Indiana Steelworkers Await High Court Ruling on Pay for Donning Protective Gear

December 10, 2013

  • December 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    jet says:
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    No wonder the steel plants in the US have almost all gone out of business. Now steel workers want to get paid for getting dressed.
    Ok, it’s required, protective gear, but really – get into work a few minutes early to dress. Don’t just run in at 1 minute to your start time, then demand to be paid for the time spent getting your gear on.
    I have a desk job. No protective clothing required. However, it does take several minutes (up to 10) to get my computer up & running & get all the necessary applications opened ready to start my day. I come in early, maybe 15 – 20 minutes, to do that. AND I still have time to get a coffee & maybe a snack before going on the clock.

  • December 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    idk says:
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    Appears you did read the article. It says they are bused to a locatioh to change into this special gear and then bused to the plant. It can take up to 2 hours. Needless to say 2 hours is not 1 minute…it is 2 hours…10 hours per week!

  • December 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    idk says:
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    Make that did NOT read the article

  • December 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    ExciteBiker says:
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    An interesting case.

    Let’s say one of these transport buses overturns while taking employees to the location where they will don their special protective gear. The employees haven’t changed yet. Would an injured employee have a valid WC claim?

    Now let’s say the bus overturns, but after the employees have changed. Would an injured employee have a valid WC claim?

    Wouldn’t the employees arrive at work, clock in, and then board the bus?

  • December 11, 2013 at 10:28 am
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    It seems to me that common sense needs to prevail on the part of bot the workers and the employer. I believe that Gary Work is US Steel’s largest facility and one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the United States. This is not a simple case of someone being able to show up for work properly dressed for the work day. Special clothing for the workers protection, respirators because of the other risks presented by the job. Changing rooms that are (probably) centralized and likely a good distance from the actual work site all combine to create a situation faced by a very small percentage of US workers.

    Either a specific, designated pay surcharge for the workers having to wear special clothing or pay (maybe at 1/2 normal rate) for the time spent in preparation and clothing removal seems to me to make the most sense.

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