Teamsters national day of action

Brothers,

 

The Teamsters along with SEIU, CWA and a coalition of social justice groups will stand in solidarity with workers across the country for a national day of worker actions on July 20 to declare Black Lives Matter and to demand social and economic justice.

At noon on July 20 for 8 minutes and 48 seconds Teamsters employees will walk off their respective jobs.

However, As Railroad employees we fall under the Railway Labor act and this would be no different than any other non sanctioned wildcat stike or illegal Job action. We can not participate . we cant stop trains.

General Chairman Carr has contacted Rod Doerr and he said the UP would not allow us to participate and they would sue us if we did.

Now if you are not working and would like to join a local rally or march (hopefully with a mask on) there is a caravan of Teamsters leaving at 11am @ 5080 Obama blvd Los Angels Ca 90016

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Fraternally

Paulo

July meeting cancelled

Brothers,

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We thought we would be able to have a meeting this month but with the recent spike in cases, Teamsters joint council 42 decided to extend their closure. We will not be having a meeting for July.

Im available for any questions or issues.

 

Fraternally

Paulo

Reserve board cuts 06/10/20

Brothers,

 They have recalled 40 trainmen and have made multiple cuts to the reserve board. they are cutting 7 more from LA today 8 from Colton. .  LA will be down to 6 or so and colton will be 19 or 20.

The attached list is pre-cuts

as of today furloughs are 98 in WC , 55 in LA.

 

Fraternally

Paulo

 

Crew
Emp Name
Rest Date
HAHT
1
0012
P TORTORIC
OK
2
0003
BR GROTHER
OK
3
0013
SA PACHECO
OK
4
0005
RD UNZICKE
OK
5
0007
GD HITCHEN
OK
6
0010
RE SCHOONM
OK
7
0016
DR PETERSO
OK
8
0004
JE HERITAG
OK
9
0011
JE GROTHER
OK
10
0015
HV CORDOVA
OK
11
0008
MA MEJIA
OK
07/05 00:01P
12
0002
L SIMMONS
OK
13
0006
RV GELOSO
LV
06/14 23:59P

 

 

Extra Brd -ER10-SP760
# Crew
Emp Name
Rest Date
HAHT
1
0005
GJ SHULEK
OK
2
0008
JL BRIDGE
OK
3
0001
DL HORN
OK
07/01 00:01P
4
0009
A VILLALOB
OK
5
0007
BC DALLING
OK
6
0003
TA PERSON
OK
7
0002
KA RICHARD
OK
8
0012
RD DODSON
OK
9
0014
EC DURAZO
OK
10
0016
J ZIELEN
OK
11
0020
PM BARRETT
OK
12
0015
RM DOMINGU
OK
13
0019
MJ FIELD
OK
14
0026
PP LEWIS J
OK
15
0030
SR ARZOLA
OK
16
0032
MR BAUMAN
OK
17
0018
JC MEADE
OK
18
0011
G RODRIGUE
OK
07/04 00:01P
19
0004
MS BALDONA
OK
20
0017
FJ DURAZO
OK
21
0021
TL WING
OK
22
0013
RN BENNETT
OK
23
0034
SC BARCZA
OK
24
0031
TJ DURAZO
OK
25
0010
TL BAYS
LV
06/14 23:59P
26
0006
TA CLINE
LV
06/14 23:59P

Heat Vans

Brothers,

I spoke to Local management and the Nailand heat Van’s are ordered for June 15 2020. Please stay well hydrated in the meantime and if you have any issues, please contact the local managers and ask for some assistance. Heat stroke is serious and its deadly.

Be safe

Paulo

LA County State of Emergency

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I’m sure your all aware of the rioting and looting in our city tonight. The Mayor has issued a Curfew  and  declared a state of emergency. The national guard has been called out and will be out in force tonight.

I’ve received multiple calls as how we should proceed If called to work. The curfew specifically states your exempt if traveling to or from work. Just be careful and be safe.

Please  contact  me if you have any issues.

 

Fraternally

Paulo

 

FRA denies BLET request for emergency order

Brothers,

 

If you were curious  if the Republican nominated former Cheif Operating Officer of Conrail FRA Administrator Ronald Batory was at least pretending to be neutral….heres your answer.

So much for looking out for the workers.



The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) last week denied rail unions’ request that the agency declare an emergency order calling for safety protections for railroad employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced earlier this week.

“Although FRA believes that many safety precautions included in [the unions’] petitions could constitute best practices that should be applied in the railroad industry, FRA does not believe that an emergency order is justified,” FRA Administrator Ronald Batory wrote, according to a BLET press release.

