N.P. Ry.

The Hardest Years

Part VI





September 10, 1937
St. 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 August 31, 1937 [abridged]:


CLAIM OF FIREMAN KORSCH, LAKE SUPERIOR DIVISION.
This fireman was assigned to the Taylor Falls-Grantsburg run and on account of coal being beyond the reach of the fireman from the deck of the locomotive, he was required to shovel coal forward consuming approximately 20 minutes in this additional service during various dates in November, 1936. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 1]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER WILDES AND FIREMAN GRAVEN, ST. PAUL DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was assigned to the White Bear Transfer run and on arrival at the Lower Yard in Minneapolis, it was necessary to double over the head end of the train. Claim was made for payment under Rule 24 on the basis that the doubling over of the head end of this train constituted terminal switching. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 2]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER FITZGERALD AND FIREMAN JOHNSON, ST. PAUL DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was in chain gang service and was ordered in turn to handle Engine 2254 Dilworth to Lake Park returning with Engine 2602, this service being performed in connection with disabled engine on Train No. 2 and passenger rates were applied to this service. Claim was presented for freight rate of pay, which has been allowed by the General Officers. [pp. 2-3]


CLAIM OF FIREMAN KLOCKNER, FARGO DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was assigned to yard service at Fargo with Engine 1134. Account of this engine breaking a side rod they completed their shift with an extra engine that is maintained at this point, and were then instructed to take Engine 113 to Dilworth, the main line terminal. Account of leaving Fargo after more than eight hours from time required to come on duty, claim was presented for a new day. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 3]


CASE OF FIREMAN SCHOBER, FARGO DIVISION (EAST).
In taking the required physical examination for promotion to engineer, it was found that this fireman was afflicted with color blindness to the extent that he would not be permitted to remain in service as engineer or fireman. Request was presented by the Local Committee to have this fireman assigned to hostling service in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Rule 59 (e), which request was declined. The case was handled with the General Officers resulting in the restriction on the seniority rights of this fireman being removed to the extent that he will be permitted to occupy a hostling position when his seniority would entitle him to service as a fireman. [p. 3]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER CASEY, FARGO DIVISION (EAST).
On September 25, 1936, a chain gang crew was used to handle a CCC Special Jamestown to Dilworth. Engineer Casey stood first out but was not used because his name did not appear on the list of qualified passenger engineers, although the Traveling Engineer rode the engine of this train Jamestown to Dilworth. Claim was presented for a run-around payment under Rule 68, which has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 3]

CLAIM OF FIREMAN NEEDHAM, YELLOWSTONE DIVISION.
Fireman Pope arrived at Mandan on Train 798 June 14, 1934, at 2:30 P.M., and was marked up on the engineer's extra board. Vacancies for firemen on freight assignments were not handled by bulletin and Fireman Pope made application for this run at 9:00 P.M., June 24, and was permitted to displace Fireman Needham, it being the position of the Local Officers that the ten day period within which firemen are permitted to exercise their rights would terminate at Midnight June 24. This case was handled with the General Officers and it developed that there was no uniform practice on the district as to when the ten day period would expire, the matter being handled differently on the various divisions. Under the circumstances this claim was withdrawn. It has bow been agreed to reduce the ten day period to seven days and to compute the time from the noon on date the vacancy occurs until noon of the eighth day, this in accordance with the request of our General Committee. [p. 5]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER PARKER AND FIREMAN, YELLOWSTONE DIVISION.
Engineer Parker and Fireman were in chain gang service and were rested and available at Forsyth when a switch crew was run from Forsyth to Lantry and return towing Engine 5009, which was short of sufficient fuel to come to Forsyth. It developed in handling this case with the General Officers that on account of the extreme shortage of fuel, this engine could have frozen up before it reached Forsyth if assistance has been delayed to call a road crew. In taking this matter up with the Local Committee it appears that there was no coal on the engine on arrival at Forsyth, the steam pressure had dropped to 100 pounds and some of the pumps had already frozen. Under the circumstances, the use of this yard crew was recognized as an emergency and the claim for run-around has been withdrawn. [p. 5]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER AXEL CARLSON, YELLOWSTONE DIVISION.
This engineer became involved in an accident at Miles City and was given 30 days actual suspension, in addition to being barred from main line service as engineer. This case was handled with the General Officers resulting in the reinstatement of this engineer to main line service but without payment for time lost. [p. 5]


