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....

Showing 1-20 of 20682 articles posted under "Safety First?"

All 20682 articles on one big page.

Name: Remington
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 30 May 2016

You guys are right.  It sucks that those of us on the extra board, and
assigned to the road are working yet another holiday WITHOUT holiday

It comes down to two things. 1) either our union leadership (that
happens to be sharing offices with Labor Relations in CSX's
Headquarters, and have every holiday and weekend off) have sold us out
for their personal benefit...   

Or 2)  the Union leadership that we have in office isn't looking out
for their members, and needs to be replaced.  

Replaced with a new and hungry group of leaders that have a pair of
balls, care about their members best interest, and are actually willing
to put up a fight for everyone.  Verses seeing how they can get some
type of benefit for their friend's, family and themselves.  And too
heck with the rest of us.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm tired of our Union leaders
giving everyone lip service at election time, then forgetting about us
once the election is over and they're secure in their office (inside
of CSX's Headquarters) for a few more years.  

I believe that we should require all of our Union leaders sign a pledge
that they will never accept any company officer's position.   Agree to
a time limit in each individual office, and be required to spend a
minimum of 4 years back on the ground, facing the men and women who are
working under the agreement that they signed off on before they retire. 
 Maybe if our Union leaders knew that they would have to face their
members one day.  Deal with CSX's train masters that lie cheat and
steal from us shamelessly.  Or even have to live under the agreements
that they forced on us....   Maybe our working conditions might
actually get better out here.   Verses continue their free fall from
bad to worse.

  View This Article

Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years
Posted: 30 May 2016

Brother, I'v got to work today.  No overtime for me.

  View This Article

Name: Reckless Endangerment
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 30 May 2016

You know what really sucks about CSX? No holiday pay for road crews or
anyone working off the extra board today. It's a dam shame we gave
this up. For what?


  View This Article

Buy the webmaster a beer! Or a coffee!
Or a book! Or send cash!
Help keep this site alive!

www.CSX-Sucks.com - Sticking it to the man since 2001

Name: cause for alarm
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 30 May 2016

I'm relatively new, and even I have come to hate contract negotiation
time.   It's no longer a question of what will my pay raise be, it's
a question of how bad did the union sell me out, what am I going to
have to give up, and how much is it going to going to cost me.   Verses
the other way around, like it is at other railroads.

At CSX, as Michael Ward and Cindy Sanborn run this company even further
into the ground, and closer to a hostile take over or massive sale of
rail lines, this is isn't the middle class job that it use to be.  In
fact some of the short lines are now paying more than CSX.   This is
how far behind our unions have let us fall on the pay scale.  

I'm proud to be a Union member, and you need to be one to work out
here.  I just wish that the Union was proud to represent me, verses
sell me out at every chance they get for their own personal gain, or
take advantage of me worse than CSX already does every day I show up on
the property..

  View This Article

Name: Management
Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 30 May 2016

Due the the rising price of marble we are going to sell our building to
china to increase share price. We will relocate all employees on a
barge  next to the building and will resume operations in the next few

Have a safe day.

  View This Article

Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 May 2016

There will be always be a man power shortage they run this place
undermanned at all times run people till they quit get fired for dumb
sh,$& like not ignoring  FRA rules  or get sick of the communist ways
they run it..they will only follow FRA at there convince and when
coustomers don't get there cars they blame crews they would rather
have people not available and not rested at 60% then a fresh guy ready
to preform good service they hate customers and crews

  View This Article

Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 29 May 2016

well, it's not directly relevant, but note that even many fast food
workers now have tuition assistance and health insurance. as well as
$15 per hour. CSX are working towards a hostile work environment, less
health care, and inferior pay. We haven't reached taco bell yet, but
we are drifting gradually down as other jobs - with much less
responsibility - are climbing up. how far can it go before people
realize that we aren't that great?

  View This Article

Name: Super Nova
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 May 2016

VL. Thanks for the heads up.  

It sounds like the Union WE PAY to represent conductors is once again
rolling over and is putting us one step closer to the same Single
System Agreement that the UTU shoved down the L&N guys throat a few
years back. The same crappy agreement that the BLE shoved down their
members throats back in 2007.  You know the agreement.  The one where
the BLE agreed to give up their pay increases in exchange for a yearly
bonus, providing the Union met all of the goals that CSX set forth.  No
one knows if the parameter are actually met.  The BLE just has to take
CSX's word for it.  

