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: redeye51
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 June 2016

Hello my true Americans.

Been working for CSX for +10yrs and soon I will be slapping down my
resignation on the table.  I am a veteran who came to CSX with the
promise of a better future.  Well, those corporate greedy bastards are
just sending true America down the drain.  I am looking to write a tell
all book about personal experience here at CSX.  Get your stories
together cause I will be back and share the wealth.  Let us together
get the story out about this place. Those investors got money and TMZ
would love a good story.  FTW...let the chit roll.  And stay tuned...

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Name: AGAIN!!!!
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 25 June 2016


Once again another chief has threatened to pull a crew out of service
if they didn't drag in another train that they made it very clear they
were not qualified in the area that the train was outlawed.

Train should not be moved by engineer if he isn't qualified on the
characteristic nor should the conductor run on the engineers
qualifications as management claims they can

FRA 240.231 Requirement for locomotive engineers unfamiliar with
physical characteristics......READ READ READ!!!!!!! 

NOTE* Pilots are not required if the movement is on a section of track
with an average grade of less than 1% over 3 continuous miles AND
the track is other than a main track or
the maximum distance the locomotive or train will travel does not
exceed one mile or
The maximum authorized speed for ANY OPERATION on the track does not
exceed 20 mph or
Operations are conducted under operating rules that require every
locomotive and train to proceed at a speed that permits stopping within
one half the range of vision of the locomotive engineer

The new so called TERMINAL LIMITS stretch way beyond one mile and are
also on the main line as well. Signals are not given to operate the
trains at restricted speed and authorized speed is above 20.  
If you are threatened by the chief and DTO to drag in a train that you
have informed them that you are not familiar with the characteristics
or your qualification time has expired the first thing you need to do
is put them on notice that they need to throw up restricting signals.
If they wont then you move at restricted speed the entire distance.
Immediately report the incident to the FRA operating officer and make a
report to the ethics committee for threats made towards your employment
and being forced to work under intimidating circumstances made by upper

Get it together crews. Your union isn't going to do anything to
protect you. Its obvious isn't it when a chief pulls this stunt again.
You have to take their balls in your court and squeeze the life out of
them. If you cant grow a pair then you better go buy some!

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Name: Retired Now
Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 June 2016

To all of you who think older employees need to/should retire from

Sometimes it's just not affordable \ feasible. 

1st:  Have to maintain a current connection, ie: cannot quit with 30
yrs. service time & go to work for a non RR employer, contribute to
FICA & expect to draw RR retirement upon reaching retirement age.
Connection broken & railroad retirement would be lost.  Check\read up
on how it works.
30 YRS. service means 360 MONTHS.  Lots of RRers lost credit months for
a number of reasons over the course of their career - may not be
eligible (yet), even if old enough.

Big drop in monthly income.
If married, spouse may not yet be old enough. Insurance is costly. 

Retiree Health Insurance: even if opting for the RR retiree plans, the
monthly premiums are over double what active RR workers contribute -
that's with no dental or vision help AND a much lower lifetime $$ max.
 Is just supposed to carry you (& spouse) over until eligible for
medicare & then there are costs for that & any chosen supplemental ins.
which is a must have.  

Consider everything before being too hard on older co-workers.

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

Is there any L&N western lines engineers on here trying to go to SCL
eastern lines? What have you been told by Gary Best or Matt Thornton
about this?? How does all these zones they talkin about work. Thought
we had a Single System Agreement.

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Name: LC
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 13 June 2016


It has been brought to the attention of the unions that the DTO's are
seriously crossing the lines on their authority over the rules and
regulations of the company as well as the FRA. A crew was ordered to
recrew a train in an area they were never qualified and had absolutely
no  clue about the territory. The crew clearly stated that they were
not qualified. Since the train was in the newly extended terminal
limits the DTO decided they should be able to recrew this train and if
they chose not too they would be pulled out of service and placed in
qualifying status. This was nothing more than intimidation and
harassment of the crew. It also shows that this DTO does not care about
safely moving trains or the safety of the crew. The crew should have
stood their ground and let the DTO pull them out of service for
training. The DTO and dispatchers are not ignorant on how the railroad
works. Many have been on the ground and in the craft for years before
moving up to the dispatch center.  We all know that standing up to
management when they are intimidating and threatening is a hard thing
to do. Being afraid of becoming a target is usually the reason crews
back down and don't stand up for what is right. This kind of
intimidation from the DTO or the dispatcher IS NOT ACCEPTABLE EVER!
These kind of actions need to be reported immediately to your LC and if
you cant reach them then call your general chairman. Then notify the FRA
director of operating rules.  If the company wants to make everyone
qualified to protect terminal limits then a training program needs to
be put in place and all employees starting from the most junior to
senior need to be qualified. There are senior employees who have been
out in the field for over 20 years who never travel in both directions
and never will due to their ability to hold the positions they desire
the most. The company CAN NOT pick and choose who thee feel needs to be
qualified in the terminal nor can they force a crew to run a train
without a pilot trip first. This is exactly what happened in the AVON
DO NOT BUCKLE UNDER. You must stand your ground on this issue.

If you encounter this situation you need to notify the FRA immediately.
 You can call Robert Crawford at 817-235-5397. If you are unable to
reach him then can call the FRA Indianapolis office at 
317-226-0390 and they will page him or take a message for him.
This is serious business and should not be taken lightly. The safe
movement of trains as well as the safety of the crews is the most
important issue on the railroad.  Intimidation of any crew is 
unacceptable behavior and an ethic's violation.

