You'll do what yer told, you little &%#$@!!! CSX likes to picture itself as a company where all of it's employees, customers, and contractors are treated with the highest levels of courtesy, professionalism, and respect. The employees, customers, and contractors know differently....  Webmaster's note: Since I go through the server logs regularly, I just thought I'd take this opportunity to point out that all of the comments in defense of the company seem to come from Jacksonville, while complaints come from everywhere that the company does business. You do the math.  Name: E-mail: 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   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 21 May 2016 If you do your job correctly and shop damaged and unsafe cars to keep the public safe and make sure the freight arrives to the customer in good shape, you are definately going to be targeted for termination. Seen many Carmen called into supervisors office or even while working and told to stop shopping cars. On the flip side, if you do not shop and the car derails, your terminated. Terminated if you do. Terminated if you don't. No future at CSX. Better not get injured. TERMINATED if you do. Even if they can't get you because you did anything wrong, you will have their sights on you in the future. I watch guys go to work everyday so nervous they can't concentrate on their jobs. BUT REMEMBER.SAFETY FIRST!   Name: E-mail: 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 website/gateway.   Name: Water Boy E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 May 2016 Why am I not surprised to read the article below? We all know that once CSX management can collect their retirement pay, they race over to the FRA to screw us over one more time.   Name: UP EEOC REPS E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 May 2016 The System is Rigged and The Fox is Guarding The Hen House: Union Pacific's HR Department in Omaha, nearly every senior company representative has had prior employment with the state and federal government's EEOC office. The EEOC offices are revolving doors for all future employees. And also, the UP will encourage current employees to seek employment opportunities at the EEOC offices, as a means for gaining access to cases that may be detrimental to the company. This influence is similar to current employees who are on extended leaves of absence...while employed as FRA representatives for the federal government.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 May 2016 Would like to attend a redi center course & see just what all goes on. Hell, the instructors must be FNGs. There is no substitute for experience. Too many yayhoo new guys have come out of there with a cocky type attitude & then, out in the real world/field = = can't believe what all they do not know, & most don't listen worth a darn. The smarter ones, those that have the ability to listen & learn - out in the field, will do OK.   Name: Sponsor E-mail: 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?   Name: Sponsors needed E-mail: 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.   Name: Tampatrainee E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 09 May 2016 Got hired out of Tampa. Heard about guys being furloughed for 2 years in 2008. Guess that's what ive gotta look forward too... If not worse. Being terminated after 365 days with less than 3 years experience must have been changed because they went back.. Hopefully it's the same for me.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 May 2016 train dreamer: For help, call 1-800-brain dead idiot anonymous.   Name: train dreamer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 May 2016 Can somebody help me get on with the railroad this has always been my dream.Oh what a life it must be waving at the pretty girls hearing the horn blow or working on the track and watching the trains go by.Oh what a life getting the big check and getting treated with dignity and respect by management.Please help my dream come true by helping me get hired by csx.Any advice would be appreciated.here here here it comes here comes that big bad csx machine woooo wooooo hell yeah   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 07 May 2016 birdie's post -- The last paragraph is pretty much the way it is. Except: - "can be" should be: "is". Why do people choose this kind/type of career\job when it is available and then, once at it, think things revolve around them? F---ING New Guys are the worst.   Name: birdie E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 May 2016 Sad Times You're right about some of the union local chairmen out there. Some of them would sell your soul in a heart beat if they thought it would benefit them. Luckily not local chairman are like this. When you find a worthless local chairman, don't hesitate to out them and their actions not only with your fellow members, but on this site. I remember reading several years ago when Avon had a problem with its UTU local chairman. The LC applied for a train master's position. When he got it, didn't go over well with the members. When the guy that replaced him started applying for company positions, not only did one of his fellow local chairmen give all of this guy's members a heads up, they turned around and let everyone on this site know what a piece of crap their local chairman was. Needless to say, when CSX management found out that everyone knew what was up, and what a piece of crap this local chairman was, he not only lost his local chairman's job, he never became a train master. With everything said. You can bitch about your local chairman all day long, but unless you're willing to step up and take his job, or support someone who is......suck it up buttercup. Being a local chairman, if done right can be a thankless job. One not everyone wants, or is cut out to do.   Name: Sad Times E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 May 2016 RE; Local Chairman // Vest Pocket Agreements. The BLET (Bible) Bylaws allows for the General [Chairman] Committee (GC) to make their owned rules. And those rules can be to the detriment of your agreed upon Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)...especially if your GC and Local Chairmen (LC) are in a personal agreement with the carrier to sell you out. Railroads have numerous ways to funnel kickbacks to corrupt union officers to save cost. If one hundred engineers are due a thousand dollars in claims, it only takes one corrupt union officer to throw those claims away, and the union officer will be awarded a weekend-off with pay for attending a bogus safety meeting. Follow the money...ask and demand for disclosures from your union officers because they will sell you out for a weekend-off with pay!   Name: raped again E-mail: 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 dog catch ticket. You know, the one they call a J JOB all the time. The one that is supposed to be used for recrewing local switcher jobs. Work 12 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 are trying to hide these recrews by not issuing a ticket as proof they cant get their trains in. This is total bullshit and someone better get off their arsess and get something done about it! 

 Name: Yard Rat E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 May 2016 "Unless there has been a change -- If you have less than three (3) yrs. seniority & are furloughed for 365 consecutive days, you may be terminated." How the unions agreed to this ill never know. 

 Name: All Terrain E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 May 2016 OFFICIALly Lost. Thanks for the great article. Yes you should write a book. I know a few LC's that need to read it. I'm not sure where you're located, but if you ever get bored, Andrea Dayheart works for the EEOC out of Indianapolis. She would love to hear what you have to say. She's actively going after CSX now, and could definitely use your insight on how the railroad works, how they operate, and how they actively target their employees. Andrea Dayheart 317 226 5490 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 03 May 2016 Sad but so true. There must be a better way! Name: Nicole E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 02 May 2016 I am the wife of a hard working employee. We have spent all this money over a short period of time for him to make his dream job come true. Going to New York for a job interview required hotel, unpaid work day, gas etc...we felt it was the right disicsion for our family.Then off to GA for school/training. Then we had to wait a whole month for pay and he was too far away to come home, so more hotel fare. Yes, we got predium but everything was already a month behind! We have sacrificed again to make his dreams come true. Then comes the news that 3months after working, he is getting fourloughed. We have drained our accounts, Ira and my step dad just to keep what we got. He can't get hired because we live in a coal state/recession. It's been 6 months now and no bids have been accepted and if they were, he is so low at the totem pole he could get bumped. I thought this was a great career choice for our family. This Job has no security or stability to offer. another complaint I have is the ones with the most seniority are the laziest bunches of sorry butts I've ever seen! They always call Union in on things. They dont car about production because they might have to actually work. We are Now filing for bankruptcy and have no retirement or medical insurance for our kids. We were better off before my husband started working here.This is not worth the money they pay you people!!!! You'll just be fourloughed or bumped! You better have a hefty savings account if you do choice this company as a career! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 03 May 2016 To all furloughed people: Unless there has been a change -- If you have less than three (3) yrs. seniority & are furloughed for 365 consecutive days, you may be terminated. See: B&O Agreement, Rule 2. Seniority - paragraph(d). CSXT Labor Agreement 4-064-93 1985 UTU National Agreement, Article XII. 

 Name: Furloughed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 02 May 2016 As a person who was furloughed on the day after qualifying, it was very disheartening to log on and find out that you were displaced/furloughed. I knew there was a chance it could happen, because of all the rumors going around about cutbacks. But, like some I choose to remain positive, and to this day, I still believe I made the correct choice. I've read the NMAD agreement several times and haven't come across the section referring to being eliminated from the roster, if your furloughed for more than 366 days..!!!. Unless I've missed a complete section As of today I'm number 17 on the recall list so the likelihood of being called back soon is slim so I'm moving forward with other opportunities . 

 Name: been furloughed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 May 2016 Nicole I am sorry that your husband and your family jumped through all those hoops and money to chase his dream, but he is not alone and it will not be the end of it. If your husband had done his homework out in the field he would have learned beforehand that his job was not guaranteed and even if he did make it through training he had a good chance of being on the street some time in his career. We see it way too often in the yards where a new cub comes in and spends his money left and right just to find himself of the street. If you have ever read this site you should have seen in the past the importance of a turn over rate to keep the school afloat and the government grants coming in. At one time schooling was paid for by the employee when he was offered a chance to become a railroader. After several lawsuits for misrepresentation of the job benefits and starting salaries the company was forced to pay for the training. This allowed them to do as they pleased and offer what they wanted because the employee wasn't paying the company to get his job. As someone posted earlier, after a year they do not have to call him back and they can bring someone new into the school to replace him. How can they do this? Because you didn't pay for it or as they say, buy his job. If you know of anyone else who is interested in chasing the dream of becoming a railroader make sure you tell them to get out in the field and talk to the men on the ground. It may be too late for your husband but you would be doing a great service to other families! 

 Name: Nicole E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 02 May 2016 I am the wife of a hard working employee. We have spent all this money over a short period of time for him to make his dream job come true. Going to New York for a job interview required hotel, unpaid work day, gas etc...we felt it was the right disicsion for our family.Then off to GA for school/training. Then we had to wait a whole month for pay and he was too far away to come home, so more hotel fare. Yes, we got predium but everything was already a month behind! We have sacrificed again to make his dreams come true. Then comes the news that 3months after working, he is getting fourloughed. We have drained our accounts, Ira and my step dad just to keep what we got. He can't get hired because we live in a coal state/recession. It's been 6 months now and no bids have been accepted and if they were, he is so low at the totem pole he could get bumped. I thought this was a great career choice for our family. This Job has no security or stability to offer. another complaint I have is the ones with the most seniority are the laziest bunches of sorry butts I've ever seen! They always call Union in on things. They dont car about production because they might have to actually work. We are Now filing for bankruptcy and have no retirement or medical insurance for our kids. We were better off before my husband started working here.This is not worth the money they pay you people!!!! You'll just be fourloughed or bumped! You better have a hefty savings account if you do choice this company as a career! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 May 2016 Yard Rat, Look at the B&O Schedule Agreement (Blue Bible), Rule 2 - Seniority, paragraph (d). 

 Name: TECH E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 May 2016 ALL CREWS Please note that the Labor relations department is now having all claims that are submitted for working out of route or off your designated job assigned area reviewed through the GPS. If you are denied a claim and are notified via your earning statement or email that it was denied because the visual GPS showed that your train did not travel to the area designated you need to immediately report this to the FRA operations department, head of csx operating department and the USDOT. Include any witnesses that can verify that you traveled to the area reported. This is serious business. Any problems with accurate information obtained through the GPS is a serious safety issue for all employee's. It may also be of interest to homeland security. If your train contains military, highly sensitive or hazardous material its location should be accurately monitored at all times. The sooner you forward the information to the above departments the better. We also suggest that you forward the information directly to the International level of your union. 

 Name: Yard Rat E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 May 2016 "Northern Mid Atlantic Agreement (NMAD) In this agreement, it clearly stated that if you were furloughed (off work) for more than one year (366 days) you no longer had a job." Please cite the article, page, or rule regarding this. Ive read nmad cover to cover and never saw this 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 May 2016 RE; Local Chairman: Do not allow yourself and your members to play the railroad's game! You should notify the carrier and informed them that all your members has been advised to record all conversations with representatives of the railroad in any capacity. All Railroaders: All smart phones can be loaded with Recording Apps that can be used at your leisure! 

 Name: LOCAL CHAIRMAN E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 May 2016 ALL EMPLOYEES Ok people, LISTEN UP AND PAY ATTENTION! It has been voiced by too numerous a number of members to count that there is a serious problem with communication within the crew management center. Now, we all know that is has been a pain since they went to the IVR system. Wait times to reach a live crew caller were a problem when it was new, but now that it has been in the works for years, there should not be the lengthy on hold times that are occurring! There are several complaints that have been forwarded to the General chairman's office bringing to our attention the blatant violation of the union agreement that allows an employee to call back in 10 minutes because when selecting to 'REFUSE" a call because you are not qualified or you aren't sure what the job is and need to ask, the IVR instructs you to hold while you are transferred to a crew caller then puts you on hold for 20 minutes or longer. There have been several crew callers that have put miscalled charges in the employee's record while they were on hold the entire time trying to get through and refused to remove them. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE ALL CALLS ON A PHONE THAT SHOWS WHAT TIME YOU ANSWERED THE CALL AND HOW LONG THE CALL LASTED. YOU ARE EXPECTED BY THE CARRIER TO COMMUNICATE WITH AN AUTOMATED SYSTEM IN PLACE OF A LIVE CALLER. IF YOU ANSWER THE PHONE IT IS NOT, I REPEAT, NOT A MISSED CALL. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A LIVE PERSON TO BE CONSIDERED MAKING CONTACT FOR A CALL. IF YOU ARE LEFT ON HOLD BEYOND YOU 10 MINUTES AND ARE THREATENED AND RECEIVE A MISSED CALL YOU NEED TO FILE ETHIC CHARGES IMMEDIATELY AGAINST THAT CREW CALLER. MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT YOU DID NOT MISS A CALL FROM CREW MANAGEMENT. YOU WERE CALLED BY THEIR IVR SYSTEM AND PLACED ON HOLD BEYOND YOU AGREED TIME LIMIT AND THEREFORE YOU CONTRACTUAL RIGHT WERE VIOLATED BY CSX CREW MANAGEMENT. THIS IS NOT A JOKE PEOPLE. IT IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL AND THE WAIT TIMES AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION IS OUT OF HAND AND FRANKLY SAD AS WELL AS UNACCEPTABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES. FILE THE CHARGES. ONLY YOU CAN GET THIS UNDER CONTROL. DONT SIT AROUND BAD MOUTHING YOUR UNIONS WHILE YOU SIT ON YOUR REARS AND DO NOTHING. NO ONE IS GOING TO DO IT FOR YOU. YOU PAY DUES DONT YOU??? THEN PUT THEM TO WORK. START FILING THESE CHARGES! 

 Name: OFFICIALylost E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 May 2016 This was posted yesterday on yard limits and is very interesting reading for all Norfolk Southern and CSX employees: Confessions of a former officer Yesterday, 02:29 PM Would you folks be interested in hearing "horror" stories, answer your questions, etc from a former NS officer? I spent many many years, 18+ hour days 6-7 days a week as a Transportation Officer and feel like I need to expose and enlighten you guys on what I can before I forget it all. Had an LC tell me once I should write a book. Held out hope for awhile that I would find my way back into the industry but after the kool-aid wore off, I'm all set thanks. Been out now for several years and thankfully have found success in the "real world" since almost losing everything due to a political misjudgement of just how far some of the crooks in upper management would go to settle scores. But I still miss the railroad, I loved my career, its in my blood and I'm so sad I couldn't have been part of the needed force to reform how they do business. I was often a hearing officer, charging officer, saturation team captain, etc so don't think I was one of these fresh out of college washouts. I ran a profitable, safe, and well greased railroad before I "left". To prove I'm for real here is a few tidbits.. 1. I used to attend a lot of hiring sessions over the years conducting interviews and could help potential job seekers out. First and foremost, DO NOT..under any circumstance admit to using tobacco products. If you write in your application that you smoke or chew you will NOT get an invitation to a hiring session. If you get an invite, DO NOT smoke/chew during breaks as we TMs would go "mingle" outside and take note on who was smoking and bar them from getting an interview. Being a casual smoker myself at the time I felt dirty doing this. But I was explicitly instructed by the HR contractors at sessions to weed out any and all tobacco users. I also got a real good tongue lashing one time for hiring a black female after we were verbally told before the session, "do not hire any women without exception" (that guy is retired now). This was not an isolated incident and is reflective on the attitudes of most in higher positions within transportation at least. To be fair though, shortly before I left there was a huge push to hire and promote females from Norfolk. The issue I had with the way that was carried out though is many of the female officers were completely untouchable. They would have to damn near murder somebody on the property to get fired. A lot of women officers were promoted well beyond their abilities and were given a pass every time they failed to perform. I know of one that was a lead TM and did not have the slightest idea on how to pull tapes from locos, be a charging officer in a hearing, and amazingly had no real grasp on the basic op rules. She was swiftly promoted to terminal supt... I could do an entire post on how to get hired and/or the ridiculous hypocrisies in how they promoted/disciplined officers and the enlisted just because of who they were related to, knew, skin color, etc. 2. I once was having a casual conversation with a wealthy Terminal Superintendent who was about to retire who was telling me about a tax "avoidance" scheme that the then current Division Superintendent was trying to recruit him into that he felt sounded borderline illegal, think "Panama Papers". Apparently several top executives, superintendents, etc from BOTH NS and CSX had formed an LLC registered in Jacksonville, FL that somehow allowed them to avoid their personal state resident income tax (among others) by establishing residency in Florida (no state income tax). They formed an LLC called "The Beaver Street Tower Company" whose public list of directors and members reads like a who's who at NS and CSX (do your own research). The name of the LLC is telling as Beaver Street Tower was (is?) a control station were the CSX and NS interchanged. The mailing address is amazingly the same address for the CSX HQ and even sharing the same office (C-160) with the CSX "shareholder account services". I'm no tax or anti-trust expert but having several top executives from two competitors all involved in an LLC for many many years sounds suspect to me. While you and I pay our "fair share" of state taxes, these elite asshats are at the very least, walking a thin line of legality to avoid 6-8% state income taxes yet enjoying the same potholed highways you are on. May be nothing but was always interesting to me to say the least. 3. If you get hurt on the job and cost them money you can safely assume two things. 1) If they think there is even a small chance that you are lying and have "lawyer'd up", the Division Superintendent will often request that an SIU team (special investigations unit) from NS police conduct surveillance on you 24-7. They dress like magnum P.I. idiots and use encrypted radio comms like they are MI6 or something. I'm talking short 80s shorts and Hawaiian tshirts and will stake out your home, where you workout, out for dinner, dig through your trash, listening devices, all of it. They buy vans with tinted windows and set up cameras hoping you will pick up something heavy, mow the yard, lift weights, etc to keep from having to pay settlements and/or fire you. I once had an SIU guy so excited about some video he got he came straight to were I was to show off the grainy video and offered to pick up celebratory cigars when we confirmed the ID of the subject in the video who was walking normally after saying he was bed ridden or whatever it was. 2) One time after an employee got injured I had a GM tell me this to my face. "In these situations we used to call you and say "you know what to do" but the office lines are recorded now. Then we had to start writing "do everything you can to fire Mr. blah blah blah" on a sheet of paper, slide it across the desk...and once you were through reading it, shred or burn the paper. Since we know your a team player, I'm just going to tell you man to man. I want him gone before the end of the year". We would then review tapes on every trip, listen to all radio comms, and follow that employee in the bushes until we got something "meaty" enough to fire them over. Anything that was START Major material we would come get you like GR-27, GR14, Speeding, etc. But if you were just doing something small but albeit dangerous, we would let that slide to not blow our cover until the "big" one. 4. Every single hearing that I was ever apart of (especially if the charging officer was lazy, incompetent) the hearing officer, company witnesses, and charging officer will meet up off property somewhere (we liked IHOP) and go over the hearing "strategy" step by step, reviewing exhibits, discussing what to say, what not to say, etc to coach and steer the often inexperienced charging officer to ensure a strong hearing in case it goes to the board. During the hearing, whenever there was a break, the officers texted each other to ensure the stories were the same under cross examination. The sad part is most of your LCs know that this goes on but I never heard anyone seriously challenge a ruling because of it. Trusted hearing officers have a "book" issued to them called "holding a better discipline hearing", that was written by LR that you guys should get your hands on if you can. I can say though, I threw out a charging officer's case more than a handful of times if I saw it was complete BS or they didn't understand the rules themselves. I would often (as a charging officer) give the LC and employee a chance to read all of my exhibits as a sort of "discovery" even if it wasn't a Stop signal type hearing where the officer has to do this per regulations. My advice though is take EVERYTHING to a hearing. Never sign a START form, clog the system up with hearings and the beating will stop, I guarantee it. On any division, there are MAYBE 4-5 good hearing officers. Everyone else is too incompetent to hold them. 5. An officer in transportation is strongly, STRONGLY urged to join the Freemason order if they weren't already one in order to be promoted beyond B5 pay level (anyone higher than a terminal superintendent basically). Several of the GMs and VPs are/were 33 degree masons, some even flaunted it openly. Not really earth shattering but "illuminati confirmed" kinda weird --Snowden Tags: None 

 Name: chhochoo dreamer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 April 2016 I got a good job with mon -fri day shift hours with good benefits and pay and a lot of time off.My thing is I have always wanted to work for th rr.Can someone give me some advice on how I can become a freight conductor with csx or maybe work on the track in some kind of way.Cant wait to join the rr and work with my future railroad brothers 

 Name: Overpaid UP CEO E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 23 April 2016 Lance Fritz is the most overpaid railroad CEO. The only one whose salary double while overall performance declined. If raises are based on performance declines, just wait until revenues drop another 30%... then you will see a $50 million annual salary...and that's not counting bonuses!   Name: We want to know! E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 April 2016 Railroad Snoops! Who is the new UP board member who is a stalker on internet that the UP has hired to snoop the board here? please tell us ! We want to stalk him and the other board memebers! Thanks Railroad snoopie!   Name: Ichan Industries, LLP E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 April 2016 Attention Dennis Duffy (Cotton Belt, Formerly XO): We are seeking an experienced adviser for a possible leveraged buyout (LBO) of a major rail carrier that is substantially undervalued and mismanaged. We would consider the same legal terms that was arranged for another proven adviser who turned-around the Canadian Pacific Railroad.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 April 2016 Actually, it's all very sad. Employees are entrusted with thousands of tons of heavy equipment worth millions of dollars......... Way, way too much dysfunction & malfunction - within all management & each & every craft. It'd take years to correct/fix everything. It's probably hopeless.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 April 2016 I think it's funny how this company demands loyalty from its employees..especially the union employees. But here's a thought..Treat your employees well and CSX wouldn't have to demand loyalty. When a person or company demands loyalty that means they don't deserve it in the first place. This company has went down so much..Ward and Sanborn have killed morale. Oh well..investors should part ways with these two before they ruin things any further.   Name: Analyst E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 April 2016 Union Earnings Report Update: The whisper numbers are in and it looks like revenue failed 29% and projected earnings declined another 21% yoy...the stock is rated a hold, and analyst expects a 52-week trading range of 63-82 dollars a share.   Name: Car knocker E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 April 2016 The car operation in Selkirk has some top notch managers these days. only a couple have a clue as how to run a yard. I'm surprised were still employed with the back wards thinking of these guys. One just yells and screams when things get a little screwed up. We are waiting for him to blow up and assault some one. Another will just disappear and hope it all works out. Some of the others are just trying to get through the day. I genuinely feel sorry for a few of them. Jacksonville probably thinks they are doing a good job.   Name: management E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 April 2016 This is management.You bunch of cry babies shut this crap up and move the freight.Yall act like a bunch of pansies.Im sick and tired of watching all talk bad about this company.If I find out who you are I will fire all your sorry complaining asses.Now get back to work.   Name: wtf? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 April 2016 You need to go see a shrink! Don't think about giving up all that you have to work for a stinking class 1 railroad. Its not like the old days and its going to get worse and they don't need any more STUPID people in this industry as we already have enough. The Unions suck ass and the BLE is nothing but a bunch of OLD bitches and losing cry babies that won't have a job very much longer. The UTU-Smart union will take those Engineer jobs after PTC has been fully implemented and sell off to the carrier like the past and call the employee running the train a Train operator. GO ENJOY LIFE AND GET LAID more often if YOU still can   Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 April 2016 Other U have all that and you are asking a stupid question like that? Take that paid time off and your holidays and go see a professional.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 April 2016 I have a good job where I work from 6 to 230 and I'm off on weekends,holidays and I get a lot of paid time off too.I have always wanted to work for the railroad either working on the track or riding on the train.Can somebody that works for the railroad give me some good advice on whether I should try this or not?   Name: Concerned E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 April 2016 Which State LR is inquiring about Carrier Officer jobs? Please share so the individual can answer to these serious allegations!   Name: History E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 April 2016 HA! I remember one day when Dave Brown was standing in the building with his two bleach blondes standing next to him and was thumping his chest and doing the csx strut. Heard some guys complaining about the constant bull of babysitting the company every single day. He walks up to them and ask them if they had a problem with HIS company. One of the guys looked at him and said.... You own csx? I didn't know that? When did you buy csx? So how much do you plan on paying me for my stock when I dump it? Coming to work and having claims denied cost you thousands.... The look on browns face......PRICELESS! OH... and that guy got 2 write up's the next week!   Name: Railroad Snoops E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 06 April 2016 Regarding a previous post from the SP Engineer..when it was mentioned that UP monitors this site often. It appears that the UP selected a new board member whose firm is basically an internet snoop!   Name: Hedge Fund Interest E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 April 2016 Possible Hedge Fund-er: With all the complaints levied, what is the biggest breakdown in management that can be achieved in improving the bottom line? Is it...locomotive maintenance, track conditions, crew availability, excessive delays from testing...and or all types of failures that is of concern?   Name: Ex-officio E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 30+ years Posted: 05 April 2016 CSX from the TOP: Pitiful!!! This company surly SUCKS! All upper management is interested in is Stock Options and Bonuses. If this company goes under it will be from upper management Greed! Most of the management does not even know how the railroad is operated. All they know is that they have a job. Posing daily in their starched stiff creased kaki's, orange vest, steel towed shoes and smirked smiles as if they are Mr. Railroad. Stocks poorly performs daily due in part from the constant skimming at the top. CP Railroad sure needs to take over this company before it dies from natural causes. I have Seen it all from the top down!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 April 2016 Answer to the other, non-employee, for N/A: That post = no doubt it's from someone without a clue. It's just hopeless to post\type - this website sucks as bad as csx.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 April 2016 To Mr Conductor; Do you know how many folks it takes to build an Airplane, and how many it takes to FLY IT? I did not think so! Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 April 2016 Most, if not all, of upper level management people are out of touch - are actually are business minded & are not railroaders. How many of them have any experience "out in the field?"   Name: Mr obvious E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 April 2016 I know of a State Legislative Director who is secretly inquiring about Company Officer jobs as he if afraid he may not get re-elected to his cush, over-paid job. Keep telling the boys how much you hate CSX, I know what your really about.   Name: Ralph Lambert E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 April 2016 Remember if you work for CSX I bet you wanted to; at some point. If you think conditions suck well change them or leave. Remember, people will do to you whatever you will allow. This will apply at Walmart and Taco Bell also.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 April 2016 Most, if not all, of upper level management people are out of touch - are actually are business minded & are not railroaders. How many of them have any experience "out in the field?" Easy to understand that a co. like csx has to have financial support; ie: investors, stockholders, etc. But why are big shots compensated so well when the average joe has to argue for just what he's due? A lot of managers/officals are decent trustworthy folks. Sadly, not near enough & that's a shame. Great profits could be made IF - (& this applies many RR employees; each, every craft/dept.), could be bought for what they're actually worth & then sold for what they think they're worth.   Name: Feeling lost E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 April 2016 The number 1 complaint with this company is the management. Management has no clue on how Railroad operations are ran. Warren Buffett had it 100% right when he said " CSX management is terrible". The following could fix this company 1. Overhaul management. Start cutting from the top. There's to much fat on the steak. Trainmasters,RFE, Etc falling over each other. 2. Payroll. Train those idiots on how to pay the employees by their contract. Stop cheating them out of their money. This is the number one hatred that employees have toward the company. 3. Labor relations /payroll ...Just get raid of them all together. Go with a mileage day equal to a 12 hour day daily. This would cut off labor relations and simplifily contracts and the employees would be happy. This would save the company millions. Less employees in labor relations / payroll is less liability for the company. None of this will happen, but I'm glad to get it off my chest.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 31 March 2016 SP Engineer Yes, the UP does read this site everyday, but it is the NS who keeps constant tabs on all postings. The FRA monitors the site for information that could be considered whistle blowing. However, no one reads this site more than the legal team at CSX. Public embarrassment as well as insider information being posted is a constant fear for the team. Unfortunately for most posters on here, they do not understand the power that this site has. Competitors as well as customers read this site daily. Remember when you post.....THE TONGUE/PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD!   Name: SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 March 2016 Union Pacific Employees: Other than CSX, the UP monitors this site more than the other rail carriers. The UP has accepted the SP (formerly) style of management which is doomed to fail; and Wall Street has indicated that. Just like the Southern Pacific. The stock is in tailspin without any direction of ascent. SP management relied solely on headhunting for promotions. The bounty was higher with minorities wrongly terminated. Rail profits are based on efficiency not headhunting, especially when the legal fees are mounting. And that is precisely the reason why management become distracted from running the railroad efficiently!   Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 30 March 2016 Lodging facilities providing crew transport\shuttle service is nothing new. CSX & their outfit that handles lodging are tickled when a hotel/motel agrees to do that as part of the contract. Opening & closing doors = that's probably a contract carrier (like PTI) thing. Do the drivers have to be certified? How much liability insurance is carried? How much is required? Co. liable? If an accident should happen, the CSX stance would probably be that the subcontractor that's providing the service is the party to be held liable. Seems this is a matter that full-time union people like State Legislative Directors & General Chairpersons need to handle.   Name: in danger E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 30 March 2016 LC'S What the hell is the deal with the company making crews go to the yard from the hotel in their courtesy wagon. Pti says they took their job away from them.. The wagon they are making us ride in doesn't have any of their "we are so safe" safety sticker on it and the driver refuses to open the doors. One driver just got his license back. No way do they all have the proper certification to be hauling customers around. Bet you the state of Illinois doesn't know whats going on. what are we supposed to do when they don't drive safe or the van needs to be shopped. Are we allowed to pull their van out of service. Is the company completely liable for us if we get in a wreck and get hurt. We heard the van wasn't available one day the manager of the hotel took the crew to the yard in her own personal vehicle.... What the hell is up with their so called the safe way is the right way? They preach a good game until the game is costing them money then they say the hell with the crews safety!   Name: screwed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 March 2016 ALERT!!!! People, you better start paying close attention to your deadhead tickets. The company is so hell bent on not honoring your deadhead travel because they don't want to pay it that they are stooping to an all time low to do it. Just got screwed out of 145 miles of deadhead travel on a straight away ticket. This WAS NOT a combination deadhead.. This was a ticket we were entitled to and had to argue with the crew caller to get. We were not able to report our hours of service or activity on the FRA activity screen. We couldn't bring any completed ticket up in the system to print out. We haven't been able to find a copy of this ticket anywhere and its not showing on the 04 screen either. You can bet you bottom dollar they aren't going to pay this and the FRA doesn't know a damn thing about our activities. We are sending a snap shot of the uncompleted tickets to the FRA. If this happens to you, make sure you notify the FRA hours of service director and tell him what your reported activity times should be!   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 26 March 2016 APE: Look at maps: CSX rail lines vs. UP rail lines. Ol' king coal, the old money making soul for RRs, is not like that anymore & that traffic may never be the same again. At present, things\times are tough. Lots of co. belt-tightening. The CSX big shots are compensated very well - to make decisions that will impact the co., oftentimes for years in the future. Workers & their unions can only try to play catch-up. Too many T&E people complain\cry when they think they have to go to work too much -- then complain\cry & worry more when furloughed (or dismissed, suspended). No company will survive if it has to pay for & provide for employees that aren't really, truly needed. EVERYONE loses via a bankruptcy if/when an outfit goes under. Railroading = ebb & flow with the economy \ feast or famine. Yeah, no doubt the culture, the management, etc., needs to be changed. Can suck per se, but where is proof of whenever\wherever - someone was forced, in any way, shape or form, to accept a RR job.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 March 2016 Well maybe the UP investors have seen the light..CSX investors are still in the dark..but they are willingly in the dark..that's the difference. Apparently these people are going to let Ward and Sanborn sink the ship completely. Hope that they let them drown with the rest of us instead of coming to their rescue. CSX investors are not very wise.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 March 2016 UP Meltdown: A swift change from the top will take place next week....The rumor is that the Canadian National's CEO will be the new CEO!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 23 March 2016 LC: Am well aware. Can read & understand & honor contract provisions way much better than most, especially now days. Suggest you do all the policing. Good luck.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 March 2016 Employed in other Apparently you don't know the union agreement. MANAGEMENT CAN NOT BE USED TO PERFORM THE WORK OF UNION CONTRACTED EMPLOYEE. If anyone see's a non contract supervisor doing a contract employees work they should be filling a claim for 5 days straight pay. This is taken very seriously. This claim goes directly to the General chairman's office. If you think it is over looked then you can think again. There have been several paid and the supervisor does go on record. They could lose their bonus as well. Jacksonville loves to take every dime they can from their supervisors just as much as they like to take it back from the union covered employees. Now, for another topic....Most of the new engineers who are finished with their training and marking up cant hold positions as engineers and are going back in the field as conductors. There have been several complaints that a lot of these men are taking calls to work as engineers when they run out of people. QUIT TAKING THESE CALLS. All you are doing is making it easy for the carrier and keeping the furloughed men on the street. If they are short then let them put the set back engineer up in the seat. Bring back conductors to fill their positions. The greed of some of these men is just plain disgusting. We all have bills to pay. We all have been in this business long enough to know its feast or famine and you should be saving for hard times. Do the right thing and stop kissing the carriers rear end!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 19 March 2016 All the excess managers could also be utilized as trackmen, signal maintainers, co. police officers, crew callers, -- even train dispatchers. What the hell - wherever an ape is needed in whatever occupation.   Name: Notice of eviction E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 March 2016 Its ok to cut more jobs off. We have enough Trainmasters and RFE's to run those trains. The management is falling over each other. People on the outside look at this company as a complete cluster.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 18 March 2016 please refer to cindy sandborn as either "cindy cuntborn" or just plain "cunt"   Name: Red Block E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 March 2016 If all concerned are so fed-up with the abuse, you have many many choices at your disposal. Use them, collectively everyone has the power to annihilate the RR'S balance sheet! When the unions were tough and honorable, strikes would last only a few days. You see, railroads have a thing called freight, if it's not moving, the corporate bills adds up quickly. The railroads know the numbers, their losses multiples faster than yours because they have many many more sharks to answer to. And sharks likes blood! So...don't fall back to sleep at 3am when you get that shooter that's waiting on the Main Line with all those dogs behind it!   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 17 March 2016 Imagine if.... What if csx were to cancel participation in Operation Redblock? RR companies are not bound to be a part -- it's not any type of federal or state regulation or other...... ABUSE IT = LOSE IT.   Name: imagine if.... E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 March 2016 Since t&e folks are so expendable....how about we all red block system wide one day.   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 March 2016 Do you ever think that Trainmaster David Benson's Daddy has said " if I would have worn a condom, that little dumb prick wouldn't be here" I'm sure he slapped his wife many times over that screw up.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 March 2016 No doubt RR big-shots will do OK. Grateful? Loyal? If they can outsource more jobs/work, they will. If they could move the csx rail lines to another country, they would. It hurts - but what do employees expect when business is way down. Can't keep a company going - by paying people & operating things that the co. deems aren't needed or wanted anymore. Should EVERYONE to be out of a job account a bankruptcy? Hell, everybody wants people working; the co. \ the increased revenue, the federal & state governments for the income taxes, the unions for the dues, retirement systems, etc., etc., etc. Long story short: Same ol', same ol', - all too many are never really concerned - until it affects them directly.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 March 2016 Yea CSX cut over 100 jobs there today in the transportation department. According to Melanie Cost CSX is grateful for their service and CSX will support these employees through this difficult time. Well I'm sure that will help these people sleep tonight. I would sure hate for CSX to be be ungrateful for their service..wonder what would happen then?..Oh wait..the same thing would happen. CSX is not grateful for anything it's employees does for the company. Goes to show how loyal these sons of batches are. Fuck them...Keep up the good work Cindy Sanborn..at the pace we are going it will be a miracle if the company survives.   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 March 2016 Has anyone heard anything about Russell yard closing? Thanks   Name: It's time E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 March 2016 To the Robert Pines followers... This site is CSX sucks... Not the Robert pines show. We have yards closing, lost jobs, and your worried about this pines feller. You are a special kind of stupid. Csx is raping you and your co-workers daily and you are up Pines butt. Your mommy and daddy must be proud of you. Help save jobs ...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 14 March 2016 I'm not sure I agree with engineer 20-30 but I'm not sure I can agree with ex instructor either. I mean those of us that do what we are supposed to do are being punished with all of these closings, harassment from managers, unethical practices by the company, and pay issues. So what's the answer ex-instructor? How can the company expect employees not to retaliate when they are aware of these problems and takes no actions to correct them? In fact Jacksonville is the reason for most of it. Where I come from loyalty is a two way thing..so if CSX is not loyal to their employees why should the employees be loyal to them? I think you have been out of the field for a long time or you would understand the field employees perspective.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 March 2016 Safety first! Really with no maintenance crews at the CSX shops the public needs to be aware for their safety! Corbin closed Cleveland and cuts in Huntington now Russell is getting the axe. Trains will be run remotely next! Why ? Executives need a bigger bonus !!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 March 2016 Brandon Wilkens is a drunk, the TM in Garrett who will NEVER get promoted .Rick Reed is a douchebag fuckstick, who loves taking big loads in his mouth from Matt Day. These 3 homos all vacation together and look for young boy prostitutes. I hope all 3 of you cocksuckers get a big karma surprise in your near future!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 March 2016 Well think about it like this SP engineer..if your conductor is not qualified to run as an engineer then when nature calls stop the train..tie up the mainline and grade crossings, and I would make sure that nature had to call more often than usual. If CSX adopts a similar policy I can guarantee you it will happen here. We are already fed up with Sanborn and her bullshit.   Name: SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 March 2016 Inward Facing Cameras: UP has officially tapped-into the inward facing cameras and is live stream monitoring crews en-route for any possible rule violation...even for nature calls. This self-destructive procedure is leading to more and more train delays and crew burns.   Name: Kari Damrow E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 March 2016 If it would make you all feel better, I have a open door policy here at JAX and a really nice , wide leather sofa to make all you TEY guys feel better. I need at least 9 or more! XOXOX Kari   Name: Screwed E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 March 2016 LISTEN UP CSX Next time your supervisor tells me and my other crew member that he knows we are entitled to another time ticket per our union agreement for dragging in another train(the 3rd one) that was 45 miles away and then your payroll department takes it away saying we weren't entitled to it, you better get your shit rolls up hill pants on. During this whole sham of unethical lies and unprofessional behavior your managers and crew callers tried to pull a fast one. When told to put in another ticket for the next train they tried to make the ticket a recrew ticket for the same damn job we were on. HOW STUPID AND IGNORANT DO YOU THINK WE ARE. WE ARE NOT STUPID UNEDUCATED BLUE COLLAR WORKERS . DID THEY ACTUALLY THINK WE WOULDNT CATCH SUCH A DIRTY LOW DOWN STUNT. A CREW CAN NOT RECREW ITSELF. HOW CAN YOU ISSUE ANOTHER TICKET TO A J543 AS A J543R! WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT STUNT WAS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH. YOUR PEOPLE ARE LYING. YOUR CHIEF AND CREW MANAGERS ARE PULLING DIRTY UNDERHANDED TRICKS JUST TO VIOLATE OUR UNION AGREEMENT. KEEP THIS UP AND IT WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 09 March 2016 Fed up APE: If you want to blow-off on a website about local union officers, OK, but please walk some car-lengths in those shoes beforehand. Then maybe, the post would have some credibility. Often, the carrier will schedule an investigation or meeting for a Mon. or Tues. morning & the representative has to have time to plan, do research, be prepared, etc. BTW: It's never a surprise when a member's case looks bad after a hearing. That's the csx way. Then, csx loses 75% or more of appealed cases = back pay awarded, full seniority rights restored, etc., etc. It would be interesting to see the real facts & figures csx spends trying to NOT adhere to contract agreements, most of which are what csx wanted. Csx labor relations? Maybe that dept. is near worthless.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 March 2016 Are you serious? Of course it's their fault. If they were an ethical company the unions would not be involved in all of these grievances. Treat your employees right and you don't have to have all of these grievances and issues. CSX is the most unethical out of all the railroads. I'm not a fan of the unions but look at how CSX treats us with unions so I couldn't imagine how things would be without the unions. CSX ignores the agreements which is highly unethical and that's where most of the problems are. The only time CSX goes by the agreements is when it benefits them, the company. So everytime I get screwed I return the favor.   Name: E-mail: 1940zadok@gmail.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 March 2016 From my experiences working for various railroads, including former Western Pacific, Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, U.S. Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroads; as well as having 'run' on the BNSF, Milwauke Pacific and Northern Pacific, ( Great Northern?) as well as the Spokane Saint Paul and Pacific, the best was the BLF&E. That is untill our General Chairman 'sold' us out. Thanks for asking. All you have left is the UTU and the 'scab' BLE. When it comes to making$ there is not much that Corporations won't do. (In conjunction with government and media whores and hacks. Sorry, thats just the way things are, and probably allways will be untill the Lords return, however. Praise God. He is coming back, soon. It is my sincere hope that no one is left behind and that all 'sinners', including myself, be saved, born again and be filled with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 March 2016 It's not CSX's fault. Their going to rape you as long as the union allows it. It's time that you punks put on your big pants and catch the union officials out and kick the hell out of them. Your paying your hard earn money for protection and you get crap. They lay off weekends and holidays and say that it's for you. Lol 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 March 2016 The very previous post = an asinine, plain dumb, stupid statement. Just WTH can or could trump possibly accomplish even if elected? Where do you meathead, dead from the neck up people come from? Jesus! 

 Name: Anonymous E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 March 2016 Cycle of corruption from the feds, corporate and the union bosses must be solved only when Donald Trump is elected President! And when Mr. Trump is elected, there will be a lot of unemployed lobbyist working at your away from home terminals Subways! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 05 March 2016 Employees cost money: wages & insurance & retirement, etc. No one should be the least bit surprised to find out that business\ corporate loyalty to employees is lame at best, and usually pretty much non-existent. Name a company that keeps workers on the active payroll if they don't absolutely, positively, have to. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 March 2016 CSX in its infinite wisdom,and very prolific brand of business acumen will more than likely cut hundreds of SPG employees off months early to satisfy the greed of management and investors pockets.How sad that we have a company,and "union for that matter" that could care less about the hundreds of workers and potentially thousands of dependents that will be hurt by this breech of loyalty.The business is much more stable the they profess in this election year,and contract year!! CSX is full of shit and show nothing but greed and callous disregard for the employees if this comes to pass.Where is the solidarity,the calls to strike and bring these assholes back to earth. 

 Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 March 2016 The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), a federal government agency that was not even around before 1966. Before, RRs were regulated by the old Interstate Commerce Commission, & federal, state statutes. The FRA was & still is, supposed to be in place - to regulate RR safety...... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2016 I was never in favor of a merger with CP when it was brought up last year but now I say bring it on. CSX has went to HELL in recent months. It was on its way to hell before but we are there now..we took my fast track...we can't move freight fast but we sure can fuck everything fast. As long as Sanborn is running the show we will never see things improve..she has destroyed this place..keep up the good work investors and keep her in power..she will get you great results (sarcasm of course)..I had to tell the investors that because apparently they are not the brightest people in the world or their head is buried in the sand..not sure which scenario applies 

 Name: ex vlc E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2016 AVON ENGINEERS!!! TIME TO WAKE THE HELL UP! TIME TO START MAKING THE UNION PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTHS ARE. WE JUST HEARD THAT A CHIEF HAS STARTED A RUMOR THAT SINCE JACKSONVILLE HAS ALLOWED AVON TERMINAL TO EXTEND ITS SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS OUT TO A RIDICULOUS DISTANCE, THEY WILL NO LONGER HONOR THE SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE AGREEMENT UNLESS YOU TRAVEL 35 MILES PAST THE NEW LIMITS! THE END OF YARD SWITCHING LIMITS IS WHERE THE MILES TO TRAVEL ARE TO BEGIN. NOT TERMINAL LIMITS. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN TERMINAL LIMITS AND YARD SWITCHING LIMITS. THE UNION KNOWS WHERE YARD WORK IS BEING DONE AND HOW FAR OUT THE SWITCHING LIMITS OF THE YARD IS. THE FRA IS WELL AWARE OF WHERE THE YARD SWITCHING LIMITS ARE. CALL THE FRA. ASK THEM HOW FAR THE YARD CREWS ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE DANGEROUS HAZMATS CARS OUT OF THE YARD TO SWING THEM. THERE IS A DESIGNATED LIMIT THEY CAN TRAVEL WITHOUT CT168 PAPERWORK GIVEN TO THE CREW AND CARRIED ON THE TRAIN. THE POWERS TO BE IN AVON AND JACKSONVILLE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THEIR LIMITS ARE. NOW IF THE CHIEF AND THE TMS AT INDY WANT TO PLAY WORD GAMES AND TRY TO SAY THE SSA AGREEMENTS ARE WRITTEN WITH THE WORDS "TERMINAL LIMITS" BECAUSE AVON DOESNT HAVE YARD SWITCHING LIMITS AND THE CREWS HAVE TO HONOR THE ACTUAL LIMITS WHICH THEY EXTENDED A RIDICULOUS DISTANCE THEN IT SHOULD BE FAIR TO SAY THAT EVERY SINGLE TRAIN THAT LEAVES AVON YARD CAN NO LONGER BE CONSIDERED DEPARTED UNTIL THE TRAIN REACHES THE END OF THE SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS. HOW MANY TIME HAVE YOU HEARD THE TMS AND RF'S TELL THE CREWS THAT JACKSONVILLE WANTS THE TRAINS OUT OF THE YARD AND DEPARTED WITHIN 90 MINUTES? HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD THEM SAY THEY NEED YOU TO GET CPAN OR CPMY SIGNALS KNOCKED DOWN WITHIN THOSE 90 MINUTES? CPAN AND CPMY ARE NOT THE END OF TERMINAL LIMITS. IF THEY WANT TO PLAY THE STUPID GAMES THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SHOW ANY TRAINS DEPARTED UNTIL THEY REACH THE END OF TERMINAL LIMITS. WHATS FAIR FOR THE GOOSE IS FAIR FOR THE GANDER. ITS ALSO BEING SAID THAT THEY ARE NOW REFUSING TO ALLOW EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO USE THE NEW AMMENDMENT THAT ALLOWS AN ENGINEER WHO ARRIVES AT THE HOTEL ON HIS OFF DAY TO BE DEADHEADED BACK HOME. THEIR REASONING IS THAT THE "WORDING" SAYS UNASSIGNED FREIGHT POOL ENGINEERS HAVE THIS RIGHT, NOT EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS. WHAT THE MORONS FAIL TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE ENGINEER WHO IS CALLED OFF THE EXTRABOARD TO DO THE POOL ENGINEERS WORK IS NOW REPRESENTING THAT POOL ENGINEERS POSITION/TURN. EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS ARE ENTITLED TO SHORT TURN AROUND RIGHTS BUT THE CHIEF'S ARE SAYING THEY ARE NOT. AGAIN, THE SO CALLED WORDING TAHT SAYS UNASSIGNED FREIGHT POOL ENGINEERS IS BEING USED AGAINST EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS AS A WEAPON TO SCREW THEM OUT OF THE 130 MININUM MILES THEY ARE TO BE PAID AND ANY EXTRA TICKETS THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TOO. THE EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST! THE UNION IS NOT SHOWING ANY ATTEMPT AT THIS MOMENT TO PUT A STOP TO THE OBVIOUS RAPE OF EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS. ALL EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS NEED TO START A PETITION AND FILE ETHICS CHARGED FOR BEING SINGLED OUT. ITS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE IF YOU DONT GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW. BOMBARD THE GENERAL CHAIRMANS OFFICES WITH CALLS. SEND EMAILS, FAX OR WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THEIR ATTENTION. WHAT EVER YOU DO YOU BETTER START DOING IT NOW. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 March 2016 There's a rumor going around that since CSX is threatening cutting jobs across the network that there is now an increased number of employees whistle blowing now. I was told by an official that he expects a higher number of FRA inspections and a more frequent presence in terminals. I know the FRA has been in my terminal 3 times in the past month. That seems to fall in line with what he said. 