The BLET and SMART-TD unions petitioned the FRA to issue an emergency order specific to employee protections after the agency announced it would temporarily waive certain railroad regulatory safety requirements during the pandemic.

Union officials say the FRA has “yet to mandate safety protocols to protect the health of railroad workers during the national COVID-19 outbreak,” according to the press release.

Another positive Gemco

Brothers,

 

We have another positive employee @ Gemco yard. The employee (the brakeman on the el 04 was informed of his positive test last night at 1830 (I believe he tested positive on 03/31). He then called his crew to inform them. Nothing from the company.  Multiple engineers and trainmen @ Gemco are now in HP status.

If you have any symptoms please stay home and call the Nurse. I would like you to voice your displeasure with how the company is handling this via the safety hotline. They are more worried about paying you than they are keeping you from being exposed.

 

Please try and stay safe

Paulo

positive test Clerk @ commerce

Brothers,

 We have been informed that a clerk (a driver that shuttles crews) has tested positive for COVID-19. I believe his last day working was Thursday March 26th. if you were shuttled by the clerk  last week please call the OHN . If you believe you were exposed please contact me

 

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 Nurse Kim  909 486 0026

Nurse Carmen 323 482 3366

Carl Garrison 720 215 2501

FRA Issues Emergency Waiver

Brothers,

 

All Class 1 railroads have petitioned the FRA for relief amid the COVID-19  Pandemic.  The FRA has issued a 60 day emergency waiver.

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Federal Railroad Administrator Ron Batory.

In response to a Petition from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a 60-day emergency waiver for certain requirements of FRA’s rail safety regulations, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The petitioners, on behalf of their member railroads, requested relief from certain requirements of 49 CFR Parts 213, 214, 217, 218, 219, 220, 228, 229, 232, 234, 236, 239, 240, and 242.

The Petitioners—represented by AAR Senior Vice President Safety and Operations Michael J. Rush, ASLRRA Senior Vice President Safety & Regulatory Policy Jo Strang, and APTA Senior Director Engineering & Commuter Rail Operations Narayana Sundaram—requested relief on March 21, approximately one week after FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory’s activation of ERD (Emergency Relief Docket) No. FRA-2020-0002: “Activation of the ERD enables FRA to utilize its emergency waiver procedures found at 49 CFR § 211.45,” FRA said “Under that section, once the Administrator activates the ERD, FRA may grant a petition for waiver without prior notice and comment if the Administrator determines it is in the public interest, the waiver is not inconsistent with railroad safety, and the waiver is necessary to address an actual or impending emergency situation or event.”

The Petitioners “represent the vast majority of railroads operating in the United States,” FRA noted, adding “If any party desires a public hearing on their Petition, that party must notify FRA by the end of the day on March 28, 2020.”

“FRA explained that the relief granted is generally conditioned on the existence of workforce shortages and other constraints as a direct result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing individual railroads from timely completing all federally mandated railroad safety tests and inspections, or other requirements,” Strang noted to Railway Age. “However, relief is granted from certain regulations (§ 217.9 and the other related operational testing requirements §§ 228.5 and 228.203(a)(1)(ii), and Parts 240 and 242 (not including §§ 240.231 and 242.301)) regardless of the availability of an adequate workforce, because such relief supports the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and limiting the touching of common surfaces. The remaining sections of the waiver may be used if the railroad can document a direct workforce shortage or constraint arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“ASLRRA members desiring to operate under the terms of the waiver must document the basis on which they concluded that availing themselves of the relief was necessary and must report required information weekly to ASLRRA to provide to FRA,” Strang noted. “ASLRRA is in the process of developing a procedure for members to provide this information. Further, some aspects of the waiver require specific recordkeeping, reporting and plan development to FRA staff directors, as explained in detail in FRA’s response. ASLRRA recommends that railroads take a conservative approach when utilizing the regulatory relief.”

AAR and APTA member railroads that fall under FRA jurisdiction are subject to the same conditions.

In their communication to FRA, the Petitioners asserted that their member railroads “expect their staffing levels to be significantly reduced as fewer railroad employees and contractors will be available to perform necessary duties due to illness and the need to quarantine,” FRA said in the waiver letter. “[They asserted] that a reduction in employee availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic will affect railroads’ ability to keep freight trains carrying critical goods and materials necessary for the country’s welfare operating during this emergency, and that compliance with all Federal railroad safety regulations, with the expected workforce shortage, would significantly hinder railroads’ ability to operate. Additionally, Petitioners [noted] that limited resources or directives imposed on a geographic location by other government agencies could lead to operational limitations that could result in undue delay to the transportation of critical commodities. As such, Petitioners [requested] relief from certain FRA safety requirements in the event the COVID-19 pandemic causes workforce shortages or other constraints that prevent individual railroads from timely completing all Federally mandated railroad safety tests and inspections, and complying with other requirements related to employee training and qualification.”

