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.
We know these are very trying times for many of our BLET Brothers and Sisters. We at the GCA offices are doing our absolute best to keep all of you informed. We are also conversing multiple times daily with the Carrier to keep you advised of the latest developments in these rapidly changing times.
Gentlemen – here’s the latest update from Resource Protection –
- BNSF has an internal authorization letter as well as a letter from the AAR (both attached above) for use by its employees.
- The department of Homeland Security has also issued a guidance document which identifies railroad employees as part of the critical infrastructure element necessary for continued business operations.
- We recommend employees needing to travel for BNSF work purposes carry a copy of the letters as well as their company ID card. If they cannot locate their ID card, they should use a BNSF Insurance Card and their driver’s license along with the letters.
- We have confirmation the letters were accepted for movement in L.A. County, California.
- As time allows, employees who lost their identification card request a new card through the Division Office. Resource Protection will aid the Division Offices as necessary.
I’m working on getting the instructions updated on the COVID-19 website (https://employee.bnsf.com/company/Pages/covid-19.aspx).
General Director – Transportation
BNSF Railway Labor Relations