Denny D’s Did You Know- Securement

With us being one with Little Rock, I’ve been scanning through the newly issued superintendent bulletins for 2019. They have taken our site specific bulletins and crammed them all into one bulletin. One key bulletin I want to point out is #7 - Securement of Equipment. They most important part is that it specifically states that locomotives handbrakes do not count.


The St. Louis Superintendent bulletins are still in existence, but the Little Rock bulletins now have St. Louis info included in them as well. 


I read through the bulletin and there are a few parts in it pertaining to St. Louis, but the locations that were listed that said only two hand brakes are required are not listed. I highly recommended tying at least two cars down now in the 300 yard, East and West Auxiliary at Dupo, Cotton Belt 4, Airport Siding, and 1-6 Cotton Belt Yard. 


Go back to the ABTH securement rule. Tie down at least two cars, test them, reapply the brakes, secure the locomotives, fill out a securement sheet.



There is a common misconception that another additional release test of the locomotives is required. Securing Unattended Locomotives Rule 32.2.1 Step 6 says to comply with 32.1, which in a nutshell is tie the brakes and test, UNLESS COUPLED TO PREVIOUSLY TEESTED EQUIPMENT. 

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Denny D’s Did You Know

Unannounced Yellow Flags

With renewed testing for yellow flags coming, I thought a review would be helpful. There are increased distractions in the cab that require all of us to be alert. PTC, Trip Optimizer, the conductor’s log, fatigue, and personal issues. It is imperative that we all stay focused and alert.


GCOR 5.4.2 outlines display of yellow flags for temporary speed restrictions. Part B outlines the procedure for when you see a yellow flag which you do not have a slow order for.


The first thing to do is start reducing to 10 MPH. You must be down to 10 MPH 2 miles from the yellow flag. Remember, Cab Red Zone until you reduce to 10 MPH.


Once you are 2 miles from the flag, one of two things are going to allow you to resume speed. Notice the word “or”.


If you pass a green flag, when the rear of your train is beyond it, you can resume speed. The green flag must be 2 miles beyond the yellow flag to count. 


If you do not pass a green flag, the other item that will allow you to resume speed has two parts, and you must do both. If the dispatcher informs you that there is no applicable restriction, you cannot resume speed until the rear of your train is 4 miles beyond the yellow flag. Notice the word “and” in this part. If you’ve already gone 4 miles beyond the yellow flag and still have not reached the dispatcher, you cannot resume speed until you do.


Yellow flag - Be down to 10 MPH two miles from the flag.


Resume Speed - (Rear of Train)


Green Flag (must be two miles beyond yellow flag to count).




4 miles from yellow flag AND dispatcher.








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   I have had many questions over the email about the UP Tax Refund, it is legit. Below is an explanation from Labor Relations and a sample of the packet you received. 

Hello All,

I've heard from both the Payroll and Tax Departments that they are getting calls about the information related to UP employee's tax refunds.  The refund opportunity is true.  UP sued the IRS and obtained a ruling that our employees were made to pay taxes on certain items, including ratification bonuses, that  the government had no right to collect.  The Court found that because the monies paid out were not "compensation" as the IRS considers it, several employees are entitled to a refund.  
I've attached a copy of the draft packet so that you may see what has been sent to many of your members.  More than 22,000 active employees will benefit from this refund. The instructions are clear and embedded in the information that employees will received today (or later if by U.S. mail). 

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payroll deduction error


     It comes to my attention that as of today two members have found discrepancies on their most recent paycheck. 
     I urged everyone to review your most recent pay stub and verify the listed deductions, the carrier seems to have had some withdrawal error and employees are being charge for clothing purchases they did not make. 
   If you have any questions or find your self in a similar situation please let me know. 

Brian Young 
Vice General Chairman - St. Louis Hub 
Local Chairman - Legislative Rep - Division48

Mid America SU


    I just got off the phone with our new Superintendent, as put out on the UP Portal the Little Rock Service Unit has been renamed the Mid America Service Unit, Like wise the KC Service Unit is now the Heartland Service Unit. 
The Mid America Service Unit extends west to Jefferson City but does not include the yard, So Moreau is the line between Heartland and Mid America. 
Mike Prince will be the Senior MOP that will be over our "district". Mr. Bybee informed me as well that he will be on our "district" every other week unless he has obligations in Omaha. 
He referenced there will be multiple districts within the Service Unit to allow for individualized operations and practices. 
As more of this unfolds I will pass out the information, stay tuned. 

Vacation Time




If you are working as an Engineer on November 15, 2018 your vacation will be scheduled as an Engineer. You will need to turn in a vacation request to the BLET.



The BLET only accepts vacation request in writing, either email a BLET Local Chairman or use the vacation request form and deposit in a division mailbox. NO REQUEST PLACED INTO CMTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


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Flag testing


   I just received a notice that all subdivisions are going to be hit for unannounced flag testing... Be on the lookout and stay focused...

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.