New and Noteworthy May 15th 2020

To:         TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 Members
From:    TEAM Office
Date:     May 15, 2020
Re:        New and Noteworthy

When planned work which has to be done outside of normal work hours can be completed in four hours or less, it does not make sense to members or TEAM why the Company would opt to initiate multiple shift changes, (as the first shift change creates a domino effect requiring either an additional shift or a schedule change), instead of continuing the practice of allowing members to perform this work as OT.  TEAM's investigation into the matter has found that, in most cases, shift changes still require the Company to pay OT rates, which can result in the shift changes actually costing more than if the work had been performed as regular OT, as it had been before this recent change.  

Also, during our investigation we came across an agreement reached between TEAM and the Company in 2000, whereby shift changes would not be implemented unless the planned work outside the normal work day would take longer than four hours.  Members wishing to know more about the mechanics and corresponding entitlements of shift and schedule changes, as well as this "4-hour rule" can read our comprehensive memo on the topic here, and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions, especially where a shift change is implemented for four hours or less of planned worked outside the normal work day.

TEAM-IFPTE Local 161
204-984-9470 or 1-877-984-9470