CSX-Sucks!

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: Fed up
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 19 September 2014

Folks just wait until October 1 and see the new testing procedures
coming out.  This company and lost they're freakin mind...  Here is
one example " when a conductor stops you for a safety stop ( which is
one car length ) if the stop is shorter than one car length or 50 feet
( let's say it was an 48 ft stop ) which is less than the 50 foot
stop. Then the conductor is written up. The official will have a
measuring tool to check the exact footage. This is only one test of
many ....

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Name: watchdog
E-mail: 
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 16 September 2014

CMC MANAGER

WE suggest you get out of your seat and office and start paying more
attention to your crew dispatchers. One of your callers on second shift
put two, not one, but two employees on hold for 45 minutes. These
employees had vital information that could have filled a vacancy that
would have moved a train 45 minutes earlier from its terminal. One of
these employees had been called earlier to be asked to work other
vacancies and when contacted told the caller that they didn't want to
work anything but their pool they were assigned to. According to the
employee the caller had a bad attitude and hung up on them. When it
came time to run the rosters for a vacancy of his pool, they called his
house for exactly 3 seconds. They made no attempt to leave a message or
contact this employee even though he had made it clear he would work
that pool. Several of us listened to the recording of the 3 second call
and we all know what happened is true. In the meantime the second
employee who was on hold knew the other employee was trying to get
through and was trying to help get the job filled. After being on 2
telephones at once for 45 minutes as well this employee got ahold of a
supervisor at the yard and told them what was going on. He was told how
long both employees had been on hold and if he wanted to get his train
out of the yard on time he better get ahold of a manager and tell the
caller to answer the phone. This supervisor did make contact with
someone in crew management and they instructed them to put the
volunteer on the job and get the train ordered. Did they do as
instructed? NO! Did they take the volunteers call? NO! At this time
there was absolutely no one available to work the train because of
severe manpower shortage. There was even a notation put in the
mainframe on lineups that it was the end of all decisions to fill the
job after trying to fill it for 30 minutes. This wouldn't have been a
problem if they had just bothered to answer the phone. The phone calls
have been saved and proof of all times the employees were on hold has
been viewed by a supervisor. We know the callers have caller ID. I
would hate to think they deliberately refused to answer the volunteers
call because he wouldn't accommodate them earlier and refused to work
the other jobs they called him for. We are not sure why they refused to
answer the other employees call. Maybe because they knew they were the
other employee who would also be on the job and thought maybe they
might tell them the other employee wanted to work and they couldn't
refuse him because there was no one else? The only reason the job got
filled right after the yard supervisor made his call is because an
employee called in to mark up from being off and asked the caller how
long it would be before he was called and they told him right away if
he wanted to take the vacancy. If that employee hadnt called right at
that moment who knows what would have happened. Who knows how much
longer the train would have been delayed just because they refused to
answer the phone! Mr. crew manager, if you think for one moment that
your callers are not rude or they don't play games then think again.
If you think they don't show favorites, think again! If you don't
think there is a pattern of who gets PB days while others can never get
any think again! Pretty soon the straw that broke the camels back just
might be hanging on yours if you don't start paying more attention to
your subordinates! 45 minutes on hold!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME. WHEN YOU
GET HOME I WANT YOU TO SIT IN YOUR LAZY BOY AND HOLD A PHONE TO YOUR
EAR FOR 45 MINUTES. YOU THINK THAT DOESNT SOUND VERY LONG!  JUST SIT IN
YOUR CHAIR WITH 2 PHONES TO YOUR EARS FOR 45 MINUTES AND SEE JUST HOW
LONG IT IS. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR AND DEFINATELY POOR BUSINESS
PRACTICES! IF THERE WASNT A FIRE IN THE BUILDING OR A TORNADO OR
HURRICANE EVACUATION THEN THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE PHONES NOT TO BE
ANSWERED FOR 45 MINUTES!

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 12 September 2014

thank god the members of the SMART union proved they we're smart even
if their leaders aren't. they voted the engineer only agreement down.
congratulations.

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Name: Down with the sickness
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 05 September 2014

Has anyone heard anything on the UTU/BLET negotiations  ? Positive or
negative ?? Thanks.....          CSX TRULY SUCKS.......

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years
Posted: 01 September 2014

Jacob's mom grounded him from Facebook.

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Name: jacob
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for N/A
Posted: 28 August 2014

you guys are a bunch of jelous babies and CSX does not suck. The
computer THAT THE PERSON WHO MADE THIS WEBSITE WAS ON A CSX TRAIN!!!
what other rail road do you like? besides its not CSXs fauld, its the
engineers! so stop winnig out of your moms basement a get a life!

