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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
I am proud to announce that on September 13, 2018, our members that are employed at the Indiana Southern Railroad ratified their new Agreement.
 
The ISRR Bargaining Committee served their Section Six Notice on the Carrier in March 2016.  Several very hard negotiation sessions where held over the next two plus years. The Bargaining Committee  reached a tentative agreement with the Carrier on June 21, 2018. I am proud to announce that on September 13, 2018 the Tentative Agreement was ratified by the membership.
 
The Bargaining Committee  successful in holding off the Carrier's demand to  eliminate of all the Maintenance of Ways Machinist Jobs. This agreement offers seven (7) General Wage Increases and maintains an affordable rate of medical, prescription, and dental benefits for our members.  Improvements of the Agreement include:
 
  •   Paid time off for holidays will now be counted as hours worked for determining overtime.
  •   Earned vacation has increased and any unused vacation will be paid out at the end of the year.
  •   Additionally, our members now will accumulate Flex Days at a rate of 0.5 days per month and can be used as personal days off for various reasons.
  •   Each January members will qualify for a voucher for the purchase of safety glasses and boots. 
  •  Finally, in the event of a furlough, members will be eligible to transfer to another G&W property during the furlough.
This agreement is the result of solidarity between members in three different departments of this Carrier.  I would like to thank the bargaining committee and the members at ISRR for their patience and support throughout the bargaining process. 

Josh Hartford
 
Josh Hartford, Chairman

Section Six notices were served by District Lodge 19 upon the Carriers on November 1, 2014 to amend the current Soo Line / IAMAW Agreement and Delaware & Hudson / IAM Agreement.  After almost four (4) years of negotiations a tentative agreement was reached on July 24, 2018.   The tentative agreement was submitted to our General Vice President Sito Pantoja for his review and approval.Click to Read More

Amtrak during the week of August 10 provided a preview of the interior of its new Acela Express fleet that will operate on the Northeast Corridor. The train’s prototype is being made by IAM DL 19, Local Lodge 2741 members at Alstom's manufacturing plant in Hornell, New York, and will be completed in 2019. The first train is slated to enter service in 2021, with all 28 units slated to enter service by the end of 2022.

In 2016, Amtrak announced plans to invest $2.45 billion in Acela Express service along the Northeast Corridor, including a contract with Alstom for the 28 high-speed trainsets. This contract also brought approximately 500 new members into the IAM.

“Our members at Alstom have done an incredible job building these trains that will help revolutionize the rail industry,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. ”Commuters in the Northeast corridor will experience firsthand our members' quality craftsmanship.”

The new trainsets will accommodate up to 386 passengers, marking a 30 percent increase over existing Amtrak trains. They will also provide riders with a more comfortable traveling experience with many upgrades, including more spacious leather seats with lighting, seatbacks that will have handles to aid travelers to walk through the train and larger bathrooms.

Brothers Danny Tavares of Local Lodge 318, Brother Mark Perez Local Lodge 1041, Jeff Liuzzi and Richie Torres Local Lodge 754, along with District Lodge 19 Secretary / Treasurer Rich Nadeau, on the behalf of District Lodge 19, attended the IAMAW Legislative and MNPL Conferences in Washington, DC. 
Click on Legislative and MNPL Conferences to read more. 

5-17-2018 CSX TRANSPORTATION FURLOUGHS 40 MACHINISTS, 102 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES TOTAL

On Friday May 11, 2018 CSX Transportation at the end of first shift announced a furlough at their Cumberland, MD Locomotive Facility & Yard and at the Hamlet NC, Yard. 

Cumberland and Hamlet  Machinists on the first shift were notified at the end of their shift. The 2nd and 3rd shift Machinists who were being furloughed were notified by a phone call and told not to report to work. Thirity-eight (38) Machinists will be furloughed at the close of business on May 18, 2018 at Cumberland MD. Two (2) Machinists at Hamlet NC, will  be furloughed at the close of business on May 18, 2018. Machinists who are being furloughed will be paid five (5) days of pay in lieu of working. The IAMAW – CSX Working Agreement calls for a five-day (5) furlough notice. CSX has elected to pay the Machinist in lieu of working.

These furloughs are just another casualty of the “Precision Railroading” implemented by now deceased, CSX CEO Hunter Harrison and his Protégé and present CEO James Foote. There is no doubt that “Precision Railroading” is a job killer. CSX reported in their 2017 Annual Report of an increase of $339 million in revenue and $461 million in operating income. This just isn't enough for CSX.  CSX continues to furlough employees despite their increases and the fifteen percent (15%) tax break given to them to be used to increase employment.

The Cumberland and Hamlet Machinists who have five (5) years or more of service as a Machinist will be eligible under the Employee Protection Agreement to draw EPA payments and continued Health Care coverage in addition to their Railroad Unemployment Insurance.

Our members also have the opportunity to request a transfer to another CSX facility. Currently CSX needs Machinists at Waycross GA, Evansville IN, Grafton WV, and Jacksonville FL.

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