Effective October 15, 1998
(Revised May 15,2004)


Introduction.......................................................................... 1

Discipline Diversion Program.................................................. 2
Informal Conferencing..................................................... 2

Formal Conferencing...................................................... 2

Training / Education ...................................................... 4

Discipline Monitoring Process................................................ 5

Measuring Effectiveness ....................................................... 7

Formal Discipline Policy (UPGRADE)..................................... 8
Formal Discipline Guidelines........................................... 8

Discipline Assessment Table......................................... 10

Progressive Discipline Table .......................................... 14

Guide to Determining Discipline Level.............................. 15

Formal Conferencing / Training Form............................ 17-A
Discipline Calculation Worksheet................................. 17-B
Glossary.................................................................... 17-C


This policy is effective October 15,1998 and supersedes previous company discipline policies. This policy embodies significant changes to previous employee discipline policies and is designed to promote counseling, conferencing, training and education as preferred alternatives to formal discipline. These changes are not retroactive.

This policy and prescribed procedures are the result of an extensive collaborative effort involving representatives of management, labor and the FRA. This effort occurred as part of the larger Safety Assurance Compliance Process (SACP) sponsored by the FRA. This new policy, developed through the SACP process, adds two important new elements to the company's procedures for ensuring rules compliance, as follows:

1. Discipline Diversion - Includes provisions for coaching, counseling, conferencing and training in lieu of discipline, under certain circumstances.

2. Monitoring for responsible management application and overall policy effectiveness.

In addition to these new elements noted above, key revisions have also been made to the UPGRADE Formal Discipline Policy. The goal of these policy changes is to provide the necessary support to ensure both understanding of, and compliance with, the railroads operating rules. All parties to the SACP process agree that operating rules compliance is essential for safe and efficient operation of the railroad. This policy, in addition to enforcing rules compliance, ensures fair and equitable treatment for all employees.


Conferencing, counseling, coaching and education are the desired methods of ensuring rules compliance. Conferencing may be either informal or formal at the discretion of the manager. Managers will be accountable for the fair and consistent application of the Discipline Diversion Program. Employees otherwise subject to formal discipline are eligible for the Diversion Program within the guidelines set forth below.


Informal conferencing is encouraged, when appropriate, as a first step in correcting an employee's behavior. Eligibility for informal conferencing will be at the discretion of the manager.

Guidelines for Informal Conferencing are as follows:

a) The supervisor will use informal coaching and counseling as a tool to correct inappropriate performance. Informal counseling may include education.

b) An informal conferencing or education session will not be documented as a formal conference and will not be counted as a diversion program opportunity.


Employees charged with Level 1 or Level 2 infractions may be diverted from the formal discipline process to a corrective action plan consisting of formal conferencing, counseling, coaching and education as outlined below. When this option is utilized, no discipline level is established.

A. Formal Conference at Employee's Request.

Once in any three year period, employees charged with a rule violation at Levels 1 and 2 are eligible, at the employee's option, to divert from a formal hearing to a formal conference provided:

a) The employee's current discipline status is Level 0 at the time of the alleged infraction.

B. Formal Conference by Mutual Consent.

Formal Conference may be used at any time in lieu of formal discipline when agreed to by mutual consent of the parties involved.

C. Guidelines for Formal Conferencing.

a) For formal conference, the employee will arrange for union representation and the supervisor will meet with the employee's union representative and the employee to discuss appropriate rules application and provide suitable assistance/education. Formal conferencing will be conducted while the employee is under pay. It is understood that the conference is to be non-accusatory and non-confrontational.

b) The formal conferencing session will be documented on a form signed by the employee and a copy will be placed in the employee's file. The form will not assign responsibility, however will record a date of occurrence.

c) If an employee elects formal conferencing diversion in lieu of a formal hearing, the conference will consist of the following:

1. Discussion of the reason for conference.

2. A review of related or associated rules regarding incident being discussed.

3. How could incident have been prevented?

4. Q & A and discussion by conference participants.

5. Review standing in diversion program, (copy of diversion plan given to employee, current standing in program).

6. If appropriate, offer opportunity to enter "education program" (voluntary and not recorded as an education option opportunity).

