Alert #1 January 6, 2010

Posted by admin on February 2, 2010

WISCONSIN STATE LEGISLATIVE BOARD

BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS & TRAINMEN

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

ANTHONY DIMOND, CHAIRMAN

E9775 Buckhorn RD, Reedsburg, Wisconsin 53959 (608) 415-6020; Cell (608) 448-8175; TDJCTS@email.msn.com

ALERT!

Alert #1 January 6, 2010

MUZZLE TESTS!

This office has been informed that the UPRR managers are now testing using a method called a “muzzle test”! In this test a Conductor, Brakeman or Switch foreman is approached by a carrier officer prior to a shoving movement being made.

The officer is supposed to request (according to the FRA) that the Conductor ask the Locomotive Engineer to shove back to a joint…without giving a car count! As I understand it, the officers are not making it sound like a request, but more of a demand (which is a safety violation of GCOR rules which the FRA will cause the railroad to enforce)! If the Engineer complies, he fails the test and the ensuing discipline will be gladly provided!!!

UPRR’s Jim Young empowered us all (by letter) to not do unsafe things or perform unsafe acts. Crews approached in this manner should decline (if asked or told to do this) based on the safety empowerment letter given by the UPRR President/CEO. If you choose to or are forced to comply, make sure the move is done correctly…ENGINEERS, DON’T MOVE UNTIL A CAR COUNT IS GIVEN!

The United Transportation Union is putting something out on this as well, and I will copy this ALERT to them for their use.

We have also heard that on Amtrak and/or commuters, they are playing these types of muzzle tests with the signals the Engineer sees…telling them to let the Conductor (who is back in the train) know that the upcoming signal is “yellow” WHEN IN REALITY IT IS “GREEN”! If the Conductor does not inquire as to the next signal aspect, he fails the test and is disciplined. Engineers, empower yourselves to not play this game. If you choose to or are forced to comply by a carrier officer, make sure the move is done correctly…CONDUCTORS, CONFIRM THE SIGNAL CALLED AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE INFORMED OF THE NEXT SIGNAL AS REQUIRED BY YOUR RULES!

Be professionals out there. Work according to the rules. If it doesn’t sound right, stop and do not proceed until you discover the right course! Be safe out there and watch out for each other!

Fraternally, Tony Dimond, State Chairman

AMTRAK * BNSF * CPRR* CNRR* METRA * UNION PACIFIC

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