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 BLET DIVISION 333 NEXT MEETING

Next Regular Monthly Meeting of BLET Division 333 will be held on:

DECEMBER 18TH, 2014 - 7:00 PM

 Croatian Hall, 445 2nd Ave S. South Saint Paul, MN 55075 651-451-1453

Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month.

YOUR support is needed!!!

Your attendance is requested!!!


DIVISION 333 DUES BREAKDOWN 

Starting Dec 31st, 2011, Payable for January 2012.

 **** Licensed Member (Working as Engineer or Trainman) ****

$38/month for National

$39/month for General Committee of Adjustments

$14/month for Legislative Board

$26/month for Local dues

This is a total of $117/month, now some members pay an additional $23/month for Disability insurance if hurt at work. Which brings the total to $140/month starting the end of 2011. The dues pay for disability insurance if hurt anywhere off the property (Car accident, fall off your roof, fall out of deer stand, etc.). For a member to qualify for this insurance, they must have a paid day as an Engineer for which month they are claiming, any class of service as an Engineer (simulator, rules, etc.).

**** Non-Licensed Members (Trainman Only) ****

$20/month for National

$39/month for General Committee of Adjustments

$14/month for Legislative Board

$26/month for Local dues

This is a total of $99/month starting in December 2011. Now, keep when trainmen come over to our Division they do not get disability insurance through the BLET, but they can get a different policy through another company and they can contact me about this.
The cost of this insurance is an additional $92/month and comes directly out of a members check through automatic withdrawal. Which pays $2000/month for up to 12 months.

Members can also contribute $1-$50 or more to PAC (Political Action Committee) along with their dues.


DIVISION BYLAWS AND CONSTITUTION 

Division 333 Orders of Doing Business (revised 12/11)

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Bylaws 2010

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Constitution

IBT Rail Conference Bylaws


GCofA QUARTERLY REPORTS 

Quarterly Report - January - March, 2011

Quarterly Report - September - December, 2010

Awards 27216-27221

Awards 27231-27236

Awards 27247-27264

Awards 27279-27298

Quarterly Report - July - September, 2010

Awards 27140-27157

Awards 27158-27180

 

 

 


Notification of Motions Requiring Second Vote at Next Regular Meeting

Motions up for vote at next meeting.

Second vote on motion to purchase retirement clocks for retirees will be made at December 18th regular meeting.


November 20TH REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Jason Carnes (1st Vice-Local Chairman)
Paul Winfield (2nd Vice-Local Chairman)
Brother Rivard (member and acting President for this meeting)
Andrew Hanselman

Special Guest, Tom Perkovich from the Hunegs, LeNeave, and Kvas Law firm

Message from Tom Perkovich:

- Special guest Tom Perkovich spoke about a case recently won where a crew operating a train at 50 mph hit a bulldozer on the tracks. Carrier had knowledge of bulldozer on the tracks but failed to notify crew.
- Tom once again stressed the importance of turning cell phones off while on duty. FRA and carrier have the technology to detect whether a mobile device is turned on in a passing locomotive. You will be fined and face discipline.

Some Topics Discussed:

- At our previous meeting on October 16th, 2014 Brother Wolff Made a proposal to raise monthly membership dues by $10/month/member, so local can cover future expenses. This was posted on bulletin boards for 30 days and was brought to a vote at this November 20th, 2014 regular meeting. The motion passed.

- Brother Johnstone made a motion to accept the application for membership from Brad Basset. Motion Passed. - Brother Anderson not present at meeting to give legislative report.

- Brother Johnstone stresses to everyone to SLOW DOWN out there. Way too many investigations, if not all, are simply from being in too big of a hurry.

- Make sure that you acknowledge all radio transmissions, especially ones related to red zones. All red zone communication must be done over the radio.

- Be sure that crossing gates are completely down before entering grade crossings.

- Watch leaving equipment beyond clearance markers. Make sure every part of the equipment is behind the marks, this includes the knuckle. Remind your conductor before making the cut.

- Do not couple to any locomotives on a service track without the entire crew having a job briefing with the MIC in charge. Be careful in Mason City…sand, ramp, come out, rip are all designated engine tracks.

- Brother Crow met with Labor Relations on Nov. 6th, many topics were discussed. One concerning us was the Mankato extra-board only receiving and hour and half call instead of the normal three hour call. Labor Relations refuses to budge on this matter.

- We indicated that we would be willing to sign an agreement allowing the extra board to cover LTU22 and LTU82 extra jobs on these days off. The carrier refuses to put anything in writing related to this. SO FOR NOW RE58 CREWS NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ENTER CLAIMS FOR EACH TIME THE MANKATO EXTRA BOARD IS USED FOR AN EXTRA LOCAL JOB.

- BCRF is sending new posters with updated information concerning job insurance.

- Brother Crow has sent an email concerning the claims for operating engines with inward facing cameras in them. Keep detailed records as we have an agreement with the carrier to suspend all time limits concerning this issue.
 

November 20th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


October 16TH REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Tim Rivard (member and acting President for this meeting)
Matt Pollnow

Special Guest, Tom Perkovich from the Hunegs, LeNeave, and Kvas Law firm

Message from Tom Perkovich:

- Special guest Tom Perkovich again has strongly suggested to put technology to the side when on duty and at work. Companies have the legal right to go after statements left on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Do not post things that you would want the company to get a hold of.

- Fill out injury and accident reports with correct info but, not information that will affect a negative outcome of the case. ALWAYS CONTACT LOCAL CHAIRMAN BEFORE A COMPANY OFFICER FOR ADVICE.  Fill out your OWN accident report!! There is Whistleblower protection.

- Careful with “LS” and posting things on the WEB, companies can get ahold of this information and charge employees for dishonesty; this is a Level 5 dismissal.

Some Topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone motioned to accept the proposal for the BLET Division 333 Secretary Treasurer to have a Bank Check Card to use solely for the purchase of flowers for funerals. Motion passed.

- Brother Johnstone made a motion to accept the application for membership from Paul S. Howard. Motion passed.

- Brother Johnstone reported outcome of BLET National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

- Brother Wagner was elected to the Secretary Treasurer position, in place of Brother Abell for the Northern Region GC of A.

- Vacation preponderance works as, whatever craft a member is working on November 11th, that is the craft your vacation seniority will be bided on for the following year (Engineer or Conductor).

- Talks are being done about eliminating a floating vacation for ALL UTU local chairmen.

- Paid Healthcare at General Committee level, to limit it to a certain amount of years after retirement.

- Carrier has put out (Rumor only), that anyone with a low EQMS score, are to be tested daily.

- UP wants everyone to do track speed on mainline, Fuel Masters may be going away.

- RED ZONES are a big topic right now, many employees going to investigations for RED ZONE violations.

- Mankato XE50 board has been established, carrier has right to call St. James xe50 board (closest manned xtra board) for overflow work at Mankato. LTU22 should still be called out of Valley Park or St. Paul.

- Ebb and Flow is being discussed on Western Lines right now, if something passes, Labor Relations said it will deal with our area next. 75 days lodging will be the max. if agreement passes.

- Trip rate from Valley Park to Mason City is being proposed. Rates that carrier would like to see are $417.00 for post 96 and $511.00 for Pre 96, overtime after 12hrs. Local is fighting for $474.52 post 96 and $585.67 Pre 96, overtime after 12hrs. Hopefully get Flip rate back on Omaha.

- Brother Wolff Made a proposal to raise monthly membership dues by $10/month/member, so local can cover future expenses. This will be voted on at next monthly meeting after it has been posted in bulletin boards for 30 days. We have reduced dues since 2010 and it is time to increase the dues with inflation.

October 16th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)
 



September 18TH REGULAR MEETING

September 18th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

August 21st REGULAR MEETING

August 21st Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

July 17TH REGULAR MEETING

July 17th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

June 19TH REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Jason Carnes (1st Vice Local Chairman)
Tim Rivard

Some topics Discussed:

 - PTI van situation is better, for many possible reasons. Weather has improved, more drivers and the BNSF has dropped PTI and gone to railroad express.

- Motion was made to accept Brian Ragsdale as member of the BLET Division 333. Motion Passed.

- BLET IWC is June 29 thru July 3.

- Brother Johnstone submitted a proposal in writing that the division gets a check card to be used only for the purchase of funeral flowers and only by  the Secretary Treasurer. This proposal changes part (f) in the “How bills are paid” section of the Division 333 Orders of Doing Business. Proposal passed.  This will need to be voted on again at the next meeting. The acceptance of this proposal should prevent any monthly service fees to the division account.

- Proposed new lodging in Mason City, IA. are the Quality Inn in Mason City and the Super Eight in Clear Lake, IA. Brother Johnstone will be inspecting the lodging.

- 4&1 work rest agreement has been proposed by the carrier. Information will be posted on the Division 333 web site. Discussion and debating will be done in the forum on the division web site. At the July 17, 2014 regular meeting we will be
voting on how many hours off an engineer will have after making 4 consecutive starts. Then at the August 21, 2014 regular meeting we will count the ballots.

- Brother Denison is recovering nicely. Brother Riley is back to work. Brother Gilomen is back to work.
 

June 19th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


May 21st REGULAR MEETING

May 21st Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

April 17TH REGULAR MEETING

April 17th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance. (weather related)

MARCH 20th REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Paul Winfield (Vice Local Chairman)
Terry Johnson

Some topics Discussed:

 - Brother Johnstone made a motion to support the Randy Ortwig Golf tournament with a $125.00 donation. Motion passed.

