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      National Agreement in Your Hands - VOTE!!!

      To say the events of mid-September surrounding National bargaining were tumultuous would be an understatement. While those will be elaborated on in the General Chairman’s comments of this newsletter, the important result of September’s dramatic events is that we finally have a potential agreement in the hands of all members for consideration. Rejection or acceptance.
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      Special Treatment Weakens The Union

      In some areas we have heard of management telling employees that “they will go by the union agreement” as if it were some sort of threat.  In at least one of those cases, the employees took the manager up on his challenge.
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      FSA Open Enrollment/Insurance Opt-out

      The committee would like to remind all members the annual open enrollment period for United Healthcare is during the month of October.  It is at this time when members can make selections regarding various health care options.
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      Pretesting for MCT Positions

      As most of you are aware, the committee has recently agreed in principle to add a new classification on the BNSF — Mobile Construction Technician (MCT).  Due to factors involving final settlement of a National Wage Agreement, this committee elected to defer final approval of the MCT Agreement for a short time.
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      BNSF Hiring Update/Recruiting Concerns

      It is likely no secret to most that the rail industry is having difficulty recruiting new employees, and the signal department is no exception.  While this committee has often reminded the BNSF of the key to its conundrum (more $$$ and fair treatment) they have fought to the bitter end to prevent that solution.  And that is evident by the hiring numbers thus far in 2022.
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      ATSF Conversion to BN Rates

      Under the terms of the BNSF Implementing Agreement of July 1, 2000, former ATSF maintainers, vacation relief maintainers and inspectors were given the option to either remain under former ATSF pay rules, such as Rules 12, 13, 14 and 15, or make an election to be covered under BN monthly rated rules.
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      Former ATSF Rule 15

      Under former ATSF pay rule 15, an employee who is requested by a Company officer to remain on standby after hours on regularly assigned workdays is to be compensated for the actual hours held, up to a maximum of eight hours held in a 24-hour period.
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      KCS/CP Merger

      Two days of meetings were held between the BRS and CP/KCS on September 20 and 21 in Kansas City, MO.  The meetings were to reach an implementing agreement in the event the CP gains STB authorization to assume control of KCS operations.
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      MRL Implementing Agreement

      Finalized Implementing Agreement As reported in a prior installment, the MRL’s lease with BNSF is being terminated this year.  In conjunction with the desires of the affected MRL members, an Implementing Agreement was finalized between BRS and the BNSF that preserves, and even improves upon, the existing framework.
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      On The DTO

      Bargaining Round Begins October marks the opening of the bargaining round for our members on the DTO.  Having an agreement under the NLRA means we have a 90- day timeframe to work with – quite different than the RLA.  We have been preparing for these 90 days for well over a year.  We have captured the needs and desires of all crafts represented by the BRS over that time.
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      Mid-year IRS Mileage Increase

      As is the customary practice, the IRS set the standard mileage rate for 2022 around the end of 2021.  That rate, as of January 1, 2022, was set to 58.5 cents per mile.  However, for the first time since 2011, rapidly escalating gas prices have led the IRS to make a mid-year adjustment.  Effective July 1, 2022, pursuant to IRS notice 2022-13, the standard mileage rate will be 62.
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      2022 Discipline Trends

      If you are a frequent reader of this newsletter, and we hope all members are, then you are familiar with the customary discipline analysis article we publish.  The purpose of the biannual article is to identify trends, both positive and negative, and inform all members.  This is done with the hope of preventing future occurrences.
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      BRS National Convention Summary

      The BRS 53rd Regular Convention was held in San Diego, CA from June 20 – 24, 2022.  The BNSF Committee was well represented as we had the second largest delegation among all the committees.  The week was filled with numerous resolutions that came before the delegates for consideration.  Our BNSF delegates exercised due diligence in their decision making.
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      BRS Efforts to Obtain Emergency Sick Leave
      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the lack of sick leave afforded our members, the Organization attempted to get out in front of the impending certainty coming our way – infections and/or exposure quarantines of our members.


      Download: GCA Letter to Carl Ice Re COVID-19 (3-16-2020) (1).pdf
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      BRS Efforts to Obtain Emergency Sick Leave
      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the lack of sick leave afforded our members, the Organization attempted to get out in front of the impending certainty coming our way – infections and/or exposure quarantines of our members.

      Download: GCA Letter to Carl Ice Re COVID-19 (3-16-2020) (1).pdf

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