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    • 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 to I and I bargain the vaccine mandate. We still haven't received any guidance from Army or USACE but we will go ahead and bargain based on the DoD guidance. If Army or DoD subsequently issues guidance that contradicts anything we already bargaining, 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 eminent 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.

      Religious - /RELIGIOUS%20REQUEST%20FORM%20-%2020211004%20-%20MH508.pdf

      Medical - /DISABILITY%20REQUEST%20FORM%20-%2020211004_510pm%20-%20MH508.pdf

      Additional instructions Here - Vaccinations | Safer Federal Workforce

      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 accommodations 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

      9/11/2021 New pay schedule has been placed on the wages page.

      8/25/2021 Please see the Scholarship information page if you have a senior this year who qualifies.

      6/28/2021 - Please see the new FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/326998475689281

      5/26/2021 New - Mask Policy and Exception Updates

      * Please click "Negotiated Agreements" link on the left.

      UPTO/Claud Leinbach Scholarship 2020-2021

      Congratulations to the UPTO/Claud Leinbach Scholarship Award winners for 2020-2021! This year's winners are: Nhi Nguyen, Mauricia Grimes, and Zoey Brenes. 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

      12/09/2020 *** 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: treasurer@unitedpowertrades.org

      Voting Results 6/1/2020 - Elected will take office July 1st, 2020

      Congrats to the new VP for Walla Walla District - Ed Hodges. * A big thanks to Mike Flowers for many years as the WW VP.

      Congrats to the new VP for Lower Columbia District - Dan Rice. * Thank you Mr. Ron Brumbaugh for many years serving the Lower Columbia as a rep and as the VP, enjoy your retirement.


      5/21/2020 Members logon to have access to the Wages page of our site... 2020 update.

      3/30/2020 We need your E-mail. Please register on this site or send us your personal e-mail. We will need it for upcoming elections and other notifications. uptosecretary@yahoo.com Also it looks like all districts are at some form of minimal staffing. 

      3/27/2020 - Seattle District has implemented minimal staffing. I am checking Portland and Willamette to verify their status.

      3/24/2020 - The Latest News is that Walla Walla is going to minimal staffing, we are told the other two districts will follow soon. The plans are coming down from USACE HQ ... The District Commanders are empowered to make the final call. WW shows us that it can be done. That’s a good thing. Please actively check the web site as not all folks will be taking a VPN laptop home with them. As the Secretary, I see most of the email traffic. Right now it is very extensive. I want you to know that your UPTO President is putting in long days working with the Division to do the right thing when it comes to our members and their safety. This is all new territory for the Agency and UPTO so please have some faith that we are doing our best to help you. If you have a concern, get it to your VP as soon as possible. We are also working with our retained Legal Team to make the best moves possible. Stay safe and God Bless You and your families. - Bret

      Detailed graphics on the virus. https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest

      Detailed Map. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

      Pay News 2020
      Our annual wage survey will start in May, our raise should be in effect June 1st 2020. Watch the web site for updates. Have a great day.
      2020 Annual training for project Reps. Cousin's Inn, The Dalles, OR. Arnie White was recognized for all of the years, hard work and decication to UPTO. Including time as President and multiple contract negotiations. 
      UPTO Scholarship 2019-2020

      Congratulations! to the UPTO/Claud Leinbach Scholarship Award winners for 2019-2020, Caden Brown and Jedrek Matthias! 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) after the General Meeting. Thank you to all the students who applied and we wish all the applicants the best in their future education and careers.

      2020 General Meeting and Nomination Convention


      Members of UPTO,

      The 2020 General Meeting and Nominating Convention - Date & Time: February 28, 2020 @ 0800, Location: Cousins Country Inn, 2114 W 6th St, The Dalles, OR 97058. 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, uptosecretary@yahoo.com by 15 January, 2020 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.

      2019 UPTO General Meeting - April 12

      Hello UPTO Members,

      The General Meeting of the United Power Trades Organization was held on the 12th of April, 2019 in Post Falls, Idaho. This posting on the UPTO website is a summary of the business conducted at that meeting.

      Treasurer Jake Chambers provided the financial report which shows our organization in strong financial condition. Our bank accounts continue to increase despite several recent arbitrations.

      During a committee report on training, a question was asked about apprentices being placed in journey positions early. According to the “Standards of Apprenticeship” agreement between the Agency and UPTO, the program can be accelerated but no more than a year. This agreement can be found on the UPTO website here:


      We had a long discussion about medical surveillance. The Agency has hired an occupational health specialist to facilitate a division wide program where all employees are tested similarly and testing required will be specific to the hazards exposed to in the workplace. A question asked was whether an employee can use their own personal physician for the annual medical surveillance physical. The short answer is yes, as long as the Agency can get access to all required information. For more about medical examinations and related payment, visit here:


      There were several UPTO Constitution and Bylaw change proposals. Three proposals would require salaries and all reimbursement claims to be paid through Direct Deposit. These three proposals passed unanimously.

      Another proposal would require the UPTO President to nominate a qualified member to fill a vacancy on the Executive Board within 60 days. Also, if one person was appointed to more than one office by the Executive Board, they would only be permitted to receive one salary for the highest office held. Both of these proposals passed.

      A proposal to raise the monthly salary of UPTO Project Representatives from two hours journeyman pay to four hours journeyman pay passed.

      Proposals to limit projects to one alternate representative and for UPTO District boundaries to conform to USACE District boundaries both failed. Additionally, a proposal to limit UPTO officers to current federal employees failed.

      For further information on these or any other subjects related to UPTO, don’t hesitate to contact your Project Representative, Vice President or President.

      In Solidarity

      Jack W. Heffling, President

      United Power Trades Organization

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