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    Safety is the first priority. Er, or is it the second, after money.... Or the third after getting the trains out....



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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: Retired FRA Inspector
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 18 September 2014

Sickofit and Sounder,

It sure seems to me that CSX top management condones this type of
behavior. How could they not know what's going on in the field? I'm
sure they visit this site regularly. Top managers in all corporations
set the tone for how business will be conducted and how employees will
be treated.

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Name: sickofit
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 18 September 2014

SOUNDER


What I think is the most important part of your entire story is how the
RFE stood there and called everyone liars.   All the crews should have
dialed the ethic committee right there in front of him and filed a
charge of conduct unbecoming of an official and verbally disciplining a
crew in front of other fellow employees and not in private. This is not
unusual behavior for a supervisor. This crap goes on continuously and
why someone hasn't started a petition to get it stopped is beyond me.
They treat crews like they are gum on the bottom of their shoe. As of
now, I only know of one employee that has turned in a tm for shooting
off his mouth and calling them a liar!

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Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 18 September 2014

Cond 30+

I think as long as trains conflict with the public as in grade
crossings they'll be someone onboard. 25 years? Hope I'm not around
to see it. You're correct like everything else technology will happen.
I think the LE's will become more like a subway driver. Punch things in
to activated it then sit back let the computer/sattilte do the work.

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Name: Sounder
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Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 17 September 2014

Watchdog  You are correct. CMC's attitude towards T&E anymore is
deplorable.  CSX has cut back the number of Crew Callers they have to
the bare minimum, then due to corporate greed, they cut the department
even more.  The few crew callers that do care about the crews anymore
are few and far between.  I, like the person you mentioned, have sat on
hold waiting for CMC to answer for extended periods of time, even when
I'm returning one of their calls.

My all time favorite CMC story happened this year.  I was sitting in
the yard office waiting for a train that was on short time, and we were
their recrew.  The RFE came down and started ripping a crew for stealing
time. The RFE turned around and saw another crew that should have been
off duty, then another. All told there were 7 crews that were on duty
that should have been off duty, but couldn't get off duty due to
issues with their time slips.  All 7 conductors, and a few engineers
were on the phone, and on hold with CMC, trying to get this situation
remedied.  The RFE, after calling the crews liars, tried calling CMC,
and he to was promptly put on hold along with everyone else.  

All but one conductor that was on hold, had been on hold for over an
hour when the RFE first came down stairs. When CMC answered the last
conductor's call, he had been on hold for well over 2 hours. With CSX
making all of their cuts, trying to save money, with what they paid in
overtime that one night for 14 employees, could have put one person for
several days.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 17 September 2014

RRJ
       I agree with almost everything you said except that greed drove
the elimination of the brakeman. The railroads had the goverment behind
them, a strike would have led to a PEB mandating the cuts. The UTU got
the best deal they could. The same happened with the fireman, the yard
engineer and soon the road conductor. It was all going to happen, if
the BLE had joined the RCO talks, engineers would now get some kind of
productivity pay for every RCO only yard job. The road conductor is
going to go sometime, in 25 years the engineer will be replaced by SIRI
(think IPhone). Sticking our head in the sand and saying things will
never happen will result in manpower losses with no additional
compensation.

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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: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 16 September 2014

Cond 30+

I wasn't part of the UTU's Crew Consist agreements back in the '80s
& '90s. You would know if it was the GC's that negotiated them. 

As for the BLE & the IBT it was a good fit. There are new regulations
that are going into effect in 2016. It will be coordinating shipment
between railroads & trucking companies for long hauls. Lot's of
changes in the next two years. 

The issue today is keeping two people onboard trains. This isn't the
same as the loss of the caboose. Personally I think getting rid of the
brakeman back in 1993 was greed. It was a nice deal for trainmen with
$43,000 up front then productivity bonuses every year or $6500 in a
retirement account every year. Seems no one took into account when it
was time to hire. A brakemen definitely would be more qualified to get
promoted to conductor than going to REDI & OJT.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 15 September 2014

Crew consist agreements by the UTU have always been done by General
Comittee. There were seperate agreements for the B&O, Conrail, I think
2 in the south. The southern ones were combined, The B&O now covers
former Conrail. Other railroads have similar but unique agreements.
If you can't belive the UTU merged with the sheet metal union you
should be amazed that the BLE was taken over by the rival truck drivers
(Teamsters Union, the "honorable" Mr. Hoffa, President" !

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Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 14 September 2014

makingunionrich

The members on the BNSF voted down the "one man". It was one general
committee not the entire railroad. I don't understand the UTU
mergering with a sheet metal workers union. Apparently under their
constitution & by-laws each general committee can negotiate issues that
once was only the responsibility of the national/international. 

As for my earlier comment. That was addressing someones rant about the
LC being off every weekend. Which is a local matter that going to a
union meeting is the only fix by voting in someone else.

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Name: makingunionrich
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 11 September 2014

RRJ


ITS OVER!!! THE UNION BOSSES POCKETS ARE PADDED FULL! AS LONG AS IT IS
MANDATORY TO PAY DUES TO KEEP YOUR JOB THEY HAVE YOU BY THE NADS. YOU
KNOW THAT. LET THEM EARN THEIR MONEY BY HARD WORK IN THE FIELDS. MAKE A
DIFFERENCE IN THE FIELD. I SEE ONE MORE UNION RAG LETTER BRAGGING ON ALL
THEIR POLITICAL LEAPS AND BOUNDS IM GOING TO PUKE.
GUESS WHAT A SUPERVISOR WAS HEARD SAYING... GO AHEAD AND PUT YOUR CLAIM
IN. HOPE YOU GET IT PAID AND IF YOU DO IT WONT BE FOR MONTHS ANYWAY.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.. BLOW THE WHISTLE ON THE COMPANY.
WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  SLAP A FINE ON THE COMPANY AND
THEN WHAT. COMPANY WILL GET IT CUT IN HALF AND JUST WRITE IT OFF AS AN
OPERATING EXPENSE...BOO HOO!  COMPANY IS MULTI MILLION DOLLAR
BUSINESS.... NOW GO DO WHAT YOUR TOLD AND CRY TO YOUR LC LATER

