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News Release from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET):
“Unions join to fight Union Pacific on COVID orders
CLEVELAND, October 15, 2021 — The Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) are jointly taking on Union Pacific Railroad (UP) over a series of unilateral and unlawful actions taken by the carrier recently.
SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson and BLET National President Dennis Pierce issued the following joint statement regarding their action:
“Over the past two weeks, the Union Pacific Railroad seems to have forgotten that it is not Walmart. The railroad has unilaterally changed pay provisions for vaccinated employees who experience a breakthrough COVID infection due to workplace exposure. It has ordered all UP employees to report that they are fully vaccinated by December 8th, or risk being medically disqualified from work. And, instead of negotiating with us as the law requires, the Carrier is directly dealing with its employees by offering a ‘financial incentive’ for compliance with its unilateral mandate.
“We generally support our members getting the vaccine. However, we have several objections to UP’s unilateral implementation of their policies mandating them and illegally dealing directly with its represented employees. The members of our Unions — including members who already are vaccinated — are irate over UP’s outrageous conduct.
“We have been in contract negotiations with UP since November of 2019, and federal law absolutely bars railroads from changing rates of pay, rules and working conditions while negotiations are ongoing. Not only is UP in violation of the law, it has explicitly spurned our demands that these matters be bargained. We have filed suit today in the United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, in an effort to stop UP’s lawlessness in its tracks.”
The SMART Transportation Division is comprised of approximately 125,000 active and retired members of the former United Transportation Union, who work in a variety of crafts in the transportation industry.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen represents nearly 57,000 professional locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the United States. The BLET is the founding member of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Friday, October 15, 2021
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“Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen v. Union Pacific Railroad Company
On 10/15/2021 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen filed a Labor – Railway Labor Act lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad Company. This case was filed in U.S. District Courts, Illinois Northern District. The Judge overseeing this case is Mary M. Rowland. The case status is Pending – Other Pending.
Case Number: 1:21-CV-05508
Filing Date: 10/15/2021
Case Status: Pending – Other Pending
* Case Type:
* Labor – Railway Labor Act
* Court: U.S. District Courts
* Courthouse: Illinois Northern District
About the map: “This is a map of the Union Pacific Railroad as of 2008, with trackage rights in purple (the special Chicago-Kansas City intermodal trackage rights are lighter).” Released to public domain via wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad#/media/File:Union_Pacific_Railroad_system_map.svg
Canadian National (CN) Rail: https://www.cn.ca/en/our-services/maps-and-network
Train picture US military public domain via Wikipedia:
“Union Pacific locomotive No. 1943, “The Spirit,” parked in front of Sunset Station in San Antonio Oct. 19, 2017 after its unveiling ceremony. The engine is painted to salute Veterans and serving members of the military. (lightened by the uploader)
Date 19 October 2017
Source dvids. https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3882453/spirit-salutes-military-service
Author Photo by Randy Martin
12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
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