Railroad employees frequently ask the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) how the acceptance of a buyout from a railroad employer affects their future eligibility for benefits under the Railroad Retirement and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Acts. The following questions and answers provide information on this subject.
We want to give clarity to the junior employees on what to expect with seniority movement in the NE2 Chicago working district.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a Sept. 7 report that a series of human errors led to a BNSF Railway train striking and killing two BNSF roadway workers.
SMART-TD Agreed to Q & A
Regarding Using Seniority within the CFT (Yard)
We are required to submit claims for compensation for earnings that are entitled to us from our collective bargaining agreement and/or to protect our agreements when we are ordered to violate them form the carrier.
When you find yourself needing to write a claim use the link bellow to access the claims reference guide. This guide is to help you submit good proper claims with the required details in the claim for better processing from the carrier.
You will find some of the most common claims you will encounter, that does not mean if you do not see the claim write-up you are looking for that it is not a good claim. If you find yourself searching for a claim that is not listed in the guide just call the office for further assistance.
The Chicago Service Unit has started to implement a new crew strategy for running trains through Proviso to or from Yard Center. The first that Local 528 knew of this plan was when our Brothers and Sisters the members working on the Proviso NE2 Pool notified us. The Chicago Service Unit has not communicated this plan to us. We are continuing to reach them to collectively establish a unified qualification program for all Conductors at Proviso.
We recognize the Conductors working on the Proviso Pool have many concerns over this new work. We will address a some of the major concerns that have surfaced below.
- The first is can we do this work and is it within the boundaries of our agreement? The answer is YES than can have us receive/leave our train anywhere within the boundaries of the Chicago Terminal Complex.
- What is the Chicago Terminal Complex and it's boundaries? The Chicago Terminal Complex is defined under the 1996 C&NW/UP merger agreement and is basically the entire Union Pacific footprint in the greater Chicago area, defined in a 41 mile radius around Chicago.
- What is the correct pay for this work? Our current trip rates covering your route for which called to operate will still apply. Overtime will still start after completing the run miles for the trip.
- How will I be qualified to operate on this new territory? You will not be required to lose time or "ride the rode" on your own time to qualify for the new operations. Your agreement provides that you receive a sufficient number of trips to become familiar with the new territory.
- It is important to us if your experiencing excessive cab delay while performing this new work this could cause you to incur additional limbo time. Essentially causing you lost earning potential either by restricting your starts or guarantee.
Brother and Sisters you are are the boots on the ground and we need your communication to keep us up-to-date if you are receiving everything your entitled under our agreements. Everything from your pay to the qualification process and beyond, your concerns are our concerns. We have just scratched the surface of the issues that will effect you moving forward, your concerns are important to us we want to assist you through this process.
On the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Amtrak conductor Michael Case in Naperville, Ill., U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D – Ill.) introduced S. 2861 — The Passenger Rail Crew Protection Parity Act — a bill that would make it a felony to assault or intimidate passenger rail crewmembers. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R – N.D.) has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill.
Each year, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) prepares a “Certificate of Service Months and Compensation” (Form BA-6) for every railroad employee with creditable railroad compensation in the previous calendar year. The RRB will mail the forms to employees during the first half of June. While every effort has been made to maintain current addresses for all active railroad employees, anyone with compensation reported in 2017 who has not received Form BA-6 by July 1, or needs a replacement, should contact an RRB field office by calling the agency toll-free at 1-877-772-5772.
If you have SMART Transportation Division Discipline Income Protection Program (DIPP) effective July 1, 2018 will be a minor increase, that will effect how much money is deducted from your paycheck. If you have concerns and questions contact your Secretary/Treasurer Scott Bockhop at 312-207-0906.