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Local Lodge 356 from District Lodge 19 out of Kansas City held an informational picket at the Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.  Local lodge 356 was joined by members from local 378 out of Topeka, District 19 General Chairmen Michael McCarthy and Kyle Loos, along with support from the Southern Territory’s, District 70 and the Kansas State Counsel of Machinists.

The purpose of the informational picket was to inform the public of the anti-union tactics being used by the Carrier against our brothers & sisters, and to tell the K & O, Enough is Enough! (A)PDGC Lacey stated, “Today sent a strong message of strength, Machinist determination and solidarity. Over 40 IAM members from the Transportation Department and the Southern Territory joined together to send the K & O a message; Enough is Enough!” Lacey continued, “I would like to thank the General Chairmen for their leadership, and the membership from local 356 for their continued support, while we fight to bring justice and dignity to their work place. I also thank General Vice President Sito Pantoja and General Vice President Mark Blondin for their help with this very important fight.” 

10.6.2016 - Local Lodge 356 Holds Informational Picket

Our shop craft coalition, IAM, TCU, BRAC, IBEW & TWU, met in mediation with the NCCC on September 27th to continue national negotiations. The main issue of discussion was focused on healthcare benefits and the associated costs of the plan. Acting PDGC Lacey stated, “Our coalition is determined to maintain the current level of benefits while negotiating in good faith to bring resolve to this current round of negotiations with a contract our members will ratify with confidence.” The NCCC did not present any counter proposals in this round. We are currently scheduled to resume national negotiations on October 25, 2016. 

Acting District 19 President Directing General Chairman John Lacey was invited by the White House to attend todays announcement by Vice President Joe Biden that the proposed deal between Amtrak and Alstom Transport has been finalized. The $2.45 billion train project calls for Alstom Transport to build new high-speed Acela trains to service Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. Alstom Transport expects this deal to provide more than 500 new IAM Machinist jobs to its plant in Hornell, NY.

“I’d like to thank International President Martinez, the IAM Legislative Department, IAM District 19 and the skilled IAM workers at Alstom for making this happen,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “This is the kind of thing that not only changes the lives of current and future IAM members but it also changes entire communities.”

“This is a major deal that will create about 500 high quality IAM jobs in Hornell, New York,” said International President Bob Martinez. “I’d like to thank the IAM’s Legislative and Transportation Departments for their dogged determination over many months to get this done.”

"It was an honor and a privilege to represent our members in District 19 and Local lodge 2741 in this historic announcement that will bring high quality jobs to the Hornell area," said PDGC John Lacey.  "I would like to thank International President Bob Martinez, General Vice President Sito Pantoja and Legislative Director Hasan Solomon for all the efforts that were put forth to make this happen."

Part of the $2.45 in federal loans will be used to upgrade the passenger railroad’s current fleet. Amtrak will contract with Alstom to build 28 next-generation high-speed train sets that will replace the trains used as part of Amtrak’s Acela Express service. The trains will be built at Alstom’s Hornell and Rochester, N.Y., facilities.

“This loan is a key step to providing investments needed to help keep high-speed trains moving throughout the region, and to help all commuters in the Northeast Corridor,” said Vice President Biden. “We need these kinds of investments to keep this region — and our whole country — moving, and to create new jobs.”

 

District lodge 19, our coalition partners and the National Carrier’s Conference Committee (NCCC) are currently working with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in order to determine the availability of all parties so that we can proceed with our June meeting.

Unfortunately, we have no new information to report as our previous meeting was cancelled by the NMB. We are currently awaiting the counter-proposals from the NCCC regarding vacation, holidays, personal leave and bereavement.

Please rest assured that we will update you as new information develops. As many of you know, negotiating under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), especially in a national agreement involving many different Unions and Carriers, can be a long and arduous process. Despite that, District Lodge 19 remains committed to bringing back a fair agreement that rewards our Machinists for their incredible work in helping to keep America moving.

 

If you are covered under the National Freight Agreement, please be advised that your monthly cost sharing contribution will be adjusted effective July 1, 2016.  The new rate will be $228.89 per month.  Please see the following letter in regard to this change.

 

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CALGARY, Alberta — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. today announced that it has terminated efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), including the withdrawal of a resolution asking NS shareholders to vote in favor of good-faith negotiations between the two companies. No further financial offers or overtures to meet with the NS board of directors are planned at this time.

Canadian Pacific has no plans to seek mergers with other railways, Chief Executive Hunter Harrison said in an interview. He said the company’s board decided to abandon its merger ambitions over the weekend as it became clear that political and industry opposition was too great.

This opposition includes District Lodge 19, which filed an objection to CP's petition to the Surface Transportation Board on Friday.  (For the full text of DL19's objection, click here.)

 

District Lodge 19 has filed an objection with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in regard to Canadian Pacific Railway's recent petition for an expedited declaratory order.  CP is seeking a declaratory order on two issues:  Whether a voting trust structure could be used while CP attempts to acquire control of Norfolk Southern (NS) and whether CP CEO Hunter Harrison would be able to end his ties at CP in order to take control of NS prior to a merger's regulatory approval.  Please see the following letter from President/Directing General Chairman Jeff Doerr regarding District Lodge 19's objection. (Click here for the full text of our objection.)

 

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Machinists of Local Lodge 2741 in Hornell, NY just overwhelmingly ratified a new 5 year agreement with Alstom Transport.  District Lodge 19, with the help of LL 2741’s Negotiating Committee, reached a tentative agreement with the company last week.  Today’s ratification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Negotiating Committee, who attended a negotiation preparation class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center earlier this year.

The agreement calls for annual general wage increases, an increase in employer pension contributions, a cap on mandatory overtime as well as other work rule changes to benefit the members of Local Lodge 2741.  Members will also see a shortened rate progression time and a shortened probationary period for new-hires.

“Foremost, I would like to recognize the members of Local Lodge 2741 on ratifying the agreement they wanted.  Also, my sincere thanks goes out to General Vice President Sito Pantoja for his support as well as the Negotiating Committee and General Chairman Gary Naylor for working so hard over the past few months to bargain for an agreement that is worthy of ratification by their members,” said P/DGC Jeff Doerr.

 

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After five years of negotiations and two Presidential Emergency Boards (PEBs), Machinists of District Lodge 19 have overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement with the nation’s third largest commuter railroad. With nearly 90% voting in favor, members of Local Lodge 1041 finally have a fair agreement with New Jersey Transit. The IAM is the first union in the NJT Rail Labor Coalition to ratify the new agreement.

 

This agreement provides for solid wage increases with full retroactive pay for current employees as well as retirees. We were able to keep healthcare contributions affordable in order to preserve net wage gains while maintaining a high level of benefits.

 

“Congratulations Brothers and Sisters on winning the contract that you deserve. Your perseverance and determination in winning a fair contract is an example for all union members to emulate,” said P/DGC Jeff Doerr. “In addition to the members of Local Lodge 1041, I would like to extend a special thanks to General Vice President Sito Pantoja for his and the Transportation Department's support throughout this process.  Additionally, I would like to thank AP/DGC John Lacey, GC Gary Naylor, LL 1041 LC Mark Perez, President Mike Decio, Assistant LC Brian Lock as well as the rest of the negotiating committee for their hard work over the past five years.”

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