Vacation Bid Openings for Week of 04-13

WEEKS OPEN FOR BID, DUE ON 04/08/20 12:00 NOON

04/06/20 – 03 Week(s) Open
04/13/20 – 06 Week(s) Open
04/20/20 – 05 Week(s) Open
04/27/20 – 04 Week(s) Open
05/04/20 – 02 Week(s) Open
05/18/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
06/08/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
07/17/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
08/13/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
08/31/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
09/07/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/05/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/26/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
11/02/20 – 02 Week(s) Open
11/16/20 – 03 Week(s) Open
12/07/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
Winning Bids

HB 1841 – Establishing Minimum Crew Size on Certain Trains / Signed into Law

Brothers and sisters,

At 2:30pm Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1841 – Establishing Minimum Crew Size on Certain Trains, which sets into place long overdue crew size minimums for freight and passenger trains. This is a huge win for us all; it recognizes what we see in our work every day, that worker safety and public safety go hand in hand, and that we need strong laws to guarantee both. After seven long years of work, BLET and SMART-TD are proud to have secured the strongest crew size law in the country!

We did not need the coronavirus to tell us what we already know: railroad workers are essential, and so is our safety. The new crew size law makes sure that worker safety is not optional, and the Washington State Legislative Board will continue to fight, through this public health crisis and after, to make sure working men and women are safe and healthy, on the job and off. We continue to work with the Governor’s Office, state agencies, the Washington State Labor Council and others in the enforcement and to bring about awareness of state statute(s) concerning Railroad Companies – Sanitation, in your behalf.

In the 480-66 WAC’s the overall theme of the statutes listed is clean & sanitary conditions, in good repair, free of rodents, and vermin. In efforts of taking necessary precautions of not allowing the spread and therefore the infection of personnel using these area’s in question by COVID-19. I am asking for it to be determined as reasonable for the application of these WAC’s, in the argument against the minimal or non-existent methods of properly addressing this pandemic by the Class I rail carriers in our state; assisting in the efforts of the General Committee. (More information to be forthcoming)
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Recent developments help support railroaders during COVID-19 response

Recent developments help support railroaders during COVID-19 response
3/26/2020

​​Railroad workers included in prioritization for COVID-19 testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance that cites critical infrastructure workers—which includes railroaders—in its new guidance as priority for those who should be tested for COVID-19.

This is great news for our employees and our company as we continue to address COVID-19. BNSF has been advocating at all levels of government to ensure railroad employees—who have a critical role in our nation’s supply chain—were appropriately prioritized for COVID-19 testing as it becomes more readily available.
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**CORRECTED** Vacation Bids for 04-06

WEEKS OPEN FOR BID, DUE ON 04/01/20 12:00 NOON

03/30/20 – 04 Week(s) Open
04/06/20 – 04 Week(s) Open
04/13/20 – 06 Week(s) Open
04/20/20 – 05 Week(s) Open
04/27/20 – 05 Week(s) Open
05/04/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
05/18/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
06/01/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
06/08/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
07/20/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
07/27/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
09/14/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/05/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
10/26/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
11/02/20 – 02 Week(s) Open
11/16/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
12/07/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
Winning Bids

Unsanitary / Dirty Locomotives

If you have a locomotive that hasn’t been cleaned or sanitized first report it to the on-duty Trainmaster or Terminal Manager. The locomotives should be cleaned and sanitized at Hauser on the fueling pad and Lead Locomotives and second locomotive at the originating terminal.

Document any dirty or unsanitary locomotives by submitting a SIRP and taking pictures if you have cleaned it yourself and forward the SIRP and pictures to me so I can forward the information on my end.

We need to be proactive on our end to keep the locomotives clean for the next crew. Report ahead of time at crew change locations if the locomotive needs to be sanitized so the outbound crew can secure the needed products to clean the locomotive.

Rob Holton
Division 104 LC

INSTRUCTIONS: BNSF Today Article- Railroad employees identified as critical infrastructure workers

Local Chairmen,

I wanted to provide a crucial update to those of you who live or work into a location that is being advised or required to “shelter in place”.   Attached are some documents that may or could be requested of you to travel to or from a work location in these locales.  Please see the instructions in the Carrier’s email below recommending you have in your possession these letters and your BNSF ID.

We have asked the BNSF to put this critical update and their related instructions for TY&E employees on the Portal and BNSF Connect.  I have also posted below, the latest email communication concerning TY&E employees reporting for work in these areas which are currently or may soon become shut down.

See the Final Guidance of Essential Workers attachment above, and email below which states:  Homeland Security has also issued a guidance document which identifies railroad employees as part of the critical infrastructure element necessary for continued business operations.

I will also reach out to the Senior Management at BNSF this afternoon to make sure efforts are being made to notify the State Police Forces and any other State or Federal Agency that may question your movements while going to or returning from work and request they post summary of those communications for all employees to see.
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