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Officers and Local Chairmen
President: Herb Krohn
Vice President: Taro Suyematsu
Secretary/Treasurer: Thomas Ragghianti
Legislative Rep: Herb Krohn
Alternate Legislative Rep: Taro Suyematsu
Trustees: Terry Waltman, Keever Gamble, John Leer

Local Chairman 953A: Doug Derschied
1st Vice Local Chairman 953A: Sam Faulkner
2nd Vice Local Chairman 953A: Doug Murphy

Local Chairman 953B: Herb Krohn
1st Vice Local Chairman 953B: Dave Palmer
2nd Vice Local Chairman 953B: Dustin Hall

Our South-end (Portland) meetings are every 4th Saturday at 11:30 am at Legions, 8002 NE Highway 99 Vancouver, WA 98665

Our north-end (Seattle) meetings are every 1st Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Clarion Hotel, 3000 176th St., SeaTac, WA 98188. This is the conductor away from home terminal hotel.

Local 1348 members can attend one or both meetings but may cast only one vote on any given issue or measure being considered.

  • CONDUCTOR ONLY OPERATIONS - Bullet Points from Article I '91 Crew Consist Agrmnt
    (click here for the entire '92, Art I - Crew Consist Agreement and here for a good Conductor Only Supplemental.)

    2. The Carrier shall be permitted to work Conductor-Only trains in pool freight service based on the following:

    a. There shall be no car count or train length limitations in the operation of trains with crews consisting of a Conductor-Only.

    b. Upon implementation of this agreement, the Carrier may commence "Conductor-Only" operations on those trains on which no more than a total of three (3) work events are performed between the initial and final terminal of the crew, regardless of length. A work event is considered to be one (1) straight pick-up or one (1) straight set-out. Picking up, setting out, or exchanging one or more locomotives and setting out a bad order car shall not be considered an event. Work performed in the initial and/or final terminal (s) will be governed by applicable rules.

    NOTE 1: Straight pickup or setout, as referred to above, means pickup of a car or cars coupled together and first out that go together in one place in the train; straight setout means setout of a car or cars coupled together in the train that are set out in one move¬ment. Hanging onto cars already in the train in order to make a straight pickup or straight setout is permissible under this agreement.

    NOTE 2: Each type of move, pickup or setout will be considered as separate work events for the purpose of application of this agreement. Thus a pickup and setout at an intermediate point will count as two work events. Conductors working Conductor-Only trains will not be required to perform more than three work events nor will they be censured or disciplined for refusal to do so.

    e. A conductor-only crew member will not be censured, disciplined or harassed if the conductor takes longer to perform work than the time taken by a crew with two (2) or more employees.


    Q-l: If a crew is required to "reblock" the train's consist of cars at an intermediate point, will such move(s) be considered as individual work events?
    A-l: Yes, setting out a block of cars from the employee's own train and then picking up those cars for repositioning will be considered as two (2) work events. (For exceptions to this see the "Conductor Only Supplemental Info" link)

    Q-2: Once an assignment has initiated service in "Conductor-only" or "Foreman-only" operations, can additional employes be called to assist the assignment (Utility Brakemen, herders, Switchtenders, Extra Brakemen/helper, etc.)?
    A-2: Yes, however all "work event" and other service restrictions applicable to Conductor /Foreman-only operations will continue to apply, i.e., Conductor/Foreman-only assignments cannot be turned into "reduced crew" assignments with the addition of more employes.

  • If you are having problems with registering, logging in, or accessing restricted pages send an email to ronaldtaro@gmail.com

  • AWTS and Railroad Unemployment Benefits
    Railroad Retirement Board District Office
    Pacific First Plaza Suite - 201
    155 108th Avenue NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004-5901
    (425) 450-5476

    To be elegible for railroad unemployment benefits you must have worked for the railroad at least five months in 2008. Contact the RRB's Bellevue District Office and visit their website to get all the information you need.

    There's also some very good Furlough and AWTS information on the CMS portal of the UP website.

    AWTS agreement

    AWTS Clarification Letter

    Amendment to the AWTS Agreement (effective February 8, 2009)

    LCA-B committee voted to decrease its dues for LCA-B members working less than 11 days per month.
    If you have worked less than 11 days in a calendar month, contact Local 1348 Secretary/Treasurer, Tom Ragghianti (206.406.0441) and make arrangements to provide him with your work history. Your LCA-B dues will decrease from $37.50 to $14.00.
    Click here to read the full motion.

    Local 1348 News Briefs

    Bullet Points of the New Hours Of Service Regulations

    ● Total Time On Duty - one month:
    A railroad may NOT require or allow a train & engine service (T&ES) employee to remain or go on duty in any month where the employee had spent a total of 276 hours in any one or a combination of the following activities: on duty, waiting for transportation, in deadhead transportation to a place of final release, or in any other mandatory service for the carrier.

