After significant membership input, the District Council implemented an Out of Work List 45-Day Pilot Program on October 15, 2017. The intent is to give individuals on the OWL the opportunity to work at least nine weeks or to have at least three referrals/opportunities to do so. If the individual registered with the OWL accrues a total of 45 working days, during his or her first referral or combined first and second referrals, excluding weekends and holidays, then he or she will be dropped from the OWL and would need to re-register with the OWL. The counting of days worked under this program began on October 15, 2017 regardless of the number of days actually worked prior to October 15, 2017. The OWL anticipates that this removal process will begin on or about December 19, 2017. The 45-day Pilot Program doesn’t affect the OWL’s 3 dispatch rule by which a person is dropped from the OWL upon the third dispatch regardless of the number of working days actually worked during the first two dispatches.
Examples of how the 45-day Pilot Program works are as follows:
- Worker A’s first dispatch lasts 10 working days. He/she is laid off and is then dispatched to a second job that lasts 20 working days. He/she is laid off and is then dispatched to a third job. Upon the third dispatch, worker A is dropped from the OWL.
- Worker B’s first dispatch lasts 10 working days. He/she is laid off and is then dispatched to a second job, which is going to last several months. Upon reaching 35 working days on the second referred job, he/she is dropped from the OWL because the first dispatch’s 10 working days plus the second dispatch’s 35 working days equals a total of 45 days.
- Worker C’s first dispatch lasts 50 working days. Upon reaching 45 working days on that first dispatch, he/she is dropped from the OWL.
Should you have any questions about the 45-day rule, contact the Out of Work List at 212-366-3330.