Effective January 1, 2013 the 2002 Flowback Agreement (established pursuant to Article VI of UTU 1995 National Agreement) is revised and amended to coincide with CSXT Labor Agreement 1-023-07 (BLET SSA). In addition, the amendments address and settle the confusion regarding the proper procedures for permitting a voluntary flowback.
A joint letter from the UTU B&O General Chairperson and BLET Northern Lines General Chairperson, along with the amended flowback agreement can be viewed here.
Posted by SCM on Friday, December 21 Eastern Standard Time (580 reads)
The office will be closed Monday and Tuesday December 24th & 25th in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas. The office will be open for business December 26th, 27th & 28th. We will then be closed again Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st 2013, in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Holiday’s.
We wish You and Your Loved Ones a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in 2013!
Posted by SCM on Friday, December 21 Eastern Standard Time (830 reads)
Every 5 or 6 years (depending upon how the leap year falls) the New Year’s Day holiday falls on a Sunday. Consequently, pursuant to Federal guidelines and the provisions of our Collective Bargaining Agreement, any holiday that falls on a Sunday will be observed on the following Monday. Last year, the New Year’s Day holiday fell on Sunday, moving the New Year’s Day holiday to Monday, January 2, 2012; and correspondingly moving the Saturday, December 31, 2011 New Year’s Eve holiday to Sunday, January 1, 2012.
The net result of the above for payroll purposes was that it created 12 holidays in calendar year 2012, with only ten (10) holidays in calendar year 2011. Since the T&E National Holiday Agreements provide for a maximum of eleven (11) combination paid holiday/personal leave days in a calendar year. This created a problem for payroll purposes for those employees who did not use their full eleven (11) days of entitlement in 2011 by using Personal Leave days, but instead were counting on collecting that last holiday in 2011 by collecting New Year’s Eve holiday pay. This “12th holiday” issue would have no application to employees who were able to secure their last holiday in 2011 by recovering a “carry over PL day” in 2012. It would only apply to those who had used up their PL day entitlement in 2011 and were forced to collect holiday pay for December 31, 2011; but were unable to because of the change in the holiday schedule.
Posted by SCM on Monday, December 03 Eastern Standard Time (651 reads)
The General Committee has announced the 2012 Productivity Fund Share value for Crew Consist protected employees who qualify for these payments.
The B&O Eastern and Western Productivity Fund 6603 for crew consist protected employees retaining their fund will be valued at $98.11 per share this year. This amount represents an increase of $27.65 per share (+ 39.24%) over last year’s value of $70.46 per share.
Former CR Northern District Productivity Fund 7001 for crew consist protected employees will be valued at $144.26 per share this year. This amount represents an increase of $18.42 per share (+ 14.64%) over last year’s value of $125.84 per share.
Former CR Northern District Productivity Fund 7008 for crew consist protected employees will be valued at $192.75 per share this year. This amount represents an increase of $19.42 per share (+ 11.2%) over last year’s value of $173.33 per share.
Checks will be dated and received Friday, December 7, 2012, with employees who have direct deposit credited on that day also.
Posted by SCM on Wednesday, September 19 (807 reads)
Effective September 1, 2012, Labor Relations has once again re-designated the officer to whom trainmen and engineer claims should be directed. The mailing address for labor relations remains the same:
6737 Southpoint Drive South, Building II – J455 Jacksonville, FL 32216
In summary, claims and discipline appeals should be addressed to the following (within appropriate time limits):
C, T, Y & ET Discipline = H. Joseph Garcia - DISCIPLINE APPEAL (via US mail or use “LCAT” to file electronically)
C, T, Y & ET Claims = Eve St. Amant - CLAIM APPEAL (via US mail or use “LCAT” to file electronically)
Engineer Discipline = H. Joseph Garcia - DISCIPLINE APPEAL (via US mail or use “LCAT” to file electronically)
Engineer Claims = Eve St. Amant - CLAIM APPEAL (via US mail or use “LCAT” to file electronically)
It is important to note that, even if you are using LCAT to progress your appeals, the appeal should be addressed to the proper officer as denoted above. The title and address for each of the above officers is on the attached "Where Do I Send My Appeals?" short sheet.
UNUM Provident, the provider for the UTU/B&O Supplemental Sickness Benefit (accident/sickness) Plan, has updated their contact information for all claim filings.
Going forward, UTU Conductor and Trainmen members filing a claim with UNUM Provident should refer to UTU CSX Plan #11220-1. The Plan Booklet on our website is still in force, but the Notice of Disability Claim form has been updated by UNUM Provident.
The new contacts at Unum Provident are as follows: UNUM PROVIDENT CONTACTS: Sr. Disability Benefit Specialist: Kim Porter 1-800-858-6843 EXT. 45625 Disability Benefit Specialist: Daryle Edmonds 1-800-858-6843 EXT. 46609 Claims Manager: Dan Vatt 1-800-858-6843 EXT. 44066
The full details and the new form can be downloaded here.
Effective July 1, 2012, the $5.00 Conductor Certification allowance for RCO Positions (conductor, brakeman, foreman, switchman) and any other positions currently requiring employees to be certified became payable to employees governed by the B&O Collective Bargaining Agreement. All other Conductor positions will be paid the $5.00 Certification allowance on the effective date CSX has a Certification Program in effect which has been approved by the FRA.
Constructive Code CP will automatically generate the $5.00 certification pay for each start for RCO Positions (conductor, brakeman, foreman, switchman) governed by Article V of the September 16, 2011 UTU National Agreement.
Below you will find an “Open Letter To All Northern District Trainmen”, detailing the final payout of the $225,000.00 claim settlement outlined in Side Letter Number 20 of the Northern Mid-Atlantic District Coordination Agreement. The letter is self-explanatory as to how this settlement is being distributed, and should have appeared as a separate check on the Claimants’ PPE July 6, 2012. In addition, the first payout letter is attached for easy reference and file.
If any of the listed Claimants do not receive payment as indicated on the attached summary within a reasonable period thereafter, please arrange to contact the General Committee office at (904) 268-4420 so we can contact labor relations to resolve the issue; otherwise, this office will consider NMA Side Letter #20-Conrail Claim Settlement fully resolved and closed.
The "Open Letter To All Northern District Trainmen" can be viewed here.
Numerous reports reached the General Committee office regarding charges being levied against our members for holding their contractual displacement rights. Rest assured General Chairperson Mavity has formally notified CSXT of his non-acquiescence of their decision to impose discipline for displacements.
Nevertheless, it is our position, CSXT is unilaterally trying to amend our members forty-eight (48) hour contractual displacement time period by charging members who do not place themselves within twelve (12) hours and one (1) minute. General Chairperson Mavity has already notified all Local Chairpersons’ with specific instructions on how to handle CS1/CS2 warning letters and how to handle investigations for members who have been charged for remaining in displaced status for up to forty-eight (48) hours. The General Committee will pursue the Carrier’s actions with rigorous opposition until the issue is resolved!
To read the letter from General Chairperson Mavity and CSXT’s response click here.