Guest Speaker, Dennis Bramlett spoke at our meeting today emphasizing our right to vote and the ability to vote by mail ballot.
Pres. Ginther spoke of:
GN 104 (G) LOF- the company is watching the use of LOF.
Safetey Summit Aggreement- the company is looking to back out.
LC JD Paul (Ft. Worth) passed away in a car accident, thoughts are with his family.
AFHT Quincy- will be moving hotels, to the Microtel.
Trip Optimizer- a request has been made to the FRA to stop the use of TO because it is too distracting and not safe.
Attendance- pay attention to your mark up times if you get close on your availability, ie- the 30 min grace period for weekend days.
Investigations- there are many... even if you are furloughed, all the company is required to do is a first ATTEMPT to notify you of your investigation... be sure to contact a LC IMMEDIATELY so they can get to work on your case.
87th St IHB Crew Change Point- if the foreign crew won't get off the train, call the Command Center and notify them (CYA) and notify a LC.
Burlington- when you have a Hannibal train, be sure to leave the TW!
GALLIM pool- still getting pilots, but you may only get one for the crew (unless the train has work)... keep note of request for pilot in case of an incident.
Business is picking up in Galesburg, according to the car numbers.
Furlough- 7 called back last week.
Requesting Brakeman- road crews cannot do switching (other than straight set out, b/o set out, hazmat and/or tonnage compliance)... ALL locals are to have a brakeman... if you request a brakeman, say that you are not refusing the work, but you will wait for a brakeman to arrive.
Signal sheets- there will be new signal sheets for Eola in the YD on Feb 20.
Medical Issues- try to get FMLA and keep documents in case of availability issue.
There is an expected downturn in business for the next 3 quarters.
If you receive a letter of investigation be sure to notify a LC immediately and keep the originial envelope (with the green card).
Be sure to turn in all your declines and SIRPs, they force the company to do the right thing!
It was voted in to have the Local 1423 use our union hall to have their meetings for the time being.
There will also be a calandar in the works, to post upcoming events in the local.
Cutting crossings- be sure the you are able to get the minumum required distance from crossings when cutting/stopping... if proper distance cannot be obtained, be sure to notify the DS and empower yourself to take the safest route- which may be putting the train back together, to avoid someone getting hit (more than one track).