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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Name: Working all the time
Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 28 March 2012

For many in the entrepreneurship game, long hours are a badge of honor.
Starting a business is tough, so all those 
late nights show how determined, hard working and serious about making
your business work you are, right?

Wrong. According to a handful of studies, consistently clocking over 40
hours a week just makes you unproductive 
(and very, very tired).

That's bad news for most workers, who typically put in at least 55
hours a week, recently wrote Sara Robinson at Salon.
Robinson's lengthy, but fascinating, article traces the origins of the
idea of the 40-hour week and it's downfall and is well worth a read in
full. But the essential nugget of wisdom from her article is that
working long hours for long periods is not only useless – it's
actually harmful. She wrote:

    The most essential thing to know about the 40-hour work-week is
that, while it was the unions that pushed it,
 business leaders ultimately went along with it because their own data
convinced them this was a solid, hard-nosed
 business decision….

    Evan Robinson, a software engineer with a long interest in
programmer productivity (full disclosure: our shared 

last name is not a coincidence) summarized this history in a white
paper he wrote for the International Game
 Developers’ Association in 2005. The original paper contains a wealth
of links to studies conducted by businesses,
 universities, industry associations and the military that supported
early-20th-century leaders as they embraced the 
short week. 'Throughout the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, these studies were
apparently conducted by the hundreds,' writes Robinson; 'and by the
1960s, the benefits of the 40-hour week were accepted almost beyond
question in corporate America. In 1962, the Chamber of Commerce even
published a pamphlet extolling the productivity gains of reduced

    What these studies showed, over and over, was that industrial
workers have eight good, reliable hours a day in them.
 On average, you get no more widgets out of a 10-hour day than you do
out of an eight-hour day.

Robinson does acknowledge that working overtime isn't always a bad
idea. "Research by the Business Roundtable in the 1980s
 found that you could get short-term gains by going to 60- or 70-hour
weeks very briefly — for example, pushing extra hard
 for a few weeks to meet a critical production deadline," she wrote.
But Robinson stressed that "increasing a team’s hours
 in the office by 50 percent (from 40 to 60 hours) does not result in
50 percent more output...In fact, the numbers may 
typically be something closer to 25-30 percent more work in 50 percent
more time."

The clear takeaway here is to stop staying at the office so late, but
getting yourself to actually go home on time may be
 more difficult psychologically than you imagine.

As author Laura Vanderkam has pointed out, for many of us, there's
actually a pretty strong correlation between how busy
 we are and how important we feel. "We live in a competitive society,
and so by lamenting our overwork and sleep deprivation
 — even if that requires workweek inflation and claiming our worst
nights are typical — we show that we are dedicated to 
our jobs and our families," she wrote recently in the Wall Street

Long hours, in other, words are often more about proving something to
ourselves than actually getting stuff done.

Are your 55+ hour weeks really productive and sustainable?

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 27 March 2012

CSX Corporate HQ and Crew Management doesn't very much want to hear it.
Nor do they care one iota that you work over 200 hours a month and spend
another 30 to 40+ hours a week in the hotel with one day off per week
(that you usually work into). You're STILL subject to review and a
charge letter:


What Workers Really Do on 'Sick Days'

Ever wonder what people really do on their sick days? Turns out, most
of them are actually sick. That's the finding of new research that
uncovered various work- and salary-related differences between men and
women and revealed some interesting statistics about sick days.
According to the research, conducted by new career website theFIT, 84
percent of the 5,000 people it recently surveyed said they actually
were sick or were caring for a sick child the last time they called in
In fact, only one in five men (and only one in seven women) were lying
about their most recent sick day, the survey found.
Those that were lying about their sick days said they used the day off
to play hooky, or take mental health day. Others said they were
suffering from hangovers or interviewing for another job.
Not only were women less likely to fake a sick day, they also work
longer days and report working more often on vacation than their male
counterparts, the survey found.
Fifty-four percent of women report working nine or more hours a day,
compared to 41 percent of men.
And, although the majority of respondents (91 percent) confine their
working hours to five days each week, almost half (47 percent) claim to
work more than eight hours each day, while only 41 percent of men say
they work more than eight hours a day.
On vacation, most workers (65 percent) do some amount of work. However,
women (67 percent) are slightly more willing to work on their vacations
than men (60 percent), the research found.
Despite working more, women are more likely to perceive their
compensation more positively. While 26 percent of men said their
friends would feel bad for them if they knew how much money they made,
only 17 percent of women said the same.
Bullhorn, a recruiting technology company, owns and runs theFIT

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Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years
Posted: 21 March 2012

Sargent Schultz is the brain trust for Safety on CSX.   Pretend to know
nothing say nothing do nothing and Klink will be a happy Prison Camp
Commander reaping his easy money and bonus.      

