Supervisors have been incorrectly telling part-timers that they can’t go out as driver helpers because they are using seasonal employees instead.

This is against the contract and you have a right to file a grievance.

Article 2, Section 6 of the Local 804 supplemental Agreement states:

"Part-time employees who have completed the probationary period, and have bid in seniority order to perform peak season package helper work in addition to their part-time assignment, shall have preference for peak season package helper work over package helpers hired between October 15 and January 15 of the following year.

 

Seniority part-time employees who work as peak season package helpers shall receive a wage rate of $12.75 per hour. Overtime shall be paid after eight (8) hours of work.

 

Seniority part-time employees who elect to perform helper work shall be required to work his/her primary assignment. However, the company will not hold back a seniority employee who elected to perform helper work while a lower seniority employee who elected to perform helper work while a lower seniority part-time employee is available to finish the primary assignment on the preload."

If you want to go out as a driver helper during peak season and a supervisor tells you no, tell them that is a contract violation and you’d like to see your shop steward.