Newsletter June-July, 2001
NEWS AND INFORMATION
NEXT UNION MEETING:
SEPTEMBER 13 AT 18:30.
HOLIDAY INN IN
This newsletter will cover both months of June and July. I appreciate the comments and suggestions that I have been receiving on the newsletter. Keep them coming.
We recently lost a dear friend and coworker. Patty Adams passed away in June, 2001. We all will miss her.
GENERAL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS:
CL Roy was re-elected as our general chairman. Our local chairman was nominated for fifth alternate, but was defeated by only two votes.
POSSIBLE MERGER OF UTU/BLE.
The UTU and BLE should be sending out more information on this issue. Also a ballot will be mailed out for you to vote on this issue.
A web site has been set up to answer all members' questions and the unification agreement can be downloaded and printed from this site. The web site is at www.ble.org/utumerger
THE HOUSE PASSED THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT BILL!!! It will be sent to the Senate now for a vote. Keep the letters, e-mails and phone calls going.
There was a claims conference in Erwin on June. Everyone who had a claim paid should have a copy of said claim. There will be another claims conference call on August 21, 2001.
ISSUES PENDING WITH GENERAL COMMITTEE'S OFFICE:
We have had a number of issues pending with the general chairman's office. Our general chairman, Cleatus Roy, now has ninety days to act upon these issues.
The issues are:
*CRR #15 violations
*Lodging at Shelby
*Stepping up of conductors
*Payroll denial of Established claims
DEADHEADING AND COMBOS:
Remember anytime you get into a taxi, other than within a yard, you need a deadhead number. If you make a turn and one leg of the trip is in a taxi, get a combo number. Payroll can't pay you the combo miles without a combo number.
CMC is not placing engineers at the bottom of the pool as called for. If you are on a pool job and you are on a personal leave day or a daily vacation and you are due to mark up at 0001, you should be placed at the bottom of the pool. You should call the crew caller and make certain that you are placed at the bottom of the calling order. Tell the crew caller that you were compensated for the day and you are due to be placed at the bottom of the calling order.
Also, on the Extra board you should be placed at the bottom of the board.
Payroll still contends that the 02 miles should be 140 instead of 144. This is presently being worked on by the General Committee's office. Submit claims for the four miles that you are shorted each trip under code 97, agreements CRR ART 16 and 458 award ART 6.
Also, continue to watch you're rate of pay when called for a trip to Loyall. The rate of pay should be KS 3 instead of KS 2.
If you are working a job and you are displaced by a senior engineer, and the person who displaced you marks off before they work the job than you are due to be called for the job. Example: You are working the A1 pool, q693, and you get displaced on Monday morning at 0600, and the person who displaced you marks off before the job is called. You are due to work that job.
If you have any news you would like printed in the newsletter please let me know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at 423-741-2066
FL Dishman retired in July. We will miss him, but we hope he will enjoy his retirement.
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