District Lodge 19

where it all begin

 PDGC Mike Perry

The Corner Office

  • President, J. Michael Perry

The Corner office Message from the PDGC
We hope this edition finds you and your family well.


Greetings Members

I hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. We know that this is a trying time for District 19 front line essential Machinists.   We know the Carriers on their right hand tell you that your health and safety is the most important thing to the, however on their left hand they tell their front line management personnel “get the work no matter what the cost is”.   We are addressing every issue of health and safety, especially each issue concerning the COVID – 19 Virus that is brought to us with the Carriers.   The work you do is essential, not only essential but provides the necessities to combat and conquer this Pandemic for all of America. We encourage Local Reps to bring all safety and health issues, especially those that pertain specifically to COVID – 19 Virus directly to local management and your General Chairman. We ask that you document each issue and/or concern that you or your members have. Your General Chairmen are working very hard addressing all concerns and issues that are brought to them. I know that you aren’t getting the recognition that you deserve but, do know we and your GVP, Sito Pantoja recognize and truly appreciate your dedication and hard work for America.

Several important communications have been issued by our International President, Robert Martinez. Local Lodge Officers please pay close attention to these communications. They contain vital information about Local Lodge Meetings, Unemployment Stamps, Union Dues, and Grand Lodge Convention Delegate Nomination and Elections. Also sent out was a packet on the “CARES Act”/ Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). If you have any questions about the “CARES Act” please contact your General Chairman.

On District business, I would like to be the first to congratulate three new members of the District Lodge 19 Executive Board. In Region 2, Secretary Treasurer of Local Lodge 1347 Bellevue, OH, Adam J. Hamernik. Brother Adam came to NS Railroad in 2007 and served his local as President, Local Chairman, Auditor and Committeeman and Bylaw Committeeman. He is also a former member of the United Auto Workers Locals 1623, 1379 and NCF&O Local 578.

Also, in region 2, Brother Raykharam P. Persaud. Brother Ray is currently Local Chairman (2nd term) of Local Lodge 112, Minneapolis, MN. Brother Persaud came to BNSF in 1994 and served his Local Lodge as Diesel Shop Committeeman, Local Chairman and Vice President.   He also served his lodge as Delegate to the 2012 and 2016 Grand Lodge Convention and District Lodge 19, 2018 Convention. He received Local Lodge Officer training, DOL Rail Hazmat Certification Training and Local Lodge 1833 Shop Committee development training.

In Region 4 is Brother Timothy L. Cahall from Local Lodge 1284 Wilmington Delaware. Brother Cahall came to Amtrak in January 2011, he previously worked for Chrysler, Newark DE and was very active in the UAW Local 1183. His auto plant closed in 2008, however Brother Tim stayed active in his UAW Local. Brother Cahall is currently the President / Local Chairman and has served his IAM Local 1284 as Vice President / Vice Local Chairman, Vice President /Local Chairman, and now President.

Please join me in congratulating these new DL – 19 Executive Board Members, I am confident they will serve the members of District 19 extremely well.  

Please stay safe and protect your family. We will overcome this Pandemic while bringing Justice and fairness to the workplace.

Mike Perry