7. Review conference form to be signed.

8. Note any suggestions to conference procedure, (how can program be improved)?


Employees charged with Level 3 or 4 infractions may be diverted from the formal discipline process to a formal education/training plan (C.O.R.E) under certain conditions as outlined below. When this option is utilized, no discipline level is established.

A. Training / Education at Employee's Request

Employees charged with Level 3 or Level 4 infractions are eligible, at the employee's request, to divert from a formal hearing to a formal education plan in lieu of disciplinary action provided:

1. Employee has not exercised the education option within the preceding 8 years.

2. There is an enabling agreement in effect with the employee's representative labor organization.

B. Training / Education by Mutual Consent

Employee may be diverted to formal education in lieu of, or in combination with, formal discipline at any time when mutually agreed by Superintendent (or equivalent) or his representative, the employee and the employee's labor representative provided:

1. There is an enabling agreement in effect with the employee's representative labor organization.

In either case, the formal education session will be recorded on a form signed by the employee and a copy will be placed in the employee's file. The form will not assign responsibility, however, it will record a date of occurrence and the corresponding level for retention purposes only.The employee and his/her Union Representative will meet with the Service Unit Superintendent or designee to conference or schedule entry into the education program.

C. Training / Education for FRA De-Certifiable Events

All train crew members charged with responsibility for a decertifiable event, as defined by 49 CFR Part 240, may elect C.O.R.E. Training, if eligible per paragraph "A", above. When C.O.R.E. training is elected for these events the employee will serve a 15 day suspension during which time the employee shall receive the required C.O.R.E Training. This C.O.R.E. Training will serve as the rules portion of the remedial training for the decertified employee as set forth in 49 CFR 240.117 (h). Employees electing C.O.R.E. Training, for events that resulted in the revocation of their 49 CFR Part 240 certification for 30 days or less, will be offered the opportunity to receive remedial training and to qualify for a reduced certificate revocation period as permitted by 49 CFR part 240.117(h)(5). Employees successfully completing the required C.O.R.E. Training will not receive an UPGRADE Level for the event, however the Training will be recorded in the employee's discipline history.

Note: The Formal Discipline Policy will recognize a Level 4 diversion as a Level 4 violation for the purpose of assessing discipline in the event that the employee is found guilty of committing a subsequent Level 4 violation within 24 months following the date of the first Level 4 occurrence.


Note: The process described herein is in no way intended to circumvent or supercede any appeal process provided for in schedule labor agreements.

A. Scope:

Management will be held accountable for ensuring the proper and fair application of all disciplinary policies and/or actions. Specific problems regarding improper application and/or misuse of any portion of the disciplinary process will be monitored and resolved through the procedures outlined below.

B. Discipline Monitoring Process:

1. Quarterly reviews, by request of either party, will be held between local Union Representatives and Superintendents (or equivalent) to discuss the discipline process and:

a) Review discipline applied for consistency, fairness, etc.

b) Issues discussed will be documented.

c) Problem areas identified will be handled by the Superintendents with the Manager and made part of the "Values" portion of the Manager's Performance Review (PDR).

d) Additionally, when indicated, such Managers will be retrained in the proper administration of the disciplinary process.

2. If not satisfied with the results of the above described quarterly review, the Union Representative may escalate issues in question to the General Chairman / Vice President level. If, at this level of handling, the Superintendent is determined to have taken either no or inappropriate corrective action, this fact will be reflected in the "Values" portion of both the Manager's and Superintendent's PDR.

3. The database or program, currently used to track all disciplinary related information, will be modified so as to indicate the name of the Manager who initiates disciplinary action.


To ensure that the discipline policy is meeting its stated goals and likewise being fairly administered, Senior Management will conduct semi-annual reviews of the administration and effectiveness of the discipline policy as part of the overall safety and rules compliance effort.

Labor Representatives of the SACP Culture Work Group / Discipline Sub-Group will be included in these periodic reviews.

Measures for review will include the number of discipline cases, including conferencing and training in lieu of formal discipline, personal injuries, human factor caused accidents, and any other similar measures deemed to provide insight into policy effectiveness.

