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February 2015 LCA 1933 Chairperson / State Director Report

Here is sample listing of charge letters that I have received:

Amtrak

2 warning letters- attendance

Keolis/VRE

No activity

8 claims are being processed through Labor Relations this month so far.

1.  Remember I need the claim within 30 days of the violation.
Labor Relations is going strictly by the letter of the agreement now. Remember to use SC on job code when claiming crew consist violations. UTU Agreement Rule 11 and also I need a manifest.
PLB hearing in Philadelphia have not been scheduled for 1 member for 2015

2. Conductors please don’t occupy more 2 tables in café car and now the General Manager is asking Deadheads not sit in café car as per his last Employee Advisory

3. Remember all personal phones must be off and stored away while on duty on the train.

4. Safety glasses: please wear them. They are going to be looking at compliance.

5. If there are members that are putting your job at risk please contact one of your local officers and let them resolve it before you go to management.

6. If there any questions or concerns call me at 804-920-0691 or email me at williebates10@verizon.net

7.  If you don’t contribute to the UTU Pac, now is the time to do it. I will have pledge forms available at the Union office. Please stop by to get one and Contribute.

8. Mentor’s pay is now 1 hour conductor’s rate of pay $34.62, Code is still AP.

9. Crews must be mindful of spotting train at RVR station.

10. CSI scores are becoming paramount as per customer service issues.

11. New Norfolk schedule will be in April.

WE STILL HAVE MEMBERS BEING CALLED IN THE OFFICE AND NOT ADVISING AN OFFICER THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE INTERVIEWED BY MANAGEMENT. OUR MEMBERS JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY IN THOSE INTERVIEWS. THEY USUALLY COME OUT WITH A WARNING OR A CHARGE LETTER. PLEASE ADVISE ALL MEMBERS IT WILL BE TO THEIR BEST INTEREST TO GET IN TOUCH WITH AN OFFICER BEFORE THEY GO IN FOR THAT INTERVIEW.

IF NOT THEY HAVE NO ONE ELSE TO BLAME BUT THEMSELVES.