As we all know, the Company has the contractual ability to require up to 12 hours of overtime in a given week for four months of the year. The remaining weeks, the Company can only require 9 hours per week. New to the contract this year are three states that previously had no limits on forced overtime: Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana (Ohio has no mandatory overtime requirement). Because of this, the document now lists work-groups and months for all four states. For our active Local members, be sure that you are looking at Michigan departments.
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The above is based on Memorandum of Agreement A18 on page 133 of the contract. Overtime for the Premise Technicians and Dispatchers in the Uverse organization is governed under Appendix F in the contract. For the first time ever, overtime for these members is capped at 17 hours per week. In previous agreements, the Union had been unable to secure a cap on forced overtime; a situation that the Company abused to the point where Premise Technicians, forced to multiple consecutive 70-hour work-weeks began pulling job-actions to get some relief. Through their actions, and with some tough negotiating, the Union was able to secure this cap, which we hope to improve in future contracts.