 Name: long duck dong E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 March 2016 I heard thru the rumor mill that CSX Rocky Mount transportation was just fined $92,000 by the FRA. Does anyone have anymore info?   Name: No favors E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 March 2016 Dear no more J jobs, A couple of reminders. Check for yourself but once you return to your home terminal, you can't be forced out without rest. CSX speaks a language other than English. When they say they want a "FAVOR" what they really mean is " Can we count on you to cheat on the agreement"? We know your answer. Mostly though we know that you did what you did to put more money in your pocket. If more people said NO! more of our furloughed brothers would be recalled and CSX would be forced to pay more attention to the contract. Why should they now when so many will sell their souls for another ticket? To sum it up, you're angry because CSX short changed you on a ticket you shouldn't have and your brother are angry for not letting them return to work. See how this works? Hopefully you're not furloughed soon as you watch your brothers do whatever it takes to make a couple of unearned tickets. Good luck.   Name: Blackholepier E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 March 2016 Furloughed yesterday to find out they filled the whole week with overtime to lay all 23 of us off and have contractors doing the work?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 March 2016 As a heavy equipment operator at a CSX facility I was recently furloughed because of reductions and budget. Was called 10 minutes after my shift was over. Management didn't even have the courtesy or respect to do it to my face. 23 guys were let go today....I wonder if the 7 managers they have just on daylight alone split up the calls. CSX will realize that the workers make the money, not management   Name: Dong Bageley E-mail: MikeyWardsyesman@csx.com Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 March 2016 VP of Engineering John West retires April 1. Rickey Johnson will be the new VP Engineering. Oh if we can keep the trains on track and the click of Rickeys friends under control then CSX might make it. Not the smartest promotion by CSX.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 March 2016 Unbelievable. I know harrasment is the norm here at CSX, I know intimidation is a prerequisite for management and clearly the company knows this is happening, so where is the line drawn? I was getting ready to head out on a local job the other day at the fine Radnor yard in Nashville and was talking to a car man about their jobs being abolished and the cuts others have suffered over the past months. This man told me their boss told them not to shop an excessive amount of cars, that they shouldn't become a "speed bump" in the line of expediting freight. So is this what we have to look forward to? A decrease in quality and safety for the expediature movement of freight? He said their senior general said he'd "furlough" a guy for bad ordering cars! I thought we had it bad! These guys are pinned against a wall! But what more can you expect from this wonderful management style the fabulous CSX promotes!!!! I never get to talk to the car side much and was shocked, I thought they had it a lot better.   Name: nomoreJjob E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 March 2016 If you are called as a J job such as J452 to recrew trains or asked to do extra work that helps the company for a J ticket. TURN THEM DOWN!! You will not get paid for them!!! I had 3 J tickets not paid by payroll this past half. Now obviously if you are called as a J452 to recrew trains, you have to take it. But know they think they can do whatever they want with you for 12 hours and you will only get overtime after 8 hours. This means recrew as many trains, hostile power, kick out bad orders, go as many miles as needed all under 1 ticket. No 2nd ticket after 8 hours after doing all this either, just overtime after 8 hours. This was all explained by DTO Adam Hawkins and Superintendent Kenny Hall. THIS IS A BLATANT AND DIRECT VIOLATION OF B&O RULE 54. If you think you are exempt because you work a pool job and they have to pay extra tickets, then you are mistaken. One of my J tickets that was denied was after I brought a train to my home terminal on a pool job. They asked us to do them a favor for a J ticket and go to the house and grab power and bring it 10 miles outside the yard to tie onto cars on a siding. So we basically helped them out and wasted 2.5 hours of our time for free. I know I'm not the only one getting screwed on these J tickets. DO NOT ACCEPT THEM UNTIL THEY START PAYING THEM AND ACCEPTING THE AGREEMENT THEY SIGNED.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 01 March 2016 So what if it was 4 years ago?..I was getting fucked by Ward then also..lol .   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 February 2016 Any one know which presidential candidate is not going to try to steal our railroad retirement or is all of them going to try to do it?....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 February 2016 CSX/NS merger?Thoughts?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 February 2016 Yea I think someone is high on something. Do you think that CSX and it's employees are one big happy family? You obviously don't work for CSX. If that was true daddy Ward and Mommy Sanborn are fucking my brains out..so I want out of that family. Daddy and Mommy treat the blue collar workers of CSX like shit..we must be their orphan children..the slaves..Secone class citizens..you name it...like someone said previously the company boasted about their profits last year..then fuck numerous blue collar workers and pay out big bonuses to the white collar employees. When CSX does well they fuck us, when they do poorly they fuck us, so what I say is Fuck CSX and daddy Ward and Mommy Sanborn. Now does that sound like the team spirit? Well that's how it is out here. Welcome to reality   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 February 2016 Team we need to come together. Coal is gone and isn't coming back. We have to give the company ideas to generate revenue. So what these morons we have to a make money so we can get paid and support our families. Give them ideas to save or Make money. This is a business and. It is not a charity for railroad formers. Let's get our pride back and show everyone that a railroader is a tough son of a bittch that contributes to the United States economy,   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 25 February 2016 Csx is no worse than a lot of corporate outfits. Just got news last week that a local place near here will be shutting it's doors & moving operations to Mexico. Over 700 people, many who have worked there for yrs. & yrs. - out of a job. How long has that type of thing been going on now? Quite a while. No one ever seems to care or worry much until it affects them directly. Support conservative politicians, their idea of government, the trade agreements/policies those types have supported, their ideas of what average joe workers should earn for a living, rag on unions, etc., = then accept & live with all the consequences. If csx can outsource more jobs & work, they will. If they could move the RR to Mexico, they would.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 February 2016 I heard today CSX is closing the CC, KD, CV, and EK subdivisions. Way to go Cindy and Mikey..keep up the good work..keep disrupting the lives of your employees..you bastards will rot..   Name: BLET Member E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 24 February 2016 Today the BLET International announced their movement plans to the new headquarters. I HOPE THEY LEAVE ALL THE CORRUPTION BEHIND AND START A NEW CHAPTER IN CLEANING "UP" THE UNION COMMITTEES ON ALL LEVELS!   Name: update E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 February 2016 NEWS FLASH! Rumor has it(rumor) that the FRA showed up at Big four yard in Indy and shopped a massive amount of cars. Now, we are guessing the post on here that upset the powers to be and brought their little distracting mole out from under his rock also put the FRA in the spot light. These cars were shopped for 3 possible reasons. Your post caught the attention of the FRA and they had to save face for the posters suggesting they allow bad orders to run through, the car men who were let go blew the whistle or the unions have come up with more money than the carrier and are stuffing the FRA departments pockets with more than they can take to the bank. Anyway it goes, what should have always been done is now being done! Keep up the good work posters and remember....YOUR SAFETY AND THE PUBLICS SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 February 2016 Just sitting here wondering if i'll have a job next week. Stressfull, depressing shit. Csx sucks   Name: BigCountry E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 February 2016 Evansville? What do you know about Howell Yard closing?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 February 2016 Why do we pick on Cindy Sanborn? Seriously you have to ask that question? Until her reign when were there massive layoffs and numerous Yard and Shop closures? If they are so concerned about the future of this company why not take a reduction in salary and bonuses. This applies to Ward and Sanborn. They are only concerned about their own pockets. This is why investors should show them the door.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 19 February 2016 Insp covered it pretty well. If/when trainmen have to & try to do proper inspections; adhering\following the regulations & rules, they'll probably get accused of screwing around. Be bullied, intimidated, harassed & threatened. CSX SUCKS.   Name: Evansville E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 February 2016 Well it's official, CSX is closing Evansville Yard. Shhh, don't say anything it's suppose to be quiet for now.   Name: insp E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 February 2016 APE Less car inspectors means more bad order cars getting out of the yard. If the crews have to start inspecting the cars they should follow all the guidelines set forth by the FRA as well as the rules set down by CSX. It takes at least 5-10 minute per car to do a complete inspection. It also requires more training than the every day conductor is schooled on. Conductors are not nor will they ever be trained on the complete mechanical workings of any car. It is well known that the fra allows a percentage of cars to roll out with defects if they are considered minor. Rushing trains out of the originating terminal is more important than making sure all cars are completely safe and in 100% working condition. If the crews have to do inspections of their own trains they will be held accountable to a different standard than the car department. Tm's and RF's are not privy to the mutual understandings that are agreed upon in that department. If the crew misses a major defect that only the trained eye of a car inspector would see and that defect causes a derailment there should be a full blown investigation done by the Unions. Crews should be give the same considerations for turning a blind eye as the car department.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 February 2016 I don't think it's so much about the money it's more about the principle. I'm sad to say I don't care if the company succeeds or fails. When the company is doing well they screw us, when the company is doing poorly, they screw us..so who cares anymore. So why not dog their trains?..why go out here and bust my ass to get their train from point A to point B in less than 12 hours? Especially when the assignments could use a brakeman but they are to cheap to pay another man..so I will make them pay for 2 additional men instead of just the 1. The company in no way is attempting to help its employees so why help them? As long as Sanborn is here that's the way it will be. Get us a real railroader and things will change for the better.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 16 February 2016 How many managers on any level lost there job when Erwin terminal closed down? The guys either got bought out early, paid to qualify on previous territory or transferred. The union don't give a shit about you or I. I'm sure the General chairman's across the board got a little cash in the back pocket. Id say they probably have been sitting in on these meetings dealing with all the cuts. I say cut Cindy and save some cash   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 14 February 2016 Things have slowed. And things are/have been changing. Many are furloughed/laid off. Maybe when laid off/furloughed people get called back eventually, they will be somewhat more appreciative & humble. It's always a treat to overhear FNGs blow-off about how things are or should be. Most, if not all, don't have a clue. Long story short, account unions, government, etc., things are actually better than they were, not even that many years ago. Railroading, especially the transportation dept. = unassigned jobs/pools IS a hard life / occupation, ie; the hrs., days, etc. No one was informed of that previously before deciding to accept the job? Then, when can't handle it & blame the unions & the company? That is nuts. CSX actually does suck - everything, meaning EVERYTHING, could be much better. SAD. Because really that's the fault of both labor AND management.   Name: csx E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 February 2016 Loc Eng 30 The was the plan the entire time. Now the extra board crews will work all the time instead of sitting home collecting guarantee to do nothing. They will all be worked into the ground. Conductors better not count on getting 6 starts to get any extra time off. They will find a way to reset them. They are lucky that they have any days off. Engineers have it easy. Two days off on most of their boards. Poor conductor still only gets one. Your boots were made for walking so get to walking.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 February 2016 Hahahahahahaaaaaaa! My terminal like all terminals have cut jobs to the bone to save money. Now they are calling out extra jobs from the extra boards to switch cars because they can't keep up. Good plan huh? Why don't they just admit defeat? The stock price isn't going to rise no matter what they cut! Nobody is shipping, all commodities are flat. I say it again, when are they gonna cut the trainmasters? THE DEAD WEIGHT? CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 February 2016 IIRC Sandborn's father died of a heart attack while on duty as the new president of ConRail. I don't think he had a son, so Cindy has to be the son that becomes the RR president FWIW.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 08 February 2016 Looks Like Sanborn's father Richard died of a heart attack a while back.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 February 2016 Not much worry for those two. Even if they're "fired" per se - Ward would probably get some kind of big money severance deal. Sanborn's father still on the Board Of Directors? Wait & see. They'll do OK.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 February 2016 I'm hearing Ward and Sanborn are fighting for their jobs right now. If the investors want to see good to average results better show these two the door. Employee morale is at an all time low so when this happens it effects everything from results, efficiency, safety, and ethics. When an employee is concerned about their job everyday where do you think their mind is at? I expect an higher injury rate and more accidents to occur in this climate. So go ahead and keep these two clown in, go ahead and cut more jobs and close more terminals, service less customers because of lack of manpower. If the investors keep these people in they deserve the poor results they will get   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 February 2016 Yeah, that kind of sums it up. T&E employees are just numbers to the RRs. Thanks to the government & the unions - the RSA enacted just a few years back; it's better than it used to be.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 February 2016 Working for the RR an a Engineer, or Conductor is simply a job for those that have not a life, and no desire to build one. Sleep run freight and sleep. That is it and Retire with a nice bunch of folks and a nice retirement. It might kill you before you get the big payoff at the end. That is the RR   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 February 2016 To Peter Nickles, corporate office: You shine a seat with your ass from 9 to 5 in an air conditioned office. You know nothing about the lifestyle of a working man who works on call 24/7. Unions are for the lazy man??? You wouldn't last very long living this lifestyle. Your opinion is not valued.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 February 2016 Am with you ape: Read that post: the sob doesn't have any writing skills either. Christ, if people like that are working in corporate offices, no wonder csx is in turmoil. Dumb, ignorant sob should be assigned to a job sweeping floors for a living, if able to handle that.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 04 February 2016 Whoever posted the corporate office thing ought to mark-up, get out in the field, do it for a while. Douche bag doesn't have a clue.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 February 2016 Is this website csx sucks or rail unions suck? Penalty Claims: My UTU LC & GC have done quite well, as far as collecting claims for me. Just make sure when 1st submitted, they're valid & if denied (usually are as I do understand that thousands go to payroll and have to be researched); I turn them over to the LC, along with proper info needed; they're forwarded to the GC, & I just sit back & wait for the $$. Good luck to all. Soon......adios to csx for me.   Name: Peter nickles E-mail: PN@gmail.com Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2016 You all cry about the Standards and Professionalism. Unions are for the lazy man these days. There is no 1920's style factor or employee treatment anymore! CSX employee have some of the best benefits around and yet you all complain. Makes sense, that all union guys do. Suck it up, and stop your crying and relentless search for a handout.   Name: EX LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2016 Members Cold hard facts.... Unions have no back bone and only care about losing the kick backs they get under the table from the carrier. The writing was on the wall when they started settling our claims for 50 cents on the dollar with the excuse it was better for the members to get what they could settle for now than dragging it out for years BULLSHIT! The carrier agreed and signed those agreement fully aware of the language that was written in it. An 8 hour penalty claim is an 8 hour penalty claim no matter how many times a claim is submitted because of their blatant violation of it. If they had any balls like the old unions did they would stand their ground and make them pay. Hit them in the pocket book where it hurts them the most. Instead they are soft and weak and are a total embarrassment to unions of the past that didn't allow the boss man to be an indian giver and take back the word they signed! The days of the old unions with back bones are gone!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2016 I MYSELF HAVE WATCHED OUR UNION LEADERS CONTINUE TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO ALL THE PROBLEMS WE SEE TODAY. YEARS AGO IF A COMPANY OFFICIAL GAVE ME A HARD TIME, I WENT TO THE UNION AND REPORTED THE GUY, IT STOPPED REAL FAST. TODAY WHEN A COMPANY OFFICIAL GIVES ME A HARD TIME, I REPORT HIM TO THE UNION AND THE REPLY I GET IS....."THEY CAN DO THAT." "DO WHAT THE COMPANY WANTS." THE UNION DOESN'T REPRESENT AND FIGHT FOR YOU ANYMORE. THEY ARE TOO BUSY SPENDING YOUR MONEY AT CONVENTIONS GETTING DRUNK! I ONCE SAW AN ARTICLE A FEW YEARS BACK FROM THE UNION STATING HOW WE HAVE TO PRESERVE THE AGREEMENTS THAT WE HAVE. SINCE THEN AGREEMENTS HAVE CONTINUED TO BE GIVEN AWAY FOR NO REASON. THEY SELLOUT THE AGREEMENTS DURING CONTRACT TALKS TO KEEP THOSE BIG PAYING UNION JOBS. IN OTHER WORDS, SCREW THE MEMBERSHIP, ITS ALL ABOUT ME ME ME. WE ALSO DON'T NEED TWO UNIONS! WE NEED ONE UNION THAT ISN'T SO TOP HEAVY.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 February 2016 Until now, never thought I would write to a forum like this. A friend told me about it. All is interesting. Got over 8 yrs. in on the RR now after losing decent prior jobs account different reasons I had no control of. Was happy to get my 1st union job. My Dad said a union is only as strong as it's membership. Lots of constant complaining about the RR & the union. Nothing ever seems to be appreciated. Been around long enough to hear and see that a lot of workers are big loudmouths -- talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Is the same with the RR. Old heads with lots of time have told me that's the way its always been. Not a wonderful world by any means but at least I have a job, vacation, plds, insurance, a retirement plan. I have to keep at it. Csx does suck. Many things could be and should be better.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 03 February 2016 Union, friend / family, for yrs., RLA: Long, drawn out National Contract Negotiations, Section 6 Notices (wish lists), penalty time claims, Arbitration, Mediation, etc. LMRDA: UTU's Constitution contains instructions: - Charges & Trials of Officers. Should a member choose, he/she could hire a Labor Attorney and/or deal with the US DOL if they feel they've been misrepresented. Elect to become a dues objector. Good luck with all/any of that. 90% of the time it's the RR I get upset with. No doubt, it'd be a real nightmare working for a non-union csx. Back to csx sucks.   Name: hogger21 E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 February 2016 sick of hearing the blind defense of the unions and allowing them to continue to misrepresent us. all these stone-cold union diehards need to stop toeing the party line and admit there needs to be reforms and/or new leadership. don't bash anyone for saying so I for one don't enjoy paying for lobbying groups and who knows what else! We need a strong union and lately all I am hearing is how everyone is unhappy/fed up   Name: SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 February 2016 Speaking of union officers: There cannot be a worse group than on the UP side in Colton, CA. The General Chairman and his Local officer are the highest paid within the entire union. The GC makes more that the International President and at least 100,000.00 more than next highest paid GC with comparable membership. Here's the kicker; the GC was also collecting reserve board pay inspite of the bylaws restrictions for full-time General Committee officers. The west coast terminal is a proving ground for the rail carrier's agenda for undermining agreements...because the trail of payouts are endless!   Name: conductor E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 February 2016 union Was told that's were I would find the bill of rights for union members. was also told the union was supposed to tell us about them when we were hired and they never did! After reading everything I can see why they kept quiet about them!   Name: union E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 February 2016 Conductor 30 NO you got it wrong! The RLA has absolutely nothing to do with federal laws and regulations set down by the government for the establishment and running of any union that represents any working group including railroad workers. The RLA allows railroad workers the guaranteed right to establish representation. The LMRDA clearly details how a union can form, regulate and conduct its business within its organization and with its members. The RLA has NO AUTHORITY over a unions formation or internal regulations. If your union is corrupt or failing to represent the members to the fullest extent possible the members have recourse and have every right to seek outside assistance for relief. The day the union took your first dime was the day they agreed to represent you. Failure to follow through with those promises is a breach of agreement.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 February 2016 The UnionsShouldWorkForYou & union democracy posters only got it half-assed. = = Must be co. moles/trolls or want-to-be. Railroaders: References to the LMRDA should also include references to the RLA, which was enacted long prior. Unions perfect? Heck no. Full time big-shots do just fine income & benefit wise. But they can be replaced, voted out. RR companies are not employee friendly. Are any companies really very caring\friendly to workers? Any member who rags on their union organization ought to do a term or two as a local rep. - - that alone is a real ear & eye opening education. RRs would like nothing better than to have even weaker unions - so everyone, please think hard & long about trying to become dues objectors.   Name: UnionsShouldWorkForYou E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 01 February 2016 Have the UTU/BLE Disappointed you AGAIN? Do you think they should be fighting for your benefits/rights as an employee, not giving away everything at each contract? Do you feel that even if we cant "get something better" at each contract then the Unions should just maintain what we have instead of trading it away for small, taxable "bonuses"? Do you think the Union Leadership is working for THEIR best interests, not yours (which is why the BLE/UTU merger never happened!)? Do you feel YOU have NO POWER against this??!! NO, NO, NO!! YOU HAVE POWER!!! You might ask, "well I am forced to be in the Union even if I don't want to be and/or they aren't a strong- member focused Union anymore".......it is true, the Rail Labor Act keeps railroaders in Unions and you have no choice about joining- HOWEVER YOU have the RIGHT to REFUSE to pay all of your hard earned paycheck to these increasingly corrupt rail Unions and their backroom deals and disrespect of their membership. That's right, you can become what's called a "non-consenting member". This means you refuse to participate in the Union(s) as a full dues paying member, instead you are put on their books as being in the Union but only pay a small portion of dues that are related to the collective bargaining agreement. All of the MAJORITY of the dues which go to lobbying, political functions, paying leadership etc.- will not be charged to you. Actually dues drop to the range of 12-25/mo. Now you cant vote on the contracts, cant go to meetings, cant use any "benefits" and cant do pretty much anything with the Union. By LAW they are still to defend you if you get in trouble/discipline. Why am I telling you all of this? Not to destroy Unions or tell you not to want to be in one, but to PROTEST the Unions behavior and effect a change in them. Money is the only thing that gets people like these to respond to our demands and cutting off their flow will wake them up. If entire locations/workplaces all did this at the same time it would send a message surely. This is almost like striking on the Union itself, only with its money (dues). Will this type of action be harsh? Absolutely. Will some people call participators "traitors" and "Union haters"? 100% likely! But when people stand around and do nothing to defend themselves, they will be stripped of their lives and liberty surely. Please consider protesting the Unions anti-membership behaviors and become "Non-consenting Members" to make them realize OUR voice the MEMBERS are who they answer to! The Unions are required to post your right to do this action, they usually put it in a small blurb once a year in their newsletters/magazines. They claim you can only put an application in once a year to do this but you have the right to do it anytime you like, there has been upheld legal precedents for it   Name: broker E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 29 January 2016 Other A federal court order was filed for a full investigation of BNSF, UP and CSX for secretly meeting and discussing interference in the negotiations of a merger with the NS. Waiting to see what happens with this strong arm tactic that was taken. CSX had no comment for the press.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 January 2016 Conductor, 1-10 yrs.: Dissatisfied with the UTU as a member? Switch, join the ble-little T. That outfit can handle\solve all your present & future issues and problems. NOT! ---------------------------------------------------------------- APE: Unions exist because politicians still allow them. Consider what it'd be like with a totally conservative republican government, no union representation at all. Everyone is entitled to their opinion(s) but try to think more open mindedly & not post what very many believe are totally ignorant foolish words.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 January 2016 UTU has no backbone!!! And CSX employees are forced to pay them for nothing. All they have done is loose jobs, loose bonuses, loose demand days, and loose stock shares for there employees. Keep up the terrible job UTU. UTU will probably have robots running trains by the end of the year.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 28 January 2016 If any railroader votes for a Democrat you deserve what you get..Fuck the UTU and the Democrats..especially the one in DC.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 27 January 2016 Union Pacific Board of Directors will hold an emergency meeting in order to lure Canadian National's CEO (Claude Mongeau) into running the Union Pacific after a possible merger. Canadian National is the only railroad that had sustained profits in spite of the difficult head winds!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 January 2016 I heard Russell was next to be cut anyone heard?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 January 2016 Start cutting TRAINMASTERS! Years ago there was like 1 trainmaster per terminal, and he covered miles of territory.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 21 January 2016 Shouldn't be a shock or surprise to anyone considering things..... Wonder when & IF they'll ever cut\reduce the size of the board of directors & other "big shot" positions?   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 January 2016 Great Lakes Hold on to your money guys. Management members just had a big meeting and word is the entire meeting consisted of nothing other than discussions on how to cut more jobs. Avon yard was the biggest topic. So don't be stupid and blow your money on anything expensive. The company is putting motors into storage as we speak.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 January 2016 The problem with the CAPS system is that it never resets itself..the only way you get get points reduced is if you don't mark off..also a major problem is you are deducted points even with a valid medical issue..if I go to the doctor I'm still deducted points..that's a joke..Also you can't compare T/E jobs to other careers..who else is on call 24/7..also it's crazy to have one attendance policy for everyone..not all freight pools have assigned off days and you have to depend on getting 6 starts to get any time off..then the company will purposely reset you to ensure you don't get 6 starts   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2016 if your employed at csx for less then a year, shut the fuck up. that's my opinion .you haven't been here long enough to cry and pout about anything. you haven't been shit on or fucked with long enough to post anything on here. you don't like it quit, go work somewhere else .I wish I could quit.I be gone tomorrow , but have to much to lose to start over at a new job at my age. I know people that worked for conrail in the early 80's that had 13 years seniority and had to pack up and move to a new terminal 300 miles away to work. railroads are up and down business. jobs have always been cut, furloughs during slow times, yards closings isn't new and there use to be 5 man crews on road trains reduced to 2.and I'm sure more bad news is coming.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 January 2016 Dan Labyak from the Jacksonville office had a long affair with a friends wife. Pos destroyed families due to his selfishness.   Name: todd Novac E-mail: todd novac .com Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 January 2016 todd novac is a company snitch with Joe ill blow you kazy novac snitch his way back to get his job back when convicted o stealing money from his union . watch him boys   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 18 January 2016 And........ when you "streamline" per se, and your co. is profitable all across the board, it's a much more attractive merger partner, takeover, buyout target. Big shots will always do just fine.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 January 2016 Old King Coal is NOT the merry old money making soul it was for the RRs (& others). Abandoning, closing, cutting back, leasing out\selling lines & terminals, furloughing employees, etc., etc. = = PLANS FOR THOSE ACTIONS HAVE NO DOUBT BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR A WHILE & the average joe union worker(s) can only play catch-up. At least two brand new intermodal terminals are being planned (PA & NC), yes/no? Economy has slowed (for now), but it seems they're still willing to heavily invest in that type of business, so they must have ideas, plans for the future. Gambling & relying on that Gateway thing? If so then they're probably not near done with streamlining.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 January 2016 Who's making the decisions to lay off? ATT: Idiots laying off in Jax: Lay off the people over 65 who NEED to retire. Leave the people alone that have young families, that can work, and work hard. Operations 101. Learn it.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 January 2016 Crews The last post hit the nail right on the head. DO NOT start turning on each other. Now is the time to stick together. The company is slowly being torn down and jobs are being downsized at an alarming rate. With merger rumors and competitive scare tactics in place anything could happen at the drop of a hat. You are workers in the trench. No more value than the lab rats used to test poison. The stockholders and investors pockets are more important than you. You are a number easily replaced. Your unions have shown they have little power if any at protecting your jobs. Anyone who has spent any time reading this site or posting on it knows that any time a touchy subject is brought up for discussion or comments that may cause embarrassment to the company are posted, the company mole pops up and post comments that are distracting and usually geared to offend someone to deliberately start an argument. PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR IT! These moles are paid by the csx legal department and csx public safety affairs department. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into their web. If they are posting on here, you have obviously hit a nerve.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 18 January 2016 Guys let's keep the focus on where it needs to be and not on each other. The morale is the lowest I've seen on CSX and that's saying something. Jacksonville is the problem, not the guy sitting to the left or right of you. Look at what Sanborn has done.implemented this horrible CAPS system, the new discipline system, and closing down terminals..which I just heard she is shutting down Montgomery yard and abandoning track in Florida and Mississippi..which will lead to more terminals closing..This woman is the problem..keep things in perspective.."THE BITCH" is killing us..at this rate nobody will have a job   Name: WOW! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 17 January 2016 JESUS!!!! Please help these poor moles posting to realize that popping out of the wood work with a topic from who knows where(bashing engineers) isn't going to draw any attention away from the sandborn bashing or any other true facts being posted here about the state of csx at the moment. Ok company mole...you want to be fair, how about putting a post about the conductors who wont shut the window when its 20 below because they are too fat and cant handle heat in the winter. How about the ones who smoke so bad the engineer has to go home or to the hotel smelling like his stinking nasty cigs. or the ones who make a bed as soon as the train rolls out and leaves the engineer doing everything by himself all night. See company mole, things work both ways... Now that my post has evened the score you can go back under your rock.... Keep up the good work crews no matter who you are stuck with on your next trip and keep the mole under his rock!   Name: investor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 17 January 2016 CSX crew Watch BNSF closely. Latest report from investment companies have it that BNSF had a meeting and stated very clearly that a move with the NS would force CSX to consolidate. There is no way CSX can compete with a merger between BNSF and NS. Word around the investment circle has it that BNSF wants both of them....   Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 January 2016 LC'S Sitting home furloughed.....How come avon has 11 spots on their conductor extra board and only 7 guys assigned to it? How come we aren't getting called back to fill them. I heard the company likes to run the guys into the ground working them to death until they all start marking off sick then they call guys back. Is this true because they are already short handed.. Should I hold off looking for another job?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 January 2016 You are right..Fuck CSX..and Ward and Sanborn..and all these other CSX clowns..this company is ruined..when the employees get fucked..we turn around and fuck the company..going to see more trains dogged and nobody to recrew them..keep up the good work Cindy..you fuckING evil bitch..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 January 2016 FUCK CSX. I HOPE THE CREWS GIVE YOU A DAILY FUCKING UP THE ASS JUST LIKE YOU GAVE SO MANY OF US. I HOPE THE GREAT LAKES PRECIOUS 008 DERAILS DAILY SO YOU CAN LOSE YOUR ONLY GOOD CONTRACT. FUCK CSX.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 January 2016 Railroad shareholders are bleeding red ink: CSX is the first RR to report earnings from the last quarter and Wall Street is not happy. You will see more pain at the pump by way of harassment and more lay-offs!   Name: deez nuts E-mail: rimmie_crays@yahoo.com Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 12 January 2016 Big meeting today more cuts are coming in the Florence   Name: John Sepesy E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 January 2016 trainmasters don't normally post on sites like this but it is true joe ''lazy'' Kazy is a snitch!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 January 2016 Well I can honestly say no I've never met Ms. Sanborn and honestly have no desire to meet her. Of course we will never have to worry about meeting her because she never comes out in the field. Probably smart unless she is being escorted by a security detail. She made the decision to close Erwin but didn't have enough guts to show up in Erwin to announce it. Sorry but I want someone with some guts running this place..not a backboneless coward like her. Have enough guts to look those folks in the eye and tell them you are shutting their terminal..she couldn't do it..fuck that evil bitch..she can rot..I hope sooner than later   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 January 2016 Warning to everyone in Collinwood. Joe Kazy is a snitch and a freaking liar!! This guy has been telling management everything. The guy lies about everything and doesn't have a backbone whatsoever!!! Just ask around. Everyone is starting to notice!! Maybe he's management??   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 January 2016 Remember many useful (free) benefits - medical, tuition - fitness, etc. are both desirable and readily available to people working a regular daylight schedule in a HQ building. The rest of us have limited access as "schedule permits" which often means NO in practice. However you (CSX) may have IRS tax problems (see your congressman!) if you offer these benefits to certain employees and not others so it must appear that ALL employee's get the benefits, not just the few. It's the spirit that counts, right?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 January 2016 Remember many useful (free) benefits - medical, tuition - fitness, etc. are both desirable and readily available to people working a regular daylight schedule in a HQ building. The rest of us have limited access as "schedule permits" which often means NO in practice. It's the spirit that counts, right?   Name: Investigative Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 January 2016 Locomotive Cameras: The one thing that Railroad Management refuses to discuss is suicide by rails. And that's why the cameras are watching you. When operators enter the work force with personal (marital), medical and financial issues, that is a recipe for disaster. The Amtrak disaster last year was inexplicable to the public, but railroaders quietly know otherwise. The Union Pacific train wreck in Arkansas in August 2014. Researched the crew member. Legal [issues] and employer discipline awaited the crew member. The UP incident that occurred in Stillwell, OK, in July 2012, a crew member was medically disqualified as per the FRA report. The cameras can now prove otherwise when all the financial and medical options have expired for you.   Name: True statement E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 January 2016 Wonder when that they will cut management positions? Those idiots are fallen over each other. I know a terminal that only has 12 employees and a trainmaster. So, this company is paying that trainmaster around 90-100k to babysit 12 employees. Lol... This is CSX UPPER MANAGEMENT FOR YOU. This is happening all over the system. Lol ... More management than employees........ What a joke...   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 January 2016 Conductor 1-10 Sorry , but welcome to the business world of csx. When they told you in training that you may be furloughed that should have sent up a red flag for you. Im guessing you aren't able to get rr unemployment because you didn't work the required time to be eligible. Its a shame the company was given grant money from the feds to hire you and play this horse and pony show. If you can get another job that starts out at the same rate of pay per hour as you were given when in training I suggest you take it. There are men with 18 years seniority getting set back from engineer to conductor spots and its only going to get worse for the conductors. When vacations start up again there still wont be enough spots to fill. The company has been deliberately violating the union agreement on the caps for vacation, personal and DV leave by reducing them because of manpower shortages THEY CREATED! Unfortunately little can be done outside of federal court because the unions do not have the right to prevent the carrier from making a profit. If not cutting jobs and people hits them in the pocket book and reduces profit and increases future risk for business they are protected. Yes, it sucks but that big business in the good ole U.S.A. If you are not working full time and are being cut back constantly you are considered part time. Talk to your local unemployment office and see what your options are. Make sure you have a copy of your employee history that states you are furloughed. Make them put it in writing in your history. You have that right. There are guidelines for all employers on what the can consider a full time employee or part time. Question you might ask your LC is why should you pay full union dues when you get called back if you are just a part time employee?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 January 2016 You can thank Cindy Sanborn for being furloughed. The bitch is working on receiving a big bonus. Fingers crossed we merge with someone soon and her ass is kicked out. Fed up with that evil bitch...   Name: C. Smith E-mail: heavymowing@aol.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 January 2016 Mr. Hatch, Your views on working in this nation are a little blurred. I am curious as to why. Were you born with a silver spoon or are you used to living on assistance from others. I work for Csx and I do get mad when the company signs a contract to pay employees x amount of dollars for doing a specific job. I have to so up where they say when they say, yet when my check comes there are pay declines or researches for jobs worked. They call me to work. I don't call them. I do the job asked of me so pardon me for thinking I should revive the pay I am owed. This company has not shown a loss in profits in many years. Yet they feel it okay not to properly pay the employees that do the work that earns them their money. If in fact you do work for a living and feel that cheating employees out of their due wages, by all means feel free to walk into your bosses office and tell him how much you love your job and you are willing to work 5 days a week for 4 days pay. If you are like the vast majority of workers you work because you need the money for your family. But if that is not the case for you. My congrats to you. Sent from my iPhone   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 January 2016 As a Conductor with only a couple years of service with the railroad I understand the value of seniority. I have less than 10 people below me on the seniority roster, several of which have not even had the opportunity to work since completion of their training due to a swift and abrupt furlough. Though the pay is better than most jobs, recent events have me considering employment elsewhere. I was furloughed for a week or two at a time here and there. Then after being furloughed for several weeks (more like a month or so) they decided to bring myself and most of the others back to work the week prior to Thanksgiving. Upon our return it was non-stop work. Often being called for assignments immediately after our 10 hours of required rest 6+ days a week. I worked into thanksgiving morning and was called out by early that afternoon. This continued through the weeks following. Fortunately after getting off Christmas Eve morning I was able to spend some time at home through Christmas Day which is the most time I had off since we'd been brought back. A week later, they brought in the new year by furloughing us yet again . I guess they had just enough Conductors to keep rolling during the holidays then figured they had little use for us afterwards..though there was no one available to work in the days following our lay-off. Smart move there. That's about all I've got for my rant. I suppose I was forewarned prior to accepting my employment of the possibility of a furlough. But to lay-off your employees and bring them back just to lay them off again several different times in a year thus preventing them from getting another job in the mean time and ultimately leaving them with the option to earn no money for weeks at a time and hope to be working again soon OR simply quit is just an absolutely absurd way to run a company as big as CSX.   Name: JAX E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 January 2016 Hire watchdog Thankyou mole.....keep up the good work   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 January 2016 CSX & UP is a possible takeover target by Blackstone Group (BX). Blackstone Group specializes in raiding undervalued companies with strong balance sheets. Seeking Alpha...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 January 2016 Awe poor Csx, is your stock dropping , why? Because you suck really bad and have no clue of what your doing   Name: Hire Watchdog E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 05 January 2016 Hire watchdog to the the supplies. CSX doesn't want clerks then hire RR buffs to do it. They blow soooo good!!   Name: OSHA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 03 January 2016 Car repair First if your union rep told you they would fire you for sure if you filed an on the job injury and would not represent you, then you have the grounds to sue your union. Read your rights under the LMRDA. Get on line and read them. What your rep has told you is against the law. It has nothing to do with the railroad labor act. It is laws that are set down by the federal government. Second, what you have done is set yourself up as a whistleblower on this site. Call OSHA immediately and speak to a representative. Make an appointment with a good labor law lawyer. File charges against your union for failure to represent you to the fullest extent of your agreement. The comments made to you are grounds for a full blown lawsuit. Your union has admitted to you that they are fully aware the company will fire you for claiming an on the job injury. Time is of the most importance. GET ON IT!   Name: Out of Supplies E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 January 2016 Out of supplies? No Brainer! You have corrupt union officers who are indifferent to what they are required to do. Start posting their names and numbers on this site and call those Wiesels out...including the General Chairmen!   Name: EL NINO E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 January 2016 El Nino Is Coming: No need to worry about the attendance policy come El Nino! Massive floodings will take place for over 2 months. The railroads will be at the mercy of mother nature. Sell your stock holdings as soon as possible, the railroads will suffer massive losses due to wash-outs and a lack of preparations!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 January 2016 AND Don't forget OSHA. A--hole RR company dicks think they only have to answer to the US DOT / FRA = Nope. In addition, states have laws, regulations, rules. And the whistleblower act is nationwide.   Name: watchdog E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 January 2016 UP is down???? How much has csx lost? How much coal revenue has been lost? How many jobs were lost this year? How bad are the bonuses this year? Csx cant hold a candle to the UP revenue. GO AWAY TROLL... DONT LIKE THE POST COMING OUT ON THE EXPOSURE OF POOR CONDITIONS WITH THE CLERKS GONE??? TOO BAD! Go back and tell your powers to be to get a clue!   Name: UP Management Is Lost E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 January 2016 UP is coming apart at the seams...! Freight revenue is down 27% from the last quarter. UP is now an official takeover target of the Canadian National. Jim Young is turning over in his freshly-dug grave!   Name: LEGAL E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 01 January 2016 All employees You are a tax paying resident of the state you live in and are therefore protected by all state laws. CSX is regulated by the federal government but is bound to follow all state laws and regulations set forth by the state where your terminal is located. The company is owned by a "civilian" corporation. It is not owned by the federal government. If you experience a situation you feel is unhealthy in your place of work, you have a right to report this to your county health department. It is suggested that you report your situation to your medical department first. They may or may not take action. Take the first step within your company. If they fail to address the situation you have every right to take whatever steps are necessary to insure you are working in a healthy environment. You have this right by state law. There is no doubt that your county health department will be reluctant to step on the toes of a class 1 railroad. but once the report is filed there is a paper trail. You will need this if it is comes to the point that a more stringent route needs to be taken. You health and safety comes first.   Name: wow E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 31 December 2015 wow csx will stop at nothing. There ruthless and don't care.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 December 2015 TO ALL EMPLOYEES If your supervisors fail to stock supplies as needed and you must fill printers with paper, replace ink cartridges, take out the trash or use toilet paper out of crew packs while in a csx building FILL OUT A CLAIM for co mingled service under clerical work performed. Claim an 8 hour basic day. They will deny this claim and tell you it is not a valid claim for your craft. Submit it IMMEDIATELY to your local chairman. If you DO NOT want to become the replacement for the clerks, start getting these claims filed now! It is the duty of the supervisors to do the work that was left behind by the removal of the clerks. You are conductors and engineers. YOU ARE NOT janitors or garbage collectors. It is beneath you to do such jobs and you are not paid to do so. Upper management created this problem and it is their duty to handle it. GET THOSE CLAIMS FILED!   Name: no supplies E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 December 2015 hey has any one noticed, no clerks/drivers = garbage over flowing in trash cans, no toilet paper, no soap to wash our hands, no paper towels to dry our hands, printers out of toner or low so our bulletins and release forms are faded when printed ,that's if your lucky to have paper in the printer. kinda sounds like the penn central when people had to bring supplies in from home , everything from toilet paper to light bulbs. the big difference is penn central lost a million dollars a day vs. csx crying that profits are down a bit. everything looks good on paper to cut ,but I bet you cindys and mikes bathrooms are stocked.   Name: REASON E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 December 2015 Other non When a topic is important or contains info that is most likely going to put a burr under the companies saddle it IS BEST to post it under every topic. The little moles that are sitting in the legal office and at home who are being paid by csx to monitor this site on a daily basis and come back with retaliating post find it a little more annoying to post their distracting crap on every forum. They have a harder time distracting everyone in every forum. Sorry if it is an issue with you but your needs are not greater than the whole! So before you bash anyone for posting in every forum, look at the content. READ IT VERY CLOSELY. Read the message. Yes there are some who do this while just venting but the majority have a message that most miss.... perhaps you missed it in the last repetitive post! We haven't heard from you in awhile NOMO! Hope you had a Merry Christmas! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ATOM SMASHER!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 24 December 2015 I have never been witness to as much B.S that is going on within this miss-managed corporation as I have the last few months before retirment. I will start with the amount of stealing occurring in the payroll, benefits and LR departments. Any one employee can look at there check stub on payday and just shake there head and try to move on. Your union sure isn't going to step up to the plate. The company goes and shuts down Erwin. I as well as other employees didn't at first accept these men with open arms and some still don't. I blamed the company for this at first. Who has stopped to do any critical thinking into the cause of the problem? Has anyone thought about the idea that there local chairman and general chairman helped ruin there lives? I heard nothing good about these folks from the Erwin men. They seemed to have a real problem with there locals over there. You have to remember if you've been on the railroad for at least 30 plus you will know the old gateway wasn't known for being a group who stuck together. The men up there have sold each other out for years. Now I cant help but to look at some of these men's faces and listen to there stories and feel nothing but sympathy. No help from unions or company. What a shame! I also know that it doesn't take a dummy to realize that trainmasters and road Forman's aren't needed on todays railroad in such large amounts. E.R.A.D tattles on the engineer so we know someone in FL knows before your manager says you stretched braked. Same for trainmasters who e-test with radar guns. E.R.A.D already told on the crew. The only real test that managers can do is banner testing and rules compliance. On the rules compliance side I saw 3-5 managers at a time handling that. Some managers set their own hours and aren't seen but maybe once week. Don't get me started on the waste of division management. But what does CSX do you ask? Simply cut clerks who transport crews safely, clean facilities from top to bottom, pickle the yard. Cut other job titles which have meaningful responsibilities. Has Mike, Fredrick, Cindy etc. cut there salaries, bonuses and stock options this year? NO they haven't and everyone already knew the answer. What is it going to take for the future of this railroad and others to say enough is enough? When will you bargain together as the hard working men and woman and tell your union and the company your fed up and walk for better treatment. Stop letting this sorry excuse for an American company run over you! Quit letting your union tell you not to because someone's getting kick backs to keep you down.   Name: ????? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 December 2015 MERRY MEERY CHRISTMAS Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all and to those who donated to atom smasher a special thanks to you! He has had this site up and running for so many years and has allowed the csx employees a place to vent as well as discuss topics that are detrimental to their work place. Even though we have moles from the company who frequent this site to cause distractions we have managed to keep topics of importance up and running. You may NOT BELIEVE THIS but there have been several rules changed over the years after they have been posted and discussed in great length on this site. If a rule is WRONG, ILLEGAL, IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW OR JUST PLAIN OUTRIGHT STUPID the best way to change it is to bring it out to the public on this site for review. Embarrassment leads to CHANGE. CSX no longer requires the conductor to get off his train and watch another train go by on the greatlakes division. A rule topic that was posted on here in great lengths and proven to be a safety hazard has now been changed. Keep up the good work and continue to use this site to your advantage. As for the posters who are on here and stealing space with the UP railroad bashing, we believe they are once again someone from management trying to distract the csx employees from previous topics.   Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 December 2015 I wish the CN would take over the UP and get rid of these MOPAC mules that have ruined the UP with their idiotic way of running a RR. This Company has become a real joke to work for. Come on with it Buffet and Gates!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 December 2015 RE: Merger News... The Big Hedge Fund Players are looking at a Canadian National takeover of the Union Pacific. Bill Gates is the largest shareholder of the Canadian National. It's possible that Gates and Warren Buffett (owner of the Burlington Northern), could share another common bond of financial interest. So far, UP has a decent balance sheet in spite of recent higher cash burns. Canadian National is a lot more efficient with fewer employees per revenue generated. The combined railroads would save over 2 Billion in operating and administrative efficiencies alone.   Name: Meltdown with UP E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 17 December 2015 If CSX merges with the UP, We will stop business with the CSXT. They can't move horse manure. Moving America my A$$. They are out to destroy it. Go with BNSF, we have had very good results.   Name: KYLE E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 December 2015 Investor; Like what I read, but you don't want to deal with the STUPID PACIFIC Railroad. They are not a Railroad. They are a Corporation that pretends to be a RR. Go with mergering he BNSF/CSX and put money back in your trackage/plant/power and YOUR EMPLOYEES and the Experience and the safe ones. And stop the harrasement and invest in your work force. CSXT and BNSF might end up buying the UP and running off those MOPAC Managers. That needs to be done.   Name: investor E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 16 December 2015 RUMORS RUMORS RUMORS I don't think I have ever seen a site so full of hen on the fence rumors in my life. NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would even want to consider touching csx while it is in a complete mess. First, they lost their butts in the coal industry. They also took a beating in the grain industry by showing favoritism to the crude oil companies. The feds had to step in and rescue the grain farmers from complete bankrupt and order csx to open the books and prove they were treating them fairly. Another big joke. They now have a division that is sucking them dry(Huntington) and will have to make some major moves to recoup the loss from this hole. Padding the logs and books and crunching numbers to make the stock holders happy can only last so long. UP reported a worth of 5.8 billion in 2015. Don't even think for one moment CSX can come up with books to match that! There are several major railroads who could come up with the cash to take on the csx mess if they wanted to but why would they. The ones with a brain will sit back and watch the hole get deeper and deeper. When the hole sinks deep enough and it looks like csx cant swim anymore that's when the sharks will move in and the bidding war will begin. If the STB and Feds allow such a move it will be so tightly controlled by the government it will take years to settle it. A merger of the UP and CSX lines will basically mean a major takeover of the rail system in the united states. A major monopoly move over all the other railroads. Have any of you ever taken a real good look at the rail lines owned by the UP. They are massive. Put them together with the csx lines and then you will get an idea of the massive shipping competition that will be created for the other railroads. Don't expect it to happen any time soon!   Name: CBrown E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 December 2015 A pat on the backs of all the Carmen in Erwin for standing up and coming together to fight back at CSX. Per their contract, all are suppose to receive pay depending on years of service even after furlough. Collectively around 8 million will be owed to these carmen employees! Keep up the fight!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 December 2015 Merger News: Ideally, Every railroader would probably prefer working with the BNSF. The BNSF is slightly ahead of the UP in revenue. The UP'S profit margins are a little higher...but the BNSF spends about$2 Billion more in capital improvements (If all capital expenditures were equal, the BNSF would earn $2 Billion more than the UP). Those improvements are chipping away at UP'S inter-modal business due to additional main line infrastructure expansions and management's operational approach to efficiently operating trains. The BNSF management will rarely stop a train and ask crews for the rule of the day...while the UP strategy is exactly the opposite. Unnecessary train delays creates a flow back effect when the lead train crew runs short of working time and the trains following suffers the same fate. UP managers tend to be promoted based on head (firings) hunting...not operational skills. Considering the amount of improvements the BNSF is making, the UP could be a takeover within 5 years if not sooner--due to continuing decline of revenue and accelerating administrative cost. The top six executives on the UP will earned over$150 million including a deceased employee (2015 prospectus). Warren Buffett, the owner of the BNSF, was asked: The UP is in your back yard, why didn't you buy it? His response was simply: The Management! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 11 December 2015 Just quit take your life back rail road is for losers they make you believe it's good pay but is it really what are you giving up,retirement 90% of you will never see it get out enjoy life you only got one csx could care less about you 

 Name: Hedge Funder E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 December 2015 BNSF takeover of the NSC: This deal possibly would in effect expose the CSX to the UP. Although both companies have sub-par management. A head hunting expedition would take place to find a suitable experience railroader for the combined companies. CSX is an absolute buy at its current price with an additional upside potential of 30%. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 December 2015 I wish Sanborn would drop dead..then she couldn't screw up anymore 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 10 December 2015 There's a lot of brain-washed ball-rubbing suck-asses who got their positions because of Ms. Sanborn & still have to rely upon her. 

 Name: HelloImMichaelWard E-mail: Mward@cex.com Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 December 2015 I really wish Cindy would hurry up and go make the announcement that we are dissolving the Huntington Division 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 December 2015 Best thing we can hope for is a merger with UP..then Ward and Sanborn is out of here..that bitch has destroyed CSX..like father like daughter.. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 09 December 2015 To the Erwin guy--how do you expect guys to feel about you showing up? The company are screwing the guys you are rolling more than they did you. These guys that are being rolled are not going to get 60 days pay or paid to qualified. There are so many of you guys that guys are going to have trouble staying in the Tennessee seniority district and will have to go to Alabama, Georgia, Florida, or who knows where to hold a job. What about their families, cars, homes,etc..What's CSX GOING to do for these guys.....not 1 damn thing..60 days pay means a lot when you have to qualify for free and pay for your own lodging on both ends of the road..these guys being displaced are getting fucked more than you are 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 December 2015 I'm very sorry that some feels like the "erwin guys" are invading your terminal. To that person you have no idea what it feels like to walk into work one day and have them say we are closing the terminal down as of right now! All the hours and sleepless nights waiting on the phone to ring, all those family events missed for a I'm sorry guys we can't keep this terminal open. I'm sorry you feel that way about us but we have families, kids and loved ones to support and that also share our pain of not only loosing our jobs but homes, automobiles and the closeness we all shared in a small terminal. I don't want to be here anymore than you want us here but the company put us in this sitituation so here we are. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 December 2015 I apologize . but if you read my post UP, I said nothing about guarantees. my point was about yard rates and road mileages rates are by a national contract. yes guarantees may differ on different railroads. i once worked a road board that had no guarantee and yet the yard board did at the time. so yes if you work at a railroad that pays more for guarantees, you may make more. i work at a terminal where the boards are trimmed so much ,no one every has a chance to collect a guarantee. all I was saying is we all work under the same national contract for pay rates. 

