CSX Attendance Policy

NO!!! You CAN'T have a day off!

    The railroad practically invented the term 'on-call'. Many CSX employees do not have schedules, but are forced into working a 'list'. Most lists are on call 6 days a week, 24 hours a day, and often the employee cannot even choose their day off. It is common to be called to work during an assigned day off.

    Unscheduled days off are usually not granted for family or religious obligations. There are many CSX employees who have been unable to attend their childrens' birthday parties, their wedding anniversaries, and even funerals because they were not allowed time off.

    We've even heard of people who had to call out sick, to attend their own wedding! We're sure that some of these stories that can top even that one...

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Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years
Posted: 08 December 2016

Are the blue collar\working class trump fans paying any attention to
the us president-elect's cabinet choices?  Look out...........

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Name: John
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 30 November 2016

How much will the engineer bonus be in February? What percent?

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 27 November 2016

Of course we are not in the knowledge based economy. We have eliminated
many of our old time labor specialists, and replaced them with failures
and ex-employees who could not make it in modern industry. Mix the worst
of the old with the worst of the new, and you have RR culture. Unless we
have massive safety failures we can run the same old procedures
unmolested, especially as most people think CSX runs passenger trains
under the AMTRAK label as our primary business. The carrier wants to
eliminate most employees ASAP, believing that most lower level managers
can operate under the direct supervision of higher level managers,
without assistance from the deplorables in craft.When it fails it is
ALWAYS the fault of agreement employees and lower management. Just look
at locations where the managers leave and get hired elsewhere. If they
are mediocre they stay, if they are big in nepotism (so common in
management) they get promoted. You will rarely see Google, Microsoft,
Accel Steel, ANY improving company seek out RR management at any level.
That tells you a lot. Rarely does anyone hires athletes from losing
teams. You won't see Cindy, Michael, etc. get job offers elsewhere. If
Bill Gates wanted a job tomorrow he would have a hundred offers
overnight in 100 different areas.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 25 November 2016

Does anyone know of a way of getting the attendance records of the
management turds? It's a public corp. I would like to open up a line
of communication with the subject of holding the management "Team"
lol,responsible for following same "Core Values " and " Ethics "
that are require of all the REAL People that Actually DO the LABOR that
brings in the funds that pays their Ridiculous Salaries and Bonus's.
These lazy jerks have been making TO MUCH off of OUR BACKS, And
dictating for TO DAMN LONG on how WE,AS FREE Human Beings Should
arrange our lives to make them the money they desire. This so called
"Management Team " should Show US,(the REAL People) that Do the REAL
Work just what the Hell THEY ( The So Called Team ) Produce to receive
the ridiculous paycheck they do. I have experienced and witnessed AND
believe that this so called "Management Team" is a Hindrance on the
future of the REAL Success of CSXT. This so called "Team" is a
parasite on ALL of the REAL and TRUE Workers that make this Company the
"Small Success" it is now. Cause if this company had the true
Leadership,the True Ethics and The True Core Values the substandard
"Team" spouts all the time ( and never delivers ) It would be ABOVE
and on TOP of the WHOLE Industry. 

DAMN Shame I'm to Freaken Old to leave.

In layman's terms, We, The True Workers of CSXT are being lead by a
bunch of Greedy , Unprofessional , Uncaring , Selfish , Self-centered ,
Unethical Small minded people. And Our so called Union's are either in
it with them OR to damn Wimped Out to stand up and make things right. 

To the subjects of this rant, Sleep Well You Worthless,Greedy Idiots,
I'm sure that your Children and Grandchildren would be Very Proud of
the High Character you hold yourselves to. And we all look forward in
dealing with them when they grow up, ( at some point )

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Name: How About Now
E-mail: Lastlaff@csx.com
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 24 November 2016

Someone in corporate ask ol Sanborn how those fmla letters worked out
for her today. Thanksgiving 2016, fuck that letter

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Name: T&E guy Albany Division
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 24 November 2016

Forbes Magazine article on 10 unmistakable signs the company you are
interviewing for is a bad company to work for. CSX pretty much hits all
10 bad company policies. But No. 4 is right on the mark!

