11/03/2017 – The Electronic Technician, level 11 (ET-11) LMOU was completed and signed on Nov. 2, 2017.
This is the result of the new language in Article 38.7.F and is our attempt to providing complete contract protection and rights to our highest paid category of employees. Because of the unique situation they work in, it was far too easy for basic matters (many take for granted) to be overlooked or ignored when it came to this occupational group.
What this will do is create a “virtual installation” comprised of the ET-11 occupational group. ET-11s do, as always, report to MTSC (Maintenance Technical Support Center) who acts as their installation management.
The LMOU is effective now and next year’s annual leave draw should be done using this LMOU, not the one at the domicile office.
ET-11s do continue to have maintenance installation seniority in their domicile installation. This could come into play, for instance, on requests to downgrade or Article 12 outside the craft. Their “virtual installation” seniority is the date of selection for promotion to ET-11 and will be used for purposes of this LMOU and for the Preferred Assignment Register (PAR).
Leave, OT and work assignments are handled from MTSC.
ET-11s have their own electronic bulletin board similar to the physical bulletin board at installations.
The PAR for filling ET-11 vacancies will be used amongst the occupational group nationwide and then the resulting vacancy will be filled from the Promotion Eligibility Register (PER) at the domicile installation of the vacancy. This is a very significant achievement as the PAR uses installation seniority (‘virtual’ in this case) eliminating the problems caused previously where ET-11s were denied the use of their seniority in the selection of duty assignments.
Grievances should be filed by the domicile office local steward at step 1 electronically/telephonically with MTSC. A step 1 can be filed with the local maintenance supervisor, particularly if it involves a purely local matter or to protect time limits. Step 2 grievances must be appealed to MTSC. Step 3 appeals or Direct Appeals go to the NBA that covers the domicile installation.
Please contact your Maintenance NBA or Maintenance APWU HQ (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Click here for more information on the settlement which led to the creation of the LMOU.