My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Oregon
I work for a tree trimming company that is contracted out by the local utility company. Our work day runs from 7-3:30. We typically have 2 person crews. Lately they have decided that if one person is late, the other person doesn't get paid until they get there. This is usually decided 15 minutes or so after start time. The first 15 minutes of the day are normally spent starting the truck, doing a truck inspection, starting paperwork, unlocking the tool bins and putting tools away.
This happened to me the other day. I arrived at 7 and spent the next 10-15 minutes getting the truck ready. My co worker had not arrived so I asked the boss if he had heard anything. We called him and he says he'd be there in 35 minutes. The boss then told me I wasn't getting paid until he arrived. He gave me the option to wait there and not get paid or go home for the day and not get paid. Are they able to decide not to pay you after showing up at your scheduled time? Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening in the future? This is a union job, but there is nothing addressing this in the contract.