 Name: up E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 December 2015 Brakeman 10-20 You are dead wrong. I work for the UP and our extra board men(cond. And engineers) make a hell of alot more on their guarantee than the cn, NS and csx crews. Agreements differ all over the system. Better check w your lc. Example would be the flat rate of 410.00 the cnic crews get for 10 hrs of work. Do your homework. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 December 2015 everybody gets paid the same rate. if you work for the up,bnsf,csx,ns, or kcs .all those railroads negotiate with the utu and the blet on a national contract, I'm not sure about the cn or cp operations or other class 2 unionized railroads.also some old heads get paid a little more with other compensation, like they get exta money for loosing the brakeman. so no bnsf and the ns don't get paid more. the may make more depending on how many miles there road pool is. yard starts is $240.66 for yard foreman. so no you cant make more at the ns , unless the road pool is longer then the one your in now. oh ya do 65 on the main in a 60 and hit some one and see how that works out for ya. they cant do anything to you if the trains late,unless you did something on purpose to delay it.   Name: see it all E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 December 2015 LOCO 10-20 Screw the guy who says your a phony. We on the greatlakes division know exactly what you are talking about. We have an intermodal train over here that you would think GOD, gold from fort knox and the president were all on it at once. Old head engineers are so brainwashed into thinking this thing is so important they will run it with way too many PW and DB on line per the rules. If we heard it once we heard it a millions times from them..... They don't care they just want it across the road and rolling up at a certain time. Their kiss butt crap makes the other engineers who have years left to work look like shit when they refuse to violate the powered wheel rules and they are just trying to protect their jobs. That's all fine and good for old heads who just have a year left to work. If something goes wrong and it derails all over the place old boy engineer wont have to explain it in his investigation after the downloads are turned in because there wont be any. Bet your bottom dollar a young fresh on the seat engineer will be looking at street time. Nice to know now that the company has this crap going on all over the system.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 December 2015 TOTAL PHONY----read it yourself------Wow what a Phony. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 December 2015 Very unprofessional, dishonest company. The only thing going for them is their numbers, and the number of dumbasses who believe their products are being shipped on time. First, I have many times operated on the CSX UPS trains. These are intermodal trains that contain UPS trailers, which are the highest priority of train, as we need to get these trains to the east coast and back to Chicago without wasting a minute. With this comes compromises in safety. Some of us are required to push the train to 65mph instead of the track speed of 60mph out here in OH/PA/NY because these trains are called the "Getcha Fired" trains. You better hope their isn't any speed restrictions or train-hitting-car or derailment incident. The officials don't give a shit about you, you will be scolded upon. I was threatened of my job placement by bringing the Q010 train 42 minutes late. Well, you can't haul freight over 850 miles the same exact time, every time. Also, their pay is shit compared to NS and BNSF. I'm seriously thinking of joining NS, all my rail buddies who came to CSX from NS regret their move, and NS cares about their workers, and has a much more safe, relaxed, and friendly environment. And oh yeah, I can make over$9,500 more a year! Same position. :) 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 December 2015 Very unprofessional, dishonest company. The only thing going for them is their numbers, and the number of dumbasses who believe their products are being shipped on time. First, I have many times operated on the CSX UPS trains. These are intermodal trains that contain UPS trailers, which are the highest priority of train, as we need to get these trains to the east coast and back to Chicago without wasting a minute. With this comes compromises in safety. Some of us are required to push the train to 65mph instead of the track speed of 60mph out here in OH/PA/NY because these trains are called the "Getcha Fired" trains. You better hope their isn't any speed restrictions or train-hitting-car or derailment incident. The officials don't give a shit about you, you will be scolded upon. I was threatened of my job placement by bringing the Q010 train 42 minutes late. Well, you can't haul freight over 850 miles the same exact time, every time. Also, their pay is shit compared to NS and BNSF. I'm seriously thinking of joining NS, all my rail buddies who came to CSX from NS regret their move, and NS cares about their workers, and has a much more safe, relaxed, and friendly environment. And oh yeah, I can make over $9,500 more a year! Same position. :)   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 01 December 2015 IS ABBY ANY MATCH FOR L.B.T.?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 27 November 2015 bro I've been around you know,having worked through for three train wrecks because of greedy ceos,the infamous nyc,penn central,and comes the conrail,northfork SOUTHERen.CSX. Bros I feel your pain,you are a human and the last memo i got you still have rights. I suggest you look at your magic box and look at your r.r. history,then look CSX and the northFork SUOTHERN,and then look at railroad unions post-civil war author david e. bernstein.From my p.o.v.you may notice an interesting parallel or two regarding our current economic environment.Look at their stock. their rule, when in doubt the safest course must be taken.I myself won the war after losing ever battle. P.S. f.b.i. arrests 11 in probe of massive L.I.R.R. Disability scam,you know the good old boys network and there gravy train.VOTE for DEMOCRATS. .   Name: getting sick E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 November 2015 AVON CREWS!!!!!!! THOSE OF YOU WHO TOOK THE FACE TO FACE CLASS AND DIDNT GET PAID FOR THE SECOND DAY OF THE COURSE AND HAD TO GO THROUGH SEVERAL MONTHS OF BULLSHIT TO GET IT PAID MAY STILL BE GETTING SCREWED IN THE DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR TRAINING. GO TO YOUR TRAINING TRAX PAGE ON THE GATEWAY AND DOUBLE CHECK THE STATUS FOR THE TWO COURSES. THERE ARE SEVERAL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE STILL SHOWING THE COURSES AS "NOT STARTED"! THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND IS INACCURATE RECORD KEEPING BY THE TRAINING DEPARTMENT. THIS COULD END UP CAUSING YOU TO RECEIVE A LETTER IN THE MAIL WARNING YOU ABOUT NOT TAKING THE COURSE. IF YOU DONT PUT YOUR PAY IN EXACTLY LIKE IT IS EXPECTED THEN YOU DONT GET PAID. IF YOU MISS ONE LITTLE ARTICLE NUMBER IN A CLAIM LABOR RELATIONS DENIES IT BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE INFO PROVIDED. WE ARE EXPECTED TO DO EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK BUT YET THE COMPANY HAS NO PROBLEM PUBLISHING INACCURATE INFO IN THEIR RECORDS IN REGARDS TO YOUR MANDATORY REQUIRED TRAINING. DONT LET THIS GO. CALL THE TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND DEMAND THAT THEY ADEQUATLEY REPORT YOUR FINISHED REQUIRED TRAINING. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS INEPT LINE OF REPORTING. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! HAPPY FRICKIN CSX DOESNT GIVE A CRAP ABOUT OUR RECORDS OR THE HOLIDAYS!   Name: Former LC & LR E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 24 November 2015 APE, No one but an inexperienced fool will really believe or trust that csx will truly & honesty honor anything with anyone, ie: agreements, contracts, promises, etc. [Although big-shots seem to well taken care of.] Csx has very little, if any, honor, integrity, pride. Changes, and a lot of 'em, need to be made.   Name: VLC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 November 2015 WAKE UP PEOPLE The start up date for the new Idpapp policy is closing in. You all better be calling your Lc's and finding out what the hell is going to happen with any previous discipline that someone already has on their records. How about the 180 forgiveness right that was agreed upon with the unions. You have no opportunity to work any minors off your record. You had the opportunity to work 3 minors off your record in a three year period and with this new agreement you wont be able to. Get ready for the head hunting. If they want someone gone now they have to write them up 5 times to move them to the next level. That means more stalking of a single employee. Maybe that will create a pattern and that employee could file harassment and discrimination against the stalking supervisors. We all know how this works. How about stacking. Previous agreements stated that a supervisor could not slam you with multiple failures resulting in an employee getting more than one INCIDENT failure for the observation test. Is this still going to be the rule. Will they be allowed to do like a cop does and trump up 5 charges against an employee at one time????? Better start asking questions!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 November 2015 Did they close down Barr yard too?.....if not it sure seems like they did.....the black hole.....can't get in ...cant get out....it now takes 2 crews to get a train 110 miles....how's that for productivity.....guess the concern is more about banner testing, someone marking off sick once in awhile , instead of moving freight trains....   Name: Former LC & LR E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 22 November 2015 The very best substantiation is documentation. Submit, turn in: penalty claims and unsafe condition reports.   Name: Crazy company E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 November 2015 This company has finally done something right. Rumor has it that Shelby Trainmaster Dave Benson is going to be forced back to his tools. Is this true? If so,It's about time. He destroyed that terminal. Watch morale boost now.   Name: Not fooled E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 November 2015 10-20 Welcome back mole. Been a few weeks. Getting cold under your rock. Guessing the post on crews working in the engine houses doing THEIR work rubbed somebody wrong! Go tell your master to stuff it. Just wait till someone gets hurt while working in the engine house shop area doing their jobs. Bet there will be some changes then! YOU THINK! Put in those claims avon and barr yard crews!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 November 2015 You heard of abby beazley? I'm sure most of the guys who have worked for and with her have. Sleeps her way to the top just to get a raise. Thanks for the lay abby   Name: loco E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 November 2015 LOCO Sounds like your working the twin sister yard to avon. Constantly doing the same thing inside the engine houses and out. There are claim tickets for performing service on engines inside their work area. Submit them. If they give you any shit then submit claims for working co-mingled service. Its T&E service co mingled with mechanical engine service kraft. Ask them what they get paid for a basic day and request a days pay at their rate.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 November 2015 I don't know whom is calling the shots at Barr yard but it is in complete meltdown mode....sit outside the yard for 8 hrs then expected to make it in under HOS....yea right.....if you do make it in now we have to do locomotive shop moves for them now.....move around engines for them .....put this engine here...put the other engine there.....called on duty for the next days return home....sit in the yard office for 5 hrs ....go to ready track to our engines and low and behold they are not in order ...missing one as well....go check em out and middle unit won't even start cause of dead battery and this is after they have been inspected and ready to go.....called the foreman to come out and he said they cannot jump start it there....what?.....just what does this facility do?....obviously nothing....a proud bunch right there....get to west end of yard got to double up now....67 cars to 100....waited there for another 2 hrs.....e.o.t.won't arm up....swap e.o.t and ready to depart......12,000 tons ...10,000 ft.....2 engines....we on o.t. When departed.....no way to make it 110 miles in 4 hrs at 40 mph.....slow orders hills speed restrictions......dispatcher calls us with 30 min to go and says you guys going to make it in right?.....we only have 35 miles to go.....died on the main of course.....14 hrs 30 min on duty.....guess this is the new normal.....no clue at the yards,no clue out on the road. Just no clue anywhere......I guess just laugh all the way to the bank.......   Name: BEEN THERE!!!! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 20 November 2015 Not Stupid Im guessing that TM your talking about at avon is none other than Brian Edwards. Reject form Chicago division right?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 November 2015 To the Friend or family of employee , less than 1 year: All too often inexperienced employees claim & are awarded payments that they are not actually entitled to. Also, the co. can\may have the legal right to recover if paid. Most likely you wouldn't have a leg to stand on if you could file suit. The last post had some good advice -- talk to a rep. who knows stuff & provide more info.   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 19 November 2015 More info needed & it should not be posted/provided here on this site. Doubtful if it's actual discrimination. Csx payroll recovers "overpayments" all the time. It happens. It usually depends on the particular contractual agreement as to how long they have to recover these 'so-called' overpayments, how much at one time can be taken back & the reason(s) why. Get in touch with a\the proper union representative.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 November 2015 My husband is a Conductor.And he's been experiencing discrimination. We are considering a law suit. And I'm sad that this company that looked so good in the beginning is not. He kept having problems that they would accidentally "overpay" him and then they kept making deductions from his check. CSX is very unethical.   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 18 November 2015 Something that is often forgotten: If you are eligible & get dismissed, furloughed, suspended,... the bastards HAVE to provide at least four months of Employee and Dependents Health Care Benefits -- until the end of the 4th month following the month in which you last had compensated service. On their dime. Check\review your H&W Plan Booklets for more or any updated info.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 November 2015 Jeez....... Some type of outfit \ culture. Hire you to fire you. What would they do if they actually had perfect employee attendance and 100% total rules compliance?   Name: Not stupid E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 November 2015 All t&e Better look real close a the wording in the new idpapp. It has more loop holes than a knitted sweater. It also doesn't address the 180 day forgiveness policy that was agreed upon in the engineers SSA! Again the breakdown of catagories of violation levels is again too damn vague. The company needs to come up with a more detailed list for each offense level. There are too many supervisors who interpret the charged action as serious or major. Avon has a tm that tells every employee he encounters that he can charge them with a major violation on the most stupid petty crap he can find. He uses it as an intimidation tactic and then acts like he is doing you a great favor by promissing he will let you off with a minor. This couldn't happen if sandborn would publish a more extensive list of what was considered minor, serious or major. If this new policy sticks everyone is screwed with no way to work minor charges off during the three year period. Watch out Avon crews. Your about to get screwed real bad. Your going to be the new target for that so badly needed turn over rate. The seats in the school are getting ice cold! The tm's from hell will still keep coming there as well.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 November 2015 Mr. Other, non-employee, for N/A: Unions have made LOTS of concessions regarding work rules. When you're done crap-canning job applications & then can loosen your tie & remove your white shirt - & then get done cleaning offices & restrooms, etc. during your day/shift -- then, maybe then, others may listen to you.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 17 November 2015 In reply to the last, pervious post: Am well aware of and have had plenty of experience regarding "long pool", "run-through" assignments/runs. However, it's just hard to fathom, considering the cost of new locomotives, that they are used/abused/neglected the way they are. Sad.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 November 2015 Dear Mr Locomotive Engineer with 30+ years of service. You did really well, until ya got to the last four lines, starting with (Used to be). Run thru power was very common, and rolling crew changes were made (but very seldom). It happened every day, and this was 1963 my friend. Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 15 November 2015 Evidently you've had good luck. Been on & operated many a bnsf and/or up locomotive that was actually no better or even worse than csx's stuff. Naturally, the newer are more often than not, the best. Can't expect a piece of equipment that's often been neglected & overworked to operate perfectly. Heck, the 'safety cab - wide bodies' are 25 or more yrs. old. Used to be, after a trip, the power was detached & went to the pit for service. Now days, they keep track of the fuel readings & the operating crews are expected to do the clean-up & supplying. Modern RRing at it's best.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 November 2015 The below post is the same old crap that has been going on for years. I saw it as a Fireman, saw it as a Brakeman, saw it as a Conductor many years ago. It never works, just pisses off people. Saw the same thing in the Grocery Industry later in life, strong UNION no sales folks allowed to touch anything in a 35 store chain of really nice supermarkets. Yep they failed, and all of those strong UNION folks hit the street. The funny part was when I scanned their applications for employment, and gave them a soft toss to file 13. Name: E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 30+ years Posted: 16 November 2015 M of W, Next time you see one of those safety committee douchebags from another dept. doing something, performing any type of task that should be done by the proper craft, [that happens - all too often] walk up to him or her & ask how well they sleep at night. Ask how it'd feel if they were out of work because someone else was doing their job. The safety crap could have & should have been a good thing but csx took advantage & ruined that too.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 30+ years Posted: 16 November 2015 M of W, Next time you see one of those safety committee douchebags from another dept. doing something, performing any type of task that should be done by the proper craft, [that happens - all too often] walk up to him or her & ask how well they sleep at night. Ask how it'd feel if they were out of work because someone else was doing their job. The safety crap could have & should have been a good thing but csx took advantage & ruined that too.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 November 2015 Clerks are members of the TCU - not the UTU.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 November 2015 Going on year 7 with this company. 4th generation railroader. I know about the cut offs at the end of the year. They cut off all the floating and spg teams and everyone in the yards have to draw unemployment around the last week of November til January. The younger 1 and 2 year guys have more to worry than i do now thanks to senority. Just wondering if NS and UP have mass layoffs at the end of their year or they all get to work year round? Just bad that guys have to go home and say sorry kids, no christmas this year, when they work for a billions of dollars company. Makes no sense. Especially after they send out a newsletter a couple weeks prior telling how they made record profits.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 November 2015 You can thank the UTU "Useless Transportations Union" for selling out the 200 clerk/ driver positions around the system. This was negotiated on a national level. If a driver accepts the buyout that is offered, that person has to pay the UTU 2 years of union dues! THE UTU CONTINUES TO SELLOUT THE MEMBERSHIP YEAR AFTER YEAR!!! Whatever happened to protecting and preserving jobs within the union? You can bet the UTU got paid off well with this one. First remote control, then our insurance, now its jobs. DO YOU PAY DUES TO THE UTU?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 15 November 2015 Evidently you've had good luck. Been on & operated many a bnsf and/or up locomotive that was actually no better or even worse than csx's stuff. Naturally, the newer are more often than not, the best. Can't expect a piece of equipment that's often been neglected & overworked to operate perfectly. Heck, the 'safety cab - wide bodies' are 25 or more yrs. old. Used to be, after a trip, the power was detached & went to the pit for service. Now days, they keep track of the fuel readings & the operating crews are expected to do the clean-up & supplying. Modern RRing at it's best.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 November 2015 Why is it that BNSF and UNION PACIFIC locomotives are much ,much better than CSX locomotives?.....more power,less if any problems,clean and well supplied....it's like night and day....WTF....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 November 2015 No merger is going to take place without the approval of the STB. CP has said it themselves, so lets see what really happens. Its funny how everyone acts as if its all a done deal, same as when CP was trying to go after CSX. Rumors, rumors, rumors until its official.   Name: Hedge Funder E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 November 2015 Article Dated June 12, 2015: The merger of the Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern is coming to fruition instead of the CP with CSX. The Hedge Fund managers have decided that CSX does not have the leadership beyond Ward. Carlos Mounzo was spooked when CP initially made an offer to CSX. Carlos cut and ran knowing that he wasn't in the cards for the Hedge Fund managers to run the CSX after Ward departed. Hunter Harrison (CP, CEO) knows how to run a railroad and knows talent. The merger will probably force the Union Pacific's hand and offer a friendly takeover of the CSX. And that's why the Board of Directors amended the Bylaws and asked Ward to stay another three years. That extension will allow the UP to execute a merger without any concerns of leadership from the CSX. The UP will have another round of "voluntold" pick slips for managers in order to prepare for the cost of the merger. It will be at least 1300 managers eliminated. The old rule thumb of eliminating jobs was: keep cutting jobs until train speed velocity starts dropping!   Name: Lc E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 November 2015 Avon engineers If you are called to work dog catcher service you are working short turn around service. You are not working as a road switcher. Labor relations reps are denying all second tickets when traveling over 35 miles stating the reason as you were called in as a road switcher. Get these claims turned in. When cmc calls you make sure you get them to tell you that you are working one or more on short turn around service. Second. Check your pay tickets close. If they are not attaching a dead head to it they will lie about the destination of the train. Ex: If you take a train as far as Terre haute make sure the ticket has a destination in terrehaute. DO NOT let them put Avon to avon. This is false reporting and make sure they attach a deadhead so you have proof of the miles you traveled. If cmc refused to put the truthful destination point of the train on your ticket you need to file ethic charges aginst them for putting falsified information on your pay ticket. Combining deadhead and train miles has nothing to do with truthful reporting of a trains destination. You should never have a ticket when getting a through freight train that originated outside terminal limits that says QS9 to QS9. It's time for everyone to make sure that the info on your pay tickets reflect the truth abut the movement of your train. We need all the proof we can get on paper in order to file claims in court and with the USDOT.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 November 2015 clerks has missrep case agenst clerks union a lawyer said   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 November 2015 THIS JUST IN FROM THE DESK OF CINDY SANDBORN " OVER 200 CSX CLERICAL/DRIVER POSITIONS SYSTEM WIDE WILL LOSE THERE JOBS" CINDY SAYS"DUE TO COAL DOWN TURNS AND A SOFT ECONOMY WE FEEL WE MUST CUT THESES POSITIONS SO STOCK HOLDER CAN GET LARGER 4TH QUARTER DIVIDENS. ALSO UPPER MANAGEMENT WILL GET LARGER BONUSES SO WE CAN ALL ENJOY OUR CHRISTMAS WITH MORE PRESENTS FOR OUR FAMILIES."" WE VALUE OUR EMPLOYEES AND WE HOPE THE BEST FOR THE DISPLACED CLERKS" AND ALWAYS HAVE A VERY MERRY CSX CHIRISTMAS   Name: Retired now, thank Christ E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 November 2015 Bitch, complain, piss & moan, etc., etc. All of ya, everyone, ready to quit? Just walk away? Quit/resign en masse. No one, the co., the unions, the feds could do anything except freak out (but so would dependents). So that'll never happen & most everyone knows that. Too many dumbasses \ educated idiots, ie: supposed railroaders working for the co., drawing paychecks who think they're....... ah, never mind. Hopeless. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Is csx really that dysfunctional? Bankers, investors, etc. want to know.   Name: Oyeah E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 November 2015 Brakeman you're exactly correct Csx hasn't lost money they just made less.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 06 November 2015 Anger & animosity in the workplace IS; long story short, a safety concern / worry. Read\review the Operating Rule(s) regarding employee behavior. Companies making changes & downsizing for whatever reason(s) is nothing new. Nor is - workers being displaced from their normal jobs and/or locations anything uncommon or unusual. Ol' King Coal is not the merry old soul \ profitable money maker it used to be for the RRs anymore. Could be that they operated certain areas longer than they should have. Corporate greed is nothing new either. Sure, the big shots do pretty well & that is a huge sore spot & grossly unfair but not near enough voters ever seemed to worry about a lot of things until it affected them directly. Things change. Good luck to all those who must deal with the changes.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 November 2015 Everyone watch your backs..Guys are showing up in various terminals, exercising their seniority and rights to keep their families together. Some are trying to keep eating, qualifying on their own time and securing lodging at different locations--many far from home---on their own dime. They are trying to keep a job before they lose everything they have worked for, long before the company terminates them at 1 year furloughed. Younger railroaders, many who don't know how good they have had things at less coal dependant, higher speed terminals are running their mouths as they begin to share some of the sting of what is going on. Railroaders attitudes suck because the company doesn't have or value humanity? Animosity in a divided and conquered workplace? That must be new. We'll just have to wait until as many conductors as possible are happy, smiling electronics in a workplace cut to the barebones. That would solve at least half the problem.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 04 November 2015 Everyone watch your backs..Erwin guys are showing up in various terminals and most have a chip on their shoulder and feel like they are better than everyone else. Some are trying to pick fights with other especially those with lesser seniority. Good job CSX and Brian Barr..showing these guys special considerations and their attitude has created much animosity in the workplace..our subdivision is going to He'll now..fuck CSX and Erwin   Name: yard rat E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 November 2015 to the engineer complaining about outbounds at barr...there was a 3 shift job whose whole purpose was to get your power...build your train...kick out your rips...hang and arm your markers and class 3 your train...they would even put ice and water on the power....all so you could climb up and just go...but they abolished it...so now you have to do it your self....you think those guys in the locker room are going to do their assigned job AND the work of the ones that got abolished? why? so they can abolish more jobs and furlough more guys?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 November 2015 ha ha ha, mr corporate manager. all the railroads are hurting? really? what this is ,corporate greed! i get the quarterly letter and see profits in the millions for each quarter. for example:the problem is if we don't break the previous years same quarter they cry wolf!!! oh we only made$410 million compared to the previous years third quarter of $460 million! we lost$50 million dollar!!!!!! no fuck nuts you didn't lose $50 million ,you just made less!! you still made$410 million dollars. look up the penn central ,they lost money. until csx show quarterly losses you haven't lost any money. you cant expect to keep breaking quarterly profits records every quarter. do you know who this hurts ? t&e employees..... shitty broken down locomotives , slow orders, job and terminal cuts and for what to make up for the $50 million dollar loss??? fucking corporate greed will be the down fall of this company and the country. remember fuck nuts, you greedy fuckers keep taking our jobs and lowering our wages and nobody will be able to buy your shitty products or services, because no one will be able to afford them!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 02 November 2015 I understand how a business runs and agree in part to what you said. However what I don't agree with is the fact that Ward and Sanborn are going to be paid big bonuses and other incentives I'm sure. This is why craft employees have so much resentment against the company. To us we suffer and have to worry about job security but these individuals do not. These individuals are responsible for the success and failures of the company..however with that said they seem to be doing just fine in this hard time..instead it's everyone else that pays for their bad decisions. Irresponsible management and board of directors   Name: knuckle E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 November 2015 Eng. Retired Company didn't spend squat to put them through the school. The government paid all of it for them with grants. It's not until they put them in the field that it cost them anything. The training pay is so low it doesn't really hurt their pockets. What everyone has to worry about now is the headhunting that's going to get out of control. There is no justification for the company to hire anymore conductors. They put tons on the street furloughed and with the shut down of the yards there are too many who need placement. The government shouldn't be giving them one dime to train new hires. With that said, they now have a school sitting with cold seats and overhead cost for the school stacking up. Im sure the bonuses and raises will be buried to use the money for operating cost. The next step is to start downsizing the work force. If you dont remember it was right after the company had to stop charging new hires tuition for their school that the head hunting in the fields got out of control. First it started with the insane performance evaluation testing. Petitions were filed and the unions actually stepped in a did something about it. It was also when the powers to be in Jacksonville started coming down on management for not getting enough failures on the employees. They can deny it all they want but several managers came out and admitted their jobs were threatened if they didn't get it done. Everyone is guessing this was the time the company starting requesting help from the government with training cost. The only recourse now is to start weeding out those who are left working so they can bring the furloughed employees back. Downsize enough, crunch enough numbers and estimate how many wont come back and they are on their way to filling the seats with new government paid employees. That being said everyone is a target and better WATCH THEIR BACKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 November 2015 Why was this site started and by who?Was the person fired by csx or what?   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 November 2015 ALL CREWS IT'S ABOUT TIME they put something in writing in regards to the procedures a manager has to follow when field testing. If you have not read the csx system notice on supervisors field testing then do so! Make a copy. It is very clearly stated that an officer MUST have a briefing with the crew they observe and discuss what they were tested on. It also states that if they did not observe post activities preformed they are NOT TO ENTER ANY INFO on what they find. EXAMPLE: An engineer sets his brakes on his engines and leaves. After the crew is gone a supervisor shows up and boards the engines to check everything he did. If he finds a hand brake not applied he is not allowed to enter his findings in the observation testing. There has been and will always be that one crew member that someone wants to mess with. Unfortunately we also have those in the public who like to tamper with the equipment. Taking off handbrakes, bleeding cars off, pulling cut levers are just a few things that they tamper with. A supervisor must observe the employee preforming the task and must have a briefing with the employee. NO MORE it's my word against yours. Im the supervisor and what I say over rides anything you say. It's sad we have to work in an industry that promotes such unprofessional behavior but we do.   Name: horn blower E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 November 2015 I work for john deere right now.We get weekly bonuses and two big bonuses one around july and another at Christmas.We have great benefits and we get a lot of holidays.We also have great benefits.I have always thought that I wanted to work for the railroad in some way whether it be on the train or something to do with the track.After reading all the comments on this site I am rethinking all of this.Now I don't know what to do.Thanks for all the opinions from real railroad workers.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 31 October 2015 Horn blower; my 2 cents: If you earn$700.+ per week & have real good benefits - you ought to stay there. To start with, RR pay & benefits are considered good by some but they aren't actually -- considering all that you have to go through & the hrs.\days required to earn those & what $$you have to contribute for union dues, health ins., etc., etc. Trainman\Engineer: After all the classroom BS, you'd have to work at a trainee rate for a while & after that work for a reduced rate for 3-4 yrs., 'till you are at 100%, IF you don't get furloughed (laid off). Working over the road jobs is all too often extremely stressful & many regular yard assignments aren't much better. Engineering or Signal Department employment may be a much better choice should that opportunity arise -- see all the trains you'd ever want to see, no T&E BS & could also be a decent RR career. Seniority Areas\Districts were expanded yrs. ago. It's possible to be displaced out of a job by someone with more seniority from many miles away who's lost their regular job. RR Retirement can be sweet IF of age & have at least 360 months of RR service. However, the taxes are high while actively working & the sickness & unemployment insurance sucks. Lots of things to think about. Do as you wish.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 31 October 2015 If you to work for a railroad better hire on with someone else rather than the Cockeysville Sucker Express..these idiots are running it into the ground..go work for a real railroad instead of working for these circus clowns   Name: horn blower E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 October 2015 Thanks for all the advice guys and keep it coming.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 October 2015 horn blower, stay away and keep your current job. working here is like a 30 plus year jail sentence. sure its good pay and a nice retirement. this job will put you in a early grave. consistent harassment from incompetent managers who worry more about protecting there bonuses then moving trains. forget about being a new hire nothing but extraboards for you. no weekends off, work through holidays, phone ringing at 145 in the morning for 345 ,working out in shitty weather and I can go on and on. also not to mention you never know about jobs being cut or even terminals closing!!! ask Erwin or corbin employees how that feels 2 months before Christmas. the list of negative things go on and on. I been here to long to walk away or I would.   Name: horn blower E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 27 October 2015 I would like some honest advice from someone that works with the railroad.I currently have a job where I work from 6am until 2 or 230 in the afternoon.I make between 700 to 1000 a week depending on the bonus and I have real good benefits.I have always wanted to work for the railroad because of the great pay and benefits and railroad retirement.I also like the idea of riding on the trains and maybe becoming an engineer or working on the track.Should I pursue a career with the railroad or stay where I'm at?Any advice from the railroaders out there would be greatly appreciated.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 October 2015 'train dreamer': That post must be, about has to be, one for the douche bag from a co. mole / troll. 1. Why do you want to work for a railroad? 2. You can expect very many things lots of non RR workers do not understand - and those things can differ from craft to craft. 3. As a new conductor your schedule would be awful. Read a few pages of this website. Jesus..............   Name: train dreamer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 October 2015 I want to work for the railroad.What can I expect?What kind of schedule will I have as a conductor?   Name: railroader E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 25 October 2015 I hate this damn company I just got hired on and I had a trip planned to twin peaks with my friends when I got the call that I had to get on the train.This is a rough life   Name: ride them rails E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 October 2015 Yall bunch of damn crybabies if you don't want the job then quit and go find something else to do or shut your mouth and do the job you wanted and signed up for.If anybody from corporate is reading this I would be honored to work for csx I will work with the track or ride on the trains please let me know how I can get in touch with someone.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 24 October 2015 You'll easily know the answer(s) should you hire on and work in the RR industry for a while.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 October 2015 Why so much complaining about working for csx and the railroad?Is it really that bad of a job or is todays generations a bunch of wussies?   Name: EX YM E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 October 2015 Train Line ups There is no such things as a phantom train. Management is well aware that the trains are out there. If they get delayed in route and the time they show on the crew screen is wrong they are just to lazy to change it or they leave it posted so they know that the first our crew will be hanging around the phone/house ready for their beckon call. They don't give a shit. What is piss poor management is when they have a train scheduled to be called at a particular time and then call it 5 to 9 hours early especially when it is a main line step on step off train. They know its out there. They have no excuse for this crap. Most are to lazy to update the line up with crew management. Yes, we all know they lose tract of trains. We have all had the pleasure of calling Jacksonville's work order department to ask them why they sent a work order with no info on the train just to hear they don't have a profile or cant get info on the train. YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING! You got a train running out there on your main line and you cant get any info of it. FRA loves it when you call and report they lost a train with hazmat's and alert cars in it your concerned for the publics safety....   Name: train line ups E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 October 2015 that's been like that since I worked the road back in 2001. train line ups and times are always wrong. phantom trains showing up has always happen ,at least up here on the ex conrail lines. yes they also show trains that are a few weeks old. try working the road for 6 for 8 and not 10 for 12 for your rest. problem is no one goes in and deletes them. if you take the trains line ups a 100%correct you are going to go insane. going to take a pictures? lol whos going to care about them ? the press? really? my suggestion is take the call as it comes or your gona give your self a heart attack. like I always tell people this company dosnt give a fuck about you and your feelings . don't like it quit. im sure theres a lot of people from Erwin that would take your job.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 October 2015 We called 'em "Yard Rats".   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 October 2015 I can see why the layoffs in Chicagos Barr yard happened.....c/f 1300 got to the yard on time...waited there 2 hrs til the power was ready....yard crews in crew room were in there yelling,screaming.howling,laughing having a good old time....we have to make a double in order to leave .....we get on our power and low and behold now we have to kick out some rips......hang marker ...arm up....class 3 air test....didn't leave til we were 9 hours old now....went thru 3 yard masters.....road crews have to do everything to get the train ready it seems so they may as well furlough some more.....if I was a yard bird at Barr I would be asking to do more work rather than worry about watching the Cubs...and doing nothing.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 21 October 2015 Mr. dicked again: Although it is true that job\train lineups are way off base as far as times, etc., all of the time(s) are inaccurate & is actually unsafe..... agree 100%. Been that way a while - STOs, DTOs, Chief Dispatchers, local managers, etc., get their noses into things a lot too. Stay with the calling in thing - can/may keep a person from being charged with a 'miss-call'. Unless you are working a scheduled assignment of some type, that's part of it all --- (you should've been around when you felt lucky to get a one hour notice for work). Yeah it really sucks. However, people that have worked in the divisions\regions dependent upon coal business have more worries.   Name: dicked again E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 21 October 2015 JACKSONVILLE You SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK AND REALLY SUCK at watching what is going on in the trenches of your managemt. I (WE) are getting so stinking sick of the train line ups and scheduled trains and vacancies being WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG! I swear to god if I look on the crew screen one more time and see a JACK JOB (J-job)still on the lineup that's 2 weeks old and get called for an xp job that NEVER EVER EVER was on the lineup Im going to take snapshots of this crap and give it to the press. Your blue collar employees are nothing but little bitches to you! Pulling trains out of your arsess from no where???? You know this shit is out there. Put in on the damn crew screen line up so we have half a chance to schedule something in our lives with our families. Our union agreement says you WILL PROVIDE ACCURATE INFO TO US otherwise you call us for something 10 minutes after we check and nothing was scheduled for the next 4 hours we can fight and WIN THAT MISCALL. As long as we checked! Its about time people started checking this crap and not answering the damn phone. When someone finally gets to lay down and take what they think is a 4 hour nap after the kids and wife have them busy all day after rolling in at 5 am the last thing they need is a call 10 minutes later for BULLSHIT! It's a SAFETY ISSUE. What happened to your so called "SAFETY IS A WAY OF LIFE"! LOOK AT THE XP CREW SCREEN AT INDY! Come on! I challenge you to do the right thing. Look at the total bogus crap listed all the time. OH, if you didn't know, your IVR is a stinking joke too. Cant get half the info off of it. Especially XP crap. CALL IT! XP BOARD CODE IS 3117. NO INFO for scheduled vacancies or positions planned. GOD PEOPLE! Instead of spending the stockholders money on worthless team excursion trips GET A FRICKIN HARVARD GRAD TO HELP YOU!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 October 2015 Can---- YOU work with this person. Wow--- wonder who sends the check. Hire him, train him and pay him and ya get WHAT. A Master of nothing. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 October 2015 CSX is a shit railroad ran by incompetent people. Proof is in the management, and in the way that they don't know how to move freight. CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 October 2015 I was sympathetic to your cause until I read your comment about the Special Olympics, on the post your story section. It's real nice downing people who can't defend themselves. Respect is earned and I doubt you have earned any, you lost mine. It just shows your ignorance when you make comments like that. You can go back to crying about your 30 plus dollar and hour job.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 19 October 2015 Quote: "Ol' King Coal isn't the merry old sole\money maker it used to be..." Sad, but true. Things change.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 October 2015 Loco 10-20: The talk and rumor mill keeps flying that CSX will be bought out or merge with the CP. If that happens, things won't get any better because the CP is just another Nazi railroad these days. I've heard rumors of something happening early as December, but rumors are rumors. Come this time next year, things may be no different from what they are right now. In other words don't listen to the rumors, wait until something actually happens. If they are taking back the guarantee on your boards, I would suggest your members fill up a union meeting, and put the local & general chairman to work.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 October 2015 What s wrong wth this railroad somebody please tell me. When we will be bought. Avon is starving .they r workin polls like dogs while extra board starver s.company payin guarantees and turn around next halve take it back.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 October 2015 CSX is a shit railroad ran by incompetent people. Proof is in the management, and in the way that they don't know how to move freight. CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 October 2015 Well Lady, If your husband's job was that great why did he leave? Try being a 30+ yr. employee & having a rug pulled out from under you. It \ that happens. Things change. Times have been rough in the past. People like myself with over 8 yrs. seniority got furloughed in the 1980s. Some were out of RR work for years, even if they moved/relocated. To those who think csx should have a big huge heart & take care of all employees, even to the point of operating things that cost\lose$$$: wake up & smell the crap. A RR cannot keep & run a terminal-subdivision-division that's not profitable. Name a company that puts employees & their issues\problems 1st ahead of staying competitive & is still in business. Big businesses & their investors rule. Lots of reasons for they way things are today (voters & non-voters are as much to blame as anyone). It's kind of late in the ballgame now to try & get anything changed.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 16 October 2015 Another thing that pisses me off, after my husband was furloughed in June, he immediately applied for a job as a track worker position that was located at a terminal an hour and a half away from our home, but he was willing to make the drive to provide for his family. His year anniversary was in August, so he was 2 months away from being with CSX a year and they denied his application because he didn't have a year of service, and he wasn't eligible to transfer for that reason. So they hired someone off of the street and he is still furloughed.. The union did nothing!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 October 2015 Whats the deal?? CSX hired my husband last year, he left a damn good job to work for the Railroad. As soon as they marked up after training in January...Furloughed for 2 weeks. Then they called them back for a few months, he worked from February to June and BAM! Furloughed again and has been ever since! I'm sorry but you have to know what your yearly projections are for growth, and if you don't see yourself making more money and doing more business, why hire so many people, why give yourself the big fat raises!?!? You need to be thinking of how to save money and keep the people you have until business picks back up. My company knows what their next years financial projections are going to look like, that's how they know if we are getting raises and bonuses for that year. Now the yard in Erwin shut down, they had to know it was coming and no warning to those people at all, they just came in and were told oh hey we are shutting the yard down for good...today. I know they are getting 60 days pay, but that's 300+ people in 1 community looking for jobs now!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 15 October 2015 Cindy says it was a hard decision to shut down Erwin terminal..she might have thought about it for a couple of minutes..then the rest of her time was spent figuring out what she was going to buy after receiving her big bonus..she probably got some advice from Mike Ward..wake up you pathetic shareholders..these clowns are running CSX into the ground..grow a pair and stand up to these greedy bastards. It's funny that CSX always cuts from the bottom of the chain and never the top. If these people stay in power CSX is in real trouble..bring back common sense leadership not greedy people like Ward and Sanborn..they will burn   Name: ERWIN TERMINAL CLOSING E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 October 2015 THIS JUST IN.....the all mighty C.O.O. cindy sandborn has announced via the csx gateway that Erwin Tennessee terminal will have REDUCED OPERATIONS (AKA closing). all switching, locomotive service center, project shop and car shop .most trains will shift to other routes and local customers will still get service. . 300 PEOPLE WILL BE OUT OF A JOB UNLESS YOU TAKE YOUR SENORITY ELSE WHERE.PEOPLE WILL GET 60 DAYS OF PAY AND BENFITS. according to cindy " this hard decision was made after other options were carefully considered" what that really means " fucking close Erwin , its costing us money," by the way cindy says " HAPPY HOLIDAYS FORM CSX"   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 October 2015 Conductor 20-30 yrs. In case you haven't figured it out. Its not about the employees, CSX doesn't care about people, they only care about CSX, big profits, and big bonus checks, its called corporate greed. If they could run this place with nothing or nobody, they would! They save money when they furlough people. Don't tell me after all these years, you really think these people running the show have a heart? This economy is not good no matter what the media puts out. if you've noticed, CSX has been doubling up there trains with some totaling over 200 cars at a time. As of lately, many of those trains have also shrunk! The freight isn't there, coal has been dead, crude oil has slowed. and automobiles are hit and miss. Get used to people being furloughed, its going to be a long winter.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 October 2015 furloughed.................. Why are people in the CSX System furloughed when there are pools making way over the allowed mileage? From what I’ve been told, the union has tried to add turns and the company will not allow it. Anyone know about this issue?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 October 2015 csx is the worst company in history. i read all these post of how great of a company they are and what they do for your family. well let me tell you what they are doing for my family and alot of others. furloughed and now the heavy rumors of scabbing out the eastern ky and southern wv coalfields. hundreds of employees life's and families life's are going to be affected by a move of this nature.ive got almost 8 years with this company and its been nothing but heartache and headache. yesterday they announced a record operating ratio and it mention's nothing about all the people setting at home that allowed them to get to this record. csx is a shitty company and cares nothing about their employee's. for all you company foamer's you need to get out from under the trainmaster's desk.   Name: Loco man E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 October 2015 Listen up you "Pines "lovers. We are tired of hearing about this guy. Your company is falling apart in front of your eyes and you are worried about this guy Pines. Joke is on you, because you, Me, and Pines will be on the unemployment line soon if things doesn't change fast. Then you and this Pines feller will have plenty of time to fight with each other. Focus on what's important.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 October 2015 Thank god we got out of the Bonus program last year.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 October 2015 In the past 6-9 months I've seen layoffs and forced management layoffs. Now I hear talk of shop closures and bogus firings of in employees around the system. Nothing on the stock market news....trying to keep it hush hush from stockholders. Csx has created a hostile working environment. But I bet the upper management will get their end of year bonuses.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 October 2015 I have a feeling something is going to happen here real soon. This company and it piss poor management is a real mess. The incompetence is out in the open, everyone can see it, even a new man walking through the door. Very sad.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 October 2015 Atlanta Journal Constitution 9/24/15 "New North Georgia Port Threatens the Environment" The fanfare surrounding the recent surprise announcement of the Georgia Ports Authority’s new inland port was reminiscent of ceremonies held by cities winning the bid to host the Olympics or Super Bowl. Even though the temperature in Chatsworth was in the mid-90s, the promoters dragged a table onto the shade-less lawn of the Murray County Courthouse for the signing of the memorandum of understanding to take advantage of the photogenic backdrop of the Cohutta Mountains . Among the perspiring dignitaries seated at the table were Gov. Nathan Deal, the executive vice president of CSX railroad and the county’s sole Commissioner, Brittany Pittman. “Twenty-five years from now you are going to look back in pride at what took place today,” Gov. Deal said. The CSX vice president said, “the port will provide cost-effective options for environmentally friendly transportation services.”Asked about the impact of increased truck traffic, commissioner Pittman said, “All the due diligence has been done”. The executive director of the Cohutta Springs Conference Center, a mountain retreat and youth camp owned by the Seventh-Day Adventists Church, was a smiling observer of the festivities. He said a CSX representative told him the future port’s exact location would be “five or six miles up the road” from the center. A few days later, he learned that its actual location was to be approximately 600 yards upwind of the resort’s boundary. He was no longer smiling. The inland port will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is projected to handle 50,000 shipping containers the first year, increasing to 100,000 within 10 years. It’s also promised to be a catalyst for attracting many more truck-laden businesses. Stacked shipping containers will block the viewshed of the only U.S. Highway 411 leg of the “Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic By-way” at the road’s closest approach to the Chattahoochee National Forest. The low rumbling sounds from locomotives, warning beepers on equipment, train cars coupling, trucks hitching to trailers, and the slamming about of containers will be audible for miles in all directions. Bright lights will illuminate the sky 365 nights a year, and the trucks, locomotives and other equipment will produce a perpetual cloud of toxic diesel emissions that will be carried by the prevailing upsloping winds into the highest elevations of the ecologically fragile Cohutta Mountains. The Cohutta Wilderness, a “Class I Wilderness,” and the largest mountain wilderness east of the Mississippi, is just five miles downwind, and the contiguous national forest is just one mile downwind. Together, they form the watershed for the upper Conasauga River, equally renowned by trout fishermen and biologist for its pristine waters and biodiversity. The river is the habitat for a dozen endangered or threatened species, and through the efforts of numerous businesses, non-profits and environmental groups, it was recently named as Georgia’s only “Outstanding Natural Resource Waters.” Little Sumac Creek, near its confluence with Big Sumac Creek, is the southern boundary of the port site. Leakage of toxic petro-fluids from trucks and equipment, combined with the inevitable accidental spillages of other toxins, will end up in runoff that will flow downstream into the Conasauga River within the habitat of the Conasauga Logperch, an endangered species found nowhere else in the world. Shipping containers — principal conveyances for invasive species — will be opened in the shadow of Grassy Mountain, home to 550 species of flora and fauna. Grassy Mountain is littered with the ancient trunks of the fabled American Chestnut tree, killed by a fungus brought from Japan at the turn of the century. The still-standing skeletons of Canada Hemlock trees, ecologically important icons, are the more recent victims of an insect brought from Asia. Inadequately inspected containers, potential delivery systems for terrorists’ weapons of war, will be unloaded a few hundred feet from a community park with ballfields, a walking track and playground. The port site is directly across the highway from a century-old church and there are numerous nearby residences. After jobs creation, the port’s most frequently touted selling points are its positive environmental impact and relief for Atlanta’s traffic congestion. The port, which will create 20 mediocre jobs, will be located over 20 miles from I-75. The additional heavy-truck traffic will create havoc on the area’s connecting two-lane country roads, but will hardly be missed in Atlanta. This illogical site selection will negatively impact the health of the area’s residents, erode their property values and present the potential for catastrophic damages to some of our most valuable natural resources.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 October 2015 Reality, True: even the best managers are all too often talked to & treated like they are/were dirt. This co. has lost some good ones because of that -- some could & did, go to better jobs. Sad. The stockholders ought to take a harder stance & vote to clean house, starting at the top. They need to fix things.....ASAP.   Name: reality E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 October 2015 Engine repair What you are saying is 100% true. But what you do not take into account is this is big business. They only care about the bottom line and LIABILITY. Would it not make better sense to have a failure on every single employee? Would that not make a better case in court for the company if an employee can be shown to be an unsafe worker when they are injured and are standing in court in front of a judge? Injuries hurt the hell out of their ability to receive accreditation. It's all about public image and backers. You along with every employee who writes or speaks negatively about their jobs are just considered disgruntled and whiners. Facts not fiction. Why do you think your unions don't do a thing until something happens that hits the media. The company gets with them to smooth over the problem with "happy" money or scratches someone's back. If your union can score a big publicity hit they will jump like stink on shitz. We(anonymous group) had the opportunity to sit in on a multiple way conference call with a group of supervisors. The leading "chair" was an upper management person from Jacksonville. We were floored on the way the supervisors where belittled and talked down to. They were treated like ignorant and uneducated idiots. One was even threatened if his so called "business" sense didn't improve. There was absolutely nothing encouraging or positive about the entire experience. So it goes to show that it isn't just the blue collar workers who are treated like trash. We could all publish a list of names of supervisors who left a particular district that came forward to the employees and revealed the direct orders that were given to them to get out in the fields and get more failures or start looking for another craft to work in. These were supervisors with a conscious. No, you wont see that list. Some are still employed and due to their honesty they have our respect I'm sure the lawyers and public media directors for csx will have a fit after reading this one but its best that you and all other employees know that its just not the field workers in any craft that is singled out. All levels of management are treated the same.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 October 2015 Hey with all the talk of layoffs and shop and terminal closings you railroaders need to listen up.If your laid off know your rights. Also if you have less than 5years I would think seriously about finding another line of work. This company does not care about you or your family if you havent already figured that out. Their oppression is only going to get worse. There are plenty of jobs out there that might not pay as well, but as far as bottom dollar it will be close. Csx wants to take away rr retirement and your health care. So any comparison to other careers or jobs will eventually be a mute subject. Those of you in transportation already know you dont have a life. When you look back on it when your kids are grown you will regret it, working weekends, being on call, cant make any concrete plans, putting up with their stupid attendance policies, no quality family time etc. A little extra money is not worth the aggravation. There are a lot of companies out there who will treat you like a human being, and will not try to make you work holidays or spy on you with cameras, or hide in the bushes to write you up so they can fire you for doing something wrong. God above forgives you for sinning this god forsaken company fires you for not being PERFECT. They are run by the devil who thrives on greed and enjoys destroying families lives either by firing them after going to a kangaroo court or just stripping them of their family time because of their reduced workforce and bare minimum of manpower in all departments. Yes if you have a decade or two invested I know it's hard to give up,but any worker under 10 years I suggest you take a very hard look at other forms of employment. I have seen several new hires already leave, a couple even went back to their previous jobs, and their as happy as ever. This is only advice from someone who is still working and regrets the time missed with family and friends over the last 2 and 1/2 decades, and someone who has seen several co-workers fired for making human mistakes and getting railroaded. There is now even a greater possibility of that happening due to cameras, scared workers who fear for their jobs and won't side or testify for you, and just plain old company officials who want to boost their standing in the DEVILS hierarchy for his own evil ego. Again I'm just offering advice, just like other coworkers offered me years ago, and I wish I had went down a different path because I've seen other qualities in jobs and work that are a lot more fulfilling and treat you better than your going to get at csx. They have said and feel like they own you because they pay you better than most other industries, however this isn't true when you compare skilled labor in other union jobs. Look around and pray about it you will find a better quality of life away from csx.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 October 2015 Ol' King Coal isn't the merry old soul / money maker it used to be for the RRs that hauled it. Things do change. The big shots have gambled a lot on intermodal\container traffic. What'll happen to that with the widening of the Panama Canal? We'll see. Stay tuned.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 September 2015 I heard that 5 terminals will be shutting down on the Huntington Division. I've heard Erwin is already shut down so 4 left to go. I find it amusing that CSX is shutting down terminals but yet Ward and the upper tier management will still be receiving their big bonuses. No wonder CSX is in such bad shape. Ward continues to run us in the ground and shareholders just let him run the show..obviously we don't have the brightest shareholders or board of directors. Well way to go Ward..let's see what else you can destroy in the upcoming year   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 September 2015 Railroad and Union Corruption: There is an unimaginable amount of [Claims] bribes paid through out the ranks to union officers in order to control cost and support profits! The corrupt union officers are the only ones getting their claims paid! All it takes is one guilt riddled union officer to confess and the House of Cards will take a dive like Volkswagen! Volkswagen ripped-off several million customers while the railroads ripped-off thousands of its employees!   Name: CBrown E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 29 September 2015 When is Corbin closing? What location is next?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 September 2015 Pretty much the same in ALL locations\terminals. No problem with safety committee persons & extra curricular activities as long as they do their shift & 'safety' bs is handled. CSX doesn't schedule safety functions, meetings on weekends (do they?). Problem is with safety team members flipping burgers, doing clean sweeps, any job that actually ought to be performed by another craft and/or contracted out & being able to mark off to do that while the average Joe can't get off without a hassle. Off "UBU" on weekends? More understandable. Members have issues & problems 24/7/365 & are not at all afraid of calling a local rep. anytime. And if a union rep. is working a slop freight unassigned pool & has to be in place \ available 1st thing Mon. morning, he\she may very well have to mark off Friday. Walk a few car-lengths in a part-time local union officer's boots.   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 September 2015 In our terminal the safety committee or the " SAFETY GUYS ". give the safety a bad name. They lay off safety, but attend ball games, family functions, Without it going against CSX attendance policy.. I know two guys that lay off at least 4-7 times a month for SAFETY OR Union Business... Same guys every month... They come to work talking about going to ball games and other activities while on safety or UB...... The trainmasters know what they do but nothing is done... These programs would be good but some people ruin it.... We call them sucks ...... Also the guys that lay off on the weekends for safety or UB still get they're perfect attendance stock for being available... The company needs to make huge adjustments..... !!!!!!!!!   Name: NOT FOOLED E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 September 2015 Other/non (9/26) So which post got under their skin. we all know you are a management mole. Was it the post fronting out the company and their once again inept ability to publish accurate info or was it the post from someone in corporate calling them out. One of them got under your skin. Once again trying to distract the posters from the topic at hand. Go back under your corporate rock!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 27 September 2015 To the non railroad employee You write in calling railroaders a bunch of "complaining pansies" but you have never had to listen and endures what we have to. So before you start calling out people,that you have no idea what we go through, mind your own business. You probably couldn't make on the steel highway. It's more to it than just "riding or blowing horns"   Name: Oh no. E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 September 2015 Who needs managers to enforce the rules and write folks up when the BLET local chairman in calls the CSX DTO and dimes out a road crew for now properly filling out a daily inspection report and air slip.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 26 September 2015 Why do you railroad guys complain so much about your jobs?Hell all yall do is ride on the rails and blow the whistle and get a big check.Yall sighned up for it yall went to the hiring session they told yall what the deal was before you got the job and you wanted it any way.You bunch of panisies.I wish I had the job all you do is ride on a train and blow the whistle and make a good check.You guys are a joke.Give me a railroad job I will show you how to appreciate something.You bunch of wussies.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 September 2015 It has always been my dream to work for csx to ride the rails and blow the horns and make that good money.What a life it must be.How do I get hired?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 September 2015 All RR employees (including full time union reps.) who sit at a desk in environmentally controlled offices looking at charts, graphs, contracts, etc., and dream up crap should have to spend time out in the field annually and experience things firsthand.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 September 2015 Swell. Like T&E employees need even more PITA things to do. Fiasco? Absolutely. Too many educated idiots & not near enough real railroaders running this outfit.   Name: joke E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 September 2015 What the F There was a notice that came out on this very change in reporting your qualifications. Like most people I'm sure you did not read the notice. Seems to be one of the biggest mistakes made by employees. You will notice there are instructions stating that you are to take a list of the areas that are incorrect to your TM, manager or Superintendent so they can notify cmc of the corrections that need to be made. THERE IS NO DEDLINE DATE IN THIS NOTICE AS TO WHEN YOU ARE TO HAVE THIS DONE! Now knowing csx as we all do, this will be one big fiasco. There will be hundreds of employees with incorrect information and there is no way the TM'S, managers or any superintendent will take the time to correct every single employee's record. This will be a major joke for months to come. Take a copy of the notice along with a copy of your qualifications listed in the system. Highlight all errors. Make another copy for your union representation and note on it the date and time you gave the information to management. When you are called by CMC for a job that you are not qualified for but it is noted that you are you can tell them when and who you forwarded the correct information to.   Name: what the f.... E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 September 2015 hey avon people anyone else take a look at this new employee qualification board that is showing up on the crew screen.. From what I can tell it is supposed to list the jobs you are able to cover with qualifying expiration dates. There is a bunch of jobs listed on mine that expire in the future and I have never worked them a day since I was hired. How in the hell can they say my qualifications expire in 2018 and I never worked them one day. Something is going on here. Im hearing the union is buckling under and is close to agreeing we become one big extra board. Heard they already did this in Danville. What the hell will seniority be if you are on one big extra board. Something is going on. Heard anything from your LC'S   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 September 2015 everybody use to think conrail was bad but this place sucks. hopefully everybody realizes every railroad is probably like csx . also I would brace your self , if cp rail take over this joint it will get worse. hunter Harrison of cp rail will be worse then ward and sandborn. remember this place will never change AND I MEAN NEVER! the unions have no power to do anything. you have two choices, either you put up with it or you can find employment else where. that is a cold hard fact. every body here is replaceable. like I said no one is holding you hostage. if good paying jobs were easy to find I be gone by now but have to much time in to quit to throw away a pension   Name: ralph lambert E-mail: carylabelguy@yahoo.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 September 2015 People seem a little on edge about their jobs right now but remember this always happens in an election year. So remember vote Dees Nuts for President and your MOM as vice president.   Name: in the know E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 September 2015 APE Fed up did not post anything that was not true. Yes the job sucks. WHY?????? Because what is expected of an employee is much more than any normal 9-5 job and the environment is pure bullshit. Now, as for his comment on pay, he couldn't be more right. I cant count how many times I have had to resubmit a 100% legitimate claim because some inept moron in payroll did not read the details of the claim completely and just wrote if off and posted a reply that had absolutely NOTHING WHAT SO EVER to do with the original claim. Our unions threw us under the bus the day they signed an agreement with the company stating all they had to do was quote on our earning statement that a claim was denied because it was unfounded. If you don't remember when that happened then you haven't been around long enough or you just don't pay attention to what our unions are doing to us. As for the attendance policy, it is in review with state and federal medical boards along with other groups. If a person is legitimately sick but not sick enough to go to the hospital or emergency room then they should not be punished with points after they submit a valid doctors slip. Now, my doctor has told me if anyone in csx refuses to accept his paperwork and even hints that he wrote a slip that wasn't valid or didn't warrant my excuse from work he would sue their pants off. Accusing a doctor or writing bogus medical excuses is illegal, unethical and as he said...slanderous. My doctor wont take those kind of accusations lightly. I suggest everyone speak to their personal physicians and get their take on how they intend to handle it. My physician also stated if it was after hours to go to the emergency room. You have every right to. If enough people start making the insurance companies dish out thousands to cover emergency visits then maybe the company might start taking a closer look at their idiotic decision when the insurance company comes after them. Yes, the job sucks. Our union agreement is raped every day. Our pay is screwed with constantly. We work all hours of the day, all days of the week and give up a lot of family time. Yes we get good pay for it when we get what is due us, but we deserve it. Very few professions give up their quality of life as we do. Now for a pet peeve.......... Ive been with this company over 20 years. When I was a cub I had no problem with my pay. When csx took over it went to hell. I watched all the new hires come in and get screwed over on their training pay constantly. I have seen some get tickets locked out and backed up and go without any pay for a month. It is September 2015 AND ITS STILL HAPPENING! How many damn years will it take csx to figure out how to set up a program that doesn't screw the hell out of the new guy! OH YEAH! Almost forgot. CSX has managed to screw up our ability to go in and print our employee history in multiple pages. You now have to go back and start all over again at the beginning after you print a single page. This is a pain in the arss and is time consuming. Go figure,,, the company making it harder to copy our history. Makes you wonder if they did on purpose knowing some people wont take the time to do it. Has anyone figured out a shortcut to this problem. If so I along with a dozen other people would like to know! We use our history for legal as well as tax purposes.   Name: CSX Wife E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 21 September 2015 Im curious if anyone else has issues with getting anything accomplished with payroll? They tell you, you were paid wrong, then take that money back, but they cant explain to you how you should've been paid. Their solution is to open a case, and when you ask to be called back because you have questions that can be better explained via telephone, they still email you with a generic answer. I have tried to comb through all of these policies but they go in circles and completely contradict themselves. I have a friend who also has issues with them and we get different stories about the same thing. There needs to be a more streamlined process and they need to deliver the same information. I know they are a great company, and I am thankful my husband has this job, I just wish things were a little more simpler when it comes to dealing with payroll. The guys in Mobile don't even know how to put off tickets, when the new guys started and they asked what they were supposed to do everyone was just shrugged and said "I don't know, I do it this way". Every single one of them does it differently. And you certainly don't learn things until you screw up and lose your pay. We are currently furloughed and Im wondering how long that will last. This is the 3rd time we've been furloughed in a little over a year.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 September 2015 wow ,fed up really ???? working here is like slavery.... really??? I didn't know slaves made a pretty good wage and health insurance and a decent retirement at the end ??lets go on a wildcat strike????? not how it works. go ahead and get some of your co workers to go on strike with you and they fire you all and union wouldn't do nothing about it cause you just cant walk out and strike.no one here is holding you hostage pointing a gun at you keeping you here. we all know this place sucks so if you don't like it just quit!!!I notice a lot of new hires just whine and cry like hungry newborns that want a bottle!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 September 2015 sounds like one of the " give me, I don't want to work for it generation" person whining. you don't like it quit. this place has sucked for a long time. welcome to the club!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 September 2015 Fed Up, 1-10 yrs.: Sure, you are entrusted to work with heavy equipment weighing thousands of tons worth millions of dollars = a high level of responsibility and also have to endure a hard lifestyle & put up with a lot of harassment per se, all of which you should be compensated for. All too many youngsters are 1st-time union members & do not read & understand their contractual agreements. Way too many invalid penalty claims are turned in. Even the good ones sometimes are not paid for yrs. & if/when they are, it's at the pay scale of the time period when 1st submitted. Legal. That's the way it is. Bitch & complain about union representation? Consider this country's anti-labor views. At times it seems representation is not very good but just where do you think you'd be without any? Do a term or two in a union rep's shoes before blowing off. Strike: Research & read/study the Railway Labor Act & understand why that law was enacted in the 1st place. The carrier wouldn't want a strike, the unions wouldn't, other workers whose businesses depend on rail shipments wouldn't, the public wouldn't. YOU don't really want that. For how long would you be willing to man a picket line? How long would co-workers do it? Think more. Wise up some.   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 September 2015 Fed up with payroll, we all to need to stick together and hire a High profile lawyer and give him a percentage as a group and sue csx payroll department for its practices on denied claims ..it's nothing but thievery by a company that says People make Difference..which is a dam joke on how they treat there employees, with being overworked, stealing and cheating us on our pay. Look, I didn't right the contract but I have to abide by it as same as the company should, but does not!!!!! Thieves! We need to reorganize our unions and make them more for us and not for the company! Our unions are to out of touch with the men and women that pay good money for union dues to be getting nothing in return. I say lets Strike! It's about time we stand together get rid of the big unions and make them more available for the men and women that have to abide by their absentee policy which is totally unjust ! It's almost slavery. Let's stand together and make the company better for us and our customers. We deserve better hours ... We do a very dangerous job to be so fatigued, out working and being up with no sleep, because of the scheduling .. If the public only new the real truth, on all these dangerous chemicals rolling through their towns with crews that have been up for 36 hrs or more, tired , overworked it's an accident waiting to happen. Safety is not the railroad main concern and neither are the crews that work for them. it's Money   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 13 September 2015 CSX Corporate Motto: Employee Need, Pay No Heed. Uphill Slow, Downhill Fast. Tonnage First, Safety Last.   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 September 2015 Looks like Munoz replacement is Cindy Sanborn. CSX is getting desperate for qualified execs.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 08 September 2015 To the SP Engineer: The rumor of Munoz's replacement is said to be a UP V.P. named Castagna. Is he the one that got his PHD during his working career?   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 September 2015 I hope that train is in better shape than when I inspected it four years ago.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 September 2015 The presidential train is coming ....every one look happy about how they are screwing us out of money every day....you can tell when it comes because MOW paints all the derails.....how impressive is that?.......   Name: Retired now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 August 2015 Seems like many managers have emotional problems, and act antisocial, etc. Likewise, lots of rank & file employees don't conduct themselves any better. People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.   Name: warning E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 August 2015 GORDON(ROSELAKE YARD) Good morning Mr. Gordon. Everyone knows you read this website. So I am taking this opportunity to give you some good advice. If you want to keep your job I suggest you review your supervisors policy guide and brush up on your skills with communication. It is not acceptable nor will it ever be acceptable for any manager/supervisor to chastise, belittle or degrade any employee over the radio or in front of any other employee working for CSX. You can not and will not be allowed to continue this kind of behavior. If you can not find your training manuals then you need to sit down with your supervisor (Mr. Aleek) and have him explain to you the consequences of violating an employees right to private counseling and the ethics charges you could and most likely will incur if you continue to go down this path. Put yourself in the employees shoes. Would you not be upset if you were fronted out on a radio or in front of fellow employees? Would you not feel ill will toward a supervisor who has embarrassed and belittled you in front of others? I would seriously think twice before I went down this path again. Use you head. You still have time to correct your actions. Use any spare time you have to brush up on your supervisory and communication skills.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 August 2015 Is it taught at the not so redi center for managers to walk,talk,look,and act like a PRICK?.......these young PUNKS can't or probably will not introduce themselves to anyone.....whatever happened to the handshake?.....these mofos think they are some kind of superstars.....what a freak show it is.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 August 2015 Furloughed out of Avon, IN the day of mark up. Left a great paying job for csx then got the shaft on promotion day.gotta love the professionalism and consideration of peoples obligations and families. Thanks csx!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 August 2015 Screwed, Have those with less seniority - not furloughed yet - completed their training? If not, they really don't have all rights yet (can't make seniority moves, etc.) If & when they complete training you'll probably be saying adios to them too.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 27 August 2015 Unfortunately you had better get use to being furloughed. I think that this is a very unethical practice by the company. As you are finding out CSX cares nothing for its employees. The only thing CSX cares about is their big bonuses for Ward, Munoz,and Sanborn..well and a few others. Now the one thing this company hates is bad publicity. With all eyes turning to a presidential election in the next year try reaching out to some local politicians and news media and let them do some research on government spending.Then be available to tell your story along with others in your position.   Name: screwed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 27 August 2015 NO WORK PEOPLE AVON YARD JUST FURLOUGHED A BUNCH OF US. THEY ALSO HAVE GUYS FULOUGHED WITH MORE SENIORITY THAN OTHERS THEY DIDNT FURLOUGH. WHATS UP WITH THAT. HOW CAN THEY FURLOUGH ME AND LEAVE A GUY WITH LESS SENIORITY ON THE ROSTER. I THINK WE SHOULD GET SOME OF THE GRANT MONEY THEY GOT FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO HIRE AND TRAIN US IN THAT SCHOOL. WHY SHOULD THEY GET MONEY TO HELP THEM THEN PUT US ON THE STREET. SOMEONE KNOW IF THAT IS EVEN LEGAL FOR THEM TO DO?   Name: Bend Dover E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 August 2015 Ben there, I think csx needs to cut Management just like the UP did recently in Omahaha, and cut some of these worthless TMs and RFEs too. All bums.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 30+ years Posted: 25 August 2015 CSX sucks..just heard today we are losing another customer. Good job Ward and Oscar are doing. If Oscar gets Ward'job we will be fucked even more   Name: Big Wig E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 25 August 2015 Thank you folks for making the attendance policy work. Together we can make a big difference. This is how tomorrow moves. Love you guys. Corporate   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 August 2015 I have an idea....why don't all the einsteins at the redi center teach the conductors in training to copy an ec-1 for about a week and then maybe the engineer won't have to do everything then.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 August 2015 There you go. Another person who understands. Things (traffic, ect.) have slowed, sure, but..... ALL the so called big shots at csx need to be crap-canned. The house needs cleaned starting at the top & worked down.   Name: Ben There E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 20 August 2015 Management GREED! I have always said that if CSX failed as a company it would be because of Upper Management Greed. Most all of the people holding this level of employment, are somebody's BOY. All they are interested in is Big Salaries, Raises. Stock options and Bonuses. CSX is again getting too top heavy with Management that really does not know anything about Railroading. Stock prices have been on the decline all year of 2015 and now in late August there seems to be no hope for recovery before years end. Too many upper management people have been seen to drop large numbers of stock back ion March and April and looks too close to be insider trading. Wake up CSX and correct your problems and get the attraction of investors again.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 August 2015 Rumor is Mr. Harris is getting his ass handed to him from Conner. It's about time they see that Mr. Harris can't run a railroad without others helping him out.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 August 2015 70 percent of bonus......thank you massa ward....what a privilege it is to work for you....I can't wait to tell my grandchildren about you.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 August 2015 What's scary about a merger with UP? I'm sure they can run a railroad better than CSX. CSX could be a great railroad if the board of directors would show the Ward the door..Ward and his bunch has cost us vusiness. Sure things are slow in a lot of markets however I've seen some business leave CSX and go with other railroads or other modes of transportation on the Huntington Division because CSX would rather have people furloughed instead of working and therefore not able to meet customer demands. Can't blame the customer. Does UPS or JB Hunt turn customers away because they don't have the manpower? I doubt it   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 17 August 2015 Oh now, hundreds is a lot. What's the plan? Each & every situation, terminal, etc., to be handled by FNGs with no RR experience or just ignored & overlooked as much as possible?   Name: IR E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 August 2015 RE;  Dated June 12, 2015: The UP announced a lay-off of hundreds of management employees in the coming months in order to improve the bottom as they said. Many believes that the Hedge Fund managers are hovering and--an announcement of more lay-offs is imminent. UP & CSX merger coming soon!   Name: ralph lambert E-mail: carylabelguy@yahoo.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 August 2015 bussiness is slow! we are lucky to have a job!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 August 2015 With the awesome dispatching being done nowadays I can see why nothing is on time anymore.....tone up .....nothing .....20 min....30 min .....45 min.....goes by.....what in the Sam hill can be going on?......at this point who gives a flying fart?....not me.....good luck to UPS.....I might actually get my Christmas presents on time this year.....yay!!!!.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 13 August 2015 From a die-hard democratic anti-company union man: Anymore, this website sucks as bad as csx, if not worse.   Name: UPS E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 13 August 2015 Rumor around the corporate office is that UPS will not be renewing our contract with CSX next holiday season.   Name: Raptor E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 13 August 2015 Its a good thing Michael Ward never visits past the regional building or i would have no way to make my truck payment. I think craft employees are right there are too many chiefs and not enough indians.But fuck safety....safety is a way of loosing out on my bonus....id like to rip a pin off this car and shove it sideways up your ass! Oh harassment policy...suck my over grown harry nut sack   Name: Selkirk E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 13 August 2015 Hump,hump,hump, we are tramsportaion we dont give a fuck about your safety! Im hungry for my bonus. So what i have little man syndrome you cant touch me or you will get fired! Now get back to work you little pee ons. Its a good thing michael ward never comes in the yard or i would be fucked...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 August 2015 The reason for the low morale of employees is all on CSX. When employees are worried about having a job week to week because this sorry outfit is all on CSX and Ward. Of course Ward doesn't have to worry about this because he has millions of dollars. He's a sorry CEO and a son of a bitch. With that said how does this bunch expect employees to feel..seriously I'm to come to work with a positive attitude knowing the only reason I'm working this week is because other people are on vacation..get real..fuck you Ward   Name: Retired now E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 August 2015 Railroading can be\is a hard life. Working the road, especially "call lists" unassigned freight and/or bridge\track gangs, heck, any "extra list" etc., is much harder still. For the amount of time spent at work, or subject to work, the pay is not that great. Many things are better now days: the equipment & rolling stock, the lodging, operational changes..... Normal for RRers to bitch & complain. Did notice over the years that there is a less of that from employees that worked regular jobs with regular hours. CSX has alienated too many customers & employees. Railroading is not for everybody. An employee, no matter the craft, should be treated with dignity & respect. Not made to feel that they should be butt-kissing humbly grateful to just have a job. There is way too much aggravation & stress & tension. In the operating rule book for the trans. dept. there are rules regarding being civil, courteous, & not be quarrelsome. EVERYONE should adhere to those & be held accountable if they don't. Things need to change. Maybe there ought to be a total housecleaning starting at the top management on down. Employee morale, stock worth, on & on, should be better. Maybe the big shots have ideas - they plan for things looking at years ahead. Unions always have to play catch-up.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 11 August 2015 Well Meatball, Just exactly how is a train crew, operating via authority, not signal indication, supposed to know for sure when another train has cleared certain limits - if not informed by a dispatcher? Explain please.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 August 2015 Perfect example of Attitude in the negative sense. Pull up stop and wait for the train ahead to clear. WOW WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN IT CLEARS UP, Nothing? ====================================================================== ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 August 2015 Another thing I can't stand anymore are these smart ass dispatchers....train in the block ahead....ec-1 territory.....pull up to our limit....stop and wait on train ahead to clear up....sit for an hour or so....dispatcher calls now and says 'how long are you going to sit there before you call me?'.....whhhhatttt?.....it is his JOB to call us when the train ahead clears up......no more dispatching for me pal....I will sit there all frickin day before I call you....that is your JOB NOW DO IT don't put it on the crew as always...I do my job now u do yours and trains will run......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 11 August 2015 As a customer I don't put any blame on the train crew. Instead I place the blame on the local management and top executives. CSX has the attitude toward it's customers is it's our way or no way. As if they are the only cost effective service out there. Well that mentality does not work for me and my company and that's why NS is picking up our contract in September and we are purchasing trucks to haul goods within a 500 mile radius of our distribution center. Maybe we will consider CSX after Ward is out of there along with his puppets.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 August 2015 Sorry bout your luck CSX customer.....the crews try hard everyday but management just wants to efficiency test all the time.....in other words screw you we do not care about you , your workers,or your customers......   Name: VLC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 August 2015 NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THAT BEGINNING NEXT WEEK THE CARRIER WILL START ENFORCING PARTS OF THE BLET SYSTEM AGREEMENT THAT WAS RATIFIED IN JANUARY. THE FIRST SET WILL BEGING WITH LONG POOLS BEING SET UP AS 6-2 WITH REST DAYS HAVING TO BE OBSERVED UNLESS YOU ARE FORCED ONTO REST FOR FRA START RULES. THE POOLS WILL BE SELF SUBSTAINING AND NO SPOT WILL BE FILLED WITH AN EXTRA BOARD ENGINEER UNLESS ALL TURNS ARE EXHAUSTED OR VACANT DUE TO SCHEDULED MARK OFF...ETC.. THE AGREEMENT IS VERY CLEAR THAT POOL CREWS ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR EXTRA WORK OFF OF THEIR POOLS UNLESS BOARDS ARE COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED. POOL CREWS NEED TO FILE CLAIMS IMMEDIATELY WHEN BEING USED AS J JOBS AND OTHER DOG CATCHING JOBS WHEN THERE ARE ANY EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS AVAILABLE. IF MADE TO DO SO YOU MUST FILE CLAIMS TO BE MADE WHOLE. NO MORE COMBINED SHORT TRIPS AND TIME CONSUMED. IF YOU HAVENT READ THE PROPOSAL YOU BETTER GET ONE AND GET ON IT! THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS OF OUR WORK RULES THAT ARE CHANGING AND SOME ARE GOING TO BE A MESS WHEN THEY ARE IMPLEMENTED. THE WORST OF ALL WILL BE THE PROCEDURE FOR TAKING EARLY MARK OFF. THE WAY IT IS WORDED WILL PRETTY MUCH PUT YOU AT THE MERCY OF THE SUPERVISORS AND MAKE IT HARD AS HELL TO BE OFF EARLY ENOUGHT TO CATCH PLANE FLIGHTS AND OTHER SERIOUS SCHEDULES THAT YOU HAVE MADE BEFORE YOUR VACATIONS TIME. THE CLAUSE WHERE THEY CAN WORK YOU ON A JOB THAT KEEPS YOU AT YOUR HOME TERMINAL WILL BE THE BIGGEST THORN. IF THE CARRIER FEELS THERE IS ENOUGH MANPOWER TO ALLOW YOU TO MARK OFF EARLY THEN YOU WILL BE GRANTED THE EARLY LAY OFF. IF THEY FEEL THERE IS A SHORTAGE YOU WILL STAY MARKED UP AND AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO SUMMONS YOU IN FOR A LOCAL JOB OR JOB THAT KEEPS YOU AT HOME. YOU CAN NOT, AND LET ME REPEAT THIS, CAN NOT BE CALLED AFTER 2000 WHEN GOING INTO A SCHEDULED DAY OFF. HOWEVER, NOTHING STOPS THEM FROM CALLING YOU AT 1759 AND FORCING YOU ONTO A JOB THAT MAY INTERFERE WITH YOU PLANS THE MORNING OF YOUR OFF DAY. READ THIS AGREEMENT UNTIL YOU GET IT MEMORIZED. BE PREPARED TO HAVE YOUR PLANS TOTALLY SCREWED UP WHEN THE DECISIONS IS LEFT IN THE HANDS OF MANAGMENT TO DECIDE IF YOUR REASON FOR EARLY MARK OFF IS GOOD ENOUGH. FAVORITES ARE PLAYED AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PLAYED. GET READY FOR THE HORSE AND PONY SHOW TO START.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 07 August 2015 As a CSX customer all I can say is bring back Southern..my company will not renew with CSX..local management lies to us about the reasons for delays in receiving my products. Southern is not the fastest either however they were normally 4-6 hours later than scheduled or expected..CSX is at least 12 hours or in some cases a day later. CSX convinced us that their services were more costly than Southern but they were a premium service...well we are going back to Southern..at least I know my product will at least show up that day   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 August 2015 Ward is a horrible CEO..combine that with a horrible board of directors and what does equal..disaster..Ward should go ahead and go before he does any further damage. I love how boards are being cut to a minimum and customers are not being serviced at a consistent level..actually they are consistent..it's called slow if your lucky to get serviced at all...How tomorrow moves..slowly   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 August 2015 Another thing I can't stand anymore are these smart ass dispatchers....train in the block ahead....ec-1 territory.....pull up to our limit....stop and wait on train ahead to clear up....sit for an hour or so....dispatcher calls now and says 'how long are you going to sit there before you call me?'.....whhhhatttt?.....it is his JOB to call us when the train ahead clears up......no more dispatching for me pal....I will sit there all frickin day before I call you....that is your JOB NOW DO IT don't put it on the crew as always...I do my job now u do yours and trains will run......   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 August 2015 Ditto for me. I hated CSX and its managers. When I retired three years ago, it seemed far worse than NS ever was.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 August 2015 I've been with CSX for nearly 10 years now and the morale is the lowest I've ever seen. I'm seeing die hard railroaders that took pride in their work and do their best to get trains from one end of the road to the other now dogging trains and don't care if they turn a wheel or not. And truthfully I'm there with them. My goal is to dog ever possible train I can. CSX doesn't care if the freight gets moved so why should I care..fuck these bastards..fuck you Ward   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 06 August 2015 Boy Oh Boy, Wonder how many csx employees are going to believe that: "The Company image is #1 first. Profit comes second". No doubt there is long way to go, a lot to do, to fix all that ails csxt. The co. should be doing a lot better. Good routes all over - east of the Mississippi; good terminals, good ports, etc. It's too bad. A shame actually.   Name: know E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 August 2015 Cond. 30+ The company has a team in place to read the post on this site everyday. The public relations department must be notified if anything pops up that may seriously tarnish their image. Damage control is set in place. A legal advisor handles any problems that might occur if info may be considered risky and possibly a leak from the inside. If u have information you know for a fact and can prove don't hesitate to post it. The best was to solve a problem is to bring it to the table for discussion. Believe me when I say they would rather make it go away quickly and quietly before allowing it to go full blown on any website. The company image is #1 first. Profit comes second!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 August 2015 Could post volumes. The type of advice & history/info from just the last 40+ years that many ought to know & understand if they now do not & it could\should\would be helpful. Trouble is: the company may read it also, so....not here.   Name: retired E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 03 August 2015 Loco brother Don't feel so bad. When the csx moved in they started taking a penny every pay. No one knew why. A lot asked and couldn't get an answer then it just stopped. Do the math. A penny from hundreds of workers for just a few pay periods is a nice Christmas gift. So if u owe 87 cents u bet they are gonna get it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 July 2015 This company must be in worse shape than I thought it was.....after taking 250 bucks a pay half back for the last 2 months.....my last earnings statement showed a deduction of .82 cents....that's right boys and girls .82 cents!!!!!......who in the Sam hill would want to buy this outfit?.......ha-ha ...what a joke!...don't be teasing about being bought out.....that's being mean....I might have to file for FMLA now.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 July 2015 If I were a CSX customer I would be jumping ship if I could. Right now the boards are cut to a bare minimum and trains are being delayed or in some cases annulled. Customers are being told we have no engines for your train when at times that is the case. But the truth is there's no men on the board..and this is the case most times..right now it's pick and choose which customer is more important. I think it's funny that we are a transportation company and CSX has the mentality of we don't care if we move the trains or not. CSX is a total joke..what does it matter if you have engines and no men to put on them? CSX cares nothing for their customers or their employees..If you are on the Huntington Division hell it takes damn near 10 years of service or mote just to hold a job..we just business away here   Name: Mr.Ward,CEO CSXt E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 July 2015 Aww! Thanks Pete Kerlin for being such a great csx Employee! Railroader of the month of July.   Name: Aleak Young E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 July 2015 Pete Kerlin, Thank you for boasting how good the CSX is and we really like guys like you! Thanks for posting on this board your real Name. Aleak Young   Name: no more dues E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 July 2015 UTU/BLE WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AND WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU. HAVE YOU TOTALLY JUST LOST YOUR MINDS OR HAS YOUR FAT PADDED POCKET THAT ARE LINED WITH OUR HARD EARNED MONEY JUST TURNED YOU INTO A BUNCH OF CARRIER SUCK UP LEACHES. HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO LET CSX RAPE THE HELL OUT OF OUR AGREEMENTS. ROAD CREWS FORCED TO WORK 10-15 MILES OUT OF THEIR ADVERTISED LIMITS AND TOLD THEY DONT GET A TICKET OR A DIME EXTRA. INSIDE THEIR SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS. HOW LONG BEFORE THEY EXTEND THEIR LIMITS ANOTHER 20 MILES AND START MAKING US WORK BOTH DIRECTIONS ON LINE OF ROAD. ITS ALREADY STARTING AND YOUR JUST SITING ON YOUR ARSSES AND LETTING IT HAPPEN. HOW ABOUT TURNING CREWS WHEN THEY GET TO THE AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL AND NOT PAYING THEM A DIME FOR THE TRIP BACK. WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH THAT CRAP. WE ARE ON THE CLOCK ARENT WE. WE ARENT IN OUR OWN VEHICLES ARE WE. WE ARENT ON OUR OWN PRIVATE TIME. WHAT THE HELL MAKES THEM THINK WE SHOULDNT BE PAID TO SIT FOR 3-4 HOURS IN A WAGON FOR THE COMPANY AND NOT BE COMPENSATED FOR OUR TRIP AND TIME. THRU ROAD FREIGHT CREWS ARE BEING FORCED TO STOP IN LINE OF ROAD AND SWITCH OUT THEIR TRAINS TO REBLOCK THEM BECAUSE THE TMS FIND OUT THE TRAIN WASNT BUILT TO THEIR LIKING OUT OF THE OTHER TERMINAL. AVON HAS A HUMP. WHAT THE HELL IS A HUMP FOR. SORTING CARS! THRU ROAD FREIGHT CREWS SPEND 25 FRICKIN HOURS IN A HOTEL AND GET SCREWED ON THE WAY HOME BECAUSE THE TM WANTS THE TRAINS BLOCKED TO BREAK UP WHEN THEY GET IN THE RECEVING YARD. FLAT SWITCHING AND BLOCKING YOUR TRAINS IN LINE OF ROAD IS A BUNCH OF SHIT. POOR PLANNING ON THE TERMINALS PART DOESNT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY ON OURS. USE YOUR DAMN HUMP. THATS WHAT ITS FOR. USE YOUR YARD CREWS. THATS WHAT THEY ARE FOR. UTU/BLE.... YOU WONT BE LINING YOUR POCKETS WHEN WE SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE STOP PAYING THEM. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN SEVERAL HUNDRED MEMBERS TELL YOU TO STICK IT. MAKE THEM REACH IN THEIR POCKETS AND GET THE YARD SWITCHERS BACK. TOSS THOSE GREEN BOXES AND GET SOME REAL CREWS WORKING THE YARDS. GET THE ROUST ABOUT CREWS BACK. WORKING ROAD CREWS 12 DAMN HOURS EVERY TRIP IS BECOMING THE NORM WITH THE EXTRA SWITCHING WORK BEING FORCED ON THEM. PAY THE CREWS FOR THEIR TIME IN THE WAGONS. BEEN A LONG TIME COMING UTU/BLE. BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE THE MEMBERS RALLIED. DONT THINK IT CANT HAPPEN AGAIN?   Name: pete E-mail: kerlin_p@yahoo.com Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 27 July 2015 I worked for CSX in all capacities and over the years I have seen good and bad. The other railroads are similar all have learning curves. Where employees get in trouble they take advantage of the system and eventually get caught. Its a huge loss when you loose a job the pays 4 to 5 thousand dollars a month. There are very few jobs in the US that pay this kind of money and the retirement is good when you draw 4 thousand a month and you wife gets another 2 thousand. Its not a get rich deal but compared to Social Security 800 a month and work until you 70. Take good care of what you have ignore the jerks as there have been plenty of these people that have come and gone. The employees will let a manager know how good of a job they do by their ability to handle people. The days of the drugs and alcohol on duty are gone there is no place for it in the type of business we perform, especially when you have someone with a wife and kids that may not see them again because of a mistake or unnecessary action someone made. Its bad when you see someone coupled up, kids with arms and legs cut off, head on collisions, people walking in the middle of the track committing suicide. You will see it all in your lifetime. Its best to stick together and work for the changes to make things better while getting what you want.   Name: Aleak Young E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 July 2015 I need better dope!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 July 2015 Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 July 2015 Furloughs are part of the job. It's nothing new. When I hired out in 1977 I worked 3 weeks then was furloughed for 2 months got called back worked 7 weeks then furloughed for 4 months. This went on for 3 1/2 years and would of continued up to another 7 years if I hadn't took a transfer to another location. If CSX didn't tell you about furloughs don't feel bad the C&O (now CSX) didn't say anything about it either. lol. Welcome to railroading. _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ This is the other side of RRJ's comments, by other side that means different RR different time. I will keep this short and sweet. Hired Jan 1963 as a Fireman--paid off in 1964-rehired as a Brakeman- 1964. I was cutoff 1 month in 1968-- was the oldest cutoff and worked at will. Resigned in 1970. I spent many hours working with those that had been cutoff for 15 to 17 years, and others that hired at the right time and had never been cutoff. Just the way it has worked for years.   Name: loosing pools E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 July 2015 first off im not a csx suckhole I think 99% of managers are idiots.some people here thinks im bitching, but im not, I really don't care about the pools. see I have my 11 personal days , my daily vacations days and I also mark off sick when the days I want and are taken. see I put my time in here to have these days to use to mark off. what do people expect? this is the railroad ,people knew what they were singing up for. a new hire thinks I don't want to work weekends, i don't want to work nights and I want to mark off when I want, as many times I want. where dose it ends? csx needs to move trains that's what we get paid to do , not " well I had 2 good trips I can mark off fmla for 3 days." and this happens every week probably every where. all I can say is i can see csx side of this. when a hot stack train is sitting on the main for hours on a Saturday afternoon during the summer cause they don't have a crew for hours. I be pissed too. the pools moving dosnt affect me at all so I don't really care. you know who should care, are the new hires who are going to get furlough cause of a few bad apples.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 July 2015 Furloughs are part of the job. It's nothing new. When I hired out in 1977 I worked 3 weeks then was furloughed for 2 months got called back worked 7 weeks then furloughed for 4 months. This went on for 3 1/2 years and would of continued up to another 7 years if I hadn't took a transfer to another location. If CSX didn't tell you about furloughs don't feel bad the C&O (now CSX) didn't say anything about it either. lol. Welcome to railroading.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 July 2015 Just been furloughed after only being marked up 4 months who knows for how long. Was told the railroad was gonna fill our pockets up with cash lol   Name: PTC Sucks ASS E-mail: Employed as: CSX Contractor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 July 2015 Anyone ever deal with the guys in the PTC Lab in Jacksonville? There is a certified nutjob running the PTC Lab on the 4th Floor. Goes by the name of John McVeagh. Rumor has it he was about to get fired for being a big dick in his last assignment, but some AVP saved him at the 11th hour and dropped him into the PTC Lab so he could make the entire PTC team miserable. Trust me, everyone that works with that asshole during the day goes home at night and drinks heavily. Employees and contractors come out of the lab ready to rip out their own eyeballs after dealing with him.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 July 2015 Roselake, Aleak Young = Racial discrimination, incompetence, and employees not wanting to work for young and him being on drugs   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 19 July 2015 "losing road pool" and your post: Nothing further from the truth regarding swap of pools, while there are those who perhaps abuse FMLA, the balance of those who have FMLA have been forced into using it BECAUSE of the Carriers attendance policies (plural because they change week to week flavor of the day). Even those within the Carrier have suggested to those who run afoul of the policies that they get FMLA for legitimate reasons. There is culpability on both sides. I'll also say that there is issues with FMLA at EVERY terminal not just one terminal. Been that way before FMLA, it'll be that way until the end of the railroad or other workplace no matter what location you're in. As to the pools, again it's the flavor of the day. Been told "double ended pools are a thing of the past" by Carrier officials and "this will make it easier to regulate" (read eliminate DH) which is a fallacy because when you have so many entities that can call trains and none are accountable, you get what you get. So your post is way of base as to the moves boiling down to "certain individuals" , and as the old saying goes: "if you haven't heard a good rumour by 10am start one" but at least start one that has a shred of truth to it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 July 2015 Who is that prick TM trying to stalk employees posting here?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 July 2015 Believe it has to be at least 50 workers & longer than a 6 month lay-off. Look up\research the WARN Act.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 17 July 2015 So, the company just furloughed 30-some people without pay or prior notice in Cumberland, MD. I would like to know how legal that is. Shouldn't employees be protected under the Worker Adjustment and Training Notifician (WARN act)? I think that this at least violates the ethics stated in the CSX ethics page. "Mutual respect." I think mutual respect would be to give men and women with families and bills to pay a prior notice to these sorts of things. If you plan on furloughing someone without pay, you should at least give them a notice so they can arrange to be able to feed their kids. This is cruel and unusual. Also, if you can pick up the phone and call your employees at all hours of the night to go to work and to notify them of being bumped.... You can definitely pick up the phone and call them to tell them they don't have a job for an indefinite amount of time. Am I right or am I right?   Name: alert!!!! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 July 2015 Alert to all If you work at Avon be careful who you talk to about posting on this site. A particular train master who's name has been used on here very frequently was heard telling others that he was given a list of names of people who have made post about him. The guy who is sucking up to the train master claims he knows who is using each cover name on their post. Not sure how he would know but there is a major snitch at Avon yard. If anyone can figure out who he is let everyone know and post his name for others. There is no doubt this train master will stalk and set up anyone who's name was on the list. What a piece of crap! Have to be a real low life to run to a tm and rat on fellow workers! Watch your backs!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 July 2015 God Help US, this company is in trouble. I have never seen such a mis-managed company. I could not have dreamed up such a calamity. To all us railroaders I really hope that someone will come along and save this company before its to late. As for the unions, its already to late. Look at who's in the local offices, look at who is in the national office. They never were worth a dirty red cent. Lazy Lazy Lazy!   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 14 July 2015 The co. abolishing jobs, pools, for whatever reason(s), is nothing new. 40 yrs. of dealing with that type of crap: co-worker vs. co-worker, employee vs. employer, terminal vs. terminal, division vs. division......CSX does Suck. Hell, the truth is, railroading sucks. Glad (& thankful - to be outta there)   Name: loosing road pools E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 July 2015 buffalo lost both of there short pools ,west and east pool in 11 days. rumor has it, its because every one especially certain individuals and new hires are always marking off f.m.l.a. every weekend. theses are the same employees who brag about how much they abuse it and say "what are they going to do about it, its a law, they cant do nothing to me" well they can and did something about it.they gave the work to other terminals. whats funny now these are now the same individuals crying there going to lose there jobs.   Name: GC E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 July 2015 SSA COVERED ENGINEERS LISTEN UP ENGINEERS! Before you bombard the General Chairman's office with any more phone calls get out your agreement and read it with a fine tooth comb. When you file a claim you have to make sure your are submitting it for the proper reason and under the proper article. No one should have to explain to you how red tape and minor errors can cause delays and screw up the simplest of claims. One of the biggest violations that is occurring is under aticle 56. SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE ORIGINATES AT THE HOME TERMINAL. LET ME SAY IT AGAIN....HOME TERMINAL. When you are a road freight engineer and are called out of your away from home terminal the rules of the agreement are totally different. READ ARTICLE 51 very closely. This is where the road crews are getting severely screwed. Read your questions and answers sections. Q3-A3 states very clearly if you are on a trip rated job this trip payment will apply for EACH INDIVIDUAL TRIP. NO COMBINED SERVICE CRAP. BLACK AND WHITE. NO GRAY AREA. EACH TRAIN WILL BE CONSIDERED INDIVIDUAL! YOU ARE NOT TO MAKE A SECOND TRIP WITHOUT BEING RUN THROUGH YOU HOME TERMINAL UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY BUT YOU STILL ARE TO BE PAID FOR EACH TRIP When you get to you home terminal after being called out to run a train home from your away terminal YOU CAN NOT BE USED AS SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE ARTICLE 68. If they want to use you as such you put your time ticket off and they should put you under another type of service on a new ticket. They are to tell you specifically that you are being used for short turn around. NOT DOG CATCHING as they call it. MAKE THEM TELL YOU THIS SPECIFICALLY. YOU WILL NEED THIS FOR YOUR CLAIM IF THEY REFUSE TO LET YOU MARK YOUR ROAD TICKET OFF AND GIVE YOU A NEW SHORT TURN AROUND TICKET. AGAIN, SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE MUST ORIGINATE FROM THE HOME TERMINAL ON THE VERY FIRST CALL. DO NOT LET THEM TELL YOU THAT YOUR TRIP IS ORIGINATING FROM THE HOME TERMINAL. YOU MUST BE CALLED TO WORK FROM YOUR HOME TO REPORT TO YOUR HOME TERMINAL TO BE CLASSIFIED AS SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE! ARTICLE 57. ROAD SERVICE. READ SECTION 5! ROAD TURN AROUND SERVICE. THE MOST IMPORTANT NOTE HERE IS PARAGRAPH 1. THE MILEAGE MUST EXCEED 35 MILES FROM THE HOME TERMINAL TO RELEIVING POINT. IF IT DOES NOT IT IS IN VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT. THE COMPANY AVOIDS THIS ARTICLE LIKE THE PLAGUE! THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO CALL YOU AS A J-JOB FOR THESE TRAINS. THEY ARE TO BE ISSUED AS "R" JOBS AND YOU WILL BE PAID FOR EVERY TRIP YOU MAKE. ROAD CREWS WHO ROLL IN FROM THEIR AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL WETHER THEY ARE DEADHEADED OR NOT ARE TO BE GIVEN A NEW TICKET FOR EVERY TRAIN THEY GET INCLUDING PAY FOR THE DEADHEAD. YOU ARE NOT IN SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE! YOU ARE ORIGINATING FROM YOUR AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL! READ....READ....READ THESE ARTICLE THOROUGHLY. CARRY A COPY OF THEM WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. IF THE DTO OR CHIEF REFUSES ANY INBOUND UNASSIGNED ROAD FREIGHT CREW THE ADDITIONAL TICKETS THEY RIGHTFULLY DESERVE YOU SHOW THE ARITLCE TO YOUR SUPERVISORS. WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR CLAIM BE SPECIFIC AS TO WHO YOU SHOWED IT TO AND WHO REFUSED TO ISSUE ANOTHER TICKET TO THE CREW. ROAD CREWS ARE BEING WHIPPED AND BEAT BECAUSE OF THE MANPOWER SHORTAGES ON THE EXTRA BOARDS. NO CREW WANTS TO BE AWAY FROM HOME 24-48 HOURS AND THEN AFTER A LONG TRIP HOME TOLD THEY HAVE MORE TRAINS TO WORK AFTER THEY GET TO THEIR HOME TERMINALS AND THEY ARENT GOING TO RECIEVE ONE RED CENT FOR THE EXTRA WORK THAT THEY ARE FORCED TO DO. TERMINAL LIMITS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TRIP RATED MILES. A TERMINAL COULD EXTEND 10 MILES PAST YOUR ENDING ADVERTISED TRIP LOCATION AND MILES YOU ARE PAID TO TRAVEL. DO NOT LET THE SUPERVISORS SNOW BALL YOU WITH THE OLD " YOUR WORKING IN YOUR TERMINAL LIMITS CRAP"! YARD CREWS AND EXTRA BOARD CREWS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE USED FOR THESE SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS JOBS. IF THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE THEN ROAD FREIGHT CREWS ARE TO BE PAID AS STATED IN THE AGREEMENT. IF YOU DONT GET PAID PUT IN A TRIP ADJUSTMENT CLAIM FOR THE EXTRA MILES WORKED BEYOND YOUR ADVERISED TRIP RATE. IT DOESNT MATTER IF IT IS JUST 5 MILES. EVERY MILE COUNTS! PUT IN A LAP BACK CLAIM FOR GOING BEYOND YOUR ENDING LOCATION AND REVERSING BACK IN ANOTHER DIRECTION TO YOUR ORGINAL END TRIP LOCATION. YOU HAVE ADVERTISED LIMITS AND SPECIFIC MILES. BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC ON YOUR CLAIM AS TO WHAT THEY MADE YOU DO AND WHERE. LETS WORK TOGETHER HERE BROTHERS AND GET THIS ABUSE NIPPED IN THE BUTT NOW. GET THESE CLAIMS IN. READ YOUR ARTICLES . FILE A CLAIM FOR EVERY ARTICLE THAT IS VIOLATED. YOUR LOSING YOUR AGREEMENT RIGHTS AND YOUR PROTECTED WORKING CONDITIONS. QUIT COMPLAING ABOUT CLAIMS NOT BEING PAID BECAUSE YOU JUST WANT THE MONEY. CLAIMS ARE THERE TO MAKE THE CARRIER PAY A PENALTY FOR VIOLATING OUR AGREEMENT. THEY ARE NOT THEIR TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR INCOME. YOU WANT TO STOP HAVING YOUR TAIL ENDS WORKED OFF AFTER A LONG HARD TRIP AND TIME OFF AWAY FROM HOME THEN FILE AS MANY AGREEMENT VIOLATIONS CLAIMS AS POSSIBLE. OTHERWISE YOU ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 July 2015 CSX is a horrible place to work. Cut jobs and then more jobs until yard jobs are being annulled or calling men off an assigned job on their off days to run road trains. Priority trains sitting in the yard because there are no rested crews to be found. I guess that's is the CSX way of effiency these days.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 10 July 2015 Donald Trump For President: Lets get rid of all this political correctness Bull Shit that's ruining our country!   Name: ralph lambert E-mail: carylabelguy@yahoo.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 09 July 2015 I shit rain bows! I am compleatly insane. Slipping through the background check is easy as pronounced by all you bubuahs with dog boxes and or rebel flags in the back of your trucks.Most engineers want pilots because they don't know there ass from a hole in their ass and not because of their conductor. most engineers yell at there conductors because of the pain in their virginas! They could just help their buddy and not put him on blast! We are all on the same team. For fuck sake! Lets work together.   Name: ralph lambert E-mail: carylabelguy@yahoo.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 July 2015 Chuck Kerston, Train master at Taft yard in Orlando is a big stud muffin and a great guy to work for! we are both fans of Mr.Pickles!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 July 2015 I want to start off by saying I was wrong. now my story. I was a bout to yard a train at moncrief yard in Jacksonville FL. I was told to talk to a remote job and what track to go into. The dispatcher lined me into the wrong track and I got into a different remote zone. I was on a restricking so we were fucked!The conductor and I job briefed but when we we went a different direction we thought we remembered the yard wrong. bottom line 45 days off and I keep hearing how lucky I am! With wait time I will be off about 2 months.There was no near miss. There was no damage of equipment. Part of my plee was that I would wittness against the dispather but I never got another letter so I guess he pleed out also. Remember, you can be lined wrong and if it is a restricting signal; you are screwed.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 July 2015 For various reasons, management bastards take care of their own. If a rotten supervisor gets removed & elects to stay in csx management (have seen it many times), he/she can end up in a more desirable position in a more desirable (to them) location.   Name: News Flash E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 July 2015 Hey CSX EVERYONE knows that your lawyers and your public relations department monitors this site everyday. Did it ever occur to you that maybe there just might be something going on with the conduct of this trainmaster by the name of Edwards. Have you ever seen any post about other supervisors that were so vile and full of pure hate. There hasn't been just one or two, but several over the last year. The whip and beat mentality and the "IM THE BOSS AND ITS YOUR WORD AGAINST MINE MENTALITY" has earned this character a death wish to hell numerous times. So please explain how you intend to look into this. You have an ethics policy don't you? You have to have received complaints through your ethic hotline. Just how do you handle a supervisor that obviously has a serious personality problem and cant handle dealing with people? Just curious what steps the company takes to control the damage with the public and customers after they have read all these post!   Name: Get A Life E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 July 2015 Sexual harassment with a minor is public record and the perpetrator would be required to register as a sexual offender. Since this is public record, Donny (Donald) Workman is not on any sexual predator list. Also, reports are public and can be obtained from the public recorders office of any claims against him. There is no such record as this is a falsified claim against him. This is a pathetic story made up by "adults" to try and ruin someone's life. This is a lible act that Donny may now prosecute. The truth always comes out in the end. Made up story vs FACTS.   Name: used E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 July 2015 AVON SUCKS!!! Csx sucked yesterday, toady and will again tomorrow. Still raping the agreements. Still abusing road crews. Been pulling them out of hotels and making them dog catching bitches when they have extra board crews available to do THEIR WORK. SOB'S calling crews out of hotel to dh home on a J Ticket and then refusing to pay the claims that are due them when they got a shit load of lap back miles and busting their balls while extra board guys stay home and sleep. Havent seen the unions do a damn thing about it yet. This J JOB bullshit has got to stop. Stealing us blind. Bullshit to sit in hotel for 25 hours to kill your 6th start then J Job your ass when you finally get to come home...... CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 July 2015 Just want to express my deep hatred for that fat fuck worthless piece of shit Brian(SHAMU)Edwards. Your a poster boy for your dad should've blew his load in your moms ass!!! I hope you meet a horrible tragic death you cocksucker!!! I heard your wife likes to get gangbanged by at least 3 guys lol. Fuck you Brian Edwards!!!   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 30 June 2015 Cumberland Locomotive Shop...what a disgrace. Operated with lies,fear, idiots, and intimidation.James Brown and his clowns upstairs are liars and incompetent fools. They hire managers that know nothing so they can be their muppets. If u go upstairs to ask questions you run into the first clown Candice and with her is sure to be the other incompetent rude clown Gail. They don't know a thing, they are rude, arrogant, ignorant, and plain stupid. They sit around talking smack on other employees to make themselves feel better. Next is the managers....all they know are numbers....safety doesn't mean jack, although they preach the crap out of it. Only one good manager there and that is Greg Amazqua. They rest of them jack wagons are pretty much worthless. Then you have James Brown upstairs, the holy one himself....he is nothing but a liar, cheat, and a racist pig. Call ethics on him and nothing gets done. He thrives on fear and intimidation. He ran the only good person we had upstairs off, the one that knew everything and would do anything to help you. We all miss Cindy Edwards and would do anything to get her back. In conclusion, it's no wonder everyone is trying to leave Cumberland Locomotive Shop. It used to be a great place to work.....Now it just SUCKS!!!!!!   Name: BAT man E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 June 2015 To the former div rfe, the BAT strikes again! ...Big Ass Trains, lol.   Name: E-mail: Borlandkerry@gmal.com Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 29 June 2015 I would like to hear comments stories about Dennis Rhodes.please feel free to email me...thank you   Name: Ed E-mail: pidrfe@hotmail.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 28 June 2015 If you assholes block the crossing in Charon,georgia again for 30 mins like you did tonight 6/28/15 around 9:00pm to meet a trailer train, I can guarantee you want save any tine. As a retired division DRFE on NS you had better line your engineers up better than that. I know the difference between a emergency and a meet.   Name: Iced E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 June 2015 To anyone who hears the Bull about cost savings, cutting the fat or any other terms that describe the efforts by CSX needs to look around. There is nothing new to this BS strategy by CSX. Posturing for a take over or whatever comes down the pipeline. Understand this, money can sway a good man to decide some really stupid decisions based upon fear. Another takeover strategy, only means the sky will be falling once again.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 June 2015 June 25, 2015 CSX SUCKS more than it ever has! Now they are cutting jobs even if they can't move the freight! Cutting back on crew packs! what does that tell you? Watch your paychecks! This cheap ass hillbilly outfit has learned how to count beans! ENRON all over again! Lets just get the stock price up.....LMAO!!!!! If you fart, YOU ARE FIRED!!!!!! Don't mark off sick because we won't have enough people to move the freight. CSX STILL SUCKS, always has, always will. How come the other Class I railroads don't have this problem?????   Name: Evansville E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 June 2015 Easy fix, quit being greedy company sucks and say not qualified, let them pay a yard or east end crew at Avon, you Avon guys been running like those trainmasters lapdogs for years, hard to say not qualified now, you think us evansville guys has never been to Kraft runner or girl school,? Most of us worked up at Avon years ago, we know how to get to those spots but we aren't scabs for a time slip, we say not qualified, no matter if it costs us money cause we aren't scabs   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 June 2015 Name: NO RESPECT E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 June 2015 Ripped off You are 100% right. We have been sitting back and watching what has been happening at Avon yard. The road crews who have set trip rate miles are being forced to dog catch their own trains outside of their advertised limits. The west end crews have been going into east end territory and getting their own trains. They are also being forced to TRAVEL as much as 10 miles lap back work to set outbound trains for east end crews. The TMs and chiefs are refusing to give them tickets for the extra miles they travel beyond their advertised miles. Every damn one of them are saying its in terminal limits and its yarding their trains. Its not yarding their train. Once they hit the receiving yard that is supposed to be the end of the line. This terminal limit crap is out of control. A crew was ordered the other day to go get their train out east way past their job limits. When they said they weren't qualified that far the TM got real shitty and told them they were supposed to be qualified in the terminal. No crew on the west end ever goes as far as they were ordered to go. When asked if they were going to get compensation for the work performed they were told no by tm and chief. Again another crew forced up to 10 miles of work and no compensation. Trip rates are a joke right now. Another thing we have been noticing is when a west end crew dogs in so called terminal limits on a west end job, they never force and east end crew to go out and get it . They never force an east end crew to go get their own train. If they say they aren't qualified out that far(8-15 miles)they let them off. Its starting to look like outright discrimination against west end crews. This has been going on for years. If we have set trip rates with set miles then any work done outside of those set miles should be paid. This terminal bull crap is going to be a real nightmare for west crews. Avon is pretending it is their yard limits and they have the right to say anything done in terminal limits is yard work. The big question here is WERE THE HELL IS THE UNION AND WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO BE DONE!-------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------- Easy FIX Dumb Ass stop paying the mafia union. You need to get a set and refuse to pay up, and that is something that is so above you and the bros that follow the same worthless stream of Unionship. You can not step up and refuse to pay simply because every one tells you to never do that. So keep paying$1500.00 or more per year for NOTHING, but respect from the rest of the FOOLS. 