GUESS WHAT...HE IS RIGHT. WHAT DOES THE UNION GET FROM US? MONTHLY 
DUES. WE ARE A PAY CHECK FOR THEM. THATS ALL. FRA IS AGAINST ONE MAN
CREWS. UNION IS NOT! IF ONE OF US LOSES A JOB ALL THEY LOSE IS A
MONTHLY UNION DUES PAYMENT. WE DONT GIVE THEM ANYTHING ELSE. IF THEY
GIVE THE UNION 2Xs THE UNION DUES THEY WOULD LOSE THEY STILL COME OUT
AHEAD. DO THE MATH! THEY ARE WANTING ROAD CREWS CUT. THE COST OF A
HOTEL,MEALS, EC IF HE IS AN ENGINEER, YEARLY TRAINING COST AND HIS
MONTHLY MEDICAL ALONG WITH HIS WAGES AND CLAIMS ADD UP TO WAY MORE THAN
2 MONTHS OF UNION DUES. SO IF I LOSE MY JOB TOMORROW THE COMPANY COMES
OUT WAY AHEAD AND THE UNION GETS TWICE MY DUES AS KICK BACK......
SOUNDS LIKE A WIN WIN FOR BOTH SIDES AND A SCREW FOR THE STUPID UNION
MEMBER! SO JUST HOW DO YOU FIGHT THAT AT A UNION MEETING?
ITS NOT THE SAME WORLD WHEN YOU WERE SNOT NOSED. ITS ALL ABOUT GREED
GREED AND MORE GREED. NO ONE STANDS ON PICKET LINES AND TAKES SOME BUCK
SHOT FOR THE JOB RIGHTS ANYMORE. ITS WHO LINES WHOS POCKETS THAT COUNT
AND THE WORKING MAN WONT RIOT ANY MORE. YOU SEEM TO THINK UNION MEETING
WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THEY WOULD IF EVERYTIME WE MET TO FIGHT FOR AN
AGREEMENT RIGHT IT WOULD COST THE UNION PRES. BIG BUCKS BECASUE WE GOT
TO BE ENDLESSLY FIGHTING IN THE FIELDS AND THEN HAVE TO WAIT 4 YEARS TO
GET A CLAIM PAID. BET THE BIG BOYS WOULD BE SITTING IN THE PARKING
LOTS....  GREAT FANTASY BUT AINT GONNA HAPPEN!

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Name: Down with the sickness
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 05 September 2014

Has anyone heard anything on the UTU/BLET negotiations  ? Positive or
negative ?? Thanks.....          CSX TRULY SUCKS.......

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Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 05 September 2014

If you're not happy with the union representation from the LC then vote
them out. Elections are this year. First you have to go to a union
meeting.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 04 September 2014

Big salary on the UTU head. But I guess I am not surprised after the
union dues have being raised without a vote. It is amazing how union
members (and Yes I am one too, unfortunately) complain about a company
that pays them, but says nothing about a union that they have to give
their hard working money to. I get more results from my local officers
with help then my union man that lays off every weekend for "union
business" that our dues end up paying for.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 03 September 2014

Guess who are on the top 100 paid union officials list?
Nigro: SMART (UTU) $460,395.00
Hoffa: Teamsters (BLE) $381,403.00 
This according to Watchdog.org. That's crazy, and I bet it
doesn't even include bribes.

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Name: Some history
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 30 August 2014

QUESTION:  WHY DIDN'T SOME CSX EXECS GO TO JAIL FOR STEALING FEDERAL
MONEY?  Our "wonderful" justice system---one set of laws for Joe
Average, another for millionaires / billionaires.  The fine was
ridiculously low, considering the amount of federal money CSX officials
stole.  The execs didn't pay the fine, the corp. did.

FOR OVERCHARGING 

CSX Transportation, Inc. paid $5.9 million to the U.S. Government and
11 state Governments to settle a Qui Tam suit filed by A. David Nelson,
a former CSX employee, in conjunction with Taxpayers Against Fraud, The
False Claims Act Legal Center. Mr. Nelson accused CSX of defrauding
federal and state governments by overcharging for materials used to
maintain and repair railroad crossings. While working on an audit of 
certain transactions, Nelson discovered that CSX failed to obtain the
lowest prices available for construction materials, as required by the
U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rail Highway Crossing Program. CSX
did not obtain materials through competitive bidding, established
“shell” companies through which materials could be marked up and resold
at higher prices, and inflated the number of person-hours required to
wire equipment. Mr. Nelson was rewarded $1.18 million for blowing the
whistle.

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Name: Chuga Chuga
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 29 August 2014

Remind you of anyone?

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Name: Retired FRA Inspector
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 28 August 2014

Jacob is a little boy foamer.

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Name: jacob
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for N/A
Posted: 28 August 2014

you guys are a bunch of jelous babies and CSX does not suck. The
computer THAT THE PERSON WHO MADE THIS WEBSITE WAS ON A CSX TRAIN!!!
what other rail road do you like? besides its not CSXs fauld, its the
engineers! so stop winnig out of your moms basement a get a life!

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Name: Qs9
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 26 August 2014

It's time for everyone to leave the UTU, they are sellouts, our
transportation crafts jobs aren't safe as long as the UTU are
negotiating contracts

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