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General Chairman Gary Naylor Successfully protects

Machinist work
on the Metro- North Commuter Rail 
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Lincoln, NE Local Lodge 612 Locomotive Shop and Havelock Wheel Plant Machinists ratified an Agreement that will protect the jobs of over 400 local residents.
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This is the official call to register for the upcoming District Lodge 19 Basic Local Chairman Development program June 2 - 7, 2019. You can download the Basic LC registration  packet by clicking here -BASIC LOCAL CHAIRMAN DEVELOPMENT REGISTRATION PACKET. The program schedule offers a wide range of training for all members of your Lodge to educate, develop and refine their skills to represent the membership skillfully and effectively.  There are no restrictions as to whom may enroll in this program but we will give priority to members who are currently holding a position that the course is designed for.  

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General Secretary-Treasurer Department announces and schedules Financial Officers' Seminar for Railroad Local Lodges  September 15 - 20, 2019 at our training facility, William W. Winpisinger Center, in Hollywood, MD. 

We encourage all Financial Officers who have not attended this training please do so.  If you are a Financial Officer and have not attended this training in a few years we also encourage you to attend it again.  Local Lodge Financial Officer work is extremely important and this seminar will make your job a lot easier.  

Please Click on 2019 Financial Officers Seminar Registration Packet to Register for the Seminar. 

 

General Chairman John Denny wins double time pay for BNSF Traveling Mechanics.  Traveling Mechanics on the BNSF Railroad are monthly rated employees and have not been paid double time for time worked over sixteen (16) hours.  GC Denny argued to BNSF that Roadway Mechanics are paid at the overtime rate of time and one-half in accordance with their Working Agreement. BNSF argued that double-time provisions did not apply to Traveling Mechanics because they are monthly rated employees. He then argued that the provisions of the overtime rule applied to time and one-half on hours worked over ten (10), therefore, the double-time rules for hours worked over sixteen (16) also applies.  GC Denny convinced the Carrier that he was right and now has received confirmation that the change has been made and all Traveling Mechanics will now be paid double-time for all hours worked over sixteen (16). 
Congratulations GC John Denny for a job well done. 
      
                                                       
 
 ATTENTION RETIREES
Most railroad retirement annuities, like social security benefits, will increase in January 2019 due to a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the third quarter of 2017 to the corresponding period of the current year.
 
In January 2019, the average regular railroad retirement employee annuity will increase $60 a month to $2,808 and the average of combined benefits for an employee and spouse will increase $86 a month to $4,078. For those aged widow(er)s eligible for an increase, the average annuity will increase $34 a month to $1,396.
 
 
You can also download RRB News announcement concerning increased benefits by clicking on  No. 18-8 October 2018.
 
                                                       
 
Members working for Keolis of Local Lodge 318 Ratifies Agreement
 
On October 4, 2018 a coalition consisting of the IAMAW-District 19, TCU, ARASA, IBB, SMART Mechanical, SEIU/NCFO, TCU Carmen, and the TWU Carmen reached a tentative agreement with KEOLIS Commuter Services. This tentative agreement came about after numerous years of some very tough negotiations and even mediation.  During the first week of November this tentative agreement was presented to our membership for ratification and it was overwhelmingly accepted.

This Agreement provides for a 15.5% general wage increase over the term of the agreement.  Retirees, employees terminated  who are reinstated and the beneficiary of any employee who passed away will receive full retroactive pay. 

The employees’ Health & Welfare cost sharing has minimal increases, there is also  a new H&W plan which will be offered as of April 1, 2019.  This plan will further reduce the cost sharing for employees. 

This Agreement also provides for an additional new holiday, Martin Luther King Day, this has been added as a paid holiday.
 
There were several work rule changes that favor the employees as well as security language negotiated to protect the members if Keolis’ contract should not be renewed with the state of Massachusetts in June of 2022.

Keolis is a contractor hired by the state to operate the MBTA Commuter rail in Boston, being a contractor always makes negotiations tougher than usual, however, District 19 along with the other unions of our coalition prevailed in providing a very good agreement that our membership overwhelmingly accepted.
 
I would like to thank President / LC Danny Tavares, III, Local Lodge 318 for his assistance and hard work in helping with negotiating this agreement.  I would also like to thank all the Machinists of Keolis for their solidarity, support, patience and understanding during these tough negotiations.
 
Gary Naylor                              Daniel N. Tavares III  
                        
Gary Naylor                 Danny Tavares, III 
General Chairman           President / LC LL 318
 
 
IDPAP POLICY TO EFFECT OPERATING AND SHOP CRAFTS
 
On September 20, CSX sent emails to all crafts informing us that they were instituting a new Discipline Policy (IDPAP). The IAM immediately requested a phone call to discuss the changes and went to work on analyzing the new policy that was sent in an attachment to the original email. At first glance we found that the suspensions had been reduced which we agreed with but we also found that this latest version imposed a Formal Reprimand at the first step without a chance at an investigation/trial. This violates our agreement and every other Unions agreement as well.

On September 21, at 3:30 PM, We had a conference call with CSX Labor Relations and all other crafts. We raised our concern with the new policy and Labor Relations tried to explain that a formal reprimand is not discipline, this is not true. Arbitrators have consistently ruled that any derogatory mark on an employee’s personnel file is considered discipline and therefore an investigation needs to be offered prior to issuing a formal reprimand. At this point the Labor Relations team put all of us on hold for several minutes, when they came back on they claimed that they would be getting back to us on this. As you will see on the updated policy for all crafts, CSX made the necessary change. So, this time CSX actually did the right thing before anyone was hurt by it.

In addition, all steps were reduced in the policy as you will see in the attachment. This reduction is more of a savings so CSX doesn’t have to fill jobs when Members are disciplined but it helps us too. All in all, this is good news for our Members.
 
 
Andrew Sandberg                                                            Jason Gibbs
Andrew Sandberg                                                              Jason Gibbs 
 Asst. to PDGC                                                               General Chairman 
 
Members on the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad (LS&I), ratified a new  2015-2019 Agreement
 
In November 2014 District 19 served their Section Six Notice on the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad. Negotiations began shorty after that.  A tentative Agreement was reached in August 2018. 
 
On September 30, 2018 the members on the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad ratified their new Agreement.  This agreement is a four (4) year deal from January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2019.  The agreement provides for a 12.5% general wage increase (GWI) over the term of the agreement.  The first GWI of 3% was given on January 1, 2015.  The balance of the GWI will come in July of each year of the agreement.  The Agreement also provides retroactive pay.
 
The Health and Welfare will remain pursuant to the National Health and Welfare plans, and the exception of the plan being administered by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers more in network providers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in which the LS&I Railroad is located. 

I would like to thank all the members of the LS&I Railroad for their patience and solidarity during this long period of negotiations. 
 
Kyle Loos
 
Kyle Loos
General Chairman
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