 Name: Needing info E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 June 2015 Got a question. Where in the world did this trainmaster David Benson come from? Is it true that he destroyed the terminal that his was at last? This clown is a nut job. 

 Name: Stockholder E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 15 June 2015 Leghorn You must be new to this site or your a mole. Everyone knows pines is a man. He has been posting on here so long no one really knows when he started. Now back to the touchy topic at hand that csx sure the hell doesn't want flooding this website. Is this take over a real issue or not? Does anyone have any concrete info. Last I heard someone higher up in the FRA food chain said it was in the works but csx was pooling its funds and getting ready for a fight. Cant base any investments on the rumor mill.... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 June 2015 Don't know if its a he or a she but must have missed it's medication.... 

 Name: Foghorn leghorn E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 June 2015 Who is Pines? Is it a he or she? 

 Name: Love'em E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 June 2015 I just love CSX 

 Name: Combine forces E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 30+ years Posted: 14 June 2015 Is cp buying us out? 

 Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 June 2015 Other If there is a merger or take over what will that do to our stock? I don't know anything about investing. Would our stock drop or be rolled into the new company at the same price? Could csx run the same as is but as a division of the new company? Do you know what happened to contrails stock when csx took over? 

 Name: Locomotion E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 June 2015 Well CSX did it again. Parkersburg W.V has a new trainmaster Mr.David Benson. This guy is a walking circus. What's wrong with this guy? Lies keep rolling out of his mouth. CSX must be proud of this one. One dumb little Oompa Loompa ..... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 June 2015 For everyone making comments hoping for the CP to come in? I got news for you, since Hunter Harrison took over, the employees hate the place. Watch what you wish for! 

 Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 12 June 2015 : When I retired, I sent a letter to my U.S. Senator that described how FRA management did not support me when a CSX terminal superintendent and his trainmaster began harassing and stocking me, and how I had to call the local police to get them off my back. Since then I have had no contact with the people I worked for nor do I care to. I only have contact with one of the inspectors I worked with and he has recently retired. FRA management really got into the pockets of the railroads during recent years. Real regulatory enforcement is a thing of the past. My friends are and always have been the union contract folks that work for the railroads. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 June 2015 RE;  The renowned CEO [Hunter Harrison] of the Canadian Pacific entertained a merger with the CSX a few moths ago and now recently. Ward said No! And Hedge Fund managers will eventually get Ward ousted at the behest of Harrison--who will then run the CSX for a brief period before he picks a successor. Harrison turned around the Canadian National and later retired until a group of Hedge Fund managers lured him out of retirement to turnaround the Canadian Pacific of which he has been very successful at doing. I'd say Ward and his staff will be unemployed when the Hedge Fund managers come calling soon. And there is a long shot of a possible merger with the UP and CP with Harrison again running the show. It will be the Hedge Fund manager's call. With all the whispers on Wall Street, CSX and UP has an over-supply of managers that can easily be eliminated during a merger. 