- Brother Johnstone has reported shortage of PTI vans has brought Airport Taxi on the property. Supt. Hinton has allowed Airport Taxi on property even though they do not meet the carriers requirements for safety. (Railroad ID Card, window hammer, first aid kit, fire extinguisher etc.) Some members have enquired if we can refuse the Airport Taxi’s on this basis. Brother Johnstone has asked Supt. Hinton if discipline would be taken on a crew refusing Airport Taxi. Brother Johnstone is still waiting for a reply…. At this time he would not recomend refusing the Airport cabs. Brother Johnstone has recommended only one crew in the mini vans account weight requirements, luggage restricting view and not secured, and overall room for passengers.

- Motion was made to accept Brian Strand as member of the BLET Division 333. Motion Passed.

- Complaints have been received by members on the Valley Park Boards that the carrier is not calling crews for hours of service relief properly. Brother Johnstone is looking into this and working on a solution that is best for the members involved and is supported by the agreements.

 - Safety Captains performing industry inspections has been delayed account of the weather and scheduling conflicts. When they do get scheduled, Roseport is first on the list account several complaints with the condition of the switching lead and other yard tracks.

- Brother Denison had a five-way bypass a couple of weeks ago and is recovering.

- Brother Riley suffered a pulmonary embolism and is recovering.

- Brother Gilomen slipped and suffered a back fracture. Has been cleared to return to work by his doctor but is waiting to be cleared by carrier.

- Brother Hartson has been terminated. We are all hoping to get him back on appeal.
 

March 20th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


FEBRUARY 20TH REGULAR MEETING

February 20th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance. (weather related)

January 16th REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Jason Carnes (Vice Local Chairman)
Tim Rivard

Some topics Discussed:

- Safety Captains should look at Roseport lead going down to the yard.

- Look into cab situation, and if Airport, Yellow, etc. cabs are covered for same amount as PTI and do they need to me DOT regulated like the supposed Legislative department suggests.

- Members watch for claims in the non-service area for processing, V/L/C Carnes and L/C Johnstone are putting in claims when they see them and need members to process the claim.

 

January 16th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


December 19th REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Tim Rivard
 

Special Guest: Tom Perkovich from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas Law Firm

Message from Tom Perkovich:

- Members please turn your phones off while on duty! Railroads and FRA are now using handheld detectors. Airplane mode is still detected. No incident is required, you can still be pulled out of service. Voice communication only! When stopped.

- Firm just won a 2.6 million dollar case in California where Engines derailed and tipped over.

- Another case is in the early stages in Duluth.

- Firm does many cases other than just FELA.

Some topics Discussed:

- YMK24, still nothing on boundaries for this job.

- Local Chairman in Mason City (Greg Welp) resigned, Virgil Marlin will be taking over as the new Local Chairman.

- Old SP engines on sand trains have filthy bathrooms, b/o computer airbrakes, leaky cabs, etc. report these engines so we can get them fixed or replaced with better power.

- Watch the new hires, sweep switches before throwing the switch.

- Eb&Flow situation, carrier wants control of all boards, not looking good for any changes in the near future.

- BLET is meeting in Phoenix, January 2014 to have cameras shut-off when train is stopped and reversor centered.

- Remember to cut flanges this winter.



December 19th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


NOVEMBER 21ST REGULAR MEETING

November 21st Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

OCTOBER 17TH REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Jason Carnes (Vice Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)

Special Guest :

Special Guest Ed Haley from Cornerstone Assurance Group.

Some topics Discussed:

- Vision testing, Hearing testing, Committee of Adjustments is in Omaha talking with the Union Pacific about trying to get pools held for getting these tests done.

- 15 new hires on property for the Central 5. Be helpful to these new employees; tell them about Job Insurance through other venues other than the UTU, help with claims, etc.

- Recent changes in radio band frequencies make sure you know where you’re at, stop half the distance specified.

- MOP Rafter has notice out, which Valley Park crews will stay on train if hours of service permit, so that they can get qualified to East St. Paul.

- IWC is in Minnesota on June 29th-July 3rd, 2014.

- Sand job YMK24, nothing on this yet.

- Significant changes in calling procedures from St. James to Valley Park & St. Paul, for extra jobs called at Mankato.

- Members should look at claims in there submitted/non-service box for claims that have been placed by BLET officers on their behalf and submit/process them.

- Job 22 in Mankato, the off days should go to extra board or pools @ Valley Park?

- New members disk, ideas for new hires & what is and isn’t a claim.

- Safety Captains, Brother Johnstone made a motion to rejoin the Safety Captain program with the Union Pacific. Motion passed.

- Brother Vanderlinden has requested a transfer to Division 9 and transfer has been granted.
 

October 17th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


SEPTEMBER 19TH REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ryan Behne (President)
Lee Hartson
Tim Rivard

Special Guest : Special Guest Tom Perkovich from the law firm Hunegs LeNeave & Kvas

Message from Tom Perkovich:

- Max your underinsured and uninsured motorist on your personal auto insurance policy. If you are involved in an accident in a van at work and it is proven to have been the fault of the 3rd party (driver other than the van driver), your policy will cover you.

- When injured on the job and filling out an injury report, make sure to document that the Carrier is as fault. If presented a form to sign allowing the Carrier to see your medical report, DO NOT sign. If a claim agent wishes to speak to you, meet them at a public place, not your home. Do not answer questions freely. These claim agents are not on your side.

-Technology is here to stay and can come back to be a thorn in your side. Don’t use your cell phone while working. Calls, texts, etc., can be used against you, should you have an incident.

Some topics Discussed:

- Need to process claims when not called to cover Mankato extra jobs. Brother Carnes has been monitoring this and entering claims for Brothers who do not enter the claim for themselves. CMS is calling St. James engineers when they should be calling Valley Park first, then St. Paul before St. James.

- Need to process claims when forced away from home terminal. Lodging, mileage, etc.

- Job 22 at Mankato-day sand job. This job has Sunday and Monday off. Off days would be extra work going to the pool engineer, but going to extra board engineer. Not all engineers agree on how this job should be called. We need to come to an agreement.

- Job 24 at Mankato-night sand job. Crews are saying the job duties are out of the perspective of the job description. Unusual work includes dog catching Job 22, yard switching, etc. This job was bulletined as a “road switcher” to work between MP81 and MP30 on Mankato Sub, non-directional, as directed.

- Rep from Cornerstone will be at regular October meeting to answer questions about the new Short/Long-term disability insurance being offered. Current members must have the enrollment kit post-marked by 10/25/2013 or call phone number on enrollment kit to sign up. New members have a 30-day open enrollment to sign up upon becoming a member of the BLET.

- Health Flexible Spending Account Plan open enrollment 10/1/2013 to 11/2/2013. BLET needs at least 5% participation for 2014 and 7.5% participation for 2015 to continue this money saving benefit to continue, or the Carrier will have the right to terminate the plan the following plan year.

- Locomotive keys have not been provided to all employees at time of meeting. Locomotive keys do not work on all locomotive locks. When key does not work, engineer required to report on electronic inspection report, but if dead on hours, cannot report until next shift. New General Orders require removal of reverser on certain trains and engineers to acquire reverser from on-duty location, however, reversers not always available.
 

September 19th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


AUGUST 15TH REGULAR MEETING

August 15th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

JULY 18TH 2013 REGULAR MEETING

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Jason Carnes (Vice Local Chairman)
Lee Hartson

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone would like to talk with the General Committee of Adjustments about writing up an agreement for licensing. The agreement would hopefully be writing in a way that if an employee had to layoff for Eyes and Ears testing, the pool that the employee is working would be held in town until member is rested and ok for work after there appointment.

- Motion was made to accept Damon Kelly as member of the BLET Division 333. Motion Passed.

- General Committee of Adjustments has elected to institute a group insurance plan for all members. The Hartford plan by Cornerstone Assurance Group provides the greatest amount of coverage at the most favorable cost to members.
Brother Wolff will get in contact with the Rep. and try to get more information and hopefully have Rep. at one of the next two meetings to explain more about the insurance.

- There is a new Locomotive shutdown booklet out, please read it, it was revised in June 2013.
- If interested all members should go to the Railroad Retirement board website and get there own Personal Pin#, takes about a week to get. Lots of information on this website. Local phone # is 651-290-3076.

- Keys for Locomotives not working very well, some employees don’t even have keys, not sure what they are going to do about these problems.

- It has been brought to the attention of the Local Chairman those employees making a move from xtraboard to a temp assignment and employee doesn’t work before getting bumped or temp assignment ends. That employee should go back to the board in the same position they vacated the board at the time of the move.

- Brother Johnstone will find out more information from the General Committee on this.

July 18th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)



JUNE 20TH 2013 REGULAR MEETING

March 21st Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

 May 16th 2013 Regular Meeting

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Paul Winfield (Vice Local Chairman/acting President at this meeting)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Tim Rivard

Special Guest :

Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.
 

- Tom made it clear, that if you our anyone else is injured on railroad property, DO NOT post anything on Facebook, e-mail, texting, or any other form of technology that can be traced to you. These records can and will be subpoenaed by the courts and can be held against you. Leave no paper trail.

Some topics Discussed:

- Motion was made to accept Micheal Yarbourgh and Matthew Pollnow as members of the BLET Division 333. Motion Passed.

