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Volume Number 10 44 October 2012 www.utuia.org www.utu.org The Official Publication of the United Transportation Union Which candidate earned your vote? See the list of UTU-endorsed candidates inside Nov. 6: Vote your paycheck, benefits, safety Election Day 2012 matters only if the ability The article on page 3 of this issue contrasts the to negotiate a favorable contract and your job Democratic and Republican Party platforms, security, workplace safety, pensions, Medicare, offering a chilling warning of what a and preservation of Amtrak are important to Romney/Ryan victory and conservative Republi- you. can control of Congress would deliver. In ballot choices, working families are present- On page 10, five state legislative directors ed with one of the clearest contrasts in genera- speak out. The page also contains a graphic show- tions. ing how middle-class family income has declined The choice is between President Obama and who would stand with Mitt Romney and Paul as union membership in America declined, pro- Vice President Biden, who understand, respect Ryan to introduce and pass anti-labor legislation viding a potent warning that an anti-union and support the agenda of working families; and that undermine our jobs and pensions. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who support an In deciding how to cast your ballot, read the anti-union agenda – an agenda that would erad- icate collective bargaining, safety regulations columns inside this issue by National Legislative Director James Stem and Alternate National Anti-union Congress could and Amtrak, fold Railroad Retirement into Legislative Director John Risch (page 4), and Bus undermine labor progress Social Security (causing the retirement age to Department Vice President Bonnie Morr (page 11), who provide solid reasons why the Oba- ma/Biden ticket and UTU-endorsed congression- administration and anti-union Congress could Obama and Biden understand al candidates deserve your vote. spell significant financial damage for working families and retirees. and respect working families The centerfold of this issue contains the names of UTU-endorsed candidates, arranged alphabet- If your job security, safety in the workplace, ically by state. While working families have many pension and Medicare are important to you, then rise to 67), and replace Medicare with a voucher more friends in the Democratic Party, note that you and your voting-eligible family members system requiring seniors to purchase health care there are many labor-friendly Republicans have a strong incentive Nov. 6 to vote for UTU- insurance in private markets and at a higher cost endorsed by the UTU, reflecting our union’s his- than the vouchers they are given. endorsed candidates. torical bipartisan approach. What matters is that The choice also is between labor-friendly con- a candidate has a demonstrated record of support Paychecks, benefits, workplace safety and pen- gressional candidates and political conservatives for working families and organized labor. sions are all on the line this Election Day. Previsich elevated to asst. president/vice president John Previsich has been elevated from UTU was elected five times by acclamation – repre- Railroad of St. Louis, Louisiana & Northwest International vice president to assistant presi- senting brakemen, assistant conductors, conduc- Railroad, Dakota Minnesota & Eastern, Great dent/vice president by the UTU Board of Direc- tors, firemen, hostlers, engineers and train dis- Lakes Aviation and Lynx Aviation pilots’ group. tors, succeeding Arty Martin, who retired Sept. 1. patchers on short lines, passenger lines and Class He also was assigned to assist the National Leg- UTU International President Mike Futhey I railroads. islative Office in passage of the Rail Safety said of Martin’s departure, “It is As an elected Local 31 delegate, Previsich Improvement Act of 2008, and serves on behalf difficult to lose a talent like attended International conventions in 1991, Arty Martin with all the insti- 1995 and 1999. Additionally, he served on the Continued on page 10 tutional knowledge he has peer support committee for UP’s Operation Red- gained through his years of Block (1993 to 1998), UP’s Safety Assurance and service to UTU members. We CN trainman struck; loses foot, breaks arms certainly wish him and Cindy the best on their retirement adventure. He succeeds Arty Martin, Previsich “In turn, we are truly fortu- who has retired A UTU-represented trainman employed by Canadian National Railway subsidiary nate to have someone like John Previsich willing Illinois Central was seriously injured at to take on the responsibilities of assistant presi- Compliance Program, chairperson of the UTU’s Millington, Tenn., early Sept. 5 when dent/vice president,” Futhey said. Union Pacific General Chairperson Association reportedly struck by a passing train on a Previsich, age 58 and a member of Local 31 for three terms (2002-2006), and as the UTU’s mainline while performing duties on an (San Jose, Calif.), began his railroad service with representative on Southern Pacific’s 401(k) Plan adjacent track. Millington is a suburb Southern Pacific (now part of Union Pacific) in board of directors. north of Memphis. 1973, working in yard, road and engine service. Previsich was elected an International vice Shawn D. Hall, 34, married with four He currently holds seniority as a switchman, president in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. His children, reportedly lost one foot as well brakeman, conductor, fireman and engineer on assignments have included assisting general com- as suffering broken arms, ribs and internal UP, and worked in commuter and long-distance mittees on UP, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, injuries in the accident. Hall, a member of passenger rail service for 10 years. CSX, CN/IC, Canadian Pacific, Delaware & Local 753 in Memphis, has eight years of He was elected to numerous positions, includ- Hudson, San Joaquin Valley Railroad, Kyle Rail- service. He was treated at Regional ing local chairperson, vice general chairperson road, Nebraska Central, Birmingham Southern, Medical Center in Memphis. and general chairperson – the latter to which he Amtrak, Progressive Rail, Connex, Terminal Page 2 October 2012 UTU News Around the UTU Local 202, Denver she would be reinstated to service with full back A new website for members of this joint Union pay and benefits, Moss said. “All of our members Pacific/BNSF local is online at www.utulocal202.org, are excited about the news and are standing with Local Secretary Jeff Maxfield reports. The site the union in its endeavor to achieve better work- has information about local and general commit- ing conditions and job security.” tee agreements, membership rights, the Family Medical Leave Act, state and national legislative Local 1741, San Francisco Local Chairperson Paul Stein, Vice Local updates and local meeting times. Members can Chairperson Shane Hoff and Legislative Rep. also use the site to report unsafe working condi- David Kush attended a fundraiser Sept. 13 for tions and defective equipment. “This a very com- Tom Ammiano, the representative for the Cali- prehensive website and I hope all the members of fornia Assembly’s 13th District. “Ammiano is a Local 202 will take advantage of the services it very strong supporter of the UTU, especially our provides,” Maxfield said. San Francisco school bus drivers,” Stein said. Norfolk Southern conductor Paul Tucker and his Local 240, Los Angeles wife, Gwen, stand in front of the barbecue grill at the “Much thanks goes to State Legislative Director Local Chairperson Harry Garvin Jr. reports J.P. Jones for his support, and the Futhey admin- Cornerstone of Recovery’s annual alumni reunion. that the 10th annual reunion and retirement din- istration for recognizing the importance of sup- porting progressive friends of labor.” ner for employees of UP, SP, Pacific Electric, Cooking keeps conductor Metrolink, Amtrak and AT&SF (Locals 240, 32, 1422, 1770, 1813 and 1846) will be held Nov. 2, on the road to recovery from 3-9 p.m., at Sierra Lakes Golf Course, 16600 Following his recovery from substance Club House Dr., in Fontana. The cost is $40 per abuse that almost cost him his job, Norfolk person or $75 per couple, with a reservation Southern conductor Paul Tucker just want- deadline of Oct. 26. The cost will be $45 per per- ed “to give back to the people that really son at the door. For more information, call helped me.” Garvin at (909) 261-8878 or (909) 481-7261. And that is what this Local 865 member Send checks or money orders to Garvin at P.O. has done for the past six years. Box 8396, Alta Loma, CA 91701-0395, and After failing to stay available for drug include names, address, telephone number, rail- screening when reporting for work six years road and years of service, as well as your menu ago, Tucker was removed from service. The choice of tri-tip roast or chicken. only way to return to work was to enter a sub- Kush, Ammiano and Hoff Locals 363 & 706, Roanoke, Va. stance abuse treatment program, so Tucker Locals 363 and 706 participated in Roanoke’s first packed his bags and left his North Carolina Local 1869, Williamson, W. Va. Labor Day parade in more than 50 years, State Leg- home for a six-month stay at the Corner- The members of this local held their 11th islative Director Pat Corp reports. Included in the stone of Recovery facility in Alcoa, Tenn. annual family picnic Aug. 11 at Grants Branch UTU contingent were Corp, Local Chairperson Prior to leaving the facility for a week- Park in Stone, Ky., Local Vice President Stephen Bubba Chandler (363), Local Chairperson Jamie end visit home, Tucker asked the adminis- Mosley reports. “This picnic is something all our Wallace (706) and his son, Bryce. trators if he could bring his barbecue grill members look forward to each year. It is a great with him upon his return. They gave him opportunity for our families to get to know each Local 583, Fond du Lac, Wis. the green light. other, as well as to see fellow union brothers and Local Secretary & Treasurer Andy Hauck has “I just enjoy cooking,” Tucker said. “It is sisters who have retired,” Mosley said. Members established a fund to assist the family of member Lar- peace of mind for me. I created a sauce that and their families played games, raffled prizes and ry Polk, whose six-year-old stepdaughter, Layla a lot of people seemed to enjoy, so I began shared hot dogs, hamburgers and all of their sum- Jones, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting cooking more on my grill and catering on mer favorites. “Our picnic is only possible due to while visiting family in Saginaw, Mich. Checks the side.” the donations we receive each year and to the payable to the “Layla Jones Memorial Fund” may be Tucker returned with his grill and prepared hard work of our members who volunteered.” sent to US Bank, 111 North Main St., Oshkosh, WI a barbecue for some staff and other facility 54901, with account number 182376091522 on the residents. memo line. In other news, members of this local last Following his successful treatment at Cor- month honored retiring member Neil A. Johnson nerstone, Tucker returned to service with for his assistance in bringing UTU representation to Norfolk Southern and stayed connected to the employees of Wisconsin Central in 1997 and in the facility and his new friends through their establishing the earliest agreements on the property. alumni program. And for the past six years, Tucker, his wife Gwen and his grill have Local 756, San Antonio returned to the Cornerstone campus to pre- While cooking on Local Chairperson John pare a barbecue banquet at the alumni’s Dunn’s pit barbecue Aug. 21 at San Antonio’s annual weekend reunion. Kirby Yard, officers and members from Locals 489, 756 and 857 were able enroll 60 new UTU “I just wanted to give back to the people PAC contributors. Working at the PAC drive that really helped me. They changed my Pictured, from left, are Pat Sullivan, State Legislative view on life. They helped me learn a lot were State Legislative Director Connie English, Director Mark Mewshaw, Local President Chad Black- about myself,” he said. burn, Secretary & Treasurer Jim Browning, UTUIA Legislative Rep. Russell Castillo (489), Legisla- tive Rep. Brian English (756), Scott Wood GO 898 General Chairperson Mark Field Supervisor Malcolm “T-Bone” Morrison and Ken- (857), Vice President J. Louis DuBose (857) and Cook, who attended the latest alumni tucky State Legislative Director Jared Cassity. Secretary & Treasurer Burt Gonzales (857). reunion this past Labor Day weekend, con- Local 1175, Duluth, Minn. tinues to sing Tucker’s praises. And not only for his barbecue. Assistance sought for With the assistance of the state legislative “Paul is a stand-up, straight-up good per- UTU hurricane victims board, this local has established the “UTU son. He has impressed me from the time I met In the wake of devastating Hurricane Duluth Flood Relief Fund” to assist active and him,” Cook said. Isaac, which caused significant property retired members who were affected by severe Cook has spoken with NS about using damage and loss to scores of UTU members flooding in June. Contributions can be made at Tucker as a peer counselor, but has not heard in its path along the Gulf Coast in August, any US Bank or can be sent to US Bank/Spirit back from them. “There is no doubt in my the UTU is soliciting donations to assist Valley Office, 5330 Grand Ave., Duluth, MN mind that Paul would be a great asset helping those struggling brothers and sisters. 55807. Contact Local Legislative Rep. Geoff others,” he said. To speed the collection and disbursement Bowen at (218) 349-6849 for more information. of donations, the UTU is using the same spe- Local 1409, Kansas City, Kan. a televised event this fall and we have been cial bank account that was established to aid This Union Pacific local presented a check for our brothers and sisters in the wake of Hurri- assured that UTU stickers will be on each of the more than $700 to Leroy Shull of “Fishing for cane Katrina in 2005. Thus, checks to aide boats,” Bonawitz said. Freedom,” an organization that provides military UTU brothers and sisters in need of assistance veterans suffering from post traumatic stress dis- Local 1715, Charlotte, N.C. following Hurricane Isaac should be made order (PTSD) a weekend of fishing at no cost, General Chairperson Kevin Moss and Vice payable to Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund at: Legislative Rep. Dan Bonawitz Jr. reports. Trav- General Chairperson Hasson Trent won their United Transportation Union, Attn: el, lodging, gas, fishing licenses and meals are all second arbitration case July 18 since taking office Cheryl Sneed, 24950 Country Club Blvd., provided. The organization’s website can be nearly one year ago. Bus operator Wilma Kinard Suite 340, North Olmsted, OH 44070-5333 found at www.fishingforfreedom.us. “This will be and her fellow workers were pleased to learn that www.utu.org / www.utuia.org October 2012 UTU News Page 3 Democrats vs. Republicans: Where they stand In comparing the platforms of the Democratic Congress were blocked by a House Republican Former CBS newsman Wes Vernon wrote in and Republican parties, Steven Greenhouse of majority from enacting legislation giving labor 2009: “For nearly 40 years, every president has The New York Times says the GOP platform “calls unions the right to demand card check in organ- viewed passenger rail with everything from for numerous steps that could significantly weak- izing campaigns. benign neglect to outright contempt – until en America’s labor unions – public-sector and [Barack Obama].” In his 2011 State of the Union private-sector ones – and help speed organized Medicare message, President Obama advocated a nation- labor’s overall decline.” wide 17,000-mile network of high-speed and Rather than take his word, here are compar- Democratic Party platform statement: higher-speed trains that could provide 80 percent isons of the Democratic and Republican plat- “Democrats adamantly oppose any efforts to pri- of the American population access to train trav- forms on issues of concern to labor-union mem- vatize or voucherize Medicare; unlike our oppo- el by 2036. bers and working families: nents we will not ask seniors to pay thousands of Republican Party platform statement: “It is dollars more every year while they watch the val- long past time for the federal government to get Organizing and ue of their Medicare benefits evaporate. Democ- out of way and allow private ventures to provide collective bargaining rats believe that Medicare is a sacred compact passenger service to the Northeast Corridor. The with our seniors.” same holds true with regard to high-speed and Democratic Party platform statement: Republican Party platform statement: intercity rail across the country.” “Democrats believe that the right to organize and “[S]ave Medicare by modernizing it [moving Critics warn there is little private sector inter- collectively bargain is a fundamental American