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    Default OHFL Still Retaliating

    https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owa...SES&p_id=28278

    SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor'sand Health Administration has again ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to stop retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when they feel too ill or fatigued.

    The order comes after Oak Harbor suspended a 25-year commercial truck operator without pay at its Portland, Oregon, terminal after he did not feel well enough to drive. The driver filed a whistleblower complaint, citing violation of safe operating rules under the Surface Transportation Safety Act.

    After its investigation, OSHA ordered the trucking company to pay $20,000 in punitive damages and $354 to the driver for his suspension. This is the second time the agency has found Oak Harbor retaliated against a truck driver who invoked federal safety rules.

    OSHA investigators also found that the company's attendance policy encouraged drivers to operate trucks while sick or exhausted. Drivers absent due to illness or exhaustion had negative notes placed in their personnel records and faced possible discipline or termination. OSHA has repeatedly asked Oak Harbor to change the attendance policy, but the company has not complied.

    "Forcing ill or tired drivers behind the wheel puts their lives and the lives of others at risk," said Ken Atha, OSHA regional administrator in Seattle. "Oak Harbor's continued refusal to revise its attendance policy shows a reckless and callous indifference to employees' rights and public safety."

    In addition to the damages and compensation for the suspension, OSHA has ordered Oak Harbor to remove any negative comments from the driver's personnel file. Both the driver and the company may file an appeal with the department's Office of Administrative Law Judges.

    Based in Auburn, Washington, Oak Harbor has facilities in five Western states. OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of more than 21 statutes, protecting employees who report violations of various commercial motor carrier, airline, nuclear, pipeline, environmental, public transportation agency, consumer product, motor vehicle safety, railroad, maritime, health care reform, food safety, securities and financial reform laws.

    Employees who believe that they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the secretary of labor to request an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. Detailed information on employee whistleblower rights is available at Whistleblower Protection Program.
    This is the SECOND time in a year and a half they have pulled this, I never did find out if thy appealed that case or what the out come was.

    This has the fingerprints of the current Operations Manager all over it. SOSDD. He has stage 4 colon cancer, while I wouldn't wish that on him, one word, Karma. They will never be happy until they beat everyone into submission. Soon the only ones left will be those that are to weak/unwilling to fight for themselves.

    Thank the gods I have only 12 nights left at this place till I retire, but who is counting? But since my medical card expires before then...

    Out of a 31 man line board before the strike there will be only three left of the original bunch. Well I guess only two as the one who scabbed doesn't count.
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    Good luck with your retirement.. welcome to the "seven day weekend" club..

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    Best of the best to you triple R. You are sure to enjoy it.

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    Default Re: OHFL Still Retaliating

    The long, drawn out process of this is finally coming to a close.

    The lawsuit over this was appealed by Oak. The appeal was against the DOL/OHSA. About March 8th Oak withdrew the complaint. I understand that there has been a memo posted that they said they found that the attendance policy was ineffective, and that they were going to remove it from company manual, how great we are, and the rest of the BS.

    In other words Oak figured out that you need more money than God to out litigate the Federal Government. And maybe there is something about 392.3 that applies to them.
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