- Brother Wolff spoke with the National Department in regards to new membership and Disability Insurance. Please be aware that under the Union Pacific exclusive representation property, a member in the BLET that does not have a paid trip for the month working as an Engineer WILL NOT be covered under any disability through the BLET or UTU. This was a bargaining tool that the UTU come up with to keep membership in the UTU. All trainmen/women in the BLET have no Disability Insurance but, they can buy Disability Insurance through Railroad Marketing (1-435-688-1655), the cost is $93/month and pays $2000/month if injured on/off property. Please let anyone who is ready to join the BLET and isn’t working as an Engineer know this, we do not want to give false information to our new members.

Brother Anderson Legislative Report:

 - Legislatively, nothing going on right now.

- Trying to increase cab protection coverage from 1million to 5 million.

- IWC will be in Minneapolis in the year 2014.

- Our local is currently members of the IWC and Brother Anderson strongly urges members of local to get their significant others to join the Auxiliary membership for better chances to get scholarships for children, not many people are putting in applications for these scholarships.

- Each IWC and Auxiliary membership gives out separate scholarships. Members can qualify for both.

May 16th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


 APRIL 18TH 2013 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Paul Winfield (Vice Local Chairman/acting President at this meeting)

Special Guest :

Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.

- Tom made it clear, that if you our anyone else is injured on railroad property, DO NOT post anything on Facebook, e-mail, texting, or any other form of technology that can be traced to you. These records can and will be subpoenaed by the courts and can be held against you. Leave no paper trail.

Some topics Discussed:

- Voting on the Randy Oertwig golf tournament took place, by an overwhelming favor of 2yays 0nays motion passed and we will be donating a hole at the golf tournament for the price of $125.00.

- Brother Johnstone sent in the voted down vacation agreement to the National. No response was sent back at time of this meeting.

- Work zone still up in the air but, people are getting forced and not getting deadheads, meals, lodging, mileage, etc. paid for by the carrier. Employees have to protect there seniority, according to the railroad.

- Brother Johnstone also pointed out that when in doubt, DO NOT hesitate to throw your train into emergency!! Losing points for train handling is way less severe than running over a red flag or derailing.

- Brother Johnstone would like to attend the RRT board meeting on April 26th, 2013. Everyone at this meeting thought it would be a good idea for someone to start attending this yearly meeting.

April 18th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


MARCH 21ST 2013 REGULAR MEETING 

March 21st Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.


FEBRUARY 21ST 2013 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Jason Carnes (Vice Local Chairman)
Denny Denison
Mike Mercier
 

Special Guest :

Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.

- Special guest Tom Perkovich mentioned that anyone who opts-out of the company Insurance and is covered under their spouses insurance may want to rethink this. Spouses insurance will look at any injury on the railroads property as a workman’s Comp claim and not a Fela claim. Is it worth the $100 for opting out?

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Behne suggested in a letter to membership that we support and donate to the Randy Oertwig golf tournament again this year, in the amount of $125.00. Motion made by brother Denison to donate the money again this year. Motion passed and will be voted on again at next regular meeting for 2nd pass of motion.

- New vacation agreement, which states “whatever craft an employee has worked the preponderance part of the year (6-month qualification measurement period) determined between April 1st – September 30th , that is the craft He/she will qualify for vacation. Proposal voted down with a vote of 4nays 0yays. Agreement did not pass with division 333.

- Brother Denison made a motion to divide monies more equally in the Fuel master program, somewhat on the lines of Division 369, Motion passed, it will be looked into.

- Brother Johnstone did write a letter to the National for an informational video, no reply has come back by time of this meeting.

- Brother Klaus from division 9 (St. James) has resigned as the Local Chairman.

- Special guest Tom Perkovich mentioned that anyone who opts-out of the company Insurance and is covered under their spouses insurance may want to rethink this. Spouses insurance will look at any injury on the railroads property as a workman’s Comp claim and not a Fela claim. Is it worth the $100 for opting out?

February 21st Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


JANUARY 17TH 2013 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary /Treasurer)
Paul Winfield (Vice Local Chairman)
 

Special Guest :

Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone made a motion to accept the application of membership from Steven Marttinen.

- Manly siding might get new track and ties in 2013. Hopefully get rid of the 20mph entire train speed restriction at YL 195, should only be a head end restricted speed anyway.

- Brother Johnstone will write a letter to the National to try and get an informational/promotional video to tell employees why it is so important to get involved in a union.

- Brother Koetzles father passed away, flowers were sent.

January 17th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


DECEMBER 20TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary /Treasurer)
Tim Rivard (Election Committee)
 

Some topics Discussed:

- Large t-shirts are in, only 9 ordered to stay within the $100 range.

- Clocks mailed to retirees (Bristol and Duresky), Bristol showed up to this meeting for a little bit. Both retirees were very thankful for the clocks.

- Brother Johnstone made a motion to accept the application for membership from Thomas Ceiluch and Nathan Olsden. Motion passed.

- Service Unit testing is up and investigations are up.

- Track profiles on webpage are very helpful and show crossings and mileposts of crossings.

- UTU decision is still up in the air about the work zone, trying to keep it a work zone area on central 5 but, they did do away with it in Chicago.

- Let employees know they do not need to buy UTU job insurance, not only is it $50/month more than any other job insurance but, once they have it, the grace period starts all over when switching to BRCF or LECMPA. If employee ever would want to change unions in the future, it makes it a more difficult decision.

December 20th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


November 15TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary /Treasurer
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Tim Rivard (Election Committee)

Special Guest :

Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.

Some topics Discussed:

- The proposed motion from last month’s meeting to order 10 Large t-shirts for members has passed.

- Brother Johnstone made the motion to accept the application for membership from Andrew Hanselman. Motion passed.

- Brother Anderson confirmed that the elections are over and President Obama will stay in the White House.

- Democrats picked up 1 seat in the Minnesota.

- Cabs currently have a 1 million dollar insurance coverage per incident, whether 5 people are in the cab or 2 people in the cab, everyone splits the 1 million. Payout based on who suffered more. Legislation is trying to get it raised to 5million.

- PAC is separate from union dues but, contributes to elections and special interest groups that are helpful to unions and our job. Please fill out a form and give to PAC (Political Action Committee).

 - Flex spending open enrollment extended to December 7th, 2012. You must contact United Healthcare to sign up.

- UTU General Chairman (Reedy) is trying to change work agreements to the point where seniority order must protect jobs in whole work district, not just the work zone anymore. This would mean lowest man/woman in seniority at the time could/would be forced as far away as Sioux City, Iowa for Central 5. Hopefully we can keep this from happening.

- Try to get new employees to sign up for anything but UTU job insurance. The UTU is $50/month more than any other insurance and once committed to UTU insurance it makes it hard to change unions because the grace period for coverage starts all over again. BRCF or LECMPA are good choices.
 

November 15th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


OCTOBER 18TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman /acting President at this meeting)
Jason Carnes (Vice Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)

Special Guest :

Dave Brown - Chairman Minnesota State Legislative Board.

Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.

Dave Brown showed a very good video on the importance of being active in your union. The video also was about the history of railroad labor and the men that came before us and how they fought hard for all we have now. All we have now was not given willing to us by the railroads, or predecessors endured some difficult and violent times in the past.

- Brother Anderson - Legislative Report - reported that throw away cell phones can be traced, an Amtrak engineer was using one on a train. Cell phone use on the train is a hot button issue with both the carrier and the FRA, fines are coming. If you are caught using your phone while on the train, dismissal is imminent and there is not a defense for this charge.

- Brother Anderson had a list of candidates endorsed by the BLET and said to watch your mail box for mailings from the national division as they contain good information.

- Brothers Brown and Anderson also urge all members to contribute to BLET-PAC. Laws prohibit the use of union dues for political purposes. Your voluntary BLET-PAC contribution fills this gap and enables us to help those who share our interests on the state and national level. A candidate must properly fill out a questionnaire in order to receive PAC money; it is not simply distributed along party lines. There is also a limit to how much one candidate can receive.

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone has not yet met the new Superintendent Paul Hinton.

- Job 82 and 84 are on regular assignment.

- Brother Dennison is the peer trainer running the simulator.

- On the CGW when two crews are called to deadhead at the same time if an agreement between crews, as to who will work and who will not work the train, cannot be reached the second crew must take the train.

- Flexible spending accounts close on November 3; everyone should take advantage of this tax benefit.

- Brother Tongen is back to work.

October 18th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


SEPTEMBER 20TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

David Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Jason Carnes (Vice Local Chairman/acting President at this meeting)
Paul Winfield (Vice Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary/Treasurer)
Christopher Dysart
Denny Denison
Eddie Pinto
Adam Honer

Special Guest Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.

- Tom handed out some trinkets from the firm and as always gave us good information on how to document our information if injured.

1. Always document things when it comes to injuries. Be very precise and to the point where you are putting the blame on the Carrier and not yourself. Never own the blame. Always put it on the carrier, they are supposed to provide the safe working environment.

2. The documentation that is filled out can and will be used in the courts if it benefits the company, so it may be used to help you or work against you, be precise in what is writing or said.

3. Never let the carrier into the Doctors office with you, that is confidential between you and your doctor, a company officer is not allowed as long as you say so.

4. The accident report is all you need to fill out and if you are under meds of any kind, wait until your thinking more clearly.

5. Never let the carrier write on the injury report in the spot where the explanation of the injury is, they don’t know and weren’t there when the injury happened and have no right to write in this area.

 

Some topics Discussed:


- Superintendent Doerr is leaving the service unit and going out to Los Angeles, California.

- New Superintendents name is Paul Hinton, supposedly worked in the Twin Cities before as an MYO, not much known on the guy, but I am sure we will learn real quickly.