Progressive Discipline

If the handbook talks about Progressive Discipline, get out of Dodge
immediately! You are an adult. You are not a wayward third-grader who
needs to worry about getting sent to the principalís office.
Progressive Discipline policies that line out the punishments employees
will receive for a first infraction, second infraction, etc. are
holdovers from the Industrial Revolution and have no place in the
Knowledge Economy we are working in now.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 16 November 2016

Legal, Friend or Family..........
Surely you don't believe anyone in the csx medical dept. can be
trusted any more than anyone in the rest of their management.

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Name: Legal
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years
Posted: 16 November 2016

Attention all Crews

If you have any doubts on what will be medically covered if you must
mark off sick for a doctors appointment or procedure ordered by you
physician, call the CSX medical department and they will explain to you
what is covered.  It has just come to our attention that several
employees were not aware that colon cancer testing is covered as an
excused exam/illness if you mark off sick to have this done. DO NOT BE
AFRAID TO MARK OFF SICK. You should be allowed no less than 48 hours
off for the procedure. Just recently an employee complained that he had
taken the medication that was necessary to flush the system but was not
aware of how potent the liquid would be. He did schedule the following
day off to have the procedure done. When he was called that morning he
contacted the Chief and the dispatcher requesting he be dead headed
home after arriving at his away from home hotel.He had several giggle
and snicker from both officers and was told they who see what they
could do. Later that evening several crews were dead headed in front of
him and he was left to take a train home. We was unable to do his job
safely and with full attention because he was in the Locomotive
bathroom more than he was in the cab.   DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
COME TO WORK if you have taken anything of this nature. The behavior of
the supervisors towards this employee was deplorable and should never go
unreported. This may have been a funny incident to them but it was not
to the reporting employee. Again, if you have any doubts whether a
medical procedure will be covered if you mark off sick call the CSX
medical department.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 November 2016

From what I've been told about people getting points for riding their
bumps it's now an automated system, the callers or whoever are no
longer assessing points it's automatic for anything over 24 hrs. You
have 12 hrs to notify yourself, and 12 hrs to make a seniority move or
you will be assessed points. I haven't heard anything about it being 1
point per day though, I recently got 6 points for riding a bump on a
weekend day. Either way this is a direct violation of our contact and
something needs to be done about it!!!

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 14 November 2016

TO: M of W
            New FRA testing may not be fair, but it is a safety law /
regulation. AND, I doubt the RR is stalling it to protect the troops.
They are just failing to comply with government safety regulations in
an appropriate manner, which I am sure they would not permit you to do.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 12 November 2016

The 48 hr. bump (rule, whatever) stemmed from the 1996 National Contract
\ Arbitration Award #559.  Article #12.  Article #12 and the Q&As
associated ALSO stipulate that if you wish to make a seniority move to
a location 30 or more miles away, the 48 hr. rule does not apply and
then can refer to prior practice(s). (Have to call & notify the co.)  

Has csx managed to somehow sidestep the agreed to contract provisions?
Have there been changes/revisions the rank & file is not aware of?
If not, then it's time for a class-action lawsuit and/or strike.

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 12 November 2016

It's been said before but you should have documentation for any
complaint. Typically write out a nice note that would be understandable
to a magistrate, ignorant HR person, or arbitrator that doesn't know
all the slang ... get help with writing it if necessary, send the
e-mail to the appropriate people, AND a copy to yourself at your
company account AND at your home account(s) in case your company
account is blocked or accidentally deleted.

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Name: HELP
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 11 November 2016

UTU brothers

Did anyone find anything in writing from the company stating they were
enforcing the 12 hr 1 minute rule to mark up after being displaced.  I
keep hearing they lost the 48 hour rule a couple of months ago and the
union agreed to enforce the rule.   I didn't get a single email or
letter. No notice or anything that this was going to take place October
25th.  I got a bunch of points 2 weeks ago because I didn't know this
had been settled. If the company was going to start putting points of
your caps then how come their wasn't a system notice of bulletin out
on it. We have been looking for 3 days now and we cant find it in
writing. I didn't get anything in the mail either. I marked back up
every single time within 24 hours but that was too late.  I don't
think this is fair that the company can ruin your record like that
without giving everyone a fair notice that we lost our union agreement
rule and would be enforcing their language in the availability policy!

