Educational Memo 16-02
Road Switcher and Extra Road Switcher Service (i.e. B991, B965, C911, etc….)
The carrier has taken to using extra Road Switchers (examples cited above) to relieve road trains within the “limits” of the regular assigned Road Switcher assignments these extra road switcher are called to “supplement”. Key to note in this is that all Road Switchers operate on the basis of the 100 miles day(vs. 130 miles in thru freight service), get paid the 5 day Yard rate of pay, and have limits that they can operate within. The limits are determined by the “Bulletin” in EBS for the regular assigned Road Switcher that the extra supplements. An Extra, say B991, has the SAME limits that the B791 has, same is true for a B965, having the same limits at B765. If you get called for one of these extra assignments you are entitled to the same miles contained in the regular assignment (i.e. B791 is bulletined Buffalo to Rochester, 130 miles, so the B991 gets the same) even if you do not operate the entire limits , this per Article 55:
“E. An Engineer assigned to a Road Switcher/Mine Run assignment (extra or regular)will be paid no less than the full advertised mileage of the assignment and may claim miles or hours worked whichever is the greater. “
There are some other things you need to know regarding road switchers as well:
-If you exceed the bulletined miles, say on a B991, you traverse the entire 130 mile limits twice, you’d be entitled to 260 miles. If you do this make sure you enter in TEXT as to what you did to warrant the extra miles claimed. Without this, we will have a very difficult time getting you paid what you worked.
-If you go beyond the advertised limits claim a code 75 in addition to the additional miles you may run in excess of the bulletined miles. For example, the B991 has limits Buffalo to Rochester, and is sent to Lyons to get the train, bringing the train back to Buffalo. The crew is entitled to the 130 bulletined miles, plus the miles Rochester to Lyons and return (in this case 35 each way for a total of 70 additional miles) as well as an additional days pay under Code 75 for leaving the “bulletined” limits. See Article 55 Q&A #2
“Q-2: Can assignments under this Article work both directions out of a terminal if it would require the Engineer to work into a different zone or Seniority District?
A-2: Only as current local conditions apply or unless otherwise agreed by the HDO and the General Chairman of jurisdiction, assignments under this Article cannot be advertised with limits that would require the Engineer to work in more than one zone or Seniority District. If required to work out of the advertised limits of the assignment, the Engineer will be paid a penalty basic day at the rate of the service performed above and beyond all earnings of the assignment and without deduction there from except overtime, if any, is deducted equivalent to the time spent outside of the advertised limits.”
Take NOTE of the deduction for overtime from the code 75
-The 100 mile day basis differs from the 130 mile day pay wise. On the 100 mile basis if you go 130 miles you would NOT go on overtime until almost 10+ hours on duty BUT you’d get approximately 1.3 days pay at the 5 days yard rate. On the 130 mile basis, you’d go on OT at 8 hrs.
-Road switchers are no different than other road assignments in what they can do work wise. If the Carrier has a road switcher deliver interchange, they can do so, with the same limitations that any other road crew or yard crew has. They can set cars over from their trains to multiple tracks, however they can not pick up other engines enroute to the engine house (see educational memos 13-02, and 15-01 for guidance on what road crews are and aren’t allowed to do)
-Document ,document, document, everything you do on a Road Switcher, or Extra Road Switcher in the TEXT section of the timeslip you or your conductor fill out. This is especially important if you do something beyond the parameters or limits of the assignment your on. Failure to do this can result in not being paid correctly, and can sink any case we might have in getting you paid correctly further on in the claims process. Helping us on the initial level, can help YOU in getting paid later.
Sample claims text could be:
B965- called 1900 report Selkirk, ordered to taxi to S.Schenectady and bring Q711-15 back to Selkirk (18 miles x 2= 36), then ordered by ACTD Jones to taxi to Utica and get train R260-xx and bring to Selkirk.(100 miles x 2= 200 miles) Total miles claimed 236. Also see code 75 for outside assigned limits.
Lastly, get informed and read your contract. Knowledge is power, in this case the power to get you paid correctly.