This is a general frequently asked question's guide for yard
employees. It is good information for newer members, and great as a
refresher for seasoned members.
120 day rule
The 120 day rule applies to both yard and road
members. It is a 120 day restriction in the yard or road and begins once you go
from a road assignment a yard assignment or vice versa. The XK01 counts towards
service for either yard or road service, protecting both types of assignments.
Service on the XK01 cannot start your 120 days in either service. The 120 day
rule does not apply if a member cannot hold any other service without violating
it. Road locals count toward road service (Roydale, La Salle, Rolla…)
Examples: Joe gets bumped off of a yard
assignment after 30 days in the yard, and chooses to markup on the XK01. His
service on the XK01 can fulfill his remaining 90 days of yard service. After
365 days, he chooses to go to a pool turn by standing bid. The first day on the
pool turn would mark the beginning of his 120 days on the road.
Holidays for Denver are:
New Year’s Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Members working the holiday in yard service will receive pay at
double time and one-half when qualified. Assignments not working the
holiday (XK01 and rest days included), will receive a basic day at straight
time when qualified. To qualify for the holiday, members must protect the day
before and after the holiday. If the holiday, day before, or day after, lands
on rest days, you must protect the previous/following day. You may protect holidays
with vacation days. Members on the XK01 must work a yard assignment the day
before and day after the holiday to receive holiday pay (getting called for a
road assignment will null and void the holiday). In addition, members must have 11 starts in the 30 calendar days prior to the holiday.
Riding a Bulletin
If an assignment is bulletined, or vacant in yard
service, there is no agreement with the carrier to ride or temp a bulletin.
Temping Assignments in Yard Service
A member may temp any known vacancy greater
than one week in yard service. The 120 day rule applies to temps (cannot temp a
yard assignment off of the XK01 if still restricted to road service). Once you
are on-duty on the temp assignment, you now own a hold down on the assignment
regardless of your seniority. The hold down only applies once you are on-duty
the first time. If you temp a yard assignment, any senior seniority member may
bump you off the temped assignment before you are showing on-duty for the first
Using Yard Seniority Moves
Members working in yard service are entitled to
6 seniority moves per calendar year. They can only be used only contacting either
the yard local chairman or the yard vice-local chairman. If a member takes it
upon themselves to contact crew services to perform a seniority move, it will
be reversed and the member will lose that move. You may only bump a junior
seniority member and only from a yard assignment. Yard seniority moves can be
made from the XK01, but not to the XK01. Members cannot use a seniority move 48
hours before or after a holiday.
XK01 Brakeman Switchman's Extra Board
The XK01 is a combined yard and road service
extra board. A member can place on the XK01 board one of the following ways. Be
bumped (meaning have a bump coming), by standing bid, or on Sadie Hawkins day.
Yard seniority moves cannot be made to place to the XK01. Members need to be
remote control qualified in order to hold the XK01. Members will receive full guarantee
if they stay available to come to work for the entire half. Members will not
lose any guarantee by taking compensated days off of work (personal leave or
vacation days). Members will lose the equivalent of one days guarantee for
every day they are laid off uncompensated (this amount will vary based on the
number of days in the pay half).
Yard Calling Hours
All yard assignments in the Denver hub must be on duty
between 06:30 and 07:59, 14:30 and 15:59, and 22:30 and 23:59. If you are
called outside yard calling hours for an assignment in yard service, you need
to submit a time claim.
If you are bumped, you have 48 hours from the
time you are notified of displacement to place yourself on an assignment. You
must stay within the guidelines of the 120 day rule when placing yourself. If
you let your 48 hours lapse, you can be forced to an assignment.