5/14/2018 - 2018 Wage Survey has started. BPA has supplied us with their numbers and their average pay increase is 2.84%. Unfortunatley BOR has not started (they start in June) and will be working with their 3 projects over the next several months to determine their increase. The 3 projects are Grand Coulee, Upper Columbia, and Snake River.
4/11/2018 - Project Rep annual training under way.
Hello UPTO Members,
As a part of the WRDA authorization bill this year, the Trump Administration is asking Congress to repeal section 314 of WRDA 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2321) – the provision that makes Corps hydropower employees inherently governmental. UPTO will do everything in our power to fight the repeal of this law and we encourage all members to let their local congress persons know how they feel about it. It was a bipartisan group of Northwest politicians that helped us get it passed in the first place. A couple of those are still in place. We will be contacting them and asking for their support in fighting the repeal of this law that keeps our jobs from being contracted out.
Jack W. Heffling, President
United Power Trades Organization
PO Box 4729 * West Richland, WA 99353 * 509-460-1763
03-22-2018 All UPTO members are invited to attend the General Meeting on April 13th at 0800 - Cousin's Inn - The Dalles, Oregon. Training for the Project Reps will be held on April 11 and 12 from 0630 - 1700 in the conference room. **Project Reps - Please contact me to book your room. Most folks will stay the nights of April 10,11,12 and check out on the 13th. Please let me know if you are attending training but not staying in the hotel. (local folks) Thank you - Bret Smith
01.30.18 Congratulations to the United Power Trades and Claud Leinbach Scholarship Award winners for this year! - Lillian Ontiveros, Kaitlin Eck and Devon Caruso! Students will each receive $2000 during their first year of school and an award plaque from their District VP after the General Meeting. We wish all the applicants the best in their future education, training and careers!
1/30/2018 Pay Update - New pay scale has been sent out to members Corps mail. Also available on wages page.
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
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.
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.
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.