Courtesy and Professional CSX Style

You'll do what yer told, you little &%#$@!!!

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Name: redeye51
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 June 2016

Hello my true Americans.

Been working for CSX for +10yrs and soon I will be slapping down my
resignation on the table.  I am a veteran who came to CSX with the
promise of a better future.  Well, those corporate greedy bastards are
just sending true America down the drain.  I am looking to write a tell
all book about personal experience here at CSX.  Get your stories
together cause I will be back and share the wealth.  Let us together
get the story out about this place. Those investors got money and TMZ
would love a good story.  FTW...let the chit roll.  And stay tuned...

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Name: AGAIN!!!!
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 June 2016


Once again another chief has threatened to pull a crew out of service
if they didn't drag in another train that they made it very clear they
were not qualified in the area that the train was outlawed.

Train should not be moved by engineer if he isn't qualified on the
characteristic nor should the conductor run on the engineers
qualifications as management claims they can

FRA 240.231 Requirement for locomotive engineers unfamiliar with
physical characteristics......READ READ READ!!!!!!! 

NOTE* Pilots are not required if the movement is on a section of track
with an average grade of less than 1% over 3 continuous miles AND
the track is other than a main track or
the maximum distance the locomotive or train will travel does not
exceed one mile or
The maximum authorized speed for ANY OPERATION on the track does not
exceed 20 mph or
Operations are conducted under operating rules that require every
locomotive and train to proceed at a speed that permits stopping within
one half the range of vision of the locomotive engineer

The new so called TERMINAL LIMITS stretch way beyond one mile and are
also on the main line as well. Signals are not given to operate the
trains at restricted speed and authorized speed is above 20.  
If you are threatened by the chief and DTO to drag in a train that you
have informed them that you are not familiar with the characteristics
or your qualification time has expired the first thing you need to do
is put them on notice that they need to throw up restricting signals.
If they wont then you move at restricted speed the entire distance.
Immediately report the incident to the FRA operating officer and make a
report to the ethics committee for threats made towards your employment
and being forced to work under intimidating circumstances made by upper

Get it together crews. Your union isn't going to do anything to
protect you. Its obvious isn't it when a chief pulls this stunt again.
You have to take their balls in your court and squeeze the life out of
them. If you cant grow a pair then you better go buy some!

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Name: Former LC
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 24 June 2016

Well legal,
Exactly WHO will hire older RR workers that may wish to leave the RR
industry & can provide an income that will not break their RR
Retirement connection.  YOU?
Just how many US Gov. jobs are out there for decrepit ol' RRers, many
who do not have formal educations?
How many would be successful at running their own business in this day
& age?  Not many would be interested in going to Canada or Alaska.
Life is expensive. Things happen. For various reasons, not everyone is
always able to invest wisely & Save! Save! Save!

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Name: legal
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 June 2016


Your post is misleading. There are several jobs a person can work after
leaving the railroad and not have their connection severed.
Self employment in an unincorporated business, some US government
agencies and the railroad in Alaska and Canada(under certain
conditions)are just a few. It is amazing how many railroaders have been
out on the rails their entire lives and still are struggling to make
ends meet. You would think they would have learned how to budget and
invest wisely so they could retire and live comfortably. Hopefully this
will be a lesson to the younger group that is coming in. Save! Save!

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Name: Retired Now
Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 June 2016

To all of you who think older employees need to/should retire from

Sometimes it's just not affordable \ feasible. 

1st:  Have to maintain a current connection, ie: cannot quit with 30
yrs. service time & go to work for a non RR employer, contribute to
FICA & expect to draw RR retirement upon reaching retirement age.
Connection broken & railroad retirement would be lost.  Check\read up
on how it works.
30 YRS. service means 360 MONTHS.  Lots of RRers lost credit months for
a number of reasons over the course of their career - may not be
eligible (yet), even if old enough.

Big drop in monthly income.
If married, spouse may not yet be old enough. Insurance is costly. 