Medicare] away from their current unsustainable est in operating passenger trains elsewhere than value; every American should have a voice on defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally the Northeast Corridor, and the wholesale cur- the job and a chance to negotiate for a fair day’s sound defined-contribution model…we call for a tailment of nationwide Amtrak service would put pay after a hard day’s work. We will continue to transition to a premium-support model for most of Amtrak’s 20,000 workers out of a job. fight for the right of all workers to organize and Medicare, with an income-adjusted contribution When they cease paying into Railroad Retire- join a union. [W]e oppose the attacks on collec- toward a health plan of the enrollee’s choice.” ment, the system would be financially crippled tive bargaining that Republican governors and and likely force Railroad Retirement to be elimi- state legislatures are mounting in states around nated and folded into Social Security, significant- the country.” Railroad Retirement ly reducing pension benefits to railroad retirees. Republican Party platform statement: “We and Social Security support the right of states to enact right-to-work Democratic Party Platform statement: “Find laws and encourage them to do so to promote a solution to protect Social Security for future Don’t let others greater economic liberty. Ultimately, we support generations [and] block Republican efforts to the enactment of a national right-to-work law to subject Americans’ guaranteed retirement decide our future promote worker freedom and to promote greater income to the whims of the stock market through “We must not back down in defense economic liberty. We salute the Republican gov- privatization.” of what we have achieved. We must ernors and state legislators who have saved their states from fiscal disaster by reforming their laws Republican Party platform statement: “[Cre- have every member, every spouse ate] personal investment accounts as supple- and every family member of voting governing public employee unions. We urge ments to the system.” age cast a ballot on Election Day to elected officials across the country to follow their lead….” help protect job security, good wages, Additionally, the Republican platform sup- Amtrak safety and retirement. ports a law ending the use of “card check” as a “Elections have consequences, and means for workers to gain union representation. Democratic Party platform statement: “We this November the stakes are too high Card check allows employers to grant union support long-term investments in our infrastruc- to let others decide our future.” recognition once a majority of workers sign ture [including] rail and public transit sys- authorization cards saying they wish to join a tems…all critical to economic growth, as they -- International President Mike Futhey labor union. President Obama and Democrats in enable businesses to grow.” JUST THE FACTS… Mitt Romney said what? “I support…Gov. Kasich’s effort to restrict collective bargaining in Ohio.” Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 26, 2011 “I’ve taken on union bosses before. I’m happy to take them on again.” Detroit News, Feb. 16, 2012 “I would…encourage more states to adopt right-to-work laws.” Greenville News, S.C., Sept. 24, 2011 Paul Ryan voted for what? Mitt Romney did what as The Obama/Biden record As a Republican congressman from Wisconsin, Massachusetts governor? •Directed $8.4 billion in stimulus funds for Paul Ryan voted: transit; •Vetoed a bill banning foreign outsourcing; •To abolish more equitable union election •Directed $8 billion in stimulus funds for high- •Sent $7.1-million worth of public sector jobs rules for rail and aviation workers; er- and high-speed rail; to India; •Nine times to eliminate or cut funding for •Supported bills to curtail collective bargain- •Directed $1.3 billion in stimulus funds for rail Amtrak; ing rights. projects to states and Amtrak; •Against “buy America” laws for publicly fund- (Sources: WashTech, Boston Globe, Press Associates, Inc.) •Directed $1.3 billion in stimulus funds for avi- ed transportation projects; •To allow foreign companies to take over U.S. ation improvements; airlines; •Fought Republican proposals to gut mass transit; •To gut flight attendant security training; •Their Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminis- •To zero out security funding for bus companies; trator cracked down on unsafe, low-wage bus •Against security checks on foreign-based companies; mechanics who repair U.S. aircraft; •Their OSHA-appointed officials cracked •Against public employee funding to prevent down on railroad practices of harassing and layoffs. intimidating workers who report workplace (Source: House of Representatives roll-call votes) injuries and safety concerns. www.utu.org / www.utuia.org Page 4 October 2012 UTU News Obama deserves your vote; here are the reasons TU endorsements for Presi- Returning President Obama and U dent of the United States and election to Congress are undertaken with considerable Of ficers’ Column Vice President Biden to office is not enough. We must also work to pre- vent conservative Republicans from thought, responsibility and account- By National Legislative Director gaining control of the Senate and ability. James Stem retaining control of the House of Prior to issuing these endorse- Representatives. ments, we did an exhaustive job email@example.com After reviewing the records and evaluating the candidates’ positions pledges of President Obama and on transportation, collective bar- Gov. Romney, the choice was an gaining, workplace safety, pensions know it, and supports public- conservative Republican budget pro- easy one and is why we proudly and benefits, and Medicare. employee pension plans and collec- posal that turns Medicare into a endorse Barack Obama and Joe The endorsements for President tive bargaining rights; voucher program. Instead of guaran- Biden for another term. Obama and congressional candi- •Vice President Biden, who, as a teed lifetime medical benefits, bene- The recommendations for the dates (which appear in the center- U.S. senator for 30 years, rode ficiaries would be given an inade- House and Senate are printed in the fold of this newspaper) are based on Amtrak more than any other fare- the following: paying person in America, commut- •President Obama has demon- ing daily between Washington, President Obama cannot fulfill his promises strated by action strong support for D.C., and his Delaware home. He has a lifetime U.S. Senate voting without the support of Congress Amtrak, transit, high-speed rail, Social Security, Railroad Retire- record of 97 percent on issues vital to ment, Medicare, workplace safety, UTU members; quate lump sum to buy private insur- centerfold of this newspaper. ance, and pay the rest out of pocket; President Obama cannot fulfill his •The Paul Ryan-authored budget promises to working families without President Obama supports Amtrak, high-speed rail, proposal would “conform Railroad the support of Congress. Railroad Retirement and workplace safety Retirement benefits to those of Social Security.” If this becomes law, We encourage you to consider your job security, wages, benefits, our retirement date would move Railroad Retirement, Social Securi- collective bargaining and the right •Mitt Romney, by contrast, from age 60 to 67, and we would lose ty, Medicare, workplace safety and to organize and belong to a labor emphatically promises to eliminate our occupational disability and other collective bargaining rights carefully union; all funding for Amtrak and high- Railroad Retirement benefits. prior to casting your vote Nov. 6. •President Obama dedicated bil- speed rail; lions of dollars for high- and high- •Mitt Romney supports the er-speed passenger rail and public Republican platform approved in Contact the UTU: firstname.lastname@example.org transit; Tampa in August, which takes mon- Phone (216) 228-9400; fax (216) 228-5755 •President Obama supported and ey from transit and rail to pour more approved grant and loan programs concrete for highways; Mike Futhey, UTU International President for new and expanded freight trans- •Mitt Romney has pledged to email@example.com portation that railroads have used to eliminate regulations that benefit John Previsich, Assistant President/Vice President improve operations, which have unions and to regulate unions so firstname.lastname@example.org added hundreds of construction and they cannot effectively represent Kim Thompson, General Secretary and Treasurer operating jobs; their