N.P. Ry.

The Hardest Years

Part VII





January 10, 1939
Saint Paul, Minn.

Officers and Members
All Lodges, B. of L.F. and E.
Northern Pacific Railway

Dear Sirs and Brothers:

Herewith report of the cases handled to a conclusion with the Management for the period ending December 31, 1938 [abridged]:


CLAIM OF FIREMAN HINEA, LAKE SUPERIOR DIVISION.
On July 1, 1937, this fireman was in switching service going on duty at Duluth. After switching was completed at Superior East End and after the yardmen had gone off duty at Central Avenue, this engine crew left Central Avenue with Engine 1740 and on arrival at Superior Yard Office, they were instructed to return to Superior East End and exchange Engine 1740 for Engine 1773. Claim was presented for a minimum day at engine herder's rate under the provisions of the Wisconsin Pilot Law account this fireman being required to handle switches outside of the yard limits, because of no pilot employed. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 1]


CLAIM OF FIREMAN GLENN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (EAST).
This fireman was in hostling service at Laurel when a water car that was being handled across the turntable ran into the roundhouse wall, causing considerable damage. As a result of the investigation held July 19, 1938, this fireman was given a ten day actual suspension account of not issuing instructions to his helper to apply the hand brake on the water car. It was the contention of the Committee that the evidence in this case did not warrant the discipline administered. The handling of this case with the General Officers has resulted in the removal of discipline and pay for time lost. [p. 4]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER HENDY, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (EAST).
On December 14, 1937, this engineer was sent from Livingston to Butte to fill a yard vacancy for which no applications had been received. Claim was presented for deadhead payment, which was declined by the Local Officers because Hendy was not the junior engineer and could have taken assignment at either Billings, Laurel or Butte and that he had exercised his seniority in choosing to go to Butte. It is the position of the Committee that regardless of the fact that Hendy was not the junior engineer, there were three yard jobs to be filled account receiving no applications for these positions. Yard positions are not bulletined under Rule 120 and this claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 4]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER BRESNAN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This engineer was in pusher service at Garrison on November 10, and departed for the west end of the yard at approximately 10:30 PM, for the purpose of assisting Extra 1760 East. This train arrived about 12:00 Midnight and the pusher engine was coupled onto the caboose. After waiting for approximately one hour the pusher engine was used to perform switching on the rear end of the train. After this service was performed, the engineer notified the brakeman that it would be necessary to have water before leaving Garrison. It was decided to shove the train as far as the standpipe and then cut the engine off to take water. As a result of investigation at Helena November 20, 1935, this engineer was given five days actual suspension for responsibility for delaying Extra 1760 East at Garrison, account of not taking water prior to the time this train was ready to leave. The handling of this case with the General Officers has resulted in removal of discipline and pay for time lost. [p. 6]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER RASKOB AND FIREMAN DENNY, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
On January 18, this crew was called for helper service at Wallace and upon arrival in the yard, they were notified that they were to be used on rotary snow plow. The engine was returned to the roundhouse track and crew was used in rotary service. Claim was presented for a minimum day in helper service, in addition to time engaged in rotary snow plow service. This claim has been allowed by the General Office. [p. 7]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER SHEDHERD AND FIREMAN BARCLAY, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was assigned to mountain helper service out of Helena on September 30, 1937, after assisting Extra 5104 Helena to Blossburg were required to perform switching at the clay pit, which is located on the spur track about one and a half miles beyond the wye switch at Blossburg. Claim was presented for a minimum day, in addition to time engaged in helper service under the provision of Rule 35(e). This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 7]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER McCLAIN AND FIREMAN MOCK, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was on the extra board at Missoula February 4, 1938, when it was necessary to provide a crew to handled light engine No. 2651 Missoula to Helena, this engine being transferred to another district. The first out chain gang crew was called to handle this light engine and claim was presented for run-around on the grounds that this was service properly belonging to extra crews. It appears to be the general practice to use extra crews for the transferring of power, except that a chain gang crew is used where crew is to be placed in chain gang service on the return movement. In this case the crew handling this light engine was used to handle a freight train from Helena to Missoula and under the circumstances in the particular case, the claim has been withdrawn. [p. 7]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER RICHEY AND FIREMAN, IDAHO DIVISION (EAST).
This crew double-header No. 4 Spokane to Paradise and an arrival at Paradise were required to perform switching in connection with a westbound CCC Special. It was the position of the Committee that when this crew had arrived at Paradise they had completed their service as doubleheader and claim was made for a minimum yard day for switching performed at that point, not in connection with their own train. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [pp. 7-8]


