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Courtesy and Professional CSX Style

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Name: railroadjimmy
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Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 29 September 2014

rumor going around my terminal is that if you run through a banner and
you ruin the banner not only will you be taken out of service you will
be charged for the amount it cost to replace the banner .it will be
taken out of your  check weekly. rumor price of the new banner is $250

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Name: new rules
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Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 September 2014

new safe way rule. October 1st under "work attire" 1.while wearing csx
approved work boot , shoe laces must be long enough to go threw all
eyelets that are on the boots 2. must have enough lace left over to tie
a double knot to secure the boot to the foot. upon request form a non
agreement manager you must show the manager that all eyelets have laces
through them and have a double know to give the wearer ankle support for
walking on ballast. any violations will result in a investigation of the
employee.

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Name: Cods wallop
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Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 September 2014

The overriding problem at CSX is a lack of institutional memory in all
levels. They front level management knows they have crossed the line
into darkness, and for the most part, we don't want their sorry asses
back working with us. So they're in the position of having to impress
their equally incompetent superiors with their enthusiasm and ass
kissing.  Higher than that, the equally moronic directors and such, who
couldn't pour piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the
heel, can't recognize policies and procedures that fail over and over.
Most recently, they are once again insisting that every shove move in
the yards be protected, even if you know the track can hold the cars,
and the current rules seem to permit it. We're getting many 100 car
tanker trains for inspection, and they're bad-ordering 5-6 cars a
train. I guess their intent to to call an extra yard job, with people
they don't have, to switch these cars out.  We had 3 trains delayed
1-2 hours because CMC was too busy to get them called. And that's what
CMC told the train master. Lol.  Sterile cab is a good idea, but as per
normal, CSX will screw up the application.  If Munoz thinks it's a
good time to bail, I'm going to be dumping a chunk out of my 401k.  I
was surprised that he had that much in stock awards vested, but with
this board of unconscious zombies, they probably wrote him an
exemption.  Sort of like when they changed their own stock awards to a
fixed dollar amount from a fixed number of shares, conveniently before
"deciding" to split the stock. Then conducted a stick-up on the
engineer!s stock award.  The mafia has nothing on these guys.

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Name: RULES
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Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 28 September 2014

NEW RULES

You forgot the most important step of all. Im really surprised!

6: Do not under any circumstances try to operate the switch if it
requires excess effort because it is rusty, dirty and as usual just not
maintained! Your moves must be effortless and should not put any stress
on your back or arms. If you do so and you get injured you will be
fired for being able to file a law suit.
DONT TRY to be a big shot and throw it just because you feel like they
will think you are a wimp! Forget your pride and remember they wrote
the rules!

SAFEWAY RULE GS-18:
IF YOU DISCOVER A SWITCH OR DERAIL THAT REQUIRES AN UNUSAULLY HIGH
LEVEL(WHICH IS MOST OF THE TIME!)OF EFFORT TO OPERATE
* DO NOT OPERATE THE SWITCH
* IMMEDIATELY APPLY A SWITCH OR DERAIL BAD ORDER TAG(EVEN IF SUPERVISOR
IS STANDING IN BUSHES WATCHING YOU!)
* REPORT THAT SWITCH OR DERAIL TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY

AGAIN, THEY WROTE THIS RULE AND YOU ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW IT!
100% RULE COMPLIANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Name: new rules oct 1st
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Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 27 September 2014

new hand thrown switch rule starting October 1st . which states 1. check
switch point to make sure there is no obstruction 2. grab bow handle
firmly and release handle by stepping on latch 3. walk switch bow
handle over using both hands and locking handle in catch and test to
make sure handle is locked in catch. 4. check switch point to make sure
switch point is tight against stock rail . 5. walk 15 feet from switch
and lift up both arms and give double thumbs up in 2 directions, so a
manager watching from car, camera or hiding place knows the switch is
securely  and properly lined for movement.

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Name: BOO HOO
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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 26 September 2014

conductor 1-10


BLAH BLAH BLAH... I MEAN SUPERVISOR...... STILL NOT WORKING!