members. He supports national email@example.com •President Obama supports a right-to-work (for-less) legislation, James Stem, National Legislative Director “hands-off” approach to Railroad which would drive down wages firstname.lastname@example.org Retirement, opposes privatization of across America; For the latest news, visit www.utu.org; also, sign up Social Security, opposes the Repub- •Mitt Romney’s vice presidential on the UTU website to receive news alerts via email. lican plan to end Medicare as we choice, Paul Ryan, is the author of a Your one vote can make a huge difference ongressional elections do worker bills; and Mitt Romney, if C matter. They make a differ- ence when it comes to our job security, wages, benefits, retire- Of ficers’ Column elected, will sign them into law. Yes, elections do matter. This elec- tion will make a difference in job ment and our safety in the work- By Assistant National Legislative Director security, our safety in the workplace, place. our pensions and whether trans- President Obama and labor- John Risch portation workers can effectively friendly congressional representa- email@example.com bargain collectively. tives and senators not only believe No matter the result, National in supporting public transit, Amtrak Legislative Director James Stem and and high-speed rail, they assured I, with help from state legislative funding was available to purchase leases. Then, a Democratic con- speed rail, Amtrak and transit, with trolled Senate assured these nomi- no protections for adversely affected directors and our new SMART part- more equipment, expand service, nees were confirmed to their posts. workers who lose their jobs. Some ners in the Sheet Metal Workers repair equipment, provide training and enhance minimum safety conservative Republicans also want International Association, will work A “President Romney” will nomi- requirements. to privatize Social Security, replace to educate all elected lawmakers and nate management-friendly individu- Medicare with a voucher program, appointed regulators. make it more difficult to join a Our efforts to protect UTU member The president chooses who regulates union, enact a national right-to- jobs, paychecks, benefits, retirement and workplace safety will be consider- work (for less) law, and criminalize job security and workplace safety One of the most important als to regulatory agencies such as the If conservatives control Congress, unions responsibilities of a president is to FRA, the National Labor Relations and working families will suffer nominate members of federal regula- Board, the National Mediation tory agencies. President Obama Board, the Surface Transportation nominated former UTU Illinois Board, the Federal Motor Carrier many labor union activities. ably easier if we elect labor-friendly State Legislative Director Joe Szabo Safety Administration, OSHA and It is only because Democrats con- candidates to Congress and return to head the Federal Railroad Admin- the National Transportation Safety trol the Senate (and labor-friendly Barack Obama to the White House. istration; and former UTU Associate Board. Republicans who vote with them) I urge you to review the UTU vot- General Counsel Dan Elliott to Conservative Republicans who that these terrible bills did not ing recommendations in the center- chair the Surface Transportation now control the House of Represen- become law. If conservative Repub- fold of this issue and recognize the Board, which determines labor pro- tatives have pushed to reduce, and licans take control of the House and importance to you and your family of tection in rail mergers, line sales and even eliminate, funding for high- Senate, they will pass these anti- voting Nov. 6. www.utu.org / www.utuia.org October 2012 UTU News Page 5 State Watch News from UTU State Legislative Boards Illinois Ohio State Legislative Director Bob Guy has been appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC). The commission was established by the Midwestern states to coordi- nate their passenger-rail development efforts and to advocate for state and feder- al funding. Guy said he was pleased with his appointment because it comes at a time of “tremen- Guy dous promise” for passenger rail in the Midwest. “Within two years, Illinois and Michigan each will have more than 200 miles of 110-mph track in operation on their busiest rail routes, Chica- go-St. Louis and Chicago-Detroit,” he said, call- From left are Assistant State Legislative Director and Norfolk Southern General Chairperson Dave Otten; Brown; Gardner; ing the faster new train service “both a challenge Norfolk Southern General Chairperson Jason Boswell and Assistant General Chairperson Guy Frederick. and an opportunity. “Think what that’s going to mean for ridership The Ohio State Legislative Board was invited discussed our concerns: the attack on Railroad and job creation,” he said. “Ridership already is to attend the Columbus Clippers baseball game, Retirement, the lack of high-speed passenger rail growing at seven to eight percent per year. and Sen. Sherrod Brown stopped by to say hello. development in the state, and the need to pre- “When the trains start going 30 mph faster “Senator Brown wanted to thank the UTU for serve FELA. Sen. Brown was most receptive to and the on-time performance improves even our support of him in this difficult election,” our appeals, and I urge all members in the Buck- more, the ridership is going to shoot through the State Legislative Director Stu Gardner said. “We eye State to support his re-election.” roof. “I expect the Illinois and Michigan passenger- Minnesota Arizona rail programs to become something of a model for the rest of the nation – as well as for Mid- western states such as Ohio, Indiana and Wis- consin that are still bashful about going all-in on passenger-rail development,” Guy said. “It’s an exciting time and I’m proud to be rep- resenting our members as we look forward to improving and expanding the rail industry.” Colorado From left are Alternate State Legislative Director Dan Paradise, Local 1000 (Minneapolis) Legislative Rep. Wayne Newton, Klobuchar and Qualy. Members of the Minnesota State Legislative Board met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to affirm their support for her re-election. “The UTU has had a longstanding relation- Congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick ship with Sen. Klobuchar; we helped her get her cooked burgers for the members of Local 113, political start back in 1996 when she ran for Winslow, at the group’s annual picnic. county attorney,” State Legislative Director Phil “Members of Local 113, along with myself, will Qualy said. “Her door is always open to us when be featured in the Kirkpatrick campaign’s televi- we need to speak with her about rail-safety issues. sion ad,” State Legislative Director Greg Hynes “I would encourage all members in Minnesota said. “Ann Kirkpatrick is sympathetic to the to support President Barack Obama, Sen. needs of working men and women, and I urge all Klobuchar and all the UTU-endorsed candi- Arizonans to support her with their votes.” Carl Smith (left) presents a plaque from the members of Local 202 to Rick Johnson. Smith is succeeding Johnson as dates,” Qualy said. “I would also urge members to Colorado state legislative director. reject the voter ID constitutional amendment; it Kansas is bad policy.” State Legisla- The members of Local 202, Denver, recently tive Director Ty honored Rick Johnson, who retired in August as Georgia Dragoo attend- state legislative director. ed the Demo- “Rick has served several roles in Local 202 over cratic National a 20-plus year span, and has served as state leg- Convention. islative director for more than 12 years,” said Jeff “As far as I’m Maxfield, secretary of the local. “He will be sore- aware, I’m the only ly missed by his fellow brothers and sisters.” UTU member that Johnson, 60, started railroading in 1974 as a was elected to be a brakeman on Burlington Northern (now part of national delegate; I BNSF). He became interested in the affairs of his was elected from a union and was elected local chairperson for yard field of 116 peo- workers in 1991. ple,” he said. He was elected local president in 1993 and “The fact that local legislative representative in 1999. He was Republicans added language to their platform elected state legislative director in 2000. against passenger- and high-speed rail is very dis- “I am grateful for the union for what it’s done State Legislative Director Matt Campbell, at the Demo- turbing. I stressed to the