I am happy to announce that the BRS along with the other members of our coalition that formed our CBG in the recent national agreements negotiations have reached a Tentative National Agreement! it can be viewed here at the link below. Thank you to all that were involved.
To all the members of Local 16.
Please read the following letter, it was put together with excerpts over the last 17 years from our General Chairman Gus Demott. Take what it says to heart. We all need to be vigilant in these trying times now more than ever and it can not be stressed enough
PLEASE, KNOW THE RULES AND FOLLOW THE RULES !
Jason Skidmore Recording Secretary BRS Local 16
National Negotiations Update:
Coordinated Bargaining Group Unions Say Contract Negotiations Take a “Step Backwards”
As part of our ongoing effort to conclude national contract negotiations, the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) met with the nation’s freight rail Carriers (NCCC) for three days during the week of June 26. These efforts were part of our ongoing mediation process, mandated by the Railway Labor Act when the parties have been unable to reach a voluntary agreement, and managed by the National Mediation Board.
Despite the CBG’s best efforts to reach a fair agreement with the NCCC, the mediation process took a step backwards on Thursday, June 29, when the Carriers presented new, onerous bargaining positions. Their new contract demands would have the employees not only paying more per month towards their monthly insurance premiums, but it would also make drastic changes in the amount the average employee pays when medical services are needed. Combined with the Carriers’ outlandish demands for this dramatic cost-shifting, they suggested we agree to below-standard General Wage Increases with no retroactivity, and, for certain crafts, harmful work rules changes that would have employees doing more work for less pay in many circumstances.
It is clear from the Carriers’ latest contract demands that they are emboldened by the potential of management-friendly recommendations that could come from a Presidential Emergency Board appointed by President Trump, and ultimately be imposed on the employees by a Congress that already has enacted or is pushing for changes in longstanding labor laws that protect employee rights.
We, of course, are frustrated by the Carriers’ hardline attitude. But we will not let this stand in our way. In spite of this latest turn of events, the CBG will not give up its efforts to achieve a voluntary settlement that is fair and protects our members’ best interests. We, therefore, requested and have been granted additional mediation sessions later this month. This is not by any means the end of the road. The Railway Labor Act makes it the duty of both labor and management “to exert every reasonable effort to make agreements.” We take that obligation seriously. Be assured that we have been working very hard on your behalf and we will continue to pursue every available avenue to achieve a fair contract settlement worthy of your consideration.
The Carriers’ latest offer is neither a fair settlement, nor a settlement that we expect our members would ratify. So that you all are fully aware of what has been proposed, and in an effort to bring all affected members up to speed, the Carriers’ latest proposal, with a brief synopsis, is attached. A press release and the synopsis will also be available on the BRS website.
More information will be forthcoming after the mediation sessions scheduled later this month. We appreciate your continuing support.NCCC 2017-06-29 Synopsis and Proposal
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Brothers our Triennial election was held May 20, 2017. We had a great turn out and appreciate all members from far and near that came to the meeting to join us.
Here are the results of the election and your new Local 16 officers, Local Chairman and their committee members.
Local 16 President: Rex Grant
Local 16 1st Vice President: Josh Hicks
Local 16 2nd Vice President: William Rinehart
Local 16 Financial Secretary: Brian Jahay
Local 16 Recording Secretary: Jason Skidmore
Local 16 Trustees: Randy Bolesta, Chris Hettle, Nick Maness
Local Chairman District 1: Chris Hettle. Grievance Committee District 1: David Suggs, Matt Medlin
Local Chairman District 2: Roger Allen. Grievance Committee District 2: Chris Cavanaugh, Kern Barber
Local Chairman District 4: Jason Skidmore. Grievance Committee District 4: Bubba Mayfield, Anzules Gomez
Local Chairman District 6: Randy Bolesta. Grievance Committee District 6: Ben Trezevant, William Rinehart.
Local Chairman District 7 : Bill Yates. Grievance Committee District 7: Brian Jahay, Sean Gaspar.
Local Chairman District 8: Ken Lamb. Grievance Committee District 8: Bennie Hines, Orinthio Scott.
Local Chairman District 9: Bobby Cooper. Grievance Committee District 9: Matt Mays, Steve Collins
Local Chairman District 10: Marlon Soto. Grievance Committee District 10: Adam Peters, Wesner Lewis.
Please Congratulate our new Officers on their positions. We hope to see you at the next meeting in Orlando July 15 th 2017.
Minutes will be posted pending review shortly.
To all Membership.
The 2017 Triennial election ballots were mailed out last week. Unfortunately there was an error. I have just mailed out a letter today detailing the instructions to follow for this one time instance.
Grand Lodge President Dan Pickett has instructed me to send this out in a timely manner. You should all receive your letter in a few days. If there is an questions please do not hesitate to contact me at.