Action Alert

Please take a few minutes to read the attached notice and contact your Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC and ask them to support these pieces of legislation.  Additionally, we would like to ask that you ask your friends, family and nieghbors to also contact their members of Congress.  This is an issue that affects more than just us as railroad employees - it's a PUBLIC SAFETY issue as well.

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Vacation request form 2020

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Changes to the vacations scheduling process

 

VACATIONS SCHEDULING:

WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR REQUEST YOUR FIRST CHOICE IS CONSIDERED FIRST, IF YOU CHOOSE TO SPLIT THAT REQUEST YOUR FIRST CHOICE WILL BE HONERED THEN SAT ASIDE UNTILL ALL OTHER FIRST CHOICE FIRST SPLITS ARE SCHEDULED. THEN YOUR SECOND SPLITS WILL BE HONORED IN SENIORITY OREDER.  THERE WILL BE EXAMPLES UPLOADED ON THE HUB WEB SITE.

WWW.BLETSTLHUB.ORG

THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN VACATION GROUPINGS

VACATION CHANGES:

BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2020 ALL OPEN WEEKS OF VACATION WILL BE FILLED BY ONLY ONE LOCAL CHAIRMAN PER GROUPING. ALL REQUEST FOR A VACATION CHANGE TO AN OPEN WEEK MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMAIL YOU ARE ABLE TO SEND A TEXT MESSAGE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE TO THE BELOW ADDRESS.

YOU WILL RECIVE AN AUTO-RESPONSE THAT YOUR REQUEST HAS BEEN SUBMITTIED, ALL REQUEST WILL BE HANDLED BASED UPON THE TIMESTAMP OF THE MESSAGE SENT.

YOUR REQUEST MUST INCLUDE: NAME, UPRR ID# WEEK THAT YOU WANT AS WELL AS THE WEEK YOU WANT TO GIVE UP.

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DENNY D’S DID YOU KNOW - SETTING OUT MORE THAN ONE SOLID BLOCK

Recently I overheard a crew ask what I considered to be a very good question. They were on a southbound train from the A&S to Dexter. They had to make a set out at Dupo and also again at Chester. The question was whether or not this would’ve required a Class 1 brake test on the entire train at Chester due to setting out two solid blocks. The short answer is no.

A careful reading of Air Brake and Train Handling Rule 30.3.1 Part B reveals why the answer is no. Just reading the bullet points could lead you to believe that a Class 1 is required, because it does say when setting out more than one solid block. However, the title of Part B contains the phrase, “At A Location”. In the case with this train, they set out one solid block at a location, Dupo. Later on, they set out one solid block at another location. After making the set out at Chester, only a Class 3 Application and Release would be required per ABTH Rule 30.7.1.

There is one important part about the work at Chester worth pointing that would have required a Class 1 on the entire train. Their set out was separated by one car that was supposed to stay with the train. So in reality they would have set out two solid blocks at Chester had they set the car over to pick back up. The dispatcher instructed them to leave the car at Chester with the set out. Because of this, they only set out one solid block. Now only an application and release would have been required.

Understanding when, what type, and the procedures for proper brake tests is crucial. Failure to perform a proper brake test or even perform one incorrectly can result in an incident and a possible decertification. A good source for knowing what type of test is required, and what is required for the various tests, such as a leakage test, air slip, etc. is the chart in ABTH Rule 30.10.1.

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Wait Time claims

Claiming (1) penalty day at current locomotive engineer rate account not provided transportation to final tie up location in an expeditious manner as provided in side letter #4 of the 1998 St Louis Hub Agreement. Engineer XXXXXX was called for duty at (XXXXX) for train XXXXXX with on duty time of XXXX hours. As documented in federal tie up records, engineer XXXXXXXX and crew handled train from onduty terminal (XXXXX) to (XXXXXX). Crew notified train dispatcher at XXXX, XXX hours in advance of expiration of hours of service. Crew was finally provided transportation to final tie up terminal at XXXX hours and arriving at final terminal at XXXX hours. Total time on duty XX hours and XX minutes.

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Wait Time claims

Claiming (1) penalty day at current locomotive engineer rate account not provided transportation to final tie up location in an expeditious manner as provided in side letter #4 of the 1998 St Louis Hub Agreement. Engineer XXXXXX was called for duty at (XXXXX) for train XXXXXX with on duty time of XXXX hours. As documented in federal tie up records, engineer XXXXXXXX and crew handled train from onduty terminal (XXXXX) to (XXXXXX). Crew notified train dispatcher at XXXX, XXX hours in advance of expiration of hours of service. Crew was finally provided transportation to final tie up terminal at XXXX hours and arriving at final terminal at XXXX hours. Total time on duty XX hours and XX minutes.

