I was appointed non management cochair this past fall and am waiting to go to cochair 'school.' I went to the 'school' 8 years ago and remember the drill, so I conduct the meetings.
It's pretty easy, actually. There is a monthly form that Ketter wants filled out, if you follow that form, a monthly meeting usually takes less than 30 minutes. this time of year, meetings can take a little longer and we might schedule 2 a month, as we have to review last year's stats and develop a plan for this year.
I was talking about safety, breaks and accidents with my mailman the other day. He said that at the PO, if there is an accident and the employee did not take their break between the hours stipulated in their contract, they are automatically 'at fault' and receive a warning letter.
One of the things that frustrate me, is promoting safety and having coworkers say, "How am I supposed to work safe, with an 11 hour planned day, air commits and then getting back to the building to make the air shuttle."
My reply is always, "Take your lunch break, call the center or send a message on the diad. Let the OMS worry about getting you an air meet and even help you with additional work."
It does not take too many days of air meets for them to get the message that you are taking your break when the contract mandates.
I should also add that recently, our center manager has started handing out warning letters to employees that skip breaks or do not take their entire break.