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Success for
Local 791 a Victory
For Part-Time
Toll Collectors


In a major victory for Local 791/United Turnpike Workers members who are part-time toll collectors, the Ohio Turnpike Commission (OTC) has been ordered to stop forcing the part-timers to sign weekday and weekend call-out sheets (indicating their availability to work).

An arbitrator last month agreed that the UE Local 791/UTW contract established voluntary call-out sign-up and ordered the OTC to "cease and desist from requiring employees to sign a call-out list and from using the [Commission’s] current [call-out] Form." The OTC form said that employees must sign either or both lists.

As a result of the arbitrator’s ruling, a new call-out list is being used and part-time collectors are now given the option of being called to work in addition to their expressed availability.

In negotiating a contract covering part-time collectors, the union hoped to ensure that part-time employees enjoyed some degree of control over when they work. The Commission’s practice threatened to take some of that control away.

Linda Crews, a part-time collector who filed the original grievance, has thanked the UE Local 791 members who voted to take the grievance to arbitration. After appearing at the hearing, she said, "I am thankful to represent not only myself but other part-time collectors who were threatened into signing the call-out form."

Local 791 was represented by Pres. Shawne Wise, with assistance by UE Field Org. Al Hart.

UE News - 07/01

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