Retiree Health Insurance: even if opting for the RR retiree plans, the
monthly premiums are over double what active RR workers contribute -
that's with no dental or vision help AND a much lower lifetime $$ max.
 Is just supposed to carry you (& spouse) over until eligible for
medicare & then there are costs for that & any chosen supplemental ins.
which is a must have.  

Consider everything before being too hard on older co-workers.

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Name: Soccer
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 23 June 2016

I'm just ranting here because there isn't anywhere else to rant. 
  Everyday I've been spending 20+ in the motel with nothing but
nights. I come into work and can't even get a fucking work order. I'm
told to take cars that are a hazard to public safety because they
haven't seen a Carmen or shop in so long the thing is barely on the
rail. Here's some interesting notes I've been keeping as I'm bored.

- Management is always putting the crew in the middle of managerial

- Certain employees actually have the belief that the company is
working for them to help them grow! Go you! future dumb ass!

- equipment is at an all time record low on safety standards. Where are
you FRA?

- Yard crews not wanting to take over road trains when they have YARD
WORK to do. Hiding out in the shack. You are killing your own job.
Don't blame anyone but yourself.

- Yardmasters are the holy spirit of railroading.

- Management are not managers by definition. I'd have to say through
personal observation that they are for the most part incompetent, wife
beaters, sociopaths and somr remind me of Biff on back to the future.

- Yes to who ever posted earlier on this page. You are very correct
about people who can retire need to retire. Go the fuck on! Are you
waiting for some special recognition? 

- No one transfers just because they want to. Even though it seems this
way to some. Those who transfer around the system are trying not to be
homeless as well. Don't blame them! 

- I hate everything you stand for CSX including your executive team.
You guys couldn't run a McDonaLds

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 22 June 2016

Is there any L&N western lines engineers on here trying to go to SCL
eastern lines? What have you been told by Gary Best or Matt Thornton
about this?? How does all these zones they talkin about work. Thought
we had a Single System Agreement.

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Name: indimidated
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 22 June 2016


You better start hitting these yards a little harder.  There's a lot
going on behind your back you are missing!!!!!! You better start taping
the phones of the chiefs too!  They will do anything to get a train
across the road on time, including bending all the operating rules to
their needs and violating fra regulations as well as US DOT laws.  You
have no idea how big a fools they are making of you. Their "because Im
the chief and I said its ok" attitude is beyond outrageous. When are
you going take control of this situation?

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 21 June 2016

As someone who has 21 years with another Class I here in the upper
Midwest, I really feel for you guys at CSXT.  My own job was abolished
not that long ago and am currently in limbo.  I'm incredibly
frustrated as I have a degree from a B1G university and a life-long
interest in the RR industry not to mention the years of practical
experience that I have.  Of course, the douchebags that run our RR are
some of the lowest scum that ever graced God's green earth so you're
not alone in having to deal with the greedy management that is ruining
the RR industry.

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Name: sick of it
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 20 June 2016

Upper Management

We are still waiting for that answer from you. Remember the complaints
that were filed when Labor relations denied our out of route claims.
Remember??? They said the company GPS visual date showed be didn't
deliver our trains where we claimed. Come on and just admit it. They
don't have a clue how to obtain info from it or they are just lying
which is unethical as HELL!   Surely to god you have a GPS program that
is accurate and does actually keep tract of where the trains are at all
times.  Be professional and answer the dirty blue collar works. That's
the least you can do. Show some respect. Quit dodging us.  We challenge
you to respond with a reasonable explanation.

