Our union contract includes language to help package drivers enforce their 9.5 rights against unwanted excessive overtime.
Enforcement pays off. Members can win penalty pay at triple time for excessive dispatch and get their loads adjusted.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for enforcing your 9.5 rights.
Get On the 9.5 List
The first step is to get on the 9.5 list which is distributed twice a year and lasts for five months each time.
If you did not put your name on the new 9.5 list by the June 5, 2022 deadline, that’s no problem.
Just fill out a 9.5 List Opt-In Request Form to get on the 9.5 list.
Filing 9.5 Grievances
Once you are on the 9.5 list, you should file a 9.5 grievance whenever you are over-dispatched and work more than 9.5 hours on three days in a work week.
Depending on the circumstances, a 9.5 grievance can be settled by management paying triple time pay for your hours worked over 9.5 or management adjusting your load.
If management refuses to resolve the grievance, it can be taken to the next step which is the grievance panel.
Management frequently stonewalls and delays to try to frustrate drivers out of filing 9.5 grievances. Stick with it. Eventually, you will get your penalty pay.