By invitation of local Chairmen Tracy Tennison, on June 18, 2012, TCU National President Robert A. Scardelletti, National Representative Daryl Burnett and Assistant National Representative Sergio Elizarraras attended.
National President Scardelletti gave a comprehensive overview of how TCU was able to achieve such a solid new contract in the worst of economic times. He discussed the importance of MNPL within the current political environment. He also discussed and explained TCU’s health and welfare coverage. The meeting was then opened for questions and answers.
At the conclusion of the meeting President Scardelletti acknowledged the members for conducting such an excellent Union Meeting.
On the next day June 19, 2012, National President Scardelletti, National Representative Burnett and Assistant National Representative Elizarraras traveled to the DeSoto, Missouri for an on-property visit. They were given a detailed presentation regarding the UP Way Program, which empowers the employees to participate in design, construction and ergonomic work practices in their new cutting edge multi-level “transformer” freight car equipment program. This program is the big buzz of the rail industry. This type of “transformer” multi-level freight car equipment can be altered from tri-level to bi-level within twenty-four (24) hours, making it the most versatile and coveted freight car in the world.
National Representative Daryl Burnett said, “This is the first time since the early 70’s that Carmen have built or fabricated freight cars from the ground up.”
“We are very proud of our Union Members’ ingenuity, dedication and craftsmanship,” said TCU President Scardelletti, “other railroads should take notice.”
National President Scardelletti, National Representative Burnett and Assistant National Representative Elizarraras toured the entire Desoto shop and the storehouse greeting and shaking hands with many TCU members, Carmen, Clerks and Supervisors. “Everyone was happy to see us on the property. Not only was it an informative and comprehensive visit but also a pleasant one with Union and management coming together in recognition of the Members and their outstanding work.” said National Representative Burnett.
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