 Name:  E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 12 June 2015 $$Does anyone have any info on the rumor that the CN has been planning a hostle takeover and has been unloading some of their lines for extra cash. Its being said that's why csx isn't paying its employees their bargained pay because they are loading up to fight back... Anybody got any info on this? Hey retired FRA... your old department should know something about this. You still have any connections?   Name: SP Eng. Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 June 2015 "Locomotive Eng. Do you think it will be better with the merger of CN?........” ..................................................................................... That all depends on which group of management gets control. Back when the UPRR was gobbling up all the smaller railroads, they swallowed the Missouri Pacific (MOP). After that, there was nothing but diarrhea for years. After the MOP merger/takeover,seems as though there was too much high end management. The UP offered an officer’s buyout. Turns out, all the older more experienced managers were UP people, and they ended up thaking the buyouts. What was left were younger MOP officer who got control of the railroad. Things went downhill fast and the effects of the MOP are still imbedded into the UPRR to this day. So, point being, if the CSX gets control, things are pretty much going to be the way they’ve been. Trust me, CSX peope will not go down without a war.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 June 2015 God please bring on the Canadian Pacific.......   Name: NO RESPECT E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 June 2015 Ripped off You are 100% right. We have been sitting back and watching what has been happening at Avon yard. The road crews who have set trip rate miles are being forced to dog catch their own trains outside of their advertised limits. The west end crews have been going into east end territory and getting their own trains. They are also being forced to travel as much as 10 miles lap back work to set outbound trains for east end crews. The TMs and chiefs are refusing to give them tickets for the extra miles they travel beyond their advertised miles. Every damn one of them are saying its in terminal limits and its yarding their trains. Its not yarding their train. Once they hit the receiving yard that is supposed to be the end of the line. This terminal limit crap is out of control. A crew was ordered the other day to go get their train out east way past their job limits. When they said they weren't qualified that far the TM got real shitty and told them they were supposed to be qualified in the terminal. No crew on the west end ever goes as far as they were ordered to go. When asked if they were going to get compensation for the work performed they were told no by tm and chief. Again another crew forced up to 10 miles of work and no compensation. Trip rates are a joke right now. Another thing we have been noticing is when a west end crew dogs in so called terminal limits on a west end job, they never force and east end crew to go out and get it . They never force an east end crew to go get their own train. If they say they aren't qualified out that far(8-15 miles)they let them off. Its starting to look like outright discrimination against west end crews. This has been going on for years. If we have set trip rates with set miles then any work done outside of those set miles should be paid. This terminal bull crap is going to be a real nightmare for west crews. Avon is pretending it is their yard limits and they have the right to say anything done in terminal limits is yard work. The big question here is WERE THE HELL IS THE UNION AND WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO BE DONE!   Name: boxcar E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 June 2015 Earn it YEAH MAN......WHAT YOU SAID!   Name: watchdogs E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 June 2015 Crews Does anyone know if it's true they are doing away with the yard jobs at barr yard? Rumor is they said it was because they all sit on their asses in the break room drinking coffee and refuse to work. Going to make road crews coming in do the work on top of their trips. Not going to pay them one dime extra. Is this true? Are road crews going to get raped and abused and run into the ground.   Name: Silly blacks E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 June 2015 Keep crying about blacks being treated unfair... Blacks are lazy and all they look for is a free ride. If it doesn't go their way they yell rasicm. Get a life buck wheat. Nappy head looking Mr microphone head freak...... Suck it up and do your job.. Csx gives more to the blacks than whites because of the crying that they do..... Boo hoo   Name: ripped off E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 June 2015 WARNING Heads up Great lakes division. You younger pups who are just coming in are in for a big surprise. The union agreements are being changed with side letters you don't know a thing about. The union is made aware 30 days in advance of any changes in work rules or conditions. The division is being restructured to be one great big terminal and everyone will be force to qualify in every yard. Avon crews are being forced to qualify on the yard jobs at roselake yard. Even though their home teriminal is avon(226) miles away. The conductor and engineer agreements have set rules for using other crews from other terminal. This is needed so the crews cant be used to death and set job limits aren't violated. Its being changed. Avon yard is changing their so called "yard limits" to a straight classification of terminal limits so crews can be forced up to 15 miles out the yard to do yard work. Road crews are going to be forced to travel 10-15 miles out of their paid trip miles to yard a train in out lying sidings. The old transfer yard is being revamped so all road and yard crews from avon can deliver there in the "SO CALLED" new yard limits. There are at least 6 SSA and conductor articles that are violated on a daily basis and claims are not being paid. You better get a meeting together with ALL local chairman and get this settled. General chairman better get on board. If this happens then you better stop paying your union dues and throw out the current reign in the union. Vote all of them out at the next election. THIS ISNT A JOKE! Look around you and see what is slowly happening. Your job protection, seniority rights and working conditions are being revamped while you are reading this! Wake up!   Name: Amy E-mail: Amy@homedepot.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 June 2015 I have an announcement to make..... I shit taller than any of Marcello's tallest days. That is all.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 02 June 2015 Well said "Earn It." I suspect that "Big Whistle" is a CSX manager.   Name: Earn it E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 June 2015 Big whistle I sware to god if I see one more post about how good we are paid without having a college education I'm going to puke. First, what do you think the school is. How about the continuing education when rules constantly change. How about the yearly pod testing and classroom testing. Just because we didn't attend some overblown school does not mean we aren't entitled to good pay. I sold my soul, free time and private family time for this job and deserve every dime I make. If you didn't know, the turnover rate was 63% last year. Your theory people would kill for this job is only half right. The ones who quit want to kill someone before they quit! stop downgrading our skill and education level just because we didn't attend any ivy legue college for this job. Our yearly training is no different then what a teacher is required to do. I just wish we could take a summer break away from some of the children in upper management! A signed agreement is a signed agreement. Constantly fighting for what you were promised is bullshit! Union or no union. There is no honor in a handshake or a signed agreement with this company. So pay us well! We deserve it.   Name: BigWhistle E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 02 June 2015 I can relate to everyone's frustrations concerning all things such as denied claims and not following contract's. I do on the other hand see that most are confused about the executive branch of CSX or any other company. Oscar Munoz, Cindy Sanborn and Mike Ward don't care about denied claims and broken contract claims stating we didn't get an extra days pay. The main things they care about is the financial success of CSX and it's investors. Train arrivals, departures, velocity etc. They aren't dropping in to listen to whining. Operations and the bottom dollar is the main reasoning and concern. Realize this and you will sleep a lot better. Imagine the fact that if in not the next round of negotiations you will lose claim codes. The system will decide whether we are do it or not. Think outside the box. Union is fading itself out. The BLE and UTU doesn't need the Govt or railroad to phase them out. Technology just isn't an enemy at the control stand or the coo pilots desk. The ear is raging on how you get paid, what you get paid and how much you was overpaid. I try to think that I'm lucky just to make 75,000 per year without a college education. You new guys should feel lucky making 40,000. A lot of people would swap shoes in a split second. Even when your getting screwed your still making good . Don't get spoiled.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 31 May 2015 Sick of it Do you own stock with CSX. If you do then you are an investor. It doesn't matter if you own one share. As an investor in CSX you fall under several different departments of ethics per the company. First, find the CSX CODES OF ETHICS under investors. You are an investor. Read all of it very carefully. To save you some time I will post a small portion that addresses your situation. Every CSX director, officer and EMPLOYEE(that includes you) must help ENSURE that reporting of business and financial information-computerized, paper or OTHERWISE-is accurate, complete and TIMELY. This includes records of cost, revenue, time sheets, vouchers, bills, PAYROLL and benefits records and regulatory data, among other business information. There are 7 topics addressed in this code of ethics policy. One that is of most importance for denied claims is number two. NEVER DELIBERATELY MAKE A FALSE OR MISLEADING ENTRY IN ANY REPORT OR RECORD. An earning statement is a report. It is also entered in the records of the company. A denied claim that you know 100% for a fact is legitimate and it is stated in writing on that statement that it is denied because it is invalid should be handled as misleading and your union representation should handle it as such. You as an investor also have the right to bring this to the companies attention. Many would say this is a gray area, but the writing in the ethics code is in black and white. There are those who would argue that you must file everything through your union representation first, but as an investor in the company you need to make sure that any internal breakdown that may be developing is brought to the proper department immediately. It is your money and future that is invested and at risk. Fellow employees who have been denied pay for attending the mandatory classes and are investors have a right to enforce these codes of ethics. Waiting six months to get paid is an unacceptable business practice. If a supervisor has stated that he/she has notified the financial department of the problem and nothing has been done, then you as an employee of CSX and an investor is obligated to inform the proper department of the problem. This is your duty as stated in the codes of ethics. Remember, it is your duty to help ensure that proper procedures are being used and followed.   Name: WHAT??? E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 31 May 2015 Hey other friend/family Try reading the post below yours. What do you call that. A POST IDIOT! Now if your wondering where the jerry springer smut is then maybe you should try cable. Most of us are sick of that wasted space on here.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 31 May 2015 I'm just wondering why no one posts here anymore? It's not like the company socks any less....   Name: sick of it E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 31 May 2015 Conductors I took the mandatory face to face class 2 months ago and still haven't been paid for 1 of the days. I have heard a lot of people, engineers as well, say they haven't been paid. Some went to the class in January and only have been paid for 1 day. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS COMPANY! This crap has been going on for so many years it isn't even a joke any more. I think we need to come together as a group and start sending this stuff directly to board members homes. FORGET SENDING THIS THROUGH OUR UNIONS. I know for a fact that several have confronted Harris and the assistant superintendent at Avon about this and they have both said it has something to do with the new computer program they had to use to get us paid. Why is it every time this company changes their computer programs they screw the hell out of everything every single time. Just like when they changed the way we received our pay stubs in the mail. They made a mess of that for weeks before they got their heads out of their arsses! Come on people. Lets start mailing this stuff to the board members. I bet they don't have a clue what the hell is going on in this company and how big a joke the finance department is. We don't have to go through the unions. We have a right as stock holders of this company to notify the head of the finance department about any discrepancies we find and outright gross negligence. LETS GET ON BOARD WITH THIS. BUST THEIR MAILBOXES OPEN. THE UNION IS SITTING ON THIS STUFF TOO LONG. IF WE ARENT PAID BY NEXT YEARS CLASSES THEN WE SHOULD ALL BOYCOT THEM AND REFUSE TO ATTEND. THEY CANT PULL ALL OF US OUT OF SERVICE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 May 2015 Don't we all just love this wisdom! Detroit is doing well, and Baltimore, and Chicago, and the US economy is booming. Welfare is being reduced, wages are on the increase, and everything is just wonderful, good thing the Democrats are running the show. Not smart++++++ is called Ignorant by many.--------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 17 May 2015 Union railroad employees that vote for Republicans are extremely simple minded. Ronald (Howdy Duty) Reagan and the Bushes did everything in their power to hurt unions and help corporations. They also did everything they could to put Federal safety agencies in the pockets of corporations and to prevent unions from having a voice in how those agencies conduct business. I witnessed it first hand while at FRA. Most FRA inspectors were also Republicans and voted for the politicians who tried to cut their pay and benefits time and time again. So to those union members that keep voting for Republicans, try eating your guns, bibles and flags when you begin starving to death. And then realize that the Democrats weren't really trying to take those items away from you. Republicans just used your fear of that to get votes.   Name: Dong Bageley E-mail: MikeyWardslapdog@csx.com Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 30 May 2015 "If you boys haven't realized it yet Cindy is Michael Wards mistress" Are you wrong and must not work for CSX. Cindy is a lesbian.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 May 2015 If you boys haven't realized it yet Cindy is Michael Wards mistress, lots of things are talked about in a hair salon! Also the attendance policy is ridiculous, you have no life just to have a decent job!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 May 2015 Any new news on the dipshit Amtrak engineer ?......besides that he is a gay exhibitionist......to bad for all you Amtrak engineers that are real professional engineers......the camera is coming soon.....what a shame for us all.....who in the hell hires these people anyway?.......   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 24 May 2015 Charles S. Johnson's Twitter account was suspended. I dug a little further and discovered that he is a far-right racist bigot.   Name: IR E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 May 2015 Amtrak Engineer's Personal Issues: There is an honest blogger that has all the details about the Amtrak Engineer. Goggle: Charles S Johnson or gotnews. This seems like a government cover-up! The feds knew exactly what happened!   Name: Sick clown E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 May 2015 Listen up girls... Now is your chance.. Big Micheal Ward and Cindy sandborn will be traveling to a terminal near you.. Grow some balls and tell them about the problems at the terminals .. If you want change then let your voice be heard. Show these idiots how disgruntled we are. The T&E employees are they're on worest enemies..you love crying about problems but won't stand up for yourself. Keep hiding behind the BLET/UTU ... Those boys are bought out ...period ..... Have a good day ladies .   Name: Dong Bageley E-mail: MikeyWardslapdog@csx.com Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 20 May 2015 2014 Chairman’s Award of Excellence Winners Each year, CSX selects its Chairman’s Award of Excellence winners from among individuals and teams of employees who have made a significant contribution to the company’s performance. Their projects, some taking years to complete, cover a wide range of endeavors. For 2014, CSX recognized nine teams and one individual with this most prestigious award. All of the winners and their projects reflect CSX’s vision and core values as they drive improvements for our company and its customers. Following is a listing of the 2014 winners and their accomplishments. Congratulations to all! Station and Route Awareness Training Team Scott Gray, terminal superintendent, Nashville Scott Perret, assistant terminal superintendent, Nashville Travis Shelton, road foreman of engines, Nashville Meacham Bailey, manager-field training programs, Atlanta Samantha Webb, manager-field training, Nashville These individuals instituted the Station and Route Awareness Training program, or START, for conductor trainees on the Nashville Division. This innovative program establishes three days of one-on-one station training for aspiring conductors during Phase Two of their on-the-job training. Due in part on this program, the number of human factor train derailments on the division decreased by more than 50 percent during a year when the number of new-hire conductors increased by more than 50 percent. As a result START’s success, other divisions are now adopting the program.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 May 2015 Oh my.....dumb & dumber coming to town......   Name: union E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 May 2015 HEADS UP AVON!!! MUNOZ AND SANBORN ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN AVON ON THE 27th. IF THEY HAVE THE GUTS TO ACTUALLY HAVE A SIT DOWN WITH THE CREWS, DO NOT FORGET TO POINT OUT THE SCREWING THAT IS BEING GIVEN TO THE WEST END CREWS. THE CREWS WHO ARE BEING FORCED TO WORK OVER 10 MILES OUT OF THEIR ADVERTISED JOB LIMITS. THE CREWS WHO ARE ON THE ROAD ALL DAMN DAY AND AWAY FROM HOME AND THEN HAVE TO COME HOME AND HOSTLE TRAINS FOR THE REMOTES IN THE YARDS BECAUSE THEY CANT GO OUT OF THE YARD AREA. AND WE SAY YARD AREA BECAUSE THE MANAGERS IN INDY CALL IT ALL TERMINAL LIMITS. THEY ARE TRYING TO BLANKET THE ENTIRE INDIANAPOLIS AREA UNDER TERMINAL LIMITS SO THEY CAN MAKE ALL ROAD CREWS TRAVEL TO THE OLD TRANSFER YARD AND CRAWFORDSVILLE LINE TO SET OFF BLOCKS OF ROAD TRAINS AND SAY THEY ARE IN THEIR RIGHTS TO DO SO BECAUSE THE CREWS ARE ASSIGNED TO DELIVER TRAINS WITHIN THE TERMINAL LIMITS. THE TRIP RATES ARE SET. YOUR DESIGNATED TERRITORY ON JOB ASSIGNMENTS ARE SET. THEY ARE RAPING OUR AGREEMENT AND THE UNION IS SITTING ON ITS ASS RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK AND NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THE CREWS ARE DOING 200 MILES OF WORK ON 180 MILES OF PAY. THEY ARE USING US AND REFUSING FAIR PAY FOR OUR LABOR! ITS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE! ASK THESE TWO HOW THEY CAN WORK THE CREWS LIKE DOGS, BABY THE REMOTES AND RAPE OUT AGREEMENT AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES. ASK THEM HOW CAN THEY SIGN AN AGREEMENT AND THEN RENEGE ON EVERYTHING THEY SIGNED. ITS GETTING REAL BAD OUT HERE PEOPLE AND YOU BETTER WAKE UP SOON. OUR UNION IS JUST ABOUT GONE RIGHT ALONG WITH OUR UNION DUES AND THE COMPANY MAN KNOWS IT. THEY HAVE BEEN CHIPPING AWAY AT OUR RIGHTS AND HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT. BETTER WAKE UP! THIS IS NO JOKE. YOU LIKE THROWING YOU MONEY IN THE SHITTER JUST TO WATCH IT BE FLUSHED THEN GO AHEAD AND SIT ON YOUR BUTTS AND WATCH THE WATER FLUSH! YOU BETTER START TALKING TO YOUR BUDDIES IN THE STEAL WORKERS UNIONS AND SEE JUST HOW "SMART" THEY REALLY ARE. FIND OUT HOW THEIR BOYS HANDLE THIS KIND OF ABUSE BY MANAGEMENT!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 May 2015 Agree. People\blue collar workers don't vote enough & if/when they do, all too often they vote to eventually cut their own throat(s). Can't ever seem to get it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 May 2015 Keep preaching to the Choir .....does no good. Sad & too bad.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 17 May 2015 Union railroad employees that vote for Republicans are extremely simple minded. Ronald (Howdy Duty) Reagan and the Bushes did everything in their power to hurt unions and help corporations. They also did everything they could to put Federal safety agencies in the pockets of corporations and to prevent unions from having a voice in how those agencies conduct business. I witnessed it first hand while at FRA. Most FRA inspectors were also Republicans and voted for the politicians who tried to cut their pay and benefits time and time again. So to those union members that keep voting for Republicans, try eating your guns, bibles and flags when you begin starving to death. And then realize that the Democrats weren't really trying to take those items away from you. Republicans just used your fear of that to get votes.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 May 2015 Guarantee you this....if there were two crew members in the cab of that Amtrak train in Philadelphia .....never would have happened.....someone should let the house of representatives leader know that .....oh he probably does....he knows everything....just ask him.....if this accident doesn't wake up America to what is happening in the railroad industry then I guess nothing will....my wife asked me if I wanted to ride Amtrak somewhere this year.....answer....NOWAY IN HELL!!......idea....how about not spending billions overseas on an idiotic war that will never end and spending the money here in the USA to take care of US......must be quite embarrassing to be a politician these days......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 May 2015 Amtrak accident: Apparently, Amtrak had all the data including the camera focused on the engineer. The camera probably showed the engineer accelerating the speed of the locomotive. In a "legal" sense, if in fact Amtrak ascertained that the accident was intentional, an apology is paramount in order to mitigate [damages] and assuage the victims love ones [anger]. And now to politics: Americans must come together and impose on our government to improve America's infrastructure and not TRILLIONS for the sake of Israel for wars in the Middle East!   Name: CSX long time disgusted slave E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 15 May 2015 Investigative Reporter is a troll! His comment doesn't even make sense. As If the Engineer would/could make a name for himself by what? Being reckless? Stupid? As others have said don't jump to conclusions. If he can't remember what happened its probably because he microsleeped. An unfortunate consequence of sleep deprivation. Which is an all too common problem in this industry. An industry that had the benefit of a work force that commonly had people willingly working 80 hours a week (greed factor)for decades. But that wasn't good enough for the greedy basterds in charge. They had to make medieval attendance policies to close any gaps where a guy could mark off when he had enough, and needed a day or two to recoup, and get rested or just plain caught up with the personal necessities of life (you know, food shopping, laundry, etc.etc.) then there's the issue of 1 man in the cab. The fact that this has gone on for so long without the Public and Unions demanding an immediate end to this insanely dangerous policy is mind boggling. Just think how that would play out in the Airline Industry if they had 1 man flight crews. And every 6/8 months a plane fell out of the sky killing everyone on board. Because the pilot had some sort of health failure/lapse, and the computer just didn't quite get the job done in his absence.   Name: Investigative Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 May 2015 Amtrak wreck: The young engineer was going twice the allowable speed and was obviously trying to make a name for himself! The feds have been pondering the idea of completely isolating train crews from management for better oversight. The German Pilot Effect (copy cat crime) maybe?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 May 2015 CSX is a great company to work for.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 May 2015 Watchdog sorry but it won't do any good to key your radio mic if your fellow crew member is the only one in hearing distance. Not all divisions record all radio traffic either. The Chicago division is an example of one who doesn't record in all areas. The crews are not protected. The supervisors know this and have even been reported as gloating about it. They know it is your word against theirs. This is a topic of hot discussion with the unions. Hopefully there will be a change soon. This won't prevent the mentally challenged supervisor from fabricating false charges but it is a step towards better protection. If upper management didn't demand mandatory failures this whole mess wouldn't exist but they do so until our unions can put a protection plan in place that works do whatever it takes to protect yourself and your job.   Name: watchdogs E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 May 2015 Pay attention!!! GLDV! Due to the extensive testing that is being done on supervisors this month it has been brought to our attention that some supervisors are going to the extreme. One tm in particular on the west side is going to far. This would be one by the name of Edwards. It is being reported he is obsessed with busting crews with the 25 foot rule. Make sure you are no closer than 50 feet at all times. Without video protection you have no way of protecting yourself from trumped up charges. What is more disturbing is this supervisor was recently heard telling a crew member that he had been following is that he was .."THE HARDEST CONDUCTOR TO GET"! this comment is not only unethical and unprofessional but borders admission of deliberately stalking crews to hand out failure charges. Do not give him any room to wiggle in. If he approaches you make sure you have another crew member present during all conversations. If necessary key your radio mic as a source of protection. If you are wrongfully accused or verbally intimidated immediately notify the ethics department. There is no place in the company for a supervisor with this kind of malicious intent!   Name: Blah E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 May 2015 L&N Dispatcher and Mr. Robert Pines, Fellas.... L&N, why do you continue to argue with this guy for all these years... why do you care... Who cares??? Pines, Dude keep taking advantage of this short sighted ass railroad and continue to use it to your benefit. But Guys... lets move on.. or you two meet up and either fight or f*ck... but get over it!   Name: whocares E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 May 2015 I simply enjoy how every time this company tries to make my job/life harder that I just take it out on them in some unknowingly but gratifying way that makes me feel the score is even. Thank you.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 May 2015 East St. Louis Safety Committee: Jacksonville's Pride or Failure At this location there is a "no stings attached" attitude when it comes to marking off in the"name of safety". Whether you are the union safety coordinator, the red block captain, or the critical incident person you can mark off. These employees have been abusing the system and why not? Some have held these positions past the appointed years with managements blessing. Union agreements mean absolutely nothing when it comes to marking off safety if you know the right people. It's time for new ideas! Can you cite ANY accomplishments at that location in the past few years? Here are some examples of the abuse by a few members of the safety committee: -Excessive amounts of safety days taken by a future train master and current union safety coordinator. -Marking off for a safety feed when there isn't one! -Marking off for safety, collecting big money, to help the terminal manager move! -Marking off for safety, collecting big money, for an all expense paid trip to a RISQUE bar. SWEET! -Never posting safety feeds for all of the employees to see. Leaving only that special few to attend! -Going month's at a time without posting the minutes for all to see. The employees are the ones responsible for all the years of injury free days there! Who is responsible for approving all of these safety days? Does that location operate on a safety budget? Do they have the largest safety budget on the division? Does anybody else see what's going on there? Is anybody watching? Someone please STOP the ABUSE!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 May 2015 Been in engine service for over 10 years now......got woke up at 3 am to report for duty to be a FLAGMAN at 5 am......CMC at it's best.....what a proud group that must be down in Jacksonville......party on CMC........   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 May 2015 I need a lawyer for being discriminated against for have a disorder/disabilty Im in the midwest this is leading to termination... Please get with me asap or let me know of any good union lawyers   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 May 2015 How about shedding some more fat off the management bone as well....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 May 2015 Get on board.....the furlough train has arrived.....   Name: RULES 101 E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 May 2015 News Your new sheriff obviously needs to read his rule books. ALL OF THEM if he is pulling someone out of service for minor radio rules. Three step protection is addressed in the safeway book dated July 1, 2012. How 3 step protection is applied is discussed as well as the mention that will be requested verbally. However, there is no discussion on how that verbal communication will be done. The rule is clearly printed under TS-15. As for positive identification, once again it is explained in the rules book under section 10 subsection 1006. There is no gray area as stated. If you are switching, classifying or doing other similar operations, after communicating positive identification ONCE you can use short identification. It clearly states you will use locomotive number but IT DOES NOT describe how you will perform the remainder of your SHORT IDENTIFICATION. The bigger question here that is a gray area is WHEN are you required to use positive identification. Does it state clearly without a doubt when you are to use positive identification? NO IT DOES NOT. The rule only states "when required to use positive identification" under this section of the rules book. You are right when you suggested that the crews contact the operations department and get this settled immediately. Hopefully the person that was pulled out of service for this matter will open the can of worms that is needed to get the procedure published in writing. Unfortunately it usually takes a negative action to get a positive reaction from the crews. Another question you may ask yourself is what should be the level of discipline for someone failing to follow the radio rules as written. Since they can be interpreted differently by crews and supervisors there is no doubt this topic needs to be addressed immediately between the carrier and the unions. One area that seems to shed some light on the severity is stated under rule 1008.2. A transmission DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REPEATED(ACKNOWLEDGED) when switching in a yard. Anyone with railroad experience knows that there is more movement of equipment in the yard than anywhere else. There is a greater chance of being seriously hurt in a yard than anywhere else. The fact that radio transmissions do not have to repeated while working in a yard pretty much sends the message of the seriousness that is taken by the rules department when using the radio for positive communication between the crew members.   Name: news!!!! E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 May 2015 NEW RULES!!!! OK boys and girls. There is a new kind of sheriff in town on the great lakes and Chicago division(cant figure out which he is supposed to work on) Seems that he is following the old Ricky Reed shadow and making up his own rules as he goes along. Just so you know if he hears you ask for 3 step or you are telling your engineer that you are in a place of safety and you do not say it exactly like he wants you to he will pull you out of service. Failure to not follow radio rules to the tee is not a serious enough offence to be put on the street but he thinks so. Better start brushing up on your radio rules and call the operating rules department and get a few issued cleared up. Like when do you have to use positive identification and when did you have to start using it when you are flat switching and building trains!!!!!!!!   Name: Coal River E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 April 2015 trainmater Scott Harless doesn't know where he works. this week Danville WV had a derailment and he didn't even know the name of the sub-division the derailment occurred on. He even grew up in the area lol   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 April 2015 I wonder if Dave Harris comes in and works 84 hours a week like his T.M. That is to many hour's to work , to be productive safely. Way to go BOSS !!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 April 2015 Yes, all the trainmasters at Avon work 12 hour days, usually 5 or 6 per week in practice. However, this will come to an end when they have an acident and / or fatality. Either the trainmaster, a fellow employee in the yard, or a civilian on the main road will get killed or injured. When it goes to court the judge will want to learn why such fatigue causing practices happen. There are no good excuses, especially for such a profitable company. Saying we make good profits but can't hire more officials? Because we have such safety shambles that we must increase fatigue? There could be a LOT of bad publicity from this. And, this is not an Avon only practice.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 April 2015 Working 12 hrs......welcome to the real world all you MASTERS.......ha-ha.......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 27 April 2015 YES ALL THE TRAINMASTER IN AVON WORK A 12 HOUR DAY.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 27 April 2015 XTRA XTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT Rumors have it that avon is trying to get the old transfer yard added to their yard. Right now it is controlled by the Hawthorne yard but avon wants it added as an extension to their. Been making road crews take blocks of their trains 10 miles out of their advertised job assignments and setting them in a siding for outbound crews that are not part of their territory. Even heard they took portable air out there to put them on. Road crews are being screwed by their locals because they are not putting a stop to the crap and pointing out this is not yarding your train. Sure hope the yardmasters aren't claiming these cars as going through the hump when they get their. That would be falsifying their car count wouldn't it? Unions better get their heads out of their arses and get the trip rated increased or start getting some hostling jobs put on to go outside of the yard because the remotes cant go out their! The bullshit is starting boys and girls. You better get your LC's on board quick! There are several claims here and people better be putting them in!   Name: no mo E-mail: no mo . com Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 April 2015 where is Todd Novac working????   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 April 2015 It must suck to be a MASTER......lmao....boo-hoo....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 April 2015 Avon can't even keep yard masters there. I believe the current yard masters are working 12s also.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 26 April 2015 XTRA XTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!! DAVE HARRIS IS MAKING ALL HIS TRAINMASTERS WORK 7 DAYS A WEEK,12 HOURS A DAY. GREAT WAY TO KEEP MORALE UP.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 April 2015 Billion dollar railroad that uses a 1970's computer program...CSX Mainframe Sessions....lol   Name: Investigative Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 April 2015 Corrupt Union Officers And Management Under Review: In just one large terminal, a rail carrier compensates a General Chairman and his local chairmen, two thousand monthly [4-each] to circumvent the Federal Rest rules. The agreement forces engineers too mandatory undisturbed rest in order to avoid Federal Rest requirements...and by doing so, the carrier saves approximately 400,000.00 monthly and or 4,800.000.00 annually for eliminating 42 engineers. The General Chairman's rationale "An engineer should not be subjected to rest requirements when their work assignment is less than 200 miles. The General Chairman hasn't worked in 20 years and yet is always on the receiving end of "Company Business" assignments and in--direct conflict of the Bylaws for "full time" paid union officers.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 April 2015 What a professional computer system CSX has in place....Michael,,Oscar,and Cindy must be a proud trio.......if they spent some time on this problem and not so much on someone being sick we all might be better off......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 20 April 2015 now that csx finally ran roadforeman john silly ass baker off the railroad, which this loser should have been run off years ago. the rules now have only one interpretation the csx way not john baker rules.   Name: Rail rider E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 April 2015 My prediction for this company...... As I see it, The T &E employees hate this company with a passion. Managers are fallen over each other, and they lack people skills.. CSX thinks that they're employees are disposable. Most company's protect good employees and get rid of the bad ones.. Not this company .. If little Johnny screws up then we all get screwed ... This company is going down hill at a high rate of speed.. By 2020 this company will barely be floating.. Don't go in debt because you will lose as well.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 April 2015 What kind of Mickey mouse computer program do we have?.....trying to get on and keep on the mainframe system is quite a project anymore.....you would think a multimillion dollar business would have a decent system in place......not good ol CSX....punish the transportation employees in any way shape or form....but skimp by on all other areas to save a nickel........typical bullshit....   Name: what???? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 April 2015 Ray What the hell are you talking about. What job works 8.5 and gets paid 12. I don't know of any. Almost all road crews work on trip rate and most don't even start overtime until they have been on the job for 14 hours. Who wants to sit on a train dogged for 2 hours just to start overtime. The local jobs that can be set back to 100 mile day from the 130 and start overtime after 8 hours might work longer than needed to make descent pay for all the crap they have to put up with, but not any road crews. Wait.... you weren't making a joke were you. You suggesting they work 8.5 and sit on their arsses the rest? HA.... Don't know where you work but hard to do when you got supervisors shadowing you all day and on-boards to lie on!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 April 2015 From an Investor: As far as train crew pay goes - it was the RR cos. that wanted that. Old 100 mile day = overtime pay didn't start 'till after 10 hrs., 15 min. of on duty time for road workers. Nowdays, with a normal day of 130 miles, overtime starts after 8 hrs. All the business \ traffic, all the regulations/rules, the long hrs. today - it bites 'em in the ass. Poor knowledge, poor vision for the future, poor - on & on. Others have posted csx should be doing a whole hell of a lot better, and that is no doubt true. Gave up and moved all our investments to better\safer areas. At present, Csx stock is worth 1/4 what it really should be. Need to weed out\get rid of, upper level managment people.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 16 April 2015 To Ray: Sorry, you are ignorant - ignorant doesn't mean dumb or stupid. That post is another example why people need to do some research, know some history, learn the true facts before they blow off. [T&E employees have had more & more work & responsibilities thrust upon them by the carriers....obviously, you have no clue. The UTU afl-cio thing is another long story.] Pissed me off. Have seen & been around plenty of car. dept., etc. people that get paid for at least 8 hrs. each day & aren't worth squat. Could cite instances\write volumes. In actuality, that craft's job responsibilities & losses are their own fault. Use your brain: don't ever rely on "I thought" or "I heard". Doesn't work. -- Know the for sure facts. Keep voting conservative pro-business representatives into political offices and things will just keep getting worse for the blue collar working people in the good ol' usa.   Name: Ray E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 April 2015 Don't you people know why CSX wants high employee turnover? Because train crews were costing tens of millions in overtime pay. If you work 8.5 hours you get paid for 12. This rule was an incentive for crews to work as slowly as possible. A high turnover rate prevents employees from getting buddy-buddy and conspiring to rip off CSX. Now, don't get me wrong. I hate CSX with a passion. But, the prima-donna train crews took work away from other crafts. Remember when the AFL-CIO suspended the UTU? At least now it is every man for his self and not train crews vs everyone else.   Name: Toby E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 April 2015 More jobs cut. Dedicated runs off, fps on. Thanks skankborn. Guess those record profits still aren't enough.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 April 2015 EMPLOYEES Yesterday it was brought to my attention that an employee reported to work with a fever and laringitis. This employee could not properly communicate with other crew members and put others in seriously unsafe working conditions. Because the employee was in fear of being disciplined (points applied) even though he would have had a written doctors statement to be off he chose to report to work and put others in harms way. If this happens again you need to call the fra immediately and report the incident. Second, a supervisor on duty should be put on notice of the workers condition. If they allow them to work and someone is injured the company will be liable. If they send the employee home they SHOULD NOT have any points added to their progressive discipline file. If they do they need to contact Osha and the Fra to start an appeal.   Name: Attention new hires E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 April 2015 T & E DEPARTMENT SUCKS............management in this department sucks...... Managers are fallen over each other... .... Come watch the circus but don't hire on....   Name: help E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 April 2015 Crews For those of you that are having trouble getting into your caps records to review your "points" of progressive discipline accessed to you for staying home sick, don't feel frustrated. As usual the company has once again given out inaccurate info on how to log on. Log into the internet through apps.csx.com or the site you use at home to view the crew screen for train schedules and personal info. After logging on to the internet explorer page enter the word (caps) in the search bar that says "search this site". Make sure you put the word caps in (). Several sites will come up. Select the one that says crew attendance points system with the word (Caps). Four selections will pop up on the center screen. Select TITLE. Select CAPS in the upper left hand corner and your info should pop up. If you have problems call the chessie help desk. They have been flooded with calls and are aware of the bad info that was given out. Just another good laugh for them. They were expecting this to happen and were prepare for a flood of phone calls.   Name: East St. Louis E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 April 2015 I'm not a T/E guy but its unbelievable what they have to put up with here. Their officials are so twisted and untruthful...its sad really. They bully and harass these men. I've never had a official be like this to me but the T/E employees have a lot on their plate with this. I have complete confidence in our team here but it seems like their officials are so dishonest and harass them. Is that really safe to mess with men that are tired and just honestly wanting to do a good job and make them feel like crap everyday. CSX really needs to be thankful they have such good workers here. We all care so much but why cant these guys just get a break with the harassment. We have a awesome safety record and plan to keep it that way. Its because we come into work and are rule compliant. Its not because of power hungry officials. I wish I could help them...retaliation is a definite at St.Louis... if there is anyone out there with some pull to help ..please do. This really needs to be looked into. All of us at East St. Louis would be much appreciated with this. thank you and be safe guys!   Name: Sad place E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 April 2015 Low level Management is the problem with this company. These kids don't know they're head from a hole in the ground. No one wants to work for this company anymore. And those people that do want to work here just wants to hit the big bucks. Sad times....   Name: crew caller E-mail: 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   Name: Laughing E-mail: 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 ....   Name: Free Lance Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 March 2015 Similarities between Germanwing's Pilot Suicide: Did a little research on the railroad accident in Arkansas last year and it has all the telling signs of a self-inflicted occurrence. One of the crew members had no place to hide from the law and the judges were waiting! Maybe the FRA Gentleman can do a little research.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 March 2015 Portsmouth,Va.... BEWARE.... There is coming to you a Conductor named Warren Reddick (last name might be spelt wrong but sounds same).This person( I can not refer to him as a man) was demoted from Trainmaster to Conductor (his old trade) due to CSX's ( once again not practicing what they preach)supposedly zero tolerance for Spousal Abuse or whatever other Moral or Ethical words CSX like to use that makes the company sound good. This person did jail time for beating up his wife which was caught on tape by his daughter. Do not trust this sorry excuse for a person. When he was a Trainmaster he was not only a tyrant but a lying tyrant. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 30 March 2015 It's all nuts. Almost insane. Hard to believe at times. Scroll down & read the post with the statements regarding the employee turnover....... You'd think an industry that moves millions of tons of freight and heavy equipment worth billions of dollars would want experienced, knowledgeable employees. You'd think company stockholders and our government would desire that too. Always seems that the co. gets away with all types of crap until some kind of accident happens and then all the fingers are pointed at the lowly employees. Keep voting right-wing conservative politicians into office(s) and things will just keep getting better.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 30 March 2015 Think: Well said! Before I retired, I reported all of this to my FRA managers at Crum Lynn, Pennsylvania and it fell on deaf ears. I reported to them how CSX employees had told me of the harassment they had received for taking the time to perform proper locomotive and freight car inspections, and how they were expected to perform an amount of work that could not be accomplished without breaking rules.   Name: THINK E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 30 March 2015 Know better What you have to remember is that humans become conditioned by the environments they are constantly exposed to. When someone works day in and day out in conditions that wear you down and then work under rules and policies that do nothing but set you up for possible failure people become bitter and self serving. When you work hard for your money and the company takes back hundreds of dollars from you that your union agreements entitle you too, it also creates hostility. People become greedy because they are brainwashed into thinking they may not get what they earn so they try to make as much as they can to make up for the difference. Playing the boards, bumping first out, stealing recrews from others are just ways to make more money or position yourself for better runs. I know several ex trainmasters who stepped down and even quit the company because they could not and would not do the things the company asked them to do. Humane morality is not allowed by supervisors. When a mandatory failure rate is ordered they all know they have to be able to ruin someone's work record everyday. When a job requires a constant turnover rate it also puts the employees on a cut throat protection mode. CSX is one of the most cut throat businesses I have ever encountered. Its not just the men in the fields. The TM'S and RF'S are just as cut throat towards each other. They will stab and manipulated each other to make Jacksonville happy and do what ever it takes to preserve their own position. The great lakes division is a fine example of dog eat dog. The current "rule" was created from back stabbing and manipulation. There are many puppets at play. Yes, there are those who are just plain self centered jerk off's who show up that way, but over time you will see how many change after they get there. Never knowing where and when the next supervisor will jump out of the bush and bust you for some bogus bull just makes you feel like a grade school kid getting sent to the principals office. No grown adult wants to feel like they are being treated like a child or someone on a chain gang being watched by their warden. Welcome to csx. Sit back and watch what supervision does. Watch how many fra rules they break. What how they break rules to accommodate their own failures, then write someone else up for doing the same thing later. Watch how many times they turn their backs and let someone break a rule so they can get out of hot water. Watch how they instruct someone to lie on the on boards and submit out right lies. You have no idea the amount of bogus info that is submitted by supervision on a daily basis. Dwell times, car counts, departure times(just to name a few). Watch how power that needs attention bypasses the engine house just so they can get it out without losing the time that is needed to prep it correctly. The power desk orders where just tossed to the side like trash. Just like every thing else is. SO, don't take it so hard when you deal with idiots on a daily basis. It is the environment that creates most of these people. You are not working for an ethical company. Just do your best to stay sane and don't change if you are a descent person. The most important thing of all is to lay low, stay out of site, get in and out of your yard as fast as you can without being seen. Hide as much as possible. You will have a much better chance of surviving your career without a failure. Once you have one you will be placed on their hit list of possible problem children and you will be watched by a designated hit squad.   Name: Know Better E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 March 2015 Some of the things I see on here remind me of the way I feel. Over the last 12 years I have reached some conclusions. Dont trust your co-workers. I don't care if he's known as a awesome guy to work with or the best man on CSX. The manager's at this company are only a small part of the problem. The employees at CSX are just as bad. Putting others down, starting rumors and having self entitlement just to name a few problems on that end. I won't even get started about the modern-day crap unions and those who represent.   Name: FTW E-mail: 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.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 26 March 2015 In regards to the post on Riverside California. What is so different between the Riverside California and any other terminal?Hell most of the people in the terminals are having sex with one or another, or thinking about sex, underhanded things are going on all the time in the terminals. Not all people in the management field are dishonest, but most of them are and most of them are cheaters.So I see no difference between one terminal and another.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 March 2015 WOW---- what a Train master wanna be ! I have never seen one this uneducated. HA HA ___________________________________________________________________________ Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 March 2015 CSX TREATS SUPERVISORS LIKE THEY ARE DIRT AND THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED MANAGEMENT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM KNOWS ONLY TREATS AND A NASTY WAY OF DOING BUSINESS. MORAL IN TRANSPORTATION IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN. DONT BELIEVE THE CRAP THEY FEED YOU WHEN HIRING. SCREMS, THREATS, PERSONAL SLURS ARE ALL THESE BEATDOWN MANAGERS UNDERSTAND. IF YOU KNOW WHAT GOOD FOR YOU DON'T WAIST YOUR TIME WITH THESE FOLKS. ROB A BANK AND WORK ON THE CHAIN GANG. CSX PAY IS BETTER BUT THE CHAIN GANG WILL BE MORE REWARDING AND LESS STRESS. THANKS, 4 YEARS WAISTED AND LOOKING.   Name: East St .Louis Roselake E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 March 2015 I just want to say that Rose lake yard is very impressive. The things that impress me if how stupid Aleek and his little want to be trainmasters are. If I was a customer of CSX I would take my business else where. I know my job relies on customers but I can make way more money on other railroads and I wouldn't have to be harassed like Rose lake Managers do... I was taking a number 2 and Trainmaster Williams came into the bathroom telling me he needed me and "I needed to cut it off!" I said please can I have some privacy please. He then preceded to tell me he has the authority to fire me for subornation." Because I wasn't following the instruction of a superior." So I cut it off asap and then went into his office and then he told me he needed to talk to me about how he didn't care for my attitude in the bathroom. I explained how I was sorry that he thought I had an attitude and I wasn't trying to sound that way. He told me " really I should just shut the fuck and see what I get for the disrespect of a former US Marine"....I cant believe how crazy he went on me and really it freaked me out how he is almost after me. This isn't ok and I shouldn't have to deal with this at my workplace. I have enough to worry about with safety at work....I shouldn't have to worry about my Trainmaster freaking me out and making me feel unsafe ...mentally and physically Customers should be the ones thanking us for what we have to deal with everyday!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 March 2015 CSX TREATS SUPERVISORS LIKE THEY ARE DIRT AND THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED MANAGEMENT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM KNOWS ONLY TREATS AND A NASTY WAY OF DOING BUSINESS. MORAL IN TRANSPORTATION IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN. DONT BELIEVE THE CRAP THEY FEED YOU WHEN HIRING. SCREMS, THREATS, PERSONAL SLURS ARE ALL THESE BEATDOWN MANAGERS UNDERSTAND. IF YOU KNOW WHAT GOOD FOR YOU DON'T WAIST YOUR TIME WITH THESE FOLKS. ROB A BANK AND WORK ON THE CHAIN GANG. CSX PAY IS BETTER BUT THE CHAIN GANG WILL BE MORE REWARDING AND LESS STRESS. THANKS, 4 YEARS WAISTED AND LOOKING.   Name: Informer E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for Less than 1 year Posted: 20 March 2015 So we learned at the REDI center that ties could not be sitting around for more than 120 days. I tried to get that taken care of and I get yelled at and told not to worry about it. Track department must be the bottom of the barrel as far as the railroad goes. The managers are retarded and we get treated like shit! I was told that this was a great job so I applied. Then I get my first check and see that I have been raped. WOW allot gets taken out.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 March 2015 For The Retired SP Engineer... That terminal in Riverside California, why was there so much malfeasance going in that terminal? One senior manager was caught in a love triangle with his secretary and a junior manager...another one got got hiding injury claims...another used corporate funds to get a sex change operation...another one got caught having oral sex with a rank and file employee while on duty...and a large number of managers hangs out at a Bi-Swingers Club just north of the terminal in order to get initiated into management!   Name: Laughing E-mail: 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.   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 10 March 2015 Retired FRA: Thank you for your service. Don't know firsthand your personal experiences but the other... I do. You're preaching to the choir. Have very little respect, if any, for the US DOT\FRA.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 March 2015 Glad: FRA attorneys and railroad attorneys hold claims collection meetings in which a token amount is paid to settle a large group of violations. This has been nothing but a charade for several decades. Inspectors put a lot of work into the preparation of these violation reports just to see their attorneys void them or settle for far less than a reasonable amount. I also witnessed FRA slipping deeper and deeper into the pockets of railroad management. They squeezed hands under the table while blaming contract employees for all injuries and accidents. And FRA started instructing its inspectors to hide in the bushes and try to catch employees breaking railroad rules when they had no business doing that. In the past, we had been told NOT to get involved in railroad rules. So now there is a situation in which railroad managers demand that contract employees meet production expectations when meeting those expectations can only be accomplished by breaking rules. And to rub salt in the wound, FRA inspectors are trying to catch employees that break the rules. I am proud of the work that I did while I was an FRA inspector, but certainly not proud of the agency I worked for.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 10 March 2015 Shouldn't railroad people, experienced and knowledgeable people, operate, run railroads? Yes, business is business..., but?   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 10 March 2015 Right On: Sad reading. A hell of a way to run a railroad. Experienced employees\workers are more efficient which more often than not equates to being safer (& the jobs get done). Csx employees with any time in at all are attuned to the double standard, rhetoric BS, ie: the "good show". Customers/shippers are too, but they also = big business. Know all about the CFRs pertaining to RRs - USDOT\FRA Government Regulations that RRs do violate & get away with - no citations. Big shots plan things for yrs. ahead of time so maybe they know what all's going on. Unions & workers often have to play catch-up. Csx has some of the best locations, terminals, & ports east of the Mississippi. Something up? Another merger, takeover, etc., in the works? If not, stockholders & this outfit's Board of Directors should get their heads out of the sand. The CULTURE that's bragged about sometimes is just pure BS. House cleaning is needed. Could & should be a much better and better managed/run company. Shares should be worth at least double what they are.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 March 2015 To declined....sounds like you were to smart to work out here anyway.....   Name: RIGHT ON E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 March 2015 NEW HIRE DECLINED Your post has to be one of the best and right on post that I have seen on this site in years. But what you did not address is the thorn in the employees back. The training school. You absolutely can not keep a school running and afloat without new students. You can not flood a market with employees and have no where to place them. When you hire and train employees and put them on the street when they are done, they usually do not return. When a company counts on government grants to fund their school the need for a turnover rate is an absolute MUST! Then you have to factor in the support by businesses and awards with monetary value. Receiving a JD Powers award and Service star award look great on paper and in the press. This helps attract business and big backers. Safety awards are another thorn for the employees. A company must show they are putting their money where their mouths are. By suspending employees and taking a hard stance on safety they fool the backers into thinking they are a safe employer. We need not touch that subject any further. Then you have a business that is regulated by the Federal government. Have you ever read the very large book put out by the FRA with guidelines for the railroads. Yes, we all know there are corrupt federal officials in the pockets of the railroad but they are still obligated to put on a show. The railroad business has a very huge obligation to run trains safely. Tossing employees on the street for safety violations is one way to put on that good show. The employees have to understand that a turn over rate is a must! Keeping the students in the school, putting on a safety is a way of life show for the feds and backers is much more important than the moral or the real safety of the work force. All employees must remember....EMPLOYEE TURN OVER IS A MUST FOR THIS COMPANY AND IT WILL BE DONE. All you can do is work safely for your own protection and hope that you are not on duty the day management is ordered by Jacksonville to start cutting off more heads. Good luck to all of those employed by the company. Do the best you can, save your money and ALWAYS REMEMBER someone will be a target ever day.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 09 March 2015 I thank God every day that I left this shithole csx sucks and so does everyone that works there your all a bunch of douchebagS   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 March 2015 New Hire, It wasn't always like this, and its not exactly the way you see things. Forget about the money, and the long days on these trains. Today they are out to fire everyone period! Thats where all the bad attitude came into play. Remember, everyday you come to work just isn't good enough no matter how well you perform. There goal is to fire everyone. You wonder why people come in off the street and eventually quit? CSX DOES SUCK!   Name: New Hire that Declined E-mail: 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?   Name: NOT FOOLED E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 07 March 2015 Posters Don't get fooled by the company mole on this forum. Look real close at the post and start watching when they come out from under their rock. It IS ALWAYS WHEN A TOUCHY SUBJECT IS UNDER DISCUSSION. They are paid by the company to create havoc and disrupt the website! Glad has been making some good points and has attracted some extra attention. When you join a union you do not SIGN A CONTRACT. You agree when you become a member to follow the rules set forth in their constitution. The LMRDA trumps the unions constitution in situations where your union is not handling your complaints in a timely manner and to the fullest extent possible. These federal protection laws are put in place so any union member can sue and take his cases to an outside attorney. ALL UNIONS are under federal regulation and for good reason! A union that is in bed with management and horse trades claims for personal gain should be reported and put under federal investigation. We all know that takes a hell of a good lawyer and a hard stance from the members. Sitting on a claim for 4-5 years is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. The company is usually the one who creates the back log by refusing to sit down and get to business handling the claims. When they sign an agreement on a particular issue, agree that a claim will be paid for a violation of that said agreement then there shouldn't be any reason for it not to be honored and paid in a timely manner. Again, 4-5 years is not in a timely manner. On the other hand, the union should not allow it to go that far out of hand. Its up to the members to take control of their unions. The union works for the members. YOU DO NOT WORK FOR THE UNION! They take your money and in return are obligated to provide a service for the payment. If they aren't taking a hard stance and wont play hard ball then its up to the members to clean house and elect someone who will! No one has to tell you the amount of money that is passing through the hands of your unions and most of it comes from hard working members. If your union is failing you then you need to do something about it!   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 March 2015 Glad did 42 yrs. Local, Road, & Yard assignments. 1972-2014. Not that old yet & still in pretty good shape physically & mentally. Which is a hell of a lot more than can be said for the less than 1 yr. person\poster. Can't deal with a sick mind. That job is for professionally trained doctors.   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: Glad E-mail: 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.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 04 March 2015 Indeed. Your education begins and ends with GED.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 March 2015 Anyone who would even read what a locomotive engineer for one year has to say must be bored .....a locomotive engineer for one whole year doesn't know shit from shinola....this guy has a FRA card .....WOW we are all impressed with your card....my retarded nephew could get one of those .....LOL.....son you should get a life...do you go around and show everyone your ENGINEER card ?....bet your a chick magnet....a real catch indeed....LMAO.....yea you are awesome.....   Name: E-mail: 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   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 03 March 2015 There is plenty enough bitching/complaining/harping about things on this site. Vulgar words are not needed. Read the heading.   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 February 2015 Interesting, the last two posts. Many of those types of thoughts are playing right into csx's hands. Thousands of 1st time union members on the rr now days & most are pretty smart, but all too many are just plain ignorant. Worse, is the ones that should know better. Sad. The attendance policy is just that - a policy. NOT an agreed to contract. Stupid for the organizations to post on web sites their plans. Not over yet. Know all about the LMRDA. Timely representation? See contractual agreements and the RLA. Any LC or LR should understand totally their contracts & labor laws & be able to explain to local members - - WHEN they'll listen. Intelligent people have the ability to listen, learn. Ineffective\lackadaisical reps. can be taken to a hearing & removed and/or voted out, replaced. Wish things were more simple per se, but alas, it's just not that way. Again, for the umpteenth time: keep voting pro-business, anti-labor, anti-union legislators into office - will eventually end up = poor man \ rich man. Want to end up being a serf slaving for a king no matter how important you may think you are? Glad fortunate & lucky to be outta there   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 February 2015 GLAD Union members are their own worst enemies. What I and others don't understand is why they are willing to pay their hard earned money towards dues and not demand that they get the full representation that they are PAYING FOR AND ENTITED TO BY FEDERAL LAW. Every member needs to read the LMRDA! A lot of members have the idea in their heads that the unions are regulated by the railroad labor act. THEY ARE NOT! There are federal laws in place that protect union members in the United States. They are in place to protect members from "mafia" type unions organizing and setting up shop. Every member has a right by federal law to be represented in a timely manner. There are step put in place to allow any union member to take his case outside of the union and sue his union as well. The members need to let their elected official know they are aware of the laws and take a stance at election time. Another big problem is the members fear of retaliation if they file charges against a supervisor who is blatantly showing disregard for the union agreement. If you have a supervisor who stands there and tells you straight to your face that he doesn't care what your agreement says and you will do what he tells you to do and you can take it up with your local chairman later, he needs to be reported immediately to your general chairman. Your fellow employees who witness this need to stand beside you and show some support. This is a supervisor who needs to be charged with union busting, deliberate disregard for the employees right to union agreements and protection. THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR A HOSTILE UNION BUSTING SUPERVISOR AND THE INTERNATIONAL SHOULD BE NOTIFIED AS WELL.   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 26 February 2015 Unions have many faults, to be sure. Try to negotiate with this co. without them though & see how you end up. Closed shop\mandatory union membership is a must. Without that, this particular co. for one, could & would really beat the unions, the employees & their wages/benefits down. Wake up & see \ smell the real world. Rail unions would be much stronger if members themselves stuck together more & would be more supportive. Read, learn about, the provisions of the Railway Labor Act & contractual agreements. Know, be sure of facts. If a local rep. is off on a weekend, ask why. You very well may find out that the reason is more than justified. Again, know all the details\facts before blowing off. "I heard" or "I thought" doesn't cut it. Easy to bitch, not often easy to correct/fix things. Help out. Contribute a lot more than just crying on web sites and/or at the on-duty location. Do - at least try to do, more than just post on a web site. Stated\written before: keep voting pro-business legislators into office(s) - that & weak unions = = look out mr. & ms. middle class blue collar worker. csx - mentions a good culture for employees = what a crock, nothing but BS embarrassing rhetoric. Glad Glad to be outta there & not have to associate\deal with disrespectful, inconsiderate, selfish co-workers and the same like horsecrap csx management, fra, etc.   Name: Bed buddies E-mail: 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 ..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 February 2015 Well mr.FRA inspector at least you got a greeting....allbeit a piss poor one....seems to be the new way of thinking nowadays....I can tell you it all starts at the top and as you know shit runs downhill....been on the property 15 years now ....I have seen the infamous Posey on several occasions....no greeting,no eye contact,no nothing..he departed and his replacement ?....you got it ...same actions to a T...now moving on you can put the manager of safety and operating practices in the pile and the senior road foreman of engines in the mix as well....it must be the way they were all taught ...MONKEY see MONKEY do.....it's obvious these men? Don't want to be bothered with some subordinate who handles millions of dollars a year for them to be ask what their name is?......a proud group management must be....walk or drive or sit around all day doing absolutely nothing beneficial to the company except usually screwing it up worse than it already is....if that's at all possible.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 25 February 2015 WHEN I MET MY MANAGER FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE WAS ALL OVER ME, COULDN'T DO ENOUGHT FOR ME. YES IM PRETTY GOOD LOOKING.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 25 February 2015 Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years: You are spot on about the nastiness of many CSX managers. On several occasions, when I met one for the first time, I was greeted with a gruff "what do you want?" Then when I told them I was with FRA, they did a 180 and completely changed their tones, sticking their hands out to shake mine and smiling. Of course when that happened I made sure there were no stones left unturned in their yards. On some days my job became very enjoyable.   Name: E-mail: 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.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 24 February 2015 Hey utu and ble on your web sites there is a lot of bullshit topics. How about topics we really care about like the new attendance policy or what you fat ass no good basterds are gonna do about it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 February 2015 Have YOU introduced yourself to the new Manager? If not-- why not? you might just be surprised, and learn something. You my friend are afraid to approach him, and for no reason. Always remember the more you know the better for YOU. Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 February 2015 When a person accepts a manager position ....goes to Atlanta for training and drink the cool-aid......are they trained not to speak to or look at a T&E employee?.....are they taught they are better than their subordinates.....all the things a person learns in growing up to be a respectful ,polite ,honest human being is being taught to be the exact opposite .....all in the matter of six months.....we have a train master trainee in our terminal ....I have been working here 14 years now....seen him 10plus times...this guy hasn't introduced himself or even looked me in the eye....is this typical behavior nowadays?.....what's the use of getting educated then?....come work for CSX ...no previous education required......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 February 2015 To the yardmasters...why is it when a guy busts his but to get get home ....has a great run and then gets to the yard limits only to be asked 'how much time you got left'?....access denied....sit out there for 3 hrs for no apparent reason....now with time running out its hurry up and get in before you kill that train on the main....some of you guys must be on some goooood medication....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 February 2015 When a person accepts a manager position ....goes to Atlanta for training and drink the cool-aid......are they trained not to speak to or look at a T&E employee?.....are they taught they are better than their subordinates.....all the things a person learns in growing up to be a respectful ,polite ,honest human being is being taught to be the exact opposite .....all in the matter of six months.....we have a train master trainee in our terminal ....I have been working here 14 years now....seen him 10plus times...this guy hasn't introduced himself or even looked me in the eye....is this typical behavior nowadays?.....what's the use of getting educated then?....come work for CSX ...no previous education required......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 February 2015 If you look forward to a career where no one cares about you or your family life, sign right up. You to can get stuck out of state for most of a week, without any idea when you'll get home. You are just a number, and they only care about the millions of dollars in revenue, and you're replaceable. There are hundreds of kids down in Atlanta ready to fill in our disgruntled shoes. Anyone who goes to Amtrak never returns, because they know how to treat people. If stock holders actually knew how inefficient they were at moving freight, they'd pull their money out of that really fast. CSX "How tomorrow moves freight.....a week later."   Name: Informer E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 February 2015 You want to be a manager at CSXT? Fail a drug test and 9 months later when you come back off your rule G CSX will give you the title that most abuse. What's that you say? you have to have a clean employee record for a year without any absences or assessments? Those rules only apply to those that CSX says they do.. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know CSX made that rule but its ok, trust me! We look for the worst employees to put in charge! Shitty employee and now a shitty manager. From someone that use to go home after the morning call because their manager use to let them. No management experience need, never been a foreman, no need. Stole from the company then and sure that has not stopped. Who's going to listen and make the difference? No one.... CSX is a bright shiny fortune 500 company on the outside that gives a appearance that safety is #1 and they care. Have you seen the areas where these trains run? Employees defenseless work in high urban threat areas. We will wait until something happens to make changes, just like all the other rules and regulations written in blood. Don't waste your time calling Ethics because eventually the manager that is the problem will come to you ans ask for a statement and dissolve the issue. Confidential? yea right! So many issues with this company and yet it is blamed on the employee. "Oh, its just a disgruntled employee!" Is it? Why is that employee disgruntled? Fact based: A statement thrown around by CSX. If you want fact based lets pull radio records of trains that have passed. Lets pull paper work that has been documented by and outside party. "I don't care that 6 employees have the same story! I am going continuously repeat "FACT BASED" and make everything your fault! Oh yea and also keep calling you a liar!" GREAT MANAGEMENT SKILLS!!!   Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 19 February 2015 BOB Who said anything about conrail? SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE MOLE! Getting tired of trying to use the LBT issue to draw attention away from the heated topics? Keep trying. In the meantime, the bad moral and hatred builds at roselake!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 February 2015 RE; SP Engineer: Heard lots of noise from that terminal that you mentioned in California....Is it true that an engineer butchered his wife several times and almost killed her...served over 10 years in prison...and returned to work...and is now a terminal manager? That was mentioned in Train Orders a few years ago as well as a slew of sex offenders working-out of that terminal.   Name: Bob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 18 February 2015 Man what a bunch of soar losers...if the Conrail was so great, don't you all think it would be on the list of "Major U.S. Railroads" today. Stop whining and be thankful that you have a job!   Name: FACTS! E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 17 February 2015 Retired SP Engineer Not only do the CSX officials read this site but their lawyers do as well. They have too. It is their responsibility to read every post to make sure there hasn't been something posted that is a violation of business practices or leaks vital information to the competitors. Supervisors visit this site on a regular basis. IT IS A FACT that the FRA as well as customers read it daily. Last year a close personal friend of the NS informed us that they read every single post because not only is it entertaining but a lot of post make reference to former NS officials that were asked to "leave" and jumped on board with CSX. This site can be very helpful for the employee's if used properly. Unfortunately because it is an open forum there is no way to keep filthy and unstable people from posting comments that make decent hard working employees who do post on here appear less credible. If employee's are afraid to file ethics charges against a supervisor because they know they WILL BE RETALIATED AGAINST they can do it on this site. The minute any CSX officer see's official charges posted on this site it is their responsibility to advise the company so the lawyers and public directors can make note of it and prepare for any adverse actions that might take place. Be serious about your posting. If you are going to make charges or post ethics violations HAVE YOUR FACTS. HAVE DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS, INNCIDENT AT HAND AND FULL DETAILS. CSX has in the past investigated officials being charged with inappropriate conduct after being notified anonymously. THIS IS A FACT. Once they become aware that a serious situation is escalating it is their responsibility to investigate within. REMEMBER!!!!! AS SOON AS YOU BEGIN POSTING INFORMATION THAT IS UNCOMFORTABLE OR DAMAGING TO THE IMAGE OF THE COMPANY, THE HIRED MOLES WITH DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO DISTRACT YOU FROM THE TOPIC AT HAND. THEY WILL START ARGUMENTS WITH THE POSTERS AND DRAW EVERYONES ATTENTION AWAY. THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO DO. DO YOUR BEST TO IGNORE THEM. DO NOT LET THEM DRAW YOU IN. IF YOU DO ALL YOU HAVE DONE IS FALL FOR THEIR TACTICS. STAND YOUR GROUND! If what you are posting is factual and truthful you have absolutely nothing to worry about. No one in the company wants to push issues that you can prove without a shadow of a doubt. They prefer to keep these issues in house and away from the public but if the employee's are getting no where and the problems are being swept under the rug this site is just the place to get the rug taken to the cleaners!   