BN 4/14/88 OPS
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
Whereas the parties recognize that opportunities will present themselves on the Burlington Northern to promote new business and preserve existing business by providing more efficient and more expedient service, it is the parties mutual objective to provide this improved service by making changes, as may be necessary, in operations and with agreement rule exceptions and accommodations in specific situations and circumstances.
The patties recognize that attracting new business and retaining present business depends not only on reducing service costs, but also on improving service to customers.
The parties sincerely believe that cooperation between the management and the employees will result in more business and Job opportunities and better service which will insure the industry’s future strength and growth.
THEREFORE IT IS AGREED:
This agreement will become effective as of the date signed.
March 31, 1988
File: JG 6(b)-18(b) NP-GN-SPS-CBQ
Mr. W. C. Keppen
RE: Road Switcher Agreement
This refers to your letter of March 11,1988, File Sys.Rd.Swt.Agmt., and our subsequent discussions concerning certain assurances in connection with the proposed road switcher agreement.
Attached is a side letter containing all of the assurances we can agree upon. If it is satisfactory, attached the letter to the proposed agreement and return it with the signed road switcher agreement.
Dear Mr. Cassity:
We have recently concluded negotiations for a system Roadswitcher Agreement as provided for in Arbitration Award 458. During the negotiation process we discussed all aspects of the agreement and how Burlington Northern's customers could expect to benefit through enhanced switching service. As a result of those discussions, I believe that we have a clear understanding of the scope and intent of the agreement. Nevertheless, as a result of questions raised by our members during the ratification process, and the fact that this service will be implemented by local carrier officers, who were not present during the negotiations, I believe it is imperative that we concur on several details of the agreement.
Roadswitcher service is not new to the majority of the Burlington lines. It differs from through freight and local freight service because of one unique feature: it may operate into, out of, and through terminals, without regard for a terminal release. Simply stated, leaving a terminal on a second and subsequent trips does not start a new day for engineers in roadswitcher service. The value of this feature easily translates to reduced costs to customers, if the service is properly implemented. Although we did not place a general mileage restriction upon roadswitchers established under the term of this agreement the goal of improve service could not be achieved if assignments were required to operate over extended distances. With that in mind, we recognize that this agreement was not intended to allow local carrier officers to replace through freight, transfer, and local service with roadswitchers when the terminal release service feature is not consistent with the needs of our customers.
Several other issues directly related to roadswitchers assignments which may be established under the terms of this agreement are as follows :
In negotiating this agreement our intention was to allow timely establishment of this unique service so we are able to take advantage of existing and new business opportunities. This is an agreement founded on the principle that we can cooperate in certain areas to our mutual benefit, and in that regard, I trust the items I have mentioned properly set forth certain applications of the terms of the agreement we have negotiated.
File: JG 6(b)-18(b) NP-GN-SPS-CBQ
Mr. W. C. Keppen
Dear Mr. Keppen:
As a result of our discussion on March 28, 1988 concerning the establishment of a road switcher rule pursuant to Article VII, Section 2 of the Award of Arbitration Board No. 458, we agreed to the following:
This letter will become effective on the effective date of the road switcher agreement.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
Please find attached letter of understanding dated March 8, 2004 regarding engineer road switcher assignments. This settlement is a result of meetings between this office and the Carrier concerning OPS 1-88 (Road Switchers) Side Letter dated March 31, 1988 which states in section
During our discussions the Carrier agreed that since other members of the crew on former GN SP&S properties have obtained an enhanced rate of pay through arbitration the equivalent percentage increase will also apply to the engineers' rate of pay on these road switcher assignments. The Carrier has also agreed that the limits of all road switcher assignments under OPS 1-88 will not be less restrictive than those established for the other members of the crew under applicable agreements.
Please add this letter to your files for future reference and advise your membership affected to expect this resultant increase in the rate of pay and retroactive pay adjustments beginning October 1, 2002.
Dear Mr. Siegele:
This is in reference to our conference concerning BLEtBN Labor Agreement BN 4-14-88, OPS 1-88 (Road Switchers). Pursuant to Section 3 of OPS 1-88 Side Letter dated March 31, 1998, the parties met to discuss the terms and conditions of Arbitration Board No 567 (UTU/BNSF former GN&SPS).
As a result of this conference, we reached the following understanding: Road Switcher rates of pay in effect for engineers on Julyl, 1997 on former GN/SPS territory will be increased by 4.85%. All permanent General Wage Increases and COLA increases found in the June 1, 1996, December 16, 2003 and subsequent BLE National or On Property Agreements in effect after July 1, 1997 will then be computed and applied to these rates in the same manner prescribed for a typical GWI or COLA. Retroactive payments will be calculated on this basis and will be allowed from October 1, 2002 forward.
It was also understood at our conference that engineers assigned in Road Switcher service under OPS 1-88 will not have assignment limits exceeding those limits assigned to other members of the crew.
If this reflects our understanding, please indicate so by signing below.
Signatures not reproduced.
This Memorandum is a result of our recent discussion concerning BLE/BN Labor
Agreement BN 4-14-88, OPS 1-88 (Road Switchers), Pursuant to Section 3 of OPS 1-88
Side Letter dated March 31, 1988, the parties met to discuss the terms and conditions of the
During our conference, we reached the following understanding effective March 1, 2011:
1. At terminals where there is an engineer extra board, four day relief or regular assignments may be bulletined and established, but in the event the assignment goes no bid, it will not be filled by force assignment, instead it will be filled from the extra board on a daily basis.
2. These assignments (including the Camas Road Switcher) will also be allowed a payment of thirty (30) minutes in lieu of eating. Engineers will be expected to carry their lunch and the Carrier will not be obligated to provide a real meal; however, the thirty (30) minutes will be payable whether the engineer is instructed to take a road meal or not.
If you agree that the above accurately reflects our discussions, please affix your signature below: