PLEASE NOTE THIS INFO IS INTENDED TO INFORM THE LOCAL CHAIRMEN AND SHOULD NOT BE SHARED AT YOUR DIVISION MEETINGS.
The information changes daily as we all have seen and was given as a current status during this week.
Tom Lischer – System Update
- We are seeing continued washouts and track outages from the spring storms.
- Crews need to familiarize themselves with Procedure FF and the requirements of GCOR 6.21
Erin Batt – Safety Update
- New safety testing program, COMMIT;
- Maps will no longer be associated with the testing program. however, ERA (employee risk assessment) is back as an indicator.
- The manager requirements have changed with their “quotas”:
- Drop to 10 tests a month from 20.
- 30 min ride along replaces 20 min observations.
- Rule review should happen with every contact.
- Manager is rewarded more for “saves” than “close calls” or human factor incidents.
- Three levels of the testing program will be as follows:
- stop move prior to critical rule violation
- no affect on ERA
- Used for data collection
- Close Call
- At risk behavior on a critical rule identified
- not associated with maps, ERA adjusted
- Human Factor Incident
- All discipline through maps is allowed discretion of the General Superintendent, dependent on the employees history.
- Only 6 tested behaviors
- Use of switches and derails
- Close clearances
- Shoving movements
- Walking on, around, between, or under equipment
- Securement, air brake, train handling
- Red signal, main track authority, restricted speed, maximum authorized speed
- NOTE: PTC enforcements are still critical violations.
Cindy Sanborn – PSR Update
- Focus still on moving cars, building bigger trains, creating multipurpose trains
- Hiring plan for remainder of 2019 has been adjusted as follows:
- Bill/South Morrill- None
- Midwest- 20 (Projected was 60)
- Twin Cities- 5 (projected was 45)
- NE2- 25 (projected was 35)
- CFT- 45 (projected was 70)
- EA1- 35 (projected was 45)
- Crew Productivity: daily starts across the system are tracking as follows since last year:
- Through freight (road): -322
- Switch runs: -150
- Crews on heldaway: +88
Rod Doerr and Beth Whited – Workforce Resources (Human Resources and Labor Relations)
- New attendance policy in the works, more openness
- Employee will have a set number of “points” and they will see how much a layoff “costs” when they go to layoff.
- Still in planning phase, possibly late 2019/early 2020
Dave Giandinoto – HDC update
- PTC usage will expand
- Verifying remote messages/authority by end of year
Naomi Deines – CMS Update
- Mobile app
- Call acceptance
- Layoff request
- Seniority moves
- Swap turns
- Auto activation for preapproved layoffs
- Scheduled for rollout shortly
Shane Keller and Tom Lischer – Breakout session:
- Current plan (still constantly changing):
- Des Moines receiving switching work from Kansas City restructure
- Global 1 closing
- Global 3 closing inbound gates
- Global 2 expanding
- Proviso still unsure about hump future