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Rule #1 -- Don't get hurt.

    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: CONCERNED
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 28 July 2014

IMPORTANT!!!

HAS ANYONE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS USING THE EMERGENCY CHANNEL ON THEIR
RADIO TO CONTACT THE DISPATCHER AFTER THEIR TRAIN HAS GONE INTO
EMERGENCY?????

SEEMS THAT SEVERAL ENGINEERS HAVE TRIED AND IT DID NOT WORK. THEY
FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THEIR DIVISION TIMETABLE AND IT STILL
DIDNT WORK. DISPATCHERS CANT ACKNOWLEDGE IT. THESE ENGINEERS HAD TO USE
THE REGULAR TONE TO GET AHOLD OF THEIR DISPATCHERS.

ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY THIS PROCEDURE WAS SET FORTH BY THE FRA AFTER
SEVERAL TRAGIC DERAILMENTS AND IF YOU DO NOT USE IT YOU WILL BE
DECERTIFIED. IF YOU HAVE HAD PROBLEMS DID YOUR SUPERVISORS INFORM THE
FRA? HAS THE FCC BEEN NOTIFIED?  IF SO, WHAT COURSE OF ACTION DID YOUR
SUPERVISOR TELL YOU TO TAKE?

THIS QUESTION WAS ACKED OF SEVERAL UNION REPS AND THEIR ANSWER WAS TO
WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE WAS CHARGED AND TAKEN TO INVESTIGATION. 
THAT IS AN UNACCEPTABLE ANSWER!!!!!!

IF ANYONE WAS INSTRUCTED TO FOLLOW A DIFFERENT PROCEDURE THAN THE ONE
LISTED IN THEIR TIMETABLE PLEASE LET US KNOW!!!!

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Name: Chuga Chuga
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 28 July 2014

What did I say?

	
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Name: 
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 28 July 2014

The interesting thing here is old Jim still ragging the UTU, and how
they sold the job's and stole the RCO. The BLE only had one job to
sell, and they were so willing to sell it for $1.50 per trip. If you
read the post below he also says ( If you don't want advice from those
that  
have lived through this already then apparently you already know it
all).  Old man JIM, or RRJ. or Safety has spent years telling me that
my experience on the RR in the 60's was worthless, that I was a
wannabe, and could not stand up to the challenging work. Now here he is
wondering why no one is buying into his stuff. LOL
I will give old man RRJ credit for what he know's, and he does know a
bunch, just need to steer him away from the union and the demo's. Jim
has ton's of history in his head, from Stretch braking to keeping the
Conductor awake, and how he never got a knuckle in his career. 
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 Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 24 July 2014

At least I have concerns. It's not my fight anymore being retired. I
could look at it in another way more downsizing increases profits
which
is good for CSX and good for my IRA. I've seen a lot of retirees
change
sides supporting Republicans causes. I'm not one of them at this
point.
I'm intelligent enough to know this site represents only a handful of
the workforce. Wish ya'll good luck apparently in the next couple of
years you're going to need it. If you don't want advice from those
that have lived through this already then apparently you already know
it all. Again good luck! You're going to need it.

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

To Heads-up:

Yes, FRA is definitely in the pockets of railroads, all railroads. Of
course the majority of our elected representatives in Congress have
been bought and paid for by corporate America and the wealthy, so even
if the president tried to clean house in the executive branch, he would
receive fierce opposition.

I am surprised that Grady Cothen is now speaking out as he seemed to be
pro railroad management when he worked for FRA. I would imagine that he
had been taking his marching orders from the Obama appointed
administrator, Joe Sabo, who we thought would be an improvement because
of his prior union involvement. Perhaps Joe is looking for a cushy job
in the rail industry upon his departure from FRA. But would a cushy job
for Joe be worth the possible loss of lives caused by the delayed
implementation of PTC? 

