Teamsters Local 96

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President’s Message

I want to thank Local 96 members for the confidence you showed in me and the Executive Board to lead our local union. It is an honor and we are working hard to move our union in a more proactive direction.

This website is part of a new Local 96 communications program. Sign up for text and email updates so you are in the loop when issues come up on the job and at the company.

We are also building up our union’s education and contract enforcement programs. We held a shop stewards seminar.

You will also find news you can use about your union rights on this website, and you can download a copy of your union contract as well. Know your rights and enforce them.

In solidarity,

Wilder Reed

Teamster Resources

Knowing your Union Contract is key to enforcing your rights on the job. Every member is entitled to a printed copy, just ask your union representative!

Washington Gas, 2015 - 2020

Washington Gas Shenadoah District, 2015 - 2020

 

Union members have the right to union representation during any conversation with a supervisor or manager that could lead to discipline.

These rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court and they are known as Weingarten Rights. This means that you have the right to Union Representation when management is conducting any kind of investigation, be it into your numbers or an accident.

If management calls you into the office or talks to you about your job performance, an accident, or anything that could lead to discipline, ask for your shop steward.

Your steward has the right to know what the meeting is about and to meet with you to talk before the meeting starts.

You also have a right to take a break during the meeting and talk to your steward privately. Just say you want to go in the hallway and “caucus” with your steward.

Use a caucus to ask questions, to fill your shop steward in on important facts and to get on the same page. 

Carefirst  www.carefirst.com – 1-800-628-8549

Vision (VSP) www.vsp.com – 1-800-877-7195

Delta Dental www.deltadentalva.com – 1-800-237-6060

AON Weil Pension Center – 1-866-427-8104

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives us rights to to take time off to care of our medical needs and our family members. 

If you have worked at Washington Gas for 12 months, and have 1,250 hours in those 12 months, you are covered by FMLA.

That means you can take off up to 60 days for a medical issue, to care for a seriously ill family member, or to take care of a new child. Find out more here.

Injured on the job? Get advice on workers compensation from the law firm of Ashcraft & Gerel.

Christine Vondersmith-Hogarth, Union Liaison, cvondersmith@ashcraftlaw.com, 410-385-3284

Allen Lowe, Esquire, alowe@ashcraftlaw.com

https://ashcraftandgerel.com

WASHINGTON, D.C.

1825 K Street, NW
#700
Washington, D.C., 20006
Tel: 202-729-9833

MARYLAND

Baltimore
10 East Baltimore Street
#1212
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: 410-773-9677

Landover
4301 Garden City Drive
Suite 301
Landover, MD 20785
Tel: 301-273-7768

Rockville
11300 Rockville Pike
Suite 1002
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: 301-684-6696

Silver Spring
8403 Colesville Road
Suite 1250
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: 301-417-5468

VIRGINIA

Fairfax
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr
Suite 600
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Tel: 703-997-1774

Manassas
By appointment only
10432 Balls Ford Road
Suite 300
Manassas, VA 20109
Tel: 703-835-9488

Teamster Privilege offers many benefits, including credit cards and insurance discounts.

Click here to find out about other perks.

Applications are available for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to the academic scholarship, the fund offers a Training and Vocational Scholarship.

Apply here.

Get a withdrawal card from Local 96 ifyou leave employment with Washington Gas for any reason. This includes FMLA, retirement, layoff, resignation, discharge, military leave, disability or compensation. 

Call Local 96 at 204-619-3151 immediately to request a withdrawal card.

When a member has a withdrawal card, he/she is not required to pay union dues for the time he/she is out.

There is no charge for a withdrawal card. In order for your card to be processed, your dues must be paid up to date.

Failure to obtain a withdrawal card will result in you continuing to accrue a monthly dues obligation.

If you are out on Short-Term Disability (STD) and want to retire, call WGL Benefits and request the paperwork and instructions for retiring. 

Keep your STD claim active until your are informed that all of the required paperwork is complete and processed. 

You do not have to return to work during this process.  

Once your retirement has been approved, then call Met Life to close out their STD claim.