Policies

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation:

All workers in the Longshore industry shall be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy.  It is the policy of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, that discrimination, harassment, and retaliation of any kind for filing or supporting a complaint of discrimination will not be tolerated in connection with any action subject to the terms of the Pacific Coast Longshore & Clerks Agreement.  (excerpted from Coast Labor Relations Committee Meeting 13-01, “Letter A,” Policy and Procedures)

The following documents will assist you in filing a grievance and understanding your rights as a union member:

Americans with Disabilities Act Policy (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act became effective July 26, 1992. It prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and activities of state and local government.  In Coast Labor Relations Committee Meeting 11-92, July 22, 1992  (amended Meeting 23-00, January 19, 2001), the Committee implemented the Longshore Division’s ADA Policy.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy became effective on February 5, 1994 for employees working under the terms of the PCL&CA.  Copies of the FMLA Policy were made available at all joint dispatch halls.  The FMLA requires that employees requesting leave under the terms of this Act shall have a worked a minimum of 1,250 hours in the previous twelve (12) months and must have been employed a minimum of twelve (12) months.  Individuals requesting leave, as defined by the FMLA, shall notify the Joint Port Labor Relations Committee (JPLRC) at least thirty (30) days in advance of leave when the necessity for the leave is foreseeable.

Notice to the JPLRC by employees shall be made by using the Department of Labor (DOL) Form WH-380 (“Certification of Health Care Provider”).  This Form must be submitted to the JPLRC for approval.  The Coast Labor Relations Committee (CLRC) will provide copies of this form and Form WH-381 (“Employer Response to Employee Request for Family or Medical Leave”). to all JPLRCs, with a reminder to post these notices in all joint dispatch halls.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) (adopted at Coast Labor Relations Committee meeting No.11-03, April 16-17, 2003) insures that union members who are also enlisted military personnel–like National Guard or Reserve members–may take unpaid leave due to military service in a war or national emergency, and upon returning and meeting certain requirements, promptly be reinstated.

The following documents will assist you in filing a grievance and understanding your rights as a union member:

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