2.13

Brothers,

 

    To recap some of the discussions at today’s division meeting,

 

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The long wait times at the Jeff City hotel should be easing, the Carrier has increased the number of guaranteed rooms per night at that facility, if this continues to be a problem please send me detailed examples.

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Along the lines with the lodging, if there are any issues with any hotels, dirty rooms, water damage or anything unsanitary, document the issue with pictures and send them to me. The more documentation there is the more likely the chances of resolving the issues.

On Tuesday there was a Local Chairman meeting with the Supt. Discussed at that meeting:

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There was an outlined presentation of the shift in operations of the Pine Bluff yard, the yard is still in service just no longer a hump yard. They are continuing to flat switch and use the property as a classification yard. This will cause some train symbols to change yet there is no shift in the workload on the northern end of the Service Unit.

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The rumor mill has been putting out that Patriot Rail is taking over Lesperance St. not only is that false but beginning in the next day or two. The carrier plans to build outbound trains from Lesperance St. right now this is a southbound train to Poplar Bluff every other day. The Supt seems excited of the potential for shifting some cars from the A&S and blocking them at Lesperance St. to go south.

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There was a lot of talk on the expectations of Conductors as it pertains to 6.31 Max Authorized Speed. I can not express that even 1 over is a violation of 6.31 and a coachable offence, if PTC causes an enforcement then you will be charges with a critical rule.

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The Attendance Policy was discussed and the Supt, would not give a hard number, we as Local Chairman and some of the managers look at what causes an attendance letter and try to judge what triggers the action.  We seem to see the 5 Non Comp Layoffs and 2 weekends as the limit, yet we have seen some charged with 5 and 1.

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Further Discussion on more rumors were discussed, such as UP purchasing Rose Lake and/or the B&O line to Salem that is all false.

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They are beginning a capital project to expand the Dupo Yard, this is in the very early stages they have just budgeted the money for the initial surveying and planning. To begin with they are going to close the Carondelet Ave. crossing, move and expand the intermodal ramp out by the wye. This is early planning yet a sign there is no future to idle Dupo or any operations around St. Louis.