2012 SECOND QUARTER REPORT
ALL LOCAL UNIONS
SYSTEM COUNCIIL NO. 2
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
For those locations subject to Part 219, “Drug and Alcohol Testing”,please find the attached Federal Register identifying the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) list of certified labs effective April 2012. Please note that the Oklahoma City St. Anthony Toxicology Laboratory as well as the Miami Toxicology Testing Service, Inc. have voluntarily withdrawn from HHS certification.
On May 15, 2012, the National Mediation Board (NMB) pub-lished a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal
Register and on the NMB website to amend existing rules for hand-
ling representation disputes to incorporate statutory language added
to or amending the Railway Labor Act by the Federal
Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
The NPRM proposes changes to the existing regulations pertaining
to run-off elections, showing of interest for representation elections
and the NMB’s rulemaking proceedings. The comment period runs
for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.
The National Mediation Board (NMB) recently advised that it
will exercise its discretion to prioritize funding for fiscal year 2012. As
a result, the NMB will not accept any new cases for assignment
to arbitrators for the remainder of fiscal year 2012. As a result,
the System Council will have to reschedule arbitration orig-
inally scheduled for September 2012. I will notify those local unions
as soon as a subsequent date is secured.
- During the week of April 9th, AGC’s Shell, Starkjohann and I
toured the Fort Worth, Texas locomotive facility
and Telecommunication shop and met with the members of
- During the week of April 16th, VGC Tortorice, AGC Shell
and myself attended arbitration before Public Law Board 7001
with Union Pacific Railroad.
- During the week of April 23rd, AGC Starkjohann toured
UPRR facilities and met with the members at Local 1920,
North Platte, NE; Local 775, Cheyenne, WY, and; Local
708, Denver, CO.
- On April 24th – 25th, AGC Shell and I toured the UPRR
North Platte, NE facility; attended a monthly union meeting and
met with the officers and members of North Platte Local
- On April 26th, AGC Shell and I met with UPRR General Direc-
tor John Estes regarding various issues regarding the
Positive Train Control Mods; DPU Mods being completed at
South Morrill, NE; Tool standardization, and; Electrician Road
jobs. We later met with UPRR Labor Relations to dis-
cuss settlement of several outstanding claims.
- During the week of May 1st, AGC Shell and I met with Kansas
City Southern Railway Labor Relations and Asst. Vice Presi-
dent Mechanical Rudy Bernard regarding the Positive
Train Control project and several other outstanding issues.
We also began discussions concerning amending the
KCS apprentice agreement.
- During the week of May 8th, AGC Shell attended an Arbi-
tration Class in Little Rock, AR.
- During the week of May 14th, VGC Tortorice assisted Local
799 with a disciplinary hearing in Portland, OR.
- On May 22nd, VGC Tortorice met with Local 889 Local chair-
man Reynoso and UPRR Management at West Colton,
CA regarding concerns with implementation of the Positive
Train Control project.
On May 30th, AGC Starkjohann and I, together with representatives of
IAM, met with Union Pacific p[ersonnel to discuss the Certified
*On the date of June 5th, AGC’s Shell and Starkjohann met with UPRR
*On the date of June 6th, the System Council staff attended an all-day
*During the week of June 4th, I attended the convention and con-
*On the date of June 20th, AGC Shell toured the Shreveport, LA,
*During the week of June 20th, AGC Starkjohann attended the IBEW
*On the date of June 26th, VGC Tortorice assisted Los Angeles
*During the week of June 26th, AGC Shell attended the IBEW 10th
In addition to handling fo claims, grievances and disciplinary
Please find the following attachments for your review and publi-
1. RRB Labor Member Barrows letter – RRB-APRIL 2012
With best wishes, I remain,