The Alaska Railroad Corporation, its successors and assigns, all hereinafter referred to as the ARRC, recognizes the United Transportation Union, UTU Local 1626, AFL-CIO; hereinafter called the Union, signatory to this Agreement, as the exclusive representative for all regular and probationary employees with respect to the Terms and Conditions of Employment as defined in A.S. 42.40.980 (10); excluding supervisors and professional employees not traditionally represented by a bargaining unit; management officials, employees engaged in personnel work other than in a clerical capacity and confidential employees defined as Secretary to the Chief Executive Officer, Secretary to the Employee Services Department, Secretary to the Labor Relations Department, and Secretary to the Legal Department; Computer Programmers/specialists engaged in such activities at least 80 percent of the time in their assignments; and outside sales representatives who call on customers. It is recognized that new positions and classifications created by the ARRC shall be placed in the appropriate bargaining unit.
This Agreement applies to ARRC employees represented by the United Transportation Union in the following job classifications/Seniority Departments:
Engineer, Conductor, Fireman, and Brakeman positions on equipment owned or leased by the ARRC or that is operated on track owned or leased by the ARRC to move passengers, freight, locomotives or perform work service (exclusive of track maintenance machinery) will be operated by employees represented by the United Transportation Union Local 1626. In addition, no Carrier supervisor, official or non-craft employee (including yardmasters) shall be used to supplant or substitute for any road or yard employee’s work. However, nothing in this article shall prevent qualified individuals from performing such work in emergencies, or for the purposes of experimental development.
NOTE: The above reference to track and equipment does not apply to privately owned industry track.
In the event that any provision in this Agreement violates any law, ruling or regulation of any government authority or agency having jurisdiction of the subject matter of that provision, the provision shall no longer be binding on the parties, but the remaining portion of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. The ARRC or the Union may, at the option of either party, upon 30 days notice, require renegotiation of such an individual provision.
RIGHTS OF THE UNION
Employees injured at work will not be required to make accident reports before they are given medical attention, but will make them as soon as practicable thereafter. Proper medical attention will be given at the earliest possible moment to any injured employee.
The ARRC and Union will continue to identify and create a contingency plan for all areas of joint concern.
A. SENIORITY ACQUISITION & LISTS
Seniority will accrue:
An employee will lose all seniority rights:
The ARRC and the Union will determine their current numerical position on the applicable train and/or engine service seniority lists. After the number(s) has been determined, the number will be frozen. Employees will be reinstated with that seniority number upon returning to train or engine service with the ARRC.
Employees accepting a non-represented position with the ARRC who are not promoted, will not be ran around due to a junior employee receiving a Conductor or Engineer seniority date.
Employees with a frozen seniority number will have their number adjusted to the bottom of the applicable seniority list if their current frozen number would be lower than the total number of employees on the applicable seniority list. Once adjusted, the number will again be frozen.
Employees with frozen seniority numbers may be ran around only when a higher seniority employee departs the bargaining unit.
Employee, ID#52998 will remain Grandfathered.
STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT
An employee who has successfully completed the probationary period.
Exercising Seniority: Bidding or bumping to an assignment, requesting relief of an assignment, or placing oneself to the applicable Anchorage non-promoted Extra Board.
Bidding: Submitting a written application for a bulletined vacancy.
Full Bump: The ability to displace a junior employee or bid-bump a bulletined vacancy.
Bid-bump: To temporarily occupy a bulletined vacancy until displaced, forced, or awarded the assignment.
Relief of Assignment: Submitting a written request to vacate an assignment or craft.