May • 2014
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Membership Meeting Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:00pM at the Union Hall
News of IUE-CWA Local 717 2950 Sferra Ave. Warren, Ohio 44483 Office: (330) 392-1591 Fax: (330) 395-4875 www.iue-cwalocal717.com
Published by the IUE-CWA Local 717 in the interest of its membership, to further the aims and programs of Local 717 and to promote the policies of the International Union of Electrical Workers. “Local 717 Union News” is printed with pride by the members of the Communications Workers of America, Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector. Steven Mickel............................................President Kevin J. Thomas................................Vice President Brian Lutz.......................................Shop Chairman Gary Tillman.............................Financial Secretary Jim Kerr ..................................................Treasurer Stacie Franks...........................Recording Secretary Doug Murphy........................................Floor Guard
Agenda Recommendations of the Executive Board Financial Report Committee Reports Unfinished Business New Business Good and Welfare
ExECUTIvE BOARd Beverly Bryant Ed Ringer Carla Daniel Jack Robinson Carlena Jones Lorie Shimko Tina Pagan Art Tomlinson Hazel Watson TRUSTEES Ron “Baggs” Bagaglia Terry Valesky Michael Yost SkILLEd TRAdES CHAIRMAN J.J. Scarmuzzi BENEFITS AdMINISTRATOR Jacquelyn Perry
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Our Editorial policy This paper is the voice of your Local and International Union, It provides information and opinions relative to the policy and programs of the International as well as the views and actions of our Local’s leaders and committees. Local 717 Union News welcomes articles from the members of Local 717. All articles should be constructive and contribute positively to the welfare of the entire membership. The views and opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not reflect the opinions, views or policy of the editorial Staff of IUE-CWA Local 717. Local 717 Union News reserves the right to edit any material submitted for publication and to reject any article deemed not in the best interest of Local 717. Some of the graphics in this paper and the advertisements have been taken from The Gold Edition of Art Explosion - 125,000 Images - Nova Development Corporation 1996 and Key ClipMasterPro - SoftKey Software Products of Florida, Inc All Advertisements that appear in IUE-CWA Local 717 Union News do not signify and endorsement of Local 717.
May 18, 2014
EdITORIAL dEpARTMENT Steven Mickel..................................Editor-in-Chief
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Deadline for articles for June publication is May 26, 2014.
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President’s Report By Steven Mickel Silence doesn’t always mean “yes”. Sometimes it means, “I’m tired of explaining to people who don’t even care to understand.” Workplace Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is not limited by gender. The victim or the harasser may be a man or a woman, and her or his victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. Additionally, harassers do not have to be the victim’s direct supervisor; he or she could be a co-worker, a supervisor in another area, or even a person not employed in the victim’s workplace. In fact, a victim of sexual harassment does not necessarily have to be the person directly being harassed; the victim could be negatively affected by the offensive conduct in such a way to make the conduct illegal. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion, and it applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments. Retaliation against someone who complains of sexual harassment or participates in an investigation involving sexual harassment is also illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Sexual harassment includes offensive or pervasive conduct in the workplace related to a person’s sex that negatively affects a reasonable person’s employment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is common in workplaces throughout the United States. Generally, there are two established, legally prohibited types of sexual harassment: Quid pro Quo Sexual Harassment? Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute “quid pro quo” sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual. Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment? Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute ‘hostile environment’ sexual harassment when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. The vast majority of sexual harassment cases involve female workers who have been harassed by male co-workers or supervisors, but sexual harassment of men also occurs. In 2007, of the 12,510 complaints of sexual harassment made to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 16 percent were filed by men. Unfortunately, there continues to be a lack of information surrounding this type of harassment as men are less likely than women to report this type of behavior.
