"It's okay to be honest about not knowing rather than spreading falsehood. While it is often said that honesty is the best policy, silence is the second best policy."-Criss Jami
There is no doubt about it, there is a lot of misinformation put out every day at our places of work. Some people think it's funny to do. Some can't bring themselves to say "I'll find out for you." Others tell people "the way they think it should be." For whatever reason it is done, it causes harm to all.
At our places of work we are bound by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (C.B.A.), or contract. This is what sets the rules that we follow while working. Not someone saying "this is the union's position." Not someone saying "in my opinion it is like this." Not someone trying to make their own deal with a supervisor. Certainly not someone spreading falsehoods, or rumors.
This misinformation can come from co-workers claiming to know, or from supervisors. If you have asked a question, or someone has given you information that doesn't sound quite right, then please call the union office and ask to talk to me or one of the Business Agents. We will find out the correct answer for you. Even if you're not sure about something, please call and ask. It's better to know for sure, than just plowing ahead and doing something wrong.
Also, if you are told that you will be having a meeting with management, please call the office and let us know. It could be a meeting concerning job performance, an accident investigation, a complaint about you from someone, anything that might lead to discipline. Please call the office and let us know. We can't be there if no one has told us about it.
If you know of a co-worker who is out with an illness, or there has been a death of someone you work with, the Local 10 office would like to have that information shared with us also.