Union Meeting Tomorrow 05/15/18 10:30


Got a bone to pick? have a question to ask? just like my company?



Well tomorrow is your lucky day…..





Teamsters Joint Council 42

981 Corporate Center Dr.
Suite 200 
Pomona, CA 91762



140 years ago today


 140 years ago today (April 30th 1878) A.D. Neff was granted a Charter from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

B of L E Division 5 in Los Angeles named the “Orange Grove” Division.

In 1878 Los Angeles was not even considered a major city. In 1870 the population of Los Angeles was 15,309 It more than doubled by 1880 because of the railroads

I think its pretty amazing that a brotherhood that was started 13 years after the civil war ended is still around today.

Im proud to be a spoke in the wheel of this almost century and a half old local, and you should be as well.





Some photos of Los Angeles and Harbor area during the time our local was conceived


ca. 1885)#+ – View looking east on 2nd Street from Olive Street showing two cable cars of the Second Street Cable Railway at center. The First Presbyterian Church with its tall spire can be seen in the distance on the S/E corner of 2nd and Broadway.


ca. 1875)^ – View looking south on Main Street from near the Bella Union Hotel showing Temple Block and the Downey Block at the junction of Main Street with Spring and Temple streets (upper-left). Livery stables appear on both sides of Main Street in the foreground. The tracks of the Main Street and Agricultural Park Street Railroad run down the center of the street.


Historical Notes

The Main Street and Agricultural Railroad was the first suburban line in Los Angeles and was chartered in November 1874. The line operated through the city on Main Street to Washington Boulevard and extended to Agricultural Park (now Exposition Park), traveling by way of Washington, Figueroa, and Wesleyan (now University Avenue).*##

Financed by John Downey, Isaias Hellman, William Workman, and others, the Main Street and Agricultural Park Street Railroad connected the city’s business district near Temple Street to Agricultural Park, a haven for gamblers and vice-seekers. The park, outfitted with a racetrack, saloon, and brothel, was rechristened Exposition Park in 1913.*^^*


(1876)#^ – View showing Locomotive No. 1 and passenger cars of the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad on train tracks next to the railroad’s terminal at Fifth Street and San Pedro Street in Los Angeles. The train is full of passengers and is about to leave for Santa Monica.


Historical Notes

Opposition to continued construction east of Los Angeles by Southern Pacific Railroad’s refusal to allow crossing of their main line tracks, and the unexpected depletion and closure of the Panamint silver mine in 1877 (owned by John P. Jones), led to severe fiscal difficulties for the young steam line. On July 4, 1877 the Los Angeles & Independence was acquired by Southern Pacific.


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ca. 1880s)^ – Panoramic view of L.A. in the 1880s. Shown in the foreground is the Second Street Cable Car, located west of downtown in an area called “Crown Hill.” Cable car is stopped in front of W.C. Bowers staple and fancy groceries store. On the left side is a small Real Estate building. In the background several dwellings may be seen scattered over the bare hills.


(1870)* – Main Street view of the Downey Block, located on the N/W corner Temple and Main streets. Horse-drawn wagons are parked in front of storefronts with their prominent signs displayed high above where everyone can see.

Historical Notes

Construction on the Downey Block began in 1869. It was named for John Gately Downey, a pharmacist who served as the governor of California for two years (1860-1862) before becoming a real estate developer. Downey was also one of the founders and first president of Farmers and Merchants National Bank. The city of Downey was named in his honor after he subdivided his land holdings there and converted them into farms.


ca. 1888)*#* – Shipping in San Pedro circa 1888. Port of Los Angeles.


Union Pacific facing dozen lawsuits alleging cancer-causing substances in workplace

Union Pacific facing dozen lawsuits alleging cancer-causing substances in workplace

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer

    Feb 15, 2018

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A dozen former Union Pacific workers have filed identical lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Omaha, saying they were exposed to cancer-causing materials in violation of federal law while working the trains, yards, shops and tracks of the Omaha-based freight railroad.

The lawsuits were filed by former employees, or the estates thereof, who worked in six states, including Iowa. The suits allege negligence via failure to use “ordinary care and caution” by not removing dangerous materials from the workplace and failure to monitor and test work sites for health hazards.

The company said Wednesday it is aware of the lawsuits that were filed this week but that it does not comment on active litigation. The former employees worked for Union Pacific for various lengths of time, one starting as far back as 1965 and finishing in 2006. Others started work in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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Union Pacific, the second-largest freight railroad by ton-miles, operates about 32,000 miles of track in the western United States. Its operations include the trains, repair shops and yards where cars are organized into trains and vast miles of track with signaling equipment and other devices. All told, the company has about 43,000 employees in 23 states, including about 8,000 in Nebraska at various locations such as the Omaha headquarters and the vast Bailey Yard in North Platte.