delegates that Democ- for the members and me personally,” Johnson cratic National Committee convention in Charlotte, rats should support this crucial mode of trans- said, “and I wish all the best to Carl Smith and all N.C., in August with Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a portation, not only for its environmental benefits the members in Colorado for their support over strong congressional advocate on behalf of Railroad Retire- but the economic impact rail development brings the years.” ment and Amtrak. in construction, as well as operating jobs.” www.utu.org / www.utuia.org Page 6 October 2012 UTU News October 2012 UTU News Page 7 These candidates deserve your vote! Congressional Recommendations Congressional Recommendations Alabama Colorado Illinois Maryland Dist. 3 Eric Mayer (D) Dist. 4 Carolyn McCarthy (D)* Dist. 15 Steve Stivers (R)* Dist. 9 Al Green (D)* House of Representatives House of Representatives House of Representatives Senate Dist. 4 Teresa Hensley (D) Dist. 5 Gregory W. Meeks (D)* Dist. 16 Betty Sutton (D)* Dist. 14 Nick Lampson (D) Dist. 1 Jo Bonner (R)* Dist. 1 Diana DeGette (D)* Dist. 1 Bobby Rush (D)* Ben Cardin (D)* Dist. 5 Emanuel Cleaver II (D)* Dist. 6 Grace Meng (D) Dist. 15 Ruben Hinojosa (D)* Dist. 2 Therese Ford (D) Dist. 2 Jared Polis (D)* Dist. 2 Jesse Jackson Jr. (D)* Dist. 6 Kyle Yarber (D) Dist. 7 Nydia M. Velazquez (D)* Dist. 18 Sheila Jackson Lee (D)* Dist. 3 John Harris (D) House of Representatives Dist. 7 Jim Evans (D) Dist. 8 Hakeen Jeffries (D) Dist. 20 Joaquin Castro (D) Dist. 3 Sal Pace (D) Dist. 3 Daniel Lipinski (D)* Dist. 4 Daniel Boman (D) Dist. 4 Brandon Shaffer (D) Dist. 2 C.A. Ruppersberger (D)* Dist. 8 Jo Ann Emerson (R)* Dist. 9 Yvette D. Clarke (D)* Dist. 21 Candace Duval (D) Dist. 4 Luis Gutierrez (D)* Dist. 5 Charlie Holley (D) Dist. 6 Joe Miklosi (D) Dist. 3 John Sarbanes (D)* Dist. 10 Jerrold Nadler (D)* Dist. 23 Pete Gallego (D) Dist. 5 Mike Quigley (D)* Dist. 6 Spencer Bachus (R)* Dist. 4 Donna Edwards (D)* Dist. 11 Michael Grimm (R)* Dist. 27 Rose Meza Harrison (D) Dist. 7 Ed Perlmutter (D)* Dist. 7 Danny Davis (D)* Dist. 7 Terri A. Sewell (D)* Dist. 5 Steny H. Hoyer (D)* Dist. 12 Carolyn B. Maloney (D)* Dist. 28 Henry Cuellar (D)* Dist. 8 Tammy Duckworth (D) Dist. 6 John Delaney (D) Connecticut Dist. 9 Jan Schakowsky (D)* Dist. 13 Charles B. Rangel (D)* Dist. 29 Gene Green (D)* Alaska Senate Dist. 10 Brad Schneider (D) Dist. 7 Elijah E. Cummings (D)* Dist. 14 Joe Crowley (D)* Dist. 30 Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)* Dist. 8 Chris Van Hollen (D)* Dist. 15 Jose E. Serrano (D)* Dist. 32 Katherine Sayers McGovern (D) House of Representatives Chris Murphy (D) Dist. 11 Bill Foster (D) Dist. 16 Eliot L. Engel (D)* Dist. 33 Marc Veasey (D) At Large Don Young (R)* Dist. 12 William Enyart (D) Massachusetts House of Representatives Dist. 17 Nita M. Lowey (D)* Dist. 35 Lloyd Doggett (D)* Dist. 13 David Gill (D) Senate Sherrod Brown (D)* Arizona Dist. 1 John Larson (D)* Dist. 15 John Shimkus (R)* Elizabeth Warren (D) Dist. 18 Sean Patrick Maloney (D) U.S. Senate, Ohio Dist. 36 Max Martin (D) Dist. 19 Chris Gibson (R)* Senate Dist. 2 Joe Courtney (D)* Dist. 17 Cheri Bustos (D) House of Representatives Dist. 20 Paul D. Tonko (D)* Oklahoma Utah Richard Carmona (D) Dist. 3 Rosa DeLauro (D)* Dist. 18 Aaron Schock (R)* Dist. 1 Richard Neal (D)* Dist. 21 Bill Owens (D)* House of Representatives Senate Dist. 4 Jim Himes (D)* Claire McCaskill (D)* House of Representatives Dist. 2 James McGovern (D)* Dist. 22 Dan Lamb (D) Orrin Hatch (R)* Dist. 1 Ann Kirkpatrick (D) Dist. 5 Elizabeth Esty (D) Indiana Dist. 3 Niki Tsongas (D)* U.S. Senate, Missouri Dist. 23 Nate Shinagawa(D) Dist. 1 John Olson (D) Dist. 2 Rob Wallace (D) Dist. 2 Ron Barber (D)* Delaware Senate Dist. 4 Joe Kennedy III (D) Montana Dist. 24 Daniel B. Maffei (D)* Dist. 5 Tom Guild (D) House of Representatives Dist. 3 Raul Grijalva (D)* Joe Donnelly (D) Dist. 5 Edward Markey (D)* Senate Dist. 25 Louise M. 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Butterfield (D)* Dist. 18 Patrick Murphy (D) Dist. 14 Gary Peters (D)* Dist. 6 Manan Trivedi (D) Dist. 6 Andy Schmookler (D) Dist. 6 Doris Matsui (D)* Dist. 2 Mark Amodei (R)* Dist. 3 Walter Jones (R)* Dist. 21 Ted Deutch (D)* Dist. 7 Patrick Meehan (R)* Dist. 7 Wayne Powell (D) Dist. 7 Ami Bera (D) Dist. 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)* Minnesota Dist. 3 John Oceguera (D) Dist. 4 David Price (D)* Dist. 8 Michael Fitzpatrick (R)* Dist. 8 Jim Moran (D)* Dist. 8 Paul Cook (R) Senate Dist. 4 Steven Horsford (D) Dist. 7 Mike McIntyre (D)* Dist. 24 Frederica Wilson (D)* Dist. 9 Bill Shuster (R)* Dist. 9 Anthony Flaccavento (D) Dist. 9 Jerry McNerney (D)* Dist. 25 Mario Diaz-Balart (R)* Dave Crooks (D) Amy Klobuchar (D)* New Hampshire Dist. 8 Larry Kissell (D)* Dist. 10 Phil Scollo (D) Dist. 10 Kristin Cabral (D) Dist. 10 Jose Hernandez (D) Dist. 26 David Rivera (R)* Dist. 9 Jennifer Roberts (D) Dist. 11 Gene Stilp (D) Dist. 11 Gerry Connolly (D)* U.S. Representative candidate, Indiana House of Representatives House of Representatives Dist. 11 George Miller (D)* Dist. 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)* Dist. 10 Patsy Keever (D) Dist. 12 Mark Critz (D)* Dist. 12 Nancy Pelosi (D)* Dist. 1 Tim Walz (D)* Dist. 1 Carol Shea-Porter (D) Dist. 11 Heyden Rogers (D) Dist. 13 Allyson Y. 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Israel (D)* Dist. 13 Timothy Ryan (D)* Dist. 8 Neil Burns (D) * denotes incumbent www.utu.org / www.utuia.org www.utu.org / www.utuia.org Page 8 October 2012 UTU News UTUmni u Al UTU Alumni Association News, information for members of the UTU Alumni Association Two retired UTU International officers die Former UTU International officers Daniel W. Friends recall an oft-repeated comment by trade union program at Harvard University, and in Collins and Paul J. McNamara have died. Collins: “Come down from the bleachers and get 1975 earned the Cardinal Cushing Award for Daniel W. Collins, age 90, who retired in 1992 into the game!” Excellence in Labor Management Relations. as UTU assistant general secretary & treasurer, Former UTU International President Tom McNamara is survived by his wife of 72 years, was a member of the 40-person committee that DuBose observed of Collins’ success, that “it was Doris, two daughters, seven grandchildren and 19 laid the groundwork for merger of the predecessor the sum total of merit, and hard work, and espe- great-grandchildren. unions that formed the UTU cially, the choices that he alone made for himself He was a New York Central Railroad employee, in 1969. At the time, he was that determined the direction his life would take. general secretary & treasurer He fought the battles that where he was elected a general chairperson. of the Switchmen’s Union of were required of him and McNamara stayed current North America (SUNA), had a capacity to learn Collins helped form UTU; on UTU activities well which came together in merg- er with the Order of Railway and a capacity to listen.” McNamara was vice president States Legislative Director into his 90s. New England Collins is survived by Conductors, the Brotherhood his wife of 69 years, Mar- George Casey said McNa- Collins of Railroad Trainmen and the garet, 10 children, 27 grandchildren and 19 great- mara attended his 2008 legislative department Brotherhood of Locomotive grandchildren. reorganization meeting, and in 2004 McNama- Firemen and Enginemen. Paul J. McNamara ra attended the UTU regional meeting in Boston, A native of Olean, N.Y., McNamara, age 97, and a native of Massachu- where he engaged former Massachusetts governor Collins hired on as a brakeman setts, retired in 1980 as an International vice pres- and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in a with former New York Central ident. A 70-year UTU member, he completed the lively chat. Railroad (now part of CSX). He left the railroad twice – to serve in the U.S. Navy during McNamara World War II and again during the Korean conflict – and later UTU offers steamboat cruise of Mississippi earned a degree in economics The UTU Alumni Association is offering from Canisius College. He was first elected to a a nine-day steamboat cruise of the Mississip- SUNA office in 1948 and as SUNA GS&T in pi River next year for its members. 