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Name: health alert
E-mail: 
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A
Posted: 26 August 2014

HEALTH ALERT

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE EXPOSED TO UNSANITARY TOILETS ON YOUR ENGINES
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPORT THESE ISSUES TO YOUR STATE HEALTH
DEPARTMENT. EVEN THOUGH YOU WORK FOR A CLASS ONE RAILROAD WHO'S
OPERATING RULES ARE REGULATED BY A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY, YOU ARE
ALSO A CIVILIAN. THE STATE THAT YOU LIVE IN CAN CONSIDER YOU A HEALTH
RISK TO SURROUNDING BUSINESSES AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY IF YOU ARE ABLE
TO SPREAD CONTAMINATES FROM YOUR WORK PLACE.

WHEN YOU STEP INTO A BATHROOM ON YOUR ENGINE THAT HAS SPLASHED OUT ON
THE FLOOR DUE TO POOR MAINTANANCE OF THE UNIT YOU HAVE NOW STEPPED IN
URINE AS WELL AS FECES. WHEN YOU LEAVE THE BATHROOM AND WALK AROUND THE
CAB, YOU HAVE NOW DISTRIBUTED THE CONTAMINATES ONTO THE FLOOR. WHEN YOU
PUT YOUR GRIPS AND TRAVEL BAGS ON THE FLOOR YOU HAVE NOW EXPOSED YOUR
PERSONAL BELONGINGS TO THE CONTAMINATION. YOU CARRY THESE INTO THE
HOTELS, PTI WAGONS AND INTO YOUR OWN PERSONAL VEHICLES AS WELL INTO ANY
YARD BUILDINGS. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL HEALTH LAWS. IF
YOU TAKE CHARGE OF AN ENGINE IN THIS CONDITION YOU NEED TO REPORT IT TO
YOUR SUPERVISORS AND TO THE ENGINE HOUSE FOREMAN. DO NOT....I
REPEAT....DO NOT SET YOUR BELONGINGS ON A BARE FLOOR. SET THEM ON
PLASTIC BAGS. 
RETIRED FRA IS CORRECT ABOUT FILING A COMLAINT WITH YOUR
REPRESENTATIVE, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO LET YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT
KNOW OF THE CONSTANT EXPOSURES AT WORK. YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN MUST KNOW
ABOUT YOUR EXPOSURES TO UNCONTAINED URINE AND POSSIBLE FECES
CONTAMINATION. YOUR DOCTOR MAY NEED THIS INFO FOR FUTURE REFERENCES IF
YOU BECOME SICK AND IT IS RELATED TO EXPOSURE TO BODILY
FLUIDS/CONTAMINATES.
IF YOU DO NOT FEEL SAFE REPORTING THIS ISSUE TO YOUR LOCAL HEALTH
DEPARTMENT, YOUR PHYSICIAN CAN FILE A REPORT FOR YOU.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 24 August 2014

To Sp Engineer,

Please remember------ for many years there was nothing.
then came the toilet on the locomotive. The early cab units had them in
the rear beside the rear door. They worked as long as the water tank was
filled, same as passenger coaches, however they were never serviced, and
you can imagine the result of that.

When they were outlawed by the environment community the NS could have
retrofit and installed holding tanks, or buy new. They did neither, and
now you have the folding stool. For a while they were thrown everywhere
which resulted in numbering each one. Yes they were signed for and
assigned to every T&E.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 24 August 2014

To Sp Engineer,

Please remember------ for many years there was nothing.
then came the toilet on the locomotive. The early cab units had them in
the rear beside the rear door. They worked as long as the water tank was
filled, same as passenger coaches, however they were never serviced, and
you can imagine the result of that.

When they were outlawed by the environment community the NS could have
retrofit and installed holding tanks, or buy new. They did neither, and
now you have the folding stool. For a while they were thrown everywhere
which resulted in numbering each one. Yes they were signed for and
assigned to every T&E.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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Name: SP-Eng.-
E-mail: 
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years
Posted: 23 August 2014

I was told that CSX hired many of the former NS management people. Is
this just a rumor? If it is in fact true, it’s no wonder there are so
many labor problems. Back in the 1980’s NS had to be forced to buy
toilets for their locomotives. At that time, they gave the train crews
a bag to crap in, then toss it out the window. It got so bad that local
farmers, and others, were bitching so much, NS was forced to buy
toilets.

