District Lodge 19

where it all begin

 PDGC Mike Perry

The Corner Office

  • President, J. Michael Perry

November 1, 2019

Rail Chiefs announce formation of Coordinated Bargaining Coalition 

November 1, 2019

Top leaders of 10 rail unions announced today that their organizations will be participating in coordinated bargaining in the round of national negotiations that began on November 1, 2019.  The unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition are:

• American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)
• Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen / Teamsters Rail Conference (BLET)
• Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)
• International Association of Machinists (IAM)
• International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB)
• National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU (NCFO)
• International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
• Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
• Transportation Communications Union / IAM (TC
• Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART–TD)
Jointly, the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition unions represent more than 105,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements and comprise over 80% of the workforce who will be impacted by this round of negotiations.
Please click on this link to read the full Coordinated Bargaining Coalition press release. Coordinated Bargaining Coalition press release.
The NCCC  has also put out a press release, you can read the NCCC press release by clicking this link: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/freight-railroads-launch-new-bargaining-round-with-labor-unions-300949573.html

We are currently working to prepare our Section Six Notice that will be served on Carriers subject to the National Agreement.  Section Six notices are used in notifying the Carriers that we want to amend our present Agreement and is the first step in the negotiating process.  The results of the National Agreement survey are playing an important role in forming our IAM District 19 notice.   Our Section Six notice will encompass some of the amendments we are seeking, but not necessarily all of them.   We are not restricted to just negotiating the amendments we have listed in our Section Six Notice; we can amend our Section Six notice and propose amendments to any part of the Agreements we deem need to be changed.

Section Six Notices can be served upon the Carriers on or after November 1, 2019.  Local Lodges will receive a copy of our Section Six Notice to be shared with the membership once it has been finalized.
More news:

Since the beginning of this year I have been talking about the need to restructure District 19. Recently seventeen (17) Local Lodges were merged into other Local Lodges.  The District has gone from seventy-five (75) Local Lodges to fifty-eight (58).  This is the start of our restructuring plan.  Our next step, and in the very near future, a General Chairman will be assigned to Local Lodges to oversee the operations of the Lodge.   They will also be providing guidance and help with the operation of their assigned Locals.  Each General Chairman will have 4-7 Locals that they will be responsible for. In addition to the help and guidance, this will allow the General Chairmen more opportunity to attend Local Lodge meetings on a regular basis.  It is my goal to have, and it is important that all District 19 Local Lodges operate within the IAMAW Constitution, District and Local Lodge Bylaws.  

The members of Local Lodge 2741, Hornell, NY who work for Alstom, are featured in the fall IAMAW Journal.   One of our own District Lodge 19 and Local Lodge 2741-member, Sister Sadie Payne. She is featured on the front cover of the IAMAW Journal.  Please visit https://www.goiam.org/news/latest-videos/a-railroad-tradition/  to hear her story and from other Local 2741 members.  I believe this is the first time that a District 19 member has been featured in the IAMAW Journal let alone the fact that we have Sister Sadie on the front page.  The members of 2741 take great pride in their work for Alstom, and exceptional pride in being IAMAW District Lodge 19 members. 

The (click to read the) 2019 3rd Quarter President’s Report  has been sent via US mail and email to all Local Lodge Presidents, Recording Secretaries and Local Chairmen.   The report has also been sent via email and US Mail to the Executive Board Members.  Please read this report at your next Local Lodge meeting and please post on Workplace union bulletin boards.  This report may be copied and shared with all the members. 
Please be sure to share with all the members of you Lodge. 
Please join me in welcoming and congratulating new District Lodge 19 Executive Board Members, In Region 1 -  Brother Jerry Medina, Local Lodge 1338, Denver CO, Brother Roy Hatten, Local Lodge 591, Seattle WA, Brother Jerry Redman, Local Lodge 356 Kansas City, MO and In Region 5 - Brother Ron Mappa, Local Lodge 1112, New Haven, CT.  
The Holiday season is approaching quickly. Let me be the first to wish you a joyful, happy and safe Holiday Season. 
In Solidarity,

Mike Perry