Amtrak operates passenger trains at 79 miles per hour on railroad lines
that are heavily traveled by freight trains. And contrary to popular
belief, there is only one person on the lead locomotive of Amtrak
trains. So the implementation of PTC should actually come sooner, not
later. In my mind, anyone in FRA that makes a decision to delay PTC
should be held criminally accountable should a disaster occur that
could have been avoided by the original PTC implementation timetable.

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Name: Heads-Up
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 28 July 2014

What do you think of the SFGATE article, "Former FRA Inspector?"  FRA
is definitely in bed with the AAR and the entire RR industry, as you
have often correctly mentioned. 
Grady has flip-flopped a number of times over the years.  Now that
he's out of FRA, he says the truth.  Sumwalt has been critical of the
NTSB.  The NTSB's accident conclusion on the June 24, 2011, U.S.
95-Nevada crash between a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train is a
massive cover-up and Sumwalt has been critical of the report.  Watch
him go out-the-door pretty soon. They don't like nay-sayers.

LINK:
http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/System-can-prevent-train-accidents-rail-industry-5650550.php

EXCERPT:
"Drop in accidents"
The railroad agency defends its safety record, pointing to a 50 percent
drop in rail accidents over the past decade. The agency also touts a
voluntary agreement that went into effect July 1 under which oil trains
reduce speed in urban areas and take pains to identify routes with the
fewest risks.

The Federal Railroad Administration favors a plan to deal with
railroads' plans to install the safety system incrementally, not
setting any overall deadline. Testifying at a Senate hearing this
spring, Szabo said the open-ended plan would set milestones for
individual railroads and "achieve the benefit of PTC as much as
possible as soon as possible."

Other proposals in Congress would delay the technology beyond 2015.

"Pure trouble" is how Grady Cothen, the agency's former associate
administrator for safety, sums up the agency's open-ended deadline
proposal. "There is a place for FRA discretion, but there has to be a
framework," he said.

Sumwalt said he and other federal safety board members "were feeling
good" after Congress ordered the collision-avoidance technology six
years ago.

"And now we're finding that it's going to be delayed even further,"
he said. "It's frustrating to see accidents continue to happen that we
know PTC would have prevented."

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 July 2014

This guy "Randall Knutson" is selling the membership right up the
river!  His words expressed sound like words right out of the carriers
mouths.  Again, the UTU tries to sell it out and claim it was a good
deal in the end.  Have you noticed that since letting them bring in
remote control, most remote jobs have since gone from 2 man to 1 man
jobs?  Good deal ???  Say what you want about the BLET.  If this gets
passed, sure the BLET won't have much of a fight, but which union is
willing to just hand it all over?  If I were a conductor and concerned
about my job, my monthly dues would never see the hands of the UTU.

http://www.galesburg.com/article/20140723/NEWS/140729876/?Start=1

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Name: L&N dispr
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Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 30+ years
Posted: 25 July 2014

Pines: are you out on bail , work release or what... Hey,  you might be
using the prison easy access computer.  Did you get 10 or 20 years?

I hear the train a coming, I see the gates coming down, I  think I can
beat it, oh damn I was wrong!!!

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Name: Robert Pines
E-mail: btpino40@gmail.com
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 24 July 2014

I don't hear the train a comin' ---don't hear it comin' round the
bend---the railroad robber barons sing with a big money grubbing grin

How the scam works.
1. Feds trump state train horn laws.
2. Train horns whistle whip people into submission.
3. Railroad comes in and makes a fortune in overcharges and stolen
signal equipment (OURS).
4.Somebody (not railroads) has to pay for ridiculous priced liability
insurance so railroad is hold harmless.
5. WE will pay rediculous amounts for railroad to service signals.
6.The crossings for GPS crew-less trains hid behind the curtains not a
problem for railroads any longer.
7. Railroad directors pay themselves more millions we make up at check
out lanes.

And oh not least --- When the junk equipment now fails with a wind
direction change WE PAY for killing people and maintenance costs at
1,000% mark up PLUS railroads will run CREWLESS trains.

Talkin' about the great American train robbery. Jessie you will still
get the blame..

