|From Our Business Manager|
Greetings Sisters and Brothers:
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. The pandemic has altered the way we do business. We don’t know how long the crisis will continue, or if the “new normal” will become a more permanent way of life. But I know that 332 will weather this storm, and we remain strong.
Enormous Contract Gains During the Economic Crisis
I’m incredibly proud that we secured the strongest residential contract in the Bay Area, with an $11 per hour raise over four years. This is quite an accomplishment during normal times. But during an economic crisis, it’s a real testament to the value of our work to make such gains.
Unfilled Calls in the Field
Skilled union electricians remain in high demand, and we currently have increasing unfilled calls for all classifications. Some members do not want to go to work and risk exposure. For those back on the job, wear your face masks and follow all of the safety protocols to protect both you and your union brothers and sisters. We are in this together.
Changes in Union Operations
The union hall is closed indefinitely for walk-in business. Please call first to set up an appointment. Our dispatch office remains open with regular hours. We are using more online platforms for business and have been successful in conducting meetings, online surveys, and votes online.
Wide Support for Wage Allocation
Our members are getting used to conducting business online. In May, we conducted both a wage allocation survey and then a vote. We had 790 votes cast, and Option-1 carried the largest vote at 46%. This was the most votes ever cast for one of our wage allocations.
We are more reliant on texts, email, and our website to provide information to our members. Please make sure we have your correct email and cell, and check our website for up-to-date information.
As this crisis continues, we will continue to look for better and more efficient ways to conduct business for our members. Stay safe.