GET READY FOR SLAP IN FACE GLDV CONDUCTORS. SEEMS CARRIER HAS FOUND
LOOP HOLE IN THE AGREEMENT AS FOLLOWS:

IF YOU ARE CALLED OUT OF YOUR AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL TO DRAG A TRAIN
IN THAT COULDNT MAKE IT TO YOUR AWAY TERMINAL AND THEN YOU ARE PUT IN A
WAGON TO GO HOME YOU WILL NOT...AGAIN....WILL NOT GET PAID FOR THE DH
HOME. THE ENGINEER WILL! IT IS IN BLACK AND WHITE THEY HAVE TO BE PAID
ANOTHER TICKET WHETHER THEY GO HOME ON ANOTHER TRAIN OR BY WAGON

SO RUMOR HAS IT THAT ALL CONDUCTORS ARE GOING TO INSIST THEY GO BACK TO
THE HOTEL AND BE PUT FIRST OUT AND AFTER BEING RESTED GO BACK ON TRAIN
OR DH WHEN THEY WILL HAVE TO BE PAID. DO THEY REALLY THINK THEY WILL BE
PAID A DH HOME JUST BECAUSE THEY WENT BACK TO THE HOTEL? REALLY? DONT
THINK THEY WILL SAY YOU JUST WAITED AWHILE BEFORE YOU WENT HOME. THAT
WAS YOUR CHOICE. YOU ARE STILL NOT GETTING PAID FOR DH
BETTER GET A TRAIN AND MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR MONEY. 
OH..BETTER GET YOUR BOXING GLOVES TOO. THERE IS GOING TO BE A WAR
BETWEEN ENGINEERS AND CONDUCTORS! LET THE GAMES BEGIN! CSX 1---CREWS 0

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Name: fatigue
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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 September 2014

FRA...

WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE... 

RIGHT NOW IT IS  21:24(9:24 pm)ON THE 25TH AND AVON YARD IS TRYING TO
ORDER A POOL TRAIN THAT WAS ON THE LINE UP MAIN FRAME FOR 08:30
TOMORROW MORNING ON THE 26TH. WE CALLED THE IVR SYSTEM AT 17:40(5:40
pm) FOR A 4 HOUR AND AN 8 HOUR LINE UP ON THE  POOL. THE IVR SYSTEM
STATED THERE WAS NOTHING SCHEDULED FOR THIS POOL FOR THE NEXT 8 HOURS.

THEY ARE CALLING THIS TRAIN 11 HOURS EARLY AND ARE GOING TO CATCH SOME
POOR SAP OFF GUARD WHO PROBABLY DIDNT GO TO BED OR EVEN SUSPECT THIS
WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!POOL CREWS ARE NOT EXTRA BOARD PEOPLE AND WE EXPECT
OUR TRAIN LINE UP TO BE AT LEAST HALFWAY ACCURATE.  

THIS CRAP HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG WE CANT EVEN KEEP TRACT OF IT
ANYMORE. WE HAVE DOCUMENTED TIMES AND TAKEN SNAP SHOTS OF THIS CRAP AND
TURNED IT INTO THE UNION AND NOTHING IS GETTING DONE. THIS IS CAUSING A
SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE AND FATIGUE IN THE CREWS. SOMETHING HAS TO BE
DONE.

SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE AND SO DOES
JACKSONVILLE. IF THIS CRAP DOESNT STOP SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KILLED!

HEY YOU!! MR CSX LAWYER WHO IS READING THIS! YOU BETTER DO SOMETHING
ABOUT THIS OR YOUR GOING TO BE MEETING SOMEONES LAWYER AT THE FUNERAL
HOME!

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Name: LimboTime
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Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 25 September 2014

>>>>>>>Severe penny pinching is not a good sign to stock holders or
those
employed by the company. This is not a good sign!>>>>>>>

Just another morale boosting effort by the CSX. I think that morale
stuff was mentioned in the other post.

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Name: robbed
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Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 25 September 2014

BAD SIGNS TO COME

Union agreements states that held away will be paid to conductors after
the EXPERATION of 16 hours from the time relieved from previous duty.
Engineers pay will begin in 15.

The carrier has been taking back 1 MINUTE of pay from everyone who
claimed exactly 15 or 16 hours. The idea is that expiration means the
same as dead...over... etc. so the employee has to be off 1 minute
after the hours agreed upon before he can begin his held away pay.

The practice of paying an employee exactly 15 hours or 16 hours after
they have been off has been going on for YEARS!

So what is with the sudden desperation to take back 1 minute of
everyones pay????????

Severe penny pinching is not a good sign to stock holders or those
employed by the company. This is not a good sign!

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Name: Ret. Eng and Manager
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 September 2014

Even though technology has made major advancements, unless management
practices evolve with the times, the corporation will be plagued with
problems. †In the case of the railroad management, especially at higher
levels, they are still in the 1800ís, when it comes to their treatment
of their employees. †In just a few short years, equipment has evolved
in leaps and bound. But, their managers are still running steam
engines. The style of railroad management starts at the top. Their Law
Departments have much more control and influence they ever before,
right down to writing the operating rules. When CEO's decide to
release their grip and mindset on the past, things will change. Maybe
when younger management types, with new ideas, move into higher
positions with more authority, things will change for the better. †The
entire management military structure style of thinking needs to be
scrapped and replaced with a more competent style. Now, no one is
saying ALL managers are bad, no, not at all. But, When it comes to
business practices, the railroads need to do much better. Upper
management seems to have never figured out, with the new short
operating crews, new equipment, constant rule changes, their train
crews need to be much more productive then in the past. With ANY
company, a happy employee is a productive employee. Good morale is a
must or at least a plus. Just take a close look at other industries
around the world and glean what works best.