1955, and held the position of UTU assistant The cruise will depart Oct. 26, 2013, GS&T until his retirement in 1992. from St. Louis and end Nov. 2 in New During his UTU service, Collins was chairper- Orleans. son of a joint labor/management task force that Travel is aboard the American Queen, sought to promote rail service in the face of the largest steamboat ever built. trucking industry growth, and was appointed by Although filled with today’s modern former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste to the Ohio amenities, the American Queen’s rooms and High-Speed Rail Commission. accommodations display the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flow- He helped to establish the industry’s substance ers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately abuse prevention program and served on a river steamers that preceded her and so inspired her designers. labor/management advisory committee of the The itinerary includes a welcome-aboard dinner; two days of leisurely “steamboating;” a narrated tour National Council of Alcoholism. He also helped of Memphis, Tenn., including the National Civil Rights Museum; stops in Natchez, Miss., and Baton to promote Operation RedBlock on Amtrak. Rouge, La.; a tour of the Houmas House, La., plantation and gardens of the “Sugar Palace,” a 16-room Following his retirement, Collins was appoint- antebellum estate, and incomparable New Orleans. ed to the Amtrak Board of Directors by President Prices start at $1,995 per person. (If booked by Dec. 20, save $200 per cabin.) All arrangements are Clinton. He also served as a consultant to Cor- being handled by Landfall Travel, the Alumni Association’s designated travel provider. nell University’s School of Industrial and Labor For more information call (800) 835-9233, or see the Alumni Association page at Relations, where he helped create a collection of www.landfalltravel.com. You do not need to be a member of the Alumni Association to take advantage of this offer. railroad history and labor documents. T H E F I N A L C A L L Following are the names of recently deceased members who maintained annual membership in the UTU Alumni Association, according to reports received at UTU International Headquarters. These brothers and sisters will be missed by their many friends and by fellow UTU Alumni Association members. Local Name City/State Local Name City/State Local Name City/State 6 Bradburn Jr., Edward S. Indianapolis, Ind. 544 Engleston, D.A. Havre, Mont. 1117 Pierson, Dan H. Las Vegas, Nev. 60 Allen, J.S. Neptune, N.J. 556 Shuckhart, Norman J. Tacoma, Wash. 1221 Pickering, Hugh L. Tampa, Fla. 195 Gordon, Nathaniel Galesburg, Ill. 645 Wigginton, Richard F. Lady Lake, Fla. 1252 Shahan, Harold E. Rio Dell, Calif. 202 Carville, James E. Mountain Home, Ark. 771 Penry Jr., William L. Mojave Valley, Ariz. 1308 Trotter, Joe A. Paris, Tenn. 238 Hampton, Richard P. Clearfield, Utah 771 Thomas Jr., Joseph R. Needles, Calif. 1377 Schultz, Maynard E. Highland Heights, Ky. 243 Hall, Charles F. Mountain Home, Ark. 811 Farris, Herbert A. Lolo, Mont. 1390 McGlynn Jr., Lawrence P. Levitown, Pa. 298 Canfield, Robert E. Garrett, Ind. 838 Newell, David J. Southampton, N.J. 1393 Collins, Daniel W. North Olmsted, Ohio 298 Vanhorn, Francis E. Findlay, Ohio 838 Walsh, Francis D. Manchester, N.J. 1409 Gallipeau, Charles D. Kansas City, Kan. 303 Timby, Robert M. Springfield, Mo. 866 Knapp, Ronald L. Rawlins, Wyo. 1445 Newkirk, Louis H. Linden, N.J. 309 Harclerode, Glenn M. Curryville, Pa. 911 Bjork, Gordon W. Chippewa Falls, Wis. 1473 McNamara, Paul J. Glouchester, Mass. 318 Fidiam, Thomas J. Dunmore, Pa. 911 Mars, James T. Brooklyn Park, Minn. 1518 Harris, George M. Indianapolis, Ind. 318 Rabuck, Ronald G. Northumberland, Pa. 945 Blair, Thomas D. Henderson, Nev. 1545 Avery, Wiley R. McGehee, Ark. 378 Fogarty, James D. Avon, Ohio 980 Piatz, Edward C. Bismarck, N.D. 1594 McCaughan, James A. Darby, Pa. 386 Ulrich, Harry J. Hellam, Pa. 1007 Croteau, Joseph D. Central Square, N.Y. 1760 Soucey, Alvin B. Redford, Mich. 426 Klassen, Harry F. Spokane, Wash. 1031 Sullivan Sr., Thomas J. Savannah, Ga. 1790 Rogers Sr., Ralph Fitzgerald, Ga. 464 Hicks, Merlyn R. Monroe, Ga. 1035 Shipley, Kyle W. Lakeland, Fla. 1948 Hake, Randall L. Niles, Ohio 469 Yencarelli, Anthony Bradenton, Fla. 1042 Taylor, Dan L. Oklahoma City, Okla. 1948 Mellott Jr., Victor V. Canal Fulton, Ohio 500 Enger, Larry J. Poteau, Okla. 1043 Gervais, Gerald J. Portola, Calif. 1962 Richardson, Gordon L. Clio, Mich. 513 Busby, Thomas W. Ardmore, Okla. 1058 Anderson, Paul I. Glenns Ferry, Idaho 1973 Burkhart, Richard L. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 525 Nelson, Lyle S. Bismarck, N.D. 1059 Allmaras, Thomas C. Sun City, Ariz. 1974 Embrey, Allan L. Sherwood, Ark. 528 Baldwin, Robert G. Spring Hill, Fla. 1067 Waters, Dale W. Superior, Wis. www.utu.org / www.utuia.org October 2012 UTU News Page 9 Protection for your loved ones Peace of mind for you Young families have very little discretionary cash. In fact, most young families rely on the income of both spouses to make ends meet. You’ve thought about how your family would carry on if something happened to you. But you put the thought out of your mind because, after all, you’re young. Nothing’s going to happen to you. Right? What if something were to happen to you? Would there be enough money to provide for even the barest of neces- sities, especially since it takes both incomes to make ends meet? 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Visit the UTU online store for com- plete details about prices and available sizes. Navy SMART Joplin polo Green SMART polo UTU portfolio www.utu.org / www.utuia.org Page 10 October 2012 UTU News Is this your most crucial vote ever? Ohio Wisconsin Iowa Railroad Retirement, Each of our votes mat- This election will be the Medicare, the Affordable ters and has the same most significant most of us Care Act and Amtrak are all weight as the vote of a will face in our careers. on the chopping block if CEO. Nobody will deprive Never has the danger to conservative extremists a UTU member of the right rail-labor gains been so gain control of the White to vote except the UTU much at risk. House and Congress. member, and the only way It is not just the threat to In Ohio, we are a top that can happen is by not Railroad Retirement. Mitt battleground state, and I casting a vote. On Nov. 6, Romney’s comments on urge you to cast ballots for UTU-endorsed vote your union, paycheck, benefits, afford- labor policy make clear he wants to disman- candidates: President Obama, Sen. Sherrod able health care, workplace safety, retirement tle safety and labor laws to amend the out- Brown, and congressional candidates Marcy and family security. If you cannot go to the dated portions of the existing statutory frame- Kaptur, Betty Sutton, Michael Turner, Marcia polls Election Day, vote early or via absentee work [and make them] “appropriate to con- Fudge, Pat Tiberi, Timothy Ryan, and Steve ballot by mail. temporary conditions.” Stivers, as well as Joyce Healy-Abrams, Your job, your family and your personal Charlie Wilson, Joyce Beatty, and Angela — SLD Craig Peachy safety depend on your vote Nov. 6. Zimmann. These are our friends and will be with us — SLD Jim Garrett when we need their help. — SLD Stuart Gardner Unscripted Mitt Romney Florida speaks his mind It is in off-the-cuff comments, rather than Each of us has made scripted press conferences, staged public commitments to our children, parents, spouses, houses of speaking events or political advertisements worship, community and on television, that often best reveal the “real” charities. The Declaration of candidate and their thoughts. Independence recognizes These off-the-cuff comments by Mitt our right to the pursuit of hap- Romney, at a $50,000-per-person fundraiser piness. The path to those in Boca Raton, Fla., in May, when he didn’t commitments and happiness realize a camera was rolling and microphone is a good-paying job. Virginia present, reveal the “real” candidate: You can’t expect your union to deliver bet- If you wonder if your “There are 47 percent of the people who ter wages and benefits while voting for candi- vote matters, remember will vote for the president no matter what. dates who will weaken working families’ abili- that a few hundred votes All right, there are 47 percent who are with ties to protect your interests. cast in Florida in 2000 him, who are dependent upon govern- — SLD Andres Trujillo changed the course of our ment, who believe that they are victims, nation for a decade. Think who believe the government has a of those who went before responsibility to care for them, who us who struggled, and believe that they are entitled to health even died, to put in place care, to food, to housing, to you name it…. labor laws that allow us to bargain