N.P. Ry.

The Hardest Years

Part IV





AGREEMENT entered into this twenty-eight day of June, 1934, between the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen and the Northern Pacific Railway Company.
IT IS AGREED that effective July 1, 1934, the following temporary modification of the following rules in the current Schedule for Locomotive Firemen and Hostlers will become effective, this being for the purpose of establishing uniform mileage regulations for locomotive firemen on all divisions during the period that the agreement is in effect, such changes being requested by the Executive Committee for the purpose of giving employment to additional firemen during the present period of decreased business.
The mileage regulations of Rule 113, Article XI, are temporarily modified as hereinbelow set forth:


PASSENGER SERVICE
In passenger service the maximum mileage of 4,800 miles will be reduced to 3,800 mile or equivalent thereof per month, and the minimum of 4,000 miles will be reduced to 3,200 miles or equivalent thereof per month.


FREIGHT SERVICE
In service paying freight rate of pay the maximum of 3,800 miles will be reduced to 3,200 mile or equivalent thereof per month, and the minimum of 3,200 miles will be reduced to 2,800 miles or equivalent thereof per month.


YARD SERVICE
Yard service will be regulated to provide a maximum of the equivalent of 28 days per month.


HOSTLING SERVICE
Hostling service will be regulated to provided a maximum of 28 days per month.

EXTRA LIST
The maximum of 3,000 miles will be reduced to 2,600 miles or equivalent thereof per month, and the minimum of 2,600 miles will be reduced to 2,000 miles or the equivalent thereof per month.


MILEAGE REGISTRATION
Firemen in road service and firemen in yard service who tie up on roundhouse track will be required to register their total mileage on roundhouse register at the end of each trip and firemen at outside points will wire in their mileage to the proper official in time to be relieved.
Firemen in road service and firemen in yard service who tie up on roundhouse track failing to register their correct total mileage at the end of each trip will not be considered available for service until they have registered such mileage. This shall not in any manner operate to penalize the Railway Company.


NOTE - In the computation of mileage: 100 passenger miles will be the equivalent of 85 freight miles; 100 freight miles will be the equivalent of 120 passenger miles.
Extra firemen will register their mileage on freight basis.


NOTE - If a fireman exceeds his maximum mileage during any checking period during this agreement, the excess will be added to the following checking period.

Rule 119 (a) is temporarily modified to read as follows:

Extra men assigned to an engine or run first in, first out, until the regular crew man returns to duty or is off for a period of 15 days or more, when the oldest man applying for the engine or run will be assigned thereto.
When it is reasonably certain that the engine or run will be vacant for a period of 15 days or more, the oldest man applying for the same will be assigned at once provided the change can be made without additional expense to the Railway Company.
It is understood that firemen on the extra list who are not rested will not be considered as being run-around when not used in conformity with provisions of this rule.
This temporary modification of Rule 119 (a) will apply only to temporary vacancies out of the point at which an extra list is maintained.


NOTE - Rule 119 (d) will be confined in its application to vacancies filled under Rule 119 (b).

All claims for deadheading on account of relieving firemen because of mileage limitation under this agreement or under existing agreement shall be waived for the period of this agreement, and it is further agreed the Railway Company shall not be required to assume additional expense of any character by reason of the operation of any of the provisions of this agreement.
This agreement shall continue in effect until December 31, 1934, but may be terminated by either of the parties hereto at any time upon ten days written notice. Upon the termination of this agreement the provision of the current Schedule for Locomotive Fireman and Hostlers which it temporarily modifies, will again be in full force and effect.

For the Brother hood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen:
T.P. Gorman
General Chairman

For the Northern Pacific Railway Company:
Silas Zwight
General Mechanical Superintendent



Author: John A. Phillips, III. Title: The Hardest Years, Part IV. URL: www.employees.org/~davison/nprha/blfefour.html.

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