Asleep At The Wheel

Casey Jones you'd better,
watch your speed...

    "The railroad is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation", many of us have been told, when requesting some extra 'rest' between jobs. Unfortunately, the people that make the railroad move, like all other people, do not operate "24 hours a day, 7 days a week".

    Anyone who's worked around the clock has either seen, or experienced first-hand, the inevitable effects of sleep deprivation. Maybe it was you, maybe it was the jitney driver, maybe it was....

    The real fun is when someone tries to explain to the crew-caller that they are too tired to go to work.

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

CSX SUCKS is right it does suck I hope the get get rid of all there work
and small guys it will bite um in the ass some day they try to bully
everyone not Gona work forever give up there yards and hump yards and
everyone will move outa there way lmao othrpeople have needs they
don't build all the rail tax payers do too give um a grant to build
inertermobile for 300 jobs that pay shit non union wages and shit
health care then cut jobs in half what a scam they suck

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 29 September 2016


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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 27 September 2016

I have read on here 2 customers are leaving CSX because of crew
shortages and i bet CSX does not even care. They don't care about
customers or employees, so can someone tell me what they do care about?

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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 September 2016

Csx is worse than Wells Fargo when it tells its lower management to find
ways to fire people for any reason to keep up with the accidents they
train these guys whisle blower protection is not there in the stock run
company's csx will find away just like Wells Fargo to blame the little
man for reporting shit to ethics line of fFRA it's the truth iWork
here and deal with every day FRA prob in there back pocket

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Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A
Posted: 26 September 2016

To the person that said CSX is run by clowns..you are right. My industry
was not serviced for 2 days last week and was not serviced over the
weekend. Now when I talk to the terminal manager he told me there was a
problem with a locomotive and they had no backup locomotives. Now when
the crew shows up this morning they tell me it was not true that the
real reason was crew shortages. So because CSX is refusing to recall
people my business should suffer? Productivity fell sharply last week
because of CSX not by my people and we bear the responsibility. No
longer..I will be on the phone today with NORFOLK SOUTHERN..Lets see if
they can get the job done.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 September 2016

Now the ones that moved their families , qualified for free for months ,
are FURLOUGHED.  Never been a fan of working for free.
#Donaldwillchangethings ,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 25 September 2016

I no longer complain about FMLA. The truth is that after CSX forced
people to relocate many had to get FMLA so they could just have the
opportunity to go home. In my view its wrong that everyone is governed
under the same attendance policy..some boards have 2 off days, some
have 1, others have no off days. So the boards with 1 or no off days
are the ones that CAPS hurt the most. Thats unfair that the only way a
persob can get off is to mark off sick. You can forget marking off
personal business with the boards cut way too low. CSX knows its a
problem but they dont care. So now people get FMLA so they can mark off
as needed..CSX has created this monster..I bet if Sanborn needs a day
off she doesn't have any points taken..Sanborn has killed
CSX..employee morale was already low before she set on the throne.
Anyway every employee should have FMLA..this place is the reason my
stress is high as well as my blood pressure..time to apply

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 September 2016

I guess Mr. FMLA is fortunate enough that his terminal was not closed
and is not working 200+ miles from his home. CSX has forced people to
get FMLA because they are an abusive employer...this company is
horrible to work for..they don't have to be but they choose to be. I
will say Mr. FMLA if you did not have FMLA abd you got forced to
relocate to work you would be acquiring it for sure. Not everyone has
the ability to sell their house or relocate their famlies. So quit
bitching Mr. FMLA..you have no right to bitch

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 24 September 2016

I joined the railroad to make money and here I am sitting at home
wanting to work and cannot because there are no conductors available. I
am on the KD Subdivision and right now there are 3 trains ordered
including Q042, and nobody to put on it until 10 tonight. Pusher job
open unable to fill it, yard job that was unable to be filled, and
people furloughed,..what a joke..happens every week but they do not
care..local management does not care nor does Cindy and her crew at
Jacksonville..CSX should no longer include transportation in its
name..we are nothing more than a joke as a company..pitiful leadership
and management..keep the good work up CSX inverstors..keep these clowns
running us into the ground..

