District Lodge 19

where it all begin

NEWS

Union Pacific Railroad has posted Diesel Mechanic and Apprentice positions for North Platte, NE.  There are approximately 20 positions available. To see the jobs available go to UP.jobs and apply.

 

From BNSF - As we have had stronger than anticipated demand for coal, domestic intermodal, and industrial products we have updated our Mechanical hiring plan.  We have now exhausted our internal interdepartmental furlough pool and will be posting for external candidates.  I would like to ask if there are available journeymen from other railroads, industries, or military service that are looking for employment, please inform them to check out bnsf.com/careers or jobs.bnsf.com to apply for a position at any of these locations. As of July 26, 2017 they are not yet posted, but keep checking on the sites listed for up coming postings.

Alliance, NE - 20 Machinist Positions.

Barstow, CA - 15 Machinist Positions

Bridgeport, NE - 1 Rapid Responder Position.

Cicero, IL - 1 Machinist Position.

Clovis, NM - 1 Machinist Position.

Commerce, CA - 6 Machinist Positions.

Corwith, IL - 8 Machinist Positions

Ft. Scott, KS - 1 Rapid Responder Position.

Galesburg, IL - 9 Machinist Positions.

Havelock (Lincoln), NE - 3 Machinist Positions.

Havre, MT - 2 Machinist Positions.

Interbay (Seattle), WA - 2 Machinist Positions.

Lincoln, NE - 11 Machinist Positions.

Silsbee, TX - 1 Machinist Position.

Vancouver, WA - 1 Machinist Position.

 

 

National Freight Proposal provided by the Coalition of Carriers', July 12, 2017.

This is not a final offer, but shows the direction the Carrier's have been pushing, from day one with Health and Welfare changes.

 

NCCC COMPREHENSIVE SETTLEMENT PROPOSAL TCU/SHOP CRAFTS COALITION

I.     COMPENSATION

       General Wage increases:

       1/1/2015:                   3.0% (Already in effect)

       Agreement Date:    4.0%*

       7/1/2018:                   2.0%

       7/1/2019:                   2.0%

       *     Assumes Agreement effective prior to 7/1/2018.  If thereafter, GWI at that time will be the sum of above GWI's not yet in effect.

II.    WORK RULES

       A.     NCCC Work Rule Proposals.

               See Attachment A.

       B.     TCU/Shop Craft Coalition ("Coalition") Common Issues.

              continue negotiations on Holiday, Vacation, Personal Leave, Bereavement Leave, Safety Equipment Proposals (as presented on 2/22/2017).

       C.     Continue negotiations on Shop Crafts' Common proposal on Sick Leave.

       D.     All other Coalition work rule proposals withdrawn.

       E.     NCCC reserves the right to advance work rule proposals and counter proposals to Coalition proposals identified above.

       F.     Compensation package set forth in Part I above subject to adjustment based on negotiated disposition of Coalition proposals described in Part II.

III.   HEALTH & WELFARE

       Plan Design:

              A.     MMCP Non-Copay (In-Network)

                     1.     Individual Deductible          $  700.00

                     2.     Employee Coinsurance        20%

                     3.     Individual OOP Max               $3,000.00

              B.     MMCP Copays

                     1.     Convenience Clinic            $  10.00

                     2.     Primary Care                         $  25.00

                     3.     Specialist                                $  50.00

                     4.     Urgent Care                           $  25.00

                     5.     Emergency Room                $125.00

              C.     Pharmacy

                     Retail:

                      1.     Generic                                 $  10.00

                      2.     Brand Formulary              $  35.00

                      3.     Non-Formulary                  50%

                      4.     Specialty                              $125.00

                      Mail Order:

                      1.     Generic                                 $  10.00

                      2.     Brand Formulary              $  70.00

                      3.     Non-Formulary                  50%*

                      4.     Specialty                              $250.00

                       *     Third tier coinsurance min/max of $50/$125 retail, $100/$250 mail order.

              D.     Additional Features

                       1.     Family maximum amounts for deductible and OOP max are double the individual amounts.

                       2.     Similar value differential relative to MMCP in-network vs. OON and CHCB as currently in place.

                       3.     MHSA coverage integrated into medical coverage.

                       4.     Implement all available and relevant pharmacy rules through ESI.

                       5.     Fixed dollar plan cost sharing features are indexed annually (through mutually agreed upon methodology to help preserve Actuarial Value.