What to do if you’re the victim of sexual harassment: When you are faced with a harasser, remember that every situation is different. The following suggestions should be adjusted to meet your situation and level of comfort. Tell the harasser: • That their attention is unwanted, • What they have done — name the behavior and be specific, and • That he or she should stop the offending behavior. You may want to write the harasser a letter; keep a copy for your records. document: The harassment. Keep a log of what is happening; include each incident and the time, place, and witnesses of each incident. If you are able, ask co-workers who witness the harassment to write down what they have seen. Make your entries as detailed as possible so that someone reviewing it later has a clear picture of the harassment. Keep this log at home or in another safe place. Negative actions that you experience as a result of your refusal to submit to sexually harassing behavior. Any meetings you have with your employer concerning the harassment. Take note of who was there, what was said, and what conclusions you agreed on. If possible, send a copy of your notes to all participants as a follow-up. Any retaliation you experience after complaining about the sexual harassment. Retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment may also be illegal. File a complaint: Begin with formal channels in your workplace. Look at your employee handbook or check with your human resources department. With your supervisors. Inform them as soon as possible. Preferably, tell them in writing and keep a copy of the letter with your log. It is essential that your employer have the chance to correct the problem before you can make any legal complaints. With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you plan to file a lawsuit, you must first file a sexual harassment complaint with the EEOC and/or your state’s fair employment agency. When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, the EEOC looks at the entire record and makes a determination on a case-by-case evaluation. Contact: Your human resources department or another appropriate supervisor. Usually, members of the human resources department are responsible for knowing and applying the sexual harassment policies of your employer. If they do not deal directly with sexual harassment complaints, they should be able to point you in the correct direction. A lawyer. The law surrounding sexual harassment is very complicated, and a lawyer will be able to explain both your and your employer’s obligations under Title VII. An attorney will also be able to keep you informed of any deadlines that have to be met before a lawsuit is barred. Many lawyers specialize in workplace discrimination, and they will be able to give you advice based on your specific circumstances. When are employers liable for sexual harassment? An employer can be liable for harassment by a supervisor if the harassment results in tangible employment action (firing, demotion, or unfavorable changes in assignment. An employer can also be liable for a supervisor President’s Report continued on page 4
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President’s Report continued from page 3 creating a hostile work environment unless it can show that the employer exercised reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct any harassment and the employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of the company’s preventive measures. An employer may be liable for harassment by the victim’s co-worker if it knew or should have known about the harassment and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective actions. What can I do if I believe I have been sexually harassed at work? You should notify your employer or supervisor immediately. If your employer has a sexual harassment policy in place, follow it, and expect your employer to follow it as well. Put complaints in writing. Take notes on the harassment and be specific in your details — note the time and place of each incident, what was said and done, and who witnessed the actions. If your employer fails to take action, consult an attorney. Should you wish to gain more information or file a complaint, contact the EEOC. For more advice, review the section on Strategies for Victims. Act quickly; if you fail to act within a specific period of time, you may lose your ability to take legal action. Happy Mothers’ day! Although Mothers’ Day was honored last Sunday, May 11, 2014, the importance of motherhood, without doubt, is beyond explanation. Every day should be exclaimed as Mothers’ Day simply because they deserve it.
Congratulations to our Elected 2014 Zone and Committeepersons! Zone Committeeperson Ron “Baggs” Bagaglia district #1 Committeeperson (Plant 47 – Production) dan Heath AB Crew Alt: *Open* / Cd Crew Alt: Hugh Floyd district #2 Committeeperson (Plant 7/10/11 - Production MN/AM) kimberly A. Benson Alt: Gary Tillman district #3 Committeeperson (Plants 7/10/11/47 - Trades MN/AM) Michael kish Alt: Joe Zagorec district #4 Committeeperson (Plants 7/10/11/47 Trades & Plants 7/10/11 Production - PM) Rich “Richie Rich” Coleman Alt: Elaine valerio In Unity, Steven E Mickel
Aflac pays cash when you are hurt or sick so you can still pay your bills. Aflac benefits are now available to IUE-CWA Local 717 members
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Shop Chairman’s Report By Brian Lutz For this months article I am reprinting an old article because this situation is and has been a constant issue for the members of Local 717 and for the most part can be avoided by following the steps outlined in the body of this article. Please, when you read this, save it for future reference and moreover direct your friends within your own departments to do the same. One more thing to remember is that the individual member is ultimately responsible for their certification from their Doctor to be sent and received by Sedgewick, not the Doctors office or the Doctor themselves. Please don’t get caught in this trap.
