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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 03 October 2015

I have a feeling something is going to happen here real soon.  This
company and it piss poor management is a real mess.  The incompetence
is out in the open, everyone can see it, even a new man walking through
the door. Very sad.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 02 October 2015


True: even the best managers are all too often talked to & treated like
they are/were dirt.  This co. has lost some good ones because of that --
some could & did, go to better jobs.  Sad. 

The stockholders ought to take a harder stance & vote to clean house,
starting at the top.  They need to fix things.....ASAP.

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Name: reality
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 02 October 2015

Engine repair

What you are saying is 100% true. But what you do not take into account
is this is big business. They only care about the bottom line and
LIABILITY.  Would it not make better sense to have a failure on every
single employee? Would that not make a better case in court for the
company if an employee can be shown to be an unsafe worker when they
are injured and are standing in court in front of a judge?
Injuries hurt the hell out of their ability to receive accreditation.
It's all about public image and backers. You along with every employee
who writes or speaks negatively about their jobs are just considered
disgruntled and whiners. Facts not fiction. Why do you  think your
unions don't do a thing until something happens that hits the media.
The company gets with them to smooth over the problem with "happy"
money or scratches someone's back. If your union can score a big
publicity hit they will jump like stink on shitz.

We(anonymous group) had the opportunity to sit in on a multiple way
conference call with a group of supervisors. The leading "chair" was
an upper management person from Jacksonville. We were floored on the
way the supervisors where belittled and talked down to. They were
treated like ignorant and uneducated idiots. One was even threatened if
his so called "business" sense didn't improve. There was absolutely
nothing encouraging or positive about the entire experience. So it goes
to show that it isn't just the blue collar workers who are treated like
We could all publish a list of names of supervisors who left a
particular district that came forward to the employees and revealed the
direct orders that were given to them to get out in the fields and get
more failures or start looking for another craft to work in.
These were supervisors with a conscious. No, you wont see that list.
Some are still employed and due to their honesty they have our respect

I'm sure the lawyers and public media directors for csx will have a
fit after reading this one but its best that you and all other
employees know that its just not the field workers in any craft that is
singled out. All levels of management are treated the same.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 01 October 2015

Ol' King Coal isn't the merry old soul / money maker it used to be for
the RRs that hauled it.  Things do change.  

The big shots have gambled a lot on intermodal\container traffic.
What'll happen to that with the widening of the Panama Canal?

We'll see. Stay tuned.

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Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years
Posted: 30 September 2015

I heard that 5 terminals will be shutting down on the Huntington
Division. I've heard Erwin is already shut down so 4 left to go. I
find it amusing that CSX is shutting down terminals but yet Ward and
the upper tier management will still be receiving their big bonuses. No
wonder CSX is in such bad shape. Ward continues to run us in the ground
and shareholders just let him run the show..obviously we don't have
the brightest shareholders or board of directors. Well way to go
Ward..let's see what else you can destroy in the upcoming year

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Employed as: Engine repair, for 20-30 years
Posted: 30 September 2015

The attendance policy we all deal with is a form of harassment. Csx
management, from the corporate level to the lower levels are all
sweating bullets because the stock price has cratered and continues to
go lower and they have lost business either on merit or trying to
manipulate the numbers. They can only beef their numbers up by cutting
labors benefits, labors jobs or any other labor related perk, as in
days off, obvious claim denial, and having their lawyers totally shred
our agreements and contracts to turn any language in them into their
favor. They cannot honorably go out and increase business to raise
their numbers because they have used high oil prices  to rob customers
at gun point with surcharges to pad their own pockets thru unreal
bonuses, stock options, and any other numerous forms of greed. All the
time acting as if they are saints in the communities of their company
reach, lying on the company gateway about their core values, cheating
and stealing and lying to customers, employees, and suppliers about any
and everything imaginable to increase the bottom line. I have worked and
watched this for the last 10 years increase everyday. The first 5 years
I worked here this company had a little honor to it, but since has went
downhill,the last ten accelerating at break-neck speed. All of this for
the almighty dollar. It is great to make money but to sell your soul to
the devil lands you in hell. To cheat and steal from the very people who
make you rich is an act that will eventually set you up for failure. To
be so arrogant to think that you can get away with it when your in the
national business limelight is on the  edge of insanity. That is why
the cash cow coal is gone, and oil prices have fallen, and have you
noticed there are two to three times the trucks on the highways as
there were 5 years ago. Soon the hedge funds, mutual funds and pension
funds will sell out of CSX, and the heads will role in j-ville. The 
board of directors who mismanage their fiduciary  duties will also pay
by losing their seats on the board when their partner in crime, the CEO
goes down. CSX is losing business  fast, and they have no one to blame
but theirselves. Company performance is also going down no matter what
they say with their "drive to 65" saying. I've seen the drive leave
my co workers, they dont work with the zest and zeal they used to, even
the newbies they wilt and quit literally before their first years up.
The morale of the company worker is like a drunk with a gun to his
head. Local management does the same as j-ville though, they lie and
cheat to fake the numbers to big brother and big brother is too blind
to see through it or just doesn't want to see it, as long as
everything adds up to a better number. Eventually "the drive to 65
will get revealed for what it truely is a BIG fat lie, just look at the
stock price which is a leading indicator of future economies, it has
dropped 10 dollars a share and they produced the lowest operating ratio
ever on their drive to 65. This will be the ultimate reveal, a 65
operating ratio and a 52 week low or worse in the stock price. Now that
tells me you are who we thought you were, LIARS CHEATS and THIEVES.

