Federal regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in support of the USA PATRIOT Act, a Federal law, will soon change the application process for each Commercial Driver License (CDL) holder who is applying for an initial hazardous materials (HAZMAT) endorsement or renewing a CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement. I am writing to inform you of the changes that PennDOT must make to its application process in order to meet these new requirements.
The new Federal requirements will take effect on January 31, 2005, and will require all CDL holders who are applying for their initial HAZMAT endorsement to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of appropriate immigration status, complete a Federal security threat assessment application, pay additional Federal fees, have their fingerprints taken and successfully complete a Federal criminal history background check. For customers who are renewing their CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement or transferring into Pennsylvania from another state, these new requirements take effect on May 31, 2005. This process must be completed each time a CDL with a hazardous materials endorsement is issued or renewed.
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Link to PA DOT HAZMAT REGULATIONS
Affiliated Members and Union Stewards
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! YES YOU HAVE RIGHTS
If you are called into a meeting with any management representative and have reason to believe that disciplinary action may result, read them your Weingarten rights...
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative or steward be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.
In 1975 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in the Weingarten decision, that an employee is entitled to have a union representative present during any interview which may result in his or her discipline. It is up to you to insist on union representation. If you fail to do so, you may waive your rights.
DO THE FOLLOWING:
1. Ask your supervisor if you might be disciplined as a result of the interview. If he or she says "NO" ask for a written statement to that effect. If he or she gives you such a statement, you must participate in the interview. If not, read him or her your Weingarten rights, remain for the meeting, take notes, and afterwards immediately contact your union representative.
2. If he or she says you might be disciplined but will not allow you to have a union representative present, read him or her your Weingarten rights, stay in the room, take notes, and do not respond to any questions. Afterwards, contact your union representative immediately. If he or she allows your union representative to be present, you should participate in the interview.