DISTRICT 19 REACHES HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH
CSX FOR THE
HUNTINGTON, WV FACILITY
Started and how we got were we are today:
In the early part of this year CSX served a
notice of intent to sub-contract out 150+ four axle Locomotives
with an option to sub-contract out 155 six axle locomotives for
rebuild. PDDGC, Jeff Doerr opened up a dialogue with CSX to
find a way to keep this work in house. Surprisingly CSX was
also interested in rebuilding these locomotives in Huntington
However CSX wanted flexibility in work
schedules and our work scope rules. Some of the flexibility
they were looking for in work schedules were already
contractual, such as Huntington going to a seven day 24 hour
operation. But they wanted flexibility in shift start times.
The Carrier also wanted flexibility in our
work scope rule, not only ours contract but the contracts of the
Boilermakers (IBB), Sheet-metal Workers (SMART) and the Carmen
and Carmen Painters (TCU-BRC/IAM). They communicated that this
flexibility was necessary to meet business requirements and to
improve efficiencies, especially in four axle locomotives.
PDGC Jeff Doerr contacted the IBB, SMART
and TCU-BRC and formed a coalition. President Doerr began a
dialogue with the coalition to determine what the Organizations
had to have, in turn for improved efficiencies and flexibility
the Carrier wanted. It was a consensus of the coalition
that the Organizations needed job security, guarantee work and a
Negotiations began with the Carrier, with
PDGC Doerr leading the coalition and negotiations. Negotiations
took several months. The Coalition was under time constraints.
The Carrier wanted an agreement in place in time to begin this
rebuild work by January 1, 2014. Finally on Sunday October 20,
2013, in the late evening hours a tentative agreement was
reached. This agreement gave the Carrier what they asked for,
but, most importantly met all of the coalition’s demands. “A win
win for both sides” said President Doerr.
In turn for the efficiency gain and
flexibility, our members working at Huntington facility on the
date of this Agreement, will enjoy a one dollar ($1.00) per hour
differential rate paid on top of any other payable differential
rate and an unprecedented 4 year “no strings attached” no
furlough clause. The Carrier has committed to rebuild ALL 4
axle Locomotives (121 slated for the next 4 years) in Huntington
WV. Also, included in this Agreement is a signing bonus to be
paid to our members at the Huntington facility. This Agreement
is renewable in 4 years. Local Lodge 104 Local Chairman Bud Cyr
said “like it or not this is one of the best and easiest to read
document I have ever seen”.
This agreement does not merge any seniority
rosters of any other crafts. Each Craft’s seniority roster will
remain intact. However, what it does do is protect the
membership ratio of each craft. When the Carrier hires new
employees (and they will) they must maintain the membership
ratio as it stood on the date the Agreement was signed.
This Tentative Agreement was put forth to
the Huntington Membership for a vote. And we are proud to
announce that it passed overwhelmingly.
104 Local Chairman Norman (Bud) Cyr,
Asst. Local Chairman Mike Denny,
President Directing General Chairman & Coalition Leader
General Chairman & Coalition Secretary Mike Perry
at the signing of the Agreement
This deal reverses decades-long trends of
sub-contracting Locomotive maintenance work in the rail sector.
“This is a huge win for IAM members, and is a win for everyone”
said IAM District 19 President Jeff Doerr. We can see
agreements of this nature spread to other CSX location and other
Railroad companies. “We now have a new tool in fighting the
sub-contracting of our work” said General Chairman Mike Perry.
This agreement makes us competitive with any vendor out there.
As Brother Doerr claimed though out the Negotiations “the
quality of work our Members perform every day is second to
none.” “No one can compete with us when it comes to quality.”
We have leveled the playing field against the outside vendors in
bidding for work.
“I’d like to thank District 19 for a job
well done,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “We often
hear of the need for good middle-class jobs that Americans and
their families can depend on, and we achieved that in these
“I’d like to thank all IAM members for
their patience and unity, and I would also like to extend a
special thanks the Transportation Communications
Union-Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (TCU-BRC), the International
Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) and the International
Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
(SMART) for their cooperation in negotiating this agreement,”
said President and Coalition Leader Jeff Doerr.
'landmark' agreement with unions at Huntington
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LOCAL LODGE 263 CHARLOTTE, NC
MARCHES IN LABOR DAY PARADE
Members of IAM
- District 19, Local Lodge 263 was given the prestige honor of
carrying the Labor Day History Banner in the Charlotte,
NC Labor Day Parade. Proudly carrying and displaying the
banner are President of LL 263 Dan Johnson, his fiancé, Lisa
Pinnell and LL Member & District E-Board member Barry Flanner.
Once again members LL 263 has made the IAM and District 19
Labor Day Parade is one of the largest organized labor parade in
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