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Name: $$$
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Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 July 2014

Conductors

Going to be real interesting to see what the company does with that
expensive school that they have socked 100's of thousands into. If
they go to one man crews they will have to cut conductors as well.
Wonder where they plan on getting their pocket money from if they
don't need new hires to warm the seats. Government grants will be cut
short. It will be real obvious whats going on if the work force is down
sized and there is still a shortage of employees because they quit. Less
employees to harass will be easier to see. Bet the discipline policy
will be out of control. Everything will be a major. Only way to keep a
turn over rate.... Yeap, the days of blowing your nose in the wrong
place and getting fired for it is just around the corner.  Lets just
see what our union money goes for when this happens!!!!

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Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 24 July 2014

At least I have concerns. It's not my fight anymore being retired. I
could look at it in another way more downsizing increases profits which
is good for CSX and good for my IRA. I've seen a lot of retirees change
sides supporting Republicans causes. I'm not one of them at this point.
I'm intelligent enough to know this site represents only a handful of
the workforce. Wish ya'll good luck apparently in the next couple of
years you're going to need it. If you don't want advice from those
that have lived through this already then apparently you already know
it all. Again good luck! You're going to need it.

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Name: Chuga Chuga
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 July 2014

No words =(


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Name: Spongebob
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 23 July 2014

Funny how RRJ makes remarks about the UTU being a part of a sheet metal
union and yet the BLE is a division of the Teamsters.  Last I checked,
the Teamsters were primarily a truckers union organization.  Trucking
companies and R.R.'s are in direst competition with each other.
Your love for the BLE has clouded your mind RRJ.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 23 July 2014

At least we aren't owned by Mafia controled truck drivers.

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Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 July 2014

Darn, I keep forgetting there isn't a UTU anymore. Ya'll now belong to
a transportation division of a sheet metal workers union. Not very
SMART. LOL!

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Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 July 2014

Cond 30+

The UTU & BLE had an agreement to work together on remotes. The UTU
back stabbed the BLE by entering into an agreement while the BLE was
holding their national conferance. That's the real truth. I'm glad
you're a realist. I'm sure you profitted by selling out those
brakeman jobs. What was it yearly productivity bonuses or $6500 a year
in a retirement account, $43,000 in signing bonuses, stock, gaurenteed
for life jobs ect...only the flagman needed to go not the head
brakeman. It was pure greed by the membership. Seems no one cared about
future generations. The UTU is famous for selling out jobs I hope they
take care of the membership on this next sell out.

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

As I recall, both the UTU and FRA were cheerleaders for remote control.
It was sickening.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 July 2014

Let's get it straight: CSX started talks to implement RCO. The BLE
refused to talk about it saying that it would never happen. The UTU
negotiated, got the best deal they could and signed. RCO in the yard is
90 % conductor's work anyway, switches, brakes, air hoses and 10%
forward, backwards, stop.  
Just like eliminating the fireman, the 2 brakemen, the engineer on yard
jobs, and in the future the conductor on road jobs, paying for part of
our health care, and cutting clerk and MOW jobs:  IT WAS GOING TO
HAPPEN. Negotations bog down, we strike, president (D or R doesn't
matter) puts us back to work, arbitration changes the contract rule.
Pretending or wishing it won't happen doesnt help.

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Name: RRJ
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 July 2014

other

LOL! You seem to have a short memory or mabey you weren't around. The
UTU sold out the engineers yard jobs for a frigging box. BLE didn't
sell anyone out. We wanted to, but the reality was new hires were
dependent on dual seniority. I think the BLE showed great restraint by
not acting out on revenge.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 22 July 2014

If you think the UTU sold out everyone on the BNSF why don't you do a
little checking and read he BLE / BNSF on property agreement 2007
article 2.  It appears to me that the BLE was very quick to throw their
hand up and say screw the conductor we will take the train by ourselves
and best I can remember there wasn't one word of that posted on here
or any other railroad forum.

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Name: Chuga Chuga
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 22 July 2014

Who cares about the workers when I can sell shares! WEEEEEEEEEeeeeee!!!

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