This is considered a vital element of the overall policy as it ensures that policy effectiveness is evaluated by objective means. It similarly affords the opportunity for any systematic issues that might detract from the policy's effectiveness to be readily identified and brought to the attention of Senior Management. Any such process issues presented for resolution will then be reviewed by Senior Management and corrective action taken when considered appropriate.


Formal Policy Guidelines:
1. All collective bargaining agreements apply.

2. When practicable, incidents involving possible rule violations, except certain Level 5 violations, should be reviewed with the Employee to determine whether sufficient cause exists prior to proceeding to a formal hearing or waiver offer, as appropriate.

3. Employees must be allowed the opportunity to discuss waivers of formal hearing with Union Representatives when considering whether to waive or proceed with hearing.

4. Managers are strongly encouraged to use informal counseling with Employees when appropriate.

5. Employees first entering the Formal Discipline system enter at Level 0. Thereafter, all formal discipline is determined using the Discipline Assessment Table and Progressive Discipline Table following procedures described herein.

6. Current Formal Discipline Status corresponds to the most recent level of discipline assessed, begins with the date of the incident prompting the disciplinary action, and remains the status for the retention period specified below. If there is no further disciplinary action within the retention period specified, the status reverts to Level 0 for future reference.

    1                             6 Months
    2                           12 Months
    3                           18 Months
    4                           24 Months

Note 1: Employees who are assessed Level 4 by virtue of a single incident will have their status reduced to Level 3 after a 6-month period from the date of the incident if there is no further disciplinary action during that period. However, if an employee commits twoLevel 4 infractions within a 24-month period, the discipline will be assessed at Level 5. (This INCLUDES employee's who have previously opted for C.O.R.E. Diversion Training in lieu of Level 4 Discipline within the preceding 24 months).

7. Existing policy and procedures pertaining to Rule 1.5 violations shall continue to be followed and such cases shall be considered Level 5 violations. Employees returning to service through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) after a first offense for Rule 1.5 will revert to the discipline status in effect prior to the Rule 1.5 dismissal.

8. Corrective Action Plans, including C.O.R.E. training when appropriate, are required for all Employees assessed discipline at Levels 2-4.

9. FRA Engineer Certification Requirements, with regard to suspension of certificate for certain rules infractions, are not preempted by this policy.

10. The Regional Vice President, equivalent senior manager, or their designated representative will be consulted before an Employee is charged with a Level 5 offense, other than for Rule 1.5. Dismissal for Level 5 offenses, except for Rule 1.5, will be only with the concurrence of the Vice President or equivalent.

11. Discipline cases for Level 5 violations will be reviewed for consistent policy application by an Executive Committee consisting of representatives from Human Resources, Labor Relations and the employing department. The Executive Committee may authorize exceptions to this Policy when unusual circumstances warrant.

12. When an employee is returned to service from Level 5 dismissal on a leniency basis (for other that Rule 1.5) as the result of an arbitration award or labor relations department initiative, the employee will be returned at Status Level 3 provided:

a) The employee voluntarily agrees to take part in up to a 30 day (maximum) paid corrective action plan agreed to by the local manager and the employee's union representative.

b) This corrective plan includes, but is not limited to, training and education pertinent to safety, rules compliance and orientation to local operations.

Discipline Assessment Table

Introduction:   To determine the discipline level for any rule infraction. Use the following table to find the rule and the level of discipline called for:

Discipline Assessment Table

General Code of Operating Rules
- Chapter 1.0 General Responsibilities
- Chapter 3.0 Standard Time
- Chapter4.0 Timetables
- Chapter 5.0 Signals & Their Use
UPRR Safety Rules (Ch. 70-83)
1 Letter of Reprimand
General Code of Operating Rules
-   Rule 1.1.4 Condition of Tools and Equipment
-   Rule 1.2.5 Reporting
-   Rule 1.6.1 M.V. Driving Records
-   Rule 1.9 Respect of Railroad Co.
-   Rule 1.11 Sleeping
-   Rule 1.13 Comply with Instructions
-   Rule 1.33 Inspection of Freight Cars
-   Rule 5.4-5.5 Flags and Signs (Placement)
-   Chapter 2 Railroad Radio Rules
-   Chapter 6.0 Movement of Trains and Engines
-   Chapter 7.0 Switching
-   Chapter 8.0 Switches
Train Dispatcher Rules (Ch. 20-26)
Air Brake and Train Handling Rules (Ch. 30-34)
Maintenance of Way Rules (Ch. 40-57)