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Name: concerned
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 21 August 2014

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/mandate-all-freight-trains-have-two-person-crews/s0jJ9Rmj.
Pass it on

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Name: Jacksonville 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 19 August 2014

Keep up the good work you bunch of girls...LOL.. Make our company grow
..

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 15 August 2014

Yellow Signal means,,,, shut up. Engineer's understand this,

New Conductors and others may not. The FAA has had this for years
for good reason.

I have seen Engineers stare at the speed, spit on their gloves, turn
the light on, then off, move around in the seat, and make a set. It
comes with time and is critical. Many of us have relied on the correct
decision at the right time, and many folks are alive today, based on
THAT.


Many of you ride the left seat, and some the right. world of
Difference.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 15 August 2014

yes its the new sterile cab directive starting september 1. under the
guise of eliminating distractions and justifying the jobs of the
operating rules department crew members must be extra vigilant now
under the conditions outlined in the bulletin. of course we we're
vigilant before without being told due to wanting our paychecks,
benefits and pensions. i wonder if avoiding distractions will
eventually lead to the carriers saying the second crew member is the
distraction. just ask the bnsf utu general committee who may vote to
eliminate their jobs that question.

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Name: SP-Eng.
E-mail: 
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 14 August 2014

Have any or all of you in the CSX Operating Dept. received the new
“Yellow Gag Order?” Something to do with, after going by a yellow
signal, there is to be no conversation in the cab. Maybe some here can
elaborte more on it.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 August 2014

Is it ok for me to say "working here sucks and what will these dumb
fucks think of next" while operating in a "STERILE CAB""! HOLY
SHIT!!!!!

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Name: mad shitter
E-mail: Todd novak .com
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 09 August 2014

Collinwood  ass hole Todd Novak  shit all over the toilet again .8/6/14

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Name: Fed-up
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 08 August 2014

You bunch of cry babies. This site is called. "CSX SUCKS" please leave
your personal problem with LBT and Pines at home. You are the reson that
this company screws everyone over. For the last 10 plus years this
railroad has hired a bunch of cry babies. This is the year of contracts
for both the UTU/BLET. You need to worry about that. I know what's to
come with the contracts .. You will have a reason to cry after the
first of the year when the new contracts are enforced .....LOL.  ....
IDIOTS !!!!!!!!

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Name: CONCERNED
E-mail: 
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 28 July 2014

IMPORTANT!!!

HAS ANYONE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS USING THE EMERGENCY CHANNEL ON THEIR
RADIO TO CONTACT THE DISPATCHER AFTER THEIR TRAIN HAS GONE INTO
EMERGENCY?????

SEEMS THAT SEVERAL ENGINEERS HAVE TRIED AND IT DID NOT WORK. THEY
FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THEIR DIVISION TIMETABLE AND IT STILL
DIDNT WORK. DISPATCHERS CANT ACKNOWLEDGE IT. THESE ENGINEERS HAD TO USE
THE REGULAR TONE TO GET AHOLD OF THEIR DISPATCHERS.

ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY THIS PROCEDURE WAS SET FORTH BY THE FRA AFTER
SEVERAL TRAGIC DERAILMENTS AND IF YOU DO NOT USE IT YOU WILL BE
DECERTIFIED. IF YOU HAVE HAD PROBLEMS DID YOUR SUPERVISORS INFORM THE
FRA? HAS THE FCC BEEN NOTIFIED?  IF SO, WHAT COURSE OF ACTION DID YOUR
SUPERVISOR TELL YOU TO TAKE?

THIS QUESTION WAS ACKED OF SEVERAL UNION REPS AND THEIR ANSWER WAS TO
WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE WAS CHARGED AND TAKEN TO INVESTIGATION. 
THAT IS AN UNACCEPTABLE ANSWER!!!!!!

IF ANYONE WAS INSTRUCTED TO FOLLOW A DIFFERENT PROCEDURE THAN THE ONE
LISTED IN THEIR TIMETABLE PLEASE LET US KNOW!!!!

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 July 2014

This guy "Randall Knutson" is selling the membership right up the
river!  His words expressed sound like words right out of the carriers
mouths.  Again, the UTU tries to sell it out and claim it was a good
deal in the end.  Have you noticed that since letting them bring in
remote control, most remote jobs have since gone from 2 man to 1 man
jobs?  Good deal ???  Say what you want about the BLET.  If this gets
passed, sure the BLET won't have much of a fight, but which union is
willing to just hand it all over?  If I were a conductor and concerned
about my job, my monthly dues would never see the hands of the UTU.

http://www.galesburg.com/article/20140723/NEWS/140729876/?Start=1

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