CLAM OF ENGINEER TURNER AND FIREMAN THOMAS, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was assigned to Trains 235 and 236, passenger turn around run, between Logan and Butte and were required to handle their engine between roundhouse and depot at Butte, for which payment was claimed under Rule 11. It was the contention of the Committee that where the allowance under Rule 11 coupled with terminal switching time under Rule 4 exceeded the overtime, payment under the above rule should be made instead of overtime payment. this claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 6]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER TURNER AND FIREMAN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was assigned to turnaround passenger run Logan to Butte and return and on account of receiving freight rate of pay account of handling car of l.c.l. freight, the allowance under Rule 11 applying to passenger service was denied. It was the position of the Committee that the allowance of the freight rate of pay did not effect this special passenger allowance and that the passenger classification had not been changed. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 6]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER SMITH AND FIREMAN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was assigned to helper service with home terminal at Butte. After arrival at Butte at the completion of their helper duty, this crew was instructed to take a light engine from the MU Transfer to Whitehall returning to Butte with a light engine from the Pony-Norris Branch assignment. Claim was presented for 123 miles for handling these light engines between Butte and Whitehall in addition to payment of the mountain helper duty. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 7]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER JEFFRIES AND FIREMAN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was ordered out of Livingston to take tire equipment to Whitehall to re-set tires on a locomotive. After arrival at Whitehall they were used in mountain helper service to assist Train No. 1 Whitehall to Butte. Claim was presented for payment of 112 miles in helper service in addition to 100 miles road service Livingston to Whitehall. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 8]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER ACKERMAN AND FIREMAN LUNDQUIST AND ENGINEER AHEARNS AND FIREMAN LEBERT, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
These crews were in chain gang service, Engineer Ackerman and Fireman Lundquist tying up in Missoula yard under the Hours of Service Law March 24; and Engineer Ahearns and Fireman Lebert tying up in the Missoula yard under the Hours of Service Law March 26. In both instances the engines were towed to the roundhouse track by a yard engine. Claim was presented for continuous time payment until the engines were placed on roundhouse track. These claims have been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 8]


CLAIM OF FIREMAN McDONALD, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This fireman was called from the extra board at Missoula to deadhead to St. Regis to relieve the fireman on Trains 841 and 842. On account of these trains using Milwaukee tracks between Haugan and St. Regis, and this fireman not being qualified for service under the Milwaukee rules, he was released at Wallace and deadheaded back to Missoula. Claim was presented for the deadhead payment in both directions which was denied by the Local Officers account of necessary to send out another extra fireman. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 8]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER DITLMEIER AND FIREMAN VINSON, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was run light from Paradise to Dixon and used to assist Train No. 4 from Dixon to Missoula. Claim was presented for 112 miles as mountain helper in addition to 100 miles for the service outside of the helper territory. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 9]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER COYLE AND FIREMAN BRADFORD, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was assigned to chain gang service and while en route Helena to Missoula were required to pick up the Butte Local, which was tied up at Bearmouth, and tow this train to Missoula. Claim was presented for local freight rate of pay under the provisions of Rule 64. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 10]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER TEUFEL AND FIREMAN McDONALD, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was on Extra 1595 West Missoula to Paradise and on arrival at Ravalli received instructions to assist Milwaukee Extra East over Northern Pacific tracks Ravalli to Evaro. Claim was presented for a minimum day as mountain helper in addition to payment for their regular service instead of lap back mileage as allowed. The claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 10]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER RASKOB AND FIREMAN HEYER, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
Engineer Raskob and Fireman Heyer from Missoula extra board were deadheaded to Wallace to handled Engine 3005 to Missoula. En route Wallace to Missoula they assisted Train 842 Wallace to Lookout and then run light to Missoula. Claim was presented for a minimum helper day for the service between Wallace to Lookout in addition to the road mileage Lookout to Missoula. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 10]


CLAIMS OF ENGINEER McCARTHY AND FIREMAN LEEDALE AND LINDQUIST, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
These men were on the extra board at Missoula when the Master Mechanic was used to handle the engine of Extra 5109 West from the yard track to the roundhouse track, the road crew having been tied up at the east end of Missoula yard under the Hours of Service Law. Claims were presented for run-around payment on the basis that the service performed by the Master Mechanic was work properly belonging to extra engineers and firemen. These claims have been allowed by the General Officers. [pp. 10-11]


CLAIM ON ENGINEER McCARTHY AND FIREMAN BROWN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was assigned to chain gang service were available at Paradise when an extra crew was sent from Missoula to Paradise to bring back Engine 1624. Upon leaving Paradise this crew was instructed to run light to Rivulet and assist Extra 1850 East to Missoula account of stoker failure on Engine 1850. Claim was presented for run-around payment on the basis that the assisting of Extra 1850 East Rivulet to Missoula was properly chain gang work. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 11]


REQUEST OF FIREMAN COSTELLO, IDAHO DIVISION (EAST).
This fireman was elected Sheriff of Asotin County, Washington, and requested leave of absence to cover his term of office instead of 90 days and being required to hold himself available to be called back to service as fireman on the Idaho Division. This case was handled with the General Officers and it has been agreed to grant this fireman leave of absence until January 15, 1939, in order that he may complete his term as Sheriff. [p. 11]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER WILDER, IDAHO DIVISION (WEST).
On account of the extra board at Pasco being exhausted, the senior available demoted engineer at Pasco was sent to Yakima to relieve the engineer on Trains 903 and 904 under the mileage regulations. It happened that the fireman on this assignment was senior to the demoted engineer sent from Pasco and claim was presented for difference in pay account of being required to fire for this junior engineer. This case was handled with the General Officers in an effort to reach an agreement whereby instead of deadheading a junior demoted engineer a fireman would be deadheaded in order to avoid having a senior demoted engineer firing for a junior demoted engineer. The representatives of the Management were unwilling to make any change in the past practice of deadheading the senior available demoted engineer from the point where the extra list is maintained with the extra list is exhausted, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 121(c), Engineer's Schedule. In view of the provisions of the rule and the general practice on the system, it was not believed advisable to refer this claim to the National Railroad Adjustment Board. [p. 13]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER KROGEL AND FIREMAN KVALHEIM AND ENGINEER ALLEN AND FIREMAN TEDSTROM, TACOMA DIVISION (EAST).
These crews were regularly assigned to mountain helper service and were available at Lester when extra pusher crews out of Auburn were used through Lester to assist trains between Lester and Martin on the mountain helper district. Claims were presented for run-around payment, which has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 13]


