11/21/2017 Check out this article from our President... "Lawsuits meant to help fish are actually hurting them". http://www.tri-cityherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article185141758.html
11/15/2017 Pay Update - We are waiting for BPA's numbers to complete our survey. BPA is waiting on Seattle City Lights numbers to complete their survey ... Once SCL settles their negotiations, the rest of this process should go quickly. Wage and Salary Division is very responsive to us and they want this completed as well. Thanks for your patience.
10-16-17 Election - the official results of the United Power Trades Organization (UPTO) supervised election. Treasurer - Summer Dellamater 63, Jake Chambers 122 / Lower Columbia VP - Ron Brubaugh 33, Dan Rice 31.
9-11-17 Please see instructions for receiving a ballot if you did not receive one in the mail. Ballot Instructions
8-22-17 No update on pay ... still waiting for numbers from BPA. See below.
6-14-17 Wage Update from BPA - "We are still waiting for one of the utilities, Seattle City Lights, to complete negotiations before we have the final rates." As soon as that is done, Wage and Salary will calculate our new pay schedule. No sure date at this time.
5-9-17 Wage Survey Trip (May 1-4) - In our meeting with BOR, their comparable employees at the three locations we survey all gave an increase. In our meeting with BPA, they stated they will be giving an increase retroactively to March 5th, 2017. BPA is getting an interim raise at this time which is an increase so hopefully the final numbers will be even better. So for now, Wage and Salary will wait until BPA finalizes their raise before completing our schedule.
3-14-17 Our Wage Survey will begin in May. A representative from Wage and Salary will survey BPA and BOR for their current wages and number of workers in each trade. When both surveys are complete, they will calculate the average of both agencies for each grade and compile our pay chart. This will probably not happen by June 1st but if either of the other agencies get retroactive pay back to that date, we will also get back pay.
02.27.17 Congratulations to the UPTO/Claud Leinbach Scholarship Award winners for 2016-17, Matthew Changar, Garrett Correll, and Kaylee Smith! Students will each recieve $2000 during their first year of school and a award plaque from their District VP after the General Meeeting. We wish you all the best in your future education and careers.
1-6-17 *** Send in Life Flight Apps by Feb15! *** - Life Flight is paid for by our existing UPTO funds. Life Flight is for you and your dependents as well. See Form. Life Flight Form Life Flight is networked with other providers and covers most of the northwest. See coverage area here > lifeflight.org For the few Southern Oregon Folks, (out of Life Flight coverage area) you can join Mercy Flights instead. Print out the form, fill it out and send it to Jack. > mercyflights.com Send by Email: email@example.com by Fax: 877-485-3974 by Mail: United Power Trades Organization PO Box 4729 West Richland, WA 99352
1-5-17 Annual Training - Date: March 1 & 2, 2017, Location: Red Lion Hotel 2525 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301. *** Project Reps - Reserve your room by Feb 7! - It's time to start reserving our rooms for the annual training/general meeting. Most will need 3 nights ... Feb 28, March 1,2 (check out Mar 3rd). Please let me know if you are coming and what nights you will need a room. I will do the actual booking with the hotel. Please send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
12-8-16 General Meeting and Nominating Convention - Date & Time: March 3, 2017 @ 0800, Location: Red Lion Hotel 2525 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301. 2017 General Meeting Agenda.pdf Members in good standing are eligible to nominate candidates for UPTO offices. Eligibility for office, in accordance with the UPTO Constitution is membership in good standing for a continuous period of one (1) year immediately preceding the election. Any member in good standing may propose additional provisions or amendments to the UPTO Constitution or Bylaws. Proposals must be submitted to the UPTO Secretary, email@example.com by 15 January, 2017 so they may be published with the General Meeting agenda 30 days prior to the meeting as required by our UPTO Constitution. Proposed Constitutional amendments or additions must include the name of the person making the proposal, the number and wording of the old article in the UPTO Constitution or Bylaws, the proposed new wording of the article, and an explanation of the need for the proposed amendment or additional provision.
12-5-16 ... Sad News - Claud Leinbach passed away this last weekend (Dec 2nd). Jack - "For you that didn’t know him, he probably did more for this Union than anyone that’s ever been involved. The UPTO scholarship is named after him." Arnie - "He was a true champion and probably the biggest reason our jobs were not contracted out in the 90's. God speed Claud." Claud's service will be at the SH Funeral home in Sweet Home, Oregon on Saturday December 10th at 11 am.