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 29 September 2015

Railroad and Union Corruption:

There is an unimaginable amount of [Claims] bribes paid through out the
ranks to union officers in order to control cost and support profits!
The corrupt union officers are the only ones getting their claims
All it takes is one guilt riddled union officer to confess and the
House of Cards will take a dive like Volkswagen!

Volkswagen ripped-off several million customers while the railroads
ripped-off thousands of its employees!

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Name: CBrown
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 29 September 2015

When is Corbin closing? What location is next?

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 29 September 2015

Pretty much the same in ALL locations\terminals.

No problem with safety committee persons & extra curricular activities
as long as they do their shift & 'safety' bs is handled. CSX doesn't
schedule safety functions, meetings on weekends (do they?).
Problem is with safety team members flipping burgers, doing clean
sweeps, any job that actually ought to be performed by another craft
and/or contracted out & being able to mark off to do that while the
average Joe can't get off without a hassle.

Off "UBU" on weekends?  More understandable.  Members have issues &
problems 24/7/365 & are not at all afraid of calling a local rep.
anytime.  And if a union rep. is working a slop freight unassigned pool
& has to be in place \ available 1st thing Mon. morning, he\she may
very well have to mark off Friday.  Walk a few car-lengths in a
part-time local union officer's boots.

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Name: Laughing 
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 September 2015

In our terminal the safety committee or the " SAFETY GUYS ". give the
safety a bad name. They lay off safety, but attend ball games, family
functions, Without it going against CSX attendance policy.. I know two
guys that lay off at least 4-7 times a month for SAFETY OR Union
Business... Same guys every month... They come to work talking about
going to ball games and other activities while on safety or UB......
The trainmasters know what they do but nothing is done...  These
programs would be good but some people ruin it.... We call them sucks
...... Also the guys that lay off on the weekends for safety or UB
still get they're perfect attendance stock for being available... The
company needs to make huge adjustments..... !!!!!!!!!

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 26 September 2015

Why do you railroad guys complain so much about your jobs?Hell all yall
do is ride on the rails and blow the whistle and get a big check.Yall
sighned up for it yall went to the hiring session they told yall what
the deal was before you got the job and you wanted it any way.You bunch
of panisies.I wish I had the job all you do is ride on a train and blow
the whistle and make a good check.You guys are a joke.Give me a
railroad job I will show you how to appreciate something.You bunch of

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 25 September 2015

All RR employees (including full time union reps.) who sit at a desk in
environmentally controlled offices looking at charts, graphs,
contracts, etc., and dream up crap should have to spend time out in the
field annually and experience things firsthand.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 25 September 2015

Swell.  Like T&E employees need even more PITA things to do. 
Fiasco?  Absolutely.  
Too many educated idiots & not near enough real railroaders running
this outfit.

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Name: joke
Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 September 2015

What the F
There was a notice that came out on this very change in reporting your
qualifications. Like most people I'm sure you did not read the notice.
Seems to be one of the biggest mistakes made by employees.
You will notice there are instructions stating that you are to take a
list of the areas that are incorrect to your TM, manager or
Superintendent so they can notify cmc of the corrections that need to

Now knowing csx as we all do, this will be one big fiasco. There will
be hundreds of employees with incorrect information and there is no way
the TM'S, managers or any superintendent will take the time to correct
every single employee's record. This will be a major joke for months
to come.

Take a copy of the notice along with a copy of your qualifications
listed in the system. Highlight all errors. Make another copy for your
union representation and note on it the date and time you gave the
information to management. When you are called by CMC for a job that
you are not qualified for but it is noted that you are you can tell
them when and who you forwarded the correct information to.

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Name: what the f....
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 September 2015

hey avon people

anyone else take a look at this new employee qualification board that
is showing up on the crew screen.. From what I can tell it is supposed
to list the jobs you are able to cover with qualifying expiration
dates. There is a bunch of jobs listed on mine that expire in the
future and I have never worked them a day since I was hired. How in the
hell can they say my qualifications expire in 2018 and I never worked
them one day.  