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Name: Defiant
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 September 2016

This is it. 
This weekend Chicago Division - Barr Yard strikes. 
Will continue through the weekend. 
The following week will have heavy amounts of mark offs; ie sick,
missed calls
Enjoy the shit show.

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Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 23 September 2016

To those of you complaining about those employees that have FLMA might
as well get over it. CSX has forced people to go out and get it..and I
no longer blame employees for doing so. With all these terminal and
yard closures there are many employees now forced to work hundreds of
miles away from their homes..what do you expect those people to do? CSX
has disrupted many peoples lives this past year without regard or
concern for their employees and their families..so do you really expect
employees to care if they disrupt service on the railroad? The employee
morale is horrible and many employees are bitter toward this outfit and
rightfully so. CSX is not interested in moving freight. We have trains
sitting on our subdivision every week because they are stubborn and
refuse to call people back. No wonder they are tanking..how can they
attempt to recruit new business when they cannot even service the
business they have. One would think that this company would want better
numbers but with this regime its not going to happen. When the company
works against its employees the employees work against the
company..maybe one day they will be smart enough to figure that out

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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 22 September 2016

Been reading Wells Fargo headlines , sounds like csx intiimdation and
harassment of employees to get bonuses and firing employees  for minor
offenses for personal gain or reporting issues protection is not there
for us

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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 16 September 2016

      I'm sure a lot of drugs get through by rail, and the huge
profits that Americans are willing to give to Mexican drug lords really
ruins their society, but the erratic and unpredictable pattern of RR
operations means that no one really knows when / where the drugs
arrive, which really upsets drug bosses who expect results.

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 09 September 2016

Tickled this guy is not driving.

Name: Jim E. Young
Employed as: M of W, for N/A
Posted: 08 September 2016

KCS SP CSX UP NS TE&Y Employees:

You could be liable if you are operating a train that originates from
Mexico, stashed with drugs! The Rail Carrier's most profitable trains
are the drug laden-ed trains that originates from Mexico. The trains
are so profitable that a dying RR CEO negotiated his silence for a 
$120,000,000.00, retirement package. All to be paid over his natural
retirement age as per the Corporate Bylaws.
How many RR CEO'S gets an annual twenty-five million dollar
package upon death?

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 09 September 2016

Not a problem, makes it real easy.


Why does it bother you so much that someone post in several forums?
Maybe I can shed some light on the similarities in the topics!

A supervisors gets unprofessional in your face and orders you by
intimidating you and harassing you to go out and drag in a 3rd train
a J job without another ticket knowing damn well its a violation of
union agreement and you know that they are going to deny your valid
claim because the ASSHOLES have already done it a zillion times! 
Then the employee is pissed and while he is out he isn't thinking
straight and makes an unsafe move that might get him and his partner
trouble. Then after being screwed over all night he says the hell with
this hell hole and marks off sick the next day. This puts his butt on
the table now for having an availability problem. 

So, its pretty clear to see how courtesy, professionalism, harassment
discrimination, denied claims, availability and safety are all the
damn thing on this site. Its what csx does to its employees EVERY
Post as much as you want guys. The point of this site is to post the
crap that's going on and get it out!
Get over it OTHER!

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Name: Engineer 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 06 September 2016

This company doesn't care about safety. It's all for profit now. Their
working us to death with equipment going down hill fast... The company
made cuts in the wrong departments. T & E employees truly hate this
company for their mismanaging their life.. Hopefully when the grim
reaper decides to take all CSX MANAGEMENT, then they well go straight
to HELL where they belong....

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 06 September 2016

Guess most of you know what a Knuckle IS?
Do you ever wonder what a Knucklehead IS?

Those that keep posting the same shit on every TOPIC!

Just remember there is no Honor in checking every friggin box, and that
is on you.

