Raj Letter


January 24, 2003

To All Carmen Division General Chairmen and Local and District Chairmen

Dear Sirs and Brothers:

As all of you are aware, our Union and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee had been in arbitration beginning Monday, January 20. The decision was rendered by Arbitrator Harris on January 23 and as expressed in International President Scardelletti’s letter to you, he outlined the amount of Health & Welfare payments as well as the wage increases you will be getting as follows:

Wages
October 1, 2001: Roll in $.27 Harris COLA.
June 30, 2002: 2.5% General Wage Increase; Harris COLA terminates.
July 1, 2002: 3.5% General Wage Increase.
July 1, 2003: 3.0% General Wage Increase.
July 1, 2004: 3.25% General Wage Increase.
What this means for Carmen members is as follows:
  Mechanic Rate Freight Rate
October 1, 2001 $18.83 $18.77
June 30, 2002 $19.30 $19.24
July 1, 2002 $19.98 $19.92
July 1, 2003 $20.58 $20.52
July 1, 2004 $21.25 $21.19

Article IV of the new Agreement provides for changes relevant to the Carmen TCU members. The March 29, 1979 Supplemental Sickness Benefit Agreement, as amended by Article VI of the September 25, 1996 National Agreement (Sickness Agreement), shall be further amended providing adjustments of plan benefits so as to restore the same ratio of benefits to rates of pay as existed on December 31, 1999 under the terms of that Agreement.

The Sickness Agreement shall be revised as follows:

  Per Hour Per Month
Class I Employees Earning
(as of 12/31/99)
$17.77 or more

$3,092 or more

Class II Employees Earning
(as of 12/31/99)

$14.53 or more but less than $17.77

$2,528 or more but less than $3,092

Class III Employees Earning
(as of 12/31/99)
Less than $14.53 Less than $2,528

Basic and Maximum Benefit Amount Per Month
 
Classification Basic RUIA Maximum
Class I $1,101.50 $1,000.50 $2,102
Class II $875.50 $1,000.50 $1,876
Class III $679.50 $1,000.50 $1,680

Combined Benefit Limit
  
 
Classification Maximum Monthly Amount
Class I $2,255  
Class II $2,009  
Class III $1,801  

Further adjustment of plan benefits provide that effective December 31, 2004, the benefits provided under the Plan shall be adjusted so as to restore the same ratio of benefits to rates of pay as existed on the effective date of this Article.

Article IV of the new Agreement further provides for uniform establishment of Carmen journeyman seniority on all railroad properties party to the National Agreement. There will no longer be retroactive seniority and carmen will establish seniority effective the day after their completing 732 days at the trade.

With best wishes, I remain
Fraternally yours,

General President

RAJ/sjm

cc: R. A. Scardelletti
Carmen Division Officers

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