District Lodge 19

where it all begin






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.”


After more than five years of tough negotiations, the 13-union New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition, which includes IAM District Lodge 19, has reached a tentative agreement with New Jersey Transit.  The agreement comes less than two days from a strike that would have shut down New Jersey's commuter railroad.

This announcement will certainly come with a sigh of relief for the commuters of New Jersey and more importantly, the 4000+ union workers that have been without a contract since 2011.  The union workers are the real winners here.

"I would like to thank our Machinists in Local Lodge 1041, Assistant President John Lacey and General Chairman Gary Naylor as well as the entire coalition for standing together in solidarity and reaching an agreement to avert a work stoppage.  All parties involved have shown tremendous commitment and dedication to our cause," said DL19 P/DGC Jeff Doerr.  "Additionally, I would like to extend a special thanks to General Vice President Sito Pantoja and his staff for all of their support throughout this process.  This is a team effort and when we stick together, everyone wins!"

District Lodge 19 would like to recognize Local Lodge 1041 Local Chairman Mark Perez, Vice Local Chairman and Lead Strike Captain Brian Lock, President Mike Decio, Secretary-Treasurer Charles Lombardi and Recording Secretary Sean Fritze for their involvement throughout this painstakingly long process.  Thanks to each of you for staying the course and looking out for the best interests of your membership.

The tentative agreement will be put forth to the members for ratification in the coming weeks.

More details will follow as they become available.


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Please see this important press release from the New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition.



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Brothers and Sisters,

As your strike date approaches, rest assured that you have the support of District Lodge 19 as well as the entire IAM!  Please see the following letters:






With just over a week to go before a possible strike, 1000+ NJ Transit workers rallied in Woodbridge, NJ on Saturday.  The New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition, which includes the IAM, called for a resolution to the five year dispute with NJT.  Several elected officials also called on state leaders to accept the recommendations from Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 249, which sided with our coalition.

NJT Workers at RallyWhile our coalition wasn't able to reach an agreement in Washington, D.C. last week, the National Mediation Board (NMB) said the talks were "positive and constructive".  We are meeting again today in Newark in hopes of reaching an agreement that will advert the looming work stoppage.

"I hope that today's talks lead to a voluntary agreement which reflects the hard work and dedication of our members on New Jersey Transit.  We would much rather reach a settlement at the bargaining table than on the picket line.  However, we will take any and all measures necessary to ensure that our members get a fair agreement," said P/DGC Jeff Doerr.  "I'd like to thank my AP/DGC John Lacey and General Chairman Gary Naylor as well as the NJT Rail Labor Coalition for all of their hard work throughout this round of bargaining."


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