RESTORING TURN GUIDELINES
Due to the current "Home on Duty" measures that are in place, all engineers will be automatically put back in order at the home terminal based on their departure from Sheridan. However, "Home on Duty" does not take into consideration the engineers that mark up after a layoff and create a new position in the pool. With this "agreement", engineers may restore their turns after arriving at the home terminal to alleviate the loss in work opportunities created by layoffs. Under these guidelines, engineers will be afforded the opportunity to make the miles they are allowed under the mileage agreement for the pool(s).
- An engineer may only restore his/her turn at the home terminal when another engineer has established a new spot in the pool when marking up after a lay off. However, you can only restore your turn if the engineer who has marked up was behind you in the pool prior to departing.
Example: Engineer Smith departs Sheridan terminal at 0900. Engineer Black is two turns behind Smith and lays off. Prior to Smith tying up in Sheridan, Black marked up from a lay off. Smith is now eligible to restore his/her turn ahead of Black.
- If an engineer decides to not restore his/her turn in the pool, he/she does not "block the board", meaning that engineer cannot stop other engineers from restoring their turn.
Example: Engineer Smith departs Sheridan terminal at 0900. Engineer James departs behind Smith at 1000. Black is behind both Smith and James and lays off. Prior to Smith and James tying up in Sheridan, Black marked up from a layoff. Smith and James are both eligible to restore their turns ahead of Black. If Smith declines to restore his/her turn around Black, he/she does not block James from restoring around Black.
- Engineers who have their turn dropped to the bottom of the board by the crew office will block the board. Also, engineers who are added to the pool on a board increase will block the board.
Example: Engineer Smith is first out and locked for 1300. The crew office busts his/her call at 1100. Smith is put to the bottom of the board. He/she now blocks the board and any employee en route to and from the home terminal and away from the home terminal will not be afforded the opportunity to restore their turn around Smith. The same applies if Smith was awarded a new turn in the pool on a board change. He/she now blocks the board.
- Engineers who bump into the pool will go waiting turn if that turn is not at the home terminal.
- If that engineer decides to lay off on the mark up board and subsequently mark up from said lay off, he/she created a position in the pool. That engineer will also not block the board.
Example: Engineer Smith was bumped off a turn in the East Pool and bumps engineer Black in the West Pool. Engineer Black is at the away from home terminal. Smith does not want to wait for the turn to return home and he/she lays off on mark-up board, marks up and is now at the bottom of the board. All engineers enroute home, at the away from home terminal, and en route to the away from home terminal are allowed to restore their turn around Smith.
If the crew office does not allow an engineer to restore his/her turn, that individual can contact the Local Chairman or either of the Vice-Local Chairman and the matter will be resolved by them. However, if an engineer does not attempt to contact any of the three in a timely manner, nothing can be done. This does not mean that the engineer needs to contact them at 0300 with a phone call. A simple text message or email will be sufficient. This is to discourage individuals who do not restore their turn upon tying up and then two or more hours later, they decide to change their minds. Also, there is no reason to get hostile with admin or the crew office. If someone restores themselves in the wrong position, contact an officer and the issue will be resolved. Mistakes will be made as it is sometimes hard to distinguish between those who laid off and marked back up and those who had their turn dropped to the bottom of the board or were added to the pool via turn increase per mileage check. Also, if you are dropped to the bottom of the board, send out some texts or call some people. Everyone knows the fastest way to get out information is to tell a railroader. We need to do better at policing ourselves and doing a little of our own leg work to make this run smoother. If any engineer has any questions on how to determine where they can restore their turn to, ask someone who might know.
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