Name: Ground Pounder E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 February 2015 SP Engineer. I so understand what you're writing about. With the way Scott Conners orders his managers to treat everyone on the Great Lakes Division, I'm surprised someone hasn't already gone postal over here. I'm sure if Brian Edwards and Darren Hershiser keep harassing the Chicago Division guys, they're going to do to them what they've been threatening to do to Joe Barry, if he's ever stupid enough to show up in Danville again. Its a beat down, and a long box car ride. But with as FAT as Brian Edwards is, a few days riding around in a box car might do his waist line some good.   Name: Retired SP Eng. E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 February 2015 I really do hope that CSX Management takes the time to read this and other railroad websites, especially TrainOrders.com. I'm sure they view CSX-Sucks.com as entertainment, with only disgruntle employees being the catalyst of the posters. But, for their information, many others view them in the same light as most here. In comparison to the other “Big Three” railroads, CSX is, from what I can tell, a “Wooden Axel” outfit. Meaning basically, it's run by non-railroad people at the corporate level and the "Bottom Line" being the most important or the only indicator of the railroad's productivity and efficiency. Back in 1980, Southern Pacific (and other railroads) were flush with excess operating employees, cabooses, fireman, brakemen, etc. now history. The country was in the middle of the Carter rescission, freight loadings were way down, locomotives were stored, mothballed in long lines. Many low seniority brakemen and switchmen were cut-off. The mood of management then was much as the CSX is now; harass the men, efficiency testing all the time. If you were a promoted engineer and cut back as a fireman, then you were fair game. The work morale was just as the CSX seems to be today. Finally, someone broke. For you CSX managers, these means he went “Postal.” I'm sure I need not explain the definition of that term. One particular yardmaster, with the encouragement of a few Asst-Terminal Superintendents, had really be harassing the yard crews unmercifully. As the sun came up one morning, this yardmaster was walking down the steps from the Trim Tower at SP's West Colton Yard in southern California. An old head switchman walked up a literally blew him away with a 12ga. shotgut....yes, killed him. The man is still in a California prison. The man's name escapes me, but I believe they called the yardmaster Pinky. After this incident, things on the SP changed over night....at least on the Los Angeles Division. Now, point being; don't think this can't happen on the CSX. It can and I would bet it will. CSX Management, listen up...people can only take so much. From what I read and hear, many of your first line managers are pushing people to the breaking point. Just take some poor guy going through a divorce, a serious illness or another of life's traumatic situations, feeling distraught, life not worth living. Now, take one of your company officers, overly concerned about him separating two cars 48 feet not 50, sights him for an investigation, this just might be the straw that breaks the camel's back, and he goes Postal. Don't feel it can't happen, I have shown you it has, on a railroad. We all know it's happened many time at the US Postal Service.   Name: Rose lake E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 February 2015 ROSELAKE.... Idk if Aleek is still doing his pot smoking but he sure thought it was funny that day. Like he had gotten one over on CSX. He was even holding his hand up making the movements of smoking a joint. The railroad is so corrupt within CSX. I sometime can believe the idiots they hire here. Then they let the ones go that are actually doing good. Doesn't make sense to me...but aleek and ryan do there own thing and we cant stand up without being mistreated or followed in the yard with them constantly testing us. Or in aleeks way he tests.....from the seat in his office looking out the window. THE SAFTY Record at RoseLake isn't what they claim... 1st They tell you they don't want to know.... 2nd If you do tell them....they say "i didn't hear it" 3rd Ive personally told " if you get hurt here..you wont work here any longer. We have ways to get rid of you here." Ryan Williams says SOMEONE like scott conner needs to get involved and fire them for a change!   Name: ROSELAKE E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 February 2015 ROSE LAKE= Aleek Young + Ryan Williams = Terrible place to work. "BIG BLACK the pot smoker" + "Lyin Ryan" These guys are insane...Not ethical at all. I have personally have sat at the break table and over heard ALEEK talk about when he got the job offer for Management he was in Miami smoking pot on the beach. He said he had to tell them he would be on vacation for a month so he had plenty of time to get it out of his system. RYAN he is a weirdo with a huge ego. He seems to think cuz he was a marine he is some kind of tough guy. Not really guy...we don't like you and your just a young ass punk. He orders old heads around like he knows better than someone that has been on the railroad for TWICE his AGE! Honestly we hope you just choke on your meal when you take a break! MANAGEMENT....Back off ...! We are all fed up with you attitudes and terrible way you treat us here. Everyone might have to go out and call Redblock one night and see how you get the 008 out... ANY1 ELSE HAVE ANY STORYS ABOUT ROSELAKE?   Name: Joe Patriot E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 15 February 2015 Corrupt Politicians and Corporate America: All Railroaders should go on a Nationwide strike and force our corrupt politicians to focus on the People's business! America, The Land Of The Free, is coming apart at the seams because no one wants to lead!   Name: Retired Loco Eng. E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 February 2015 I have ofter thought, the Obama Administration should turn over the ISIS and Radical Islamic Terrorist problem to the CSX management. Herman Goering, Hitler's righthand man, once said, “The reason we lost the war was, were weren’t sufficiently ruthless enough." That would not be the case with CSX. They would cut off heads and take names with a broken pencil, which ever worked best.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 February 2015 http://www.utu1529.org/news/news.php?action=fullnews&id=230   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 February 2015 No discipline for Following Dr's Orders! MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 February 2015 READ THIS AND PASS IT ON! www.utu1529.org/news/news.php?action=fullnews&id=230   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 February 2015 LOS ANGELES — When a Union Pacific freight train thundered into tiny Macdona, Texas, just before dawn June 28, the engineer and conductor had clocked more than 60 hours in the previous week, working the long, erratic shifts that are common in the railroad industry, according to this report by Dan Weikel published by the Los Angeles Times. They flew through a stop signal at 45 mph and slammed into another freight train that was moving onto a side track. No one even touched the brakes. Chlorine gas from a punctured tank car killed the conductor and two townspeople, while dozens of others suffered breathing problems and burning eyes as the toxic cloud drifted almost 10 miles. Hundreds were evacuated within a 2-mile radius of the accident. Federal investigators suspect that both of the Union Pacific crewmen had fallen asleep. In the weeks before the crash, each man’s work schedule had at least 15 starting times at all hours of the day. The Macdona crash illustrates a grim fact of life for thousands of engineers, brake operators and conductors who guide giant freight trains across the country: Exhaustion can kill. Two decades after federal officials identified fatigue as a top safety concern, the problem continues to haunt the railroad industry, especially the largest carriers responsible for moving the vast majority of the nation’s rail-borne freight. “Engineers and conductors sleep on trains. Anyone who tells you different is not being straight with you,” said Diz D. Francisco, a veteran engineer and union official who works out of Bakersfield for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. Tired crews have caused some of the deadliest and costliest freight train wrecks of the last 20 years, a review of federal accident reports show. And although the government doesn’t track fatigue-related crashes, the number of accidents caused by human error has increased 60% since 1996, a surge that some safety experts suspect is at least partly the result of weary crews. “We have been talking about the same issues for more than 20 years,” said William Keppen of Annapolis, Md., a retired engineer, former union official and past coordinator of Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s fatigue countermeasures program. “We made some progress in the 1990s, but the whole thing is starting to go to hell. People are dying out there. The risk is increasing again.” National Transportation Safety Board records show that entire crews have nodded off at the controls of mile-long freight trains weighing 10,000 tons, some of them loaded with hazardous materials. In a 1984 Wyoming crash, a Burlington Northern engineer had only 6 1/2 hours of sleep in the 48 hours before the accident; his conductor had five hours of sleep. Outside St. Louis in 2001, a Union Pacific engineer who had been up for 24 hours with only a short nap failed to heed three warning signals and orders to limit his speed before triggering a chain-reaction crash involving two other trains. The wreck injured four and caused 10 million in damage. A year later, in Des Plaines, Ill., a Union Pacific engineer fighting to stay awake after more than 22 hours without sleep blew past warning signals and broadsided another train, severely injuring two crew members. After a Chicago & North Western train collision in March 1995, engineer Gerald A. Dittbenner sued the railroad — and received a 500,000 settlement, his lawyers say — over his incessant 12-hour shifts and irregular work schedules. Dittbenner, 49, misread a stop signal after being awake almost 30 hours and hit the rear of an empty coal train outside Shawnee Junction, Wyo. Seconds before the impact, Dittbenner jumped from the locomotive and broke his neck. Unable to do strenuous work because of persistent pain, he now works as a locksmith in Scottsbluff, Neb. At a freight terminal before the crash, Dittbenner wrote a prophetic letter to the railroad company — but never got a chance to mail it. “I said something like, ‘We weren’t getting enough sleep. The railroad is always short-handed and working us to death. If nothing is done, someone is going to get hurt,’ ” Dittbenner recalled in an interview. “That someone was me.” Federal regulators believe that fatigue underlies many train accidents, though the number of crashes related to the lack of rest is unknown. The government investigates few crashes, leaving most of them to the railroads to review. By law, those carriers submit reports to the government. Under cause, the only fatigue-related category is “employee fell asleep,” which Federal Railroad Administration officials say doesn’t provide a full picture of the problem. In 2004, the industry reported 3,104 significant accidents to the railroad administration. About 1,250 were attributed to human factors such as poor judgment, miscommunication and failure to follow operating procedures — errors that experts say can be triggered by fatigue. A 1997 survey of more than 1,500 freight crew members by the North American Rail Alertness Partnership — a group of industry, government and union officials — found that about 80% had reported to work while tired, extremely tired or exhausted. Though fatigue can affect passenger train crews, it is primarily a problem for the 40,000 to 45,000 engineers, brake operators and conductors assigned to unscheduled freight service. Many put in 60 to 70 hours a week, sometimes more. They can be called to work any time during the day or night, constantly disrupting their sleep patterns. The irregular shifts often place bleary-eyed crews at the controls between 3 and 6 a.m., when experts say the body’s natural circadian rhythm produces maximum drowsiness. Engineers, brake operators and conductors liken on-the-job fatigue to being in a constant state of jet lag. “There is no set rest schedule. It changes all the time, and it is hard to adjust,” said Doug Armstrong of Huntington Beach, a veteran Union Pacific engineer who often works 12-hour days, six days a week. “People have a normal rest cycle, but a railroad is anything but normal.” Part of the problem is the federal Hours of Service Act, a 98-year-old law that requires at least eight hours off after each shift. Crew members say that often doesn’t result in adequate sleep. Allowing for commutes, family obligations, meals and getting ready for work, four to six hours of rest is common, they say. Moreover, it is legal under the act for engineers, conductors and brake operators to work up to 432 hours a month. In contrast, truckers can drive no more than 260 hours a month under federal law, while commercial pilots are restricted to 100 hours of flying a month. “It doesn’t make scientific or physiological sense,” said Mark R. Rosekind, a past director of NASA’s fatigue countermeasures program and a former consultant to Union Pacific. “It calls for a minimum of eight hours off, but people need eight hours of sleep a day on average.” Without adequate rest, engineers can significantly increase their risk of an accident, according to research in the late 1990s by the Assn. of American Railroads, the industry’s trade organization and lobbying arm. Donald G. Krause, then an analyst for the association, studied 1.7 million work schedules and found that engineers who put in more than 60 hours a week were at least twice as likely to be in an accident as those working 40 hours. His work was intended to aid the industry in assessing the fatigue problem and finding ways to reduce accidents. But in 1998, the association canceled the research. “They did not want this finding,” said Krause, who once studied rail safety for the federal General Accounting Office and is now a business writer living outside Chicago. “The railroads fear it could lead to restrictions on hours and government regulation, which could cost them money. But something needs to be done. One of these days, they are going to wipe out a town.” Association officials say Krause’s research was halted because of budget cuts, not out of a desire to bury the conclusions. Exhausting schedules are nothing new in railroading. In 1863, long hours contributed to the founding of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, one of the nation’s oldest unions. Crew fatigue is even enshrined in American folklore. Engineer Casey Jones was killed when he rear-ended another train in 1900 — near the end of a double shift. The accident inspired a song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones.” Today’s fatigue problem is the result of a variety of developments over the last two decades, say union officials, railroad consultants, company executives and train crew members. Hiring has not kept pace with a steady increase in rail freight volumes, about 4.4% a year on average since 1991, federal data show. Corporate mergers and cost-cutting during the 1990s led to staff reductions. In 2002, a change in pension rules led to 12,000 railroad worker retirements, twice as many as the year before. Since 1990, overall railroad employment has declined more than 25%. Department of Labor statistics show that, until recently, the hiring of engineers has been flat for years. Railroad unions have at times resisted proposed solutions to the fatigue problem if they threatened to limit the freedom of their members to work long hours and maximize earnings. With overtime and high mileage, salaries for engineers can reach 100,000 a year. “It is a two-edged sword,” said Brian Held, 47, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe engineer for 10 years. “The company wants to save money and doesn’t hire what it needs to. Union members don’t want the boards so full of workers they can’t make the money they want. It makes for a dangerous situation.” Held said that fatigue led to a train collision April 28, 2004, in the Cajon Pass of San Bernardino County, a long, tricky grade that requires constant attention. Federal records show that both the engineer and conductor of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train dozed off and struck a Union Pacific train at 5:15 a.m. Five cars derailed. “There have been four or five fatigue-related incidents up there,” Held said. “We’re lucky no one was killed.” Interest in fatigue as a safety problem intensified in the mid-1980s, when the NTSB concluded that weary crews contributed to three collisions involving Burlington Northern trains that left 12 dead. But the railroad industry did not launch a major initiative until two Santa Fe freight trains collided Nov. 7, 1990, in Corona, killing four and causing 4.4 million in damage. The fiery head-on crash occurred at 4:11 a.m., when a westbound train ignored a stop signal and crept onto the main track from a siding. It collided with an eastbound freight train going about 30 mph. Crew members on the westbound train tried to run from the wreckage but were consumed by a fireball. The brake operator on the other train was killed; the engineer and conductor suffered serious injuries. A year later, NTSB investigators concluded that the crew at fault had probably fallen asleep. They noted that engineer Gary Ledoux and brake operator Virginia Hartzell had not slept for almost 27 hours, making them drunk with exhaustion. Conductor James Wakefield had no more than six hours of rest the day before. Of Ledoux’s last 54 shifts, 35 had different reporting times at all hours. The day before the crash, because of a last-minute shift change, Ledoux had only 5 1/2 hours of sleep before guiding a freight train from Los Angeles to Barstow, arriving at 12:40 p.m. En route to Los Angeles, Ledoux exceeded speed limits 13 times. As he neared Corona, he turned on the cab’s dome light and opened the window in an apparent attempt to stay awake. The Corona accident prompted the formation of the Work Rest Task Force, which stressed a voluntary approach by railroad companies and labor unions to sponsor research and find solutions without government intervention. In 1996, the North American Rail Alertness Partnership was formed. The Federal Railroad Administration also organized related efforts. Today, a variety of fatigue countermeasures are partially in place or under consideration at the nation’s largest railroads, including Burlington Northern Santa Fe, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific. Some railroads have started voluntary work-rest cycles, though they are not available to most of their freight crews. A typical arrangement is seven days on and three days off. Educational materials are available, crew lodgings at hotels have been upgraded and most major railroads, after years of resistance, now allow short naps for those on duty. Executives at some companies say they are moving to more regularly scheduled freight service, which can make crew members’ hours more predictable. At Burlington Northern Santa Fe, crew members are entitled to 14 hours of undisturbed rest after working eight hours. At CSX, they can ask for undisturbed rest for up to 10 hours, and fixed work-rest cycles are available at several major hubs. Officials at all of the nation’s largest railroads say they are hiring thousands of engineers and conductors to reduce crew shortages. The companies, which handle about 90% of the nation’s rail freight, added more than 4,000 crew members in 2004, a 7% increase over 2003. The Assn. of American Railroads contends that a voluntary effort is more likely to succeed than a “one-size-fits-all” approach that government regulation would create. “We have made huge gains by working cooperatively,” said Alan Lindsey, general director of safety and rules for Burlington Northern Santa Fe. “We have come a tremendous way as an industry.” Although accidents related to human error are increasing, the railroad association cites federal data that deaths and injuries of railroad workers from accidents are at record lows. Fatigue “is not what I’d consider a major safety issue at this point, but it is an issue we take seriously,” said Robert C. VanderClute, the association’s senior vice president of safety and operations. Industry critics, however, point to Union Pacific, the nation’s largest carrier, in asserting that the voluntary approach isn’t working. Understaffing and crew fatigue have persisted at Union Pacific despite the railroad’s participation in the Work Rest Task Force. The largest team of safety inspectors ever assembled by the Federal Railroad Administration descended on Union Pacific in 1997 after five major crashes in eight weeks killed seven people. Long hours, unpredictable work schedules and train crews that had worked days on end without time off were partly to blame. Since last May, the Federal Railroad Administration and the NTSB have been investigating seven derailments and crashes involving Union Pacific trains near San Antonio, including the Macdona wreck. Crew fatigue is suspected in at least two of the accidents. In December 2003, Union Pacific unsuccessfully sued a group of unionized conductors alleging that they were taking too much time off during weekends and holidays, disrupting commerce along a major Kansas line in violation of the Railway Labor Act. The United Transportation Union countered that the railroad was severely understaffed in the area and many conductors were exhausted from working for weeks — sometimes months — without a day off. “We were running with a skeleton crew,” said union official Greg Haskin. “Guys were burned out and calling in sick. They were working 12- to 16-hour days up to 90 days straight. You can’t expect people to work like that and be safe.” Union Pacific declined to discuss the case. The company has vowed to add 200 engineers and conductors in the San Antonio area, where the Macdona crash occurred, and 2,500 this year across its vast network. The company also is experimenting with a two-days-on, two-days-off work-rest cycle for engineers at its giant freight hub in North Platte, Neb. “Generations have been dealing with this problem,” said John Bromley, a Union Pacific spokesman. “There are not going to be any overnight solutions.” Critics say the industry isn’t doing enough voluntarily and that further government regulation is needed. But when it comes to combating fatigue, the wheels of reform turn slowly. Bills requiring fatigue management plans and improvements to the Hours of Service Act have failed repeatedly in Congress since 1998 because of corporate and labor opposition. Out of frustration, NTSB officials say they recently withdrew their long-standing recommendation for revisions to the act. Amending the law to reflect modern sleep science had been on the NTSB’s “10 Most Wanted List” of safety improvements since 1990. George Gavalla, who headed the Federal Railroad Administration safety office from 1997 to 2004, said trying to reduce the fatigue problem “was one of my biggest frustrations.” “I’m disappointed we could not accomplish more,” he added. “It is a huge safety issue.”   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 February 2015 Blet,Utu and Csx can kiss my ass. When ever I get 20 points I'm gonna just happen to get hurt at work. Then sue their asses. Does anyone know a good lawyer? 100.00 a month in Union dues and this is the shit we get. I wish we had half a damn Union. Anyone thinking of coming out here think again. You would be better off slinging hamburgers at McDonald's.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 12 February 2015 To the other, other non-employee, for N/A: You do seem to understand what's going on in the railroad industry. Railroad and FRA managers squeeze each other's hands under the table while they preach, but don't really practice, safety. And someday it will end in a much greater tragedy than those that have already occurred.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 12 February 2015 Other, non-employee, for N/A: No, your post is totally inaccurate. Railroads harass and fire employees in order to instill fear in them. It also makes railroads appear to be safety orientated. It's all about greed and control. Railroad retirement has nothing to do with this.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 February 2015 I found this quote interesting as to the logic of this policy... is it accurate? "Just follow the money. The railroad retirement system isn't big enough for everyone so they run crews 24/7 so they screw up and get fired or die so there is enough for the 25% of employees who do make it. It is actually a giant ponzi scheme just like Social Security. A 75% reduction in retirement costs is worth the cost of paying for accidents after all isn't it? You save money by being shorthanded along the way as well by running everyone ragged!"   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 February 2015 I may have gotten this wrong but here's how I would feel after having to do this for any length of time... I never got smart enough to think so hard about safety and make websites about it and preach pushing chairs in and not walking with hands in pockets and having fire drills before meetings to demonstrate my commitment to safety. no one has ever asked me why I push my chair in and walk without my hands in my pockets for safety and then... after waiting for a call from work for 16 hours I get the call as I am about to pass out so I drive to work within 2 hours of the call then drive 15000 tons of steel for 12 hours down a ribbon of rails where I have to watch for signals every two miles and make sure to drink my coffee 1 hour before I reach the point of passing out so I don't miss any of those lights because if I miss them that's unsafe and bad things like death happen. But as long as I can keep my eyes open for 10 seconds every 2-3 minutes and time it just right i can sleep through the whole thing and still be safe. good thing I have been operating with no sleep for 12 hours after being awake for 16 hours for the last 15 years or else I would be worried that what I am doing could be extremely unsafe. But the Railroads are committed to safety its on the website they would never miss something so fundamental as degraded human functioning that is directly tied to lack of sleep with a direct threat to safety. That could never happen they are to smart for that.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 10 February 2015 Other, non-employee, for N/A: You seem to only partially grasp the situation at hand. Railroad management would oppose the change to an on-call policy because it would require them to hire more employees, and that would decrease profits. You are right about the quality of life improving for T&E employees as well as there being an improvement in safety, but railroad management could care less about the quality of life for their employees or having a safer operation. Corporate managers are generally just greedy bastards that are only interested in feathering their own nests by increasing corporate profits at any cost. The FRA website only gives lip-service to safety, and doesn't cost them or the railroads a dime. Just like the tired-assed Operation Lifesaver that is run by volunteers. The recommendation for coffee and naps while on duty is extremely laughable. In who's dreams would trainmasters stop trains and supply crews with hot coffee? The only time those assholes stop trains is when they are trying to fire the crews. And in who's dreams would crews be allowed to sit in a siding to take a nap? Your comment that crews are too afraid to do anything but moan anonymously on the Internet is an uninformed statement. It is the Federal Railroad Administration that is supposed to be keeping the railroad workplace safe for employees and the general public. And the only thing that will tear down the close and friendly relationship that FRA has with railroad management is the U.S. Congress. But they too are nothing but whores for corporations and the wealthy. So if working people keep voting against their own best interests by voting Republican, the plight of American workers will continue to get worse. I just wonder how many UTU and BLE members vote for Republicans when the heads of their unions tell them not to? It doesn't take a lot of common sense to realize that voting Republican is a poor choice for union members, especially with all of the Republican governors that are pushing anti-union laws such as "right to work." So whoever the poster is that I am now addressing, he or she did get a lot right. But I felt the need to challenge a few statements and set the record straight for my friends that are members of the UTU and BLE.   Name: E-mail: schreiner0915 Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 February 2015 Hello. This is not in regards to make any comments towards CXS. I'm looking for a friend that we went to high school with name Steve Geffert from Baltimore which he is a conductor. If at all you know, can contact Steve or have a number I can dial would be great. Or have Steve email Janice/Chuck at schreiner0915@gmail.com Thank you very much in advance for all of you help.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 February 2015 Retired FRA Inspector that is quite an unfortunate state of affairs indeed. The tragedy of this is quite large if you consider that train crews have ended up being asleep and then dead along with anyone that was in their path and then posthumously blamed for their own demise. http://railroadersleep.org/ This FRA website gives tips from old hands who relate stories of their near death experiences from habitual chronic sleep deprivation. They recommend coffee and naps at work and say it is hard to get any sleep anywhere but at work when on call 24/7/365. How many hard working dedicated crew members have been killed trying to conform to this system when faced with the option of continue working a job they worked so hard to advance in for so many years under dangerously fatigued conditions or be terminated for calling out and lose a retirement plan that is exclusive to railroads. When entire crews are found asleep in an accident the mere fact that this can happen at all suggests it is a systematic problem. It seems everyone knows this including the unions, the railroads and the crews themselves and beyond the crews at risk of termination and death but too afraid to do anything about it beyond moan anonymously on the internet they would rather die than lose their jobs and retirement it seems. So everyone is rolling the dice and hoping they don't come up snake eyes because its how it is done on the railroad and no ones gonna change that? I would suspect the quality of life, the increased profits, the improved safety records that would result from a 16/7/365 change to on call policy and giving crews even just 8 hours of scheduled rest in every 24hour period regardless of their last shift would be fought tooth and nail for all the wrong reasons. Human Biology is not going to change any time soon either unfortunately.   Name: Reality E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 08 February 2015 BIG This is what happens. You go work on another division as a favor for them on a job that is not a regular pool or assigned job that delivers to that division you get screwed. The Chicago division is the worst. Try talking to your DTO or chief on your division about the job before you accept it and do their favor for them and he will tell you he cant make any promises about getting you back home. They all know the Chicago people will tell them we got them on our side now and we own the bit....es now. They cross our line and they are working for us. Even if your division is short handed as hell and your chief tells you that you are to deadhead home as soon as the work is done, it doesn't matter. The chief or dto on your division apparently has no say in what happens to you when the Chicago division gets their hands on you. AND YES, THEY DO SAY THEY OWN YOU AND YOU ARE THEIRS NOW WHEN YOU GET ON THEIR SIDE! They can take their Chicago division and stick it up their racist unethical butts. Everyone knows the Chicago and great lakes division hate each other and have been trying to show each other up for years! When they are fighting just watch how fast they pick their worst supervisors to transfer to each others side. Its like watching a bunch of overgrown kids having a temper tantrum. Comical as hell. If that's not enough then they sneak on each others side and O test each others guys trying to show who has the bigger and better cock. Its the crews who end up suffering because they are stuck in the middle of their ego trips. Most immature group of supervisors in the history of big business!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 February 2015 I guess the real question I have is why has there never been an on call 16/7 365 policy put in effect?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 February 2015 I have a question about extra board work practices... from what I have learned when you are working a shift of 12 hours you at least get 10 hours off and can use that time to go directly to sleep and be rested for anything they can throw at you after that 10 hours... is there any way of getting a chance for 8 hours of sleep when you are on call and have not worked a shift but have been awake and expecting to be called but never called? is there any advanced warning system that will give you time to rest when on call 24/7 365 days a year? or does CSX expect you to be frozen in a cryogenic tube and thawed when they need you then refrozen till called again? this has less to do with wanting to take time off for personal reasons and more to do with understanding if CSX and the railroads in general have a basic disregard for human biology and the effects of sleep deprivation on performance and safety. are the railroad unions so inept and powerless that in 200 years of operation there has not been a system setup to guarantee that train crews actually have alotted time to rest that is required by the biology of the human body?   Name: B1G E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 07 February 2015 No Fool Someone from the BLET or UTU needs to clarify and answer or reply to your statement below, and to make sure things haven't changes since the last time I've had to address this situation. I believe that the agreement states that a division, when it runs out of employees to protect an assignment, is allowed to force the youngest employee from the closest terminal to protect an assignment. BUT THAT PERSON MUST BE FROM WITHIN THE SAME DIVISION. For example Terre Haute. Terre Haute has two yards in the same town. Dwayne yard is part of the Great Lakes Division. Baker Yard is part of the Nashville Division. Same town. Two yards. Different divisions, and different crews that report to different company officers, and don't do work on each others locals. If I remember correctly, Dwayne is an old Conrail yard. Baker is an old L&N / B&O Yard. The yards even have different train masters and road foreman that the crews answer to, along with carry different subdivision bulletins. For example. If Baker yard is short an engineer or conductor, and they need someone to protect an assignment, the train master must go to the closest terminal WITHIN THE NASHVILLE DIVISION (Evansville) for an employee to protect that assignment. Then the Nashville Division MUST FORCE THE YOUNGEST EMPLOYEE ON THE ROSTER TO PROTECT THAT ASSIGNMENT. CSX IS NOT (suppose to) GO OVER TO A DIFFERENT DIVISION, THEN FORCE AN ENGINEER OR CONDUCTOR (of their choosing) OVER TO PROTECT ANOTHER DIVISIONS WORK. And vice a versa. If Dewayne Yards is short a conductor or engineer, CSX MUST force the youngest marked up employee out of Avon, (THE GREAT LAKES DIVISON) to protect the Great Lakes Division's work. The two yards, because they are in different divisions, can not selectively pick any employee of their choosing to protect an assignment within a different division. This use to be a violation of the agreement for both crafts. Be sure and check with your LC on the current rules, as agreements tend to change. This isn't so much one employee helping another terminal out when they're short handed, as it is to keep one division from spending another divisions budget down, when that division will not reap the financial rewards of that person's work. Hope this helps, but please be sure and check with your LC for the current rules on this situation.   Name: no fool E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 06 February 2015 CHICAGO DIVISION ENOUGH OF YOUR CRAP. WE HAVE HAD IT WITH YOUR OUTRIGHT LIES TO OTHER DIVISIONS. DO YOU THINK WE ARE IDIOTS??? YOU THINK WE DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR UP TO WHEN YOU TRY AND PAIR OTHER ENGINEERS OR CONDUCTORS WITH YOUR OWN PEOPLE TO COME AND DO A SO CALLED LIGHT MOVE ON YOUR TERRITORY. WE ARE SICK OF YOU USING THE OLD RULE 46 MOVE AND THREATEN INSUBORDINATION IF OTHER CREW MEMEBERS FROM OTHER DIVISIONS TELL YOU THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED IN YOUR STINKING INDUSTRIES. GET A CLUE IDIOTS. THE OLD RULE 46 HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH KNOWING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AND INDUSTRY OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. CONDUCTORS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ASSIGNED AS PILOTS FOR ENGINEERS. WE KNOW YOU ARE FULL OF IT WHEN YOU TELL THE CREW CALLERS YOU HAVE JUST ONE STRAIGHT MOVE TO MAKE. WE GOT PEOPLE RESTED TO WORK TOGETHER OFF OUR DIVISIONS THEN WE CAN COME TOGETHER. WE KNOW WHY YOU ARE TRYING TO PAIR US UP WITH YOUR GUYS. YOUR UNETHICAL LIES AND BULL YOU TELL THE CREW CALLERS IS GOING TO BITE YOU IN THE ARSSES IF YOU KEEP IT UP. YOU CANT GET YOUR LOCAL AND YARD WORK DONE, TOO BAD. GET MORE PEOPLE IN YOUR DIVISION. QUIT YOUR LYING AND BULLSHITZ STORIES. QUIT YOUR THREATENING OTHER PEOPLE ON OTHER DIVISIONS. YOU NOT FOOLING ANYONE. YOUR THE REASON NO ONE TRUST A SUPERVISOR ANYMORE. GROW UP AND START PREACHING SAFETY LIKE MICKEY WARD SAYS YOUR SUPPOSED TO. QUIT TRY TO FORCE OTHER PEOPLE TO GO WORK PLACES THEY NEVER LAYED EYES ON BEFORD. STOP BREAKING FRA LAWS AND OPERATING RULES. LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR OWN! KEEP YOUR CRAP IN YOUR OWN DIVISION!   Name: NEWS E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 February 2015 GOOD WORK WELL DONE POSTERS! Looks like the latest post about our unprofessional supervisors, the attendance policy and other issues that expose the company for their many unethical behaviors has put a burr in their saddle. Their mole(paid off supervisor) has crawled out from under his rock and is trying to disrupt our discussions with his LBT jerry springer crap again. We haven't heard from him in awhile. Wonder which topic is making them squirm in their chairs! KEEP THE ISSUES OPEN AND IGNORE THE MOLE FROM UNDER THE ROCK!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 February 2015 Well now that CSX has a brand new locomotive shop up and running does that mean we will no longer get junk engines anymore out of world famous Barr yard?.....can't wait to see how this joke turns out.....stay tuned everyone.....I will keep you updated....4.5 million dollar investment.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for Less than 1 year Posted: 05 February 2015 WHAT LAURA TOUCHSTONE GOT CAUGHT DOING AT WORK,SOMETHINGS NEVER CHANGE. I LOVE READING HER TWEETS,SHE ACTS LIKE SHE DOES NO WRONG. END OF STORY!!!!!!   Name: Agent Zero E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2015 Despite CSX CEO's Confidence, US Oil Railcar Rates Have Crashed To 3 Year Lows http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-03/despite-csx-ceos-confidence-us-oil-railcar-rates-have-crashed-3-year-lows   Name: ???? E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2015 BROTHERS A bunch of us were told by LC and VLC that the new BLET SSA was ratified and was supposed to be in effect January 1ST. That's why they are paying us the back pay that was due, cost of living raises and license raises back to January 1st. How come they aren't following any of the new rules in the agreement like getting people out of the hotels on their rest days or putting you first out at the hotel when its the last day of your work cycle. We heard some people saying that the union has about 50 side letters with this thing and they are trying to figure out how to roll this thing out. If there is 50 side letters then all the members are entitled to view them and have copies prior to this new agreement going into effect. We all know that this is going to be a big fat fiasco when it gets going but we thought it was already in effect. Has anyone received any definite emails or anything in writing from your locals on whats really going on with this agreement and when its going to be up and running????????   Name: FACT E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 February 2015 FUNNY The reason the employees have to deal with outrageous policies is because we have unions with yellow stripes down their backs who have totally given up on protecting the members from having to work in a hostile work environment. 50 years ago union reps would have stood beside the members and put some woop ass on management but now with the kickbacks and padding under the table its gone. Stupid idiotic policies eventually get torn apart anyway. That's why they are called stupid and idiotic. As for those at rose lake who are tired of TM RYAN heres a little history. He hired on with the intentions of getting a job in the human resource department. He is still taking classes and is supposedly working towards getting out of T&E. He was told he would not be accepted in another job position until he was a TM for awhile. They are testing him to see if he has the back bone to fire! All he was doing at first was jumping through their hoops to look good. If he sucked arss and head hunted he knew he would look good to the boys in the club. Now, it has gone to his head and as far as those higher above, he is starting to show that he may not be such a good candidate for a position in the HR department. He is going rogue and showing his ability to be completely unprofessional. He will eventually hang himself. If you haven't paid attention for the last 20 years.....NO ONE NICE STAYS IN THE FIELD.At the rate he is going they will never let him go until he becomes a liability. He is chopping off his nose to spite his face. In the meantime, document, document document every violation that occurs. When, how, what kind and who else was present. Don't forget what happened to the other section 8 wack job they had there.   Name: ROSE LAKE E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2015 Here at East St Louis Rose Lake things were good for a while until Trainmaster RYAN WILLIAMS aka "LYIN RYAN" showed up. ALEEK YOUNG lets him get by with harassing crews. This guys makes up rules as he sees them to benefit him. He will smile to your face and stab you in your back over and over again. He carries a voice recorder in his pocket and records crew conversations to mess with you in the crew rooms later. IS THIS LEGAL? CSX claims to have a code of ethics....at Rose Lake there isn't any respect and they follow you around the yard harassing everyone. I honestly have lost my respect for the company because of this management employee. Recently they have hired some green caps and he has these guys so scared to do anything at all. Its not right and I feel sorry for the young men. Its a good job and I don't have much more time left but to any new men thinking about coming to ROSE Lake...I wouldn't advise it. CSX really should do something about this guy before they have a lawsuit against the company. All of us are tired of it here and need to ban together and do something about it. Is it too much to ask for a bit of professionalism in the workplace? ROSE LAKE EAST ST LOUIS SUCKS!   Name: Mduduzi E-mail: Mduduzi mnikathi84@gmail Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 02 February 2015 I am looking fro job, I have code 14 i am hard work and good person wiling to any way help me please thank you miss or mr have a day and bleesing.   Name: Funny E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 February 2015 CSX is hated by their employees , but ladies the fact still remains, they implement these new crazy policies and you guys make it work. That's just good business . Deal with it ladies.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 29 January 2015 One of the Employment Conditions FOR NEW hire CONDUCTORS Strict disciplinary policy regarding inability to report to work within proper time frame, or failure to accept a call for work. IF CSX STATES THE OLD ATTENDANCE POLICY STRICT. HOW THE HELL DOES CSX STATE THE NEW CAPS IS REASONABLE. CSX DOESN'T EVEN BELIEVE THE SHIT THEY'RE SHOVELING US. WHY DID THE BLET THROW US THAT SHIT CONTRACT WHEN THEY WERE AWARE OF CSX PLACING US UNDER A NEW ATTENDANCE POLICY. CONTRACT PASSED AND SIGNED CSX RELEASES NEW POLICY. WHY WASN'T THIS ADDRESSED BEFORE?   Name: bull E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 January 2015 Engineer students Seems the instructors at engineer school are still up to same old crap. TELLING EVERYONE THAT GOES THEY HAVE TO GET AN 80% ON THE SIMULATORS. TOTAL BULLSHIZZZ! They know that you are not supposed to run a train without a current certified engineers license. They know it is against the law. They know that if you follow federal law and don't break it by practicing behind the scenes there is no way you are going to walk in and sit down and pass a simulator run. You have no experience with handling slack and buff forces, dynamic braking and other needed experience to run a train properly So if they tell you this, simply tell them you didn't break the law and their job is to teach you the basics of running a train on the simulator. THAT IS THEIR JOB! You also point out that the guy in the room next to you that gets 90-100% on his run has probably been practicing for years and you have an unfair advantage because you didn't break the law and run. They only want the numbers to make the averages at the school look good(training ability). Unfortunatley if you are one of the ones who really didn't run and break the law the guys who have will make you look like a problem child and they don't want that. So expect to be treated like you are an inconvenience! Don't let the show off's bring you down. You are always going to have one or two guys that get great scores and do nothing but brag about it in front of the instructors! If you get one that's real bad confront him and make him admit he has been running AND BREAKING THE LAW!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 28 January 2015 Infractions related to absenteeism are guided by the company's Absenteeism Policy, which also provides for progressive discipline. The first two violations result in counseling letters. This is followed by three "Steps" of formal discipline. Possible discipline for a Step 3 violation includes termination. Anita Tingley, based in Florida, is the Manager of Manpower and Crew Availability Specialist for CSX. She is tasked with handling disciplinary issues related to employee absenteeism. When an employee has violated the Absenteeism Policy, she verifies what step in the disciplinary process that employee is at and creates an incident form. Similar to the IDPAP scheme, violations of the Absenteeism Policy are removed from an employee's record after three years. The three years doesn't change with caps.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 January 2015 CSX lays off 52 management workers in Jacksonville January 28, 2015 CSX Corp. laid off 52 management workers, all of them in Jacksonville, according to a company spokeswoman. The company finished the round of layoffs Monday, spokeswoman Melanie Cost said. “This is all related to the fact that we’re in a competitive industry,” she said. “The separation of the employees was difficult – it’s a difficult decision.” lollololololololololololololool   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 January 2015 NOTICE NOTICE!!!!! ALL CREWS AND CSX LAWYERS For those of you who did not catch the post in the past addressing the unethical behavior of the company in regards to using the IVR system to entrap crew, here is a quick review When the crew callers are running the rosters trying to find someone to work, it would automatically state you were working when you were not and you could not get any info on train line ups WITHOUT BEING TRANSFERED TO A CREW CALLER. THIS WAS PURE DEVIOUS ENTRAPMENT. THEY KNEW YOU WOULD HAVE TO CALL THEM TO GET THE INFO AND ONCE THEY HAD YOU ON THE PHONE THEY WOULD TELL YOU THAT THEY MADE CONTACT WITH YOU AND THEY WOULD FORCE A JOB ON THE CALLER. IF YOU DID NOT TELL THEM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CALL THAT YOU WERE NOT RETURNING THEIR CALL FOR A ROSTER RUN, THAT YOU WERE ONLY CALLING TO ASK THAT YOUR IVR INFO BE FIXED THEY WOULD THREATEN YOU WITH A MISS CALL OR PUT YOU DOWN AS REFUSAL TO WORK. YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM YOU ARE CALLING ONLY TO HAVE YOUR IVR INFO RESTORED AND IF THEY CANT OR WONT THEN HAVE THEM TRANSFER YOU TO A CREW MANAGER SO YOU CAN FILE A COMPLAINT. ETHICS CHARGES WERE FILED AND AN INVESTIGATION WAS DONE ON THE SYSTEM BY THE CSX TECH TEAM. NO PROBLEMS WERE FOUND(HA HA) AND THE CHARGES WERE THROWN OUT. ONE OF THE CREW MANAGERS WAS NOTIFIED THAT THE INFO THAT WAS BEING GIVEN ON THE IVR HAD BEEN RECORDED NUMEROUS TIMES AS PROOF AND A CREW CALLER WAS RECORDED ADMITTING THEY NEW WHY THE IVR WAS SET UP THE WAY IT WAS. OTHER UNION OFFICALS WERE NOTIFED OF THE TAPES AND THE PROOF OF THE INTENTIONAL BLOCKING OF INFO ON THE IVR. IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THAT THE IVR HAS BEEN ALTERED ONCE AGAIN. WHEN CALLING FOR YOUR STATUS AFTER THEY HAVE RUN THE ROSTERS THE IVR WILL NO LONGER STATE THAT YOU ARE WORKING. THAT WAS BOGUS INACCURATE INFO AND IT HAS DISAPPEARED AS OF A FEW DAYS AGO. HERE IS THE KICKER. THE IVR HAS NOT BEEN GIVING CREWS THEIR STANDING ON THE POOLS OR EXTRA BOARDS. IT WILL NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES OUT YOU ARE. IT STILL DOES NOT GIVE YOU ANY INFO ON THE TRAIN LINE UP SELECTION FOR YOUR POOLS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. YOU CAN NOT BE MISS CALLED FOR PROPER INFO NOT BEING AVAILABLE ON THE IVR SYSTEM. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN BE EXPECTED TO PROTECT TRAINS AND HAVE ANY QUALITY OF LIFE AWAY FROM WORK IF YOU ARE NOT PROVIDED WITH HOW MANY TIMES OUT YOU ARE ON YOUR POOL OR THE EXTRA BOARD. ALL THEY DID WAS GET RID OF THE BOGUS MESSAGE THAT YOU WERE WORKING AND REPLACE IT WITH YOUR STANDING NOT BEING AVAILABLE. ANOTHER SET UP FOR ENTRAPMENT. CALL THE CREW CALLERS WHEN THIS HAPPENS. MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM YOU ARE CALLING TO FILE A COMPLAINT AND NOT RETURNING ANY CALL MADE BY THE CREW CALLERS. MAKE THEM FIX YOUR ABILITY TO GET PROPER INFO FROM THE IVR. THEY HAVE TO. IF THEY DONT FILE AN ETHICS COMPLAINT AND NOTIFY YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS UNETHICAL USE OF THE IVR BY CREW MANAGEMENT. THE PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN RECORDED AND PROOF IS THERE THAT THE PROBLEMS STILL EXIST! WE CAN NOT ALLOW THE COMPANY TO CONTINUE PLAYING THESE KIND OF GAMES WITH THE CREWS. WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF CALLING THE CREW CALLERS AND GETTING STUCK ON A HORRIBLE JOB OR HAVING YOUR CURRENT PLANS DISRUPTED BUT IF WE DO NOT ALL STICK TOGETHER AND PUT A STOP TO IT THE GAMES WILL CONTINUE. CALL THE CREW CALLERS. FLOOD THEM WITH COMPLAINTS. MAYBE IF THEY GET SICK OF THE CONSTANT CALLS THEY WILL HELP PUT A STOP TO IT. LETS ALL GET ON BOARD ON THIS ONE!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 January 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/9817633/Snow-chaos-your-rights-if-you-cant-get-to-work.html If school closes csx has to let you off to make arrangements for your children. If it's unsafe to drive to work csx CANNOT make you come in.   Name: WTF????? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 January 2015 go figure this..... NEW POLICY JUST SHOWED UP IN THE CSX HEADQUARTER NOTICES.....TODAY OF ALL DAYS...... READ READ READ AND FALL OVER.....   Name: VLC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 January 2015 BOB You wont find a copy of the new attendance policy on the employee gateway or in any bulletin. IT HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISHED AS OF THIS MORNING. IT IS NOT IN ANY CSX HEADQUARTER BULLETIN OR ON THE GATEWAY. IT IS EFFECTIVE ON FEBRUARY 1ST SO THEY MUST GET SOMETHING OUT QUICK OR THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THEY CAN ENFORCE THIS POLICY. ALL EMPLOYEES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN ENOUGH TIME TO REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE POLICY WITH THEIR UNION OFFICALS AND CSX LABOR RELATIONS DEPARTMENT. NO WHERE IN OUR LABOR AGREEMENTS DOES IT ALLOW OUR UNIONS TO RESTRICT THE COMPANIES RIGHTS TO CHANGE OR DEVELOPE NEW POLICIES. HOWEVER THEY CAN NOT CREATE POLICIES THAT DIRECTLY VIOLATE OUR AGREEMENT. THE COMPANY MUST GIVE NOTICE TO THE UNIONS NO LESS THAN 60 DAYS BEFORE THEY PUT A POLICY INTO ACTION. OUR UNIONS HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL LONGER THAN THAT! THE UNIONS HAVE DELIBERATLEY KEPT THE MEMBERS IN THE DARK BECAUSE THEY KNEW IF IT LEAKED OUT THEY WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH AN UPROAR IN ALL OF THE LOCALS. THEY DID NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH THE MADNESS IT WOULD CAUSE. WHERE YOUR UNIONS ARE IN VIOLATION OF REPRESENTING YOU TO THEIR FULLEST ABILITIES, IS IN THE FAILURE TO ENFORCE THE AGREEMENT ARTICLES STATING...... THE COMPANY WILL KEEP ENOUGH EMPLOYEES HIRED TO COVER UNEXPECTED MANPOWER SHORTAGES(PB,DV,PD,SICK,WEATHER, ETC) ON TOP OF EXPECTED VACATION SCHEDULES. THE COMPANY HAS FAILED TO DO SO AND BECAUSE THE UNIONS HAVE ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN THE EMPLOYEES WILL PAY FOR MANPOWER SHORTAGE PROBLEM. THE COMPANIES INABILITY TO KEEP EMPLOYEES(68% TURNOVER RATE) DUE TO WORKING IN A HOSTILE AND DEMANDING ENVIORNMENT AND THE NEED TO KEEP THE SCHOOL SEATS FILLED WITH NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES AND GOVERNMENT GRANTS IS ANOTHER REASON THEY HAVE DECIDED TO PUNISH THE HARD WORKING EMPLOYEES AND THROW ANOTHER TOTALLY UNREASONABLE ATTENDANCE POLICY DOWN THEIR THROATS. ANOTHER MAJOR ISSUE IS AN EMPLOYEE MIGHT HAVE TO USE 2-3 PERSONAL OR DAILY VACATION DAYS JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE HOME FOR THEIR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. HAVING TO BURN 2-3 DAYS JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL BE HOME FOR 1 IS JUST PURE BS! WITH THE OLD POLICY AS WELL AS THE NEW POLCIY IF YOU MARK OFF DOCTORS APPOINTMENT OR SICK BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO GET FORCED OUT OF TOWN AND THERES A GOOD CHANCE YOU WONT BE BACK FOR 2 DAYS AND YOUR APPOINTMENT IS 1 1/2 DAYS FROM THE MARKOFF, YOUR GOING TO GET CHARGED WITH BEING OFF TOO LONG IF YOU DONT MARK BACK UP WITHIN 24 HOURS. EVEN IF YOU ARE ON A POOL THAT HAS SCHEDULED DAYS OFF, POOL CREWS CANT GUARENTEE THEY WILL BE IN TOWN ON THEIR SCHEDULED OFF DAY TO MEET THEIR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. JOBS THAT ARE 5-2 AND HAVE REGULAR ASSIGNED SHIFTS AND OFF DAYS KNOW THEY WILL BE HOME EVERYDAY AND DONT HAVE THIS PROBLEM. CREWS THAT ARE OUT ON THE ROAD AWAY FROM HOME ALL THE TIME ARE THE ONES WHO ARE GETTING PUNISHED BY ALL OF THIS! IF THE COMPANY DID SOME SERIOUS RESEARCH THEY WOULD FIND THAT MOST EMPLOYEES DO SCHEDULE THEIR APPOINTMENTS ON ONE OF THEIR OFF DAYS. MOST DO IT ON THEIR SECOND DAY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF BEING HOME. BUT THATS NO GUARENTEE AND GRABBING A PERSONAL DAY OR DAILY VACATION DAY AT THE LAST MINUTE ISNT ALWAYS POSSIBLE. THEY KNOW THIS BUT OBVIOULSLY DONT CARE! I MYSELF HAVE HAD TO RESCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT 5 TIMES IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO GET TO IT WITHOUT BURNING MY DAYS OR MARKING OFF SICK. THIS IS WHAT THE COMPANY WANTS. RESCHEDULE, RESCHEDULE, RESCHEDULE OR BURN UP YOUR DAYS. NO SWEAT OFF THEIR BACKS. IF THE COMPANY HAD TO COMPENSATE EACH EMPLOYEE FOR EACH DAY HE TOOK OFF SICK IT MIGHT BE UNDERSTANDABLE. BUT THEY DONT!!!!!! IF THEY HAVE MANPOWER SHORTAGE PROBLEMS IT IS TOTALLY THEIR FAULT. KEEP PEOPLE HIRED AND KEEP THE EXTRA BOARS FULL ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF SHORTAGES. GIVE MORE PERSONAL AND VACATION DAYS IF YOU EXPECT THE EMPLOYEE TO USE THEM TO HONOR APPOINTMENTS. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO CREATE A WORK ENVIORNMENT THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO STAY WITH THE COMPANY. THE COMPANY WANTS YOU TO SELL YOUR SOUL AND GIVE YOUR ENTIRE PERSONAL LIFE TO THEM, THEN THEY SHOULD FIND A WAY TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO HONOR THEIR APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING PUNISHED OR HAVE TO BURN UNNEEDED VALUABLE PERSONAL OR VACATION DAYS TO DO IT!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 January 2015 http://utu1162.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ALJ-Decision-and-Order-dtd-12-4-2014.pdf Everyone need to read this and pass it on. BIG WIN for T&E employees.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 25 January 2015 In order to get a better understanding of the mind-set of management on various railroads. Read the case of: Tademy V. Union Pacific Railroad Corporation Throw anyone under the bus if we can cut cost and you might get promoted!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 January 2015 WOW--- got your attention. Now you are called, go to work and become the CEO that makes 12m. Your CALL.   Name: HA! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 January 2015 Hey no name/ other who posted on January 16th Real easy for you to take pot shots at someone who posted the whole truth and nothing but the truth. No body is going to take care of you but YOU out here. You obviously don't know how the rr unions work these days. Yeah stop paying your dues. When you have been in arrears long enough they can officially kick you out or notify you that they are not longer obligated to represent you since you are in violation of the members constitution they will then notify the company that you are fair game to target and FIRE! Doesn't cost the union a thing but a monthly dues payment! The new hire warming the seat at the school will be ready to take your place! Unless a person is ready to get fired or has another job lined up, I would suggest they pay the mafia money because they are NOT GOING TO BE THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD when they quit paying their dues!   Name: PISSED E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 January 2015 GOOB SCREW YOU! You got a lot of nerve making that comment. Paid a lot for merely staying awake. You must have been a professional train rider who checked into the hotels, drank, chased the skirts and rode on everyone else skirt tails. You have just insulted hundreds of hard working employees who freeze their asses off for months in the pouring down rain and sleet and ice storms and sweat their asses of in 100 degree heat index and humidity you could cut a knife with. Lets not forget the big brother watching their every stinking move along with the so called supervisors cracking their whip at every step if they don't think they are going to get their car quota or train departure times. God for bid they have to listen to Jackassonville ripping their butts on the phone! Oh and lets not forget that everything that goes wrong is the crews fault 99% of the time! Answer to the erad, trip optimizer and PTC. Yeah real easy coming from someone who probably rode the caboose while drinking with his supervisor and didn't have someone watching his every move to try and get a failure on his belt to make Jacksonville and their lawyers happy. Go back to your easy chair and leave the railroading to the real men! I would love to see you pass an operating rules test these days! You wouldn't last 5 minutes in the field. I bet they could get 20 failures on you the first 2 minutes! We have so much mental crap forced on us in this job it would blow your old head booze soaked mind! Scan the ground, look where you walk, keep 3 points of contact,repeat swithes are lined, Im in the clear, location, location , location! Keep your vest closed, hands out of your pocket! Don't look behind you if your walking, don't stand on the bottom step, don't ride a tank car, don't forget your book, bulletin, temple stick, 6 switch tags, snow boots when it gets cold outside, side shields! Make sure your water bottle is in the trash of "Off with your head, your causing a slip trip and fall hazard!" Put a big X on your ec1 or the world will come to an end! DONT EVER EVER EVER READ ANYTHING THAT ISNT RELATED TO YOUR JOB WHILE ON DUTY and BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH says the supervisor moving up in the ranks! Hows that recliner feeling!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 20 January 2015 January 20, 2015..........and CSX STILL SUCKS!!!!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for N/A Posted: 17 January 2015 This co. has very many of the best terminals & ports for shipping. Should actually be doing a whole heck of a lot better financially.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 January 2015 A diatribe: If the CEO of CSX Trans. truly earns 12 million (bonuses,salary, stock, & that probably doesn't include expenses) - the csx board of directors & the stock holders must be OK with that. 12+ million. Insane. Vote 'em all out. How many centuries would an average Joe blue collar worker have to labor to earn that amount? Like to see upper level's & the bod's attendance policy - except don't really want to 'cause no doubt, if there even is one, it's nothing like the ones the workforces abide by. It's mind boggling when a so-called big shot says they worked & worked hard for their type of compensation. So, someone who pounds spikes, shovels ballast, & handles ties by hand doesn't work hard? The maintainer out in horrible weather, the crew trying to knock cars around in awful conditions doesn't work hard? Can't gut reading\reviewing annual reports. Business, whatever is need to read. Compensation for part-time so-called big-shots? = Again, Insane. When is upper level management (this includes stockholders) going to realize this outfit is nothing without dedicated, good employees? For at least the last 3-4 decades, the cos. have ruled a lot. Workers & Unions perfect? Of course not. Hope it will not be (ever again-read history) like the company vs. labor wars of yesteryear.   Name: Goob E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 January 2015 The CEO of CSX makes more than 12 mil and the reason is. He is worth it. Feel free to apply for the job anytime you wish. If you are marked up and taking the calls you can earn a lot of bucks, for doing very little more than staying awake. Good lord Wake Up. The RR industry is doing well, and CSX is doing the right thing's to make your life better. Drop the Attitude, get a grip, and go to work. Name: Sick of being cheated E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 January 2015 This job makes me sick watching CEO make 12 mil a year in salary, stocks and bonus. Only to have payroll nickel and dime you to death on every check... Seems like every 2 weeks they are hitting people for money. I know a bunch of people last year that had thousands of dollars took back from claims that happen 1+ years before that. Guys are scrambling trying to figure out if it was correctly took back... On top of that CSX has screwed the conductor extra boards out of pay raises and took conductor bonuses... UTU doing a great job making these agreements and getting outsmarted by the company. Conductors lost majority of claims for 2 a trip, Lost bonuses, No pay raise on guarantees' extra boards, extra boards still paying 85%, lost all personal days for employee's if you don't make vacation, made a furlough board that company uses as extra board paying employee's 350 a week.... UTU sucks about as much as the company. Engineers doing great on agreements.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 January 2015 same thing, Same old crap..time to be an adult and stop paying the UNION mafia. Bet ya don't have the Balls. Why? Because you are a Poster, Bitcher, and a go along type of person.   Name: KYLE E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 January 2015 This is a note for all of you newbees. when i hired out on conrail, when we had to take rest, you got that in a rr ymca,lol that name, cuz those y,s sucked, they were set up just like a army boot camp type of thing, you had no privacy at ALL... A big wash room with 20 sinks & 20 toilets, some even had just a cloth sheet were you would sleep like right next to another guy and the sounds and smells were horrindus, plus some yards had these ymca,s right in the middle of hump yards were you could hear those retarders squealing 24-7 and the horns blowing, and yes some of those old heads loved those type of places and many even bitched when they closed all of them down, I heard many a stories from the kids the y would hire to take care of those places, some of them told me of vomit and shit that they would find in those sleep places, on the floor on the blankets and i know they were not lieing, and some of bitch about laying in some motel for 20 hrs, ha ha would like to see what you would say after spending 40+ hours in one of tose old ymca,s and some did not even have ac, so in the summer you roast yer ass off, that is why when i got on the less than 100 mile locals, i got another car and kept it at that away from home terminal, many did that so they could go and sleep at home when they were away from the home terminal, as they say 8 hrs sleep is better at home than any other place and that is true, and a lot of times when they the co knew we would go home instead of taking rest in 1 of those dumps, ya dam right they would get ordered right after the rest time,its like they got pissed off cuz we went home and not stay in the rr bunk house dumps, and the other thing, yes those ymca,s had a 24-7 restaurant and the shit they cooked, well even your dog would reject the shit they served,, been in some bad eating places on the road, but they were all better than those rr ymca,s and that is not saying much, hell when i was in army boot camp, that food was better than what those rr ymca,s would dream up, i even 1 time got food poison at a rr ymca, if i knew what i know now i would have filed a major law suite against that rr ymca, but i was just 18 young and dumb, but that is how the rr sort of took care of the t&e when they had to take rest in 1 of those DUMPS, HELL most of you today would not even let your dog or cat stay for 8 hrs in one of those places, But what i said is the truth, i did not make this stuff up as that is the way the rr operated back then, i ca just imagine what it was like back in the 1800,s a life of shit,, here is the list of the most horrible rr ymca,s i have been in, conway,pa. enola pa, pitcarin pa, crestline ohio, and collin wood ohio. the only thing good about collionwood is that you could not hear the next guy to you snorting and farting as the that place was built like a grave crypt, solid block wall in a 24 & 24 crypt, with no windows, it was indeed a grave crypt, and you newbees bitch about how you have it today, well lets put you in 1 of those old rr ymca,s today and see how you would like that----NOT.... And hey not really bitching about cuz i lived it, i am just telling it how the rr did it back then cuz see we had no choice.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 January 2015 this little love letter is for phillip bartley road foreman of engines at the huntington division,people this fellow is a first class two face son of a bitch he tries to come off to people as a friend but this guy preetends to be a christian so let me tell a story about p.d bartley of the huntington div. phillip had a engineer under him who had lost his daughter and was trying to get back to work to support his other two children and mr bartley was working very hard behind this guys back to get him fired because mr bartley assumed after such a traggic event that this employee was unstable so he tryed to play the scared employee and dump more on this man and his family but guess what he failed cause phillip isnt liked as much as he thought he was and some people higher up than him showed some compasion and phillip some day i hope to thank you for all of your kind works toward me and my family you certified son of a bitch   Name: same thing E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 January 2015 Sick of it Better grow some thick skin. The company has been doing this to employees for ever. They hit the former conrail employees especially hard. There are claims still sitting out there waiting to be argued and paid that are as old as 5 years or more. The mediation boards were cut back several years ago and the UTU DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER OR THE STRENGHT to take on the railroad anymore. The ones who try are usually brow beaten because of the others who are yellow backed or taking a pay off under the table. It will do you NO GOOD to fight with payroll or labor relations. The company will give you the same excuse they have been blowing up our asses for years.... We have new people in the claims departments and they don't all know the agreements. We are working with them and trying to get things straightened out. BULLSHIT. We have heard this excuse so many times over the last 20 years that its just a slap in all of our faces. They will treat you like you are a stupid little blue collar worker who is dumb as a box of rocks and laugh when they hang up the phone. It was once written in the agreements that they could not go back over 60 days and take back a claim that was paid. That was tossed out by the utu. The company has claimed they are more transparent to the employee which is another outright lie. They now take your money without any explanations and direct you to go to the employee gateway to find out why they garnished your wages. It was required that they notified you by mail that they would be taking your money away from you and the reason for doing so. Not anymore. When you discover they have taken money from you, it is your responsibility to do the research and find out why. More back door crap to slow down the recovery process on your part. All you can do is educate yourself on the agreement, ride your local chairman's butt to keep you up to date on ALL SIDELETTERS THE UNION AGREES ON WITHOUT EVEN BRINGING THE ISSUE BEFORE THE MEMBERS and KEEP....KEEP....KEEP.....every single time ticket you fill out. Keep every single thing that you file whether it is for a DH, meal, held away, class room or training. It is the only way to prove what you submitted or worked! Employee history disappears. Your personal time book is not proof in a court of law. You have to be your own lawyer and do not count on your union to handle any of your problems. KEEP EVERYTHING! We also suggest you print out a copy of your employee history every month. Even better if you do it every week. Good luck, your going to need it!   Name: Sick of being cheated E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 January 2015 This job makes me sick watching CEO make 12 mil a year in salary, stocks and bonus. Only to have payroll nickel and dime you to death on every check... Seems like every 2 weeks they are hitting people for money. I know a bunch of people last year that had thousands of dollars took back from claims that happen 1+ years before that. Guys are scrambling trying to figure out if it was correctly took back... On top of that CSX has screwed the conductor extra boards out of pay raises and took conductor bonuses... UTU doing a great job making these agreements and getting outsmarted by the company. Conductors lost majority of claims for 2 a trip, Lost bonuses, No pay raise on guarantees' extra boards, extra boards still paying 85%, lost all personal days for employee's if you don't make vacation, made a furlough board that company uses as extra board paying employee's 350 a week.... UTU sucks about as much as the company. Engineers doing great on agreements.   Name: BIG JOKE E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 13 January 2015 INVESTORS The company is once again starting off 2015 just as expected. In the last 3 weeks they have managed to lose the location of trains or the identification of their contents. A crew went to get a train 5 days ago that was supposed to be a loaded train with 4 engines. The crew couldn't get a work order for the thing to begin with. The work order department didn't have a single bit of info on the train. They did however send a sheet of paper with 4 engine numbers on it. When the crew arrived at the trains location there were only 3 engines and the train was empty. You think this is a rare incident, THINK AGAIN! Now the question you should be asking yourself is, what are you going to do and what is your company going to be worth when they lose a key train with highly sensitive chemical cars that are listed as terrorist interest materials used for mass destruction. Better wake up and start taking a look at the internal departments and start investing in your personal savings account! HOW THE HELL DO YOU LOSE THE LOCATION OR THE CONTENTS OF A TRAIN. THIS ISNT YOUR CAR KEYS OR YOUR WALLET. BIG PROBLEM HERE!   Name: OUCH!!!!!! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 January 2015 CRAP!!!!! I just lost 1,130.00 on my CSX stock investment in my 40lK!!!!! What the hell!!!   Name: ???? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 January 2015 Friend/family What new policy/ Where is it printed? Bulletins or notices? You talking about proposed changes to engineers agreement or something that came out for conductors. Have been looking for a written change and haven't seen it. Help us out here. You have no personal time in a hotel. You are under the roof of the company and are held accountable the entire time you are their by their ethics/conduct standards. They own your soul when you go to work for them. They cant however hold you hostage for days at a time without an acceptable reason. Even though some chiefs seem to think its okay and sometimes play favorites on who they dead head home. There are ways to get home if it need be.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 January 2015 The new policy for hard workers going into hotels on their personal time is like taking prisoners. Who thought this was a good idea??? At least put these guys in the HYATT!!! There is no price tag on the time lost at home with loved ones. Alot of good workers will be gone keeping this in place. Really bad idea! Good luck to you hard workers going through this if you don't desire to.Happy New Year!!!   Name: Lucky E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 02 January 2015 Love this site........   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 January 2015 Spot on ha.....lol.....   Name: HA E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 January 2015 NS Engineer WHY??? If you wait long enough you will be reading about the people NS fired for being worthless on this site. CSX grabs them up like hot cakes!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 January 2015 Had a good one the other day with a dispatcher on the rb side.....let me tell you he can stop all movement on his portion of the railroad in a heartbeat and it lasts for hours.....doesn't answer his radio for 30 -45 min at a time ....we all know he is not that busy either.....any other dispatcher on the rb side is excellent.....can't believe this idiot still has a job quite frankly....asked permission by an absolute stop signal....access denied ....he told me why it was red....and that it would clear up soon....lol....sat there another hour and guess what?...still had to get permission by ....ended up screwing 3 trains now waiting on my train to get in the clear....this guy couldnt dispatch a train around a Christmas tree.....try to help this guy out to no avail....he is a self anointed genius ...if I did my job the way he does his I would be gone in a heartbeat....I actually cringe when I hear the voice knowing a 6 hour job will now be 12 plus.....an absolute joke.....no more trying to be proactive with this guy....from now on I will play the dumb card too.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 December 2014 I'm an NS engineer and I wish we had a website like this !   Name: alert E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 December 2014 ALERT ALERT ALERT WATCH BRYAN EDWARDS VERY CLOSELY IF HE IS ON YOUR TRAIN. HIS WATCH IS NOT JUST A WATCH. IT IS A CELL PHONE AS WELL AND HAS A RECORDING DEVICE. ALL SUPERVISORS ARE UNDER THE SAME FRA RULES WHEN USING ELECTRONIC DEVICES. KEEP AND EYE ON HIS WATCH!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 December 2014 They must have my name on the shit list cause all i ever catch is a old shitty train!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 26 December 2014 Very Very interesting to read what all of you have to say about the company that provides you a good living for yourselves and your families. Yep you guessed it a former railroaded retired after over 30 year with NS. Yep, I knew both Dave Brown and "The Great Ingram". Both foolish people who thought the only was to success was stomping employees in the ground. In fact, these guys are a lot like all of you. You think the company that you work for is your enemy. Ingram and Brown think that the people that work for them are their enemies. Someone please tell me the difference in these two ideas. Look what it got them.. Engram with a very good retirement, and Brown fired. Of course, Ingram is not dead yet so remember what goes around comes around and he will probably get his before his life on this earth is over. Believe it or not I was a Trainmaster for years, and at lot of those years was at the same location and I got along very well with the union representatives and most of the people on the ground. I found that if people were treated the way I liked to be treated all things worked for the good. I do not believe that most of the posts on this site are truly what the people write. If they are true all of you people must be very miserable individuals. If you are really that miserable why do you not quit CSX and find other employment. Oh, you can't get a job that pays what you make? Maybe your overpaid. Whatever the case just keep paying into the Railroad Retirement so mine arrives the first of the month - every month. Happy New Years to you mistreated, miserable, unhappy, poor employees of CST.   Name: kevin E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 December 2014 I was called yesterday and the lady told me they would like to extend their job offer to me as freight conductor? What will happen next? I work underground in coal mines am I making a good move?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 Does anyone know if that fucking obese fat fuck Bryan Edwards still lurking around on CSX? That fucking egg with legs can go eat a dick. YOU ARE A WASTE OF FUCKING SPACE, DEPLETING THE FOOD SUPPLY AND POSSIBLY THROWING THE EARTHS GRAVITATIONAL PULL off with your fat fucking no good cocksucking ass! Get on a diet, learn some people skills, find God, and repent dickbag. Because all the shit you've pulled on hardworking Union brothers has earned you a 1st class trip to hell, with the Devils pitchfork up your fat ass! Burn in hell cocksucker!!!   Name: just a number E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 I went to the local Rocky Mount NC buffet 'Golden Coral' on a couple occasions. I set my camera in video mode and aimed at the buffet line from waist high to the floor. MY GOD, all the big fat ass women there is totally amazing ! No one over 5 feet tall and no one under 250 pounds. Video soon to hit you-tube   Name: just a number E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 I would agree with ' Information'...There are just ugly skanks in Rocky Mount NC...AND the guys fucking them need to be tested for STDs   Name: Just a number E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 Does anyone know if Mr. Ward will be working Christmas eve or Christmas day/evening also?   Name: Facts E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 December 2014 Folks we have a tie for the " Dumbest trainmaster on the Huntington Division" the award goes to Shiloh Campbell and David Benson. In order to win this award the employee is graded on 1.. How dumb they are 2 .. How bad that the employees hate them. 3.. How offen that they show they're ignorance. 3.. And the list goes on... So, congratulation dumba$$ for being you.. 