When I hired in you had 30 days to mark up after you were bumped.  The
engineers had 24 hours.  When CSX changed the agreement to 48 hours, I
remember my UTU LC saying that CSX COULD do this, due to man power
issues.   There was no fight for the right to mark up within 30 days,
just our union leaders rolling over and doing what the company wanted. 
Now CSX is demanding that we mark up in 12 hours or less, regardless if
there is a spot we can hold or not.  Once again our union officials,
the same ones that might work 40 hours a week in sunny Jacksonville
Florida, have weekends and holidays off, get to spend time with their
families, and have their offices in the same building as CSX's
Headquarters are rolling over and asking that we swallow the latest
directive from the all mighty Ivory Towers in Jacksonville.  

Rape is illegal.   When is the Union going to get up off of its knees
and stop telling it's members that we have to follow their lead,
smile, bend over, drop to our knees and swallow.....  (don't fight it.
 Don't stand up or spit it out.  Just take it.  We know what's best
for you.).  Just take the latest 12 hour directive from Jacksonville,
regardless if its screwing over the men and women that actually move
freight and make money for CSX. Just take it. Trust us.  Follow our
lead, (don't vote us out of office) just take it swallow, and trust
that the money you pay us every month to represent you is being used to
look out for what's best for you.  

I doubt the continued rape of we T&E people will stop will be anytime
soon, as long as our top Union officials continue to share office space
with Cindy, Mikey and Labor Relations in the Ivory Towers of sunny
Jacksonville, Florida.  Or as long as our top Union officials continue
to accept the free dinners and trinkets that CSX hands out to them for
selling us out and not letting us strike, as they continue to tell us
to be good little bitches, and take one for the team.  Things will
never get better for we the people that actually move freight and make
money for this company if at some point we don't stand up and say
enough is enough.  If we T&E people don't stand up some time soon, it
will only get better for those that sit in the air conditioned offices
of the Ivory Towers of Jacksonville Florida sharing office space with
Cindy, Mikey and Labor Relations.

  View This Article

Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 May 2016

What do you mean by AGREEMENT by who not the people on the ground that I
know ...on the 48

  View This Article

Name: Here at home
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 28 May 2016

Did the UTU put up a good fight and actually try to defend us, or did
they roll over and sell us out like they did with the L&N guys?

  View This Article

Name: VL
Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 28 May 2016


UTU lost its battle over the 48 hour rule for conductors to make a move
when displaced. No one knows for sure how long it will be before mass
mailing and emails are going to take place to notify the members that
there was an agreement that members will only be allowed a 12 hour
window to place themselves.

If you are a newer employee and are unable to find a position to place
yourself in the 12 hour period( 48 as of now) then you have the right
to call the Manager of crew operations and demand a place be created
for you or they need to put you on furlough. You have a right to file
for railroad unemployment if you are not holding a job position with
the company. The railroad unemployment office will want to see a note
put into your employee history that you have been furloughed. DO NOT
SIT AT HOME FOR WEEKS AT A TIME trying to find a place to go. The
company has left employees hanging in the wind with no place to go for
weeks at a time. If you are not working and can not hold a job position
then you are not an actively working employee with the company.

  View This Article

Name: John doe
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 27 May 2016

Talk of closing winston yard on the Jacksonville division. Union wont
deny or tell us anything.

  View This Article

Name: L&N dispr
Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 30+ years
Posted: 27 May 2016

They shut Baldwin yard down about six years ago.  Can't really see them
shutting down Jacksonville because of all the inermodal business along
with the interchange business.  But stranger things have happened.

  View This Article

Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 26 May 2016

Runors they closing a yard in Jacksonville

  View This Article

Name: Mediator
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 25 May 2016

Oh my gosh! You are so bad at this. If you want to be a mole for the
company you have to come up with something better than that. Did you
actually think a topic like that would draw attention away from the
previous post. Did they give you your own rock to crawl back under? Im
guessing not. You don't get that until you are good enough to keep
around. If this is a test trial you just failed miserably! 

OK posters.... you got them itching in the seats again.

  View This Article

Name: Sad clown
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 25 May 2016

if you want to see a out of control circus, then pull up a chair and
watch what CSX will be doing in the next few months. Lots more cuts, T
& E and Managers. Cuts and havoc will continue until Dec of this year.