              E.     Value-Added Features

                      1.     Telemedicine.

                      2.     Expert Second Opinion services.

                      3.     Member Advocate services.

                      4.     Centers of Excellence for specified conditions.

                      5.     Radiology Benefit Management.

                      6.     End of life counseling/service.

                      7.     Additional ESI programs (channel management, screen RX, enhanced fraud, waste and abuse).

                      8.     Consolidate all Care Management under single vendor/provider.

              F.     ERMA Pharmacy Benefit Design Reforms

                      1.     Adopt current NH&W Plan Pharmacy Benefit Co-Payment Design.

                               -     $5.00/$25.00/$45.00 In Network Retail; $5.00/$50.00/$90.00 Mail Order.

                      2.     Adopt and implement all available and relevant pharmacy rules through ESI.

                      3.     Applicable to individuals who become eligible for ERMA coverage on or after  ________.

EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS

              G.     Employee Monthly Contributions:

                       1.     Maintain current contribution methodology.

                       2.     Monthly contribution amount will be adjusted effective July 1 of each year beginning in 2016, and continuing through 2019, based on Payment Rates effective on January 1, of that year.

                               i.     Effective 7/1/2016, such amount will be $228.89.

                       3.     Monthly employee contribution caps as follows:

                               i.     7/1/2017          $245.00

                               ii.    7/1/2018          $260.00

                               iii.   7/1/2019          $275.00

              H.     Cadillac Tax

                       Process, with finality, to implement changes to Plan design as soon as possible to bring Plan value below tax threshold in the event the Plan would be subject to payment of excise tax.

IV.     TERM

          Standard national moratorium.

          Five-year duration (1/1/2015 through 12/31/2019).

          New notices can be served 11/1/2019, effective 1/1/2020.

 

ATTACHMENT A - NCCC WORK RULE PROPOSALS

 

Core Business Focus (BRC/IAM/IBEW/TCU)

GENERAL CONCEPT:

Where restricted and in addition to existing Carrier rights, eliminate any contractual obligation to use Company employees for a) building construction, repair and maintenance, and b) crew transportation.

PROPOSAL:

The Core Business Focus proposal contemplates permanent elimination of any contractual rights to perform certain types of work currently done on a carrier, in whole or part, by BRC/IAM/IBEW/TCU represented forces.

The Carriers' rights and the work within the contemplated coverage are listed below.

All existing rights of a carrier to contract out work are retained. Any existing restrictions on contracting out the following work are eliminated, including any obligation to provide advance notice.

a)     BRC/IAM/IBEW/TCU - Building Construction/Maintenance (includes janitorial)/Repair: Effective the date of this agreement, any restriction on the right of the Carrier to use contractors to perform work related to new construction, remodel/renovation,  repair, or cleaning of a building or any portion thereof  is eliminated.  The term building includes the foundation, floor, walls, roof, doors, windows, plumbing, HVAC, lighting and electrical. The term cleaning will include removal of trash or debris.  Nothing in this provision is intended to restrict the rights of the Carrier to at times delegate some such work to Company forces at management's sole discretion, while otherwise using contractors to perform such work.

b)     TCU - Crew transportation of TYE employees (Outside/Inside terminal): Effective the date of this agreement, any restriction on the right of the Carrier to use contractors to perform the transporting of train crews ("crew hauling"), including intra-terminal, is

         eliminated. Nothing in this provision is intended to restrict the rights of the Carrier to at times delegate some such work to Company forces at management's sole discretion, while otherwise using contractors to perform such work.

 

Incidental Work/Simple Task

 (IBEW Telecom.)

GENERAL CONCEPT:

An employee may be required, so far as the employee is capable, to perform tasks covered by any classification of work rule or scope rules applicable to maintenance of way, signal, or communications work, as follows:

PROPOSAL:

Section 1

(a)     When an employee or employees are performing a work assignment, the completion of which calls for the performance of "incidental work" covered by the classification of work or scope rules of another craft or crafts, such employee or employees may be required, so far as they are capable, to perform such incidental work provided it does not comprise a preponderant part of the total amount of work involved in the assignment.  Such work shall include simple tasks that require neither special training nor special tools.  Incidental work shall be considered to comprise a preponderant part of the assignment when the time normally required to accomplish it exceeds the time normally required to accomplish the main work assignment; and,

(b)     In addition to the above, simple tasks may be assigned to any craft employee capable of performing them for a maximum of two (2) hours per shift. Such hours are not to be considered when determining what constitutes a "preponderant part" of the assignment; and,

Section 2

Any work performed by an employee pursuant to this provision shall be done without additional compensation to such employee and without claim by, or penalty payment to, any other employee.

