District Lodge 19

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The NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) issued a ruling Friday that will streamline the organizing process.  The new rule shortens the time between when an election is ordered and when it is held. The ruling eliminates the 25 day waiting period and reduces litigation that can be used to stall the election.  It also requires the company to furnish organizers with phone numbers and email addresses for workers.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the NLRB's "modest but important reforms" will help reduce delays and make it easier for workers to vote on forming a union.  "Strengthening protections for workers seeking to come together and bargain collectively is critical to workers winning much-deserved wage gains and improiving their lives", said Trumka.

This ruling is set to go into effect on April 14th, 2015.

On Thursday, the board also ruled that employees who have access to their employer's email system have the right to use it for union organizing as long as it isn't on company time.


source: AP (Associated Press)

Attached, please find the latest update from President/Directing General Chairman, Jeff Doerr, concerning the Federal Railroad Safety Act. FRSA Update

Open enrollment is now taking place in the month of October for all members covered under the national health and welfare plan. It is very important to update your information, which is made easy through the website "Your Track To Health". Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will also need to be renewed at this time. Please click on the link and follow the online instructions. Your Track to Health


District lodge 19 completed another very successful Advanced Local Chairman Training class. Each local lodge leader received an intense week of hearing and investigation training, all designed to create better representatives for our membership. The class placed each local lodge leader into several different, real world situations, where they had to investigate and represent members in hearings.

With heavy hearts we announce Brother Machinist General Chairman, Terry Kruciak, has passed away after a hard fought battle with esophageal cancer. Brother Terry was a proud machinist who worked tirelessly representing road mechanics for all class one Carriers. Brother Terry Kruciak will be deeply missed. 

District lodge 19's Assistant President/Directing General Chairman John Lacey and General Chairman Gary Naylor have signed a tentative agreement with Metro North Railroad.

This week CSX Railroad proudly displayed 5 newly rebuilt 4 axle locomotives re-manufactured by District Lodge 19 machinist's at Huntington, West Virgina. President/Directing General Chairman Jeff Doerr commented saying "I could not be any prouder of a group of true railroad machinists. They are working hard to give CSX the best quality product at an unbeatable price!"

District Lodge 19 recently entered into an agreement with CSX to bring all 4 axle locomotive rebuilds to Huntington, West Virgina.

District Lodge 19 has ratified a 6 1/2 year agreement with the Long Island Railroad. President/Directing General Chairman Jeff Doerr would like to thank Assistant PDGC John Lacey, General Chairman Gary Naylor and the entire membership of Local Lodge 754 for their continued effort in this hard fought battle. "Together we stand in solidarity for the betterment of our union and District" said PDGC Doerr.

On Monday July 28, 2014, District Lodge 19 reached a tentative agreement with Metra Commuter Rail located in Chicago, Illinois.

This six-year tentative agreement provides for substantial wage increases, retroactive pay, a signing bonus, an increase in employer contributions to the Supplemental Retirement Plan. This agreement also addresses several concerns members had over sick leave, personal days, vacation accrual, and an alternative work week schedule.

"I would like to thank District Lodge 19 General Chairman Andrew Sandberg, Local Lodge President Shaun O'Connor, Local Chairman & Executive board member Jose Garza, and Local Chairman Dave May for all their hard work and dedication in reaching the tentative agreement," said P/DGC Jeff Doerr. "Giving our members the opportunity to vote and have their voices heard is what the IAM, and District Lodge 19 is all about."

The year long negotiations, will culminate in a ratification vote by the members of Local Lodge 498. Download Details

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