UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY
November 11, 2002
To: Operating General Chairmen
From: Dennis Duffy
RE: System implementation of
Field Training Exercise
As many of you are aware, during the last year the Utah Service Unit piloted a new approach to administering efficiency tests.
The new approach is known as "FTX", which stands for "Field Training Exercise". It is based on promoting education and understanding of rules through a process of discussion between managers and the employee(s) involved in an efficiency test.
Many of you have commented favorably about FTX and have asked that it be expanded to the rest of the system. This letter is to inform you that the decision has been made to implement the program on the rest of the system effective January 1, 2003.
Enclosed is a copy of "FTX Guidelines", setting forth the details of the program. Between now and January 1, these guidelines will be distributed to the Regions for their use in preparing to implement the program.
I believe FTX is another example of what we can do together to improve our culture and make Union Pacific the safest railroad in the country. I hope you will support this effort by communicating the program to your local chairmen between now and January 1. Of course there will also be company communications to the employees between now and then.
FTX Questions and
Over the past year, the Utah Service Unit has piloted a new approach in the way Efficiency Testing results are handled. This new approach, called 'Field Training Exercise Program' (FTX), utilizes a practice called 'debriefing' for promoting compliance with UPRR rules, policies, and instructions, and for handling instances of substandard performance. Debriefing involves discussion between the testing manager(s) and the tested employee(s) and promotes education and understanding in lieu of the current practice of invoking disciplinary action for a test failure. Because of the success of this pilot, FTX will now be expanded to other service units. Following is a summary of the FTX process.
Notification of testing results
is within or outside of acceptable standards. For tests involving routine observations, crews will be informed of their
performance by the most expedient method, when practicable. This may include direct follow-up discussion or
subsequent contact/notification by the manager. For Structured Simulations (Set-up tests), crews will be debriefed at
• For UPGRADE Level 4
and all FRA engineer decertification events, a Formal Debriefing will be
held as soon after
• Any combination of three
failures within a 24-month period, regardless of level, will result in
ineligibility from FTX for
• Handling of certain rules infractions (I.e. decertifiable event), as dictated by Federal Regulations, remains unchanged.
• If the employee becomes
ineligible from participating in the FTX process due to test failure(s),
any subsequent test
• The intent of the field
debriefing is to review the rule(s) tested, the intent and application of
the rule(s), and the
• All debriefings will utilize
a debriefing checklist and affected employees will receive a copy of the
checklist at the
representative will also be invited to attend. The formal debriefing will be conducted at a suitable location allowing for
privacy and open discussion as soon as practicable after the day of the failure.
• The formal debriefing is not
a fault-finding exercise. It is intended to be an open discussion and will
focus on root
* If an employee declines to participate in a debriefing, the failure will be handled through the disciplinary process.