Nearly 6,000 SMART members – about 15% of the total freight network members employed by SMART and about 60% of BNSF`s ground staff – are affected by the preliminary agreement on BNSF territory. The agreement would also allow the use of trains that now need a brake or assistant with at least one conductor or operating master. For hybrid service, where the locomotive is served during the same period of service with remote harnesses and on-board controls, the minimum crew consists of a foreman and an assistant – a qualified auxiliary for the operation of locomotive controls on board. BNSF calls the agreement “a transformative new approach to rail operations, where the Master Conductor has a wide range of responsibilities and opportunities and can further use his talents and abilities to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of BNSF`s operations”. John Previsich, president of smart Transportation Division, did not respond to a request for advice. Although a BNSF official said Previsich had “hinted” that he “would not oppose” the General Committee`s preliminary agreement, and Babler said Previsich was “complimented” about an April 30 Power Point presentation, Previsich said via his Transport Division website on July 18 that he continued to defend “two people in each crew.” He did not give a conductor as a second person, unlike an assistant engineer. SMART`s international representative, John Babler, who participated in the negotiations, said decades-long employment contracts with BNSF and other Class I railways that prescribe an engineer and driver for each take-off of the train “have just run their course and the protection afforded could be subject to serious challenges from airlines. The proposed agreement offers job security for decades to come. When switching to outright engineering under this interim agreement, compliance with safety rules would be monitored by a new “senior manager” who operates from a fixed or mobile site outside the driving state. There would be contract ratification bonuses, salary increases, career income protection and other sweeteners, prompting former UTU president Paul Thompson to do it “a home run. A Grand Slam.
To create jobs for decades in the future. It provides that when a driver is no longer in the driver`s cab of a PTC-equipped freight train, surveillance must be carried out by the engineer`s driver and remote operation of the trains – which could one day include aerial drones equipped with cameras, according to a side letter appended to the preliminary agreement. Most of the time, it is therefore a question of adapting to change; And as you`ll see, things aren`t going well now for the union – and perhaps not for its members, if the deal is to be the rejected BNSF`s interim agreement. This provisional agreement provides for a snap-back – as if there had never been one – if the laws, regulations or legal proceedings “significantly” affect the agreement. Prior to the merger created by SMART, UTU won a Federal Court injunction that prevented the railways from negotiating new crew agreements nationally, and decided that the crew was composed of rail negotiations for railways, which the preliminary agreement had to achieve. . . .