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Name: Tweeter Feed
Employed as: Conductor, for N/A
Posted: 20 June 2016

Tweet Tweet CSX:

#CSX #MichaelWard & #CSXCrooks Our claims are minuscule to the ill
gotten $millions you all rake in annually!#WashingtonPost

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Name: Advocate
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 18 June 2016

GPS and Denied Claims:

It sounds like a federal complaint issue if in fact, claims are denied
based on the carrier's deliberate denial of claims, while relying on
GPS as the reason for denial.
Rail carriers do not like anonymous complaints to the, FEDS, MEDIA and
SOCIAL MEDIA (twitter, facebook and blogs).
Always expose the name of person who's denying the claims with email
addresses and cell numbers...so that all can call them anytime!

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Name: frustrated
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 18 June 2016


Anyone else having a problem with the IVR????   Every time I try to
select the option "9" to return to the main menu it says sorry I cant
process your request, let me transfer you to a crew caller. Been
happening for a week now. Crew life wont let you mark off if your first
out either. Other people have said it has happened to them too.
How about this GPS thing with out of route claims being denied because
they say visual data says you didn't arrive your train where you said
you did.
Man, what the hell is wrong with this company. They should be up to
date on technology by now.  Its like they don't want you being able to
do anything without having to fight for answers or talk to a crew
caller. who has time to sit on the phone for 30 minutes on hold until a
crew caller decides to talk to you.  They need to get their shitz
together. This is getting old!

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Name: Former LC
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 15 June 2016

Well old union,
Unions now days do not have the political or public support they had
(yeah that matters - a great deal).  And, just how many workers would
honor picket lines & not act cut-throat in this day & age?

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Name: old union
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 15 June 2016


If you haven't noticed by now no one is responding to your post. No
one knows if you are just trying to be cute or your a mole for csx and
trying to draw attention away from the real important issues. If you
must continue try posting some "cute' facts. Of course nothing is
cute about Labor relations and the unions raking the members over the

Unions are weak. They are no longer the unions we had 50 years ago that
stood at the front gates with picket signs and big sticks and got their
business done. They pad their pockets, horse trade claims and live by
the politically correct bull.
That being said, this website is the perfect place to voice the facts
that are happening in the workplace. This site is viewed everyday by
hundred of people. Lawyers, customers, federal agencies, railroads and
rail buffs. Don't think for one minute it will not impact what happens
with the issues as hand, IT WILL!  Use it wisely.
The old saying the tongue is mightier than the sword hold true. In a
politically correct world it has more power than ever before.
You are paying for a union that will horse trade claims, create side
letters to accommodate management and line their pockets with kickback.
Sorry, but that's what you are paying for. If you want to create change
you have to take the horse by the reins and do it yourself. Once you
have created a stink and the media gets interested in your issue your
union will jump on the bandwagon They will do anything to take credit
for solving your problems. They will claim they initiated the entire
event and stood up for their members to create change. You have to
learn how to manipulate your union. Yes, it sucks that it has come to
this but this is the new age of unions.

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Name: teacher
Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 14 June 2016


Everyone knows this site is read by all the railroads, the fra,
customers and anyone else who is a railroad foamer.  Do you really want
someone to come on here and expose some of the things that are going on
behind the scene. If you don't want your butts compromised then you
better start using your heads. Quit sucking the company..... and start
doing what is right!

Now, for the crew caller that refused to change the kind of service on
a road relief ticket to the proper code and insisted on keeping it on
local j service because the crew was working what you said was
"through freight" let me enlighten you.

A local is called a local because it leaves the yard and works local
industries and delivers and picks up cars as a switching crew and
brings cars back to the yard. These job are 8 hours jobs with overtime
after 8. They do not stay at hotels. They are very rarely assigned to
stay out of town over night. They normally work five days a week with a
relief crew working for them if need be.
The pool jobs are through freight. They are road jobs. They travel long
distances and crews stay at hotels or away from home terminals as we
call it.
Locals are kind of service 4. Pool/road jobs are kind of service 2. 
so the next time a J job that is being wrongfully used to relieve a
pool/road service train and NOT A LOCAL ask that their ticket be
corrected to show a kind of service 2 JUST DO IT!   Quit making stupid
comments and trying to tell the crew what they obviously know about
their work and you don't!  If you don't understand how our business
works get out in the field. Spend some time with the crews. Ride a few
trains. Get your feet dirty.  God for bid, just put down the Kool-Aid
for one minute and get your own mind back! Forget labor relations and
their stupid unethical orders.  Use your own head.