Important: please Read The Following! We have had numerous problems with members reporting to Sedgwick (the Company’s Sick Leave Center ) when they have an accident, illness, or surgical procedure performed and will be off work for any amount of time. I will break this article into two different sections. The first section will deal with just a regular sick leave claim the second section will deal with a Worker’s Comp claim. When filing a claim for sick leave due to an unexpected illness, a surgical procedure, or an accident (outside of the workplace), a member or members must call Sedgwick within five (5) working days from the last day worked. Sedgwick’s number is 1-877-933-5744. When calling Sedgwick be prepared to tell them the last day worked, the nature of the problem (i.e. sickness, injury, surgery or etc.), the name and contact number of your physician and also the date of return to work (prognosis date). At this point Sedgwick will prepare and send a set of paperwork to you or your physician’s office either by mail or by fax. At the point the paperwork is received it is advised to get it completed, signed by you and signed by the physician as soon as possible. At this point the Union advises all members to bring completed paperwork to the Union Hall and we will fax it for you and prepare the original copies for mailing to Sedgwick. (You are advised to fax and mail due to fax not being 100% secure). Please do not put your job in the hands of some receptionist at the Doctor’s office, take your paperwork to the physician’s office and wait for it to be completed, let them know you want it completed and in your hand when you leave. The completed signed
paperwork must be received by Sedgwick within twenty (20) working days from the last day worked. If you physician needs to keep you off work past the original return to work date (prognosis date) then you are responsible to repeat this whole process from the beginning. Make the call. Take paperwork to physicians office Fax and Mail completed, signed paperwork to Sedgwick. The address for Sedgwick is as follows: Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. delphi Benefit Center p.O. Box 14422 Lexington, kY 40512-4422 The second portion of this article has to deal with how to report a Worker’s Compensation claim. First and foremost in regards to a comp claim, you must report to your Supervisor or Medical when you are injured on the job immediately. After this you will need to go to the hospital or your own physician if the situation requires such. Worker’s Compensation Requires Two (2) phone Calls. 1. The first call is to report your Worker’s Comp. claim. COMP Management: 1-888-247-7799 State Fund Policy # - 1587753-0 A representative will assist you in filing for your claim. 2. The second phone call is Sedgwick. You will also have to call Sedgwick if your physician requires you to be off work for five (5) or more days. At the point you call Sedgwick, Sedgwick will ask if this situation is Worker’s Comp, let them know you have already filed your claim with Comp Management. At the end of providing your information to Sedgwick, they will issue you a Sick Leave claim number. The most advisable thing I can tell everyone is to please put a call in for the Benefit Rep if you know that you will be needing to go on sick leave in the short future, just to make sure that all possibilities are covered and it also helps us protect our brothers and sisters from getting confused by the process and becoming a victim of Management’s Attendance Policy.
Appreciation!!! I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of my extended family for the outpouring of cards, flowers, and well wishes sent by all of you. during the absolute worst time of my entire life, all of my brothers and sisters kept my family in their thoughts as my Father passed from this earth, and for that I’m forever grateful. Thanks, In Unity!! Brian
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Recording Secretary’s Report By Stacie Franks Membership Meeting April 13, 2014 President Mickel Called the Meeting to order. Steven asked the Membership to please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance. Steven reminded everyone to sign the Registration book. Reading of the Minutes of the Membership Meeting held March 9, 2014. Motion: To accept the Minutes as printed in 717 News. By: Doug Tackett 2nd: Elaine Valerio. M/p Executive Board Sunday, April 13, 2014 Item 1 - Request for support: Pride Youngstown - Youngstown Gay Pride weekend celebration. June 7, 2014. Motion: To file communication. By: Kevin Thomas 2ND: Jim Kerr M/p Item 2 - Purchase ½ Page ad from the Youngstown chapter of A Phillip Randolph Institute in the amount of $50.00. N/A Item 3 - Women’s Committee hosted a very successful Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 12, 2014. N/A Item 4 - Nominations for Zone, Committeepersons, and Alternates will commence at today’s Membership