District Lodge 19

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District Lodge 19  mourns the Loss of our Executive Board Member Jim Spalo, age 59.  Brother Spalo was initiated into the IAMAW on June 1st, 2000.  He was a devoted member of Local Lodge 478 in Chicago, IL where he served as Recording Secretary and Local Chairman.

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ATTENTION AMTRAK EMPLOYEES: 

DEPENDENT VERIFICATION AUDIT FOR BENEFIT PLANS.

Amtrak will be conducting a dependent verification audit for all employees for benefits enrollment for 2020.  A third-party vendor (Dialog Direct) will be conducting this audit. Certain documentation must be provided to Dialog Direct no later than November 29, 2019. All employees must respond and do so by November 29, 2019.  Employees who do not respond will have their benefits terminated on December 1, 2019.

Amtrak employees should start receiving packets at their homes the week of September 23, 2019 that will include a personal identification Pin Number to be used when submitting forms or talking to a Dialog Direct representative.

A sample copy of the Eligibility and Documentation instruction is attached for your review.  A call center (888-437-2231) will be open September 30 along with a fax line for submitting forms (1-888-788-2668).  More information on the audit can be found at https://www.dependentverification.budco.com/user/cdv on September 27, 2019.  

FROM THE NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE JOINT PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Beginning January 1, 2020 until March 31, 2020, the Joint Plan Committee, consisting of the Cooperating Railway Labor Organizations (CRLO) and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) Health and Welfare Committee, is conducting a spouse eligibility verification of The Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan for U.S. Employees to ensure the Plan is providing medical, dental and vision benefits only to eligible spouses. 


Please read the communications concerning the spouse audit from                                                                                                                                    President Directing General Chairman, Mike Perry and the Joint Plan Committee.

This is to inform the members subject to the National Agreement, that Friday September 13, 2019 will be the last day for  you to submit your survey.  We have a good response to the National Agreement Section 6 Notice Survey so far.  We would still like hear from more members.

On Monday September 16, 2019 data from surveys will be reviewed and organized.  Sometime after Monday September 16, 2019 we will receive a detailed report from the surveys.  As soon as get that information we will share it with you.  

I wish to thank all who have participated in the survey so far.  The information we get from the survey will play a major role in our Section 6 notice and our negotiations. 

                                 To fill out and submit your survey please click on this link.  http://www.expertscan.autodata.com/default.aspx?webid=31B48974-80BE-47E7-A02E-1C2B6E718985

Thank you and In Solidarity,

Mike Perry  

Greetings to all the Members of District Lodge 19:

               Official Election Results.

The counting of the ballots has been completed and tallied by three District Lodge 19 Tellers.  

GC Josh Hartford and DL19 EAP Director Danny Tavares volunteered for and were appointed to IAMAW, Transportation Department Critical Incident Response Team by GVP Sito Pantoja.   Brother Josh and Danny have responded to several  Critical Incidents already.  They are a part of a large team that Brother Sito put together to help our members when potential life changing incidents happen to them.  Members tell the story about the relief they get when members of the CIRT team shows up at a time when they need support the most.  They tell us that the support of the CIRT team is invaluable.  The CIRT team is just a phone call away.   READ MORE

Oregon Democrat Senators Ron Wyden and Jeffrey A. Merkley want answers from Union Pacific Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Lance M. Fritz on why UPRR has furloughed nearly 200 employees in Hinkle, Oregon.  Senators Wyden and Merkley sent a letter to Mr. Fritz requesting a full explanation to better understand the impacts on the workforce and facility disinvestments.

Senator Wyden and Merkley in their letter stated:  "We are deeply concerned about rural Oregon economics and your company's actions as it appears to risk destabilizing already fragile communities.  While the company has substantial resources to reinvest and modify operations over time, many of these workers and their families are not so fortunate".  

                                                                                                                          Click here to read the Senators letter.  

We will stay in contact with Senator Ron Wyden and Jeffrey Merkley offices and report back to you on any response they may receive from UPRR CEO Fritz. 

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Chairman, Peter DeFazio (Read DeFazio Letter) has called a special hearing to receive our testimony regarding the Machinist, Rail Workforce.

This hearing is the result of our efforts last month to inform Mr. DeFazio and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous materials- Dan Lipinski on the Effects of Precision Railroading.

Please keep sending a survey each time you feel that the current conditions that you are working in resulted from this new model. Please be as specific as possible when doing so.
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