Interesting, very interesting last few weeks for a few of us stewards , the "feeder" management team , our excellent "B.A." ,and an recently reinstated feeder employee. Stay with me , so here goes . Just looking to bounce thoughts , ideas , contractual language etc etc off of my union brothers and sisters collectively.
We have a unique situation going on at our facility, whereas an employee had a rough patch on his life 3 or more years ago , which affected his D.O.T. qualifications , during that time of getting his affairs in order the employee suffered a horrible accident and broke his back up really bad , dang near could of been paralyzed, however the employee did what he had to do to get better on all fronts , grew in a positive direction and is doing really well in his personal life , and as far as I can see he is doing well on the clock as well , inspite of the company still not allowing this employee to do his bid job , which is a C.D.L. feeder driver as to which he has all his requirementsand qualifications/paperwork in order except one supplemental type of form as to which he had "BUT" , this employee has assured all parties that he can produce these unneeded papers/document , therein lies the proble . !?!? So here goes more clearly, the employee suffered alot of mental issues and setbacks that he has managed to deal with and overcome with the help of medications and also having a "service dog" which really has shown to relax and steady this brother . However , our management team as of today is refusing this Teamster brother the ability to work in any fashion : management was letting this driver fuel tractors while their labor department gave them official clearance on what direction the company was going to proceed with , mind you this employee has been off regular payroll for approximately "3" solid years , until his injuries and health was back up to par . Now that his health is good, his documents are in Order , he has been officially working, not driving, but "fueling " , the company still hasn't allowed this man to do his actual job of driving, so there are already guaranteed payable grievances that have been filed . At this point , the hold up to this employee performing his bid job is the employee has a service animal /DOG . U.P.S. is wanting more documentation , I believe today the request was a form from the drivers doctor in which had some "American Disability Act " that is official and supposedly protects the company from any "Liability " , I guess in the event of an accident. The dog has a "service dog" vest on in which built into the vest is a belt loop type system or harness to lock the dog into the passenger seat safely , also the dog has a 360° , reflective vest that it can wear while it's out of the vehicle and in the yard , or at the truck stop or whatever. So anyways , I know this was extremely long , very long post , but again this is being wrote/written to collect ideas/thoughts so please feel free to comment/reply with anything constructive/positive. Thanks again .