Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 November 2014
BLET NEW SYSTEM AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS ARE IN ACTION!
AMMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 40 STATES
On the day preceding their scheduled rest cycle, an engineer at the
home terminal that is not called by 1200 for 1400(1500 for runs subject
to 3 hour call) may contact CREW MANAGEMENT indicating their desire to
be removed from the calling cycle in advance of their rest cycle. In
the event the company is unable to fulfill its manpower requirements,
the engineer may be used in other classes of service for which he is
qualified that will go off duty at the home terminal.
IN THE EVENT AN ENGINEER HAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED COMMITMENTS
SURROUNDING THEIR ASSIGNED DAYS OFF AND REQUIRE RELIEF FROM THIS
PROVISIONS, THAT ENGINEER WILL BE REQUIRED TO ARRANGE SUCH THROUGH
THEIR LOCAL SUPERVISOR OR CMC
Do we even have to think twice about what was just posted in bold
First, if you can get through to a crew manager without being sent to
his voice mail your lucky
Second, if you try and reason with a supervisor who's only goal in
life is to make the white collars in Jacksonville happy you will only
get laughed out of the room. Try and tell a supervisor that your life
is more important than his local job being filled or his train leaving
on time. He will remind you that it isn't
Third, there are those who can get a PB day anytime they want and those
who couldn't if their lives depended on it. Favoritism is alive and
well and ALWAYS WILL BE
fourth, a crew callers job is to fill jobs at all cost. Leaving bogus
messages, blocking the IVR system, threatening someone with a miss call
is part of their job. They will not allow your personal business or
personal commitments to interfere with their job of filling jobs. You
will have to beg, cry and give all your personal info to them and
maybe, just maybe get lucky enough to get your blessing from them. WHEN
do you make these arrangements? Before you call and beg for this pardon?
After you call at noon? How long will you be on hold waiting to talk to
someone to get this cleared. What happens when your on hold for 45
minutes and they call your other line and tell you that its your call
and they need you. Too bad if you were on hold first. You answered your
other line like an idiot and now your busted and going to work!
How about the provision that states an engineer arriving at his AFHT on
his off day will be deadheaded home on combo service.
DO NOT FORGET HOW BAD THEY HAVE SCREWED UP AND STILL SCREW UP THE FRA
MANDATORY RULES ON SENDING ENGINEERS HOME ON THEIR 6TH START. THAT RULE
HAD BEEN IN PLACE LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO GET IT RIGHT AND ITS STILL IS
A MESS. THERE SHOULD BE A SERIOUS PENALTY CLAIM FOR NOT SENDING AN
EMPLOYEE HOME PER THE AGREEMENT AND IT SHOULD GO STRAIGHT TO THE
GENERAL CHAIRMAN AND ABOVE. NO WAITING A YEAR TO GET IT PAID!
THERE ARE TOO MANY FLAWS IN THIS ENTIRE PROPOSAL AND WAY TOO MANY GRAY
AREAS. DO NOT VOTE YES ON THIS UNTIL THERE ARE DEFINATE IN WRITING
ANSWERS TO ALL GRAY AREAS. HOW MUCH INFO IS REQUIRED TO SATISFY THE CMC
OR SUPERVISOR THAT YOUR LIFE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT. WILL MANPOWER
SHORTAGES BE TAKEN CARE OF AND EXTRA BOARDS FILLED TO COVER ALL THE
CHANGES IN THIS PROPOSAL. WHAT IS THEIR PLAN TO STOP THE MASSIVE
TURNOVER RATE THAT CAUSE ALL THE MANPOWER SHORTAGES IN THE FIRST PLACE.
READ IT CAREFULLY. EVERY SINGLE WORD. DO NOT LISTEN TO GOSSIP AND
RUMORS. THIS IS YOUR LIFE AND YOUR WORKING CONDITIONS AT STAKE HERE. DO
NOT BE STUPID. READ IT!
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