 Name: Facts E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 December 2014 The award for being the "Worest trainmasters in the Huntington division" goes to Shiloh Campbell and David Benson. To achieve this award these individuals had to show how dumb that they really are and they have No respect from the employees. They have truly lost focus on the real world. The hatered from the employees proves the lack of people and management skills. True idiots. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 December 2014 You guys are a bunch of cry babies ive made 94k this year with no college degree, where else could you make that kind of money, yes the hours/schedule sucks but come on im not hurting for money and it could be worse.i could be in line for my free Obama phone 

 Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 December 2014 loco 10-20 SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE SUPERVISOR.... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 December 2014 To Mr. Not Fooled, It seems to me , all you post is BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!!! 

 Name: Paul Lopez E-mail: penncentral@earthlink.net Employed as: Car repair, for 30+ years Posted: 13 December 2014 WOW....It has to have been at least 8 years since the last time I visited this site, and I have to admit I'm absolutely stunned to see this site still up and running! I've been "unofficially...???" off on disability from the Selkirk car department since 2006. And although I must admit that I still miss the job, I certainly don't miss CSX and their mistreatment of its employees during the first years of its takeover. In my heart I will always be a railroader with fond memories of my years with the PENN CENTRAL and CONRAIL. Any railroaders today that weren't around to experience working for those two railroads...well, I don't know what to say. Guess you had to be there to understand what it meant to work during perhaps the darkest years of the PC and survive into the "Golden" years of CONRAIL. 

 Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 December 2014 GO AWAY SUPERVISOR TOM DIDNT GET AWAY WITH IT YOU WONT EITHER. GO BACK UNDER THAT ROCK YOU KEEP CRAWLING OUT FROM UNDER EVERY SINGLE TIME A SERIOUS TOPIC GETS POSTED ON HERE. HAVENT YOU FIGURED OUT BY NOW THAT YOUR STUPID CHEATING SPOUSES TOPICS DOESNT MEAN SQUAT ON HERE. ARE YOU JUST A STUPID MORON.... GO BUY A BOOK TO READ. YOU REALLY HAVE TO READ IT ON HERE????????????? NOW BACK TO THE REAL ISSUES OF SERIOUSE EMPLOYEMENT TROUBLES. IF YOU HAVENT READ THE NEW OPERATING RULES BOOK FROM BACK TO FRONT WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB THEN YOU BETTER. THERE ARE AT LEAST 22 WORDED CHANGES IN THE BOOK AND SOME ARE MISLEADING AS HELL. CREW WAS PULLED OUT OF SERVICE AND FIRED BECAUSE THEY WENT OVER 30 MILES AN HOUR ON A LOCAL JOB THAT WAS RUNNING DURING THE DAY WITH FLAG BUT DID NOT HAVE AN HTD. READ RULES ON THIS CLOSELY. IT IS WORDED ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THAN OLD EQUIPMENT HANDLING RULE THE KICKER TO THIS WHOLE THING IS THE ENGINE WAS AN OLD PIECE OF JUNK THAT DIDNT EVEN HAVE A PLACE TO PUT AN HTD. MY QUESTION TO THE FRA WOULD BE WHY HAVE WE GOT ENGINES SO DAMN OLD OUT THERE THAT THEY ARENT EVEN DESIGNED TO TAKE AN HTD. WINTER IS UPON US AND ITS TIME TO START GETTING HEAT ISSUES OUT THERE IF YOU DONT HAVE ADEQUATE HEAT ON YOUR ENGINES WRITE THEM UP AND NOTIFY THE FRA IMMEDIATELY. DONT WAIT UNTIL IT IS 40 BELOW ZERO AND YOU GET FROSTBITE. IF YOUR LOCKER ROOM DOESNT HAVE ADEQUATE HEAT FILE 8 HR PENALTY CLAIM UNDER CA. VIOLATION OF ENGINEERS AGREEMENT 33(D)OF SINGLE SYSTEM AGREEMENT STAY SAFE AND DONT BE AFRAID TO FIGHT FOR A SAFE WORKING ENVIORNMENT AND YOUR UNION AGREEMENT RIGHTS, WHICH THE COMPANY SIGNED THEIR JOHN HENRY ON WITHOUT A GUN HELD TO THEIR HEADS. THEY DID IT WILLINGLY AND KNOWINGLY AND SHOULD RESPECT WHAT THEY SIGNED! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 December 2014 to the post below, if you know so many names why not mention them. I don't understand all these spouses that take a risk for the unknowing, and end up losing it all.They all deserve what they get. 

 Name: Information E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 December 2014 well it tickles me pink to see that people are becoming more and more aware of all the dirty cheating going on...... I have a whole list of names I could tell..... I know whos fucking who, when and for how long. Rocky Mount NC has its share of trash that are fucking the guys up north from Richmond. Been going on for years..doubt it will stop. And the women that they are fucking are gross. I got the details on them as well. Not hard to see.... just pay attention and keep quiet. Couple drinks and a nasty looking bar whore.... its happening. Married or not dosent matter..... Its really quite sad.....When you get cabbage growing on your dick..... dont say I didnt warn ya all..... 

 Name: HA E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 December 2014 TOM/SUPERVISOR Scrolled back and didn't see any post from a JIM/TRASH MAN. Was post 2011? Cant find anything posted lately about all this crap..... Oh let me guess????? ANOTHER PLOY TO DRAW THE ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE SERIOUS POST??? KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..... MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS IN JACKSONVILLE.... DONT FORGET TO PUT A PIECE OF COAL IN THE LAWYERS STOCKINGS FOR US! 

 Name: involved E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 December 2014 TOM Your doing a lot of talking about half the truth. You don't know what was said behind closed doors and the incident with the conductor not having 3 step and being confronted HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH complaints brought forward. So unless you have ALL THE FACTS, I wouldn't be so quick to post half truths. For your information there were several MALE engineers and conductors as well as hotel staff who witnessed very unprofessional behavior from him and brought their concerns forward. With that being said, I would get more facts before you post. 

 Name: Tom E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 December 2014 Hey Jim Trash man 2011 To reply to your vast knowledge and false reports !!! Get your facts straight !!! I know the true story ,, about Mike Stanley The person that made false statements was a Indy conductor Than ,that a woman that look's like a man and curses worse the a sailor , been fired several times and there's alot more to the story , he caught he stepping between the rails and putting her grip up on the front of the motor without 3 step ! While her Engineer was climbing up the ladder !! I saw it myself he pulled Cond. Than to the side spoke to her about it , then showed her in the rule book that she could not do that , he should of wrote her up for being so careless and unsafe , NO he didn't he warned her and showed her what she was doing wrong !! He helped us get a better hotel we stayed in a dump motel 6 with drug dealers and whores and rooms were nasty ! Now we stay in the double tree (nice) About the hotel well are so called co-workers were wearing there spiked boots in and scratching up there nose floors , he went and spook to them to smooth things out because they were going to kick us out , and about the locker there were 4 local chairmans two csx police and two other Trainmasters there when the lockers were being cleaned out and we were moving to a new hotel where he faught and got us nice new lockers , at no time did he cut a lock nor use a crowbar , the local Utu chairman out of Evansville Jim cut all locks , we were given 60 notice was posted to have our lockers cleaned out , also when items were found that should not be in the lockers they stepped outside and let the local chairman despose of them, I know because I was there ! Also he was found not guilty after cond. Than tried to get a female engr out of Indy to lie also and there's several woman that work in Rose Lake on intermodal side that said nothing but good things about Mike Stanley , so get your facks straight first , before you tell or spread more lies on people ! We lost a good guy that didn't go against the agreement he did the right thing he took care of us , so tell me Mister know it all how many people did he every charge ?? He was always on us to be safe work safe and follow the rules ! If we didn't understand them he took the time and explained ,, well enough BS but those that Mike worked with and helped know he was fair , Good Job Mike !! Wish you were back after you left , Tensley and Brok Summers came in and cleaned house charging everyone !!! Also Dave the terminal supt that had been there for 22 yrs that didn't do crap for us that never gave us any safety supplies like gloves or batteries and kept all our awards like coats and hoodies and train cars and gave them to and would never order water ?? tks -- do you all remember that guy ????? But Mike went out of his way to get us supplies and water and ? 

 Name: HA E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 10 December 2014 CHUGA CHUGA You forgot lying on the on board. False arrival times and pull times... yeah, real honest customer service reports!!!!HA HA HA HA HA Get wrote up or a nasty letter if you don't! 

 Name: NOTICE E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 10 December 2014 For the Robert Pines fan club... We are tired of hearing about this limp dick. Let's get back to the real world and focus on how CSX SUCKS.... You can take this pines fellar and shove him stright up your back side........ You must have a man crush on him...... F A G G O T S. 

 Name: sanatshelper E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 09 December 2014 LISTEN UP DISPTACHERS! With all the bashing you have received this year since it is Christmas time, santa and his elves decided it was time for you to get a little assistance. He knows you read this website, especially the dispatchers on the great lakes division.... you only get this one time gift so pay attention! For the dispatchers who were never conductors or engineers here is a lesson EQUIPMENT HANDLING RULES BOOK: RULE 5502 states THE NUMBER OF POWERED AXLES IN USE MUST NOT EXCEED 24 FOR THE OPERATING LOCOMOTIVES THAT ARE PULLING A TRAIN OR A CUT OF CARS When a crew who is running under track speed tones you up and tells you they cant make track speed and ask for your permission to put another locomotive on line if they have one that is not, you are just assuming they have the other loco off because of the fuel conservation rule. WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG! A lot are off because they will violate the powered axle rule if they turn them on. If you didn't know not all 6 axle locomotive are rated as six. There are numerous that have been upgraded to 7-8-9-10-11. Supervisors have been telling the crews that Jacksonville doesn't care if they turn the locos on all they care is about making track speed. BULLSHIT! You know as well as anyone else if something major goes down these supervisors WILL NEVER ADMIT THEY TOLD ANY CREWS TO VIOLATE THE RULE. ONLY MORONS BELEIVE THEY WILL BACK THEM. They have also been told NOT TO VOLUNTEER ANY INFO AS TO THE REASON THE POWER IS ISOLATED. So here is Santas advice to you. The next time an engineer or a no it all conductor tones you up and wants to put another unit online because he isn't making track speed you better make sure you tell them "YES, BUT IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ALLOWED POWERED AXLES ON LINE! When a crew rips out a draw bar or jack knifes a cut all over town or the hill side while shoving it and they find out they had more than 24 axles on line the crew is going to tell them that the dispatcher gave them permission to put the other engine on line! You think you wont get in trouble because the engineer is supposed to make the adjustment? When you have supervisors telling them to leave you in the dark and just get your permission I would say your getting set up! Better make sure you tell the crews to make axle adjustments per the rule! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR...... 

 Name: been there E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 December 2014 pissed If BLET wont take control of this, I would make a complaint to the USDOT safety committee. I think this may also be an osha issue. There are guidelines set forth in the FRA rules for all class one rr's to follow but they only state the rr has to submit their plan to them. I heard the fra was saying it was ok to put a conductor who has already marked up and is certified in the lap of an engineer and make him qualify him. The blet was saying that this is bull but Im betting my last dollar they have been bought off under the table and is agreeing to it. There was a engineer who told a supervisor if he has to qualify and babysit an unqualified conductor on his job because the company was too cheap to do it right and follow safety protocol that he would have conductor tie down the train and he would do the same with his engines every time the conductor needed instructions on how to do his job when he was on the ground and couldn't see him. The supervisor threatened him and told him if he did that he would be charged with deliberately delaying the job or train. He said he could give just as good instructions over the radio and didn't need to see his location as long as the conductor said he was in the clear.... can you believe this shit!!!!!!!! 

 Name: pissed off E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 December 2014 FRA and Union drops the ball Now they have stooped to an all time low. This safety safety safety bullshit preaching is just a bunch of hot air they should be using to blow their bozo balloons up! Chicago division forced a train out with a conductor who didn't have a clue about where he was going. Not even the slightest qualified on the territory. since they didn't have anyone qualified to go they order the engineer to be his trainer. These stupid ass morons expected the engineer to train this guy, teach him the territory, cover his ass and run the train as well. Train had way too many cars for the engineer to see what the hell this new guy was even doing, let alone train him. What happened to this so called all important conductor certification that is supposed to be so god awful important. Since when is an engineer supposed to take a stinking new guy out and be his trainer and pilot and be responsible for the safe running and handling of the train. Great lakes division is letting marked up conductors jump on territories with cheat sheets and notes and are being told that they don't need pilots or training. Supervisors were heard saying don't worry about anything, the engineers will take care of you. They don't want to get in trouble either! What the hell is happening here. The god damn dollar more important than the safe training of an employee. The engineers job isn't worth a shit either? You'd think all engineers do is just sit up there and pick their noses! They think we don't have our own responsibilities to handle. God damn erad, gps, black box and train handling and now we got to be babysitters for new guys on territories they don't know a thing about. I thought this was against the BLET agreements and the FRA training guidelines for class 1 railroads. This is bullshit. This crap didn't happen 30 years ago. A new cub on a territory had to attach himself to the hip of the brakeman and learn the damn job for months before he was allowed to take the role of the conductor! This crap is way out of control and if this keeps up there is going to be a conductor laying out there cut in half or rolled up under a car somewhere because the engineer cant get off the engine and do back and help this guy do his job! FRA better get off their asses or someone is going to half to get another government agency involved! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 06 December 2014 I left this shit hole 2 yrs ago once in a blue moon when I'm home relaxing with my family I check out this site see if anything got better wow so glad I quit new hires quit now get a real job and be happy guys I went to school with still on spare board no way to live CSX sucks so true your all a bunch of Douche bags 

 Name: True story E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 06 December 2014 Here is the true story.... When you hire on the Railroad, you most of the time leave low paying jobs or hire in off the street, So you start making good money, start a family, then you go deep in debt, before you know it the Railroad has you. You can't move, your stuck with whatever this company dishes out. You have to put up with harassment, new hire managers with poor management skills that have been hired off the street, HERE IS EXACTLY WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN WORKING FOR THE RAILROAD. 1 --Ex-board ( on-call) for the rest of your career, 2 --- harassment by new management ( No people skills) 3 --- Every time you get called to work, You can't focus on your job because in your mind your thinking " I'm I going to get fired today" ... 4 --- Your family can't and won't handle your lifestyle. The divorce rate is very high on the R.R. You will lose it all...... It's a gamble....... Think about it new hires....... 

 Name: Notice E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 December 2014 Guys stop being so gullible. CSX stock and 4 quarter earnings will show a loss because it's contract time and we get a bonus next year. I bet our contract and bonus will suck just like this company. This company doesn't care about your family. Management only cares about they're bonus. CSX Management has more greed than any other company of the planet. 

 Name: Always awake E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 November 2014 L&N If your on a straight shot train that runs from one terminal to another on main line and doesn't stop to do any work on the way, then there is no way in hell that an engineer can run so slow he can count railroad ties on purpose to outlaw or get overtime. The erad, gps and the dispatchers who are awake can easily tell on the crew and the engineers know this. It only takes so much time to run from cp to cp at a certain miles per hour. Slow orders, work authorities, trains with rolling junk power, and bad rail causes enough problems for the engineer the last thing he needs is to have a dispatcher accusing him of running slow on purpose. Dispatchers should know what we deal with out here. If they don't then they need to get off their butts and get out on these trains for a week. AND DO IT IN SECRET! WE ALL KNOW EVERY TIME AN OFFICIAL GETS ON BOARD THE SIGNALS ARE ALL GREEN AND THE TRAIN IS RUNNING HOT SHOT. LET THE DISPATCHER SEE EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF RAIL WE HAVE TO SLOW DOWN 10-15 MPH SO WE DONT GET BOUNCED OUT OF OUR SEATS. EVERY SINGLE BLIND CURVE THAT HAS A GATE CROSSING IN IT AND IS BUSY AS HELL AT RUSH HOUR. YEAH, SOME ENGINEERS HAVE A CONSCIENCE AND KNOW WHERE DANGER MIGHT JUST BE AROUND THE CORNER AND BACK OFF. WE DONT JUST HAVE TRAINS TO RUN. WE HAVE A DUTY TO RUN SAFELY AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC IF POSSIBLE. ITS ALSO OUR RESPONSIBILTY TO MAKE SURE ALERT TRAINS WITH POISIONOUS AND TOXIC CHEMICALS CARS THAT ARE TERRORIST INTEREST CARS ARE HANDLED WITH THE HIGHEST OF REGARD FOR THE CREWS SAFETY AS WELL AS THE PUBLICS. BRIDGES THAT LEAN, BOUNCE CARS AND ROCK THEM ARE ANOTHER CAUSE FOR TRAINS TO SLOW DOWN! THE LIST CAN GO ON ALL NIGHT! Dispatchers take smoke breaks and sometimes long lunches while other dispatchers man their desk. Yeah, maybe they are entitled but their jobs are to run the trains just like us and we are under just as much pressure if not more. I hope some day they install overhead cameras in their cubicles, erad to see how many times they have to fix an error they make and a gps to see how may times they slowed down when they are typing and how many times they take a break or walk away from their computer! Then the train crews will be able to say WELCOME TO MY WORLD! AND THE BEST IDEA OF ALL.....DRUM ROLL.....Lets rig their cars to the level or our junk power so when they drive home their speedometer bounces or fluctuates, the wipers don't work worth a shit, the defrost doesn't work if they have one, the radio cracks and pops and and burst static in their ears all night and constantly beeps like a bad headend device or an alerter going off every 10 seconds, window cracked blowing cold air in their face and water when its raining, the god awful smell like someone put shit on their engine, the seat hard as a rock and unable to adjust for their leg lengths, horn that blows their ears off every time they use it and the fuel injector half plugged so the thing surges and lunges while they are driving. Yeah, lets do that and then they can see why we get distracted from running full throttle at 8 the entire trip! Yeah, lack of sleep is the least of our worries! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 29 November 2014 how many trains are getting the detector just west of Garrett Indiana and just dragging the trains into Garrett and passing off to the next crew ! with the boots on? and 12,000 ft of train? doing the job according to the rules checking both sides ? not just one? at least three hours? how many crews still sitting there on rear units with the heat on? say all ok no defects found after an hour and a half? hmmmm ? did ya wipe the sleep outa your eyes ! 

 Name: WARNING E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 25 November 2014 WARNING...WARNING.....WARNING....WARNING...WARNING.... THIS WARNING IS NOT A JOKE. LET US REPEAT THIS AGAIN. THIS WARNING IS NOT A JOKE! ORDERS FROM ABOVE HAVE BEEN HANDED DOWN ON THE GREAT LAKES DIVISION TO FIRE MORE ENGINEERS. ALL CONDUCTORS GOING TO ENGINEER SCHOOL WILL BE MULTI TERRITORY TRAINED AND QUALIFIED. IF YOU ARE AN ENGINEER WHO IS NOT QUALIFIED ON MULTIPLE TERRITORIES BECAUSE YOUR SENIORITY ALLOWS YOU TO HOLD ONE TERRITORY YOU DO NOT FIT INTO THE FUTURE PLANS OF THE COMPANY. YOU WILL BE TARGETED FOR TERMINATION SO YOU CAN BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ENGINEER WHO CAN BE USED AS MULTI PURPOSE AND REDUCE THE USE OF EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS IN TURN REDUCING THE ENGINEERS EXTRA BOARD. iN THE FUTURE EVERY ENGINEER WILL BE EXPECTED TO ACCEPT EVERY CALL THEY RECIEVE AND NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED ON THE TERRITORY. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A JOKE. WATCH EVERYTHING YOU DO. CYA CYA CYA CYA CYA. IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING TARGETED, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE PULLED OUT OF SERVICE. TAKE YOUR TIME AND MAKE SURE YOU DO EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK. WARN YOUR FELLOW EMPLOYEES. MAKE EVERYONE AWARE OF THIS ORDER! 

 Name: FRA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 23 November 2014 Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year: If your biggest problem is having to work on Thanksgiving, you are a very lucky CSX employee. You could get a job at Wal-Mart, but heck, you would have to work on Thanksgiving there too. 

