Primary Recall Agreement
Memorandum of Agreement
The parties acknowledge the need to address promotional responsibility to engine service at the locations that LETP classes are assigned. In that resolve, this agreement will establish parameters addressing those needs. Additionally, the parties recognize that employees need to understand their obligations and responsibilities to engineer seniority. Accordingly, those demoted engineers who entered LETP after January 1, 2005 will be required to protect their engine seniority at the location where they entered the LETP Class for 3 years from the date of promotion as described herein. This application will be referred to as "primary recall".
This agreement shall become effective on March 15, 2005 , and shall continue in effect in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Labor Act, as amended.
Side Letter 1
This is to acknowledge our recent discussions regarding force assigning engineers to protect their engine seniority at a location more than 50 miles from the location assigned as a demoted engineer. Both parties understand the importance of affording employees the opportunity to secure rest and prepare for their tour of duty.
With that resolve, the carrier will allow force assigned engineers to utilize existing contracted lodging facilities at the location provided that rooms are available, for a maximum of 60 days.
At those locations where there are no contract lodging facilities, the carrier will make every effort to arrange for similar accommodations.
Those employees wishing to secure accommodations under these provisions will be afforded an opportunity to make arrangements with the Carrier Designated Officer at the time of need. All pertinent information will be exchanged at this time.
Side Letter 2
This is to acknowledge our recent discussions regarding "primary recall" for demoted engineers. During our discussions it was understood that the "force assignment" provisions found in Section 1 of the agreement would not add to or subtract from the promotional responsibilities of engineers who are "prior righted" under existing agreements.
It was also understood that the application of Section 1 will not affect the "Zone" specific application of ebb and flow and currently in place at locations where there are multiple zones. When the individual zones are exhausted of demoted engineers at these locations, Section 2 will then be applicable.
Side Letter 3
This is to acknowledge our recent discussions regarding "primary recall" for demoted engineers. Included in our discussion was the force assignment of junior engineers to protect their engine seniority. Both parties understand the need for these demoted engineers to be able to bid and be awarded the same assignments that they stand to protect by force assignment.
Accordingly, it is understood that all engineers holding seniority on an engineer's seniority district will be allowed to access engineer bulletins, permanent bids and/or standing bids for engineer assignments. The senior applicant applying for any permanent vacancy will be awarded the open assignment. If no engineers holding seniority on the involved seniority district bid on the vacant position, the force assignment provisions of the "primary recall" agreement will apply.