10/17/23 - For anyone who has not heard we lost a friend and brother on Thursday evening. Gary Rutledge, his wife Michelle and their two kids Ryan and Kate were involved in a head-on collision taking all four of their lives. Gary has been a valued member of UPTO and the larger Corps family for many years, from his time at the Willamette Locks and then Bonneville Dam. Gary and his family had a positive impact on everyone they touched and we keep anyone who knew them in our thoughts and prayers during this time. UPTO is reaching out to his extended family to offer our support and will keep everyone as informed as possible as information becomes available. We are working with the Agency to offer support to all our members as well through the CISMR team and EAP. Please remember that everyone grieves in different ways and it may hit you at an unexpected time. Keep yourselves safe and look out for each other during this difficult time. - Jon Pielli
10/16/23 - From Wage and Salary - "I checked with BPA in September and they are still waiting on one utility. We will update the schedule if a new increase provided is retroactive before May 21, 2023."
UPTO/Claud Leinbach Scholarship 2022-2023
Congratulations to the UPTO/Claud Leinbach Scholarship Award winners for 2022-2023! This year's winners are: Lena Berens, Levi McCully and Morgan McCully. Students will each receive $2000 during their first year of college or trade school. They will also receive an award plaque presented by their District VP, (or designated representative). We would like to thank all of the students who applied and we wish them the best in their future education and careers.
Life Flight Applications & Updates
01/01/2023 *** Send in Life Flight Apps/Updates in by Jan31! *** - 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. > mercyflights.com Print out the form, fill it out and send it to Jake. Send by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11/28/2022 - Contract Ratification Results
Election Results for UPTO Contract Ratification Revote 2022
Started at: November 13, 2022 at 6:00pm
Finished at: November 23, 2022 at 6:00pm
Time zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
149 of 347 ballots cast. 1 spoiled.
Ratify the contract yes or no: UPTO Contract Ratification Revote 2022:
Yes - I approve to ratify the new contract: 103 votes 69.13%
No - I do not approve to ratify the new contract: 46 votes 30.87%
Yes - I approve to ratify the new contract wins with 69.13% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 149
11/16/2022 - United Power Trades Organization - Officer and Project Rep Training: February 8 & 9, 2023 - General Meeting and Nominations: February 10, 2023 @ 0800 - Location: Graduate Eugene Hotel- 66 E 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
All UPTO 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 should be submitted to the UPTO Secretary, email@example.com by 31 December 2022, so they may be published with the General Meeting agenda prior to the meeting. This gives the members a chance to talk to their reps about the proposals. Proposed Constitutional amendments or additions must include the name of the person making the proposal, the number and wording of the 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. Complete rules and procedures may be found in the UPTO Constitution and Bylaws.
Contract Ratification Revote Information
11/12/2022 - Please see the CONTRACT/CBA Link: https://www.unitedpowertrades.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/Contract.cfm to review the post-mediation draft of the contract (UPTO CBA 7 Nov 2022 (Post Mediation Draft). A ratification vote by the membership will occur from November 13th to November 23rd, 2022.
We are conducting a revote to ratify the newest version of the contract. The contract that was ratified by the membership in May of 2022 was rejected by Agency Head Review. Therefore, we are conducting a revote on the newest version of the contract that was changed after further negotiation and mediation. Ballots will be sent via email and SMS (text message) to the information on file. If you do not receive a ballot, please contact your local rep so that we can collect updated information and send you a ballot.
10/01/2022 Please see the Scholarship information page if you have a senior this year who qualifies.
8/10/22 The final pay adjustment for 2022 has been added to the wages page.
7/1/22 - Jack Heffling - I'm sad to announce the death of one of our UPTO brothers, Eric Engle from Dworshak. What I know at this time is that he was found in the diversion tunnel that he had been sent to clean the previous day. This after he didn't show up for work though his vehicle was parked at the project. There will be two investigations started at the same time, one by the HQ Safety Office and another by Col. Dorf from Division who is currently acting for Col. Van Epps. I've been told that employees will be brought in to the project on Saturday for questioning. Without knowing any of the details, this would on the surface seem to be a failure of management. However, I will be going to Dworshak myself to represent our members.
6/18/22 Protecting the Snake River Dams
5/20/22 - New pay schedule is up. Please click here for details.
