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: Management
Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 August 2016


If you know what's good for you. You will stay with Hillary. 

If you do what the Teamsters did you will be brought up on charges of
Unbecoming of Company Employee.


That is all.

Today's meal is tomorrow's movement.

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Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A
Posted: 26 August 2016

whynot is just another totally ignorant blowhard fng. maybe a strike
would be a good thing & would help get rid of some of those idiots.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 26 August 2016

If truly only been a RRer for less than 10 yrs., you probably are just
like a lot of others who don't realize how it works.
Use your head & some common sense - go online, read\review & try to
understand the Railway Labor Act.    RR cos. know all about it.   

Rail service interruption which could idle businesses & thousands of
other workers will not be tolerated very long. 

The Govt. \ Federal Courts have a lot of power.  Long story short:
A strike by RRers is not at all an easy thing to do, or even try.

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Name: WhyNot
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 26 August 2016

Why cant we strike?  I mean what are they really going to do?  Dont tell
me the GOVT wont allow it, because thats bull.  We wont strike though. 
Too many pussies out there that will keep putting up with the shit, and
not do anything about it.  Happy Friday.  I think ill markoff sick.

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Name: Threatened
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 25 August 2016


Just got word that the chief is playing her dirty little harassment and
intimidation games again.  We got an east end extra board and a west end
extra board. That crazy broad is trying to order an east end extra crew
to go dog catch trains on the west side when there are rested and
available crews on the west end extra board. They pointed this out and
were threatened if they didn't go work the other side their
qualifications would be pulled. This isn't just a violation of the
union agreement but its a run around claim for the guys on the west
end. They are just trying to cut cost on recrews and cover up cost of
not getting trains in on time.  Where the hell does this chief get off
deliberately cheating  west end crews out of their work and being able
to make a living. Who in the hell is letting them get away with this
blatant bullshit. This time they have gone to far. Deliberate and
blatant violation of the agreement with deliberate harassment and
intimidation tactics to save money and screw pay from hard working crew
members who need to make a living.  THIS SHIT HAS TO STOP.  ITS TIME FOR

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 25 August 2016

This info\instruction out there in csx dispatcher messages, 
system and/or divisional bulletins, or elsewhere??

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Name: Safety First
Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years
Posted: 25 August 2016


If you are receiving correspondences from anyone in labor relations,
payroll or any other department that your pay is not being issued as
submitted because information obtained from the GPS shows otherwise you
need to email Tim_ healey@csx.com. Mr. Healey is the Director of
Locomotive Engineering and oversees the installation of the GPS on all
locomotives. If there is a problem with the use of the GPS then he
should be notified immediately. This is an issue that should not be
taken lightly. Obtaining proper information from the GPS is a MUST and
any problems that are occurring must be addressed and resolved
immediately! Movement of all trains on the system must be documented
accurately. There is no room for error on this matter. The safe way is
the right way. Report any problems immediately. Your participation will
be greatly appreciated.

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


WOW! WOW! WOW!  Man! YM must have really hit a nerve down in
Jacksonville. Must not have liked some of the border line whistle
blowing!  How much you get paid to come out from under your rock for
that one!  LOL.  Last I heard the white collar (as you call it) workers
in the yards arent making near what the T&E road crews are making. But
then why should they. They aren't living in hotels away from their
families. They aren't harassed by crew callers with threats and fed
little white bullshit lies to try and trick a person into doing
something they aren't trained for just to get a warm body. They
aren't on hold for 30-45 minutes waiting for someone to answer the
damn phone.  They arent blamed for the idiotic retarded crap that the
work order department pulls on the crews. They don't have to worry
about the FRA boarding their observation vehicles and asking for
paperwork Jacksonville couldn't pull out of their asses!  
Wrong car wrong train!  No clearance implicated shipment papers.....
Blow it out your ass!

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Name: L.L Sack
Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years
Posted: 24 August 2016

You all on this blog are nothing but a bunch and railfan, cry baby
bitches. The Railroad industry is full of white and hispanic and black
trash and you expect to make the money we white collar professionals
make. F*&K you!  Go get a job at Walmart or some fast food place.

Assholes. Stupid fucking railroaders.

