All Claims Have Been Paid
Work Week Arbitration Decision
This is a major victory
for the BMWE!
estimate the total value of the claims at between $300,000 and
Public Law Board 7656, No.
2014 | Philadelphia, PA
to be confused with our Amtrak arbitration case involving rates of pay,
work rules, etc.
December of 2011, our union took exception when Amtrak changed the tour
of duty for Adams, NJ Gang M-4950. This gang had been a regular Monday
to Friday gang with Saturdays and Sundays as rest days. Amtrak wanted
these workers assigned Tuesday to Saturday with Sunday and Monday as
rest days while other workers with a different gang designation would be
assigned Sunday to Thursday with Friday and Saturday as rest days.
In this instance Amtrak was trying to realign its work force virtually
at will while trampling on the clear requirements of the rules of our
agreement covering hours and rest days.
We presented on-property claims in connection with Amtrak’s breech,
ultimately progressing this dispute to docketing for a Public Law Board.
This dispute was recently heard and Arbitrator Andrew Strongin held that
our agreement was in fact violated when Amtrak improperly changed the
workweek of Gang M-4950. Further, Mr. Strongin awarded compensation to
those effected by this change.
Amtrak will ultimately be required to apply the terms of this award to
six other cases. These other cases have been held in abeyance pending
the outcome of this lead case. In sum, Amtrak’s realignment violations
involved about fifty workers and we estimate the total value of the
claims at between $300,000 and $500,000.
Once again Amtrak expected us to fund their managerial incompetence.
This time it took a Public Law Board to restore dignity and respect to
the workers and their families.
View the Work Week arbitration decision
at this link. (1.1mb)