Send anyone to the cooler if they open their mouth to try and do the
right thing.    

Safety Committee members and this system does work like RRJ stated in
his experience.   Names may change but the Leopard's spots have not or
should we say the Chessie Cat.

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Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 20 March 2012

My observation is that the carrier does not like to hear about Family
Medical Leave Act FMLA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
rules, Americans With Disabilities Act and related EEOC regs. , etc.
What not everyone realizes is that many if not all RR unions are
totally uninterested in,or actively opposed to, the same topics. They
are much more comfortable with doing things as close as possible to the
way it was done in the olden days. It's like a football coach who
always plays the same game, consistently loses, yet will not make any
change in his strategy.The lineup of players may be different, the turf
on the ground is different, the rules may be different, but we do things
the same old way. The old saying - thinking is very hard, that's why so
few people do it - is very true.

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Name: CorrUPtion Blogger
E-mail: te&y@foreskin.com
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 19 March 2012

OSHA Fines: Pay attention folks, OSHA is doing more to combat harassment
than your local, general, or international safety captains.
Maybe the "TE&Y" personnel should all be federalized to eliminate
harassment and corruption in the ranks?

If your union bosses won't protect you, OSHA will!

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Name: RRJ
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 19 March 2012

Holy crap! That's some serious acquisations that shouldn't of been
posted on here. I hope it gets taken off.

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Name: Timothy Buckwalter Jr.
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 18 March 2012

Leonard F Shaner Jr.

Conrail6370@yahoo.com, is a child pornographer, molester and shitbag.

everyone who knows him hates him......he harasses kids and teenagers
and girls who won`t go out with him.

he lives at 139 Buckwalter Rd. Pottstown PA 19465

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Name: RRJ
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 18 March 2012

You don't think people aren't playing golf with TM's. Heck a lot of
T&E have them on Facebook on their friends list. It's a different
generation these days. They don't understand that it's us against
them so to speak. That there has always been a line drawn between
management an a union contractual employee that should never be
crossed. They don't understand management is trained to get
information unwittingly from employees. A friendly conversation is a
trap to lure information without the employee realising it.

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 16 March 2012

The Railroad Unions are simply collecting Green fees from the working
class. Tee up and let the membership pay the bill.

If I was a Union person on the RR, (my local) would, pay up and play a
little golf with the Tm and a few more.

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Name: RRJ
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 16 March 2012

No one on the railroad is just kicking back reaping the benefits. I
won't disagree with you on one point in certian industries unions have
protects some sluggish people the UAW is a prime example. Unions drove
jobs overseas? I think you swallowed a big ball of the opium from the
your corporate masters. It was all about cheap slave labor wages and
greed. Which is now kicking them in the nutz because technology has
educated those in third world countries. Now they want the better
things in life which is sending some jobs back to us. If our government
had any guts and wasn't bought out any corporation that oursourced
would be treated like anyother foreign corporation with tariffs ect..It
was corporations that turned this country from the leader of
manufacturing to just a consumer. All in the name of greed. Learn some

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Name: JJ
Employed as: Corporate office, for N/A
Posted: 15 March 2012

Unions are the Opiate of the masses. That is not a rhetorical question.
It is a fact. Unions should not be a concern?  Unions of 1863? Robber
barons of the 19th  century?  A few things have changed since then, 
especially the interconnectedness of world economies.  Present day
unions are of little if any help, except they are good at making
unreasonable demands, promoting nepotism and incompetence, slowing the
introduction of technology advancements, increasing consumer prices,
fomenting distrust with employerd, and refusing to engage with
management to resolve modern 21 st century economic problems. Unions
are great at collecting dues, running employer after employer into the
arms of overseas competitors along with millions of American jobs. 
1863 is not 2012.  Our economic and financial problems are not just
corporate employer problems,  they are everybody's problems ~ and
Unions are not exempt.  This is a union website. So, instead of you
good old boys sitting around on your buttocks enjoying Union opiates,  
    get out there and do something productive.  Remember, for every
finger you point, 10 point back.  