-   Rules 1.3.1 & 1.3.3 (Chief Engrs. Inst; Proc. Manual & Stds.;
Signal Dept. FRA Insp. & Mtce. Instr.; Book of Standards.)
Timetable and Special Instructions
2 Up to one day or one round trip alternative assignment with pay to develop a Corrective Action Plan to modify behavior.

Pay will be in accordance with Employee Involvement Guidelines.

General Code of Operating Rules
-   Rule 2.13 (Radio) In Place of Hand Signals
 -   Rule 2.6 Comm. Not Understood
 -   Rule 5.3.3 Signal Disappearance
-   Rule 5.3.7 Radio Response
 -   Rule 5.8.1 Ringing Engine Bell
-   Rule 6.4 Reverse Movements
-   Rule 6. 13 Yard Limits
-   Rule 6.14 Restricted Omits
-   Rule 6.16 Approaching Railroad Crossings ..
-   Rule 6.19 Flag Protection
-   Rule 6.23 Emergency Stop or Severe Slack Action
-   Rule 6.29 Inspecting Trains
-   Rule 7.5 Testing Hand Brakes
-   Rule 7.6 Securing Cars or Engines
-   Rule 8.15 Switches Run Through (Main Track Switches)
-   Chapter 9.0 Block System Rules
-   Chapter 10.0 Rules App. Only in CTC
-   Chapter 11.0 Rules App. Only in ACS/ATS
-   Chapter 12.0 Rules App. Only in ATS
-   Chapter 13.0 Rules App. Only in ACS
-   Chapter 14.0 Rules App. Only within TWC
-   Chapter 15.0 Track Bulletin Rules
-   Chapter 16.0 Rules App. only in DTC
 Air Brake and Train Handling Rules
 -   Chapter 35.0 Remote Control of Locomotives
 -   Rule 32.1 Securing Equipment
 UPRR Safety Rules
 -   Rule 74.8 Seat Belts
 -   Rule 78.8 Electrical Power Supply Turned Off
 -   Rule 78.10 L.O.T.O Electrical Power
Cardinal Safety Rules, as designated by the employing department, will be Level 3 unless listed by specific rule number at a higher level.  Employees are responsible for all Cardinal Safety Rules which may apply to the nature of the work being performed.
Maintenance of Way Rules
-    Chapter 42 On -Track Operations
 -    Rule 56.1.2 Testing for Quality

Chief Engineer's Bulletin
 -   CE Bulletin 135.3.2 L.O.T.O. for Roadway Machines and     
     work Equipment
 -   CE Bulletin 136 On Track Safety
Engineering Track Mntce Field Handbook
 -   Chapter 4.5.1 throught 4.5.6 Rail and Joints
 -   Chapter 4.15.1 through 4.15.8 Rail and Joints
 -   Chapter 6.3 through 6.3.11 R of Way and Other Facilities
 -   Chapter 7.5 through 7.8.7 Track Buckling Prevention
F.R.A. Regulations (Part 213 Track Safety Standards
Five days off work without pay and may be required to review rules which pertain to the specific violations involved prior to return­ing to work. A Corrective Action Plan must be developed upon return to work.
System Special Instructions
-   Item 8 Descending Grade Operations
General Code of Operating Rules
-   Rule 1.23.1 Tampering With Safety Device
-   Rule 5.4-5.5 Flags & Signs (Speed & Stopping Requirements)
-   Rule 5.12 Protection of Occ. Outfit Cars
-   Rule 5.13 Blue Signal Protection of Workmen
-   Rule 5.14 Signs Protecting Equipment
-   Rule 6.2 Initiating Movement
-   Rule 6.3 Main Track Authorization
-   Rule 6.25 Movement Against Curr. of Traffic
-   Rule 6.27 Movement at Restricted Speed
-   Rule 6.28 Movement. Other than Main Track. ( except SubRules .1 , .2, &.3)
-   Rule 6.31 Maximum Authorized Speed (when speed exceeds authorized speed by 10 mph
      or 1/2 authorized speed, which­ever is less)
-   Rule 9.5 Where Stop Must be Made (Except rule 9.5.5)
 -   Rule 14.1 Authority to Enter TWC Territory 
 -   Rule 15.1 Track Bulletins
-   Rule 15.2 Protection by Track Bulletin Form B

