2.21 Changes

Brothers and Sisters, 

 
    I just got off the phone with Jason Taullie concerning the recent changes to 2.21 Electronic Devices. 
 
    The intent behind the of the changes make the crew room a "Sterile" environment. This is the main change for operating employees. From now on all electronic devices must be turned off and stowed when On Duty. Not complying with this change is considered a critical rule violation under MAPS. 
 
   The only exception to the rule is as follows: 
 
In a crew room to update rules or documents specified in SSI Item 7-A, or other required company provided electronic media only. 
 
   The way this reads you can not make a voice call from your personal cell phone, while in the crew room. 
 
   The example Jason used for the rule group "if a crew member was texting, while sitting at the picnic table in front of the yard office, would it be a critical violation? Yes it would"  
 
   Nothing else has changed with the rule as far as what you are allowed to do on the Locomotive or Deadheading. 
 
  This new change in the crew room is going to be an easy exception for the managers. Don't give this to them. Turn em off and keep them stowed...
 
 

 

Pilots

There have been alot of questions concerning pilots. Here is the FRA insight.

 

Brian  

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Switch Flag Test

 

Brothers and Sisters, 
 
     Attached is a PDF of the Switch Flag Test with pictures and infomation. 
 
Brian 
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Surge in traffic

Brothers and Sisters, 

   

       For those who have not seen the email i just sent out. The recent flooding has caused subdivisions to shutdown on the southern region. 

 

      I recived a phone call this morning from the manpower desk in CMS, they are adding turns to the GXB in STL to protect the extra business. The rerouted traffic is going to hit the KC-STL route. We will monitor the milage closly and adjust accordingly. 

 

Brian 

Vacation Settlement Award

Brothers and Sisters, 

 

  The attached award is hot off the press, this concerns the extension of your vacation by 48 hours on the end. 

 

This is your union in action for you! 

 

Brian 

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Rule Trend's

Brothers and Sisters, 

 

   The following is what the management team is focusing on. 

Brian 

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Training and Education

Brothers and Sisters,

We made a commitment at the GCA meeting to train our representatives.  I need any newly elected Local Chairman or Vice Local Chairman to sign up for the classes that will be held in Cleveland.  The GCA will pay delegate days, expensenes and travel to attend these meetings.  

It is very important that we get this training done so we will have the best representatives on the UP.

We are also training the S/T officers, we got a lot of those done in December but we still need to send a few.

We have a lot of younger Members getting interested in the Union, I love that.  If we stick together we can make some real changes.  

I am asking each of you to attend your Union meetings if you are in town and make your voices heard, if we don't know what the problem is we can't try to fix it, we may not always be successful but you can believe we will give it our best try.  

Only the Members can make the Union stronger, please take time to attend your meetings.

Ronnie Rhodes

PL/LV Pre Approval

Brothers and Sisters,

 

You will find an attached copy of the Personal Day / Single Day Pre-approval pilot. This has been running in select areas of the General Committee for the trial period.

As of January 15, 2016, this pilot will extend to the entire General Committee(excluding Salem). Take a moment to review the agreement as well as the short powerpoint on how the process works.

If you have any questions, contact your Local Chairman.

 

 

Brian Young 

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MAPS letter to UP and the Carrier's response.

Brothers and Sisters,

Below you will find our letter objecting to MAPS sent by our Legal Counsel and the Carrier's response to the letter.  May have another fight on the horizon. 

Ronnie Rhodes

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Medical Questionnaire

Brothers and Sisters,

 These documents will be mailed to you in a few weeks, they are strictly voluntary.  My suggestions to you is not to share any health issues with the UP, there is a good chance you will be pulled out of service never to return to work.

Just say no.

Ronnie

 

 

 
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