Courtesy and Professional CSX Style

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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: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 02 October 2015

Atlanta Journal Constitution 9/24/15

"New North Georgia Port Threatens the Environment"

The fanfare surrounding the recent surprise announcement of the Georgia
Ports Authority’s new inland port was reminiscent of ceremonies held by
cities winning the bid to host the Olympics or Super Bowl. Even though
the temperature in Chatsworth was in the mid-90s, the promoters dragged
a table onto the shade-less lawn of the Murray County Courthouse for the
signing of the memorandum of understanding to take advantage of the
photogenic backdrop of the Cohutta Mountains .

Among the perspiring dignitaries seated at the table were Gov. Nathan
Deal, the executive vice president of CSX railroad and the county’s
sole Commissioner, Brittany Pittman. “Twenty-five years from now you
are going to look back in pride at what took place today,” Gov. Deal
said. The CSX vice president said, “the port will provide
cost-effective options for environmentally friendly transportation
services.”Asked about the impact of increased truck traffic,
commissioner Pittman said, “All the due diligence has been done”.

The executive director of the Cohutta Springs Conference Center, a
mountain retreat and youth camp owned by the Seventh-Day Adventists
Church, was a smiling observer of the festivities. He said a CSX
representative told him the future port’s exact location would be “five
or six miles up the road” from the center. A few days later, he learned
that its actual location was to be approximately 600 yards upwind of
the resort’s boundary. He was no longer smiling.

The inland port will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is
projected to handle 50,000 shipping containers the first year,
increasing to 100,000 within 10 years. It’s also promised to be a
catalyst for attracting many more truck-laden businesses.

Stacked shipping containers will block the viewshed of the only U.S.
Highway 411 leg of the “Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic By-way” at the
road’s closest approach to the Chattahoochee National Forest. The low
rumbling sounds from locomotives, warning beepers on equipment, train
cars coupling, trucks hitching to trailers, and the slamming about of
containers will be audible for miles in all directions. Bright lights
will illuminate the sky 365 nights a year, and the trucks, locomotives
and other equipment will produce a perpetual cloud of toxic diesel
emissions that will be carried by the prevailing upsloping winds into
the highest elevations of the ecologically fragile Cohutta Mountains.

The Cohutta Wilderness, a “Class I Wilderness,” and the largest
mountain wilderness east of the Mississippi, is just five miles
downwind, and the contiguous national forest is just one mile downwind.
Together, they form the watershed for the upper Conasauga River, equally
renowned by trout fishermen and biologist for its pristine waters and
biodiversity. The river is the habitat for a dozen endangered or
threatened species, and through the efforts of numerous businesses,
non-profits and environmental groups, it was recently named as
Georgia’s only “Outstanding Natural Resource Waters.”

Little Sumac Creek, near its confluence with Big Sumac Creek, is the
southern boundary of the port site. Leakage of toxic petro-fluids from
trucks and equipment, combined with the inevitable accidental spillages
of other toxins, will end up in runoff that will flow downstream into
the Conasauga River within the habitat of the Conasauga Logperch, an
endangered species found nowhere else in the world.

Shipping containers — principal conveyances for invasive species — will
be opened in the shadow of Grassy Mountain, home to 550 species of flora
and fauna. Grassy Mountain is littered with the ancient trunks of the
fabled American Chestnut tree, killed by a fungus brought from Japan at
the turn of the century. The still-standing skeletons of Canada Hemlock
trees, ecologically important icons, are the more recent victims of an
insect brought from Asia.

Inadequately inspected containers, potential delivery systems for
terrorists’ weapons of war, will be unloaded a few hundred feet from a
community park with ballfields, a walking track and playground. The
port site is directly across the highway from a century-old church and
there are numerous nearby residences.

After jobs creation, the port’s most frequently touted selling points
are its positive environmental impact and relief for Atlanta’s traffic
congestion. The port, which will create 20 mediocre jobs, will be
located over 20 miles from I-75. The additional heavy-truck traffic
will create havoc on the area’s connecting two-lane country roads, but
will hardly be missed in Atlanta.

This illogical site selection will negatively impact the health of the
area’s residents, erode their property values and present the potential
for catastrophic damages to some of our most valuable natural resources.

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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: Engine repair, for 10-20 years
Posted: 02 October 2015

Hey with all the talk of layoffs and shop and terminal closings you
railroaders need to listen up.If your laid off know your rights. Also
if you have less than 5years I would think seriously about finding
another line of work. This company does not care about you or your
family if you havent already figured that out. Their oppression is only
going to get worse. There are plenty of jobs out there that might not
pay as well, but as far as bottom dollar it will be close. Csx wants to
take away rr retirement  and your health care. So any comparison to
other careers or jobs will eventually be a mute subject. Those of you
in transportation already know you dont have a life. When you look back
on it when your kids are grown you will regret it, working weekends,
being on call, cant make any concrete plans, putting up with their
stupid attendance policies, no quality family time etc. A little extra
money is not worth the aggravation. There are a lot of companies out
there who will treat you like a human being, and will not try to make
you work holidays or spy on you with cameras, or hide in the bushes to
write you up so they can fire you for doing something wrong. God above
forgives you for sinning this god forsaken company fires you for not
being PERFECT. They are run by the devil who thrives on greed and
enjoys destroying families lives either by firing them after going to a
kangaroo court or just stripping them of their family time because of
their reduced workforce and bare minimum of manpower in all
departments. Yes if you have a decade or two invested I know it's hard
to give up,but any worker under 10 years I suggest you take a very hard
look at other forms of employment. I have seen several new hires
already  leave, a couple even went back to their previous jobs, and
their as happy as ever. This is only advice from someone who is still
working and regrets the time missed with family and friends over the
last 2 and 1/2 decades, and someone who has seen several co-workers
fired for making human mistakes and getting railroaded. There is now
even a greater possibility of that happening due to cameras, scared
workers who fear for their jobs and won't side or testify for you, and
just plain old company officials who want to boost their standing in the
DEVILS hierarchy for his own evil ego. Again I'm just offering advice,
just like other coworkers offered me years ago, and I wish I had went
down a different path because I've seen other qualities in jobs and
work that are a lot more fulfilling and treat you better than your
going to get at csx. They have said and feel like they own you because 
they pay you better than most other industries, however this isn't true
when you compare skilled labor in other union jobs. Look around and pray
about it you will find a better quality of life away from csx.

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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: 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: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 September 2015

Other/non (9/26)
So which post got under their skin. we all know you are a management
mole. Was it the post fronting out the company and their once again
inept ability to publish accurate info or was it the post from someone
in corporate calling them out. One of them got under your skin. Once
again trying to distract the posters from the topic at hand.  Go back
under your corporate rock!

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Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 27 September 2015

To the non railroad employee 
You write in calling railroaders a bunch of "complaining pansies" but
you have never had to listen and endures what we have to. So before you
start calling out people,that you have no idea what we go through, mind
your own business. You probably couldn't make on the steel highway.
It's more to it than just "riding or blowing horns"

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Name: Oh no.
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 27 September 2015

Who needs managers to enforce the rules and write folks up when the BLET
local chairman in calls the CSX DTO and dimes out a road crew for now
properly filling out a daily inspection report and air slip.

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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: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 25 September 2015

It has always been my dream to work for csx to ride the rails and blow
the horns and make that good money.What a life it must be.How do I get

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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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