UP Yard Committee 953B
SENIOR VICE LOCAL CHAIRMAN
The following information is for UPRR Yard members (LCA 953(B)) of Local 202.
Please utilize this website for questions you may have prior to contacting your local chairman for help. Chances are, the information you are seeking is already listed on this site.
You can find information on agreements and time claims here. If the agreement you are seeking cannot be found, you can try General Committee 953's website under "Eastern Line" agreements found here.
Be sure to follow the how to guide on submitting time claims. Ensure you are submitting all of the correct paperwork with your claim. Once you submit a time claim, you can track the process of it here.
Have a look at the FAQ guide for some answers to frequently asked questions in the yard.
Yard Seniority Moves
We have experienced a problem with members wishing to use seniority moves within minutes of calling times, causing the carrier to enforce the agreement on us. As a result, voluntary seniority moves will need to be placed with the local chairman 24 hours in advance to the move being performed from this point forward. This is in line with the yard vacancy procedures agreement for the Denver Hub. If you wish to use one of your six annual seniority moves, please contact one of us at least 24 hours in advance of wishing to perform the move so we may notify UPRR Crew Management System.
Yard Vacancy Procedures
Zone 400 - Denver Hub
II. VOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENTS:
C. An employee desiring to exercise his/her seniority under Section A must notify the designated Local Chairman in advance (day prior) of the effective date of the new assignment. The time period for such advance 2 notice will be determined by the Local Chairman or designated representative to handle the changes
G. The designated Local Chairman will advise Crew Management System of the changes in those assignments twenty-four (24) hours prior to the effective date of the first change in assignment.
You can read the entire yard vacancy procedures for the Denver Hub here.
Training and Familiarization
Local 202 is well aware of the training/familiarization issues that are ongoing for some time now in the Denver Service Unit. Together with the SMART-TD Colorado Legislative board we have held conference calls with the FRA to discuss them. The FRA is well aware of the issues that exists. The problem is not isolated to the Denver Service Unit. We are working on getting it corrected and have been told by Superintendent Their it will be corrected.
In the meantime, it is extremely important that you do not accept the robo-caller by pressing "1" if you do not feel that you are qualified for a job. Please press "7" to reject the call, and you will be routed to CMS Outbound 7 desk. You need to tell the caller that you do not feel like you can perform the job safely by yourself and you are requesting a pilot. Additionally, you need to comply with DSU Supt. Bulletin #65. If you cannot, you need to notify the caller that you cannot comply with instructions issued from the Denver Service Unit and cannot afford to be charged with failure to comply with instructions. DSU Supt. Bulletin #65 states:
SECTION A - TE&Y EMPLOYEES RETURNING TO WORK OR CHANGING CLASS OF SERVICE
TE&Y EMPLOYEES MOVING TO A DIFFERENT WORK LOCATION
TE&Y EMPLOYEES RETURNING FROM FURLOUGH STATUS
TE&Y BORROW OUT EMPLOYEES
TE&Y NEW HIRE EMPLOYEES
ITEM 7B IN THE CURRENT SYSTEM SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS DEFINES REQUIREMENTS REGARDING CERTIFICATION,QUALIFICATION, FAMILIARIZATION, AND REFAMILIARIZATION OF ENGINEERS, HOSTLERS, REMOTE CONTROL OPERATORS, AND CONDUCTORS. THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FEDERALLY LICENSED EMPLOYEES MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO. IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF ITEM 7B IN THE SYSTEM SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS, ANY TE&Y EMPLOYEES RETURNING TO DUTY FOLLOWING A 30-DAY OR GREATER ABSENCE OR CHANGING WORK LOCATIONS MUST SCHEDULE A CONFERENCE WITH A SERVICE UNIT MANAGER FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEWING JOB OR TRAINING
REQUIREMENTS. DURING THIS CONFERENCE, ATTENTION WILL BE BROUGHT TO ANY CHANGES RELATING TO SAFETY,CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS, PERTINENT NOTICES OR BULLETINS OR ANY LOCAL OPERATIONAL CHANGE. THIS CONFERENCE MUST BE HELD BEFORE PERFORMING DUTIES. THIS REVIEW IS INTENDED TO ASSIST THE EMPLOYEE IN PERFORMING HIS OR HER DUTIES SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY.
