Well, here is what Mike Perry and John Lacy were able to get done. We will be voting on the revised agreement on Tuesday, Jan. 24,2017 from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm.
I have sent John Lacey a copy of a couple of changes to the Tentative Agreement. The changes are that they increased the number of rebuilds to 176 and made provisions to establish a Union / Management Training council. Hopefully this will help with the training issues.
I talked hard and told them how important is was to us and made several different proposals for the work scope rule. They were steadfast that they was not going to change it. Having the flexibility in the work scope rules was essential to making the rebuild program successful. If we are not agreeable to the work scope rule; it is a deal breaker for them. The Carrier has told me if we can’t reach an agreement they will begin sending the first 60 locomotives out for rebuild immediately.
The Carrier wants an answer by January 24, 2016. So we need to schedule a vote for January 24, 2016 and let the membership know we are going to vote again and time and place of vote.
As soon as John Lacey approves the changes I will email you a copy of it to share with the membership.
If you have any questions please call. Just to let you know I am in Organizing training at the IAM training center this week. So I am in class all day. Cell phone coverage here is very bad. If you don’t reach me leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.