 

 

 

Richard Anderson New President and CEO of AMRTAK

      Amtrak has named Richard Anderson, the former Chief Executive Officer of Delta and Northwest airlines, as its new president and CEO.

     The announcement comes less than a year into the tenure Charles W. “Wick” Moorman, who took over as the passenger railroad’s chief executive in September. In a recent meeting with The Washington Post’s editorial board, Moorman had indicated that his role was to serve as a “transitional CEO,” working to reorganize and streamline Amtrak’s operations before turning it over to new leadership.    

     In an interview, Moorman said that being able to attract a leader of Anderson’s caliber signals that “Amtrak has a great future ahead of it.”

     [Amtrak named Charles W. “Wick" Moorman as its new president and CEO]

     Anderson will begin the job on July 12 — just a few days after Amtrak launches an ambitious rebuilding program at New York’s Pennsylvania Station, which is already threatening to upend the commutes for thousands of New York City commuters. Amtrak already had announced service reductions along the Northeast Corridor as a result of the rebuilding program.

     As part of the transition, Anderson and Moorman will serve as co-CEOs through Dec. 31, officials said. Moorman will then remain with Amtrak as an adviser to the company. That arrangement is designed to help Anderson make the transition from airlines to passenger rail. Before taking Amtrak’s top job, Moorman was the longtime head of Norfolk Southern Railway.

     Amtrak has named Richard Anderson, the former CEO of Delta and Northwest airlines, as its new president and CEO. (Amtrak)

     “Richard brings to Amtrak his experience running one of the largest global commercial air carriers. The board believes he is the right leader at the right time to drive the quality of customer service that our passengers, partners and stakeholders expect and deserve while continuing our path toward operational and financial excellence,” Amtrak board Chairman Tony Cosia said in a news release announcing Anderson’s appointment. “The board also appreciates all that Wick continues to do to improve Amtrak’s safety culture and strengthen our operating performance, including the important renewal work at New York Penn Station.”

     Given his previous jobs at Delta and Northwest, Anderson brings with him existing relationships with key players on Capitol Hill, including members on the House and Senate transportation committees. That may help as Amtrak tries to stave off proposed cuts to long-distance rail service and fights to secure funding for ambitious rebuilding programs such as Project Gateway.

     Anderson, 62, does not have railroad experience, but he does have decades of experience in the airline industry. He served most recently as executive chairman of the Delta Air Lines board of directors after serving as the airline’s CEO from 2007 to 2016.

     He also was executive vice president at United Healthcare from 2004 to 2007, and CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2001 to 2004, which later merged with Delta. Anderson began his airline career in the legal division of Continental Airlines. Before that, he was a county prosecutor.

 

District Lodge 19 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Offers:

Help with Medical Bills -

(excerpts from USA.gov)

If you can't afford medical care or prescription drugs, these state and federal programs may be able to help:

• HealthCare.gov helps you find insurance options, compare care, learn about prevention, and understand the Affordable Care Act.

• State human/social service agencies offer direct aid and referrals to other organizations.

• State Medicaid offices offer help to low-income people.

• Local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offices offer programs designed to help veterans.

• Eldercare Locator information specialists put you in contact with resources and programs designed to help seniors.

• State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP) help insure children of working families who cannot afford health insurance or don't get it through their work.

• Benefits.gov allows you to complete a confidential questionnaire and receive a list of programs that may help.

Help with Prescription Drug Costs -

If you're looking for help paying for your prescriptions, there are a number of local and federal agencies and programs you can contact:

• State human service agencies provide direct assistance to people in distress and referrals to other local organizations that may be able to help.

• Local health centers serve people with limited access to health care. You pay based on your income and family size.

• Medicare's Prescription Drug Program can provide extra help with the cost of prescription drugs if you qualify and are a Medicare beneficiary.

• Use Healthfinder.gov’s list of prescription assistance resources to find more programs that could help you pay for your medicines.