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Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 08 November 2016

Union screwed Conductor, for 1-10 yrs.:

Was posted on this site previously.
Seems MANY were left out of the loop.
Seems the co. & our union dropped the ball if they tried to make sure
everyone was informed.  

The caps policy has been in place well over a year, but guess just
recently csx has started assessing point(s) to those who are displaced 
and don't make a seniority move after the 12:01 notification time
allotted. Looks like the 48 hr. rule after notification is still in
effect (more time if choose to displace more than 30 miles away -- see
1996 Contract, Article #12 & Q&A Art. #12) but can/will be charged with
attendance point(s) for each day not placed. 
(Be sure to review the caps policy Q&As regarding those who are
displaced & have nowhere to place themselves.)

Evidently the co. may get away with this legally account the whole
attendance thing is a policy, not an agreed to contract.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 08 November 2016


Did any of you get left out of the loop that the company was going to
start giving you points on your caps if you didn't place yourself
after being bumped in 12 hours and 1 minute?  I didn't get one single
letter in the mail from the company or one email from my local chairman
of the general chairman's office. A bunch of us went through the system
bulletins and notices and didn't find one single thing warning us that
the 48 hour rule in our agreement was lost and the company won the 12
hour rule. This is bull shitz. I got 10 points on my record in just 2
weeks because Im on the bottom of seniority and I keep getting
displaced just about every week. I was told today that is was just
supposed to be 1 point but they are giving the same amount of points as
if you are marked off sick!  This is bull that the company didn't mail
us a letter or put out a bulletin or notice to us. I think this might
be a cause to call a labor lawyer. The company cant just start
enforcing a rule without notifying its employees. I think it is illegal
for them to expect our unions to be the one to do it.  Anyone else
getting hammered on this new rule????

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Name: Why
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A
Posted: 04 November 2016

Thanks APE,
Understand somewhat the employee expense things.
Same people said that often trains are parked waiting for available
crewmembers.   Aren't RR companies in business to Move Freight
efficiently & safely & timely?
More freight moved = more business = more profit. 
Doesn't work that way?

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 03 November 2016

                              The reason we have a hostile work
environment and have many employees laid off is simply shortsighted
economics. Each employee costs around $1k per month for health
benefits, plus get pay for sick, personal, and vacation days based on
days worked.And of course there is some overhead for administrative
costs, parking spaces, rules classes, etc. There is also some risk
figure estimated for injuries, law suits etc. Figure the average total
is (guesstimate) $1900 per month. Suppose at one small location you lay
off 10 employees for 3 months. You have saved $60k net for that small
number and that short time. And, keeping them on might make them
collect guarantee. More employees and / or time laid off means more
money saved. If they are off long enough they will be disallowed for
vacation, etc. If they decline to come back you may get a government
grant to train new employees, plus make friends with local politicians
who can announce a hiring fair. To be fair it doesn't take that long
to train new conductors, clerks, etc. to a minimal level of
proficiency. You usually aren't laying off 30 year employees anyway.
An excellent skill employee is rarely highly valued by the decision
layer managers.You usually look for minimal ability people. SO, the
solution is to understaff as much as possible. AND, should there be a
possible merger down wind, you are more attractive with fewer
employees, esp. those who might get a guarantee out of a merger.
Overworking your current employees is unpleasant, but it saves money.
What you measure for is what you get

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Name: Why
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A
Posted: 03 November 2016

Am told there are RR employees laid off all over.
Then hear about attendance policies and manpower shortages.
Can this be explained easily, rationally?

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Name: yep
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 01 November 2016

The direct number for the CSX manager on the Northern Region in case you
can't get in touch with a crew caller is 904-332-3785.  This is the
number for train masters and local chairman but most of the managers
are more than happy to help out.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 01 November 2016

We figured the carriers would come up with something after the RSIA.
UTU agreed to the dictatorship style CAPS policy?  Don't think so.
If in fact the 1 point per day of displacement was accepted it has to
be because csx wanted 10 points per day.

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