- 82/84 has not been assigned yet but, Brother Johnstone is trying to get the carrier to pay the road switcher rate of pay when/ if the jobs are put on as a regular assignment since 2nd start claims are not being paid anyway.

- Roseport relief job is still being looked at.

- Discussion was brought up about how DH’s are called and who is to work a train if 2DH’s called at same time (0502, 0503, etc.), not exact same time.

- Anyway, DH’s on Omaha (RE58) 1st DH Engineer gets choice. CGW (RE53) 2nd Engineer DH gets train. It was overwhelmingly decided that Brother Johnstone should talk with General Chairman Elsberry and get it changed so that there is no confusion and the 1st DH Engineer should get choice no matter what pools are being worked.

- When working the RE53/RE58 pools out of Mason City, you can call the corridor Manager if called out of order as to the 1st in 1st out order of tie-up. They may or may not change the calling order on that occasion, just explain when you tied up and how the train should be ordered if called out of sequence. If not changed there is no run around so just go to work anyway.
 

Brother Anderson Legislative Report:


- If the voter ID requirement is passed it would make it difficult for a lot of people to cast a vote. People such as nursing home people and persons who live far away and don’t have means to get to a place where they can get a photo ID, some religions don’t allow their members to have ID’s(Amish religion for one). There are many reasons people do not have ID’s, this is just one more thing to keep the common person from casting a vote, which would greatly help the Republican Party, if passed.

- Remember what is at risk at this election, the Romney/Ryan candidates would like to take away railroad retirement tier 1 and raise the retirement age for Railroad workers.

- Romney/Ryan candidates would like to eliminate Amtrak, which would greatly hurt the Railroad retirement accounts.

- Republicans would like to make Minnesota a RIGHT TO WORK state, which would mean people don’t have to belong to a union, but would reap the benefits of what Unions fight for in contracts, without paying dues. This would hurt ALL unions!!
-The average income for the Nation is $52,000 to $57,000/year, Think about what you make per year and what you need to protect when going to the polls.

Brother Johnstone Local Chairman Report:

- Brother MacAuthor has retired. Brother Elsberry will take over as the ne General Chairman for the Northern region.

-The addendum to the discipline system has passed.

-Flex spending enrollment is coming at the end of September 2012, please read and get involved , it is a great way to put money aside for medical expenses but, don’t put more aside than you think your family can use in a 1 years time. The money is tax free and if you don’t use it, you lose it.

- Extraboards are being cut everywhere, not just on the Twin Cities service unit.

Nominations for Division Officers


Nominated for position of President, Brother Ryan Behne and Brother Jason Lehnen both have accepted the nomination as President.

Nominated for Position of Vice President, Brother Jeff Duresky. Only nomination. Brother Jeff Duresky accepted nomination and is the new Vice President by acclamation.

Nominated for position of Secretary Treasurer, Brother Thomas Wolff. Only nomination.  Brother Tomas Wolff has accepted the nomination of Secretary Treasurer and will continue to be the Secretary Treasurer by acclamation.

Nominated for position of Alternate Secretary Treasurer, Brother Paul Schultz. Brother Schultz has accepted the nomination and will be the new Alternate Secretary Treasurer by acclamation. Brother Jason Lehnen who was also nominated but, has chosen to run for President instead, by-laws state that these two offices can not be held by same person so a choice had to be made by Brother Jason Lehnen.

Nominated for position of Guide, Brother Dysart. Only nomination. Brother Dysart has accepted the nomination and is the Guide by acclamation.

Nominated for position of Chaplain, Brother Ken Filarsky. Brother Ken Filarsky has accepted the nomination and is the Chaplin by acclamation.

Nominated for position of Delegate to the National Division, Brother Dave Johnstone Brother Mark Anderson. Both have accepted their nominations.

Nominated for position of First Alternate Delegate to National Division, Brother Carnes. Brother Mark Anderson was nominated but, had to withdraw and run for only one of these positions and chose Delegate to the National Division instead. This means Brother Carnes will be First Alternate Delegate to National Division by acclamation and has accepted the nomination.

Nominated for position of Second Alternate Delegate to National Division, Brother Paul Winfield. Brother Paul Schultz, declined the nomination. Brother Paul Winfield will be the Second Alternate Delegate to National Division by acclamation and has accepted the nomination.

Nominated for position of Legislative Rep. / Delegate to the SLB, Brother Mark Anderson. Brother Mark Anderson will be the Legislative Rep. / Delegate to the SLB by acclamation and has accepted the nomination.

Nominated for position of Alternate Legislative Representative, Brother Travis Gilomen. Brother Travis Gilomen has accepted the nomination and will be the Alternate Legislative Representative by acclamation.

Nominated for Position of Local Chairman / GCA Delegate, Brother Dave Johnstone. Brother Johnstone has accepted the nomination and will be the Local Chairman / GCA Delegate by acclamation.

Nominated for position of First vice Local Chairman / First Alternate GCA Delegate, Brother Jason Carnes. Brother Eddie Pinto. Both have accepted their nominations.

Nominated for position of Second vice Local Chairman / Second Alternate GCA Delegate, Brother Paul Winfield. Brother Terry Johnson. Brother Ray Koonce declined nomination. Both have accepted their nominations.

The Election Committee was voted on and will consist of Brother Denison, Rivard, and Moder. All members have accepted to be on this Committee and the members available at this meeting all agreed that these three members will be the committee.

September 20th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


AUGUST 16TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Tim Rivard
Andy Moder
Dan Morisset

Special Guest Tom Perkovitch from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm.


- Tom has been attending union meetings with all the locals in various locations and railroads. Tom handed out some trinkets from the firm, no pizza cutters this time.

Some topics Discussed:

- As a matter of information Brother Johnstone reported that the division was required by the national by-laws to obtain 2 post office boxes for the upcoming officer elections. The cost of these P.O. boxes and all the associated election mailings is estimated to be about $290.00.

- The carrier has started putting people making familiarization trips on a 90 or 91 board. This board is not guaranteed. Brother Johnstone hopes to get these people returned to a guaranteed board.

- Brother Johnstone reported that no paper work has been found supporting our claim that job LTB 82 should be called off the re/rt 58 board and that job LTB 84 should be called from the re/rt53 board. LTB 82 should eat at valley Park after 3 ½ hours on duty and should request a meal from a MYO or other manager prior to eating. The manager may deny your meal or have you take your train out of the yard to Continental crossing or another location and tie it down. They will then have the Valley park yard cab pick you up and take you to eat. You may be able eat at a restaurant or the Valley Park yard office depending on circumstances.

 - Job LTB 84 must also obtain permission to eat. You will probably be denied a meal if you are on tow in.

- Brother Anderson reported on the IWC and the coming elections. The BLET has endorsed Barak Obama for President.

- The local has received a letter from the GCA that General Chairman MacArthur is retiring effective Sept. 15, 2012.

- There was discussion of the new proposed agreement from the carrier to not deduct outside earnings from an employee’s wage settlement when they are returned back to work after being fired for an extended period of time. This proposal greatly reduces the time period for making appeals but ends the carrier’s practice of subtracting earnings from other employment during the period when an employee is fired. The General Committee has assured Bro. Johnstone that they will be able to meet all the time limits specified in the agreement. Motion passed.

- Brother Andy Honer was voted in as a BLET Division 333 Member.
 

August 16th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


JULY 19TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

July 19th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

JUNE 20TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jeff Duresky (Vice-Local Chairman)
Travis Gilomen
Tim Rivard

Special Guest : Tom Perkovich from the law firm of Hunegs, LeNeave, and Kvas

- Tom has been attending union meetings with all the locals in various locations and railroads, everyone seems to be in the same situation. No one seems to know what is going on with the Collective bargaining war against the workers. Politicians and Railroads alike all seem to be out for themselves.

- Tom also reminds use to keep electronics off while at work and work safely and be safe.

- Employees are a liability to the railroads not an asset.

- Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas law firm are an asset and are here to help.

- Tom also handed out some trinkets from the firm, no pizza cutters this time.
 

Some topics Discussed:

- Correction of minutes from the last regular meeting on May 17th, 2012, under Financial Business with the wording of dues increase being changed from DAY to MONTH.

- Local did get a file cabinet, it is a 5 drawer and Brother Johnstone is in the process of filling it up. Best of all the cabinet was free.

- No word if local 369 is going to come to the Croation Hall for meetings or not.

 - James Lance Brantley became a member of Division 333. Please welcome Brother Brantley to the BLET 333 the next time you see him.

- An anti-union bill is currently making its way through Congress and is seeking to undermine the rights of workers to bargain collectively under the guise of higher wages. If this passes it would take away the rights to negotiate contracts that create a uniform, fair process for granting wage increases. This bill was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as S. 3221.
This legislation undermines the fairness that collective bargaining agreements bring to the workplace, opening the door to favoritism or discrimination based on race or gender.

- Randy LeNeave will be the host at the IWC conference in Billings this year.

- Brother Ellsberry warns everyone that Omaha is watching for and testing heavily on “Unprotected shoves”.

- Members be sure to report ALL on duty activity on the FRA report, this includes DH’s, changing trains, cabbing from one train to another, etc. FRA is watching, report ALL on duty events.

- Local Chairman reminds everyone that if involved in a incident, DO NOT leave the scene.

- Brother Hagen is back to work. Training on the spine side. Brother Billstrom is also back to work.

