Temporary policy change for travelers because of the COVID-19

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Effective January 1, 2019
You can call the job line after 5:00 pm each day Monday through Friday.                           
The job line number is (309) 820-0608.
No bids will be accepted between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

  • A brief description of the nature of the call(s) will be provided stating the name of the employer(s), the start date, # of positions available, and anticipated job duration (if available).

  • If you are currently on the out of work list and interested in any of the jobs on the recorder, applicants will be asked to clearly state your name, card #, and telephone number where you can be reached.

  • In the event that there is more than one job available, and you would be interested in any one of them, state the jobs in the order preference.

  • If there are no requests for manpower that day, a message stating “there are no requests today” will be on the recorder by 5:00 pm.

  • An applicant, who comes to the hall in person and registers on the out of work list prior to the morning’s calls being filled, will be referred according to their proper group and position.

  • All bidders will be ranked according to their respected position on the out of work list, and called accordingly at the phone number listed.

  • The bidder(s) with the lowest book position will be contacted between the hours of 8:00 am and 11:00 am for the issuance of a referral slip.

  • If you do not receive a call by 11:00 am, you can assume your book position was not low enough to be awarded the call.

  • If you bid on a job and do not answer the phone, or decide to turn down the job, you will be removed from the out of work list and must re-register in person.

  • After jobs are dispatched for the day, if the job call was filled by a registrant past #10 on the Long call out of work list, then #1 through #10 will receive a turndown. (The only turndowns will be given to members who are in positions #1 through #10 when a call gets filled past their position).

  • If applicant is on a short call and also in the top ten on long call book, they shall not be given a turndown on long call book if call goes past position #10.

  • Registrants will be allowed (2) turndowns without penalty. On the 3rd turndown the applicant will be placed on the bottom of the out of work list.

  • All jobs will have a turndown attached to them unless otherwise stated on the job recorder.

  • The position(s) of the successful applicants for a call will be posted on the Local’s website.

  • A separate Short call book shall be used for temporary calls of 14 calendar days or less.

  • A short call cannot become a long call. If referred off the short call list, you are restricted to one call of 14 calendar days or less.

  • Upon completion of a short call, the applicant must resign in person at the bottom of the short call book.

  • While on a short call, you may not bid on any long calls, unless the start date of the long call is after the completion date of the short call.

  • If you accept a short call, and then later decide to turn the job down, quit the job, or get terminated for a justifiable cause (something other than reduction of force), you must come into the office in person and sign the bottom of the long call and short call books.

  • Accepting a short call will not clear a turndown by your name on the long call book.

  • There will be no turndown system for the short call book. If a short call gets filled past #10 on the short call out of work list, then #1 through #10 will get rolled to the bottom of the short call book.

  • Employer’s requests must be place by 4:00 pm in order to be posted that day. Any request placed after 4:00 pm will not be posted until the following business day.

  •  Job lines are reserved for applicants who are on the out of work list. Those who are working should not utilize the lines, keeping them free and available for those seeking employment.

  • Regardless of quantity of calls, respected applicants shall receive only (1) turndown per day.

  • The Business Manager is responsible for filling calls in a timely manner. This means that in an emergency, a referral may be made outside normal hours using whatever means available to fill a call.

  • For more information regarding Local 197’s referral rules, refer to the applicable collective bargaining agreement.