I haven't read the new handbook maxster but sounds like a bunch of pish if you ask me.. I was gone from 638 for 2 years. I come back and office visit co-pay went from $5 to $30 and ER Co-pay went from $35 to $100. Doesn't look like scale jumped up much either. Most shop stewards in 638 shops are nothing but titles and extra cash in the pocket. I think HVAC techs need their OWN union in NY to be successful or you get these new stupid new rules like 1 hour lunch lol. I rarely take 30min lunch and work 7-3:30 on a normal day. I think It comes down to if your company makes you take the hour or they know your a good worker and will put in your 8 hours a day regardless.. I think this rule was made by owners to keep techs in the city longer imo.. Its the usual thing.. who cares about the techs.. its all about the pipefitters type union and will always be until we get a union of our own...
Back in the late 70's early 80's when I was 638B the "B" local was called the shop hands local. And it was for men that worked in the shop or in supply houses , so the 8:00 to 5:00 with one hour lunch was normal working hours. Maybe it has just carried over through the years. We use to actually lock the doors to the parts counter at the Carrier distributor in L.I.C to get our one hour lunch.
I do not think there are any more 638B supply house workers.
The union contract hours were always 8 to 5 since I've been a member with a one hour lunch. Our hours were based on the aveage 9 to 5 office job so we are available for customers that work the 9 to 5 hours. Since we service end was never considered a construction trade these were the hours.
The fitters (A) and other trades were always considered constuction based on a 7 hour day.
Since there day was shorter and we work on some of these constuction jobs, lunch was cut to 30 minutes instead of an hour. It pretty much was adopted and kept that way.
A matter a fact when I worked on constuction jobs, our boss made us stay after the other trades left for the day at 3:30 and we stayed to 4:30.
Electricians wanted to be payed OT for temporary lighting! So when they killed the power our day was done anyhow until the battery powerd tools arrived.