Something is going on here. Im hearing the union is buckling under and
is close to agreeing we become one big extra board. Heard they already
did this in Danville.  What the hell will seniority be if you are on
one big extra board.  Something is going on.  

Heard anything from your LC'S

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Name: Ret. SP/UP Eng
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 23 September 2015

Posted by Brakeman
everybody realizes every railroad is probably like csx .


NO! Every railroad is NOT like CSX. Yes, theyíre all strict, but
nothing like what you see by the CSX. BLE and UTU Western lines seem to
have much better union reps. I worked over 30 years for SP then UP. UP
was/is bad, but nothing like this outfit. I have several friends who
are engineers for BNSF. They all fell CSX goes way over board. I canít
speak for NS or KCS. So, donít think for one minute itís all the same,
railroad to railtoad. Itís not.

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Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years
Posted: 23 September 2015

everybody use to think conrail was bad but this place sucks. hopefully
everybody realizes every railroad is probably like csx . also I would
brace your self , if cp rail take over this joint it will get worse. 
hunter Harrison of cp rail will be worse then ward and sandborn.
remember this place will never change AND I MEAN NEVER! the unions have
no power to do anything. you have two choices, either you put up with it
or you can find employment else where. that is a cold hard fact. every
body here is replaceable. like I said no one is holding you hostage. if
good paying jobs were easy to find I be gone by now but have to much
time in to quit to throw away a pension

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Name: in the know
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 22 September 2015


Fed up did not post anything that was not true. Yes the job sucks.
WHY?????? Because what is expected of an employee is much more than any
normal 9-5 job and the environment is pure bullshit.

Now, as for his comment on pay, he couldn't be more right. I cant
count how many times I have had to resubmit a 100% legitimate claim
because some inept moron in payroll did not read the details of the
claim completely and just wrote if off and posted a reply that had
absolutely NOTHING WHAT SO EVER to do with the original claim.
Our unions threw us under the bus the day they signed an agreement with
the company stating all they had to do was quote on our earning
statement that a claim was denied because it was unfounded. If you
don't remember when that happened then you haven't been around long
enough or you just don't pay attention to what our unions are doing to
As for the attendance policy, it is in review with state and federal
medical boards along with other groups.  If a person is legitimately
sick but not sick enough to go to the hospital or emergency room then
they should not be punished with points after they submit a valid
doctors slip.
Now, my doctor has told me if anyone in csx refuses to accept his
paperwork and even hints that he wrote a slip that wasn't valid or
didn't warrant my excuse from work he would sue their pants off.
Accusing a doctor or writing bogus medical excuses is illegal,
unethical and as he said...slanderous.  My doctor wont take those kind
of accusations lightly. I suggest everyone speak to their personal
physicians and get their take on how they intend to handle it. My
physician also stated if it was after hours to go to the emergency
room. You have every right to. If enough people start making the
insurance companies  dish out thousands to cover emergency visits then
maybe the company might start taking a closer look at their idiotic
decision when the insurance company comes after them.
Yes, the job sucks. Our union agreement is raped every day. Our pay is
screwed with constantly. We work all hours of the day, all days of the
week and give up a lot of family time. Yes we get good pay for it when
we get what is due us, but we deserve it. Very few professions give up
their quality of life as we do.

Now for a pet peeve..........
Ive been with this company over 20 years. When I was a cub I had no
problem with my pay. When csx took over it went to hell. I watched all
the new hires come in and get screwed over on their training pay
constantly. I have seen some get tickets locked out and backed up and
go without any pay for a month. It is September 2015 AND ITS STILL
HAPPENING!  How many damn years will it take csx to figure out how to
set up a program that doesn't screw the hell out of the new guy!

OH YEAH! Almost forgot. CSX has managed to screw up our ability to go
in and print our employee history in multiple pages. You now have to 
go back and start all over again at the beginning after you print a
single page. This is a pain in the arss and is time consuming. Go
figure,,, the company making it harder to copy our history. Makes you
wonder if they did on purpose knowing some people wont take the time to
do it. Has anyone figured out a shortcut to this problem. If so I along
with a dozen other people would like to know! We use our history for
legal as well as tax purposes.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 19 September 2015

Have to go along with the previous post.
FNGs & their BS are probably the #1 reason why things are they way are
today.  It's always a real treat when someone with 30-40 yrs.
experience overhears some new(er) employee spouting off about how
things are & how they should be.  I, for one, just shake my head &
ignore those type(s) of people as much as possible.

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 19 September 2015

Wow....fed-up really???


I don't feel the grievances CSX operating employees have is with the
wages and benefits. It is with the working conditions, attendance
policies and especially the excessive discipline handed out by labor
relation or whom ever. I mean, just look at other railroads, compared
to the CSX. On the Chessie System, one gets the death penalty for

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