Meeting. N/A Item 5 - IUE-CWA Division Meeting June 19 - 21, 2014. Motion: Send Shop Chairman and Safety Rep. to Florida for Division Meeting. BY: Jim Kerr 2ND: Brian Lutz M/p Item 6 - The Constitution Committee will meet at the Union Hall on Tuesday April L 22, 2014 at 3PM. Item 7 - Just a reminder: May’s Executive Board meeting and Membership Meeting will be held the 3rd Sunday of May in honor of Mother’s Day. May 18th. Motion: To accept the recommendations of the Executive Board. By: Terry Valesky 2ND: Richard Coleman M/p Financial Report Verbal Financial Report presented by Gary Tillman, Financial Secretary. Motion: To accept the Financial Report. By: Dan Heath 2ND: Richard Coleman M/p Committee Reports Chairman of the Shop Committee - Brian Lutz Committeemen gave Grievance Reports. Brian read the settlement agreement on the attendance policy to the membership. Brian will be available after the meeting for any questions or concerns. Terry valesky - veteran’s Committee Terry reminded the membership about the raffle currently being held by the Veteran’s Committee to raffle off Scrappers tickets. The money is going towards a home being built for a Marine and his family. She also reminded the membership that she has flags for sale. Beverly Bryant - Women’s Committee
Beverly thanked everyone that attended the Easter Egg Hunt. Beverly also thanked everyone that donated for the Easter Egg Hunt and the persons who decorated the hall. She said the Easter Egg Hunt was a great success!! Motion: To accept the Committee Reports By: JJ Scarmuzzi 2ND: Micheal Kish M/p Unfinished Business None New Business Discussed presses running without an Operator. Payoffs per Operator Discussed working Partials on Saturday and Sunday in Plant 11. Discussed pay structure of “continuous run” vs “North River Road”. Discussed filling charges - How the process works. Discussed “2009” Attendance Policy. Good and Welfare At 7:40PM Nominations suspended until Monday. Drawing Winner: JD Roll Call: president vice-president Shop Chairman Skilled Trades Chairman Financial Secretary Treasurer Recording Secretary Floor Guard Executive Board
Benefit Administator Benefit Rep. Alternate
Steven Mickel p kevin Thomas p Brian Lutz p JJ Scarmuzzi p Gary Tillman p Jim kerr p Stacie Franks p doug Murphy E Beverly Bryant p Carla daniels E Carlena Jones E Tina pagan p Ed Ringer p Jack Robinson E Lorie Shimko E Art Tomlinson p Hazel Watson E Ron Bagaglia p Terry valesky p Mike Yost E Jacqueline perry p Anessa davenport p Beverly Bryant **
EAp Alternate Health & Safety Trainer Zone Committeeman Committeman dist 1 Alternate A/B Alternate C/d Committeeman dist 2 Alternate Committeeman dist 3 Alternate Committeeman dist 4 Alternate Election Committee
Education Committee Women’s Committee political Action Social Action veterans Committee Constitution
Annette Groff p Cynthia Alexander p JJ Scarmuzzi ** Rick Mercer E Ron Bagaglia ** pat Malone E Bob pirigyi, JR A Hazel Watson ** kevin Thomas ** Gary Tillman ** doug Murphy ** Fred Yungbluth p Richard Coleman ** Elaine valerio E Julianne Mazarek p dreama Oates p kim Swain A Carla daniels ** Beverly Bryant ** Roger Cox E Gary Tillman ** Terry valesky ** Hazel Watson **
Lord’s prayer: katrina davis, paggy Hadden, Brian Lutz and Family, kathy Balint, debbie Ziots, Marlene Helsley, debbie day, MaryJo Craig, Barb deckerhoff, dan Mohney, Martina Montgomery, kim Benson, dave Hubinsky, Brian vanhorn, Candance Newell, Terry McCarthy, Sandy Necaster, Mark Stevens, all of our Armed Forces Active and retired - keeping our country safe. All of our union brothers and sisters fighting the daily fight. Motion: To Adjourn. By: Terry valesky 2Nd dan Heath M/p
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Employee Assistance Report By Annette Groff, EAP All Moms know This Stuff One mom was out walking with her 4-year-old daughter when her girl picked up something from the ground and started to put it in her mouth. The mother tells what happens in her own words: “I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that.” My daughter quickly asked, “Why?” “Because it’s been lying outside, you don’t know where it’s been, it’s dirty and probably has germs,” I replied. At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, “Wow! How do you know all this stuff?” I thought quickly and said, “All moms know this stuff. It’s on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you be a Mommy.” We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, as she pondered this new information. “Oh...I get it!” she beamed, “So if you don’t pass the test you have to be the daddy?” From a sermon by Mark Opperman, Mothers: Guardians of the heart Little children can come up with some very interesting ideas. Listen to what some children wrote to their mothers for Mother’s day. Angie, 8 years old, wrote: “Dear Mother, I’m going to make dinner for you on Mother’s Day. It’s going to be a surprise. P.S. I hope you like pizza & popcorn.”