“Railroads and their facilities are notorious for having been contaminated from years of transporting toxic substances and from the use of toxic substances and known carcinogens in the operation of the railroads themselves,” the suits say.

The suits say Union Pacific violated the Federal Employers Liability Act, a 1908 law that was the first aimed at protecting injured railroaders. It works somewhat like workers’ compensation insurance, but to collect, the aggrieved party must prove in court that the railroad in question was legally negligent.

The suits cite exposure to hazardous substances such as “diesel fuel/exhaust, benzene, creosote, manganese and rock/mineral dust and fibers.” The former workers contracted cancers including lymphoma, pancreatic and head and neck, according to the suits.

The suits seek compensation “in excess of $150,000” and related court and legal costs.

End of the year Union Meeting Tomorrow 12/19/17 1030 am, Lunch following

Brothers and Sisters,

Tomorrow we will be having our end of the year union meeting. Our new General Chairman Brian Carr will be at the meeting to answer any questions you have

regarding the proposed 2017/2018 modification agreement, our new contract etc.

At the conclusion of the meeting we will be going to Clearmans Northwoods Inn in Covina.

If you cant make the meeting please join us for Lunch following the meeting. This invitation is open to all current and retired Division 5 members.

If you are planning on going to lunch please let me know so we can get a head count







Teamsters Joint Council 42

981 Corporate Center Dr, Pomona, CA 91768

12/19/17 1030 am







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540 N Azusa Ave, Covina, CA 91722

A little outside pespective on our current contract

From Railwayage…

Thursday, November 02, 2017

If you get a good deal, take it

Written by  

Watching Washington, November 2017: Almost three years since 12 rail labor unions commenced collective bargaining over wages, benefits and work rules with Class I railroads, plus many regionals and short lines, a coalition of six unions—representing some 60% of the 145,000 affected workers—has reached a tentative agreement with the carriers.

Should it fail membership ratification, a Donald J. Trump-appointed, and presumably management-friendly, Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) will make non-binding recommendations for settlement.

Absent a ratified agreement in place to serve as a pattern, all original carrier demands—lower wage increases, no retroactive pay, more healthcare givebacks, expansion of remote control use, elimination of road and yard distinctions, and scrapping of extra boards—are back in play, and a PEB likely will cotton to some.

Should labor decline to settle as recommended by a PEB, the door opens for an anti-labor congressional majority to do what lawmakers typically do to end a national rail work stoppage—impose the PEB recommendations.

This ain’t a trick bag in which rail workers wish to find themselves. While collective bargaining never delivers to either side all it wants, political realities and a problematic economic climate for railroads make this tentative agreement look generous.

Indeed, in the midst of continued wage stagnation elsewhere in America, it puts at least $33,000 more into the pockets of the highest paid rail workers within just two years; and more than $16,000 by mid-2019 to those in the lower wage rungs. And there is not a single work rules change.

Although healthcare co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums rise—but more slowly than medical cost inflation, and barely for those in good health—employee monthly insurance premiums are capped at the current level until at least mid-2020. By contrast, other private sector and federal workers—including congressional staff advising lawmakers if ratification fails—pay significantly more. In fact, railroads will be paying some 90% of all employee healthcare costs.

Motivation for a management-friendly PEB and anti-labor congressional majority to trim back this tentative deal, should ratification fail, is a 44% drop in the railroads’ bedrock coal traffic—a $7 billion revenue hit—further shadowed by problematic prospects given the growth of natural gas, solar and wind for electric power generation. The bloom also is off intermodal, while many in Congress support allowing longer and heavier rail-competitive trucks.

Inexplicably and anarchist-like, leaders of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE), which abandoned its own effort to negotiate a new contract, have urged rejection of this tentative agreement negotiated by the six unions representing conductors, engineers, signalmen and some shopcraft workers.

Equally perplexing, the BMWE’s distribution of leaflets at work sites, and similar negative comments on social media, violate a core principle of trade unionism that forbids attacking another labor organization’s performance of its negotiating obligations. Were the BMWE affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the mainstream umbrella organization for most American labor unions, it would face severe sanctions.

Rejection of the tentative pact virtually assures that Congress will impose a new contract with an anti-labor tilt. The BMWE’s attempted sabotage is irrational, but irrationality has stained previous BMWE thinking.

BMWE members twice unlawfully occupied National Mediation Board offices to protest a preference for peaceful outcomes. BMWE has threatened to shut down Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor despite warnings that a perpetually underfunded Amtrak wouldn’t survive to reopen. And after frequently engaging in unlawful work stoppages against BNSF, BMWE is under unprecedented court order—with risk of its bank account being reduced to pocket change—to seek court permission for a future strike.

