As of January 1st our plant no longer allows most employee owned vehicles in the plant, a parking lot was set up outside and now all employees who park there walk into the plant to their job site.
We used to be allowed to drive right to the unit we worked at in street clothes, relieve the previous shift, then change clothes. Now we walk to the Maintenance locker room (which is out of the way to some units), change clothes (we are not allowed any further than there without PPE on), then walk to our units.
There is a required overlap between shifts to turn over control of the units which is usually only a couple of minutes but sometimes is upwards of 15 minutes. We have never been paid for this overlap unless we are asked to stay over, but we are required to stay until the relief shows up and go over any process changes, safe work permits, etc.
I have no problem with walking in, but I am wondering if we are entitled to any overtime for changing and walking to our units. Some people work up to a half a mile (the plant is pretty big) to get to their units where before they could drive right to it.
Answers to questions you may have:
We clock in as soon as we enter the plant and right before we leave.
The daylight shifts can still change on the clock and be paid for it (they do not have to wait to be relieved). So in past and some current practice people were paid for changing clothes.
Our PPE are Nomex (fire-resistant clothing), hard hat, steel toe shoes that they allow to be worn home, but for most isn't an option due to the grease, chemicals and dust that most (but not all) people are subjected to in a normal workday.
We have to be wearing our full PPE before entering our units which was not required before.
The time it takes for the whole process is over 15 minutes even if there is a minimal overlap.
Some people are required to stay in a control room until their relief arrives, while others who work in the field and have trucks can meet their relief at the gate (cutting off most of the overlap), but everyone is paid 8 hours.
There is nothing in our contract covering any of this.