Board Regulation

Brothers, 

 
  We have been having issues with the regular pools and extra boards and how CMS calculates the miles. I have discussed this at meetings in the past and individually with some of you. 
 
 In short, the issues are: 
 
Regular Pools: 
  • When a crew flips or performs short turnaround service the "starts" does not always track with the system to reflect that.
  • When a turn in the pool is dropped the mileage is not reflective of that. 

Extra Board: 

  • When an Engineer Old heads a job the mileage of the job he is working does not go to the extra board, in essence, the mileage of the extra board reflected that the Engineer did not work at all. 
  • When an Engineer is used for a supplementing job (ie. XE06 ENG used for RE04 Service) the mileage worked by the engineer only goes to the XE04 as "zzz" miles and none to the board he came off. Again reflecting on his board that the Engineer did not work at all. 
  • There is also a similar issue with Yard and Extra jobs as well as some HOS Relife. 

These are just a few of the issues we have been working on to find a resolution with CMS and Labor Relations. It comes as no surprise that the carrier is not interested in fixing the system. We are forced once again to file time claims. 

 
I know that none of us like to hear the time claim response, yet let me remind all of you that in the past 3 years our General Committee has received over 12.2 Million dollars from Union Pacific over outstanding claims. 11 million of that was from a settlement over the vary same issue we are facing now, board regulations. They have paid out this amount and still choose not to resolve the issue. We have but to take to the claims again. 
 
I am including a word document so that you can copy and paste, print off use at your own will. To assist you in filing these claims. We are further taking more of the burden off you the Engineer and are not asking you to provide the documentation for the claims. We the Local are going to do that work for you. All you need to do is file the claim DAILY. You can sit down and file multiple at the end of the week or half if you choose. However ONE CLAIM FOR ONE DAY. Then simply turn the claim in the box at Dupo or Jeff City. If you are able and wish to file these claims and email the documentation you may do that as well. 
 
To be eligible for this claim you simply need not be laid off, for any reason. If you are working or in ok status, you can file a claim for that day. 
 
You can if you wish go back 60 days to file claims. I will have the claim language posted in St. Louis and Jeff City on the boards. 
 

 

Brian 

Claim Language

Extra Board Claim

Engineer (your name) claims 130-mile basic day account (Circ-7) (board) extra board was not manned sufficiently per Attachment “B” of Memorandum of Agreement dated March 28, 1989, as modified and amended by Modification of Guaranteed Road Extra Board Agreement dated June 6, 1996, and Letters of Understanding dated October 22, 1997, Guaranteed Extra Board Settlement dated May 3, 2019, and other applicable Agreements.  This claim is for the date of (date of claim).

Pool Regulation

Engineer (your name) claims 130 mile basic day account (Circ-7) (board) pool board was not regulated correctly per Standing Bid, Temporary Lodging, & Pool Freight Regulation Agreement dated June 19, 2015, specifically Agreement No 3. Article I (A)(1)(c).  This claim is for the date (date of claim)

HOS Violations

Brothers, 

 
   It has come to my attention in the past 24 hours there have been at least two cases of crews being told to violate the HOS and continue working past 12 hours. 
 
  If you are instructed to violate the HOS document it appropriately on your tie-up along with the company officer that instructed you to keep working. 
 
I would then like for you to send me a copy of the tie-up with an explanation of what work you performed past the 12 hour limit for our records. 
 
Fraternally, 
 
 Brian 

Work Events

Brothers, 

 
   I am including a snapshot of Supt Bulletin Titled General Information Section K. 
 
The third paragraph states that no one regardless of title has the authority to change the transportation plan. 
 
This means that if the corridor or dispatcher tells you to highball a pickup or set out, you the crew are required to get authority from a field manager. The Corridor or Dispatcher no longer has the ability to do so without field manager approval. 
 
Moving forward if there is work on your train and you are told to highball the work, ask the Dispatcher or Corridor for the initials of the field manager that approved this action. 
 
If this is not done you can be charged with 1.13 failure to comply. 
 
This is a recent change I just want everyone to be aware of the situation, we have already had one crew charged.
 
Brian 

EOT Repeaters

There has been confusion and lack of information about EOT repeaters used in DP consist. If these are not set up properly it will result in comm loss or failure to ARM.

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Brief Summary:

 

Built in=Enter EOT number

Red = Flip toggle switch to repeat and enter EOT number

Blue = Enter all Zero's/Do Not enter EOT number

 

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First, all of the C45AH/C44ACM (refurb) 2011 and newer GE engines have no separate box and the EOT/Repeater system is built in.

 

 

To program the DP to repeat simply enter the EOT code into the screen and hit COM test. Do Not Arm (Arm head end only).

 

For all other AC44/AC44CTE/SD70ACE locomotives there are 2 types of repeater boxes.

 

First is the RED Quantum box:

 

 

The red box requires that you flip the switch at the bottom to "REPEAT". Also you will need to input the EOT number in the screen and enter. Arm the head end only, not the repeater.

 

The last is the BLUE Box: