to be scheduled soon.

There have been a number of wrongful termination cases as of late that are headed to PARM. 

Additionally we are investigating allegations of a ULP in skimming bargaining unit work.  We must further analyze the latest info request before deciding our next steps.

7/2018 Ron Heley

We still await a response regarding the new respiratory rules for silica exposure as it relates to the agency’s ability to pay costs without forwarding them onto members. Additionally we still await responses to our requests regarding a new post pounding truck, the new time tracking system, and industrial hygiene.

The agency provided notice on the schedule change at the Keller Ferry. Members expressed no concerns regarding the change and we declined to file a demand to bargain meeting.

6/2018 Ron Heley

We have scheduled a DTB regarding the new time monitoring system, DOTTime.

We also await responses regarding the new respiratory rules for silica exposure as it relates to the agency’s ability to pay costs without forwarding them onto members.  Additionally we await responses to our requests regarding a new post pounding truck and industrial hygiene.

5/2018 Ron Heley

We await scheduling of a DTB regarding the new time monitoring system, LSR.

We also await responses regarding the new respiratory rules for silica exposure and the agency’s ability to pay costs without forwarding them onto members.

4/16/18 Ron Heley

We withdrew our demand to bargain on DOT’s proposal to use students from Perry Technical College in Yakima to supplement DOT members in various projects.  DOT has graciously agreed to provide individual notice on any and all projects.

We await DOT’s dates to schedule a DTB regarding the new LSR time tracking system. 

We also await DOT’s response on the silica exposure DTB.

4/16/18 Ron Heley

DOT provided notice on changes to OSHA standards for respirators.  The DTB provided a very healthy exchange with DOT conceding to only acquiring someone’s fitness for wearing a respirator and no other medical information.  DOT also expressed a strong willingness to find a reasonable accommodation for those who fail as well as a respect for members to seek their own medical provider aside from the one involved in DOT’s approval process.  We await DOT’s clarification on the payment for that particular exception.

We also received notice for DOT’s proposal to use students from Perry Technical College in Yakima to supplement DOT members in various projects.  We await a response to our info request before moving forward on this proposal.

2/19/18 Ron Heley

DOT has filed yet another notice to inappropriately withdraw someone from the bargaining unit.  We have filed a demand to bargain and expect another lap around the table about unit clarification.  For all eight of these cases, we have successfully persuaded DOT to keep them in the bargaining unit.  DOT is assembling a legal argument to fulfill their proposal to withdraw these members.  This response from DOT was due before mid-February, but has yet to arrive.

12/19/17 Ron Heley

DOT has filed notice of incentivizing recruits to TST positions in the northwest region.  Although we are disappointed that other affected regions are not included, we declined to file a demand to bargain.