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Name: Management 
Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years
Posted: 12 June 2016

To get the stock price back in the 30 dollar range we all have decided
to suck off all investors who buy stock in our shity rundown company.
As soon as you have secured a position in the company come by our
Jacksonville office for your prize. We even swallow. Thanks, 
Yesterday's meal is tomorrow's cum dumpster

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Name: Retired UP Conductor
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 12 June 2016

Rumors swirling about the UP firing it's top corporate executive
lawyer (Gayle Thal) and named her replacement last week.

They canít fire a woman. Are they that crazy? Sheís a protected class
in this country.

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Name: Curious
Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years
Posted: 10 June 2016


Just wondering how come u are hammering car inspectors but you turn
your heads on train crews? Supposed to inspect cars for defects when
doing class 1 sir test which requires at least 1 minute per car.
Watched crew pick up 89 cars in 20 minutes.  Had tm watching them.
Rushing them out. That's bullshit!!!!  
how come card are rolling in with stuck brakes and handbrakes on and
never hit a detector. Someone pointed out they noticed after they
doubled train lenghts that no one is hitting any detectors. We know
they should be with the crap that's rolling in.  What's going on with

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Employed as: M of W, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 04 June 2016

Yep yep n yep n yep I agree

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Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 04 June 2016

There is no code of ethics it's a bull front lie if they recorded
everything that would prove it ... But what's real is INTIMIDATION rr
is this first place it was even a law down  right  dirty lien thieves
... And labor realations yea $$$$

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 02 June 2016

No doubt -- CSX is NOT an employee friendly company. 
[Is any big company anymore?]  Constantly have to battle them. Even for
what you are entitled to via agreement/contract. 

This is the 21st century.  Of course, they want to reduce labor costs.
More employees mean more wages, more health insurance costs, more RR
Retirement taxes they have to contribute, etc., etc., & that equates to
less bonus\profits for all the big-shots. 

Things have been tough many times in the past.  RRs slashed/trimmed
before only to wish they hadn't account the business\work came back. 
Time will tell so we'll see.  

The posted comment in the other section is true:  No one was forced to
hire on & no one is forced to stay.  Hang in there everyone or luck out
& find a much better way to earn a living.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 31 May 2016

Why the complaining about holiday pay?  RR Trans. Dept. road employees
never did qualify for that (regular assignments like yard jobs per se,
do) - the way it is & has been for eons.   Regarding that, the rail
Unions gave nothing away.  

Doesn't make sense:
People bitch account unions seem to be weak but then they support
anti-labor legislators\politicians.   
They piss & moan because the roads & streets they drive on need work,
there isn't enough fire or police protection etc., etc., but then are
upset with more taxes. On & on & on. 
Safety First.

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Name: Retired UPRR Conductor
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 31 May 2016


What about one of your Directors whose [law] firm oversees cases
handled by the Department of Labor [EEOC Office]? The firm reviews all
cases that is filed against the UP and the office "tips" off the
director of such

This is no doubt why UP, CSX and others are taking so many cases to the
National Labor Board. Itís to the point now that CSX is giving employees
the death penalty for J-Walking. Then, taking the case all the way to a
Larbor Board Ruling. At present, that takes about two years. By then,
most employees have found other work and have no interest in coming
back to the railroad. So, Itís a win, win for the Company. 
Retired UPRR Conductor..

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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.

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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 22 May 2016

The below comment sounds like a really good deal to me. Get in the
cab---get out of the cab---release all of the brakes---run to the
yard---get off and into the cab and do it again. Just THINK, you could
be layed off. I see a 7 day a week job that makes 4 hours OT each and
every day. Good lord be thankful for the work.


Name: raped again
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 05 May 2016

Local chairman

JESUS CHRIST! When in the @#*^&%$# is the BLET going to put a stop to
this our right violation of our short turn around agreement for
recrewing road pool turns.  They have been stealing agreed pay from us
for months now. The agreement is written in black and white. There is
no gray area!  We had to drag in 5 dead road trains on one stinking
catch ticket. You know, the one they call a J JOB all the time. The
that is supposed to be used for recrewing local switcher jobs.  Work
hours in a taxi running back and forth all night long for just a
stinking 100 mile ticket. Screw the overtime. We all know they just
trying to hide these recrews by not issuing a ticket as proof they
get their trains in. This is total bullshit and someone better get off
their arsess and get something done about it!

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Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 May 2016

I wish investors really knew what was going on out here. If they knew
Sanborn would be out of here. She has ruined this company. It will take
years to undo the damage she has done, if it can even be fixed at this
point. Sad thing Sanborn is only concerned about her own pockets. Aso
long as she is getting richer that's all that matters to her. Why
investors keep her in her position I will never understand

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

It's no rumor.  Hell, it was posted on the front page of the CSX

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Name: Sponsor 
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 12 May 2016

Did the BLET AND UTU sponsor the Csx race car? Is that their logo
stickers on the sides of that beast?

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Name: Sponsors needed
Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years
Posted: 12 May 2016

Would any employee like to donate or sponsor our race car? You could
consider donating your bonuses for the next few years. Wait, you
probably aren't going to get one. Well, anyway just consider it.
Please pass the word to the furloughed employees to.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 07 May 2016

train dreamer:
For help, call 1-800-brain dead idiot anonymous.

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