- Please be aware that all health issue documents that Nurse Jane gets could and will be used against you if the case ever goes to investigation. Nurse Jane is not your friend, she is employed by the railroad and her documents are the railroads.
- Nurse Jane does not have the Patient/Doctor confidentiality.

- Reminder, dues are going up this month, $2/month for engineers and $1/month for trainmen.

- Brother Wolff proposed we order T-shirts for all members of the local, an order of 60 T-shirts in a variety of sizes and 2 colors (RED and GRAY). Brother Wolff will look into seeing if we can get Local or Division 333 put on shirts and how much extra it would cost. Motion passed up for a second vote at our July meeting.

- LTD 82-84, carrier wants to run 82 from the RE53 and 84 from the RE58 pools. Currently looking for paperwork to get this straightened out. Superintendent Doerr will honor agreement if it can be found. No word on getting Job 82-84 assigned as of now.

- Local Chairman Welp from Mason City would like Equalization of miles and is agreeable to adding a pool for 60 days vs. 6months out of Mason City. This pool would be double headed with the RE58 pools, which would mean, come up the spine and down the Omaha. Motion made to accept Welps offer. Motion passed. Brother Johnstone said they are trying to get RE58 pools to fall in with the RE53 @mason city to figure out where they line up.
 

June 20th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


MAY 17TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ryan Behne (President)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Denny Denison

Special Guest : Tom Perkovich from the law firm of Hunegs, LeNeave, and Kvas

- Perkovitch talked about the law firm being very busy currently. Would like to have some lawyers attend the meeting, but they have been preoccupied. He purchased refreshments and pizza for those in attendance and gave out small trinkets from the firm.

Some topics Discussed:

- Second vote on motion to purchase a file cabinet for Division 333 files passed.

- Attendance issues at work- UPRR Superintendant showed Omaha (UP) that St Paul had no one on the attendance report. Brother Johnstone directs members not to sign anything with regards to attendance issues without talking to a union rep.

- People are getting hired, currently 20 more in class now. New business, 2 CP oil trains per day, maybe any time.

- We are now members of the IWC.

- Backpay paid on June 25, 2012.

- Brother Hagen coming back to work. Johnstone met today to finish paperwork.

- Omaha trip rate, mileage 161 miles Mason City to Valley Park via S. St. Paul., from Flint it is 164 miles. Equalization- UTU has paperwork for, BLET does not have paperwork yet. Mason City L/C wants a 45 day trial period for, we said no. General Chairmen says 6 month period. ID run says pre ’96 employee cannot equalize miles, we will have to try and work it out with Mason City local division.

- Brother Reedquist is back to work. Brother Mercier is still recovering from ankle surgery.

May 17th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


APRIL 17TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Ken Filarsky (Chaplin)
Denny Denison


Special Guest : Tom Perkovich from the law firm of Hunegs, LeNeave, and Kvas

. Mr. Perkovitch talked about the crackdown on use of Cell Phones and how you may be held responsible if another member of the crew violates. Also discussed the message that Brother Peirce brought up at the recent meeting with him that we are one incident from having inward facing cameras invading our lives.

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone presented a proposal that BLET Division 333 approve the purchase of another 4 drawer file cabinet for use by the Local Chairman. Brother Johnstone reports that the one that we have is overflowing and saving documents in boxes is not conducive to good business management. Motion passed. Motion will be up for a second and final vote at the next regular meeting.

- BLET Division 369 has expressed interest in scheduling their meetings at the same time and place as ours. Their meetings are currently held at the Bowling Alley. There is room for both Divisions to have their own business meeting and perhaps combine parts like the Special Guests and others of mutual interest.

- At the previous meeting...
Brother Denison made a motion (at the March 20th regular meeting) to move the Division 333 regular meetings closer to SSTP possibly the Croatian Hall. Motion passed. Motion was up for a second vote (at the April 17th regular meeting). Second vote on motion to move meeting was passed.

Therefore - Next Regular Monthly Meeting of BLET Division 333 will be held at the Croatian Hall, 445 2nd Ave S. South Saint Paul, MN 55075 651-451-1453 on May 17th, 2012 which is the third Thursday of the month.

- At the previous meeting..
Brother Anderson made a motion (at the March 20th regular meeting) to pay dues of $3.00 per year/per member to join the IWC. These dues will be paid directly from the Division 333 general fund, not by the members. Motion passed. Motion was up for a second and final vote (at the April 17th regular meeting). Motion passed.

Therefore - Brother Wolff has been directed to pay dues to the IWC.

- Brother Johnstone reports that the members of the BLET have ratified a new on-property collective bargaining agreement with the Union Pacific.

- Brother Johnstone reports the carrier has been approaching individuals to sign coaching’s for their perceived attendance issues. Please do not sign these without a representative from the Union. The carrier’s attendance policy is not an agreement; you have rights under your prevailing CBA. Brother Raskin and I have been working on language that one can use when confronted and forced to sign.

- Brother Johnstone reports that Brother Reedquist may be back in May and still recovering. Brother Mercier is still recovering from ankle surgery. Brother Hagen is still off work waiting for his case to go to arbitration.
 

April 17th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


MARCH 2OTH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Paul Winfield (Vice-Local Chairman/Webmaster)
Mark Billstrom
Tim Rivard

Special Guest : Tom Perkovich from the law firm of Hunegs, LeNeave, and Kvas

- Mr. Perkovich talked about the BLET no longer having a designated legal counsel directory. The BLET is now referring members to the ARLA directory.
- Mr. Perkovich also wanted to remind members to be aware of what you share in social media. Be careful about saying anything negative towards the carrier. Remember status updates, comments, uploaded pictures might come back to haunt you.
Mr. Perkovich wanted to remind members that if they are injured while on duty to make sure you ask for representation before filling out an accident report. Don’t fall for them saying your doctor bills will not be paid until you give a statement. And most importantly make sure your doctor knows that this IS NOT a workman’s compensation issue and not to give private information to employer.
 

Some topics Discussed:

-Motion was made to move the Division 333 regular meetings closer to SSTP possibly the Croatian Hall. Motion passed.  Motion will be up for a second and final vote next regular meeting.

- Motion was made to pay dues of $3.00 per year/per member to join the IWC. These dues will be paid directly from the Division 333 general fund, not by the members. Motion passed. Motion will be up for a second and final vote next regular meeting.

- Brother Johnstone reports we do have a tentative agreement between the BLET and Union Pacific. Members should be receiving their ballots in the mail March 23rdor 24th.

- Brother Johnstone reports the FRA has changed the H.O.S laws. Some changes affect tie-up at home terminal. H.O.S. changes will be posted on the website.

- Brother Johnstone also wanted AFHT crews in St. James to be aware that cabs might be showing up 20 minutes prior to their on duty time. This is being pushed by UP Hatfield.

- Brother Anderson reports bipartisan opposition, supporters of the irresponsible "Right to Work" Constitutional Amendment are trying to move the bill forward in the Minnesota Senate. Brother Anderson urges members to contact their congressman and let them know you oppose this unsafe, unfair and unnecessary law. Email and links will be put on the Division 333 website.

- Motion was made to support the Ortwig Golf outing. The Division 33 has supported this outing since its beginning 12 years ago. This year the registration is $125.00. Motion Passed.

March 20th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


FEBRUARY 21ST 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

February 21st  Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.
 

JANUARY 17TH 2012 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Tim Rivard
Jeff Bristol

Special Guest : Tom Perkovich from the law firm of Hunegs, LeNeave, and Kvas


- Tom Perkovich explained the Uninsured/Underinsured coverage through your personnel car insurance company. It is very important to carry extra coverage on yourself while riding in cabs so you know your covered and taken care of, if something should happen while riding in a cab.
- Maximize your coverage; Coverage usually costs around $50/year more for $250,000 to $500,000 coverage.
- If hurt and you have no extra coverage of your own, could mean being out of work and money for a long time.
- The insurance that cab companies carry is about $1million per accident, depending on how many people are in the cab, it is split between all crew members in the cab.
- Railroad is suppose to supply a safe working environment which includes cabs, if you find something unsafe with your cab, be sure and turn it in.

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Dennison sent an e-mail to Brother Johnstone requesting the local to look into a different meeting place for monthly meetings.

- Brother Anderson got feedback on IWC, and the cost is $3/member/year, this would cost the local about $165/year to have a membership.
- Local will look into sending a delegate and joining the IWC at the next regular meeting.

- Brother Anderson wrote to the Department of Health in Mason City, Iowa. In regards to the ice machine being placed in the bathrooms of the yard office. They had no health issues with this but did say it could be a problem if used for other than cooling things down should not be used for ice in liquid, could have bacteria and germs causing sickness. OSHA will check into it more but, no further information was available at time of this meeting.

- Peer trainer for MVPDM still undecided, looking like it could possibly be Engineer Dave Banks and Andy Moder. The pay for this may only be 22days/month. No miles no held away.

- Brother Johnstone reported that Brother Elsberry from the General Committee of Adjustments said, “the union and carrier have agreed on work rules and wages for Union Pacific property and it is being writing up”.

- Brother Wolff is looking into ordering t-shirts for members.

- Brother Gary Rosenlund was voted in as a Division 333 Member.

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Brother Bristol wanted to thank everyone for being good friends and co-workers over the years and said he will miss working with everyone. Brother Bristol has many plans and a full schedule already. He will officially retire on February 2nd, 2012. We wish brother Bristol and his family well, Congratulations Jeff!!!