collective- And the government should give it to Previsich elevated ly for our wages. That effort paved the way for the lifestyles we enjoy today. them. They will vote for this president no matter what…. These are people who pay Vote for candidates who will work to pre- Continued from page 1 serve our union and our way of life. Vote for no income tax. UTU-endorsed candidates who have stuck “My job is not to worry about these peo- of the UTU on the act’s safety advisory commit- with us. Now is the time to stick with them. ple. I’ll never convince them they should tee, the FRA Medical Standards Working Group, take personal responsibility and care for the Positive Train Control Advisory Committee — SLD Patrick Corp their lives.” and the Close Call Reporting System (C3RS). He and his wife, Kathy, have four children. Members okay contracts on EJ&E, TP&W Arty Martin, age 66, is a fourth generation railroader, having been elected assistant president in 2007 and re-elect- UTU-represented Chairpersons Mike Caudillo and Ed ed in 2011. employees of Elgin, Joliet & Cox for “the exceptional effort put He signed on with Union Eastern Railway and Toledo, forth during the long and diffi- Pacific in Pocatello, Idaho, in Peoria & Western Railway cult negotiations that result- 1966 while attending Idaho have ratified new five-year ed in an agreement with Martin State University, where he agreements. dramatic improvements earned a degree in business Negotiating assistance on in wages and benefits, and administration, with a minor in labor law. An Air both railroads was provided provides employment security Force veteran, he also played minor league base- by International Vice Presi- and parity for members.” ball as a catcher, including one professional sea- dent Dave Wier. On TP&W, the ratified contract son in Alaska. On EJ&E, the ratified contract provides that provides for wage increases with addi- Martin was promoted to engineer in 1975. conductors, brakemen and yardmen receive wage tional compensation for conductors certified as Frustration over railroad treatment of employees increases, back pay, an employment guarantee engineers, participation in the RailAmerica encouraged him to run successfully in 1977 for with furlough protection, guaranteed extra Incentive Compensation Plan (with an opt-out UTU Local 78 vice local chairperson, represent- boards, elimination of rate progression for con- provision providing an additional one percent ing engineers. He subsequently was elected vice ductors/foremen, and 90 percent entry rates for annual wage increase), improved working condi- general chairperson and general chairperson. In brakemen and helpers that rises to 100 percent tions and special allowances. 1992, Martin merged the enginemen general after one year of service. Wier congratulated General Chairperson Rob committee with one representing conductors, Also established by the new agreement is a Ferrier (GO TPW) and Local 198 (Peoria, Ill.) brakemen and yardmen, and today that general 401(k) plan and disability insurance, more liber- Vice Local Chairperson Steve Benedict for “the committee represents more than 5,000 UP train al qualification for vacations, and coverage under and engine workers. outstanding effort put forth. The wage increases, the National Railway Health and Welfare Plan coupled with quarterly incentive payments, pro- His mother, father and grandfather were UP that includes early retirement and four months of vide members with outstanding pay increases.” employees, and his great-grandfather ran steam additional health care insurance for dismissed or locomotives on New York Central Railroad (now furloughed employees. EJ&E, a Class II railroad and a U.S. subsidiary part of CSX). Wier praised the efforts of General Chairper- of Canadian National Railway, operates in Illi- Martin and his wife, Cindy, have four children, sons Cory Mayberry (GO 329) and Rich Baran- nois and Indiana suburbs surrounding Chicago. including Brian, who is a UTUIA field supervisor, dela (GO 330), Vice General Chairperson Kevin TP&W, a short line and RailAmerica property, and Dallas, who is a UP conductor in Portland. Wright (GO 329), and Local 740 (Joliet, Ill.) operates in Illinois and Indiana. www.utu.org / www.utuia.org October 2012 UTU News Page 11 Your jobs, retirement are at stake this election s we consider how we will been the majority in the Senate as A cast our votes on Election Day, let us all remember that under the Obama administration Bus Depar tment well as the House, many of our bus operations would have been priva- tized, our collective bargaining rights and the Affordable Care Act, we By Vice President would have been curtailed, and our have been able to keep our children wages, benefits and work rules would on our health care insurance poli- Bonnie Morr be in jeopardy. cies until age 26, we no longer face a email@example.com All brothers and sisters in organ- maximum lifetime cap on benefits, ized labor face attack by conservative contraception is included in cover- Republicans. On Election Day, we age, and we and our children cannot must take the time and effort to cast be denied coverage because of pre- have publicly congratulated the the right of all workers to organize our ballots – and encourage others to existing conditions. conservative Republican governors and join a union.” cast their ballots – to return Presi- Conservative Republicans Mitt of Wisconsin and Ohio who pushed We in the transit industry have dent Obama and Vice President Romney and Paul Ryan are commit- to curtail and eliminate those rights held our own in these difficult eco- Biden to the White House and cast ted to repealing the Affordable Care – especially for public employees. nomic times because the Obama ballots for the labor-friendly candi- Act. Contrast that attack on collective administration and our labor-friend- dates identified in the centerfold of ly allies in Congress – labor-friendly this newspaper. Conservative Republicans Romney and Ryan Republicans as well as Democrats – This election is about saving our want to repeal the Affordable Care Act Romney and Ryan have made it clear: Conservative Republicans also are committed to privatizing Social bargaining rights with the Demo- cratic Party platform position, They will reduce transportation funding Security and turning Medicare into which is also the Obama/Biden a voucher program with more costs position: fought to preserve transit funding. middle class. Let us stand strong coming out of retirees’ pockets. By “Democrats believe that the right We know what would happen to against those corporate-backed can- contrast, President Obama is com- to organize and collectively bargain transit funding if conservative didates who want to destroy labor mitted to preserving Social Security is a fundamental American value; Republicans control the White unions and curtail worker collective and Medicare as we know it. every American should have a voice House and Congress, as they have bargaining rights. When it comes to collective bar- on the job and a chance to negotiate made clear they would reduce tran- Our job security, pay checks, gaining rights, conservative Repub- for a fair day’s pay after a hard day’s sit funding. health care and retirement are at licans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan work. We will continue to fight for Had conservative Republicans stake. OSHA expands rail worker harassment enforcement Even when railroads return workers to their NS initially claimed the injury was fabricated, because OSHA said NS had under-calculated the jobs with full back pay after wrongly terminating and fired the conductor for allegedly making a amount of back pay. them for suffering a workplace injury, significant false injury report. A public law board subse- OSHA also ordered NS to provide all workers monetary sanctions may still be imposed by the quently ordered the railroad to rehire the conduc- in its Decatur yard with a copy of an OSHA fact Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and tor with full back pay – 10 months after the work- sheet on whistleblower protection, to post in the Health Administration (OSHA). place injury – and he continues to work for NS. yard a notice explaining worker rights under the Norfolk Southern was ordered to pay damages During those 10 months of unemployment, the Federal Railroad Safety Act, and to expunge from in excess of $580,000 in conductor endured signifi- the conductor’s personnel file all records of his August after violating the cant financial distress. termination and OSHA claim. Federal