Hours of Service & Turn-around Service

Hours of Service & Turn-around Service

Article 4 k. of the Mop Upper Lines Agreement states:

k. Engineers in pool or irregular freight service may be called to make short trips and turn-arounds with the understanding that one or more turn-around trips may be started out of the same terminal, and paid actual miles with a minimum of 100 miles for a day, provided:


(1) that the mileage of all the trips does not exceed 100 miles


(2) that the distance run from the terminal to the turning point does not exceed 25 miles


(3) that engineers shall not be required to begin work on a succeeding trip out of the initial terminal after having been on duty eight consecutive hours, except as a new day, subject to the first-in, first-out rule or practice.


This does not apply to a regular freight pool engineer, as the 2009 HOS LOU allows for the additional trip rate payment.

With this language, if you are instructed to violate any of the three points of this paragraph, you are entitled to a basic day for violation of A. 4(k).

Please take note and file the claims accordingly, the language to use should be:

Claiming a basic day, due to a violation of A. 4(k). I was instructed by (Company Officers Name) to (Include a brief description of the work performed).

Be sure to include your tie-up information along with any other supporting documents to your Local Chairman for processing.



Brian Young

Vacation Advancement


     I have been getting several questions lately as the carrier has begun denying in some cases the ability to advance your vacation up to 3 days. 
     I would like to note the carrier has always had this right to deny a portion of the advancement. See below: 
A. All vacation weeks will be scheduled to begin on Monday. An engineer may, if
desired, advance (prior to the scheduled date) or defer (after the scheduled date)
their vacation up to (3) days subject to the following:
1. An engineer desiring to advance or defer their vacation must notify CMS no
less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the day the vacation is scheduled to
2. The first twenty-four (24) hours of the request to advance or defer the start
date of their vacation will be granted to the engineer without restriction. The
remaining time requested by the engineer to advance or defer the start date of
their vacation will be subject to manpower considerations and the service
needs of the Carrier.
   I know this is new to some of you, as this is the first time I have ever heard of the carrier enacting this right, however, it is the carriers right. 
I hope this helps clear things up. 

Mobilization Alert

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Additional Cheat Sheets Added

I've added cheat sheets for the Dexter-Memphis run via the Hoxie Sub to the Dropbox.



St. Louis Hub Cheat Sheets

With all the bumping going on this time Brother Paul Byars has given us access to all his cheat sheets made for the Hub. Thank You Paul.


You can find them at 






Seniority Moves


   As a heads up they are going to be enforcing the Seniority Moves section of the Superintendent Bulletins #1 Section D. When ever you change boards regardless if you are qualified or not you must notify the manger of the board you are moving to. 

COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 Update

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UP Quarantine Temporary Leave Pay FAQ/RRB Guidance & FAQ

The carrier has provided the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document as it pertains to Union Pacific's Quarantine Temporary Pay Policy.   We have been tracking the most asked questions since the Policy's release on 3/20/2020 and believe these FAQs address most of these questions.

Further, Union Pacific's Government Affairs Office in Washington DC, has just received the RRB's revised Guidance and their FAQs.

As you know, Union Pacific's Quarantine Policy works in concert with RRB's program.

COVID and Pay


  I got this off the UP COVID Q&A, I have been getting alot of calls on this and wanted to pass this along. 

Q: Under what conditions will Union Pacific compensate agreement employees while quarantined?

A: UP will compensate agreement employees for up to 14 days if the employee is directed to quarantine themselves by local health department personnel or UP Health and Medical Services personnel because the employee worked with a co-worker who tested positive for COVID-19.