CLAIM OF FIREMAN MOON, TACOMA DIVISION (EAST).
Under the agreement that has been in effect since May 12, 1913, covering and maintaining of three extra lists on the Seattle Seniority District both Seattle and Auburn maintain the status as the source of supply for the Seattle Seniority District and when it has been necessary to deadhead firemen from Seattle to an outside point, these firemen were allowed deadhead payment back to Seattle. On November 27, 1934, Fireman Moon deadheaded from Yakima to Seattle, however, payment for the deadhead trip was terminated at Auburn and in his letter of March 22, 1935, to the Local Chairman, the Superintendent advised that Fireman Moon was being compensated in accordance with instructions in effect since the latter part of 1933, making Auburn the source of supply for the Seattle Seniority District. this case was handled with the General Officers and it has been agreed to reinstate the practice that has existed with regard to deadhead payments between these extra lists since May 12, 1913, and the claim of Fireman Moon and other similar cases have been allowed. [pp. 13-14]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER McBRIDE AND FIREMAN BAUMSGARD, TACOMA DIVISION (EAST).
This crew arrived on the designated track at Arlington at 6:50 P.M., and were then instructed to take their train on to the Darrington Branch account of congestion in the Arlington yard. This crew again pulled their train in on the designated track at Arlington arriving on the roundhouse track at 9:55 P.M. Claim was presented for three hours and five minutes terminal delay under the provisions of Rules 78 and 24. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 14]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER KANTZER AND FIREMAN, TACOMA DIVISION (EAST).
This crew was called to assist Extra 4005 Auburn to Lester and after arrival at Lester received instructions to handle Engine 4009 Lester to Easton and Engine 4010 Easton to Auburn. Crew was paid on continuous time basis. Claim was presented for payment under Rule 32(c) for service performed outside the pusher limits. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 14]


CLAIM OF ENGINEER BEVAN, TACOMA DIVISION (EAST).
This engineer was charged with responsibility for break-in-two of Train No. 2 at Stampede January 7, 1936, and was given ten days actual suspension. This case was handled with the General Officers, resulting in payment of time lost and the clearing of the record of this engineer of responsibility. [p. 15]


CLAIM OF FIREMAN WILSON, TACOMA SENIORITY DISTRICT.
This fireman was in messenger service on Engines 1812 and 1276 Yakima to Auburn. These dead engines were handled in local freight train with terminal at Cle Elum and were set out at Cle Elum to be handled by an Extra West. The question in dispute is whether or not Fireman Wilson was properly notified that he was released at Cle Elum, the Car Foreman and his Assistant taking the position that this fireman was properly notified in accordance with instructions they received and Fireman Wilson taking the position that he had received no notification releasing him at Cle Elum. In view of the dispute as to the facts in this case, the claim has been disposed of on the basis of allowing Fireman Wilson 50 percent of the difference between the amount claimed and the amount he had received. [p. 16]


CLAIM ON ENGINEER SPRING AND FIREMAN, TACOMA DIVISION (WEST).
This crew was used to doublehead Train 680 Tacoma to Napavine and were then run light to Centralia and used to help Second No. 680 Centralia to Napavine, returning light to Tacoma. Claim was made for 100 miles for pusher service performed in addition to payment of a minimum of 100 miles under Rule 32(c), for service performed outside the pusher limits. This claim has been allowed by the General Officers. [p. 17]


ORGANIZING NON-UNION FIREMEN
The statement of assessable members for the month of June showed 1,058 members paying General Grievance Committee assessments. In the taking of the recent strike vote a total of 943 members were voted and the difference between the total membership and the number of members voting is accounted for by the fact that a number of our engineer members were voted by the B. of L.E. The tabulation of the vote of non-union firemen shows that 53 non-union firemen were voted on the various districts.
During the past few months a considerable number of suspended fireman have been returned to service and some seniority districts report that all available suspended fireman have now been returned to the active list. this matter is being called to your attention at this time, in order that a special effort be made to organize all non-union firemen employed on our Railroad. Under present business conditions, our assessable membership should be approximate 1,200 members and I trust that every effort will be made to organize the non-union men employed on your respective districts.

Respectfully submitted,
T.P. Gorman
General Chairmen, B.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 VI. URL: www.employees.org/~davison/nprha/blfesix.html.

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