If there were a better deal out there, other labor organizations would have grabbed it. As for rejection, the probability of squeezing out a better offer is near nil. Most likely, should a PEB and Congress write the contract, is a three card Monte game rigged decidedly in favor of the carriers. Labor always is best served by the motto, “When you get a good deal, take it.”

The six unions with the tentative agreement are the American Train Dispatchers Association; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen; Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers and Helpers; Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division (including yardmasters), and National Conference of Firemen and oilers.

Cell Phone “Sniffer”

From our UTU brothers….PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY!!


My office was proved the attached Picture of what’s called a Cell Phone “Sniffer” and these sniffers are currently being installed on CSX Locomotives at the Huntington Shops.

Essentially, if the cell phone detector picks up a signal, it informs the sniffer, which takes a picture of the inside of the cab to catch whoever is using their cell phone.

Please urge your members to protect themselves from discipline and/or FRA fines by complying with this FRA directive. Section (h) of the FRA “Findings and Order” in Emergency Order No. 26 reads in pertinent part:

“(h) Sanctions. (1) Any individual who willfully violates a prohibition stated in this order or uses any of the described devices without observing any of the restrictions stated in this order is subject to civil penalties under 49 U.S.C. 21301.

(2) In addition, such an individual whose violation of this order demonstrates the individual’s unfitness for safety-sensitive service may be removed from safety-sensitive service on the railroad under 49 U .S.C. 20111.”

The picture is of the sniffer. Cameras are not needed because they can pull your phone number, the number of the person you call or text and other information. 

Lets say you text a coworker who is on duty with an engine without a sniffer. The sniffer on your engine will get a delivery/ read receipt indicating that there phone is on as well. Now both of you could possibly be fired and/or fined up to $25,000.

We want our members to be aware of how the company is using technology against us. Please use this information to protect yourself and your coworkers.



National Negotiations update: Coordinated Bargaining Group unions reach tentative national contract agreement

Brothers and Sisters,

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 5 — Rail Unions making up the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced today that they have reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. The CBG is comprised of six unions: the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters); the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers; the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers / SEIU; and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART TD).

On Wednesday, October 4, the CBG’s full Negotiating Team met in Independence, Ohio, for a review of the terms of the proposed voluntary agreement. Following that review, each of the CBG Unions’ Negotiating Teams unanimously endorsed the Tentative Agreement. On Thursday, October 5, the involved General Chairpersons of SMART TD, BRS and BLET met as well and those groups also unanimously endorsed the Tentative Agreement for consideration by the respective membership of each Union.

The Tentative Agreement, which will be submitted to the memberships of each involved Union in the coming weeks, includes an immediate wage increase of 4%, with an additional 2.5% six months later on July 1, 2018 and an additional 3% one year later on July 1, 2019. In addition, wage increases of 2% effective July 1, 2016 and another 2% effective July 1, 2017 will be fully retroactive through implementation, for a compounded increase of 9.84% over an 18-month period and 13.14% over the 5-year contract term (this includes the First General Wage Increase of 3% implemented on January 1, 2015).

All benefits existing under the Health and Welfare Plan will remain in effect unchanged and there are no disruptions to the existing healthcare networks. While some employee participation costs are increased, the tentative agreement maintains reasonable maximum out-of-pocket protections for our members. The TA also adds several new benefits to the Health and Welfare Plan for the members of the involved unions and, importantly, it requires that the Rail Carriers will, on average, continue to pay 90% of all of our members’ point of service costs.

On a matter of critical importance, the employees’ monthly premium contribution is frozen at the current rate of $228.89. The frozen rate can only be increased by mutual agreement at the conclusion of negotiations in the next round of bargaining that begins on 1/1/2020.

In addition, the CBG steadfastly refused to accept the carriers’ demands for changes to work rules that would have imposed significant negative impacts on every one of our members. As a result of that rejection, the Tentative Agreement provides for absolutely no changes in work rules for any of the involved unions.

“This Tentative Agreement provides real wage increases over and above inflation, health care cost increases far below what the carriers were demanding, freezes our monthly health plan cost contribution at the current level, provides significant retroactive pay and imposes no changes to any of our work rules,” said the CBG Union Presidents. “This is a very positive outcome for a very difficult round of negotiations. We look forward to presenting the Tentative Agreement to our respective memberships for their consideration.”

A copy of the Tenative Agreement


CBG Bargaining Update 2017-10-05

CBG-NCCC Tentative Agreement BLET GC Meeting