ANY TE&Y EMPLOYEE MOVING FROM YARD TO ROAD SERVICE WHO HAS WORKED STRICTLY IN YARD SERVICE THE LAST 30 DAYS.
ANY TE&Y EMPLOYEE MOVING FROM ROAD TO YARD SERVICE WHO HAS WORKED STRICTLY IN ROAD SERVICE THE LAST 30 DAYS.
ANY TE&Y EMPLOYEE MOVING TO A DIFFERENT TERMINAL OR WORK LOCATION ON THE SERVICE UNIT.
ANY TE&Y EMPLOYEE CALLED TO WORK AS AN RCO WHO HAS NOT WORKED ON AN RCO ASSIGNMENT IN THE LAST 30 DAYS.
ENGINEERS WHO HAVE BEEN SET BACK TO CONDUCTOR FOR THE LAST 30 DAYS AND ARE SETUP AS
IN THIS CASE THE EMPLOYEE MUST HAVE A CONFERENCE WITH A MANAGER OF OPERATING PRACTICES AND IT WILL BE DETERMINED IF EMPLOYEE WILL NEED A FAMILIARIZATION TRIP OR TRIPS. ENGINEERS WHO ARE SETBACK AS CONDUCTORS WHO HAVE NOT WORKED AS A CONDUCTOR IN THE LAST 30 DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE A CONFERENCE WITH A MYO OR MTO.
AN EMPLOYEE RETURNING AFTER A 30-DAY ABSENCE SHOULD ARRANGE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH A SERVICE UNIT MANAGER IN ADVANCE OF PERFORMING SERVICE IF POSSIBLE. THIS BRIEF CONFERENCE CAN BE FACE TO FACE AFTER GOING ON DUTY OR VIA PHONE. IF A MANAGER IS NOT AVAILABLE, A MESSAGE SHOULD BE LEFT ADVISING YOUR NAME AND ESTIMATED TIME TO BE ON DUTY. THE MANAGER WILL THEN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONFERENCE. THIS CONFERENCE MUST BE HELD WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE EMPLOYEE RETURNING TO DUTY.
We are also asking those who feel they need additional familiarization (road or yard) to email their assigned manager, carbon copying Marlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jeff (email@example.com), letting them know that you are requesting it.
Emails should read something similar to: "I have been on furlough for (Length of Time), my last start was (Date). My familiarity with the jobs in the Denver hub was limited then, and I don't feel comfortable working on my own. Out of concern for my own safety, and the safety of my fellow employees, I am requesting some additional familiarization trips before I mark up on my own."
If you feel like you lack a basic understanding of railroad knowledge, please state that in your email as well.
Denial of Personal Leave Days
It has come to our attention that the carrier is denying carried over personal leave days to our members. This is a violation of the 1984 Crew Consists Agreement. If you have carried over personal leave days that are denied, you need to contact your Local Chairman immediately so that we may remedy the situation. The 1984 Crew Consists Agreement clearly states:
ARTICLE X - PERSONAL LEAVE
Section 8. Carry-Over. Where the requirements of the service do not permit the taking of personal leave days in accordance with a request, the appropriate Carrier representative will refuse in writing to grant the request. The number of personal leave days so requested and not granted may be carried over, but must be requested in writing and granted prior to February 1 of the following year. In lieu of carrying the requested personal leave days over to the next fiscal year, an employe may make further requests to take such personal leave days in the first year.
And further in the Q & A portion of Article X:
Q-9: If personal leave days are carried over into the following fiscal year and the employe requests in writing the personal leave days prior to January 1 of the following fiscal year, as provided in Section 8, is it mandatory that his request be granted?