  View This Article

Name: LC
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 May 2016


Lets this serve as a warning. There is already talk around the water
cooler that company officials are  making statements that anyone who
complains about the companies faulty GPS will most likely be asking to
have a target placed on their backs. Make sure that you have proof of
your charges and several witnesses to back up your findings. The system
is flawed and labor relations has opened a can of worms by using it to
deny legitimate claims. They are not going to take your emails and
complaints about it lightly. If you hear of see anyone in management
doing or saying anything that could be construed as retaliation for
reporting the problem, let your local chairman know immediately so it
can be forwarded to the general chairman. Names, dates and location are
a must. Be specific. This isn't a joke. It is your right to work in a
safe environment. This includes having your trains location monitored
accurately at all times. It doesn't matter if you are running an empty
grain train or a train with military equipment or hazardous high alert
cars. All trains are to be protected equally and their locations should
be accurate.

If you are uncomfortable about coming forward then we suggest you
review your company code of ethics handbook signed and sealed by
Michael Ward. Review your rights under NO RETALIATION and SPEAKING UP.
If you suspect violations of the codes of ethics OR other company
policies you can start by speaking with a supervisor.

  View This Article

Buy the webmaster a beer! Or a coffee!
Or a book! Or send cash!
Help keep this site alive!

www.CSX-Sucks.com - Sticking it to the man since 2001

Name: Thru
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 23 May 2016

Car knocker.   You hit the nail on the head with your post.   Ever since
Michael Ward brought Tony Ingram over from the NS, (with hopes of
winning the Harriman Award) CSX has gone down hill fast.  

Ingram brought with him the management by fear tactics that gave
Norfolk Southern the nickname Nazi Southern.  Ingram then actively
recruited train masters away from the NS that exemplified his and
Ward's belief that management by fear was the way to rule a union
workforce. While Ward may have told the FRA several years back that CSX
would stop treating g their employees so poorly, this has yet to happen.
 In fact it has gotten worse, and our unions have allowed this to

As the work force changed from majority old heads to new guys, the
unions didnt instill the "work together" and "all for one"
attitude.   Instead our upper union officials sold our souls so that
they could keep their nice cushy jobs in CSX's corporate offices.   

Want an example of this?   Look no further than what happened to the
CSX employees working under the L and N agreement.   Once the union
sold out their own employees by putting them in a position to take an
agreement worse than the one that they voted down, CSX knew they could
do what ever they wanted to those of us working on the ground. CSX knew
that by getting our union officials to once again sell us out, we were
defenseless.  They owned our union officials, and effectively owned

I was hoping that once Ingram left that things would get better, and
that management would go back to working with the employees to move
freight, verses against them.   But that hasn't happened.   Instead it
has gotten worse.   Brown was Ingram 's right hand man, and Cindy
Sanborn their puppet who drank at the fountain of bull that Ingram

Is it ever going to get better when Ward and Sanborn are pulling the
strings in Jacksonville?  ( and our union officials have their offices
in CSX's headquarters)  I doubt it.  Do I care anymore?   No I'm only
at CSX for what little money there is left to be made.   If the train
moves, OK.  If it doesn't.  Who cares?  As long as my check cashes on
Friday, I don't care. And neither does CSX.   They dont care either. 
More than one train master has said my job isn't to move freight.   My
job is to follow the rules.  If that is what they want, I am more than
happy to shove the rules down their throats, and pay a premium for job

  View This Article

Name: hogger
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 23 May 2016


Its the trip optimizer program too. Had several times they couldn't
locate my train to put in the program. They say when they try to
"ping" it they cant find its location. Its starting to look like
their entire communications system is seriously flawed. I wonder if the
emergency response center is aware that all this stuff is going on. You
would have to think they would unless they are only testing it when a
real emergency happens and they have to locate a trains exact location.
 This all sounds like stuff that homeland security should be notified

  View This Article

Name: Mike Gainer
Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years
Posted: 22 May 2016

Avon MGMT:  Are we going to discuss the bomb train that rolled out of
the receiving yard?  No?  Are we just going to pretend it didnt happen?
 One last question Avon.  Why is everyone working out of Avon miserable?
 Oh wait I know this one.....Dave Harris and his team of brainwashed

  View This Article

don't click here