Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The next regular meeting of the Brotherhood Of Railroad Signalmen Local 20 will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn, Quincy, IL located at 3809 East Broadway. Reservations may be made by calling 217-223-2255.
Following are brief minutes from our last meeting held in Chillicothe, MO on February 27, 2016.
The meeting opened with 9 members, 9 officers/local chairmen, 1 retiree and 3 guests present. Previous meeting minutes were read and approved, as well as a report on bills. A treasury balance of $67,008.70 in checking and c.d.’s in the amount of $21,762.40 were reported.
BRS President Dan Pickett attended and reported national negotiations were basically going nowhere fast. Healthcare issues are a major issue again in this contract. Meetings are scheduled for March and April. He also discussed future certification of signalmen on a national level, and that the flexible health savings accounts will be available again this year.
New Vice President-West, Mike Baldwin attended as well. He touched on the points President Pickett made, as well as discussing upgrades to the Signalmen’s Journal and the BRS website.
General Committee Chairman Mike Dake reported on the following: the sub-contracting agreement in effect until January 1, 2021, the minimum force level is 1625 members, he discussed the implications of the 8 hour minimum days pay, pay code 13F and rule 7, and CDL driving rules.
Joe Baker discussed the following: A claim for crew members involving crossing repairs, rule 45J claims for maintainers attending training and meetings off their territories, a possible investigation for a member operating a switch without permission, and a drive cam issue. Joe also discussed a maintainer issue with being late on a call, as well as an incident with a member using a look out, which resulted in a level “s” for the look out because they didn’t clear in the proper time frame.
Jerry Moore discussed the following: Problems with the back- up sensors on our trucks, a level “s” on a minor backing incident, contractors fueling generators after an ice storm and the resulting claims being filed. Jerry also talked about another drive cam incident with a member not wearing a seat belt. He also has an investigation notice for a member allegedly falsifying hours. He also had an HLCS issue on a gangs boom truck, and stated he is working on claims for 45J as well for safety certs and safety meetings.
Korey Teer reported on the following: relatively quiet, working on an issue with a crew working off district involving 45J and arbitraries. He also discussed the importance of watching how we use social media while at work, and the need to police ourselves on this.
Sal Rodriguez reported everything was quiet with him.
Craig McLaren reported on the following: he is working on claims for members attending training in Texas. He discussed the importance of getting the proper track authority for the tasks at hand, drive cam incidents, a possible change of attitude by the company towards the heavy handed discipline tactic’s , and a claim settled locally for a signal inspector being “held on”. One thing the company seems to be not letting up on is the drive cam issues, so let’s be taking our time to make sure we comply with this, regardless how stupid it is.
New business: Craig discussed a couple injuries on our division in the recent weeks and our need to stay focused on our safety. He also discussed the ever confusing adjacent track issues with form b track bulletins. The meeting adjourned at 1305.
Ed Leeson
Recording Financial Secretary
BRS Local 20

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Benefit for Mike McCune

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, there will be a benefit for Signalman Mike McCune at the Abingdon American Legion from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For those of you unaware, Mike has been diagnosed with a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoma. He is currently undergoing treatment of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Proceeds from the benefit will help defray medical costs and travel expenses for this extensive treatment.

Tomas Diaz & Company will be playing at the event and there will be a delicious pulled pork dinner, along with a 50/50 drawing, bake sale, and a silent auction - with items including an autographed Anthony Rizzo baseball, St. Louis Cardinals tickets, Chicago Bears tickets, a Chicago Blackhawks bag board game, certificates for seed corn, four 18-hole golf certificates, Nativity scene, Scentsy gift basket, and much more!

Anyone who's worked with Mike can attest to what a great guy he is and any support you can give him and his family will be much appreciated. If you can't attend the benefit, donations may be made directly to F&M Bank care of the "Benefit Account for Michael McCune."

For questions or to donate to the silent auction or bake sale, please contact:

Abingdon Area: Rick 224-2560
Alpha/Woodhull: Dee Dee 335-7507
Galesburg Area: Patsy 371-6600
Oneida Area: Dustin 337-3529

Thank you and please keep Mike and his family in your thoughts and prayers!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living!