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January 17th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


DECEMBER 20TH 2011 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Paul Winfield (Vice-Local Chairman/Webmaster)

Special Guest : Special Guest Dave Brown (Minnesota State Legislative Rep. for BLET)

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Anderson mentioned that Division 333 should join the IWC, cost is $3/year/member (??) this to be discussed at next meeting when price is known for sure.

- If we affiliate as a division, some of our membership could get a scholarship for their child our grandchild or step child, etc. The IWC gives out 6 ($1000 scholarships) each year. One family can win more than 1 scholarship per year. You would have to be pretty lucky for this to happen, but it could happen. Good opportunity to meet with National Officers and get training in a variety of areas when attending these IWC conventions. IWC will be in Minnesota in 2014.

- Brother Johnstone reported that “Safety Masters Program” is not supposed to give money out for safety according to the FRA.
FRA is afraid employees will not report safety issues if they are receiving money for being safe.

- MVPDM, Superintendent seems in favor of assigning the job (2 turns out of valley and 1 turn out of Mason City), they will bring train from Valley Park, tie-up and bring train back up the spine when rested.

- The 1st crew off the re58 worked up the spine solo today.

- It is under the impression of the local chairman (Johnstone), that equalization of miles is in question. It is his understanding that to be equalized, the crew must be post-96’ , if they are not , it could possibly turn out that equalization is not mandatory because all pre-96’ Engineers have seniority at Valley Park.

- Connie Crumrine and Billy Pape were voted in as Division 333 Members.

- Simulator peer trainer position was decided and Engineer Bogema (4th district) will be in simulator until he retires (sometime 2012) then Brother Denison will take over.

- Operation Red block to be decided tomorrow with Local Chairman and Superintendent.
- Peer Support and Operation Life Saver to be posted in January 2012

-  Legislative Rep. Anderson Reported

- PAC (Political Action Committee) would like more members to donate.  Berkshire Hathaway spent 1.1million in 1st Quarter 2011, Union Pacific Railroad spent 1.6 million 1st Quarter 2011, CSX railroad spent 1.1 million 1st Quarter 2011.

- Members need to donate to this committee, if everyone gave $5/month, that would give the PAC $1million dollars for the year, which is nothing compared to corporate America but it does and will make a difference. The money helps get Railroad friendly politicians elected.
 

December 20th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)


NOVEMBER 15TH 2011 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Paul Winfield (Vice-Local Chairman/Webmaster)

Some topics Discussed:

- Discussed the previous proposal that the Division join the IWC. Dues are currently $2.00 in January it will be raised to $4.00. It was decided that we need more input from the members.

- Also need more members input on whether to participate in the new “Safety Masters Program”. It appears to be another version of Total Safety Culture. Division 333 does not want to participate in any program that puts worker against worker.

- Valley Park pools have been called to operate to Mason City via Butterfield. There has been no trip rate established yet for this run so timeslips and/or claims are important.

- Brother Anderson brought information on another disability and life insurance policy from the Hartford. It takes at least 50 members to join which is hard to accomplish with smaller Divisions such as ours.

- Brother Johnstone has had some request to move the regular Division meetings to the Croatian Hall in South Saint Paul, MN. This might bring in more members to the meetings. Meeting days would have to be changed account Tuesdays are unavailable.

- Randy Kruckberg, Dan Morrisset, Chad Fleming and Deana Symons were voted in as our newest members. Welcome to the BLET Division 333.

- Valley Park pools have been called to operate to Mason City via Butterfield. There has been no trip rate established yet for this run so timeslips and/or claims are important.

- Brother Anderson brought information on another disability and life insurance policy from the Hartford. It takes at least 50 members to join which is hard to accomplish with smaller Divisions such as ours.

- Brother Johnstone has had some request to move the regular Division meetings to the Croatian Hall in South Saint Paul, MN. This might bring in more members to the meetings. Meeting days would have to be changed account Tuesdays are unavailable.

- Brother Reedquist is still recovering from his motorcycle accident. Kudos to everyone that donated to the Brother Reedquist fund. We rose a little over $2400.00. A special thanks to Brother Behne for all his work raising money it was a great success!

November 15th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)
 


OCTOBER 18TH 2011 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
 

Some topics Discussed:

- Discussion of previous proposal to join the IWC. Still need more member input.

- Discussion of Safety Masters. Still need more member input. We must decide by December.
recess: 20:00 -20:05

- Kudos from Mike Elsberry. The Mobilization effort for the Strike vote was very successful. The division had 80.36 percent of members contacted, the highest percentage in our GCA.

- Everyone who stops their train with out authorization is being charged with a level 5. Do not stop a train anywhere without dispatcher approval regardless of medical condition.


- Discussed Valley Park issues with persons changing assignments frequently to get off days by abusing the “unassigned job” rules.

- The carrier is calling extra Mankato Jobs form St. James. Valley Park Engineers should put in claims for this. The claims are being paid.

- If the Valley Park extra board is exhausted calling procedures dictate that the St Paul Board extra board cover vacancies and extra jobs at Mankato. If you have not worked at Mankato in the last 6 months then state this to the the caller. Have them call your MOP for instructions. If we do not protect these jobs we will lose them, which will reduce our extra boards.

- Brother Anderson reported on the MNSLB quadrennial convention

- Legislative Board dues will increase $2.00 on January 1, 2012 and again annually on January 1, 2013, January 1, 2014 and January , 2015 for a total increase of $8.00. It is intention of the Board to have the Chairman be full time during the legislative session as soon as possible.

October 18th Regular Meeting Minutes (Password Protected)
 


SEPTEMBER 20TH 2011 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Jeff Duresky (Vice-Local Chairman)
Paul Winfield (Vice-Local Chairman)

Special Guest : Tom Perkovich from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas Law firm.

- Mr. Perkovich provided information about whistleblower protection. Railroad workers are protected from retaliation for reporting safety or security violations.

Some topics Discussed:

- NMB releases RLBC rail unions from mandatory mediation in national freight rail negotiations.

- BLET to hold strike authorization vote. Members will be receiving their TrueBallot with toll-free voting instructions.

- United Steel Workers Division 11 is on strike and picketing at Anchor Glass. Anchor Glass is serviced by LTD08.
- Crystal Sugar is on strike in Mason City. Local Managers are service the industry. YMC 81 services the plant and should be entitled to a basic day. Their basic day was cut to 74 miles account managers claim one hour and five minutes under the FRA hours of service. Crew should be entitled to no less than a basic day.

- Hatfield is taking exception to crews not stopping and waiting five minutes after passing an ABS absolute signal in yard limits. It has been explained to us in the past that yard limits is joint authority, and the five minute wait is not required. Brother Johnstone will be following up on this. We run into this same situation at SSTP.

- Valley Park jobs have been re-bulletined to incorporate the relief job, LTB81 has been re-bulletined for the new start time, SSTP extraboard was cut, then exhausted had to use Valley Park extraboard to fill assignments.

- Discussed “Safety Masters” program that 4th district engineer Kevin Hume has put together. At this time we are neither for nor against this program but would like more input from the members.

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AUGUST 16TH 2011 REGULAR MEETING 

August 16th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.
 

JULY 19TH 2011 REGULAR MEETING 

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ryan Behne (President)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Paul Winfield (Webmaster)
Aaron Hagen

Special Guest : Tom Perkovich from the Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas Law firm.

- Mr. Perkovich introduced himself and gave a background of his career.

- Mr. Perkovich made it very clear to call firm anytime with questions, the firm likes to give advice and guidance for any injury cases even if not used for representation.

Some topics Discussed:

- $10 Decrease on union dues for local was passed.  Decrease in dues will take effect for August, payable in September 2011.

- Proposal for “Flood board” agreement was presented and reviewed at this meeting, more to follow in upcoming meetings.

- Local Chairman has writing up a new “Calling procedure guideline” for CMS to follow when calling jobs, this will also go to GCofA for review and then onto Labor relations for review.

- Brother Richard Sholtz has been transferred from St. James BLET local to BLET Div. 333, he will now be paying his dues to us.

- Brother Anderson reported that the Quadrennial meeting for Legislative board is coming up on September 27th-29th, 2011 at the Mall of America.

- BNSF derailment has caused disruption in our Service Unit.

- Brother Johnstone reported that Brother MacAuthor has stated that contract talks are IMPROVING.

- Motion made by Brother Behne, that our local pay the monthly union National, Legislative, and Local dues for Local Chairman, Secretary Treasurer, and Vice Local Chairman (Webmaster Winfield). Motion passed.

- GCofA is increasing dues by $3/month starting on September 1st, 2011.

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JUNE 21ST 2011 Regular Meeting

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone reported on a local chairman meeting he attended on 5/24/2011. At that meeting superintendent Doer spoke on safety, increased number of incidents and poor safety ranking of the Twin cities service unit. He would like to do away with frivolous investigations and use more training. Unit sand trains are expected to run down the spine before the end of summer, ties are to be put in on the Omaha this year, the service unit is $900,000 over budget for snow removal this past season. Superintendent Doer also said Triple Crown needs to set up concrete barriers on the ramp and provide dust control at east Minneapolis yard. Lastly he said the 7 hours is not for main line trains, the =tl is at 72.6%, MVPDM will become MVPFW two days a week and that he wants to do something with safety captains.

- Nurse Jane said Snap Fitness is now available to employees.

- Brother Johnstone made a motion to post a proposal to reduce the local division dues by the sum of $10 per month, second by brother Carnes, 2 yes, and 0 no, the motion passed. The proposal will be posted and voted on at the next regular meeting.

- Labor relations have contacted brother Johnstone and they want to negotiate a permanent flood agreement for the Twin Cities area. The local chairman is asking for the members input as to what they think a flood agreement should contain.