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out of limits

There have been a lot of questions concerning getting a train “out of limits” and the proper way to claim the time.

Excerpt from the St. Louis Hub Agreement Side Letter 26:

Freight pool and extra board engineers filling regular assigned engineer vacancies standing first out on the board at time of call when required to relieve a train on the far side of the terminal under the “25-mile zone” provisions of this Agreement will be considered as having departed the terminal when such engineer departs in the conveyance to said train.

 

Excerpt from the St. Louis Hub Agreement - Q&A:

 

Q.6. How is a crew which received their train in the twenty-five (25) mile zone on the far side of the terminal compensated?

 

A.6. When so used, the crew shall be paid an additional one-half (1/2) basic day at the basic pro rata through freight rate for this service in addition to the district miles of the run. If the time spent beyond the terminal is greater than four (4) hours, they shall be paid on a minute basis at the basic pro rata through freight rate. Miles within the 25-mile zone shall not be added to the district miles of the run. Time spent within the zone does not factor into the computation of overtime; however, if the time spent within the zone, if factored into the computation of overtime, would produce road overtime earnings for the tour of duty in excess of the minimum four (4) hour payment, the higher overtime earnings would apply.

 

Q.7. If a crew in the twenty-five (25) mile zone is delayed in bringing the train into the origin terminal so that it does not have time to go to the destination terminal, what will happen to the crew?

 

A.7. If the crew had operated back through the origin terminal, they will be transported to the destination terminal, unless emergency conditions (i.e., acts of God, derailment, etc.) prevent such, and be paid district miles, overtime where applicable and a minimum of four (4) hours at the basic pro rata through freight rate.

 

Q.8. In regard to Question 6 above. What happens if a crew in the twenty-five (25) mile zone is delayed and does not depart the origin terminal a second time?

 

A.8. If the crew origin terminal is the home terminal will be released at the origin terminal and paid a basic day, including overtime when applicable, in addition to the minimum of four (4) hours at the basic pro rata through freight rate for working the 25-mile zone. If the origin terminal is the away terminal, the crew will be deadheaded to the destination terminal, except in cases of emergency (i.e., Acts of God, derailment, etc.).

 

Q.9. Is it the intent of this agreement to use engineers in the 25-mile zone if not qualified to operate on that territory?

 

A.9. No. It is not the intent of this agreement to require engineers to operate against their will within the 25-mile zone if not familiar with such territory.

 

Q.10. Do the 25-mile zone provisions, including the pay provisions thereof, apply to all engineers?

 

A.10. These provisions apply equally to pre-1985 engineer, post-1985 engineers, and engineers hired/promoted subsequent to the provisions of this agreement.

 

Q.11. Is the ½ day at the basic pro rata through freight rate for operating in the 25-mile zone frozen and/or is it a duplicate payment/special allowance?

 

A.11. No, it is subject to future wage adjustments and it is not a duplicate pay/special allowance.

 

Example 1 –

 

 Crew was called on duty for 10:00, upon going on duty you are notified that you must go to the far side of the terminal (within the 25-mile zone) to get the train. The crew departs from that location and reaches the destination terminal.

 

Record all information outlined in the Supt Bulletin.

 

YOUR TIME OUT OF LIMITS STARTS WHEN YOU GET IN THE VAN

 

If you spend time waiting for a van and or waiting for paperwork, note this in your FRA tie up that you spent “OT” on line E for a van or Paperwork.

 

Show your transport accurately as well as time out of the limits. If your time out of the limits exceeds 4 hours be sure to note that as you are entitled to additional compensation on a minuet by minuet basis. If the overtime pay is greater than the time spent out of the limits, you will be paid the higher amount.

 

Example 2 –

 

 Crew was called on duty for 10:00, upon going on duty you are notified that you must go to the far side of the terminal (within the 25-mile zone) to get the train. The crew departs from that location and does not reach the destination terminal.

 

As above show all information correctly, however in this situation you are entitled to all district miles, overtime earnings if applicable and the 4-hour payment with no offset of your overtime.

 

 

It is important to note there is a difference between the 25-mile zone/ out of limits payment and the runoff seniority district payment. If the crew is instructed to go beyond the 25-mile zone they are entitled to a basic day payment with no offset in either situation above. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Chairman.

 

 

Interchange at Roselake

On August 26, 2019 the carrier served notice on a change of interchange locations at Roselake, to include locations east of HN Cabin.

       We responded to that notice advising the carrier that we had objections to this unilateral change in the interchange limits and outlined our objections.

