The TWU Safety Committee is available to investigate and address safety concerns and on the job injuries in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 27(h)(i).
CBA Language on Safety(Article 27)
(h) In order to eliminate, as much as possible, accidents and illness, a Joint Safety Committee composed of an equal number of Union representatives, not more than five (5), and Company representatives, not more than five (5), will be established at each location in the system where employees are stationed. It will be the duty of the Joint Safety Committee to:
(1) Receive and review Company accident, injury and job related illness reports pertinent to the Safety Committee investigation, and make recommendations to prevent recurrence. (Safety Committee members will receive copies of available monthly summaries of employee accidents and injuries and have access, upon request, to specific Company reports resulting from employee on the job accidents or injuries);
(2) Receive and investigate complaints regarding unsafe and unsanitary working conditions and make recommendations to resolve the hazards and complaints. The Employee/Union Representative should first notify and discuss any safety complaint with his immediate supervisor/manager. Management will address the safety concern in a reasonable time frame and will advise the Employee or Union Representative of the action taken. If the action taken is not satisfactory to the Employee or Union Representative, it will be forwarded to the Joint Safety Committee (JSC) for further review.
(3) See that all applicable sanitary and safety regulations are complied with.
(4) Make recommendations for the maintenance of appropriate sanitary and safety standards.
(5) Joint Safety Committee meetings will be scheduled a minimum of once per month by mutual agreement between the Company and the Union.
(6) In the event that the Joint Safety Committee is unable, within sixty (60) calendar days, to resolve an issue which has been brought to its attention, either the Company or the Union may submit the issue to the System Joint Safety Committee which will constitute a board to review the issue. In cities where an APC (Accident Prevention Council) exists, TWU Local President will appoint a representative(s) to participate on the APC. Prior to sending an issue to the System Joint Safety Committee, all safety issues will be first submitted to the APC for resolution.
(7) The System Joint Safety Committee will consist of a representative of the TWU International and a representative of the Company’s Safety office. If the issue is not resolved by the System Joint Safety Committee, either representative may submit the issue on appeal to the System Board of Adjustment in accordance with the provisions of Article 29(d) of the Agreement.
(i) The Company will furnish all required safety devices for employees working on hazardous or unsanitary work; and employees will be required to use or wear the devices in performing that work. The Company will promptly notify the employees and the Union of the use of any material, equipment, or procedure known to be hazardous to employees exposed and the known procedures to control the hazards via a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). The Company will promptly provide the Union with the results of any management or government health and safety survey concerning the employees represented by the Union. When the Company is made aware by the manufacturer or distributor of a product recall or equipment recall, the Company will take appropriate action to ensure the safety of its employees. The Company will also notify the Union of the issue as soon as possible and of any subsequent action that is taken.