Safety First

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: L&N dispr
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: $$$
Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 July 2014


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

No words =(

CSX CEO Sells $5,366,460 in Stock (CSX)
Watch List News (press release)
CSX logo CSX (NYSE:CSX) CEO Michael J. Ward unloaded 173,000 shares of
the stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, July 18th.

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Name: Spongebob
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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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
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

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


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

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

CSX SVP Sells $1236400 in Stock (CSX)
CSX logo CSX (NYSE:CSX) SVP Lisa A. Mancini sold 40,000 shares of CSX
stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 18th. The shares
were ...

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Name: safety
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 22 July 2014


Now is the time for all engineers to put their foot down with the
design of our engines and all the issues that need to be addressed
before the ptc is up and running and one man crews are crammed down our

FRA!!! You read this site. You better get off your arses and start
thinking about the safety of the engineer instead of how much money you
are stuffing in your pockets from pay offs under the table.
First, GET RID OF the two monitor set up that puts two computer screens
in our faces to the left of us. WE CAN NOT SEE ABOVE OR AROUND THEM.
Install wider mirrors. The windows with 3 inch frames block over 1/2
the view of the mirror when shut. If you want to use the entire mirror,
you have to open the window. IT SUCKS WHEN ITS 40 BELOW ZERO OR 90
Reduce the LED lighting in the computer buttons. The new engines are so
bright they blind you at night and reflect off or your glasses. You have
to cover them with paper so you can run safely.
A lot of models have screen set ups that reflect off the window on the
door behind the engineer and bounce back on the window in front of you.
In turn, the reflection bounces off the side window and reflect over to
the conductors side. Sometimes you think you see an object on the
conductors side, when actually it in on yours. Better yet, sometimes
you think you are seeing double. Of course that wont happen with the
models that have the computer and ptc box on your left side because you
have no view at all!!!!!
 Oh, and lets not forget liability. Something goes down and its one
mans word against the public. You hit someone in a car or walking or
someone throws objects at you or someone tries to get on your engine, 
unless the camera gets every second of the incident, you are the only
one on the train and its your word against theirs. Having a witness
with you will help if a law suit is filed. ESPECIALLY IF THE COMPANY
WANT TO HANG THE ENGINEER. Inward facing cameras are the only thing
that might save us, if they don't get erased!                   

I think we all know what this is really about!  Its not SAFETY!

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 22 July 2014

Remember the union - BNSF 1 man rule won't come right away, but it may
come section by section. I.E. Avon - Rose Lake PTC will result in Avon
Rose Lake adding 1 man crews, then some conductors will be forced to
move. Complete PTC will be a long time coming but sections - not so
long. HOWEVER - this is the time to make long term plans that might
include using tuition assistance or a part time job (I know it's
painful to find the time)to build your lifeboat for the future. You
know PTC is coming. If your Titanic ticket said THIS SHIP WILL SINK on
the bottom, wouldn't you learn to swim? If you will retire in 10 years
perhaps few worries, but new hire? don't assume you will get your 30!

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Name: L&N dispr
Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 30+ years
Posted: 21 July 2014

I remember when I was number 227 on the clerk seniority roster in 1980, 
now there is 15 people.  One customer service now does the work of 20
clerks.  Technology has been a killer for them.  Talk about cut backs,
and they are still not finished cutting back. 

Dispatchers territory is triple than it was 35 years ago.  The
railroads will not be happy until there is nobody running the trains
and nobody dispatching.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 21 July 2014

We all knew 1 man road crews are coming. It's not a BLE plot or UTU
failure. Business will use technology every time to reduce expensive
manpower. Republican or Democrat, its all the same, politicians,
judges, mediation boards, all for sale.  All that's left (just like
when the brakemen were elimitated) is to get the best deal we can
including protection. Engineers will get the road trains (hazmats and
tonnage trains excepted for now....) Conductors will get all yard jobs
and locals.
Road engineers in emergency or at a crossing failure will dismount,
strap on a box and make the move needed watching the head end via a
Cindy Sanborn has said " 1 engine, 1 man". it's going to happen.

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Name: LadyJo
E-mail: joannbrooks2014
Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years
Posted: 21 July 2014

Fellow CSX Family,

I worked for CSX over 30 years and my last position was in the
Jacksonville Human Resources Department.  My union position was to help
the SPG and Maintenance of Way employees with personnel records and
anything necessary to make their positions in the field easier.  Right
now I am in a fierce battle in the United States Supreme Court and
Florida Court of Appeals against CSX.  I am asking for your financial
support to help me to represent, not only myself, but many on this
site.  So much injustice has been swept under the rug and payoffs taken
until it needs to be exposed and REAL change MUST happen!   Please visit
my Link:



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Name: RRJ
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 21 July 2014

I just read the message from the president of the SMART/UTU
transportation division. They don't endorse this reduction. It gets
strange when apparently this agreement can be implemented by General
Committee instead of on the entire BNSF. PTC might of been endorsed by
the BLET but it's not the fix all that the railroads are stating.
There has been forms of it used for decades especially on the Northeast
corridor with Train Traffic Control that would apply a penalty
application if a signal wasn't adherred to. That's all PTC will do.
In the end it wasn't the BLET that put this in place it was the FRA.
The railroads aren't happy about it seeing they keep requesting
extensions plus the cost out of their pockets. There is a petition for
Congress H.R 3040 that can be signed to require two man crews. It's on
the UTU/SMart website or on Move.org website.

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