 -   Rule 15.3 Auth. Movement Against Current of Traffic
Air Brake and Train Handling Rules
 -  Rule 30. 10 Initial Terminal Brake Test
 -  Rule 30. 1 1 Transfer Train Movements Test
 -  Rule 30. 12 1000 Mile Test
 -  Rule 30. 15 Application and Release Test
 -  Rule 35.1.1 Employees Assigned
 -  Rule 35.3. 1 Qualified Operator
 -  Rule 35.2 Setup and Testing
 -  Rule 35.3.2 Simultaneous Testing
 -  Rule 35.3.4 Operation of Transmitter
 -  Rule 35.6.1 Activating a Remote Control Zone
 -  Rule 35.6.2 Relief from Point Protection
 -  Rule 35.6.4 Entering a Remote Control Zone
Maintenance of Way Rules
 -  Rule 42.3 Main Track Authority
 -  Rule 42.4 Track and Time
 -  Rule 42.4.2 Using Track and Time Authority
 -  Rule 42.5 Use of Yard Limits
 -  Rule 42.7 RR Crossings at Grade
 -  Rule 42. 13 Lineups
 -  Rule 42.15 Flag Protection
 -  Rule 42. 16 Foul Time
 -  Rule 43.10 Protecting Against Passing Equip.
 -  Rule 44.2 Excavation
 -  Rule 56. 1 .3 Compromising Signal Safety
UPRR Safety Rules
 -  Rule 78.7 Boom Near Overhead Power Lines
Chief Engineer's Bulletins
 -  C.E. Bulletin 12 1 Protection for Gangs from Trains on Adjacent Tracks
 -  C.E. Bulletin 122.3. 1 Bridge Worker Safety
 -  C.E. Bulletin 136.4 - 136.5 On Track Safety
Timetable and Special Instructions
 -  Rules 9.2.15, 9.2.18, 9.2.22
4 / 4.5**







4 / 4.5**

Level 4:  Thirty days off work without pay and must pass necessary annual operating rules exam or equivalent in order to return to work. A Corrective Action Plan must be developed upon return to work.





Level 4.5 **60 days  days off work without pay and must pass necessary annual operating rules exam or equivalent in order to return to work. A Corrective Action Plan must be developed upon return to work.**
4.5 is not a separate level.  It merely denotes a Level 4 with a greater number of suspension days.

General Code of Operating Rules
-  Rule 1.5 Drugs and Alcohol (Rule "G")
-  Rule 1.1 2 Weapons
-  Rule 1.6 Conduct Employees must not be ...1) Careless of 
 Safety; 3) Insubordinate; 4t Dishonest; 5) Immoral; 6)
 Quarrelsome -Rule 1.7 Altercation
 -  Felony Conviction; Fraud; or Theft
-  EEO Policy Infractions***
-  Overstaying Leave of Absence Without Authority
 -  Workplace Violence Policy Infractions^^
5 Permanent dismissal

*          Where Chapter Numbers are shown, all Rules within Chapter(s) are Violation Level indicated EXCEPT FOR: Specific Rules which may be listed by rule number at a different level. Where rule numbers are shown it includes Sub-Rules unless specified otherwise. Rules include any modification to rule through General Order, M of W General Order, SALERT, or Timetable Special Instruction.

 ^         Any rule violation which results in $150,000 property damage will receive the next higher level discipline.

 **        For assessment of greater discipline when indicated per note ^ .

 ***       A lesser Level of Discipline may be issued in some EEO cases when consistent with EEO Policy Application and when recommended by the Director -       EEO.

^^         A lessor Level of Discipline may be issued in some cases pursuant to review and recommendation of the Workplace Violence Committee.