CLAIM OF FIREMAN CREECY, IDAHO DIVISION (EAST).
The Coulee cement run, operating between Coulee City and Adrian, was bulletined for a fireman and on account of no applications received Fireman Creecy, the junior fireman on the active list, was sent to Coulee City for this run. Claim was presented for deadhead payment which was denied by the Local Officers on the basis that Fireman Creecy was sent to Coulee in the exercise of his seniority. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 9]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER LEATH AND FIREMAN STAEHELI, IDAHO DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was called form the extra board at Parkwater and used to handled outfit cars and clam shell shovel Yardley to Trout Creek account of coal dock broken down at that point. After placing the clam shell on one of the coal dock tracks, the crew was then required to take five cars of Rosebud coal from the coal dock track and place them on the house track and take five cars of Bear Creek coal and place them on the coal dock track. Claim was presented for local freight rate of pay on account of station switching performed at Trout Creek station. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 9]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER INGERSOLL AND FIREMAN SPRAGUE; ALSO CLAIM OF ENGINEER CASSINAT AND FIREMAN SPRAGUE, TACOMA DIVISION (EAST).
On March 24, 1937, Engineer Ingersoll and Fireman Sprague performed service on their regular assignment Everett to Seattle and return. En route from Everett to Seattle, this crew was required to help Train 676 from Bromart to Maltby. On April 21, 1937, Engineer Cassinat and Fireman Sprague performed service in their regular assignment Everett to Seattle and return and were required to assist Train 676 Bromart to Maltby. The service of assisting Train 676 was performed on an established pusher district and claim was presented for an additional 100 miles under Rule 32(c), Engineers' and Fireman's Schedules. These claims have been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 10]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER KELEHAN AND FIREMAN, TACOMA DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was assigned to turnaround local service Tacoma to Kerriston and return. On May 5, 1938, this crew performed service in their assignment trying up at Kanaskat, an intermediate point, under the Hours of Service Law at 10:55 P.M. At 4:45 P.M., May 5, a message was sent this crew directing attention to change in their assignment effective May 6, covering assignment of two crews to this service and making Kanaskat a terminal for this new assignment. On Friday May 6, this crew went on duty at Kanaskat at 11:00 A.M., tying up at Kanaskat at 4:50 P.M. On May 7, this crew went on duty at Kanaskat at 8:00 A.M., tying up at Tacoma at 9:30 P.M. Claim was presented for continuous time amounting to 100 miles plus 30 hours and 35 minutes overtime computed from 6:55 A.M., May 6, until 9:30 P.M., May 7, account of being tied up at Kanaskat in less than 14 hours on May 6, on the grounds that it was improper to change this crew's assignment after having left Tacoma, the initial terminal, until after returning to that point. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 10]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER LAWRENCE AND FIREMAN WILSON, TACOMA DIVISION (WEST).
This crew had completed yard service at Hoquiam August 31, 1936, when it became necessary in an emergency to furnish an engine to remove cars from a barge that was leaking badly. Instead of calling the engine crew, the roundhouse foreman handled the engine from the roundhouse to the dock and performed the necessary switching with the assistance of a yard crew. Claim was presented by this engine crew for a day's pay account not used for this service. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 11]


CLAIM OF EXTRA FIREMEN, TACOMA DIVISION (WEST).
Claims were presented by extra firemen on the Tacoma extra board for run-around payment October 31, December 7 and December 18, account of Seattle transfer crews being used to handle log trains Meeker to Tacoma, these trains having been set out by Tacoma Seniority District crews account of darkness. These claims have been allowed. [p. 11]

Respectfully submitted
T.P. Gorman
General Chairman, B. of L.F. and E.
Northern Pacific Railway


SOURCE:
Correspondence: Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen Green River Lodge No. 895 Collection, White River Valley Museum, Auburn, Washington.



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

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