Twenty most asked questions;
How do I become
eligible for Health & Welfare Insurance?
you have worked 490 hours you qualify for medical, dental and
vision insurance. The coverage is for yourself and your family.
Your coverage begins in the second month after the month you
completed 490 hours of work for example in the month of October
you reach 490 hours, you would be covered on December 1.To be
covered for the month of January you would have to work 100
hours in November.
Can we bank hours in
the Health & Welfare Fund?
any hours in excess of 130 per month will be banked. If you
worked 95 hours in any month, 5 hours would be pulled from your
banked hours. Providing you have banked hours.
How much compensation will I receive
when staying over night?
you work out of town and you stay over night, you will be paid
$75.00 a night lodging pay. When you travel past the 60 mile
zone you will be paid from the shop to the job and from the job
back to the shop. When you stay over night you receive lodging
pay, you donít receive lodging pay on the day you drive back to
the shop because you arenít staying overnight.
Is any money taken out of my check for my benefits?
The money that is paid into benefits (Health & Welfare-Pension)
is negotiated by the Union and the Contractors. The dues that we
pay have nothing to do with negotiations or our benefits.
Why do I pay Union
Union dues pay to run the Union. The dues pay the Business
Manager and the Office Managerís salary. The dues are also used
to pay for negotiating the contract, utilities, and rent and up
keep of the building as well as, special events such as the
picnic and the Christmas parties.
Whatís the break down
of the dues?
$.73 cents an hour Check-off dues the International receives .11
cents an hour and we receive the remaining .62 cents. Also we
pay the International monthly dues of $20.00. We receive a death
benefit from the $20.00. Also there is an initiation fee of
$600.00 it is paid at a $1.00 an hour of the $600.00 the
International receives $50.00 and we receive $600.00.
Who makes up the rules
members make up the rules. We have a Constitution and By-Laws
that have all our rules in it. The By-Laws can only be changed
by a vote of the membership at a Union meeting or at a special
meeting after the said change to the By-Laws has been read at 3
different Union meetings.
Who runs the
members run the Union! The members come to meetings and find out
whatís happened since the last meeting. The members vote on all
business bought before them. There is an Executive Board meeting
Executive Board discusses in detail what the Business Manager
has done since their last meeting. They go over the bills that
the Business Manager has paid since the pervious month and they
check the Credit card statement. They discuss many different
ideas to better the Union, such as organizing, negotiations,
rules and By-Laws, the last Union meeting and many other ways of
improving the lives of the members.
the Business Manager on what they want done.
How do I obtain my
answer is taken from our By-Laws page 23 Article VIII Section 8,
In addition to completing the Apprenticeship program, or coming
from a non-Union company with a letter from the last employer
stating that they were a Journeyman (if obtainable) the member
must appear at the Executive Board meeting with two Journeyman
and a Foreman or two Foremen, to state that they are a
When can I attend Union Meetings?
you have paid your initiation fee of $600.00. You come to a
Union meeting and get sworn in.
Can I go to work for another shop when
the shop I work for is out of work?
We encourage that when ever you are layed off due to a lack of
work for the company you are working for, PLEASE call the Union
hall so we can get you to work as soon as possible. YOU SHOULD
BE OUT OF WORK ONLY WHEN THE WEATHER IS PREVENTING YOU FROM
When can I draw
MUST FIRST CHECK WITH THE UNION OFFICE TO SEE IF THERE IS WORK
FOR YOU before you go to the employment office or call the
employment office. It is not necessary to check with the Union
office if you are out of work due to inclement weather. You may
draw unemployment insurance when you are attending the JATC
classes as a registered apprentice.
Do I have any out of
pocket expenses for Medical Benefits?
there is a deductible of $250.00 per individual and $500.00 per
family of three or more. You should read the Employee Benefit
Plan Booklet for Roofers Local 49 Welfare Fund. We have the
Booklets here at the Union Hall come pick one up or call William
C. Earhart and they will send you one. In the booklet it will
tell you what your benefits are and what the coverage is. The
dental, vision and prescriptions benefits are listed in the
Is there any time loss coverage when I am injured off the job?
it is based on you annual hours worked.
annual hours worked Weekly Benefit
Do I pay Union dues
when I retire?
and when you reach the age of 60 years old and have 20 years of
continuous service you receive superannuated status and only pay
Ĺ the monthly dues that are currently $10.00 a month. All of
these dues are paid to the International for your death
How does over time
work on an eight (8) hour shift in excess of eight (8) hours in
any (1) one day Monday through Saturday, shall be paid at one and
one-half (1-1/2) times the regular rate of pay. Any work on a
ten (10) hour shift in excess of ten hours in any one day Monday
through Saturday, shall be paid at one and one-half (1-1/2)
times the regular rate of pay.
Monday through Saturday, those hours in excess of 40 hours in a
week shall be paid at one and one-half times the regular rate of
the following Holidays are paid at one and one-half times the
regular rate of pay, if an employee elects to work on New Yearís
Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. If an employee
elects to work on Thanksgiving or Christmas, that employee shall
be paid double time the regular rate of pay.
I will I receive travel
The territory covered by the Agreement shall be divided into
four (4) zones established by circles drawn on the latest
official area map prepared by the Pittman Map Company. The
center of each circle is the Multnomah County Courthouse in
Portland, Oregon. The radius of each zone circle and the travel
allowance paid to Employees working in each zone are set forth
shall pay travel allowance as follows:
mile radius from the Multnomah County Courthouse. Free.
(Ridgefield, Battleground, Cornelius, Canby Eagle Creek, and
Washougal are included in Zone 1.)
Zone 2. More
than 35 miles up to and including 50 miles from Multnomah County
Courthouse. You receive $25.00 per day.
Zone 3. More
than 50 miles up to and including 60 miles from Multnomah County
Courthouse. You receive $30.00 per day.
Zone 4. More
than 60 miles from the Multnomah County Courthouse. Travel Time
shall be paid from the shop to job and job back to shop.
Why should I attend
is many reasons to attend Union Meetings. Here are a few; when
you attend a Union meeting you are informed first hand instead
of hearing all the information second hand. When you attend
Union meetings your voice is heard. A lot of members complain
about the Union on the job to their co-workers, but this
complaining doesnít get anywhere. When you attend a Union
meeting you can make motions to correct the problems you see
with the Union and the work place. When members attend Union
meetings it shows solidarity, which is helpful when the Union
negotiates the contract with the Employers. When you attend
Union meetings you find out how your dues are spent, you should
want to have a say.
When can I draw my
have two pension plans the Pacific Coast Roofers Pension Plan (PCRPP)
and the National Roofers Industrial Pension Plan (NRIPP). The
rule when drawing a pension from the (PCRPP) you can retire at
fifty five (55) years old if you have at lease nine (9) years
vesting credits. You can retire at 60 if you have five or more
years vesting credits in the (PCRPP). The rules for the (NRIPP)
when you have completed at least ten (10) year of vesting
service you may retire at age 55. You may draw a Pension at 65
if you have 5 years or more vesting credits.
What procedure do I
follow to file a grievance?
Answer- if an
incident occurs and you feel you were wronged. The first person
to talk to is the Foreman and if you canít work it out with him
you talk to the Supervisor then the shop steward and if this
doesnít take care of the problem you talk to the boss try to
resolve it with your employer.
If you can't resolve it then talk to
the Business Manager.