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Name: YM
Employed as: Yard Master, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 August 2016

Conductor 30

These idiots who keep posting their personal political opinions are
just trying to distract others from the more important issues going on.
Like that pines character they will eventually be ignored enough that
they will go away. That poster who made comments about the internal
crap that goes on within the system hit the nail right on the head. I
have seen and heard it first hand for years. Like the great lakes and
Chicago divisions ongoing feud with each other and trying to show each
other up. Jesus Christ! We all work for CSX. This infighting just to
get a stupid safety bonus or a gold feather in the cap is nothing but a
bunch of crap! Then you got the roselake ego trip (Aleek) who tried for
every to make harris look bad so he could get a feather in his cap.
Even showed up at the yard once when he was first on board and tired to
nail all his men working. Tried to make him look like he couldn't run
his yard or handle his crews. Told people he should have the job at
Avon! Then you got the RFs who are always trying to pin the tail on the
donkey of the month so it takes the heat off of them. I still haven't
figured out how they pick the stool pigeon each month. Must draw them
out of a yellow hat! They stab each other in the back constantly like a
bunch of wolves fighting over the kill. That's why so many things get
covered up and brushed under the rug. They are all afraid of who's
head will roll because they cant trust each other. The real problem  is
the management hit teams in Jacksonville who go after their supervisors
to create fear in their subordinates. It comical watching them all run
around the yard sweating bullets because a train might not get out on
time and the phone might start ringing off the hook with a "bitch and
threat" season waiting for them. They all run around scared to death
that they are going to lose their jobs because of the MOB squad. Almost
makes you feel sorry for them. Never could understand why they put up
with it. If they would all stick together and tell them to kiss their
asses maybe their job could be half way rewarding. What is the hit
squad qoing to do? Replace every damn one of them. Those idiots down
south got some crazy idea when we are short power the TM can magically
pull a loco out of their butts! When the Fra shops half the yard the
think it shouldn't change anything. Do they even know anything about
railroading. Cant set out 20 bad orders across the yard in 30 minutes.
There isn't one YM who isn't sick of their crap. You would think
Ingram was still running the show! That's brings us to the issue of
why the TM's hate the unions so bad. They are jealous we got someone
to go to when they get way out of hand. All they got is a dusty resume
to get out! What has never made any sense is the padding of numbers and
times just to make Jacksonville happy. Are they so stupid to think that
a good investigator couldn't uncover all the bullshit? But then as
long as it looks good on paper and the stats are good it makes the
board of directors happy then who cares right? Just as long as the
awards keep coming in and the investors  keep writing the checks who
cares right? Its just a shame that a few good yard supervisors have to
tuck away their balls and lose their integrity just to keep their jobs!

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Name: kyle
Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 August 2016

This note is for you old fart morons who support the trump dump, this
asshole got on tv and i am going to bring back all the coal mines &
steel mills to eastern pa,LOL, its never going to happen not now not
ever, trump is a professional lier and will say anything to get a vote,
i would never trust him with the usa nuke codes either, he is nothing
but a bratty 10 yrs boy in a 70 yr old body, ha ha seen the new polls
on this JO? he is losing now big time and he can thank himself for the
hate shit that has come out of his big mouth, now he says he is going
to help all the black peeps, ha ha if you believe that shit then you
believe in the tooth fairy, ya hes going to bring back the mines and
steel mills,ha ha he should have said the rr,s are going to bring back
the steam locomotives too which will never happen and you know it.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 22 August 2016

Thought this was the SAFETY FIRST? forum / section of this website.
Anymore it seems to be a life & political opinion forum / section.

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 22 August 2016

The problem is that current RR management are not a team. They do NOT
want improvements. They are a TEAM in the sense that Hillary and the
Donald are currently campaigning as a team to help the electorate make
better choices. If you come up with a miracle additive that adds 20% to
fuel efficiency then you are the bad guy and a target. Somewhere there
is an official in charge of purchasing that and you made him look bad.
Your trainmaster will take heat for having an employee who sticks his
nose in company business And this goes all the way to the top. A sharp
division general manager, if such exists, is a threat to many vice
presidents. A terminal superintendent makes the division guy look
bad...not good. If you want to rise on CSX you must play the not so
bright, member of the gang, absolutely non threatening to anyone
simpleton. These are good paying jobs for managers who cannot survive
in a competitive environment.And of course this absolutely means NO
action by a common engineer or clerk. Unfortunately we have engineers
with engineering degrees...very threatening, and PTI drivers with
MBA'S in Logistics...VERY scary. No way in hell do we want bright
people exceeding their pay grade. We have rent seekers observing the
Peter principle to the max. YOU are not a lifeboat selectee on this
mans Titanic, just one of the unfortunates that get letters of regret.
It should be mentioned that many officials are relatives, dear friends
and lovers, etc. So co operation just isn't in the cards.Maybe that is
true of life in general, but it is very obvious on the RR.

