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The Engineers and Conductors of North Carolina & Virginia Railroad and Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad, represented by IAM&AW District Lodge 19, just ratified a new 5 year agreement. The agreement provides nearly 16 percent wage increases when compounded. Additionally, the agreement increases the amount of vacation and increases flexibility with how vacation may be taken. The agreement also calls for three additional paid holidays. There were some work rule changes that provide training on all shifts as well as limiting long shoves in order to increase member safety.

The membership ratified the agreement by 100 percent. “The work ethic and safety record of our members on the NCVA  and CA allowed me to negotiate an excellent agreement that 100% of our members voted to approve. I would like to thank the members on these railroads for taking this positive step toward a brighter future for themselves and their families”, said General Chairman Andrew Sandberg.

 

As you may be aware, District Lodge 19 has been through litigation in Houston, TX recently.  We are pleased to announce that the jury ruled in favor of District 19.  Please click here to see a summary from General Counsel Mark Schneider.

 

The Iowa State Council of Machinists received an unexpected visitor during their spring business and election meeting on February 14, 2015, in Des Moines.

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger, while traveling from Seattle to Washington, DC, dropped in for a quick visit.

While there, he was asked to take part in the Council’s installation ceremony.

“Since we have the No. 1 card-carrying Machinist member in the room…” said Iowa State Council President and IAM District 6 Directing Business Representative John Herrig.

Happy to oblige, Buffenbarger led the installation of six new Iowa State Council of Machinists officers and executive board members.

“It’s no wonder he's here on Valentines’ Day,” said Herrig. “He loves what he does. He loves the Machinists Union. He loves the working class.”

Buffenbarger thanked the Council for their continued service to Iowa’s working families, and warned of a number of tough battles still ahead with right-to-work laws popping up across the country and the attacks on retiree pensions.

He highlighted the IAM's recent CSX Railroad deal, which helped keep IAM Local 104 jobs in Huntington, WV, in-house and ensure 20 more years of work with a no furlough clause, as a possible model for finding innovative ways to re-purpose farm manufacturing jobs in Iowa.

Watch “Thinking Outside the Locomotive.”

“The Big Four – that’s CSX, Norfolk-Southern, BNSF and Union Pacific – all want the same deal because they see it’s working,” said Buffenbarger. “It’s being replicated already in Cincinnati and Chicago.”

Iowa State Sen. Tony Bisignano (D) was also on hand for the ceremony. He spoke about his job at the state capitol, where there’s currently a Republican majority.

“We are stopping a lot more ugly than we’re going to pass good,” said Sen. Bisignano.

The Iowa State Council of Machinists celebrated 75 years of service in 2014.

 

On January 13, 2015, we met with the NCCC (National Carriers Conference Committee) for initial conferences and to set future dates for National Freight Negotiations.  We will be back at the table in the beginning of March.  We will keep you updated as negotiations progress.

Please click here to view our "Section 6" notice

 

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. 

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