Seniority Moves

Brothers, 

 
   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. 
 
Brian 

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

Brothers, 

 
  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.

 

https://employees.www.uprr.com/e/news/uponline/200401-employee-covid-faq.htm 

 

Brian  

New Hire Switch Module and other redundant training

Brothers, 

 
    I heard from the General Chairman today, all redundant modules will be removed from our training plan and will not be forced upon us during this time. 
 
 Be safe and try to limit your time in crew rooms and other high risk areas. 
 
Brian 

COVID-19 Update

Brothers, 

 
   I just received  the GC Updates from the 29th and 30th. They are attached. 
 
I have gotten a lot of calls about the CBT modules for switch testing, I called and spoke with Bybee about this and his message was if we want less testing stop running through switches. My issue raised with him was the time completing these redundant modules while sitting in the crew rooms was not essential, We as a company are trying to limit our time spent in high risk areas and here we are completing redundant modules. 
 
I have sent this to the General Chairman to bring up with Senior Management, I will let you know. 
 
Brian 
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FRA Waiver

Brothers and Sisters

As most of you know, the coalition of railroads have petitioned the FRA for an emergency wavier in response to the COVID 19 virus.  The wavier asked for relief from many regulations that they felt could be viewed as hindering operations during this crisis.  With a former railroad CEO as administrator of the FRA, they felt like now is the time to once again, exercise this channel.  As you have heard, they were granted their wish list by the administrator, Ron Batory.  The railroads used manpower shortages as the reason for the necessity while they have thousands furloughed.  The wavier letter is attached and you can read it for yourself.  The railroads will use this waiver in any way they can to circumvent our agreements as well as federal regulations.  
 However, we should not let this wavier keep us from performing our duties safely.  When instructed to violate a federal regulation through this regulatory relief, inform the asking manager of the existing regulation and your safety concerns, do not be insubordinate, and document their name and all pertinent information and send it to me or any union officer for us to document.  For now, that is what I recommend.  The railroads are required to keep record of each instance of relief from a regulation.  I suspect that they will report very few instances.  
Please do not be insubordinate.  This is not something we can change.  We will be guided by our national officers through the General Committees.  
I cannot stress this enough, this is a direct result of the 2016 election.  This railroad CEO, appointed in 2017, is in charge of our regulatory office instead of a safety conscious public servant.  This is the nation's public safety officer with regards to the rail industry.  Safety is far behind corporate profit on his priority list.
Please be safe and do your best to prevent the spread of this very contagious virus.  As our national president said on a conference call today, before this is over, someone you know will no longer exist. 
I will keep you informed as I receive information.
 
I wish you health.
Stay well,
Calvin Groose
Chairman
BLET Missouri State Legislative Board
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COVID 19 GC Update

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COVID-19 Update

Brothers and Sisters, 

 
   We just got off a conference call concerning COVID-19,
 
The General Chairman are having daily conference calls with senior management on the developments on our property. As this information comes out to us I will be posting it on the Hub Web Site. 
 
The carrier is working to get Bleach water on all of the lead locomotives and then supply all locomotives in the fleet with a bleach solution for sanitation. 
 
If you are feeling the symptoms of COVID-19 you are urged to contact the OHN (number are on the attached document) if you are at the away from home terminal contact CMS and then the OHN. 
 
The carrier is working on a tie up process where we would be able to tie up on our phone to limit exposures in the crew rooms. 
 
Managers are following up with the Hotels and the Contracted Van companies to ensure they are doing what needs to be done to sanitize the various environments. 
 
UP has a COVID-19 web site for information as it comes out, this site has the OHN numbers and resources. 
 
 
If you have questions please contact your Local Chairman. 

 

Brian 
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