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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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Name: crew caller 
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Employed as: Crew Dispatcher, for 10-20 years
Posted: 01 April 2015

Crew Management has become its own hell!  Working there for the last 17
years I don't know where to start in the pile of b.s. that goes on. 
I am a good caller and most of the people I work with are great. I try
to help most if I can, but this divide of unions is the worst thing we
have allowed to happen.  Its everyone for themselves, I think one mass
union for all would help everyone.  

Any ideas of what we at CMC can do to bridge the divide?

Thanks in advance

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Name: Laughing 
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 31 March 2015

9 out of 10 CSX managers are  dumb as a rock... And they prove it daily
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Name: FTW
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 March 2015

If you get ran off can you every come back?

what the average time.....

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Name: Laughing 
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 12 March 2015

Lower management positions are a waste of potential company profits.
These clowns are falling over each other and they don't know their
head from their ass.. !!!!!!  T/E management is one big joke. Many
managers have been caught stealing from the company like using the CLC
cards and the pro cards for personal use.. To many chiefs an not enough
Indians ..  These bad attitude mangers are what gives management a bad
name. I hold the company responsible because they know about those
losers and doing NOTHING about it.  As a share holder I'm very unhappy
with the  performance of upper management with the lower level
management.

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Name: New Hire that Declined
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Employed as: Conductor, for N/A
Posted: 08 March 2015

This site has been running for many years so it has had a cumulative
effect I believe...

I am an individual who jumped through every hoop to land a position
with CSX. I did all the tests then was faced with the realization after
all the trouble I went to to prove to CSX I was worthy that CSX was
not.

Because I had other offers from other companies even though I had set
my first choice of a career to be CSX I had to reconsider my other
options after I learned more.

No one was more disappointed by this than myself as the amount of
bullshit you would have to heap onto a job driving trains to make it
some thing no one with options wants to do is mind boggling.

The reason you likely are faced with a problem of new hires that have
no clue what is going on could very well be a self fulfilling prophecy
that both employees and management are to blame for.

Every qualified candidate that really had the ability to make an
informed opinion already passed on your company. There is a pretty
strong possibility the majority of them easily found this site and
others like it when conducting their own background check while vetting
CSX.

What you now have are candidates who look good on paper but unlikely
were the type that make the effort to look into the environment they
are entering with an unbiased point of view and actually make an
informed opinion of what are the actual state of working conditions,
moral, job satisfaction and union effectiveness.

The most damning opinions did not come from this board ironically but
from the employees conducting the hiring interviews and their honesty
about what they look forward to most in their CSX career...

Retirement.

And these were the guys that managed to succeed in this environment and
advance in position to non T&E jobs... even they are only in it for the
money and can't wait for the ride to end.

Don't read this as a slight to them the did a good job.
However the factual and anecdotal argument against them presented to
candidates looking for confirmation of their level of job satisfaction
even though they are putting on their happy face through the process...
well they already were fighting uphill and it is likely a lot of
candidates wanting to be convinced that CSX is a company they want to
work at will be looking for their insights in unguarded moments.

They alone did not break the camels back.

watching an individual that posts youtube videos from their excitement
of being selected, finishing training then starting their job the
transformation in demeanor is striking.

this individual begins to look increasingly tired and disillusioned
with their career choice right up to the point the youtube videos
simply stop being uploaded. search the internet you will find this
exhausted demeanor on so many of the crews faces and you even arrive at
the FRA run website dedicated to justifying unsavory 24/7 crew calling
practices.

Even enjoyable jobs are not enjoyable when you are not given a chance
for uninterrupted sleep at 24 hour intervals. Whats worse is in
transportation it is downright dangerous.

All claims of safety ring hollow when faced with the actual new hire
conditions of being stuck on an extra board for years and having no
100% guaranteed way to get the rest you need when being on call 24/7.
It is unsafe and everyone knows it

It has not changed because it is motivated by greed on all sides of the
company from employees/unions to management to the top brass.

The irony is everyone would have more job satisfaction and the company
would have a lot less accidents if they doubled the labor pools and cut
the 24/7 on call in half and stopped paying people to be on the clock
for 24 hours a day while sitting at home waiting for a telephone call.

Cut that nonsense in half on both sides. Half the current on call pay
and half the current hours when on call would be a start. 

If you need people to crew trains on standby put them on call for 12
hours then let the bastards go to sleep and don't pay the greedy
buggers 24 hours a day.

You might argue this would cause a strike and the extra board would
starve... yes they might but this is a right of passage in other
industries that should have high levels of job satisfaction and the
root cause of why your industry does not. 

You all made it about the money to a point that it is a nightmare for
yourselves and everyone else. Seriously how did you guys fuck this up
so bad?

Then there are the actual reports of accidents and their causes that
simply confirm all this.

When trying to unravel most mysteries and problems so many can be
solved by following the money.

It seems the perfect storm of greed on all sides has created the
current conditions at CSX that make this company unattractive to
completely qualified candidates that would otherwise jump at the chance
to work here.

How many other qualified people has this company lost besides myself
because of these problems?

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 04 March 2015

Glad

We know your the man (42 yearson the rr)  4 tours in Vietnam , 3wives,
1 husband 8 dogs and 25 cats.   You don't have to put your resume on
here.    Just who are you trying to convince?   Me or yourself.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 04 March 2015

Less than 1 year


Don't pick on that old man.  He's doing the best he can.  You might
be the closest thing he has to a best friend.   Go easy brother.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 04 March 2015

Glad

Don't use the local libraries' computer for your post.   Sale some of
those photos and buy your own.