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Name: to LC
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 13 June 2016

The crew that was threatened said the DTO's name was Steve. The chief,
who also ordered them or threatened out of service for not following a
direct order, was named Dustin. Of course they were too chickenshit to
give them last names. 
Also, these are the guys who claim that no J-job will be getting more
than one ticket. They claim that when called for a J-job you will work
12 hours and get as many trains, travel as many miles as needed, and go
either direction for one ticket. You will only get overtime after 8
hours. This is a complete violation of the B@O agreement.Unfortunately,
the unions have yet to stop this and haven't gotten any claims paid to
Hopefully, Steve (DTO) and Dustin (Chief) get reprimanded for their
bullying and unethical behavior, according to CSX's strict ethics
policy. We all know how hard CSX would come down on a T&E employee for
an ethics violation.

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Name: LC
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 13 June 2016


It has been brought to the attention of the unions that the DTO's are
seriously crossing the lines on their authority over the rules and
regulations of the company as well as the FRA. A crew was ordered to
recrew a train in an area they were never qualified and had absolutely
no  clue about the territory. The crew clearly stated that they were
not qualified. Since the train was in the newly extended terminal
limits the DTO decided they should be able to recrew this train and if
they chose not too they would be pulled out of service and placed in
qualifying status. This was nothing more than intimidation and
harassment of the crew. It also shows that this DTO does not care about
safely moving trains or the safety of the crew. The crew should have
stood their ground and let the DTO pull them out of service for
training. The DTO and dispatchers are not ignorant on how the railroad
works. Many have been on the ground and in the craft for years before
moving up to the dispatch center.  We all know that standing up to
management when they are intimidating and threatening is a hard thing
to do. Being afraid of becoming a target is usually the reason crews
back down and don't stand up for what is right. This kind of
intimidation from the DTO or the dispatcher IS NOT ACCEPTABLE EVER!
These kind of actions need to be reported immediately to your LC and if
you cant reach them then call your general chairman. Then notify the FRA
director of operating rules.  If the company wants to make everyone
qualified to protect terminal limits then a training program needs to
be put in place and all employees starting from the most junior to
senior need to be qualified. There are senior employees who have been
out in the field for over 20 years who never travel in both directions
and never will due to their ability to hold the positions they desire
the most. The company CAN NOT pick and choose who thee feel needs to be
qualified in the terminal nor can they force a crew to run a train
without a pilot trip first. This is exactly what happened in the AVON
DO NOT BUCKLE UNDER. You must stand your ground on this issue.

If you encounter this situation you need to notify the FRA immediately.
 You can call Robert Crawford at 817-235-5397. If you are unable to
reach him then can call the FRA Indianapolis office at 
317-226-0390 and they will page him or take a message for him.
This is serious business and should not be taken lightly. The safe
movement of trains as well as the safety of the crews is the most
important issue on the railroad.  Intimidation of any crew is 
unacceptable behavior and an ethic's violation.

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Name: Management 
Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years
Posted: 12 June 2016

To get the stock price back in the 30 dollar range we all have decided
to suck off all investors who buy stock in our shity rundown company.
As soon as you have secured a position in the company come by our
Jacksonville office for your prize. We even swallow. Thanks, 
Yesterday's meal is tomorrow's cum dumpster

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Name: UP Corporate Firing
Employed as: APE, for N/A
Posted: 12 June 2016

For the UP Conductor:

Rumors swirling about the UP firing it's top corporate executive
lawyer (Gayle Thal) and named her replacement last week.
No mentioned of required disclosure for removing a corporate officer.
This could possibly have SEC violations for not reporting.

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