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16/05/2010

Rule change enhances union organising rights in the US

Rule change enhances union organising rights in the US

Amtrak train

Labour organisations in the US have applauded a federal agency’s ground-breaking decision to change a rule in transport to make it easier for unions to organise.

On 10 May, the National Mediation Board (NMB), which manages industrial relations in the airline and railway sectors, published a change in the rules governing union elections. The new rule allows workers to join or form a union if a majority of employees vote in favour; previously, under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), those who did not participate in a union election were considered to have voted against union representation. The amendment, which unions have campaigned for, affects more than 570,000 airline and railway employees.

Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa stated: “Workers who want to form unions are looking for job security and peace of mind. By changing the rule, the NMB has levelled the playing field, giving workers a fairer chance to form unions.

“I’m pleased with this decision by the NMB and I’m proud of the work the Teamsters Union has done to ensure this change happened.”

Meanwhile James C Little, president of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America, said on Monday: “Today, workers employed by airlines and railroads finally found democracy in the workplace. In America, we usually count votes except if you work in transportation and then we counted people who didn’t vote. TWU lost elections in the past because many supposed voters were on leave or in the hospital or unreachable - every non-vote counted against our union.”

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25



Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974



Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.



6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:



6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:



6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.



Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.



(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.



(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.



(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.



If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.




Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below



Age Group PME Due



Age 00-45 every 4yrs



Age 45-55 every 2yrs



Age 55-60 every year
Details:-
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you
SMLokhande





6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.