- Brother Johnstone is sending a revised CMS calling procedure to the General Chairman for his
approval and forwarding to CMS management.

-The UTU has a tentative agreement out to its members for ratification, and they are waiting on
the question and answers.

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May 17th 2011 Regular Meeting

May 17th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

Dues reduction vote will be moved to the June 21st Regular Meeting.


April 19TH 2011 regular MEETING

Members in attendance:

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jeff Duresky (Vice-Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson (Legislative Rep.)
Paul Winfield (Webmaster)

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Anderson reported that the Driver License bill has been submitted and has passed Legislation thus far. In this bill it would exempt railroad employees from showing there personnel drivers license to a police officer at the scene of a crossing-at-grade accident.

- Brother Anderson participated in the “March for middle class” on April 4th, 2011. This march is to support the workers who are fighting against the Bill which would make Minnesota a “Right to Work” state. Right to Work, if passed would pass as a Constitutional Amendment which makes it harder for Gov. Dayton to veto.

- Brother Wolff suggested the local reduce the dues by $1/month. Brother Johnstone made a motion to post a proposal to reduce local dues by $1/month which will off-set the $1/month increase that the National is implementing in May 2011. Motion passed. This will be posted and voted on at next regular meeting.

- Electronic Devices is getting serious, please pass on information to all brothers and sisters, If there is an incident the railroad or FRA can subpoena your phone records from that day and prior to that day. Also, anyone in the surrounding area, this is SERIOUS shut them off!!!!

- Eagle Grove engineer is being sued for not whistling a crossing and is getting no protection from the railroad.

- Please remind everyone that after an incident, and crew has to fill out a report, start every sentence out with “we had a job briefing” and then “we had a job briefing”, use this often and precious and don’t give any more information than needed.

- There has been a bed bug situation reported in St. James Super 8, Hotel is dealing with it and that room is not in use at this time.

- Brother MacAuthor has brought to our attention to be on the look out for increase in tests with Signals, red flags, and restricted speed as a result of sharply increased decertification numbers lately.

- Brother Johnstone spoke with Superintendent Doer to try and get reserve boards set-up for engineers, this did not happen. Despite what everyone might have heard, the railroad offered to 75% of the engineers extra board guarantee to only to the pools with no bonus day. Employees would still be subject to call on 1st in, 1st out basis. And there was also no guarantee that they were not going to cut the pools.
 Omaha and all officers believe the Division turned down the Reserve board, which in fact is a lie!!! The Reserve Board was never offered, the Union Pacific version of a reserve board was offered, but this effected every member and would have had to go to a vote, and we did not have the calendar time to do this.
 So if you keep hearing the Division was not cooperative, let it be known that the railroad did not offer the Reserve Board and wanted everyone to continue working at 75% pay and still be available for call, that way the railroad could have there cake and eat it too!! So please if you hear this kind of statement, set them straight as to what the unions were offered for there membership. The railroad only offered the Reserve Board to the trainman and this came after the UTU turned down the 75% pay option that was offered to the Divison, the railroad did a complete 180 with the trainmen.

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MARCH 15TH 2011 regular MEETING

March 15th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

February 15TH 2011 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Ryan Behne (President)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson - (Legislative Rep.)

Some topics Discussed:

- Thompson apology letter will be posted in the Divisions bulletin boards by brother Behne.

- U.S. Department of Labor sent a letter to be read at this meeting and will also be posted in the Divisions bulletin board for review by all members. It refers to Mr. Thompson and what positions he cannot be allowed to hold or
work in any union or organization.

- We have lost 3 union paying members this year, Brother Mercier, Leach and Brother Gabriel Garcia (who has joined the UTU in St. James).

- Simulator is supposed to be going to a MOP sometime in the future.

Legislative Rep. Anderson Reported

-  Brother Anderson reported that the Legislation is working on passing something in writing that says Railroad employees do not have to show a drivers license to peace officers at road crossing incidents.

- This legislation should make it clear that Police officers will not request a drivers license at these incidents.

- There is an effort in Minnesota to make M/ a “right to work” state, which means if passed, you don’t have to belong to a union but get all the benefits that a union negotiates in contracts.

- “Right to work” was pulled from the 1st round of a bill because there was a huge turnout of Union employees fighting to keep it off the bill. More information to follow as it becomes available.
- Usually a “right to vote” state is almost always Republican control legislation and is harder for Unions to advance any legislation.

- If something like this would pass in Minnesota it would make Unions less strong because there would be fewer members to support a Union. But, would still reap the benefits of contracts negotiated by unions.
 

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January 17TH 2011 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jason Smith

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone had a conversation with Guy Hendricks (U.S. Labor Department) and it was decided that the “Orders for Doing Business” should be changed or reworded in some areas.

- Brother Johnstone attended Thompson case (sentencing), Local did receive an apology letter from Mr. Thompson.
Local can expect restitution, bonding company got a judgment, Mr. Thompson must remain law-abiding, attend /complete Treatment. Mr. Thompson must complete 40 hrs of community service.

- There doesn’t seem to be any new money spent on our area, but in other areas, such as the Fairmont and South of St. James.

- Matt Schumacher from Operation Red Block spoke for a long time and was very interesting. Drug testing guy was “boring” but, did say that Chicago area had the highest “Drug use” failures and St. Paul had the highest “Alcohol use” failures.

- Mobilization unit did a great job and we had a 79% voting turn out in our local. Excellent!! Good Job everyone! We did get an “atta boy” from the General Chairman.

- Local Disability went out of business, we are now paying our Disability insurance through Railroad Marketing and everyone will be responsible for paying it with direct deposit through the Union Pacific.

- Simulator is going to be run by a MOP II, No longer a peer trainer position.
 

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December 20TH 2010 regular MEETING

December 20th Meeting not held for lack of members in attendance.

NOVEMBER 17th 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ryan Behne  (President)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Mike Mercier (GC of A S/T)
Paul Winfield (Webmaster)
Paul Sutherland


Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Mercier has been attending the Jon Thompson Court dates and the Courts were not aware of any further restitution that the Division has submitted, Brother Mercier pointed it out to the Courts and the Judge had to postpone the sentencing until she has time to review all paper work. Judge has postponed the sentencing until November 30th, 2010 at 1100 hrs. Mr. Thompson (Defendant) plans to pay restitution in amount of $11,800.00 or approximately this amount. If Mr. Thompson does not agree to pay, he could face a felony and set-up a 5yr payment plan with the local. Believe it or not Mr. Thompson is the S/T of the U.S. Army Mess Hall in Korea.

-- Brother Johnstone reported for Brother Anderson that the High Speed rail from Chicago to Minneapolis probably isn’t going to happen.

- Brother Johnstone traveled to Reno, Nevada for the General and National Convention.

- Brother Mercier has stepped down from the GCofA Secretary Treasurer position.

- Check out your new BLET newsletter for all other election results.

- Brother Johnstone reported that there were many speeches at the National Convention and MANY of the speeches reinforced that use of Cell phones while on duty is a big NO NO!!

- Railroads have a handheld device that WILL detect if the cell phone is on and the Machine only costs about $500.00, so you can bet most railroads and the FRA does have it in there possession.

- It was also reported that railroads are very close to getting cameras inside the cab facing crews.

- Be sure to get out and vote for the National candidates when you receive your ballot, we need to have a 50% returned ballot, Lets show involvement in your union!!!!

- Our local has a Mobilization unit that will be making phone calls to members to get out and vote, the Unit consists of Brother Johnstone, Brother Wolff, Brother Behne, Brother Mark Anderson, Bother Carnes, and Brother Jeff Duresky.

- Brother MacAuthor is planning on retiring after the Contract talks are over.

- Power in the General committee of Adjustments went from Boone to Chicago in respect to newly elected officers in the BLET.

- Discussed long and short term disability and Brother Johnstone is going to call Joe Cummins and get more info.
 

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October 19th 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Mark Anderson - (Legislative Rep.)
Mark Billstrom
Paul Sutherland

Special Guest : Dave Brown (Minn. State Leg. Rep.)


Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Brown strongly urges members to get out and vote for elections.

- Please fill out Ballots and get them in when you receive them from the
national, for the elections.

- The Union endorses Mark Dayton for Governor of Minnesota. Mr. Dayton was the only one to come and ask the Union, “What can I do for you, if elected?" Mark Dayton will stand for Locomotive Engineer in the Cab of a Locomotive. Dayton will back protection for Locomotive Engineer which will protect pay for Railroad retirement.

- Pawlenty would not sign any contracts with the word “Preserve” in a sentence.

- There will be a $1/Month raise in the dues for Legislative dues, this is for education.

- BLET is 147 years old this year, the oldest Union for rail transportation.

- If the Republicans take over we will have no leverage for union contracts.

- Oberstars committees have passed more Legislation than any other
committees on Capital Hill.

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September 21st 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Thomas Wolff (Secretary / Treasurer)
Jeff Duresky (Vice-Local Chairman)
Paul Winfield (Webmaster)
Paul Sutherland


Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Johnstone commented that it is EXTREMLY important for members who get in trouble, NOT to call a company officer before talking to a local chairman or other union officer who could help with questions, the member may have.  Don’t offer any extra information to a company officer unless they ask you specifically. Try to have a witness on what is said, when being asked questions. Keep notes if possible in the Interrogation, If told to put the notes away, make a note of this also and who made you put the notepad away, time, date, etc.

