SMOKING AND TOBACCO BAN AT PENN STATE
Recently the Union has been notified by Penn State that it is rolling out a ban on the use of any tobacco products by students, faculty, and staff employees.
Union employees are not required to follow this new policy.
The protection of a Union and its contract is why Penn State cannot implement this policy on us.
It is a subject of contractual bargaining and it has to be bargained with the Union. Without a Union, Penn State can implement this and there is nothing an employee can do about it. There are many things that Penn State cannot do without bargaining with the Union.
We are the voice of the workers at Penn State who get to negotiate what the workers want. Without a Union, we are at-will employees, leaving Penn State to set the rules, wages, and benefits.
If you’re approached by Penn State management, police, faculty, staff, or students about your use of tobacco, kindly tell them that:
Because of our Union, this policy does not apply to you.
April 26, 2018
IMPORTANT NOTICE regarding hall rentals
Effective January 1, 2018
In order for us to continue to offer Hall Rentals to our members and retirees our insurance company is requiring we make the following changes effective immediately:
You must provide us with one of the following:
- Proof of homeowners or renters insurance that lists Teamsters Local Union 8 as additional insured on your current insurance.
This will require you to call your insurance company and have Teamsters Local Union 8 added as additional insured. Fees may apply depending on your insurance company.
- Purchase special event insurance with Teamsters Local Union 8 listed as Additional Insured. This is a special insurance purchased for your event.
Your insurance company may offer special event insurance or you can go to:
It is your responsibility to purchase this insurance and to provide proof to us 30 days prior to your event.
TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 8 MUST be listed as additional insured on the insurance information you give us.
You CANNOT have your event without providing one of the above.
Failure to provide the insurance information will result in a forfeit and the $75 rental fee will NOT be refunded.
Texting NOT RECOMMENDED as a way of communication with your supervisor
We DO NOT recommend members to use text messaging as a way of communication with their direct supervisor or any management level personnel.
If you allow/take part in texting with your direct supervisor or any management level personnel you are creating a pattern and giving the impression it is okay to use texting as a way of communicating. If just ONE TIME technology fails and you do not receive an important text, they will take disciplinary action. It has happened—STOP TEXTING with your direct supervisor or any management level personnel.
Management needs to communicate directly with you by verbally talking with you in person or on the phone. Texting is not an acceptable way of communication.
The next time your supervisor texts you, text back:
“I have been advised by my Union representative to inform you that I will no longer accept text messages from you on my personal cell phone either at work or at home.”
Once you send that text they are not authorized to text you again and do not respond to any text messages.
Keep in mind, you are required to give the University a phone number so that management can contact you when you are not at work. You should give them a land-line number. If you do not have a land line you should consider getting one.
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