       On September 6, 2019 Labor Relations sent a revision of the designated interchange tracks at Roselake to include only the Roselake Yard up to the East Switch of the yard “HN Cabin”.

       If you have in the past 60 days been forced to go east of Roselake Inbound or Outbound. I ask that you modify that timeslip to include “Running off Seniority District” if this claim is declined, turn it in to your local chairman for processing in the claims handling process.

       If you are instructed to travel beyond HN Cabin, I ask that you let your Local Chairman know and as well file the claim for “Running off your seniority District”. If you are not qualified be sure to request a pilot if you are instructed to travel beyond HN Cabin.

Remember the CSX Operates under a different set of Rules!

NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF OUTSTANDING EXTRA BOARD REGULATION AND DROPPING TURNS CLAIMS

NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF OUTSTANDING EXTRA BOARD REGULATION

AND DROPPING TURNS CLAIMS

To: All employees of Union Pacific Railroad Company represented by the BLET Central Region General Committee of Adjustment (former Missouri Pacific Upper Lines):

For nearly 30 years, the GCA has been working hard to resolve time claims or grievances that Union Pacific locomotive engineers on the former MP Upper Lines have filed against UP’s wrongful application of the collective bargaining agreement provisions regarding regulation of the extra board and dropping turns.  This is to notify you that a settlement finally has been reached.  The settlement has two parts:

(1) extra board regulation and the “dropping of turns” on the territories governed by the GCA was modified effective the first regular pay half after May 3, 2019, and

(2) UP will pay $11,000,000 (“the Settlement Amount”) to resolve all outstanding time claims or grievances that have been denied by the Carrier at any level, including Timekeeping, involving the regulation of a guaranteed extra board and the dropping of turns, including time claims or grievances that were properly filed but not denied within the allowable contractual time period.   

The GCA’s records reflect that approximately 150,000 claims were filed by about 950 claimants since 1990.  The $11 million will be distributed amongst all claimants on a pro rata, per claim basis.  Each claimant will be entitled to a share of the Settlement Amount determined by multiplying the total money available ($11 million) by a fraction the numerator of which is the number of claims submitted by the claimant and the denominator of which is the total number of claims filed.  For example, if a claimant submitted 100 claims and the total number of claims filed by all claimants was 150,000, the claimant would receive $7,333.33 [$11,000,000 ÷ 100/150,000].

The GCA has reviewed its records and sent preliminary determinations to all claimants for whom it has records of the amounts they are eligible to receive under the Settlement.  If you received a letter and believe that you are entitled to a greater share of the Settlement Amount because you submitted more claims than the GCA’s records indicate, you must provide the GCA with evidence in support of your position in writing within 30 days of the date of the letter you received.  If you filed claims over extra board regulation and/or dropping turns and did not receive a letter from the GCA, that is likely because the GCA does not have your current address; you should immediately write to the GCA and provide us with your current address.  The GCA will evaluate all evidence submitted and, if it determines that the evidence supports your position, it will adjust the preliminary calculation it has made.  The final determination of each claimant’s share will be made after all claimants have been identified and the number of claims they filed has been verified.

 

The Settlement Amount will be distributed in two phases.  The initial distribution of $5.5 million will be made by the Carrier on or before December 6, 2019. Challenges raised by individuals regarding their eligibility for, or amounts of, distributions under this settlement that were not raised in response to the initial notification from the GCA must be submitted in writing to the GCA, with supporting evidence, and received no later than January 3, 2020.

 

The remaining $5.5 million balance is being held back to provide the parties time to resolve any additional claims or challenges that may arise from the initial distribution.  This could affect the total each claimant ultimately receives.  The balance will be distributed by the Carrier on or before March 15, 2020.

 

All payments to current employees will be subject to all applicable deductions, garnishments, federal, state and local income taxes, and employee railroad retirement taxes.  The claim settlement distribution will not be counted as earnings toward the 2020 1/52 vacation rate or count toward vacation qualification for 2020 or 2021.  For distributions to former employees or their estates, the Carrier will withhold employees’ share of federal and state income taxes using the applicable rate for supplemental wages.

 

If you are retired or no longer work for the railroad, you must submit a W-4 form in order to receive your share of the settlement; the form can be obtained at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf. It must be filled out and returned to the GCA by U.S. mail within 30 days of the date of this letter.

 

Enclosed in your letter is a claimant verification form.  This form must be filled out and returned to the GCA by U.S. mail within 30 days of the date of your letter.

 

 

Central Region GCA Settlement

PO BOX 36

Hazelwood, Mo 63042

 

 

Because there are so many claimants, any questions you have about the settlement must be submitted to the GCA in writing by U.S. mail.  It will endeavor to respond as promptly as possible.

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