Brothers and Sisters:

For the past 23 years we have been able to convert full weeks into float weeks with little more than letting myself or my predecessors know that you wanted it done. Recently, we were told that was not the case anymore. It has essentially been taken from our local control. And, as you may have noticed, the ability for local management to over-allocate has been taken from them.

The only silver lining in this is we still have the ability to change weeks to floats until April 15 (04/15) without too much of a hassle. After that time, weeks will only be allowed as seen fit by the Northwest DCM, and only under extenuating circumstances (aka – you have to have a really good reason)!  So, if you are thinking you may need a week turned to floaters, do it before 04/15 or have a good reason if it comes up needing changed later.

Vacation Bid Openings for Week of 03-30


03/23/20 – 02 Week(s) Open
03/30/20 – 03 Week(s) Open
04/06/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
04/13/20 – 06 Week(s) Open
04/20/20 – 03 Week(s) Open
04/27/20 – 04 Week(s) Open
05/11/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
05/18/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
06/15/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
08/17/20 – 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 – 02 Week(s) Open
11/02/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
11/16/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
12/07/20 – 01 Week(s) Open
Winning Bids

Scheduled Employees

COVID-19 Sickness Compensation and Benefits: Scheduled Employees

The work we do is vital to the United States supply chain. Every day we come to work and keep America’s goods flowing across this great nation. Over the past few weeks COVID-19 has impacted much of the nation—but you, the proud men and women of BNSF, have continued to come to work and perform your jobs safely and professionally, and we want to thank you for that.

Over the next several weeks, our nation will face many challenges and changes. During this time, we will work with all our employees to make sure you have a safe and productive work environment. There have been questions and we want to be clear. We will relax our policies with anyone contracting COVID-19 or directed to quarantine. We will not discipline anyone for following quarantine guidelines. We can do this because we’re confident that our teams know the importance of doing our jobs to fulfill our critical role in the supply chain.
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Cornerstone Benefits

Union Officer,

Please forward this email to everyone in your Local Division.

As we find ourselves in these unprecedented times, we have been receiving numerous calls from members concerned about how their Life and Disability coverages through your GCA Voluntary Plan will handle a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related sickness or death. It is important that all of your enrolled members know their Life and Disability coverage does cover COVID-19 in the event they do contract the virus and cannot work (to include being quarantined after being diagnosed with COVID-19) or pass away as a result of the virus.   Keep in mind, the Short-Term disability elimination period would still apply to Coronavirus/quarantine claims.
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Railroad Retirement Board Closes Field Offices to Public

On March 13, the President declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a national emergency. While U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) employees continue to work both on-site and remotely, out of an abundance of caution, the RRB decided to close its 53 field offices to the public effective Monday, March 16, until further notice.

Older individuals with underlying medical conditions comprise a significant percentage of individuals who visit their local field office for assistance.  Unfortunately, this same group of people are also within the group of people at high-risk of contracting the virus.  The decision to close public access to field offices was made in order to mitigate the exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Limiting personal contact is the best method for combating widespread transmission of the virus for both our customers and our employees.  While closed physically, these offices will continue to remain accessible by phone and email.
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Info from LC meeting

  1. (from the Mec Team as of today)Each locomotive used as a controlling locomotive and the first trail locomotive in the consist will have a clean cab and cab windows and a clean operative toilet free of offensive odors. 229.139
    1. Note –  In addition the following areas are to be cleaned w/ disinfectant spray (same product used to disinfect the toilet surfaces is recommended) on the controlling locomotive AND first trail locomotive only:
    2. All door handles (Front door, cab interior door, Engineer rear door, toilet door),
    3. Seats and seat controls
    4. Engineer control stand
    5. Conductor desk
    6. Water cooler

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