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Name: EX FRA
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 06 September 2016


The rule used to be that you could secure your train by putting on the
hand brakes BUT the engineer could not release any brakes to test them
for the new 1 minute brake test. Trains crews were never required to do
a one minute brake test in the past. Applying the proper amount of
brakes for the number of cars was designated and did just fine.
Securing the train in order to leave it behind is considered an action
that is necessary for the safety of the crew and the public and can be
done. The one minute test is a csx operating rule and is not required
by the FRA. Therefore if you do the one minute brake test you are
performing work for the railroad which is a violation of the hours of
service. Therefore that puts the crew in a catch 22.  Per csx operating
rules you are to notify the dispatcher when you are down to 3 hours. It
is up to you to follow that rule. Then is the time that you should
remind them that you need to stop somewhere that you will have the time
to follow the rules for testing your brakes if you plan on leaving the
train. DO NOT EVEN try to make a point that the dispatcher should know
where you are and how much time you have left to run. Unless you are a
new employee then you should know they lose tract of where trains are
and can not keep up with every single trains running time. Yes, they
should but they don't.
If you have any questions concerning violations of the FRA rules for
operations then you can contact the FRA representative for your area.
Your hours of service or operating rules agents should be able to
answer your questions.

If you are in the Indianapolis area you can call the Indy office at
317-226-0390 and find out who is over your area.

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Name: Albany Divn T&E Guy
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 05 September 2016

The FMLA Issue:

Lets put this in the proper perspective. FMLA was Enacted under the
Clinton Administration. Many years before the CSX takeover of Conrail.
It was enacted SPECIFICALLY to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS. Think about
that folks......

FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!!
FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!!
FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!!
FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!!

Okay now! Now that I've made that point lets talk about the
-- present situation vs. the previous situation.--

Conrail was in business many years after FMLA was enacted and had VERY

CSX Enacted VERY HARSH Attendance policies
CSX Enacted VERY HARSH Discipline policies

Now we have everyone on FMLA!!!! And these IDIOTS running CSX say we
have an FMLA problem !?!?

OK I'm going to yell here. But not at my fellow union brothers. I'm
going to yell at you Company suits on here. I'm going to yell at you
guys because your purposely dense. So I'm going to yell so that maybe
the light will come on in your thick heads, and maybe....you guys will
get a clue!!!!!


It has always amazed me throughout my 35+ years on the RR. How
incredible the work ethic was in the RR Industry. The greater majority
of my fellow railroaders would work 70 to 80 hours plus every week
(albeit the greed for money was the overwhelming motive) But
nonetheless they did it. And this was for decades, during which they
were never threatened or harassed to do so.

So now we have Management regimes that are so greedy and arrogant they
won't even discuss the issues with the unions, Yes that is correct Mr.
Corp. The Unions NEVER AGREED to these Absentee/Discipline policies.
They were shoved down our throats. Bottom line is this

The present generation of RR workers have NO loyalty to their
employers. They don't merely dislike their taskmasters THEY HATE their
employers with a PASSION! This is not to be confused with not liking
their jobs. They love their jobs. why else would they put up with these
working conditions so long? They HATE THE PEOPLE who run these RR's I
see it everyday when I work. A decision comes along between whats best
for the RR vs. Employee benefit. Employee wins every time and when
there is no benefit THEY STILL choose the option where the company
loses. I've seen employees take the path that's harder to do if it
will cause the company harm, time after time. The Hatred is that bad! 

From a business point of view it is REALLY BAD POLICY to alienate your
workforce to a point that your employees are working against you.

Unfortunately the folks in Jacksonvile DON'T CARE!!
Unfortunately the folks in Albany DON'T CARE!!
Unfortunately the folks in your local Terminal Offices DON'T CARE!!

Apparently here at CSX we don't make money by transporting customers
Apparently we make money by Threatening Employees! 
Apparently we make money by Firing Employees!

Apparently we like to create problems for ourselves that cause
motivated workers to lose motivation and instead focus all their
efforts at spending time with their loved ones, and friends, Instead of
fanatically trying to spend time at work every waking minute of the day
making money !!!  ..........

As my generation did!

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Name: AP Engineer Retired
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 03 September 2016

A Birmingham Engineer told me, “FMLA” was the “Football Mania Layoff
Agreement.” What did Jacksonville think it was? I mean, you can’t miss
a University of  Alabama football game just to move freight. Right?

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