Week In Review: Important Reminders, Updates & Events
January 31, 2021
Thank you to everyone who joined us last Sunday for our 1st General Membership Meeting of the year! These meetings are a great way to get a general overview of what’s going on at your Union, and how your Union Representatives are fighting on your behalf daily. With permission from the IBT to host these General Membership Meetings digitally, we are grateful to see them be more accessible and better attended by our Membership.
We are relieved to see we are slowly starting to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases throughout Los Angeles County. The influx of cases over the Holiday season caused us to work with the Companies to extend our usual two week Holiday Hiatus. We expect to see the Industry get very busy over the coming months and want to again stress the importance of your safety. As said at last week’s meeting, our job is to fight to ensure your safety is a priority when you return to work, but ultimately the decision to return for some is a personal one. We will continue to advocate for your well-being and your Union Representatives are working around the clock to support you and your family in every way possible. Please make us your first call with any issues, feedback or concerns.
UNION HALL RE-OPENING:
We will be opening our Union Hall from 9AM – 5PM to Members again on Tuesday, February 9th. If you plan to stop by please review our Local 399 COVID-19 protocols.
Union Hall Safety Policies for Members and Visitors:
We ask that Members planning to visit the Union Hall are free of any symptoms of COVID-19 (including, but not limited to, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), and have not had contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms or known COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or greater.
Entering the Union Hall:
• One (1) hand sanitizing station will be placed outside the glass double doors.
• Face masks are required and must be worn at all times. If a member does not have a face mask, one will be provided.
• Two (2) hand sanitizing dispensers will be placed at the greeting window.
• No more than two (2) members will be allowed in the lobby at one time.
• Floor will have markings spaced six (6) feet apart.
• A member requesting to use the restroom will be able to use the “B” building facility restroom. You will be let in through the side gate that faces Vineland Ave.
Meetings with Business Agent:
• If a Member would like to have a meeting with a Business Agent, we ask that you reach out to your Business Agent directly beforehand to schedule a time in advance. This will ensure we are able to secure a safe and distanced meeting place, as well as the availability of the Business Agent.
New Members Needing to Join:
If you are needing to join the Union, please first and foremost touch base with our Local 399 Front Office Staff prior to stopping by the Hall. Email: Office@ht399.org or call to make an appointment: 818-985-7374.
Please note, these policies and protocols are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation is also constantly changing. The safety of our Members, staff, family and friends is of utmost concern and we appreciate your support and understanding throughout this entire process.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING RECAP:
Couldn’t make it to our 1st Quarter General Membership Meeting? Take a moment to review our 1st Quarter General Membership Meeting Recap. Please note, this outline is to serve as a brief overview of some of the major topics discussed. If you have any questions, comments, feedback or concerns please contact your Business Agent directly to discuss.
2021 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP SURVEY:
In order to best serve and represent the Membership, we want to hear from YOU.
We are launching our 2021 Local 399 General Membership Survey. This is is YOUR Union and we work for YOU. Your feedback is of utmost importance and has inspired many of the changes and improvements to your Local Union and over the past several years. We will be launching classification specific surveys in the coming months, specifically pertaining to your contract as we prepare for upcoming negotiations. This survey is intended to gather a general overview of Union Membership and participation in your Union.
You can find the link to the survey in the Local 399 App or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEHIND-THE-WHEEL DRIVE TESTS will resume starting February 1st. Previously cancelled appointments will be automatically rescheduled. New appointments will be available mid-February.
In-vehicle testing is a requirement for commercial license applicants. The DMV extended expiring commercial driver’s licenses, commercial learner’s permits, certificates and endorsements through February 28, 2021.Please continue to GO ONLINE for #DMV services: dmv.ca.gov/online
COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES:
The LA County Public Health website is a great resource for questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Los Angeles County. At this time, MPI will be following the State and Country vaccine roll out plan.
NEW MPI BENEFITS:
Announcing Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation and Diabetes Prevention Benefits
Questions about your MPI Benefits?
MEMBERS WORKING IN COMMERCIALS:
To all Members working under our AICP Drivers, Wranglers, Animal Trainers and Handlers and our AICP Location/Scout Manager Agreement, the contractual raises go into effect for the 5th year of this Collective Bargaining Agreement this Sunday, January 31st.
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Dues for the 1st Quarter (Jan. Feb. March.) are due before the last day of January to avoid late fees. If you have yet to pay for your 1st Quarter dues, please do so before the last business day of January to avoid late fees.
If you have any questions about your account, please contact the
Union Hall: 818-985-7374
OPTUM & KAISER CRISIS HOTLINES:
Your well-being matters MOST. As this difficult situation continues and no matter how isolated you may feel, you do not need to face these challenges alone. There is hope. Powerful health resources and personalized support services are available right now. Live and Work Well is here to help you and those you care about find the balance, support and care you need to live the healthiest life possible.
OPTUM CRISIS HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255KAISER EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HOTLINE: (800) 900-3277
If an emergency, or you think you may harm yourself, please call 911.
CONNECT WITH TEAMSTERS LOCAL 399:
Get connected with Teamsters Local 399 on our official social media pages.
You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. An engaged and educated Membership is a strong Membership. Don’t just belong to your Union, be an Active Member.
Please let us know if there is anything more we can be doing to support you and your family at this time.