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Name: alert!!!
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 September 2014

HEADS UP!!!!


Some supervisors have already started discussing our topic about
stopping several car length away when we do our safety stops so they
cant get any bogus write ups on us. 

Word is they are saying if they catch anyone stopping farther away than
250 feet( one was heard saying 250 feet and 1 inch!)they will bust them.
SO BE CAREFUL AND MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS DO A SAFETY STOP 2 CAR LENGTHS
AWAY. IF YOU STOP AND YOU THINK YOU ARE 250 FEET AWAY THEN MAKE YOUR
MOVE TO DO THE COUPLING YOU BETTER KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU ARE AT 250
FEET. DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT NON OF US HERE KNOW EXACTLY WERE 250
FEET IS SO WE ARENT GOING TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF ASSUMING WE ARE EXACTLY
5 CAR LENGTHS AWAY.

FOR THE PUBLIC READERS WHO DONT KNOW OUR RULES SO THAT YOU CAN BETTER
UNDERSTAND OUR SITUATION POSTED ON HERE, A LITTLE EXPLANATION FOR YOU!


A SAFETY STOP CAN NOT BE MADE ANY FARTHER THAN 250 FEET AWAY FROM OR
CLOSER THAN 50 FEET FROM THE CAR YOU ARE COUPLING INTO. 
CAR LENGHTS ARE CONSIDERED 50 FEET. ITS A BIG GUESTIMATION GAME BUT
AFTER AN EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN WORKING LONG ENOUGH HE CAN GET A FEEL OF
WHAT MIGHT BE FIFTY FEET BUT NO ONE..ABSOLUTLEY NO ONE CAN GET IT
EXACT. WE HAVE SEEN OLD HEADS WITH 30 YEARS TRY TO HIT IN RIGHT ON AND
COULDNT DO IT! THE FARTHER A CAR IS AWAY FROM YOU THE MORE DISTORTED
THE GUESTIMATED VISUAL LENGTH BECOMES. 

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD STEP OFF 250 FEET EXACTLY?

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Name: not
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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 September 2014

LOCO/SUPERVISOR 30

HANG IT UP... YOU COULDNT GET A HIT ON LBT AND NOW YOUR TRYING TO START
A PINES DISCUSSION... GO BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK.  THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN
POSTING ON HERE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS KNOW WHAT YOUR UP TO. ITS THE NEW
COMERS WHO GET FOOLED BY YOUR CRAP. THE TOPICS GETTING A LITTLE HOT FOR
YOU? MAYBE YOU ARE A SUPERVIOR WHOS NAME HAS BEEN POSTED ON HERE IN THE
LAST WEEK. MAYBE YOU ARE ONE OF THEIR LAWYERS? MAYBE YOU ARE A CONDUCTOR
OR ENGINEER MOLE THAT HAS BEEN RECRUITED BY CSX TO COME ON HERE AND TRY
TO START A JERRY SPRINGER WAR SO WE WILL QUIT TALKING ABOUT THE COMPANY
CRAP THATS GOING ON RIGHT NOW. WHO EVER YOU ARE GO BACK UNDER YOUR
ROCK.... UNLESS YOU WANT TO WHISTLEBLOW OR MAYBE POST SOMETHING THE
CREWS AND THE UNION CAN USE FOR THEIR PROTECTION....

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Name: Retired FRA Inspector
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 September 2014

Conductor, for 1-10 years:

No, I do not follow the activities of FRA. When I retired I was so
disgusted with that agency that I wanted nothing more to do with it.

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Name: ?
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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 23 September 2014

Retired FRA 


Question. Do you keep up any on the latest rulings handed down by the
fra ?  We are wondering if the rumor is true that if a key train with a
high alert car is to be left in a siding without a crew and tied down
that the dispatcher has to do about 4 or 5 pieces of paper and has to
let the fra know they have it stopped and are taking control of it.  We
are not supposed to have to sit on these things if they are not being
left in a high urban threat area but its happening. One crew was left
on one over 6 hours in a non HUTA. Could this be the reason they keep
leaving the crews on them because they just don't want to do the
paperwork? Whats the big deal if the dispatcher or chief takes
control/responsibility of the train. What are they afraid of? There are
rules that say they can so whats the problem?

