Reporting to work at call time


The Carrier is putting out instructions to their mangers to put anyone late for work in no-show status.  I know over time I have seen crew members go from showing up 30 minutes early to showing up 30 minutes late.  
It is incumbent on us as Union Representatives to make sure we inform our Members that the Carrier expects them to show up no later than their call time.  I believe this is the first step we are seeing of the precision railroading.  I completely understand that there are times unexpected problems arise, including but not limited to, mechanical problems, accidents, etc.  If our Members are chronically late we are going to have a hard time representing them on discipline.  
We need our Members to be aware of this expectation and to thoroughly document any reason for their inability to be on time for work.  I am afraid this is going to get ugly if we can't get our Members to show up on time ready to start their assignment.
I would suggest everyone have their assigned manager's phone number to call if they are having issues getting to work. 
We have a conference call set up with the other  BLET General Chairmen to discuss this problem to search for some solution.  I don't think the Carrier has the right to pull someone off their assignment and place them in no-show status for being 1 minute late because I would view that as discipline without an investigation.  However, as I understand the instructions to the field managers they intend to do just that. 
Help us get out the word.

Message from the G.C.


Kyle and I have been receiving calls from some of our Local Chairmen concerning agreement changes with regard to the UP precision railroading and the restructuring of their regions and service units. 
The UP organizational changes do not in any way affect our MOP Upper Lines CBA.
Any rumors you hear that say otherwise are not true.
Some of you will belong to different service units due  to this restructuring.  I will attach the newly realigned map of the UP Service Units and Regions.  As you can see there are now only 2 regions and fewer service units.  
We have not been given the names of all the new superintendents but we do know that Jerry Everett is no longer the Superintendent of the Little Rock Service Unit, he has been moved out West.  
On Monday several UP Company Officers were fired and/or forced to retire as the UP  continues to follow the "Hunter Harrison Model" to reduce their expenses. 
As information comes in regarding the restructuring of personnel we will keep you informed.  
Just make sure our Members understand that our agreements are all intact.

Official - SLSU Gone

Brother and Sisters, 

  As of 7:15 this morning the St. Louis Service Unit is being dissolved. As more information comes to me, I will let you know. 
This is a management change, this no way changes our agreements or seniority district. 

Denny D’s Did You Know

i would like to add one more part to riding over crossing. If it is a crossing within an intermodal facility, you must be on the ground to provide warning when shoving cars or engines. This would also include one engine long hood coward, and when pulling cars if long hood forward. 6.32.7

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DennyD’s Did You Know

Riding Over Crossings 


Did you know that when riding a locomotive over a crossing you cannot be on the steps. This means you must be all of the way up on the platform, not just off of the bottom step. 


81.7 B - Details when not to ride. The second to last last bullet covers riding overs crossings. The first part of the sentence says not to ride over a crossing on the sill step of equipment, the next part says engine steps. Notice that this does not state bottom step. Also, it is important to understand that this applies to any crossing, including those in the yard.


Another question that often comes up is when do I have to be on the ground and when can I ride across a crossing?


6.32.1 Details when to provide warning when shoving over a crossing. The rule is specifically titled CARS Shoved, or Kicked, or Dropped. The rules specifically states “cars” and does not apply to locomotives. Also, this rule applies to all crossings; public, private, field, and yard crossings. The exception is crossings used exclusively by railroad employees. If in doubt, be in the ground. 


If shoving cars over a crossing, you must be on the ground to provide warning. If the crossing has gates, you can ride across but you cannot be on the sill step. If you are riding a locomotive you can ride across any crossing but not on any of the steps. You must be all of the way up on the platform. 


If you have a crossing protection order that requires you to be on the ground to provide warning, then you must be on the ground regardless of the crossing type, locomotive or car.


Twice in my career I have had someone run into to side of my cut of cars while switching. Once, one of my coworkers was knocked of a car that was struck as he was riding a shove over a crossing. Had he been on the sill step, he would’ve undoubtedly been crushed. 



Non compliance with 81.7 is handled as a Critical Rule violation. It is important to understand and follow not just for rules compliance, but for your own personal safety as well. 

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Denny D’s Did You Know - Releasing Handbrakes

Airbrake and Train Handling rule 32.1.6 says that when releasing handbrakes, you must check 3 additional cars beyond the last one that was applied. 

There has a been a rash of trains with handbrakes found on the head few cars, so there’s a new test Item that’s being introduced to check for compliance. Take the time to go back and check. I recommend even checking when the tie down sheet says that only the engines are tied down. 

The rule would also apply when you are stopped for a hot wheel and find a handbrake.

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MOSLB Endorsed Candidates for Nov 6th Election

These are the BLET MO State Legislative Board endorsed candidates for the upcoming election. These are the candidates who have supported unions, our causes and/or the middle class over big business. These are merely our recommendations.

We are not telling you how to vote.  You're free to vote as you wish, but we strongly urge you to consider the future of your job and paycheck when voting.

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The midterm elections are less than a month away. Are you registered? Is you registration current?

Registration in Missouri closes at 5pm on Oct 10th.

Denny D’s Did You Know - Automatic Interlockings

It’s nice that the next governing signal was recently brought back. With that being said, it’s important not to to forget GCOR 9.9.1 - Approach to Automatic Interlocking. Rule 9.8 and PTC do not have an exception when delayed approaching an automatic interlocking. 

GCOR 9.9.1 applies at interlockings with an (A) symbol and also those with a (Z) symbol in the station column of the timetable.

If you are below 25 MPH passing the signal prior to these interlockings or drop below 25 MPH after passing the signal prior, you must be prepared to stop until you are within 1,000 feet of the interlocking. There a a few exceptions in the St. Louis Timetable. One exception would be approaching Tuscola on the Pana Subdivision. The signal that this rule applies to is actually a few signals before the interlocking in both directions. 

Don’t let your PTC screen or even seeing the signal with your own two eyes lure you into a trap. If you are delayed approaching an automatic interlocking, the signal could very well timeout and drop to a stop signal until you are within 1,000 feet of it

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6 Hour No Call

Brothers and Sisters, 

  The 6 hour no call is back in effect. 
Just to clarify, this programming change will block the system from calling you after you have been called to Step-up or cover a vacancy for a 6 hour period. When in this 6 hour calling window you will still be called for YOUR assignment.   
This is a step to help relive the non stop calls from CMS while we work to a more permanent solution.