5/16/22 - Election Results for UPTO Contract Ratification Vote 2022 - Started at: May 5, 2022 at 8:00pm Finished at: May 15, 2022 at 6:00pm Time zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada) 149 of 352 ballots cast. 1 spoiled. Ratify the contract yes or no: UPTO Contract Ratification Vote 2022 * Yes - I approve to ratify the new contract: 125 votes (83.9%) No - I do not approve to ratify the new contract: 24 votes (16.1%) Yes - I approve to ratify the new contract wins with 83.9% of the vote. Votes tallied: 149
4/13/22 - Annual Union training is underway in Lewiston Idaho. Active comments/questions for our attorney are being made on UPTO Facebook page. You can also email/text a question to any of your reps or officers.
1/4/2022 - Announcing the 2022 Training & General Meeting - Date & Time: April 13-15 @ 0800, Location: Hells Canyon Grand Hotel, 621 21st Street, Lewiston, ID 83501Any member in good standing may propose provisions or amendments to the UPTO Constitution or Bylaws. Proposals must be submitted to the UPTO Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb 28, 2022 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.
To be continued with booking and agenda info …
11/4/2021 - The new vaccine mandate agreement is available in the negotiated agreements page. Also, there is a new private page for comments from our President (top menu tab). The UPTO Facebook page is pretty active with questions and answers.
10/19/2021 - Vaccine - We did get additional DoD guidance today though we still don't have Army or HQ guidance. Supervisors should not be asking for proof of vaccinations or exception applications at this time. If any do, let me know and I'll make sure that is addressed.
10/18/2021 - Vaccine - We will have a team meeting at The Dalles tomorrow and Wednesday, so I and I bargain the vaccine mandate. We still haven't received any guidance from the Army or USACE but we will go ahead and bargain based on the DoD guidance. If the Army or DoD subsequently issues guidance that contradicts anything we have already bargained with, we will have to re-address those subjects. Even though we have no Army/HQ guidance, we decided to go ahead and start the bargaining process since we assume something is imminent and we want to get a head start, plus any agreement must get Agency Head review before it can be finalized.
10/8/2021 Please login and contact Ed Hodges/Walla Walla VP (Officers page) for Covid Vaccine Exemption Form guidance. He is in direct contact with our attorney on this issue.
9/29/2021 Pay Update from Eric Dehnert - NWD, HR Advisor - The processing center has been working hard prepping everything, the pay table has been loaded and the script to process the pay adjustments have flowed with a retro-active date of 23 May 2021. They should be completed soon. The folks that are entitled to pay retention will be processed manually, as well as manually updating DCPDS for the second salary on dual rated employees. It is highly improbable that it will reach DFAS for pay date 07 Oct 2021, the majority of employees should see it reflected pay date 21 Oct 2021. There are quite a few corrections between the three districts, so I cannot give you a date on when those will be completed.
9/13/2021 - Vaccine news from our UPTO President
On Friday 9/10/2021, the UPTO Executive Board consulted with Tom Muther, our Union Attorney, regarding the covid vaccine mandate that was presented via Executive Order on 09/09/21. Executive Orders, in the view of the Federal Labor Relations Authority are statutory laws that must be obeyed. Therefore, filing grievances claiming that the mandate violates some employee right will most likely not be successful.
However, since this is definitely a change in conditions of employment, the Union will be impact and implementation bargaining this mandate at some point. Before that can happen, our Agency (Either USACE HQ or NWD) must provide notice to the Union that they intend to implement the Executive Order. This could happen in days or it could be weeks. The previous Executive Order that required vaccinations or weekly covid testing never did get to us. The chain from EO to us is DoD, Army, USACE HQ, then finally to our Division. That usually is a slow process.
It is the opinion of the UPTO Executive Board that it should be up to every individual whether or not they will get the vaccination. However, it would be absolutely wrong of us to tell anyone that doesn’t comply with an order to vaccinate that the Union can absolutely protect their job. In making I and I proposals, we plan to address religious freedoms, medical issues, and other possible exceptions that could require appropriate accommodation for individuals. We will also have many other proposals but some will be determined on how the guidance is written that the Agency must follow.
Our advice for now is to take a deep breath and stay calm. At this point there is no actual mandate applicable to the employees in our Division and it may be awhile. Thank you - Jack Heffling