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Name: Me
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 22 September 2014

For every Valid claim I submit and Payroll or Labor Relations declines,
2 trains will die and have to be relieved. The cost of a relief crew
and transportation will far exceed the cost of just paying a Valid
claim.  CSX, if you don't want to pay good claims, don't agree to it
during contract negotiations.  You folks are stealing from the people
who keep u employed.

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Name: Down with the sickness 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 22 September 2014

This isn't a railroad anymore..... It's a circus....         CSX SUCKS
BIG ONES

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Name: Fed up 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 21 September 2014

Folks its not a joke. Oct 1 ( around about) there will be a change in
testing procedures.
 " measuring  tools " will be used among other "tools" to do to the
test with... It's all changing in Oct.. Trust me

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Name: Fed up
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 19 September 2014

Folks just wait until October 1 and see the new testing procedures
coming out.  This company and lost they're freakin mind...  Here is
one example " when a conductor stops you for a safety stop ( which is
one car length ) if the stop is shorter than one car length or 50 feet
( let's say it was an 48 ft stop ) which is less than the 50 foot
stop. Then the conductor is written up. The official will have a
measuring tool to check the exact footage. This is only one test of
many ....

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Name: watchdog
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 16 September 2014

CMC MANAGER

WE suggest you get out of your seat and office and start paying more
attention to your crew dispatchers. One of your callers on second shift
put two, not one, but two employees on hold for 45 minutes. These
employees had vital information that could have filled a vacancy that
would have moved a train 45 minutes earlier from its terminal. One of
these employees had been called earlier to be asked to work other
vacancies and when contacted told the caller that they didn't want to
work anything but their pool they were assigned to. According to the
employee the caller had a bad attitude and hung up on them. When it
came time to run the rosters for a vacancy of his pool, they called his
house for exactly 3 seconds. They made no attempt to leave a message or
contact this employee even though he had made it clear he would work
that pool. Several of us listened to the recording of the 3 second call
and we all know what happened is true. In the meantime the second
employee who was on hold knew the other employee was trying to get
through and was trying to help get the job filled. After being on 2
telephones at once for 45 minutes as well this employee got ahold of a
supervisor at the yard and told them what was going on. He was told how
long both employees had been on hold and if he wanted to get his train
out of the yard on time he better get ahold of a manager and tell the
caller to answer the phone. This supervisor did make contact with
someone in crew management and they instructed them to put the
volunteer on the job and get the train ordered. Did they do as
instructed? NO! Did they take the volunteers call? NO! At this time
there was absolutely no one available to work the train because of
severe manpower shortage. There was even a notation put in the
mainframe on lineups that it was the end of all decisions to fill the
job after trying to fill it for 30 minutes. This wouldn't have been a
problem if they had just bothered to answer the phone. The phone calls
have been saved and proof of all times the employees were on hold has
been viewed by a supervisor. We know the callers have caller ID. I
would hate to think they deliberately refused to answer the volunteers
call because he wouldn't accommodate them earlier and refused to work
the other jobs they called him for. We are not sure why they refused to
answer the other employees call. Maybe because they knew they were the
other employee who would also be on the job and thought maybe they
might tell them the other employee wanted to work and they couldn't
refuse him because there was no one else? The only reason the job got
filled right after the yard supervisor made his call is because an
employee called in to mark up from being off and asked the caller how
long it would be before he was called and they told him right away if
he wanted to take the vacancy. If that employee hadnt called right at
that moment who knows what would have happened. Who knows how much
longer the train would have been delayed just because they refused to
answer the phone! Mr. crew manager, if you think for one moment that
your callers are not rude or they don't play games then think again.
If you think they don't show favorites, think again! If you don't
think there is a pattern of who gets PB days while others can never get
any think again! Pretty soon the straw that broke the camels back just
might be hanging on yours if you don't start paying more attention to
your subordinates! 45 minutes on hold!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME. WHEN YOU
GET HOME I WANT YOU TO SIT IN YOUR LAZY BOY AND HOLD A PHONE TO YOUR
EAR FOR 45 MINUTES. YOU THINK THAT DOESNT SOUND VERY LONG!  JUST SIT IN
YOUR CHAIR WITH 2 PHONES TO YOUR EARS FOR 45 MINUTES AND SEE JUST HOW
LONG IT IS. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR AND DEFINATELY POOR BUSINESS
PRACTICES! IF THERE WASNT A FIRE IN THE BUILDING OR A TORNADO OR
HURRICANE EVACUATION THEN THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE PHONES NOT TO BE
ANSWERED FOR 45 MINUTES!

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 10 September 2014

Since the unions helped Obama get in office, maybe the union should sign
up for Obamacare. (sarcasm)

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