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Name: RRJ
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 15 March 2012

Personal attack? I don't think so you're just a common dumb arse. If
you don't belong to a union then it shouldn't be a concern. The
retoric these days against unions is spread by those who'll profit.
Nothing more. Greed in this country by a handful of people will bring
us back a hundred years. Progress has stalled. If a person feels so
strongly against unions then why seek a unionized job. No one puts a
gun to anyones head. The railroads started unionizing in 1863. It had
to happen. The Robber Barons like Carnagie became rich off of slave
labor wages. Learn history. It shouldn't repeat itself unfortunately
this country is ripe to take a giant leap backwards. 40 years ago I
sought out union jobs knowing they were the best. I had my fill of
working jobs going nowhere with no future financially. The railroads a
difficult life the rewards are a decent liveable wage.

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Name: JJ
Employed as: Corporate office, for N/A
Posted: 15 March 2012

Unions are the Opiate of the masses.  It is 2012, not 1920. Your
personal attack was expected.  It is the Union Opiate at work turning
the brain into mindless sushi.

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Name: RRJ
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 13 March 2012

JJ must stand for "Just Joking". Unions are the opiate of the masses.
Jezzis, That's a 1920's era propoganda slogan used incorrectly. It
was used by the communist Bolsheviks in Russia after the 1917
revolution about religion. "Religion is the opiate of the masses". So
JJ, What are you just a dumb arse or a communist? Seeing you stated
corporate I'd go with just a plain old dumb arse.

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Name: JJ
Employed as: Corporate office, for N/A
Posted: 12 March 2012

Today's railroad unions are the opiate of the masses of railroad
workers.  Now regarding injuries - Rule #1: , if you get injured, you
get punished.  Rule #2: don't get injured. Perhaps the order of rules
should be reversed, but I think everyone gets the drift

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Name: Mad Money
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 12 March 2012

To; J Siesmore...Contact your local OSHA office for egregious conduct.
Your union officer should have advised that!

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Name: RRJ
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 12 March 2012

People write of no life. There never has been a life working on the
railroad. Shortly before I hired out in 1977 the HOS law use to be 16
hours not 12 like it is today. I never heard one oldhead ever complain
about it. They made decent money some never saw their family for weeks
even months. Even in the past couple years since I retired things have
changed it allows more time off in between runs with the 2008 FRA
Safety Law. No, you don't get time off easily by marking off anymore
like it was before gaurented extra boards but that was the price that
was paid to get them established. If it was never established extra
boards could be loaded down easily because it didn't cost the railroad
anything except it did maintain benefits. Most don't even remember
extra boards of "feast and famine". No easy answers its adapt or
leave. That's the harsh truth. Once a person gets it in their head
they're going to make it a carreer they can move on. As a railroader
you'll always gripe but not about not having time off but of more
important issues because your time is what you're being paid for in
all reality.

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Name: j.j. sizemore
E-mail: jaab1234@yahoo.com
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 10 March 2012

I've been on the railroad for ten years all with CSX. In those ten
years I've never had a derailment, run through switch, crossing
incident, NOTHING! I went through the rehab program last year and have
been totally compliant with my program and EAP Supervisor. My wife fell
and broke her shoulder in January and had to have surgery. I laid odd
sickness in family and got a dr's excuse to give the trainmaster who
in turn calls the hospital to check the validation of the excuse. They
(CSX) holds a board on me and the trainmaster withholds evidence in the
board and immediately pulls me out of service and denies all claims. I
feel like i'm being harrassed and discriminated against. Of course I
offered for the supervisor to speak to the dr instead of violating my
hippa rights. They are determined to terminate me. Ten years no
incidents and they wanna fire me. GO FIGURE????

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Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years
Posted: 09 March 2012

Question, why do you think so many people are coming forward to say life
at CSX is no life at all and comparing it to a Nazi prison camp. Because
it is true. Find an employee get to know them ,ask their family , what
hardships affected their family life; you will hear stories that will
make you believe they brutalize their employees and enjoy it.

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 06 March 2012


If union is what you want, make it a good one! FIX WHAT YOU HAVE.

Drop the automatic deduction for your dues from your company. WHY-- to
send a message! when the UTU and the BLE see this in MASS. They will
quickly see the red flags waving.

Pay up front for a year if you want, pay late if you want, remember it
is always ok as long as you PAY.

Now you have a little power, not a lot, but more than just being SHEEP.

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