District Lodge 19

where it all begin


Oregon Democrat Senators Ron Wyden and Jeffrey A. Merkley want answers from Union Pacific Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Lance M. Fritz on why UPRR has furloughed nearly 200 employees in Hinkle, Oregon.  Senators Wyden and Merkley sent a letter to Mr. Fritz requesting a full explanation to better understand the impacts on the workforce and facility disinvestments.

Senator Wyden and Merkley in their letter stated:  "We are deeply concerned about rural Oregon economics and your company's actions as it appears to risk destabilizing already fragile communities.  While the company has substantial resources to reinvest and modify operations over time, many of these workers and their families are not so fortunate".  

                                                                                                                          Click here to read the Senators letter.  

We will stay in contact with Senator Ron Wyden and Jeffrey Merkley offices and report back to you on any response they may receive from UPRR CEO Fritz. 

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Chairman, Peter DeFazio (Read DeFazio Letter) has called a special hearing to receive our testimony regarding the Machinist, Rail Workforce.

This hearing is the result of our efforts last month to inform Mr. DeFazio and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous materials- Dan Lipinski on the Effects of Precision Railroading.

Please keep sending a survey each time you feel that the current conditions that you are working in resulted from this new model. Please be as specific as possible when doing so.


General Chairman Gary Naylor Successfully protects

Machinist work
on the Metro- North Commuter Rail 
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Lincoln, NE Local Lodge 612 Locomotive Shop and Havelock Wheel Plant Machinists ratified an Agreement that will protect the jobs of over 400 local residents.
Click to read more.

This is the official call to register for the upcoming District Lodge 19 Basic Local Chairman Development program June 2 - 7, 2019. You can download the Basic LC registration  packet by clicking here -BASIC LOCAL CHAIRMAN DEVELOPMENT REGISTRATION PACKET. The program schedule offers a wide range of training for all members of your Lodge to educate, develop and refine their skills to represent the membership skillfully and effectively.  There are no restrictions as to whom may enroll in this program but we will give priority to members who are currently holding a position that the course is designed for.  

Click to download and print Registration Packet.



General Secretary-Treasurer Department announces and schedules Financial Officers' Seminar for Railroad Local Lodges  September 15 - 20, 2019 at our training facility, William W. Winpisinger Center, in Hollywood, MD. 

We encourage all Financial Officers who have not attended this training please do so.  If you are a Financial Officer and have not attended this training in a few years we also encourage you to attend it again.  Local Lodge Financial Officer work is extremely important and this seminar will make your job a lot easier.  

Please Click on 2019 Financial Officers Seminar Registration Packet to Register for the Seminar. 


General Chairman John Denny wins double time pay for BNSF Traveling Mechanics.  Traveling Mechanics on the BNSF Railroad are monthly rated employees and have not been paid double time for time worked over sixteen (16) hours.  GC Denny argued to BNSF that Roadway Mechanics are paid at the overtime rate of time and one-half in accordance with their Working Agreement. BNSF argued that double-time provisions did not apply to Traveling Mechanics because they are monthly rated employees. He then argued that the provisions of the overtime rule applied to time and one-half on hours worked over ten (10), therefore, the double-time rules for hours worked over sixteen (16) also applies.  GC Denny convinced the Carrier that he was right and now has received confirmation that the change has been made and all Traveling Mechanics will now be paid double-time for all hours worked over sixteen (16). 
Congratulations GC John Denny for a job well done. 
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