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Name: Glad
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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 04 March 2015

The less than one year poster should contact an EAP Counselor and ins.
cos. right now, --  and start getting professional help ASAP.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 03 March 2015

Glad 
 
The site is csx sucks not csx is your friend.  I bet you never worked
out here.  I believe your  one of those formers taking our pictures.  
You better get out there with your camera here come q025.  


30yrs of taking photos

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 03 March 2015

Glad 

You're a company suck.  You need to retire like the rest of your
kind.
Too old and too foolish to question anything.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 03 March 2015

FUCK CSX AND FUCK ALL YOU NO GOOD COMPANY SUCKS.  ONE IS NO BETTER THAN
THE OTHER AND FUCK MY SAWED OFF LOCAL CHAIRMAN WHO THINKS HE'S A RFE.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 27 February 2015

Why iisn't attendance policies part of the contract?   They should and
could be.   There is enough silly shit in there.   Ingram sure had the
bid system shoved down the engineers throats when he was here.   Was
the bid system not  to control  layoff?   Is this not attendance
issues?   Anything can be placed in a contract.   I believe most Union
members want this addressed in contracts.  The ble just happened to
sign their contract right before this notice was released to the men. 
This was no accident it just didn't work out that way.  This was all
carefully planned out.

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Name: 
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Employed as: APE, for 30+ years
Posted: 27 February 2015

Asleep at the wheel:

1. Stockholders
2. csx board of directors
3. upper level management
4. management
5. rail union members \ employees
   rail unions

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 27 February 2015

I'm all about paying union dues and being a union member.   We
couldn't work for csx without an union or at least I wouldn't.   That
being said when I pay dues to my union monthly and all my co-workers do
as well.    I expect representation.  I expect the details of a
contract to be defined and understood before it's signed.  I expect
not to be harassed by the company with silly ass attendance policies. 
I expect my valid claims to be handled and payed in a timely manner.  I
expect my LC to keep his mouth shut about me wanting a day off.  When he
is seen getting drunk on social media while he's off union.   I expect
my union brothers and sisters not to be sleeping with the enemy.  I
expect my L/C not to take company positions or safety suck jobs. 

This attendance policy effective 3-1 would never happen if we had a
union not in bed with the company.   Correct me If I'm wrong but has
the utu or ble addressed this on their websites.  No they have not! 
Just like previous attendance changes not a damn thing will change.  Is
it not funny that the ble signed their contract right before this
bullshit.

I hope it doesn't happen if right to work is ever the law of the
land.
There will be a lot of brothers and sisters stop paying union dues
because our union is so passive with all csx's bullshit.

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Name: Bed buddies 
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 26 February 2015

BLE / UTU  /  CSX.  Bed buddies ..... Local union laying off on
weekends, holidays,..  These boys needs a good beat down.. Enough is
enough .. Catch them at Walmart with they're family an beat the piss
out of them. No one made them take that job. Unions aren't strong like
they use to be.  A bunch of  cowards ..

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Name: Retired FRA Inspector
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 25 February 2015

I have been reading posts and posting on CSX-Sucks for about 2-1/2 years
now and have recently noticed a big increase in activity here. So is it
any wonder that moles like the one that posted yesterday are also
starting to pop up?

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 February 2015

Our no good utu and ble lc are both laid off union again.   New system
notice released on attendance effective March 1st.   We all know
they're    not doing a damn thing but setting home beating their meat.
 I wish that  short fuck would work at least one weekend with the rest
of us.  Maybe just maybe this would be as issue with him.  I'm not
sure how the new utu lc will do  or where he stands but the ble lc is a
short no good bitching little fucker who thinks he's a rfe.  He handles
claims like my insane granny.  WE ALL KNOW CSX SUCKS COCK.   LET ME TELL
THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THE UTU AND BLE SUCK  BIG COCK.  I FIND IT FUNNY
THAT THE CONTRACTS STATE HIS IS A CLOSED SHOP JOB AND THERE ARE MEN AND
WOMEN THAT BELIEVE THE UNION NOT IN BED WITH CSX.

uNION BUSINESS ON THE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS NEED TO BE A THING OF THE
PAST.

HEY CINDY IF YOU HAD A REAL MAN KNOCKING THE BOTTOM OUT OF THAT THING
YOU MIGHT BE A DECENT BITCH.

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Name: 
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Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A
Posted: 25 February 2015

Talk about a good old American railroad coming in to crunch a recovering
economy by taking over a 15% increase on costs in less than 30 days.
They are pushing people into early retirement or risk being released
early to make their share holders more money.  They're making hand
over fist and now they are plotting their pricing to resemble a
expedited OTR service vs. the crappy, always late and always a problem
service they provide.   They're now going to cripple our economy by
making shippers have to pay more for their service which ultimately
will be passed on to the consumers.  Way to go CSX.... starting to
smell like Wal-Mart!

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Name: 
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 24 February 2015

I see a few post from the kid's that are on leave from their xbox. My
comment is centered on CSX as a Corp. I see the concern's for rest
days and time off, and that point seems to only apply to T/E. The only
short checks are T/E, the long hours are only T/E. 
The horrible managers are every manager. If just one of T/E was moved
to an air conditioned office with a company car, and an expense
account, the stress would kill them.
 The trades have for years been at odds with managers, preaching never
go there, pay's less and they are suck asses. So far from the truth.
 New TM'S are educated, inexperienced, and in need of acceptance. I
suggest ya meet them, greet them, and accept them. They will remember
you down the road.
 One more point that need's to be made is about the dummies that are
running this company. Just hope they can stay dumb enough to sell
enough freight to make payroll, when many make over 70k per year, and
most over 40k. Not to bad in my humble opinion.

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