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
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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: email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.A 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, email@example.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
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.