- Watch your layoffs on the Extra boards followed by marking up on Temp. vacancies. CMS is taking 2 layoffs and then marking up on a temp. as 3 consecutive layoffs and then taking all guarantee for the half.

- Brother Johnstone is going to Reno, Nevada on September 28th, 2010 for 10days of meetings with the General and National Committee of Adjustments. Good Luck Brother Johnstone.

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August 17TH 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson - (Legislative Rep.)
Mike Mercier (GC of A S/T)
Paul Sutherland


Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Mercier is working on a program to audit local dues and expenses against payroll deposits.

- Brother Johnstone passed around the latest report of the General Chairman and the resolutions for consideration by the BLET Committee of Adjustment. Two of the three resolutions will be presented by Brother Johnstone at the National Convention.

- Brother Anderson reported that he has been writing letters to the Superintendent about the overgrown brush along the spine line, including the poor site lines on the gravel pit crossing at about mile post 337.7. He reminded us to whistle for the crossing at black dog coal plant, as the flashing X’s have been installed by the industry and are not FRA approved. Also the 2012 International Western Convention will be held in St. Paul.

- The carrier has increased testing in an attempt to force the Total Safety Culture.

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July 20TH 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Dave Johnstone (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce (Vice-President)
Jason Carnes (Vice-Local Chairman)
Chris Dysart (Guide)
Mike Mercier (GC of A S/T)
Paul Winfield (Webmaster)
Denny Denison
Josh Johnson
Terry Johnson
Paul Sutherland


Some topics Discussed:

-Brother Johnstone reports shortage of manpower has been addressed to a point for the time being.

-The problem with CMS answering phone calls seems to be fixed.

-Discussed Fuel Conservation Program.

-Discussed the problem with pool engineers on the Valley Park board being put in OA status for LTU22, then deadheaded to Mankato and paid for time consumed instead of the trip rate.

- Discussed the harassment of M.O.P Hatfield. Apparently Hatfield is threatening crews with insubordination for refusing to put what he wants on 705 forms.

- Brother Johnstone presented the DIVISIO6 333 MOBILAIZATIO6 PLAN.

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June 15TH 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

David Johnstone - (Local Chairman)
Mark Anderson - (Legislative Rep.)
Paul Schultz
Paul Sutherland


Some topics Discussed:

- Local Chairman Johnstone Reported

That he has heard back from the General Chairman concerning the question of who should be forced to vacant jobs at Mankato under the new agreements. The question was, when a job at an outlying point is put on or becomes vacant and there are no setback engineers working as conductor at that location, will a person be setup and forced from the closest source of supply or from the closest source of supply having jurisdiction over that job?
His answer is that the person is to be forced from the closest source having
jurisdiction.
Also asked was who covers the extra yard jobs at Mankato?
Answer is the Twin Cities, the Valley Park extra board first, St. Paul extra board
second.

-  Legislative Rep. Anderson Reported

These parts of the cab bill go into effect in July 2010. Drivers must have Valid Drivers license, Submit to Physical examination, and know, understand relevant rules of road, laws and safety policies, handling Emergency situations, proper use of seatbelts. Drivers must perform pre-trip and post trip vehicle inspections, and inspection record keeping. Keep proper maintenance records. The Carrier must perform background check or background investigation of Operators, annually verify the Operators drivers’ license. Document meeting the requirements in this subdivision, and maintain the file at the carriers’ office.

- Nominations were held for the position of Delegate, 1st Alternate Delegate and 2nd
Alternate Delegate to the National Convention.
Delegate – Brother Johnstone Nominated by Brother Anderson 2nd Brother Schultz
1st Alt – Brother Anderson Nominated by Brother Johnstone 2nd Brother Schultz
2nd Alt – Brother Schultz Nominated by Brother Anderson 2nd Brother Johnstone
Delegate – Brother Johnstone – winner by acclamation
1st Alt – Brother Anderson – winner by acclamation
2nd Alt – Brother Schultz – winner by acclamation

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May 18TH 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Ryan Behne - (President)
Thomas Wolff - (Secretary / Treasurer)
Mark Anderson - (Legislative Rep.)
Travis Gilomen - (Alternate Legislative Rep.)
Mike Mercier (GC of A S/T)
Paul Sutherland
Mark Billstrom

Special Guest Leo Puddy (Huengs, LeNeave, and Kvas Law firm)

Some topics Discussed:

- Leo suggested calling there firm for any questions, they give free advice.
 If it is decided that a member needs their representation, the cost is 25% of the settlement plus expenses.

- Motion made to invite Gen. Chairman MacArthur and Vice Chairman Elsberry to next meeting Regular meeting (June 15th, 2010) or whenever they are available. Local 333 would extend invitation to Officers from Divisions 369, 861, 241, 176, 9. Brother Mercier will call and set up the meeting.

- It was decided that the YAEGER, JUNGBAUER & BARCZAK law firm come off the Webpage. They are no longer, DLC (Designated Legal Counsel) in the state of Minnesota.

- Cab Bill was passed. Drivers must have valid drivers license, submit to physical examination, and know, understand relevant rules of road, laws and safety policies, handling Emergency situations, proper use of seatbelts. Drivers must perform pre trip and post trip vehicle inspections, and inspection record keeping. Keep proper maintenance records. The Carrier must perform background check or background investigation of Operators, annually verify the Operators drivers’ license. Document meeting the requirements in this subdivision, and maintain the file at the carriers’ office. Carrier must maintain insurance in the minimum amount of $5 million regardless of the seating capacity of the vehicle. Carrier must maintain a minimum amount of $1 million for uninsured and underinsured coverage. Hours of Service start for the Driver when they are called to pick-up crew, 10hr maximum, 15hrs of combined on duty and drive time, 70hrs max. in an 8 day period, then after 24hrs off the 70hr max starts over

- Rule on Union voting has been changed that, a non returned ballot will no longer count as a “NO” vote; only Ballots returned will be counted.

- National Bargaining has started negotiation a new contract, National will handle Health and welfare, GC of A will handle the working conditions and rates of pay on Northern region property.

Brother Mercier says, "GC of A may be raising dues from $3/month to possibly $5-$7/month".

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April 20TH 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

David Johnstone - (Local Chairman)
Raymond Koonce - (Vice - President)
Jason Carnes - (Vice Local Chairman)
Thomas Wolff - (Secretary / Treasurer)
Paul Winfield - (Webmaster)
Michael Mercier - (S/T GC of A)
Paul Sutherland
Mark Anderson - Legislative Rep.

Some topics Discussed:

- Familiarization Board was voted on and PASSED 16-1 (these are guaranteed
boards), Standing Bids PASSED 12-5, Floating vacations ratified.

- If there is a Conductor working in Mankato and an Engineers position is vacant, the position will be filled by the oldest set-back Engineer in Mankato. If there is no one in Mankato, the position will be filled by the oldest set-back Engineer in Valley Park. (if the job(s) is covered by Local 333 jurisdiction).

- Local Chairman Johnstone attended a workshop in Champagne Ill.

- Local needs to post that elections for a Delegate and 2 alternate delegates to the National Division will be taking place at the June 15th, 2010 meeting and elections will take place on the July 20th, 2010 meeting.

- Union Pacific Officers have been looking at the locals website in the General forum—Be careful of what you say on the General Forum, if it is questionable post it on the Members Only section.

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March 16th 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

David Johnstone - (Local Chairman)
Raymond Koonce - (Vice - President )
Mark Anderson - (Legislative Rep.)
Michael Mercier - (S/T GC of A)
Mark Billstrom
Brad Radar-Bourgoin
Aaron Hagen
Donnie Hienze
Paul Sutherland.

- Talked about new agreements on Familiarization Board, Bid request and single days vacation days.

- Brother Mercier mentions about joining our Brothers from UTU Local 650 and have a combined Christmas party. Brother Knooce assigned Brother Mercier to talk to Brother Corchren about cost and report on findings at next meeting.

- Brother Mercier also asks that the Division look into the Local Chairmen being given a monthly salary that can be reviewed every three month for fairness to the Local Chairmen. Brother Mercier asked that the Executive Committee along with the Secretary treasurer look in the average cost occurred by the Local Chairmen for the past 12 months. The salary is mentioned so the Division could better budget the dues money but in no way meant to short the local chairmen his lost wages. The local Chairmen must agree with the said amount before it is put into effect.

- Brother Mercier asked for an amendment to the Division’s Orders for Doing Business.
1) All changes in local agreements will be sent to the membership my mail for a vote.
2) All matters concerning officers pay be sent to the membership for a mail vote.

March 16th Regular Meeting (Password Protected)

Corrections to March Meeting Minutes in April

April 20th Regular Meeting (Password Protected)


February 16TH 2010 regular MEETING

Members in Attendance

Ryan Behne - (President)
Jason Carnes - (Vice Local Chairman)
Travis Gilomen - (Alternate Legislative Rep.)
Paul Sutherland

Some topics Discussed:

- Brother Lee Hartson was voted into the Division’s  333 membership.

- Local Chairman Johnstone will attend a L/C conference in Illinois March 21-26.

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January 19th 2010 regular Meeting

Members in Attendance

Dave Johnstone - (Local Chairman)
Ray Koonce - (Vice President)
Chris Dysart - (Guide)
Peder Bruvold
Terry Johnson

Some topics Discussed:

- All of the newly elected officers were duly installed per the Local Division Rules.

- Mankato jobs were discussed at length. The divisions position is that all EXTRA Mankato jobs are to be manned by    Twin Cities engineers whether they are called an 85X or an 81X, extra jobs belong to us.

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