Applying for the (O.P.) Operating Practices job opening. I have extensive training in OSHA 29 CFR 1910 (General Industries Regulations). CFR 49 part 240; 242; 243 Extensive Studies in Emergency Response and NIOSH chemical hazards. Union Affiliation Experience B.L.E.T. #212 Legislative Representative 2006 to present As a Texas State Legislative Board Delegate I am responsible for the safety issues that come before my union members relating to rail issues with the Union Pacific Railroad. Also handle legislations effecting rail, and union issues. I have lobbied over health and welfare Bill in 2009 Washington D.C. And many issues at the Texas Capital one in particular was over state employees (teacher rights to collectively Bargaining). B.L.E.T. Primary Safety Task Force 2005 to present As a primary STF member this is a 12-man team that covers the entire United States that respond to major rail accidents when granted party Status by the National Safety Transportation Board. Usually working on the Operations, and Human Performance groups where Train Engine and Yard employees (TE&Y) have professional experience in. I have personally been involved in 3 major rail investigations. Kelso, WA. Was a grade crossing collision between a northbound grain train on main #2 and a carry all with 3 railroad personnel, 1 van driver all were fatalities except for the conductor. Railroad rules and State regulations were violated by a manifest train on the #1 main by leaving the rear portion of there train within the 250 feet of the grade crossing causing a blind triangle of site for the van driver. The van driver did not heed warning from the stationary signage cross bucks or the stop sign. The BNSF Railroad had to set up a mailbox for mail delivery a year prior to this accident happening because the United States Postal Service refused to cross the unsafe crossing to deliver the mail at their Kelso WA. Depot. In this accident I am pleased to say there is an active gated crossing with lights, and bells now where before only a passive cross buck and stop sign was prior to the accident. The second accidents that I was the party Spokesman for is the Goodwell, Oklahoma head-on collision that killed 3 of the 4 operating employees the 2 trains accident that occurred on June 24, 2012 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Two well rested crews puzzled the best of us, but later found discipline in the conductors file for sleeping while on duty and medical records showed that the Engineer was medically blind. The third accident Midland, TX November 15, 2012 Active Grade crossing collision that killed 4 wounded warriors that were in a Parade, The investigation showed that the Parade goers event coordinator's did not notify the Union Pacific Railroad of the event that was crossing there main track in down town Midland, TX. Midland Police department and Midland sheriff's department per took in the Parade events as well and all were found to be responsible for notifying the Union Pacific Rail Road of a slow moving Parade traveling across there Main track. B.L.E.T. Arrangement committee 2010 I was one of a chosen few to Arrange the BLET National Election in 2010 when the National Officers were up for election. We made sure everything ran very smoothly for all 750 delegates, from the room rates, to the stage set up, to the stage been broken down, and placed back in the trailer truck it arrived in 8 days of 16 hours long, it was an amazing undertaking to say the least. B.L.E.T. #212 Secretary-Treasurer 2005 to 2010 As Secretary-Treasurer I collected dues from the carrier for all members of the Division and balanced an income of $10,000.00 to $12,000.00 a month administrated a group insurance disability policy for the division members. Bills of the Union, officers lost time, office rent. B.L.E.T. #212 proud member 2003 to 2005 As a proud member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen I was always eager to help members at the drop of a hat so to speak. I was held from running for Office for a 24-month period by the BLET by-laws (Brotherhood law) transaction from the United Transportation Union to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen Union. UTU #823 Local Chairman 2000 to 2002 I assumed the Local Chairman position from a retiring local chairman and was short lived for I went into Engine Service with the Railroad, but while holding the position handled many grievance claims for the members. UTU #823 Vice Local Chairman 1998 to 2000 Assisting the Local Chairman with grievance claims.
Union Pacific RailroadJanuary 1997 to CurrentSafety team Captain Responsible for good train handling over all train movement Was in-charge of bring un-safe condition before the railroad I was able to fix small things as long as the cost of fixing the conditions were not too large. Resigned from the position to focus on better way to make railways a safer place to work.
Arkansas and Missouri RailroadJanuary 1996 to January 1997Locomotive Engineer
Class 3 engineer certification)
Operated excursion trains in the Ozark Mountains (for site seeing purposes)
For 7 months I handled all the switching operations in Fort Smith, AR handling a 80 to 90 car train a day delivering cars to the KCS (Kansas City Southern); the Fort Smith Railway; UPRR (Union Pacific Railroad) and then switching a hand full of industries.
Rail Link IncJanuary 1992 to January 1995Assistant Manager
Switching railcars within industries
In-charge of three man shift
Customer Relations; Time sensitive operations
Computer communications of Work performed each shift Prior to graduation I worked with heavy farm machinery on the family farm and learned real quickly how quickly heavy cold steel does not forgive easily.
National Labor College Emergency Management2013National Labor College Emergency Management degree program 2009 - 2013.
Accident Training Center Accident Investigation Orientation for rail Professionals May2009aviationNTSB- Accident Training Center Accident Investigation Orientation for rail Professionals May 19-20 2009. This was the first class I was involved in with the NTSB and was basically their aviation backdrop and had little rail Oriented information. Was very informative on how the NTSB operation works in the field and your roll as a Party status member.
Fort Scott KS Community College1992General StudiesFort Scott, KS, USFort Scott KS Community College 1 year of General Studies 1991 - 1992
Star City High School1991diploma: business or the RailroadStar City, Arkansas, USStar City High School Star City, Arkansas 12 grade diploma 1991 Personal life I am married to my beautiful wife Teresa and have a 19-year-old son and a beautiful 10-year-old daughter that I love spending time with when not busy working on the Union business or the Railroad. Kallie my 10-year-old is a swimmer, and runner.
Training Center Accident Investigation Orientation for Rail professionalsCertification: ManagementClass 1 Locomotive Engineer Certification (Up to date) Currently attending ‘Emergency Management' on-line at the National Labor College Professional Degree Program. This is a very interesting degree and growing field these classes teach Emergency Managers the ‘What to do in a Katrina or Sandy' or any disaster a position that handles day-to-day emergency response on a smaller scale. NLC- Certificate of completion Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation training Train-the trainer August 17-18 2012, November 7-8 2007. The Training let you get up in front of about 30 classmates and teach on Emergency Response on Radiological transportation accidents that are on the increase as we move more radiological transportation shipments to western storage containments. NTSB- Training Center Accident Investigation Orientation for Rail professionals
As a proud member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen I was always eager to help members at the drop of a hat so to speak. I was held from running for Office for a 24-month period by the BLET by-laws (Brotherhood law) transaction from the United Transportation Union to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen Union