Progressive Discipline Table

Determining the correct level of discipline to be assessed for a current rules infraction requires use of the Progressive Discipline Table. Accurate use of the progressive Discipline Table requires knowledge of the Current Discipline Status and the Discipline Assessment Table.

Discipline Table

(The portions of the following table governing Levels 2 and 4 are blacked out in the 05/15/2004 revision as furnished by UPRR.  It is presumed that this is an error.   Levels 2 and 4 are restored in this table for purposes of clarity.)

If the Alleged Violation Level is

And the Current Discipline Status is

Then the Discipline Level to assess is





















































* In cases where Level 4.5 discipline has been assessed, the discipline status is considered Level 4 for the purpose of this table.  
** If the employee's discipline status is Level 4 due to a single violation and the current violation is Level 1 or 2, the discipline will again be assessed at Level 4 and will no longer be considered as being due to a single violation.
NOTE: If an employee commits three repetitions of the same rule infraction during a 36 month period (excluding missed calls and tardiness) the discipline will be assessed at Level 5 - Permanent Dismissal.


Step 1 -
Step 2 -
Determine the primary (highest level) alleged rule violation. Complete the Discipline Calculation Worksheet as follows:
  a.  Specify the rule(s) violation (s) in Section One. 
  b. Check or list the applicable rule(s) or policy publications in Section One. 
  c. Determine the level of alleged rule infraction by reviewing the Discipline Assessment Table. Locate the Discipline Level corresponding to the primary rule and complete Section Two.
  d.  Obtain the Employee's current discipline status and/or history from the Peoplesoft database.
    (1)  For Level 1 or 2 violations: review the Discipline History for 24 months or, for former SP employees to June 1, 1997, whichever is less.
    (2) For Level 3 or 4 violations: review the Discipline History for 24 months in all cases.
    (3) Apply the Discipline Level Retention Periods from the Policy Guidelines (Level 1=6 months; Level 2=12 months, etc.) to the most recent entry in the discipline record to determine whether the status reflected remains in effect for current consideration. For example: A level 1 status with an incident date over 6 months prior would no longer be considered. A Level 2 status with incident date 10 months prior would still be in effect. When the review period includes history prior to the effective date, apply the Discipline Assessment Table to the highest level violation contained in the Discipline History within the review period. Discipline History Prior to the Employee's Effective Date will be assigned a status no greater than level 3.
  e. Utilizing the Progressive Discipline Table and the information from Sections Two and Three, complete Section Four-A.
  f.  Determine whether the infraction resulted in property damage greater than $150,000 requiring the next higher level of discipline. Complete Section Four-B. This is the Level of Discipline required for the infraction.


The following definitions, while not all inclusive or absolute, are intended to guide the determination of whether various acts by Employees meet necessary criteria to be considered a violation of applicable Level 5 Rules.

ALTERCATION:    When an Employee's actions cause or result in a vehement quarrel characterized by physical activity such as pushing, shoving, or fighting.

CARELESS OF SAFETY: When an Employee's actions demonstrate an inability or an unwillingness to comply with safety rules as evidenced by repeated safety rules infractions. When a specific ruie(s) infraction demonstrates a willful, flagrant, or reckless disregard for the safety of themselves, other employees, or the public.

DISHONEST: When an Employee's actions or statements constitute lying, cheating, or deceiving the Company.

FRAUD: When an Employee's actions or statements are an intentional misrepresentation of fact for the purpose of deceiving others so as to secure unfair or unlawful gain.

IMMORAL: When an Employee's actions are contrary to commonly accepted moral principles.

INSUBORDINATION: When an Employee's actions or statements indicate a refusal (as opposed to a failure for cause) to carry out the instructions of a supervisor which are work, safety or policy-related and which conform to accepted Company and industry practice, or when an employee demonstrates gross disrespect towards a supervisor.

NOTE: Any failure to comply with Union Pacific's Drug and Alcohol Policy will be considered insubordination.

QUARRELSOME: When an Employee's continued behavior is inclined or disposed toward an angry verbal confrontation with others in the work place. '

THEFT: When an Employee's action is intended to and/or results in the taking and/or removing of property or other items of value from the Company, it's customers, or other Employees without proper authority.