Railroad Safety Act’s A UTU designated legal “This decision sends a powerful message that worker protections against counsel, who brought a terminating an employee for an injury creates employer harassment, intimi- complaint before OSHA, financial exposure for the railroad far beyond just dation, discipline and termi- said NS contended there having to put him back on the job with back pay,” nation in retaliation for were no damages to be said UTU International President Mike Futhey. reporting workplace injuries or safety concerns. assessed because the conductor had been put “No longer can a railroad simply calculate the Railroads have been hit with millions of dol- back to work with full pay. worse-case scenario as having only to provide lars in sanctions by OSHA over the past year for OSHA said the NS arguments were baseless back pay.” such behavior, but this case is significant in that and that the railroad should be punished for vio- the railroad unsuccessfully claimed it should not be sanctioned because after terminating the lating the conductor’s rights under the Federal Railroad Safety Act. Bus operators ratify worker, it reinstated him with full back pay. OSHA then ordered NS to pay the conductor two new contracts The unidentified conductor, who suffered a – in addition to the back pay already received – Members of Local 1596, Charlotte, N.C., have shoulder injury, had been riding the lead car to more than $580,000 to cover pain and suffering, finalized new contracts with Transit Manage- protect a shove at NS’s Decatur, Ill., yard when punitive damages, loss of employer-paid benefits ment of Charlotte and First Transit of Con- several cars behind him derailed due to poorly during the period of unemployment, attorney’s cord/Kannapolis. maintained rail ties. fees and additional lost wages plus interest The three-year agreements provide for wage increases, improvements in UTU seeks arbitration with Great Lakes Airlines pensions, an increase in the employer contribution to The airline industry is in a sorry state. From bad-faith bargaining by Great Lakes manage- health care insurance, an the bungled merger of U.S. Airways with Amer- ment, the UTU has asked the National Media- additional number of personal ica West, to the efforts by American Air- tion Board (NMB) to declare an impasse in leave days and better work lines to use bankruptcy to cancel union talks and proffer binding arbitration, said rules. contracts, the industry is seeking Assistant President John Previsich. Leading the negotiations profitability at the expense of If the NMB does make that proffer, Hughes with Transit Management of employees. Charlotte were General and Great Lakes rejects it, the clock Throughout the turmoil, Chairperson Alvy Hughes, Local Chairperson will start on a 90-day countdown to a Craig Patch and Vice Local Chairperson Billy employees of the nation’s airlines negotiated settlement, presidential continue to show up for work and Belcher. emergency board recommendations for staff more than 25,000 flights daily. Leading the negotiations with First Transit of settlement or a work stoppage. Concord/Kannapolis were General Chairperson UTU members flying for Great Lakes Airlines are no exception – at least for the “The UTU’s desire is that the parties Alvy Hughes, Local Chairperson Darryl Boykin, time being. Local 40 (Denver) flight attendants reach a mutually satisfactory agreement and Vice Local Chairperson April Rogers, and Local were at the bargaining table with Great Lakes avoid any interruption in service,” Previsich said. Secretary Ben Blankey. management for 10 years; and Local 40 pilots “The airline refuses to pay a living wage while Hughes praised local officers on the negotiat- have been facing a negotiating stone wall for reaping millions in profit. The UTU will do ing committees for “expert preparation and tire- three years. whatever it takes to improve the conditions for less efforts to achieve the accomplishments in a Following years of fruitless negotiations and our members.” difficult economic environment.” www.utu.org / www.utuia.org Periodicals Postage Volume 44 October 2012 PAID at Cleveland, Ohio, N um be r 1 0 and Additional www.utu.org / www.utuia.org Mailing Offices OCTOBER 2012 ISSN 0098-5937 Published monthly (except for www.utuia.org www.utu.org combined months of Dec- ember/January and July/August) by the UNITED TRANSPORTA- TION UNION, 24950 COUNTRY The Official Publication of the United Transportation Union CLUB BLVD., SUITE 340, NORTH OLMSTED, OH 44070- Want to kill Amtrak? Then vote Romney 5333 • Periodicals postage paid at Cleveland, Ohio, and addi- tional mailing offices • Mike Futhey, International President; Kim Thompson, General Secre- The Republican Party, at its nation- we could expect their business plan to tary & Treasurer • This publi- cation available on microfilm al convention in August, made it offi- include canceling collective bargain- from National Archive Publishing, cial and in writing: The Republican ing rights so as to lower wages and P.O. Box 998, Ann Arbor, MI Party platform – supported by Mitt benefits, and to eliminate worker cov- 48106. Romney and Paul Ryan – advocates erage under Railroad Retirement. POSTMASTER: Send address ending federal funding for Amtrak. Even then they would struggle to changes to UTU News, 24950 Country Club Blvd., Suite 340, Here is what the Republican plat- become the first private venture able North Olmsted, OH 44070- form says about Amtrak: to turn a profit operating passenger Please recycle “Amtrak continues to be, for the trains. taxpayers, an extremely expensive rail- Were Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan road…. It is long past time for the fed- successful in ending federal funding Photo of the month eral government to get out of the way and allow private ventures to provide passenger service to the Northeast for Amtrak, the result would be the loss of 20,000 Amtrak jobs. The loss of those jobs and the pay- The UTU International is Corridor.” roll taxes paid into the Railroad always looking for good pho- tos, and awards UTU gear to What neither the Republican plat- Retirement Trust Fund by Amtrak monthly photo winners. form nor Romney and Ryan acknowledge is that no pas- and its workers would so adversely impact the trust fund The UTU seeks photographs or digital images of work-relat- senger rail system in the world earns a profit, and few pri- that future Railroad Retirement benefits would be in ed scenes, such as railroad, bus vate sector firms have expressed interest in operating pas- jeopardy for all railroaders nationwide. or mass transit operations, new equipment photos, scenic senger trains – in the Northeast Corridor or over The Romney/Ryan plan to end Amtrak subsidies is as shots, activities of your local, or Amtrak’s other intercity rail passenger routes. bad for America, which would lose its passenger trains, photos of your brothers and sis- ters keeping America rolling. End federal funding for Amtrak and passenger trains in as it would be for Amtrak, commuter- and freight-rail Printed photographs should America would become history. workers and current railroad retirees, all of whom would be mailed to UTU News, 24950 Country Club Blvd., And, per chance a private sector firm did step forward suffer reductions in, or total loss of, Railroad Retirement Suite 340, North Olmsted, OH to operate Northeast Corridor or other Amtrak routes, benefits. 44070-5333. High-resolution digital pho- tographs should be in the JPEG Inside this issue of the UTU News: format and e mailed to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. With each photograph, please include your name and UTU local number, the names of the persons in the photo (left to right), where the photo was taken, and all other pertinent information. All photographs submitted become property of the UTU. Remember to review your employer’s policies regarding use of cameras on the property or during work hours. This photo was taken in the 1970s by retired member E. Clyde Stickley, a member of Local 1313, Amarillo, Texas. “I was a Santa Fe conductor working out of Amarillo. This Norfolk Southern con- Colorado State Legisla- UTU-endorsed congres- A new line of SMART is an eastbound train approaching Waynoka, Okla. The brakeman looking up the train ductor Tucker cooks to tive Director Johnson sional candidates can be merchandise is avail- is Local 1313 member Sam Jefferson,” Stickley said. pay thanks. See page 2. pulls the pin. See page 5. found on pages 6 & 7. able. See page 9.
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