FRA determined that, subject to certain conditions, granting the request for relief “is in the public interest, necessary to address the current nationwide emergency situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic, and is not inconsistent with railroad safety … The relief is generally conditioned on the existence of workforce shortages and other constraints … Railroads that find it necessary to utilize the waiver relief … must document the basis on which they concluded that availing themselves of the relief was necessary. Any railroad utilizing any aspect of this waiver is required to report weekly … [to FRA] through their respective industry

FRA granted temporary relief from:

  • Certain track inspection time-interval-dependent requirements in Part 213.
  • Operational tests and inspections of employees, which “would allow railroad managers more time to ensure railroads remain operational while addressing anticipated challenges in terms of potential workforce shortages or other constraints. Temporarily suspending these programs is consistent with CDC guidance related to social distancing.”
  • Current restrictions imposed on utility employees. FRA believes that in the limited circumstances where railroads experience workforce shortages at specific locations, relief “is justified, provided only one utility employee at a time is attached to a train or yard crew.”
  • Requirements related to the 36-month certification period for locomotive engineers and conductors.
  • The 60-day deadline for responding to petitions submitted to the Locomotive Engineer Review Board and the Operating Crew Review Board.
  • Requirements for locomotive engineers unfamiliar with physical characteristics in other than joint operation and requirements for territorial qualifications, respectively. The railroad must first determine that no territorial-qualified engineer or conductor is available. Those who were qualified on the territory but whose qualifications have lapsed must be assigned over an engineer or conductor that was not initially qualified. An engineer certified with “the most demanding service” should be assigned ahead of those engineers with a less demanding service as documented in their individual records. If the locomotive engineer is qualified on the portion of track to be operated over and the conductor is not qualified or whose previous qualification on the portion of track has expired, the train may be operated without restriction. If neither is qualified but the train is PTC active/engaged, the train must operate at a speed not to exceed 40 mph. Without PTC active, the crew must operate at restricted speed with an up-to-date track chart.

The waiver allows railroad employees to conduct “verbal quick tie-ups” at the end of any duty tour to increase social distancing and reduce the use of “common high-touch surfaces” such as computer terminal keyboards. “Employees will not be required to re-enter terminal facilities at the end of their on-duty period, thus avoiding unnecessary contact with other employees from different shifts and/or jobs in the terminal facility and reducing an employee’s need to work at a computer in a terminal facility from two times per shift to one time per shift. Such reductions are consistent with current CDC guidelines,” FRA said.

The waiver also permits locomotive movements between facilities where locomotives have not had inspections and tests within the time periods specified in existing regulations. However, said FRA, “Because the limitation on the movement of defective equipment to the ‘nearest available location where necessary repairs can be performed’ is based on a statutory requirement, FRA does not have the authority to waive this requirement.” But FRA said it “will not take exception to any railroad moving defective equipment to the next forward location where necessary repairs can be performed, where there is adequate staffing and resources available to make the required repairs in a safe manner. Railroads must endeavor to repair defective equipment at locations where qualified mechanical inspectors are present.”

FRA is not waiving the 100%-operative-brakes requirement, but “will not take exception to a railroad operating a train from its initial terminal with 95% operative brakes. Railroads must, however, comply with the remainder of the requirements [for] trains to have at least 85% operable brakes en route … Relief is granted to allow trains … to travel up to 1,200 miles without an intermediate Class IA brake inspection; [and] to travel up to 2,000 miles without an intermediate Class IA brake test. This relief is only granted for those trains, locations or geographic areas where such extended mileage is necessary due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

FRA also granted relief from “the limits on single block pick-ups and single block set-offs … such that railroads may add or remove more than a single block of cars to a train and those cars may be added to any location within a train consist or set-out from any location within a train consist, consistent with the railroad’s train make up requirements. Relief is provided from the requirements governing pre-departure inspections when combining two existing trains (two separate consists including one or more cars and one or more locomotives) that have been properly inspected and tested in compliance with all applicable regulations … without additional inspections, other than a Class III brake test.”

Scope of Relief

FRA said that “limiting the relief  … to only the Petitioners’ membership would be insufficient to address the current emergency situation. As a result, FRA is granting all railroads operating within the United States the ability to operate under the terms of this emergency waiver. If a railroad that is not a member of Petitioners’ organizations experiences a workforce shortage or other constraints as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that prevents it from timely completing any of the Federally-mandated railroad safety tests or inspections, or complying with other requirements, that railroad may become party to this waiver and operate under [its] terms.”

The full FRA waiver letter can be downloaded here: