Engineer Training Board TE23/TE24

 

For those who are being assigned to an Engineers Training Board TE23/TE24, you will be paid at the Guaranteed Extra Board Rate.

Memorandom

Violations of FRA Regulations

Brothers,

 

  In response to President Pierces letter concerning:

 

             If a crew is ordered to exceed their permissible Hours of Service, they should avoid putting themselves in a position where they could be subject to charges of insubordination. Rather, the date and time the order was received, and the identity of the Carrier official giving the order, should be documented. All suspected Hours of Service violations should be reported, in writing, to the member's Division Legislative Representative, who will forward the reports to the applicable State Legislative Board Chairman for handling with FRA. The SLBCs for the states identified in the Carrier's initial waiver request are copied hereon for their information.

•             The same process should be used in the following circumstances:

o             when ordered to operate beyond their territorial qualifications;

o             when working with a pilot who is operating beyond their territorial qualifications; and

o             whenever ordered to omit a required brake test, or ordered to perform an alternate, less detailed brake test.

 

All WORKING Engineers are encouraged to take these notes, if required under the circumstances listed above and forward them to one of the respective Legislative Representatives below.

 

Missouri – Mike McGill – Email – [email protected] Cell – 573-421-0246  

Illinois – Victor Crivilare – Email – [email protected]  Cell – 217-663-2292

 

If you are unable to get ahold of one of the above Legislative Reps, feel free to send the information to me for further handling.

 

Brian Young – Email – [email protected]

Message from your GC

Brothers,

The BLET National has been in touch with the FRA Administrator in Washington, D.C. about a waiver to the current Federal HOS law.  The UP is requesting the HOS go from 12 hours to 16 hours.  The National thinks at this point the waiver will be granted.  
 
We have been in unsuccessful negotiations with the UP over the flood issues.  They were wanting us to agree to a guarantee on the pools that in our opinion had too many conditions.  We believe that, especially with the possibility they receive this waiver, that our Members would not draw a dime of guarantee.  The incentives that they offered were tied to an unattainable attendance requirement of no lay off for 30 days. 
 
We will try to keep you guys updated as this develops.  
 
Fraternally,
 
Ronnie

Deadheading By Train

A situation that is happening more and more is Deadheading by train. If you are instructed to deadhead by train this is the claim language to use. Below that I have included the agreement language for you to review. 

 

I was instructed to deadhead (from location) to (end location) on (train id) at (DH time) at the time of this request there was no emergency or circumstance that would make vehicle transportation impossible.   

 

STL HUB Article IV Section B:

3. Transportation: When a crew is required to report for duty or is relieved from duty at a point other than the on and off duty points fixed for the service established hereunder, the Carrier shall authorize and provide suitable transportation for the crew.

NOTE: Suitable transportation includes Carrier owned or provided passenger carrying motor vehicles or taxi but excludes other forms of public transportation. 

STL HUB, Side Letter 4:

This has reference to our negotiations covering the Merger Implementing Agreement entered this date between the Union Pacific Railroad Company, Southern Pacific Lines and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. During these negotiations, the Organization expressed concern that engineers who expire on the Hours of Service Law would not be transported in a timely manner to the destination terminal.

This will confirm the advice given to you, i.e., that when an engineer ties up on the Hours of Service before reaching the objective terminal, the Carrier will make every reasonable effort to relieve subject engineer and transport him to the tie up point, expeditiously. The Carrier recognized the interests of the railroad and its engineers are best served when a train reaches the final terminal within the hours of service. In the event this does not occur, the Carrier is committed to relieving that engineer and providing transportation as soon as practical. It is understood that this commitment contemplates transportation in the form of passenger vehicle, and engineers shall not be transported to the tie-up point after Hours of Service tie-ups by means of train except in case of emergency or extraordinary circumstances which make providing a vehicle impossible.

Blueprint Sequence Claim

Basic Sequence 

A pool freight engineer arriving at the far terminal out of position will, upon arrival at the far terminal, be placed in the same relative position on the board as the engineer held at the home terminal. If the engineer cannot be returned to the proper position because the engineer has not received the necessary Hours of Service rest, the engineer will, upon arrival at the home terminal, be placed in the same relative position on the board as the engineer held at the home terminal at the start of the previous trip. Side Letter 26 St. Louis Hub Agreement

 

If called out of basic sequence claim 130 miles penalty account called out of proper sequence in the (Pool as example RE05).  I am assigned to turn (turn ID as example UP-01) which was called out of proper sequence on (date).  Describe event and include board standings, trans log of turns called on claim date and copy of basic sequence for the pool.  CMTS documents needed include Board Inquiry working and blue print, Job History and Snap Shot. 

2009 Hours of Service Relief

Attached is the 2009 HOS LOU, this file include the orginal 09 letter as well as an updated clarification from 2016. Please take the time to look it over. 

 

This lays out how turnaround and flip service should be preformed. 

File attachments: 
AttachmentSize
PDF icon 09 HOS Letter with updated LOU.pdf907.85 KB

Hours of Service Relief

The St. Louis Hub Agreement which can be found on the Resources tab above under Engineers Agreement explains who is to be called to preform Hours of Service Relief, if you are not used in line with the below you are entitled to basic days pay for a violation of the St. Louis Hub, likewise the first out available person on the proper board to be used is also entitled to a claim for the "Lost Work":

RE04 – Article I Section A,2, b:

Engineers in this pool shall under normal conditions be confined to through freight service between St. Louis and Dexter and will not be inducted into other service off the Chester Sub which is not connected with pool freight service in that corridor. Hours of Service relief of trains operating St. Louis to Dexter may be protected by the extra board at Dexter if the train has reached lllmo or beyond. If the extra board is exhausted, an away-from-home engineer may be used and will thereafter either be deadheaded home or placed first out for service on his rest. Such trains which have not reached Illmo shall be protected on a straightaway move by a home terminal pool engineer at St. Louis. Hours of Service relief of trains in this pool operating from Dexter to St. Louis may be protected by the extra board at St. Louis if the train has reached lllmo or beyond; otherwise, a rested away-from-home terminal engineer at Dexter shall be used on a straightaway move to provide such relief.

RE01 – Article I Section A.2.l:

The engineers in this pool shall not be used to supplant through freight crews or otherwise handle through freight trains between St. Louis and Dexter; however, in the course of handling normal Pool 1 unassigned business, Pool 1 engineers may handle their trains as far south as Dexter. Engineers under such circumstances may either be tied up at Dexter for rest and later used for Pool 1 service or shall be deadheaded to the home terminal. It is understood such Pool 1 engineers may not be injected into the St. Louis-Dexter pool for work back to St. Louis in through freight service, except when there are no rested pool or extra engineers available at Dexter

RE06 – Article I Section A.4:

Hours of Service relief of trains in this pool operating from St. Louis to Jefferson City may be protected by the extra board at Jefferson City if the train has reached Hermann or beyond. If the extra board is exhausted, an away-from-home terminal engineer may be used and will thereafter either be deadheaded home or placed first out for service on their rest. Such trains which have not reached Hermann shall be protected on a straightaway move by a home terminal pool engineer at St. Louis, Hours of Service relief of trains in this pool operating from Jefferson City to St. Louis may be protected by the extra board at St. Louis if the train has reached Washington; otherwise, a rested away-from-home terminal engineer at Jefferson City shall be used on a straightaway move to provide such relief.

RE23 – Article I Section B.2:

Hours of Service relief of trains operating St. Louis to Bloomington may be protected by the extra board at Bloomington, if in existence, if the train has reached Ridgley or beyond. If no extra board exists, such relief may be provided by a rested away-from-home engineer at Bloomington, who will thereafter either be deadheaded home or placed first out for service on their rest. Such trains which have not reached Ridgley shall be protected on a straightaway move by a home terminal pool engineer at St. Louis. Hours of Service relief of trains operating Bloomington to St. Louis may be protected by the extra board at St. Louis if the train has reached Ridgley or beyond; otherwise, a rested away-from-home engineer at Bloomington shall be used on a straightaway move to provide such relief. If none rested and available, the St. Louis Zone 2 extra board may be used beyond Ridgley.   

 

Hours of Service relief of trains operating St. Louis to S. Pekin may be protected by the extra board at S. Pekin, if in existence, if the train has reached Virden siding or beyond. If no extra board exists or it is exhausted, such relief may be provided by a rested away-from-home terminal engineer at S. Pekin, who will thereafter either be deadheaded home or placed first out for service on their rest. Such trains which have not reached Virden siding shall be protected on a straightaway move by a home terminal pool engineer at St. Louis. Hours of Service relief of trains operating S. Pekin to St. Louis may be protected by the extra board at St. Louis if the train has reached Virden siding or beyond; otherwise, a rested away-from-home engineer at S. Pekin shall be used on a straightaway move to provide such relief. If none rested and available, the St. Louis Zone 2 extra board may be used beyond Virden siding.

 

Hours of Service relief of trains operating St. Louis to Villa Grove may be protected by the extra board at Villa Grove, if in existence, if the train has reached Findlay Junction or beyond. If no extra board exists or it is exhausted, such relief may be provided by a rested away-from-home terminal engineer at Villa Grove, who will there after either be deadheaded home or placed first out for service on their rest. Such trains which have not reached Findlay Junction shall be protected on a straightaway move by a home terminal pool engineer at St. Louis. Hours of Service relief of trains operating Villa Grove to St. Louis may be protected by the extra board at St. Louis if the train has reached Findlay Junction or beyond; otherwise, a rested away-from home engineer at Villa Grove shall be used on a straightaway move to provide such relief. If none rested and available, the St. Louis Zone 2 extra board may be used beyond Findlay Junction.

 

RE24 – STL – JIT Agreement:

 

In the STL - JIT Agreement the HOS Relief is spelled out through a line chart attached: 

 

File attachments: 
AttachmentSize
Image icon JIT LINE SEGMENT.jpg89.21 KB

Pages