What The Railroad Retirement Board Is and How It Works -

Railroad Retirement Board The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is an independent agency in the executive branch of the Federal Government. The RRB's primary function is to administer comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families, under the Railroad Retirement and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Acts. As part of the retirement program, the RRB also has administrative responsibilities under the Social Security Act for certain benefit payments and railroad workers' Medicare coverage.

Provisions Full age annuities are payable at age 60 to workers with 30 years of service. For those with less than 30 years of service, reduced annuities are payable at age 62 and unreduced annuities are payable at full retirement age, which is gradually rising from 65 to 67, depending on the year of birth. Disability annuities can be paid on the basis of total or occupational disability. Annuities are also payable to spouses and divorced spouses of retired workers, widow(er)s, surviving divorced spouses, remarried widow(er)s, children, and parents of deceased railroad workers. Qualified railroad retirement beneficiaries receive Medicare coverage just like social security beneficiaries.

As noted, the RRB pays retirement annuities to employees, as well as their spouses and/or divorced spouses, if the employee had at least 10 years of railroad service, or 5 years if performed after 1995. However, for survivor benefits, there is an additional requirement that the employee's last regular employment before retirement or death was in the railroad industry. If a railroad employee or his or her survivors do not qualify for railroad retirement benefits, the RRB transfers the employee's railroad retirement credits to the Social Security Administration, which treats them as social security credits.

Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act Under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, unemployment insurance benefits are paid to railroad workers who are unemployed but ready, willing, and able to work, and sickness benefits to railroad workers unable to work because of illness or injury. The RRB also operates a placement service to help unemployed railroaders secure employment.

Benefit Year A new unemployment-sickness benefit year begins every July 1, with eligibility generally based on railroad service and earnings in the preceding calendar year. Up to 26 weeks of normal unemployment or sickness benefits are payable to an individual in a benefit year. Additional extended benefits are payable to persons with 10 or more years of service.

Railroad Medicare The Medicare program covers railroad workers just like workers covered under social security. The Medicare program provides health insurance to persons ages 65 and older, as well as persons under age 65 who have been entitled to monthly benefits based on total disability for at least 24 months or who suffer from chronic kidney disease requiring hemodialysis or transplant. In addition to basic hospital insurance (Part A) financed by payroll taxes, there is an elective supplementary medical insurance (Part B) that covers many other medical services, such as doctor visits, durable medical equipment, and outpatient services that hospital insurance does not cover.

Eligible railroad retirement annuitants and social security beneficiaries whose benefits are payable by the RRB are automatically enrolled under both plans, but the annuitant or beneficiary can decline Medicare Part B. Eligible non-retired persons must apply in order to obtain Medicare coverage. The RRB automatically enrolled some 27,100 beneficiaries for Medicare during fiscal year 2016. As of the end of that fiscal year, about 465,300 people were enrolled in the Part A plan, and over 445,900 (96 percent) of them were also enrolled in Part B. Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, processes medical insurance (Part B) claims for railroad retirement Medicare beneficiaries.

For more information from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) call or go online:  (877) 772-5772  or www.rrb.gov

For assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Contact:  District Lodge 19 EAP Director Josh Hartford at: (207) 474-3934 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BNSF is currently in the process of closing the Murray Shop in Kansas City and reducing forces at Glendive, MT. The reductions consist of 29 Machinists at Murray and 25 at Glendive. Currently BNSF has 26 openings at various locations which will be offered to affected employees willing to relocate. We are working with the Carrier to assist in relocating the members wishing to do so. Questions may be relayed to your Local Chairman and/or your servicing General Chairman.

On February 22, 2017 the Coalition: IAM, TCU, BRC, TWU and IBEW, met with the National Carrier's Conference Committee (NCCC) to continue National Freight Negotiations. 

New Executive Board Members:  On behalf of President/Directing General Chairman John Lacey and the Staff of District Lodge 19, IAM&AW we would like to congratulate and thank the New Executive Board Members listed below for participating in the work of District Lodge 19.

Shayne Myers - LL 1333, Region 1

Dan Walker - LL 430, Region 1

Patrick Frederick - LL 612, Region 2

Jesse Jurek - LL 791, Region 3

Adam Lynch - LL 325, Region 3

Gerald Ware - LL 212, Region 4 and

Michael Mills - LL 1676, Region 5.

 

Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway is now hiring 10 Machinists in St. Paul, MN.  You can go online at:  www.cpr.ca/en/careers/

or contact the servicing General Chairman.

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