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

Automation and less needed manpower are issues for middle class and
industrial positions across the board, so I guess the whole working
class should jump in on your theory and be team players too...

The fact still is that will never happen here, down to the last man
working on the RR there will be labor vs management, the carriers
wouldn't have it any other way but we are all replaceable and
increasingly more so. If you were still working you would see how much
productivity is lost with all these "improvements", and that will
continue to be the case no matter how many are left working in the
industry, not that that really will prevent more to be lost. We are not
partners and never will be, merely just another expense like fuel or an
electric bill. Partnering up is useless the company would still be just
as fast to send us to the unemployment line as a fine team member or as
it is today. Solidarity in the ranks, as rare as it is on todays
railroad is still the only way to hold any power at all or at least be
able to keep carriers somewhat resonsible for their decisions and the
way they treat employees. Thanks for your input... those of us left
will be sure to become partners so we can continue to fund your great
retirement .

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 20 August 2016

Dear Mr. Engineer 10/20
13 august 2016

Oh my friend I was there, most likely before you were greeted by
your dad. I know that there had been nothing but disgust between
management and T/E, since before my time on the RR. I was suggesting
that this long term practice has run it's course, and no longer serves
anyone. It is time to wake up to reality, or you and the rest
of your coworkers will never see a retirement check.

You think that automation is not productive, just remember.
Head brakeman
100 mile day
Lay off at will (mostly)
Extra brakeman on trains over 90 or so cars
Local callers
local dispatchers
No piss test
No banner test
No back pack full- just a timecard
And so much more.
Automation will put you on the street. your only hope is join the
company as a partner and share the profit, or continue to fight reality
and loose. 

Your last comment about my opinions, and my shit job, is something
that you own, not me. I don't have a job. Retired and living very
well since 1995. 

Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 13 August 2016

If you had ever worked in this environment you would know your comment
is bullshit. There's never been a partnership on the RR and there
never will be. The RR believes that the skill is gone and will
to make that more true, but the fact is the more automation the less
actual productivity and actual work gets done. Keep your opinions to
your own shit job.

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Name: Chuga Chuga
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 17 August 2016


"If you are seriously interested in learning about the dangers of
exposed to the elements used to make train tracks(rails) or the wheels
of a locomotive"

Do those workers have any cases? Do they have any protection?

If so then railroad workers should have the same. 

Should also test for radiation.

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Name: Medical
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 16 August 2016

Chuga Chuga

If you are seriously interested in learning about the dangers of being
exposed to the elements used to make train tracks(rails) or the wheels
of a locomotive you can read up on the CNC or NIOSH sites.

Iron, carbon, manganese, iron carbide are some of the raw and expressed
elements that go into the final product used in the rail industry.

Tumor cells and bacteria need iron to grow. In 1988 studies began to
surface showing that iron was indeed a risk in common cancers such as
lung, colon, bladder, prostate and esophagus cancer and at levels that
were shockingly less than previously thought.

If you are a yard conductor who stands around moving locomotives all
day and have not been wearing a face mask it would be wise to be tested
for excessive levels of trace metals.

You are also breathing residue from the exhaust that comes from the
locomotives. The black soot that a previous poster referred to is not
just dirt. That is another reason you are supposed to report excessive
smoking of a locomotive to your engine house and the FRA.
If you are fairly new to the job and plan on staying until you retire I
suggest you begin using a mask. It may be uncomfortable but not as
uncomfortable as lung or prostate cancer.

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Name: Chuga Chuga
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 16 August 2016


Is there any PubMed, Gov articles about cancer rates of workers that
work directly with those metals?

Mining, manufacturing etc.

Has there been any radiation studies done on the railroad?

I haven't seen any.

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Name: medical
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 15 August 2016

Chuga Chuga

You might try reading some studies from PUB MED.GOV. There are several
studies that have noted the elevated levels of trace elements and heavy
metal in hair and nail samples of men with prostate cancer. Its not a
coincidence that rail employees have a high number of prostate cancer

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Name: Cond.
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 August 2016

Terminal soup. 

You obviously don't know anything about railroading because if you did
you would know that all the crews are exposed to stuff that comes off
the engines when they are riding on them. I seen the stuff as well and
have been blasted with sand particles when riding on the back and on
the steps of a locomotive. when I take a shower the black soot rolls
off my arms from crap that comes from the exhaust. Try working in a
yard all day and then come back and say something stupid like that!

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