    ● Total Time On Duty - one shift:
    A T&ES employee may NOT remain or go on duty for a period in excess of 12 consecutive hours.
    If a combination of on-duty time and limbo time exceeds 12 hours, the employee must receive 10 hours of undisturbed rest, PLUS the number of hours of limbo time that exceeded the 12 hours on duty. Thus, a 12 hour shift and two hours of limbo time would require 12 hours of undisturbed rest before again reporting for duty.

    ● 10 Hours Undisturbed Rest:
    A T&ES employee may NOT remain or go on duty UNLESS the employee has had at least 10 consecutive hours undisturbed rest off duty during the prior 24 hours.

    ● 6/48, 7/72:
    When you complete the sixth consecutive start day, you must be given at least 48 consecutive hours (not calendar days, but 48 consecutive hours) off duty at your home terminal before you are again required to report for work. This includes yard assignments.
    However, if you are released from duty at the away from home terminal at the end of the sixth consecutive start day, you may work a seventh consecutive start day to return to your home terminal. Then, however, you must be given at least 72 consecutive hours (not three calendar days, but 72 consecutive hours) off duty at your home terminal before you are again required to report for work.

    ● Limbo Time:
    A railroad may not require an employee to spend more than 40 hours per month in limbo time. Beginning after July 16, 2010, the carrier may not require an employee to spend more than 30 hours per month in limbo time. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation may adjust that time period beginning July 17, 2011.


    Click, here for an agreement helper for issues this Local deals with from time to time. It's a work in progress so please send suggestions and/or corrections to Taro at ronaldtaro@gmail.com.

    According to the '92 Crew Consist agreement...

    Seattle's extra board (xk10) must cover the Seattle/Portland conductor pool (when it is exhausted).
    Article III, Para. 2, reads,
    "Existing Guaranteed Combination Extra Boards will continue to protect all applicable extra road and yard service needs, both conductor/ foreman and brakeman/ yardman as prescribed by agreements providing for each respective board. However, two (2) years from the date of this Agreement, employees on all boards protecting road service must have a conductor's seniority date to be assigned to such boards, and will be assigned based upon their conductor's seniority date."
    If you are due for a familiarization run (six months absence from the road) please contact a manager.
    Read Article III, Para. 2 here:
    '92 Crew Consist, Article III

  • View 2010 Vacation Roster

    Peer Support Volunteers Needed

    What is Peer Support?
    We offer friendship and support to peers who experience a disabling injury, family illness, death, or other crises that might arise. We ourselves have experienced painful incidents and share with others the story of our recovery, that we may continue to liberate ourselves and encourage others in dealing with their feelings.

    * We help others cope with a critical incident by offering caring human support: "Let's talk. We're here for you." We understand and offer sincere, confidential emotional first aid.

    * We are available to peers as they deal with the human and emotional impact of an incident. We help normalize the feelings and reactions others experience and extend our continued support throughout the recovery process.

    * We are volunteer co-workers who assist peers to better understand, work through and resolve a critical experience in their lives. We are available to build a bridge to a professional resource, should such service be needed.

    * We do Peer Support because we believe it promotes the recovery steps of coping, healing, and resolving the effects of a critical incident. We believe Peer Support can benefit each of us, our families and our work environment.

    Harry E. Stewart, Sr.
    Peer Support Help Line
    903 (8) 238-2956 vmx
    (800) 877-5707
    (903) 520-5630 cell
    Please leave a message as to your request along with your personal information, job position held, work location, home and cell phone numbers, etc.

    Volunteers Needed
    If you are interested in the Peer Support program please email Greg Boam at;
  • Safety Task Force Seeks Member Help

    We need each other's help to halt a horrific increase in employee on-duty fatalities and career-ending injuries...The task force soon will unveil a dedicated interactive Web page to allow UTU members to contribute documented events, opinions and suggestions. read more 

    We Must Make Rail Safety Act Work

    UTU International is now working to find local flexibility options to fine-tune the principles contained in the Rail Safety Improvement Act. Read more. 

    How The Railroad Safety Act Affects You

    Following is what the law says and means with regard to some of the most significant sections relating to UTU members. Read more. 

    Click here to read the 315-page bill, which may take time to open due to its length; and probably will not open if you are using dial-up Internet service.


    UP To Move More Freight Though Tacoma Port

    TACOMA, Wash. - A new $3 million deal between the Port of Tacoma and the Union Pacific Railroad will bring additional business to the port’s underused South Intermodal Rail Yard. Read more. 

    FRA issues cell-phone ban

    In an emergency order, the Federal Railroad Administration on Oct. 2 banned the use of personal electronic devices by railroad employees while operating trains and in other settings...read more 

    To read the emergency order, click below:
    Emergency Order 26

    Arbitrators to rule on FMLA

    An arbitration panel will determine whether the carriers application of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violates contractual agreements with the UTU....read more