Robert wrote: “I got you a turtle for Mother’s Day. I hope you like the turtle better than the snake I got you last year.” Eileen wrote: “Dear Mother, I wish Mother’s Day wasn’t always on Sunday. It would be better if it were on Monday so we wouldn’t have to go to school.” Little Diane wrote: “I hope you like the flowers I got you for Mother’s Day. I picked them myself when Mr. Smith wasn’t looking.” And how about this one from Carol? “Dear Mother, Here are two aspirins. Have a happy Mother’s Day!” Contributed by: Melvin Newland A boy got his first job. As he was boasting about the amount of work he did, he said, “I get up at 5 a.m. and have my breakfast.” He was asked, “Does anyone else get up too?” He replied, “Oh yes, mother gets up and fixes my breakfast and then fixes dad’s breakfast.” “And what about your dinner?” The boy said, “Oh, mother, fixes that too.” “Does your mother have the afternoon to herself?” The boy replied, “No, mama cleans the house, looks after the other children, and then gets supper for me and dad when we come home. Then we watch TV before we go to bed.” “What about your mother? What does she do?” The boy replied, “Mama washes some clothes and irons the rest of the evening.” “Do you get paid?” “Of course, Dad and I get paid.” “And what about your mother, does she get paid too?” The boy replied, “Mother, Get Paid?! Mother don’t get paid. She don’t do no work.” Contributed by: Captain Gerardo 3 Wishing all of you a Happy Mother’s Day! Annette Groff E.A.P. representative 330-373-3500
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Veteran’s Committee Report By Terry Valesky pLEASE help us bless SSgt James Skok! SSgt. James Skok an honorably discharged Marine who served 18 yrs. before he was injured in the line of duty is receiving a 3 bdrm, 2 bath ranch home for him and his wife and 3 children. The home is being built by Habitat for Humanity who is partnering with American Legion Post 30, the V.F.W., and other Veteran’s Organizations of Austintown. Ground breaking began in March and should take 4 months to complete. He and his family must put in 400 hrs. of work on the home. All work is being done by volunteers with the exception of plumbing and electrical. The location of the home is 3889 New Rd., Austintown, Ohio This is the first in the area where Veteran’s are building a home for a veteran. If you would like to volunteer the no. to call is 330-743-7244 or www.habitatmahoningcounty.org, The home is currently sponsored by First Energy but they are seeking additional sponsors. Both for cash and construction materials, furniture, appliances, skilled labor, and meals for volunteers. No minimum time required. If you would like to help build you are asked to attend an orientation meeting. Putting God’s love into action. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope! Your Veteran’s committee is selling raffle tickets for a sheet of Scrapper’s tickets valued at $850. Ticket price is 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. The winner will be drawn at this months May meeting. Winner will receive the entire sheet which contains; 5 free game tickets, 5 but 1 get 1 free game tickets, $5 & $10 off merchandise, Dawg house rental for $125 (10 tickets + 3 parking. passes) - food, Corporate suite rental for $250 (12 game tickets +3 prkg. passes) - food. Please see the following to purchase raffle tickets, Stacie Franks plt. 10 am, Phil Morrison plt. 10 mn, Doug Murphy am, Pat Malone plt. 47, Marilyn Hainesworth plt. 11 crib mn, or Terry Valesky plt. 11 pm. All money raised will go to Habitat for the home building project. **** We are gladly accepting monetary donation for Habitat as well! PLEASE help us. One way to say thank you for serving. All tickets need turned in prior to the start of May meeting. I will also have tickets to purchase prior to the meeting. SSgt. Skok joined other Marines across the county by standing guard at Watson Elementary School after the Dec. 2012 shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elem/ School in Connecticut. What an awesome display of a heart for our children’s protection. You may have seen the article in the Youngstown Vindicator “Heeding the call to halls”. If you would like to make a tax deductable donation “not for ticket sales”, make checks payable to Habitat for Humanity and on memo linewrite Vet’s Home. May - Memorial Day please take time to go help at your local Cemetery. Help clean up or help place flags or plant flowers. Take your whole family, take a friend or just you! Teach your family what it means to live and breathe in the United States of America. Teach them our Freedom is NOT free; many lived and died for them to enjoy it. Take time to thank a Veteran! Let them know you are grateful. Please check your flags before Memorial Day to see if they are in good condition. We have 3 X 5 toughtex, embroidered stars and sewn stripes MADE in the USA flags available for $ 25 . See me at column E23 or call 330-583-2795. Have a safe Memorial Day.