 Name: HA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 22 November 2014 GO AWAY SO CALLED TRAINMASTER..... OR FRIEND OR WHO EVER YOU ARE NOW TRYING TO DISTRACT OTHERS WITH YOU STUPID LBT CRAP.... IGNORE HIM PEOPLE.... YOU ARE MAKING MANAGEMENT SQUIRM. THEY KNOW THE POST ABOUT THE NEW AGREEMENT IS RIGHT ON HEAD AND THERE ARE RADIO ISSUES. IGNORE HIM AND HE WILL GO BACK UNDER HIS ROCK.... THIS AGREEMENT IS A JOKE AND HAS LOOP HOLES THAT WILL ALLOW THE CARRIER TO STICK IT UP FARTHER THAN THEY ALREADY DO. IF THE BLET PUSHES THIS THROUGH WITHOUT BLACK AND WHITE PROTECTION CLAUSES WRITTEN UP THEN ITS TIME TO FIND ANOTHER UNION AS FOR THE POST ON GETTING PERSONAL DAYS.... LC WAS RIGHT... THERE ARE THOSE WHO GET THEM ANYTIME THEY WANT AND THOSE WHO DONT. THE SUCKS WHO BUY PIZZAS AND SEND THEM TO DISPATCH AND THOSE WHO TAKE EVERY SINGLE CALL FROM THE CREW CALLERS WILL ALWAYS BE TREATED BETTER. AGAIN FAVORTISM IS ALIVE AND WELL AND ALWAYS WILL BE! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 November 2014 I cant believe this damn railroad is not shutting down on thanksgiving day, give us something for god sakes. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 November 2014 Anyone have radio failures between your engineer and conductor during a shove movement? Any documents available that the Kenwood handheld radios had radio issues? Any accidents caused by lost radio communications? 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 November 2014 JOKE!!!! BLET NEW SYSTEM AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS ARE IN ACTION! AMMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 40 STATES On the day preceding their scheduled rest cycle, an engineer at the home terminal that is not called by 1200 for 1400(1500 for runs subject to 3 hour call) may contact CREW MANAGEMENT indicating their desire to be removed from the calling cycle in advance of their rest cycle. In the event the company is unable to fulfill its manpower requirements, the engineer may be used in other classes of service for which he is qualified that will go off duty at the home terminal. IN THE EVENT AN ENGINEER HAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED COMMITMENTS SURROUNDING THEIR ASSIGNED DAYS OFF AND REQUIRE RELIEF FROM THIS PROVISIONS, THAT ENGINEER WILL BE REQUIRED TO ARRANGE SUCH THROUGH THEIR LOCAL SUPERVISOR OR CMC Do we even have to think twice about what was just posted in bold letter. First, if you can get through to a crew manager without being sent to his voice mail your lucky Second, if you try and reason with a supervisor who's only goal in life is to make the white collars in Jacksonville happy you will only get laughed out of the room. Try and tell a supervisor that your life is more important than his local job being filled or his train leaving on time. He will remind you that it isn't Third, there are those who can get a PB day anytime they want and those who couldn't if their lives depended on it. Favoritism is alive and well and ALWAYS WILL BE fourth, a crew callers job is to fill jobs at all cost. Leaving bogus messages, blocking the IVR system, threatening someone with a miss call is part of their job. They will not allow your personal business or personal commitments to interfere with their job of filling jobs. You will have to beg, cry and give all your personal info to them and maybe, just maybe get lucky enough to get your blessing from them. WHEN do you make these arrangements? Before you call and beg for this pardon? After you call at noon? How long will you be on hold waiting to talk to someone to get this cleared. What happens when your on hold for 45 minutes and they call your other line and tell you that its your call and they need you. Too bad if you were on hold first. You answered your other line like an idiot and now your busted and going to work! How about the provision that states an engineer arriving at his AFHT on his off day will be deadheaded home on combo service. DO NOT FORGET HOW BAD THEY HAVE SCREWED UP AND STILL SCREW UP THE FRA MANDATORY RULES ON SENDING ENGINEERS HOME ON THEIR 6TH START. THAT RULE HAD BEEN IN PLACE LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO GET IT RIGHT AND ITS STILL IS A MESS. THERE SHOULD BE A SERIOUS PENALTY CLAIM FOR NOT SENDING AN EMPLOYEE HOME PER THE AGREEMENT AND IT SHOULD GO STRAIGHT TO THE GENERAL CHAIRMAN AND ABOVE. NO WAITING A YEAR TO GET IT PAID! THERE ARE TOO MANY FLAWS IN THIS ENTIRE PROPOSAL AND WAY TOO MANY GRAY AREAS. DO NOT VOTE YES ON THIS UNTIL THERE ARE DEFINATE IN WRITING ANSWERS TO ALL GRAY AREAS. HOW MUCH INFO IS REQUIRED TO SATISFY THE CMC OR SUPERVISOR THAT YOUR LIFE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT. WILL MANPOWER SHORTAGES BE TAKEN CARE OF AND EXTRA BOARDS FILLED TO COVER ALL THE CHANGES IN THIS PROPOSAL. WHAT IS THEIR PLAN TO STOP THE MASSIVE TURNOVER RATE THAT CAUSE ALL THE MANPOWER SHORTAGES IN THE FIRST PLACE. READ IT CAREFULLY. EVERY SINGLE WORD. DO NOT LISTEN TO GOSSIP AND RUMORS. THIS IS YOUR LIFE AND YOUR WORKING CONDITIONS AT STAKE HERE. DO NOT BE STUPID. READ IT! 

 Name: Attention E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 November 2014 OF THE BLET PROPOSAL .......... 

 Name: Attention E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 November 2014 You all need to read ARTICLE 62, page 13 part (A). If you are off longer than 30 days for any reason then the company can terminate your employment ... 

 Name: bullsh... E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 November 2014 HEY CORPORATE!!! Want to know why people are pissed and moral is down???? Try looking at the extra board for the conductors at AVON! How come there are 14 guys on the board and only one gets a Saturday off! How come they have 3 guys off on Monday, 3 on Tuesday and 3 on Thursday. Instead of giving anyone a Saturday or Sunday they have everyone working their asses off when most of the rest of the world and their families are home on the weekends. How come they have so many people off on those day. Don't they realize that make the board short as hell on mon, tues, and Thursday because of this? They are so hell bent on no one getting a weekend day off they would shoot their nose off to spite their faces! What the hell!!!!! HEY UTU! See a problem here! 

 Name: RETIRED E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 18 November 2014 A FEW YEARS AGO WE WERE HEADING WEST OUT OF WILLARD OHIO, WE WERE FIVE MILES OUT OF THIS PARTICULAR TOWN AND ALL WE SEE IS FLASHING LIGHTS GOING BACK AND FORTH OVER THE CROSSING ,NOTHING IN OUR ORDERS ABOUT A PARADE ! MY ENGINEER AND I WENT AT IT ARGUING ! AS I ORDERED HIM TO BRING TRAIN DOWN TO RESTRICTED SPEED HE DID AS INSTRUCTED WHILE STILL ARGUING , HIS ATTITUDE WAS VERY POOR NEEDLESS TO SAY! OH SCREW EM LETS ? WELL SOME OF YOU MAY GET THE IDEA THAT HE DIDN'T CARE IF HE HIT SOMEONE ! 

 Name: Lol E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 November 2014 Listen up you girls. WE DONT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT CROSSING ACCIDENTS OR THIS PINES FELLA.... !!!!! This website is called CSX SUCKS...... this isn't what I want to see on here ... We want to know how CSX is screwing us.. Not who is screwing who or this limp dick pines fella or crossing accidents .... We are tied of reading your stuff.... So you can shove those accidents up your backside.. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 10 November 2014 XXL: YES. Request the necessary form(s) from csx's FMLA center, read/review 'em & decide which route you wish to take (intermittent times-days per month or other), take those to her doctor, explain everything, be sure everything is filled out correctly & have the doctor fax/send 'em in. 

 Name: Size XXL E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 November 2014 Is it possible to get FMLA for a parent that has health problems? My mom has a long list of ailments, the most severe of which is her Prostate problems. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

 Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 November 2014 So Called Friend/SUPERVISOR GO AWAY...Just as predicted... here you come again with your crap when a topic is posted that obviously is making someone in payroll itch.....Nice try Keep deleting the box checked that you want electronic pay stubs only. Several of us have been deleting it everyday since it showed up 3 days ago. Some have received emails today that there had been a change made to their payroll choices. Funny that one pay roll rep said to wait until AFTER THE 10TH to go in and delete the check mark because it wouldn't work until then. If that were the case then why would anyone already receive an email confirming there was a change. I wouldn't believe that email. Keep an eye on the election box in your pay until after November the 11th. Take snap shots of each time you delete the check mark. There are going to be a lot of people out there that are going to get screwed because they didn't go back in and keep and eye on this box! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 07 November 2014 DEAR MR.PISSED WORKER, I HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR YOU,I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT ALL THE DESPICABLE CHEATERS. YOU ON THE OTHER HAND SPOKE OF ONE PARTICULAR PERSON,WHICH IS LBT,YOU COULD HAVE NOT MENTION ANY NAME,WHY MENTION NAMES? 

 Name: Sick of it E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 November 2014 Wait until you see the NEW attendance policy for transportation. This New policy was created by people that have nights and weekends off. They probably only "WORK" 4-6 hours a day.. This company gets everything that they deserve. 

 Name: same E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 November 2014 almost I did the same thing. Called pay roll because the box showed back up checked again. They said we are supposed to go in an uncheck it after the 10th. That doesn't sound right if they are starting the whole process on the 10th. Like everything else they do someone is going to have a problem! 

 Name: almost suckered E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 November 2014 READ ALL ABOUT IT THE POST FROM PAY WAS CORRECT. I JUST CHECKED MY PAY ON THE GATEWAY AND THEY HAD A CHECK MARK IN THE BOX THAT REQUESTED I RECEIVE MY PAY STUBS ON LINE AND DISCONTINUE RECEIVING THEM BY MAIL. I HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT AND NEVER HAD THAT BOX CHECKED BECAUSE I WANT PAPER STATEMENTS FOR DOUBLE PROOF OF MY PAY AND THAT THEY GENERATED IT. IT DOESNT SURPRISE ME THEY WENT IN AND CHECKED THAT BOX. THEY DONT WANT TO SEND PAPER STATEMENTS OUT. TO CHECK THAT BOX JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE DEAD LINE IS NOTHING BUT AN UNDERHANDED...... THERE ARE GOING TO BE ALOT OF PISSED OFF PEOPLE IF THEY DONT GO BACK IN AND CATCH IT BEFORE FRIDAY AT CLOSE OF BUSINESS DAY. BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR YOU CANT FIX IT OVER THE WEEKEND! 

 Name: PAY E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 November 2014 PAY NOTICE The message that was posted on the employee gateway advising everyone that the company was going with electronic pay stubs on line November 10th is totally wrong! It states in black and white that if you wish to CONTINUE TO RECEIVE your paper stubs by mail you need to go in and UNCHECK the box that states you would like to receive your pay stub ON LINE ONLY and you understand you will no longer receive your pay stubs by mail. If you already have that box checked then you should not be receiving your paper pay stubs in the mail anyway. Correct? If you are receiving your pay stubs by mail go into the gateway(my pay) and keep an eye on this box. IT SHOULD NOT BE CHECKED! Watch it closely until after November 10th. We suggest you print out directions posted on the pay site just in case there is a major mess up and you stop receiving your paper pay stubs in the mail. There is a good chance this box may show up checked at the last minute without your knowledge and your pay stubs by mail will be discontinued. 

 Name: PISSED WORKER E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 October 2014 FRIEND/FAMILY I don't think your hitting a nerve and I think all you are doing is looking for a topic that is no better than all the junk we see in the media every time we turn on our televisions. Tabloid junk, reality joke shows and things that really have nothing to do with the shape that our economy or our job industry is in today. Dirty laundry should be saved for those type of shows or websites. Yes, everyone has the right to post what ever topic they want on this site, but this kind of trash has been the major down fall to this site. Years ago this site had some impact. It did and I know for a fact make a difference in decisions that were made by management. Posters would come on here with real issues that were detrimental to our work environment and our union agreements and get managements attention. Everyone knows that the company lawyers as well as the FRA, customers and other class 1 railroads visit this site. What is posted on here can make a difference. That is why every time a serious topic shows up on here that makes the company squirm, you get the moles and management crawling out from under their rocks and doing what ever it takes to draw attention away from the issue. The LBT issue wasted so much space and time that serious posters just faded away because they knew the trash would overwhelm everything and they were just wasting their time! It did no good either. She still is working and still does what she always has. So if kidding or anyone else is tired of the junk on here and doesn't need to see or read it anymore, they have just as much a right to voice their opinion about it as you have the right to harp on it. Its to bad this topic hasn't had once ounce of influence on management in regards to cleaning up the serious issues that workers in the field and their families deal with 24 hours a day. Trying to get anything accomplished on here is basically impossible these days. I hope you can find some peace in the future and forgive your husband for betraying you and god for bid, if you find that you just cant stop posting about this topic, please,please, please find some help! The last thing any of us need on here is another Pines! One obsessed nut job is enough! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 October 2014 You come on this website and state who cares about the cheating spouses, But it is so funny when anyone post anything on here about a cheating spouse you get very upset.If you really don't care , why do you go on and on and gets so upset about the subject.I would say there must be something to it. We can come on this website and state anything we want to state about cheaters, if you don't like it , don't read it, it has nothing to do with other issues,if people want to talk about other issues they talk about other issues. Its just like a television program if you don't like what is on the channel then change it.I'm assuming that were hitting quite a nerve when we talk about cheating. There has been post on here about cheaters for years, so why get your shorts in a bunch.I think maybe you shouldn't take the post about cheating so personal. 

 Name: kidding E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 October 2014 Friend/family ANOTHER PREDICTABLE RESPONSE. Cant come up with a valid response so you use the old "grammar" jab as a come back. HA HA HA HA! Bet JESUS didn't have a spell checker! So which one of the thousands of men that work for csx will have their wives log on to this site and maybe just figure out who their cheating husbands are. Stop your boo hooing and put some names or go lay down and post on another day when you have something serious to say. Oh, thanks for encouraging another jerry springer idiot to come on here and start this stupid crap. One division was enough to start this waste of crap on, now you got another woman crying on here! File for your divorce, move on and be glad if you were one of the women who were lucky enough to get out and find a better life with someone else who might treat you better, if you can get over the hate and betrayal! Now, off to better and more important news! Chief Medical officer claims he is helping protect csx employees from ebola. Just how in the hell is the medical department doing anything to help all of the employees out it the fields. Is he protecting those who are working in the slum areas of the city and run down industrial areas? Is he protecting the workers who make contact with the hobos and homeless running around the yards? Is the providing protective gear to wear? Just what exactly is the chief medical officer doing to protect the employees of csx? I would think his time would be better utilized if he made sure that all train crews had clean sterile bathrooms and made sure all toilets were emptied and cleaned before each crew took possession of the units. Exposure to urine and feces is a serious issue and does pose a serious medical threat! Another rumor to discuss... Its being said the csx medical department has been demanding the complete medical records of some employees and have threatened to discipline them if they don't turn them over. I believe that is against the law when they are not your primary treating physician. Question to lawyers would be, if they make you go to one of their dotors for a second opinon or evaluation, how much of your personal medical records would you be forced to turn over to the csx medical department! Our unions better be getting ahold of this situation or they just might find their members getting their own outside legal counsel which is totally legal under the LMRDA rights of all union members in the United States! 

 Name: Really? E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 October 2014 UTU State Legislative Director knocking down over 110K a year plus expenses. Works M-F probably 7 hours a day tops plus weekends and holidays off. All while funding for Amtrak is being cut, and we work in a Right-To-Work state. Too bad the Union officers don't get paid based on performance. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 October 2014 So, what goes on in Columbus? All I keep seeing is Louisville? Lets hear it. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 October 2014 TO THE BIG MOUTH COMMENT BELOW IT'S NOT WRINGING, "IT'S RINGING". MUST OF HIT ANOTHER NERVE, NO I DONT WANT TO SPILL THE BEANS ON THESE SPOUSES THAT CHEAT,BUT WANT TO MAKE THE TRUTH AWARE. MAYBE SOME SPOUSE WILL READ THIS WEB-SITE AND FIGURE IT OUT FOR THEMSELVES. YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THE NAMES OF THE CHEATERS BUT YOU DONT CARE, AND THERE ARE MEN OUT THERE LIKE YOU. JUST LIKE A COUPLE POST BELOW YOU,IT GOES ON EVERYWHERE I GET THAT,JUST HOPING THAT SOME OF THESE GOOD SPOUSE'S GET WHAT THEY ARE DUE. IT'S NOT JUST ME POSTING, IT IS MANY OTHERS, GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE. LOL 

 Name: Dong Bageley E-mail: Mikeywardsyesman@csx.com Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 October 2014 Hey Ho Fatman Garrett has to go! Another derailment at Madisonville, KY today. Three derailments in Howell yard in Evansville. Garrett is on double secret probation from Johnny Fortune teller. Blamed the three derailments on the assistant roadmaster in Evansville. Now when will Garrett take responsibility. Now another track inspector out of service for stealing fuel but why did Garrett pay him truck driver pay in Vincennes for three years. 

 Name: RIGHT! E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 October 2014 Kidding You are so right! Our phone rings so much in the middle of the night the kids cant get a descent night sleep or anyone else in the house who has to work. It gets to the point that he might as well just answer the phone and take a hit because they are just going to keep calling. What really makes me mad is half the time its to find someone to work a job that he isn't assigned to and its a job that everyone hates. It makes for a real nice good bye when he has to leave the house knowing he is getting ready to go have a day of hell. 

 Name: kidding E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 26 October 2014 Friend/family You have got to be so predicable its not even funny anymore. How did we all know you would come back with that same old line, "You must be one of those supervisors who cheat and don't want to get caught, blah blah blah!" Got news for you. FAR FROM IT! I along with several other posters know that cheating goes on in every damn business and always will as long as there is a man or woman around who is willing to give it up. MARRIED OR NOT! You keep coming on here and posting crap that everyone knows and has know for the last 200 years. Now, what you don't seem to understand is no one really cares that much because if they did they would be on here blowing the whistle on them. You would be seeing names, dates, places and enough evidence posted on here to start a real war. The fact is YOU DONT! Oh I want to boo hoo but I don't want to say anything because I don't want to ruin someones marriage. I hate what they are doing but Im just going to keep everyones names out of it and just keep crying about it. You know something? Them shit or get off the pot. In the meantime, while you are trying to get your nerve up to stop preaching and start posting names and evidence, maybe you could start using some of that jerry springer energy and think of a way that people who do have loving spouses and children they miss can spend more quality time at home with them without the phone wringing all hours of the night or being stuck in hotels for 48 hours for no reason at all. If you could find a way to solve these problems then maybe all these cheating men wouldn't be away at the hotel so long with their so called mistresses or have to go to the hotel just to get one moments peace from the phone wringing all night long! 

 Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 October 2014 In our area the union guys rat there own members out. We paid them a safety day to pick trash up in the yard and other duties.. Ask around it's the truth. We love those Union boys. We management have no respect for those idiots. There greed is helping us out... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 October 2014 To the person who asked about cheating in the Louisville division, the answer is YES!!!!!! I've been an employee there for over 10 years after working previously for YUM brands for 3 and GE in HR for 3--both big companies. I have never seen cheating like at CSX. I'm not sure if it is because the employees are gone from home a lot and have the opportunity to have a good alibi for their wives or what. And it is not just young guys--it is mostly men in their 40s!!!! I have been hit on more times than I can count in an average day. One wife has always been suspicious and I can tell you that you should be!!! Your husband is in his mid 40s and has hit everything he can around there! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 October 2014 to the post below,first of all you made a comment stating that all the spouse has to do is convince the wife that it's not true they're just ganging up on the supervisors.I have a feeling that you are one of those supervisors, and could it be that 's what you told your wife, not all wifes are gullible(easily deceived or cheated on).it sounded to me like it hit a nerve with you, because you got a little upset about people posting things that actually go on.You make it sound like if people would just be hush hush about all the affairs, that would make people's jobs better, that has nothing to do with job performances.I feel that it is good to expose what goes on the railroad with the spouses that go to these meetings how they screw one another, get drunk all night long , how the men go to the strip clubs every chance they get. Also did you women know that the strippers are totally nude, you can pay money and go into a VIP room and they will definitely rock your world in there ,they will give you a blow job ,have sex whatever you want it cost about $200 for 30 to 45 minutes.you can pay and watch them take a erotic shower,you can wrestle around with them in jello for a small fee,and much much more activity. I do know that a couple of the man mentioned in these posts do go to the strip club and do participate in many activities, and they're married men. These men are taking a chance that their wives won't find out, and if they do, they hope that their wives don't believe it. They are taking a risk, because if it ended in a divorce they lose everything. Was it worth it.   Name: KIDDING?? E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 24 October 2014 OTHER Are you just plain retarded or just so bored that you have nothing better to do than try an stir up some more jerry springer crap that takes away from the real issues that are important. You have got to be stupid as h...ll if you think for one moment that any wife would believe any gossip that is posted on here about her husband. All she would have to do is read all the trash that is posted about supervisors on here and it wouldn't take one second for one of them to be convinced by their husbands that everything written on here is out of spite or hate for management. So quit trying to keep stupid topics like these going on here and if you don't have anything seriously productive to post that will really help the intimidated, harassed, whipped, brow beat, stressed, and overworked employee in the field then don't waste space on here! Quit trying to keep this stupid game going! Whats wrong with you and others who just want to keep digging at this "who screwed who and who's with who" when there are workers out there that don't even remember what day of the week it is or when they saw their children more than 48 hour! OH....news flash! Mickey Ward doesn't give a rats butt who is sleeping with who and if he did know he wouldn't care because it doesn't have a thing to do with stock prices or how the board of directors vote!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 October 2014 If you are someones wife on here talking about All of the cheating going on with managers , Then bust them out? Who is cheating? And what Terminals? Since you "know". Let the other wives Know as well!   Name: Retired FRA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 19 October 2014 When CSX managers receive their annual performance appraisals, it seems likely that employee tests and failures would be a major evaluating factor. The same goes for on-time train departures and operating with as few employees as possible. And it seems very unlikely that employee morale has anything at all to do with the process. It also seems to me that safety programs on the class one railroads have morphed into nothing short of harassment programs. And FRA is a cheerleader for all of this. Constant employee testing and failures make it look as if both the railroads and FRA are really serious about safety. But the fact is that railroads are really only serious about their stock prices and Wall Street standings. And of course the FRA is only serious about being a bureaucratic government agency that tries to please everyone, especially the railroads it is supposed to be regulating. And with all of the serious railroad accidents that have recently been occurring, FRA's house needs to be cleaned from top to bottom. And it needs to start focusing on how the harassment of employees and unethical call practices are having a negative effect on safety.   Name: ha ha ha E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 October 2014 kdaribadl Are you kidding me??? watch a game? You must not be aware that the manpower shortage is so damn bad that no one can stay home long enough to watch a game and if they are home they are sleeping or being woke up by the constant ring of the phone by crew callers running rosters. Do you know anything about the railroad? And these links have what to do with CSX SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS! enjoy your game!   Name: NOT E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 October 2014 FRIEND/FAMILY......SUPERVISOR HA! SO WHICH POST MADE MANAGEMENT ITCH THE MOST? WHICH POST MADE YOU COME BACK ON HERE AND TRY AND DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE TOPICS AT HAND. LET ME GUESS...YOU WILL NOW START WITH THE LBT CRAP AND DO YOUR BEST TO DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE REAL PROBLEMS.... WAS IT LAW? THEY SAY SOMETHING THAT THE LAWYERS DIDNT CARE FOR? OR MAYBE ITS FRA RETIRED. GOT SOMEONE IN MANAGEMENTS SHORTS IN A BIND????? GOOD! NOW LETS TALK ABOUT HOW SOME CREW CALLERS ARE STILL CALLING PEOPLES HOMES AND LEAVING VAGUE BOGUS MESSAGES ABOUT JOBS THEY ARE CALLING AND HOW THE IVR SYSTEM IS STILL SET UP TO ENTRAP PEOPLE BY NOT LETTING THEM ACCESS TRUE AND ACCURATE INFO ABOUT THEIR OWN STANDINGS AND POOL LINE UPS AFTER THE CALLERS HAVE STARTED RUNNING THE ROSTERS. SURE IS FUNNY HOW YOU CANT GET ANY INFO WITHOUT BEING TRANSFERED TO A CREW CALLER FOR IT. FUNNY HOW IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN THEY ARE RUNNING ROSTERS AND NEED SOMEONE TO DESPERATELY MAKE THAT MISTAKE AND TALK TO ONE OF THEM TO THEY CAN ORDER THEM ON THE JOB. SO FUNNY HOW THE IVR SYSTEM MAGICALLY CORRECTS ITSELF AFTER THEY HAVE THE VACANT JOB FILLED. CAN WE ALL SAY UNETHICAL TATICS AND AGREEMENT VIOLATIONS!!!!!!!INFORMATION MUST BE AVAILABLE TO THE EMPLOYEES ON THE IVR SYSTEM. AGREEMENT DOESNT SAY INFO MUST BE AVAILABLE EXCEPT WHEN CALLERS ARE RUNNING A ROSTER AND NEED TO TRAP SOMEONE! YEAH..CAN WE ALL SAY DEVIOUS MANIPULATIVE BEHAVIOR!   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 October 2014 Being a CSX manager is one of the biggest jokes that I have seen in years. You people think you are Gods. You're a fish on a big hook. A puppet, clown. CSX ONLY PICKS UP MANAGERS THAT NO OTHER COMPANY WANTS. Just take a look and see.. So keep strutting you piss ants... Jokes on you..........   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 17 October 2014 to the post below As sad as it sounds, you are right there is a lot of cheating that goes on and all divisions on the railroad.when a spouse cheats on another spouse and tries to hide things and is sneaky that truly is the character of that person.so if you're married to someone that's done that, they probably won't change, it is whom they are.My husband cheated on me also with a coworker , & I have let it go, but I have not forgotten and never will.And when he's away from me I'm sure he is flirting and being his old self, but if I ever catch h,im cheating on me I will take him for everything he has and in this country is 50 50.These people are stupid because the statistics show that affairs never work out once they get together.My husband did say that the railroaders especially management once they get to their meetings the first thing they do is hit on women buy them drinks ,dinner or go to the strip clubs.He said it's been going on for years they all do it, and he was one of them Also you women and men out there don't be so naive and think your spouse is a good good spouse when their at these meetings, because they are not.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 October 2014 A LOT of cheating goes on at all the divisions! Almost everyone I have met has had an affair that works for CSX! My husband included! So the response to the question earlier about affairs and flirting....it goes on all the time. My husband cheated on me for years before I found out. It was the worst day of my life... It will be his if I ever find him doing it again!!! Recently I have heard that he has been flirting with some crew caller so I guess the liars still lie and the cheaters still cheat! Don't ever trust your husband or wife if they claim they have to work late....hire a private investigator or track every move they make. Do whatever it takes to catch them.   Name: law E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 14 October 2014 Pissed In the state of Illinois a csx train CAN NOT block a crossing for more than 10 minutes unless they are in the process of switching an industry or they have had train trouble such as an engine breaking down or air hose trouble. That is covered under the law created by the USDOT. If the train is just sitting there because they are backed up and just cant move or cant be handled by the dispatchers, it is your local authorities responsibility to hand out tickets. It wont change anything because a ticket is just pocket change in the ceo's pocket, but it would add extra revenue to the local police force. Apparently they don't need the money or they would be enforcing the law. The same goes for officers turning their heads to gate runners who BREAK THE LAW every single day. They don't think it is a big deal so motorist don't either. It makes me sick how many police officers cry and whine about how they don't have enough to run their departments but they wont take full advantage of writing tickets for incidents that put other peoples lives in danger. They would rather write a ticket for someone not using their turn signal or speeding out on the interstate than things that really cause others serious harm. Maybe before you move you should rally all your neighbors to get together and start pushing your local authorities to make a stance. Getting the local news stations involved wouldn't hurt either!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 14 October 2014 To Pissed at CSX: Don't get me wrong with what I'm going to say, because I hate railroad management, and the management of most other corporations in this country. I believe that most of them are total assholes. Now, being blocked by trains is nothing new. It's been going on since the horse and buggy days. But railroad traffic has increased in recent years and very few new tracks have been built to handle that increase. Especially in Chicago. Chicago is now and has always been the largest and busiest rail center in the U.S. Also, many dilapidated tracks were removed in the 1980's when rail transportation declined. Another problem is that railroads are trying to railroad with as few employees as possible, which increases the bottom line, makes stockholders happy and gives nice annual bonuses to managers. And now, the railroads want to operate freight trains with only one person to reduce operating costs even further. All of that being said, as long as there are crossings, there will be blocked crossings. And train crews cannot do anything about that. Trains heading for a terminal must often stop on the main line waiting for a clear track to yard in. Other things such as mechanical breakdowns can also cause a train to stop on the main line. Then, other following trains must stop and wait for the problem to be corrected before they can continue. And sometimes freight trains must stop to give preferential movement to Amtrak trains. Although there are things that railroad managers could do to sometimes prevent blocked crossings, those railroad managers aren't always the brightest crayons in the box. And I will guarantee you one thing, they are far more concerned about the agenda of their corporation than they are about inconveniencing the motoring public. Now, as far as the horns being sounded at crossings, that is mandated by Federal law, unless the crossing meets certain criteria. Even then, if it looks to the train crew like someone might cross in front of them, they will blow the horn anyway. And they will rightfully blow that horn as loudly as possible. If they don't, and someone gets hit by their train, they would always wonder if a life could have been saved by blowing the horn as loudly as possible. I couldn't say that when I worked at FRA, but I sure can now.   Name: Hey Pissed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 October 2014 Were the railroad tracks there when you moved to your quaint little town?....Yeah that's what I thought.   Name: Pissed at CSX E-mail: lawyer09@yahoo.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 October 2014 I am a long-time resident of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and older, well-established suburb on the southwest side of Chicago. Sadly, the CSX railroad tracks run diagonally through our nice little town--meaning that you'll be blocked their poorly-maintained trains not once, not twice, but a whopping three times. Evergreen Park, IL is in very close proximity to dozens of southwest side suburbs. In essence, you could say the suburbs in this area are wall-to-wall (to coin an old, cliche). More importantly, Evergreen Park, IL is home to a major hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital. And our neighbor to the west, Oak Lawn, is home to another--even larger--hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center. Both hospitals take all the emergency calls from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments within about a five to seven mile radius. Additionally, Advocate Christ Medical Center is a trauma center for all the gunshot victims on the south and southwest sides of Chicago (if you've ever toured these neighborhoods, you'll instantly see that it is rife with the lifestyle that creates dozens-and-dozens of gunshot victims). Well, back to the original storyline: CSX Railroad. Without exception, our quaint little town, Evergreen Park, IL, is held hostage on a daily basis due the the utter incompetency of this pathetically outdated railroad company. For whatever reason, CSX Railroad has decided that the train tracks that run diagonally through Evergreen Park should be its personal parking lot. Conservatively speaking, I'd say that CSX railroad blocks traffic in Evergreen Park, IL approximately 30 times monthly. Remember, folks: I stated CONSERVATIVELY. And when this poor excuse for a railroad decides to block traffic, the blockage oftentimes lasts for ONE HOUR OR LONGER. Not only does this create mayhem and chaos in the center of town, it blocks emergency vehicles from 14-15 suburbs from reaching their intended destinations: Little Company of Mary Hospital; and Advocate Christ Medical Center. As I sit stalled in traffic due to the utter incompetence of CSX railroad, staring at a Chicago Fire Department ambulance doing the same, I can only wonder how many people have died inside ambulances due to being held captive by the boobs who operate CSX. Complaints to the Evergreen Police Department, to the Evergreen Park Trustees, and the Mayor seem to fall upon deaf ears. Yeah...they promise to resolve the problem, but rarely--if ever--fail to address the root cause--a 1920s style railroad trying to operate in the 21st century. To give the citizen of Evergreen Park some "sense" of action, the village posts nonsense verbiage on the Village Hall electronic billboard, asking frustrated citizens to call CSX Railroad...as if that is going to do any good. For myself, at least, I'm moving the h____l out of Evergreen Park, and CSX railroad is the final nail in the coffin that perpetuated my move. But for the elderly citizens of Evergreen Park--of which there are many--they will be forced to suffer the ignominy of having to deal with captivity, loud air horns, and the outright ignorance of the CSX Railroad management.   Name: warning E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 October 2014 Use your head Had an engineer who was boarded in the middle of the night out at an industry by a tm who thought he was god. The engineer asked to see his ID and he caused a scene. Told the engineer that he knew that he had seen him before and the engineer told him he wasn't sure and wanted to see his ID. Tried to write him up on other bogus crap because his ego was bruised and he didn't think he had to be questioned. Sorry, but these people think they are above the rules and safety procedures. If they order you to move closer, you better. If you don't you will be the target from hell and charged with insubordination. as for a real problem on these test, its the yardmasters who are starting to become real smart arsses. If you come into the yard less than 5 miles an hour they are getting on the radio and wanting to know if you have a problem with your train. One real dumb ars actually asked the crew what the speed was in the yard. They told him if he didn't know then he needed to stop all movement and get someone up there to take over that knew the rules. HA HA HA HA! It was great. However a tm jumped his butt and told him he was going to slow on purpose. The engineer told him when he could come on the radio and tell him that his track was clear and there were no banners in it then he would pick up his speed but in the meantime when he was coming into a track with a 80 degree blind curve with 2 cars range of vison to see he would go as slow as he wanted to be able to stop in 1/2 the range of vision. Tm still had an attitude! We are ALL SICK OF THESE SUPERVISORS and their asinine attitudes about us following the rules that their supervisors wrote and expect us to follow 100%! If they don't like it, why don't they strike and put a stop to it. In the meantime let us follow the rules and keep their mouths shut!   Name: USE YOUR HEAD! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 October 2014 getting a banner test? stop way back as far back as possible ! then call dispatcher you have unidentified trespasser! make em walk to you ! once you stop they cant make you come to them ! have your doors locked and makem show identity cards they could be imposters !   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 October 2014 It's contract time and we are getting ready to get our eyes screwed out, also CSX try's to fire you everyday and the only thing that some of you puss's worry about are crossing failures and people cheating. You are the very reason why this company pork's our eyeballs out. Keep on, keepin on you cry babies. You get what you deserve at contract time... LOL. PUNK's   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 October 2014 To the post below, you asked is there cheating that goes on at the Louisville division. In every terminal there are cheating men and women. Men and women are constantly flirting with each other,and after a short while they are going out for drinks,dinner,and then to bed. These cheaters will lie to their spouse by saying I have to work late (which is a lie). As soon as a female gets hired on,if she is decent looking you can bet an affair will start.   Name: BLAH E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 October 2014 conductor 1-10 NO ONE CARES. EVERY BUSINESS HAS ITS CHEATERS. YOU WANT THAT CRAP GO WATCH JERRY SPRINGER. YOU CANT BE A REAL CONDUCTOR ANYWAY. IF YOU WERE YOU WOULD BE WORRIED MORE ABOUT YOUR CLAIMS BEING DENIED, YOUR DOG CATCHING TRIPS TAKEN BACK, YOUR AGREEMENT BEING TWISTED LEFT AND RIGHT AND THE RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF TESTING AND FAILURES BEING HANDED OUT. IT DOESNT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE RECENT CASULTIES EITHER. THE GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND THE FULL SEATS ARE GETTING LOW. TURN OVER RATE IS TOO LOW. ALSO NEED TO GET RID OF SOME OF THE 100% PAID AND GET THE 75% BACK IN. HAVE REMOTES TAKEN YOUR PLACE OVER? IS A THREAT OF ONE MAN CREWS COMING TO YOUR AREA? ARE YOUR OPERATING RULES BEING TWISTED TO BE USED AGAINST YOU? DO YOU GET ANY PB DAYS? DO YOU GET BLOCKED OUT FROM THE IVR? DO THE CREW CALLERS TRY AND TRICK YOU INTO TAKING A CALL TO FORCE YOU ON A CRAP JOB BY NOT TELLING YOU WHY THEY ARE CALLING? THE OLD " CSX CALLING, ITS YOUR CALL FOR WORK" CRAP. CALL US BACK OR WE WILL MISS CALL YOU. REALLY MAN... AND ALL YOU WANT IS INFO ON GOSSIP AND RAILROAD TRASH? PLEASE TELL US WHERE YOU GOT IT SO GOOD THAT YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO ASK ABOUT. WE MIGHT ALL WANT TO TRANSFER THERE!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 October 2014 To all intermodal employees, caution watch your ass out there terminal mangers are puttingcameras up all over for quote quote security purposes BULLSHIT big brother is out there watching you for a fuck up and get you with a charge letter or get fired so watch your ass out there terminal mangers are fuckin cut throats jack watch them .and this go's for transportation to ,having cameras in yall fuckin engines BULLSHIT who signed off on that shit your union fuck that   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 October 2014 Does a lot of cheating or messing with females go on down at the Louisville Division of CSX either with the clerks or females along the train route. I'm very curious what really goes on? I've heard lots of stories !   Name: Patriot E-mail: www.stoprrcorruption.org Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 04 October 2014 FRA question: A railroad and the local union circumvents the federal rest rules and forces the engineer to take twenty hours and one minute of undisturbed after working four consecutive days. The general chairman promulgates the "written" agreement. By assisting the carrier and forcing engineers to work more without any consecutive days off. The agreement saved the carriers $$thousands in monthly earnings for at least thirty engineers. What was not disclosed is that the carrier compensates the union officers for monitoring the boards for abuse and allows the union officer to remove their members from service for three days. It all boils down to an unwritten "PAID" agreement to the union officers! The carrier does not make the legally required LM-30 disclosure of reporting the compensation to the corrupt union officers! Is this a violation of the RICO Act?   Name: help us!!! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 04 October 2014 HOPE MARTINS WHAT ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????O OK ATOM/WEBMASTER....YOU JUST HAVE TO HELP US OUT WITH THIS ONE. I HAVE SEEN ALOT OF ATTEMPTS TO DRAW EVERYONES ATTENTION AWAY FROM SERIOUS TOPICS THAT MAKE UPPER MANAGEMENT START SQUIRMING IN THEIR SEATS BUT THIS? IS THIS FOR REAL? CAN YOU TELL US IF THIS IS COMING FROM JACKSONVILLE? THIS ISNT ANOTHER HIDDEN PERSONALITY OF PINES IS IT?   Name: engineer only trains on bnsf E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 October 2014 read some news about the post about BNSF and the UTU running 1 man trains on some BNSF lines. it was voted on by UTU members of that local and it was voted DOWN! . if it would have passed BNSF would have been able to run certin trains with 1 crew member and master conductors stationed at various supply points to help the engineer if needed. remember people crew consist are not negotiated in our contract. they are by the railroads and the unions separately property by property basis   Name: Ret. Corp. Office E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 October 2014 ...........There is more to it than can be explained on this website. So, in a nutshell expect the testing to continue and the supervisors to act like puppets. It all in the game of big business... Welcome to corporate America!.................. I would agree with 90% of what you wrote. “Welcome to corporate America!” No, I would say, welcome to Railroad Corporations. I know of many American Corporations that are nothing like the railroads. If you think about what you wrote, everything has the Railroad’s Law Department all over it. I have always contended, these rule and attitucdes all start in the law depts. Always follow the money.   Name: money E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 01 October 2014 Down with the sickness First, the supervisors are not paid to think. They are told what to do and expected to follow orders. If they think outside of the box they are shut down immediately. The paramilitary format that they have been heading for demands they stay within their chain of command and not question higher authority Second, failures are a must. They have been ordered since conrail was taken over. There have been numerous supervisors who left the company and spilled their guts before they left about the orders "start getting more failures or start looking for a different craft to work in"! One: Failures are used in court if you get injured and file a lawsuit. If they can show you are a "bad" employee and don't follow the safety rules you are at fault. They love to tell the judge how much training they gave you and how much they preach safety and they still couldn't get you to follow the rules. Good business tactic. Second: The turn over rate is a must. For grants, school aid and reduction of wages. Do the math. The government pays for the training and a new hire comes in at 70% its better to keep the turnover high. Especially if the newly hired employee doesn't get the perks that were offered to senior employees or isn't covered on "perks" offered to employees that were hired when a new agreement is signed. There is more to it than can be explained on this website. So, in a nutshell expect the testing to continue and the supervisors to act like puppets. It all in the game of big business... Welcome to corporate America!   Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 30 September 2014 CODS WALLOP You left some info out. The trainers at the Redi center have been telling every class that comes through that they will lose 50% of every class after they get out in the field. Other than lifestyle of the job and lack of quality of life there are a lot of other reasons why. Even the trainers at the redi center know whats going on. Why don't they just tell them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before they put them through training. Let them walk away then. Would they lose their grant money if they walked away from the school? Good question!   Name: Down with the sickness E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 September 2014 Csx management is one big joke. The employees in the transportation dept are tired of getting beat to death by the Trainmasters /RFE that don't have a clue about the rules and regulations. The "officials" are so dumb, they don't realize that the very people that earn they're big bonuses can also take them away. You think just because this company gave you a title that your better than us.. Well here's a news flash ... You are still crap, (and always will be ) just like us in the corparate eyes of CSX. So the laugh is on you..   Name: HA! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 30 September 2014 Railroad Jimmy That's funny! They set up a banner test on a crew out in the country and unfortunately the crew hit it because they had just changed the delay in block rule and they weren't aware of it. They hit the banner. This was about 9 months ago and the banner is still laying on the side of the road where they hit it. Wouldn't this be littering along with leaving csx testing equipment behind and unaccounted for? Yeah, I THINK SO!   Name: WHERE? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 September 2014 NEW RULES Please let everyone know where you found this new rule on safety boots. We have read every word in the CSX system bulletins and no where does this rule exist. It also states that we are to carry the safeway book dated July 1, 2012 and it has never stated the boot/shoe rule to that effect. Its important that we all know where things may be hidden and missed by the employees. Most missed rule changes are inserted in the reissues of the notices because they know most employees don't read them because they are not required to carry them. ALERT: There is a major discrepancy in the GLDV notices on the procedure for setting out cars at the Little John industry. It is advised that you set out the least amount of cars noted. This may be a test to see if you do so. The notice gives you 2 conflicting procedures and they my bet setting up a test to see if you call a supervisor before doing the work to get proper instructions   Name: railroadjimmy E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 29 September 2014 rumor going around my terminal is that if you run through a banner and you ruin the banner not only will you be taken out of service you will be charged for the amount it cost to replace the banner .it will be taken out of your check weekly. rumor price of the new banner is 250   Name: new rules E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 September 2014 new safe way rule. October 1st under "work attire" 1.while wearing csx approved work boot , shoe laces must be long enough to go threw all eyelets that are on the boots 2. must have enough lace left over to tie a double knot to secure the boot to the foot. upon request form a non agreement manager you must show the manager that all eyelets have laces through them and have a double know to give the wearer ankle support for walking on ballast. any violations will result in a investigation of the employee.   Name: Cods wallop E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 September 2014 The overriding problem at CSX is a lack of institutional memory in all levels. They front level management knows they have crossed the line into darkness, and for the most part, we don't want their sorry asses back working with us. So they're in the position of having to impress their equally incompetent superiors with their enthusiasm and ass kissing. Higher than that, the equally moronic directors and such, who couldn't pour piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the heel, can't recognize policies and procedures that fail over and over. Most recently, they are once again insisting that every shove move in the yards be protected, even if you know the track can hold the cars, and the current rules seem to permit it. We're getting many 100 car tanker trains for inspection, and they're bad-ordering 5-6 cars a train. I guess their intent to to call an extra yard job, with people they don't have, to switch these cars out. We had 3 trains delayed 1-2 hours because CMC was too busy to get them called. And that's what CMC told the train master. Lol. Sterile cab is a good idea, but as per normal, CSX will screw up the application. If Munoz thinks it's a good time to bail, I'm going to be dumping a chunk out of my 401k. I was surprised that he had that much in stock awards vested, but with this board of unconscious zombies, they probably wrote him an exemption. Sort of like when they changed their own stock awards to a fixed dollar amount from a fixed number of shares, conveniently before "deciding" to split the stock. Then conducted a stick-up on the engineer!s stock award. The mafia has nothing on these guys.   Name: RULES E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 September 2014 NEW RULES You forgot the most important step of all. Im really surprised! 6: Do not under any circumstances try to operate the switch if it requires excess effort because it is rusty, dirty and as usual just not maintained! Your moves must be effortless and should not put any stress on your back or arms. If you do so and you get injured you will be fired for being able to file a law suit. DONT TRY to be a big shot and throw it just because you feel like they will think you are a wimp! Forget your pride and remember they wrote the rules! SAFEWAY RULE GS-18: IF YOU DISCOVER A SWITCH OR DERAIL THAT REQUIRES AN UNUSAULLY HIGH LEVEL(WHICH IS MOST OF THE TIME!)OF EFFORT TO OPERATE * DO NOT OPERATE THE SWITCH * IMMEDIATELY APPLY A SWITCH OR DERAIL BAD ORDER TAG(EVEN IF SUPERVISOR IS STANDING IN BUSHES WATCHING YOU!) * REPORT THAT SWITCH OR DERAIL TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY AGAIN, THEY WROTE THIS RULE AND YOU ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW IT! 100% RULE COMPLIANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Name: new rules oct 1st E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 September 2014 new hand thrown switch rule starting October 1st . which states 1. check switch point to make sure there is no obstruction 2. grab bow handle firmly and release handle by stepping on latch 3. walk switch bow handle over using both hands and locking handle in catch and test to make sure handle is locked in catch. 4. check switch point to make sure switch point is tight against stock rail . 5. walk 15 feet from switch and lift up both arms and give double thumbs up in 2 directions, so a manager watching from car, camera or hiding place knows the switch is securely and properly lined for movement.   Name: BOO HOO E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 September 2014 conductor 1-10 BLAH BLAH BLAH... I MEAN SUPERVISOR...... STILL NOT WORKING! GET READY FOR SLAP IN FACE GLDV CONDUCTORS. SEEMS CARRIER HAS FOUND LOOP HOLE IN THE AGREEMENT AS FOLLOWS: IF YOU ARE CALLED OUT OF YOUR AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL TO DRAG A TRAIN IN THAT COULDNT MAKE IT TO YOUR AWAY TERMINAL AND THEN YOU ARE PUT IN A WAGON TO GO HOME YOU WILL NOT...AGAIN....WILL NOT GET PAID FOR THE DH HOME. THE ENGINEER WILL! IT IS IN BLACK AND WHITE THEY HAVE TO BE PAID ANOTHER TICKET WHETHER THEY GO HOME ON ANOTHER TRAIN OR BY WAGON SO RUMOR HAS IT THAT ALL CONDUCTORS ARE GOING TO INSIST THEY GO BACK TO THE HOTEL AND BE PUT FIRST OUT AND AFTER BEING RESTED GO BACK ON TRAIN OR DH WHEN THEY WILL HAVE TO BE PAID. DO THEY REALLY THINK THEY WILL BE PAID A DH HOME JUST BECAUSE THEY WENT BACK TO THE HOTEL? REALLY? DONT THINK THEY WILL SAY YOU JUST WAITED AWHILE BEFORE YOU WENT HOME. THAT WAS YOUR CHOICE. YOU ARE STILL NOT GETTING PAID FOR DH BETTER GET A TRAIN AND MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR MONEY. OH..BETTER GET YOUR BOXING GLOVES TOO. THERE IS GOING TO BE A WAR BETWEEN ENGINEERS AND CONDUCTORS! LET THE GAMES BEGIN! CSX 1---CREWS 0   Name: fatigue E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 September 2014 FRA... WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE... RIGHT NOW IT IS 21:24(9:24 pm)ON THE 25TH AND AVON YARD IS TRYING TO ORDER A POOL TRAIN THAT WAS ON THE LINE UP MAIN FRAME FOR 08:30 TOMORROW MORNING ON THE 26TH. WE CALLED THE IVR SYSTEM AT 17:40(5:40 pm) FOR A 4 HOUR AND AN 8 HOUR LINE UP ON THE POOL. THE IVR SYSTEM STATED THERE WAS NOTHING SCHEDULED FOR THIS POOL FOR THE NEXT 8 HOURS. THEY ARE CALLING THIS TRAIN 11 HOURS EARLY AND ARE GOING TO CATCH SOME POOR SAP OFF GUARD WHO PROBABLY DIDNT GO TO BED OR EVEN SUSPECT THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!POOL CREWS ARE NOT EXTRA BOARD PEOPLE AND WE EXPECT OUR TRAIN LINE UP TO BE AT LEAST HALFWAY ACCURATE. THIS CRAP HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG WE CANT EVEN KEEP TRACT OF IT ANYMORE. WE HAVE DOCUMENTED TIMES AND TAKEN SNAP SHOTS OF THIS CRAP AND TURNED IT INTO THE UNION AND NOTHING IS GETTING DONE. THIS IS CAUSING A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE AND FATIGUE IN THE CREWS. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE AND SO DOES JACKSONVILLE. IF THIS CRAP DOESNT STOP SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KILLED! HEY YOU!! MR CSX LAWYER WHO IS READING THIS! YOU BETTER DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS OR YOUR GOING TO BE MEETING SOMEONES LAWYER AT THE FUNERAL HOME!   Name: LimboTime E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 September 2014 >>>>>>>Severe penny pinching is not a good sign to stock holders or those employed by the company. This is not a good sign!>>>>>>> Just another morale boosting effort by the CSX. I think that morale stuff was mentioned in the other post.   Name: robbed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 September 2014 BAD SIGNS TO COME Union agreements states that held away will be paid to conductors after the EXPERATION of 16 hours from the time relieved from previous duty. Engineers pay will begin in 15. The carrier has been taking back 1 MINUTE of pay from everyone who claimed exactly 15 or 16 hours. The idea is that expiration means the same as dead...over... etc. so the employee has to be off 1 minute after the hours agreed upon before he can begin his held away pay. The practice of paying an employee exactly 15 hours or 16 hours after they have been off has been going on for YEARS! So what is with the sudden desperation to take back 1 minute of everyones pay???????? Severe penny pinching is not a good sign to stock holders or those employed by the company. This is not a good sign!   Name: Ret. Eng and Manager E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 September 2014 Even though technology has made major advancements, unless management practices evolve with the times, the corporation will be plagued with problems. In the case of the railroad management, especially at higher levels, they are still in the 1800’s, when it comes to their treatment of their employees. In just a few short years, equipment has evolved in leaps and bound. But, their managers are still running steam engines. The style of railroad management starts at the top. Their Law Departments have much more control and influence they ever before, right down to writing the operating rules. When CEO's decide to release their grip and mindset on the past, things will change. Maybe when younger management types, with new ideas, move into higher positions with more authority, things will change for the better. The entire management military structure style of thinking needs to be scrapped and replaced with a more competent style. Now, no one is saying ALL managers are bad, no, not at all. But, When it comes to business practices, the railroads need to do much better. Upper management seems to have never figured out, with the new short operating crews, new equipment, constant rule changes, their train crews need to be much more productive then in the past. With ANY company, a happy employee is a productive employee. Good morale is a must or at least a plus. Just take a close look at other industries around the world and glean what works best.   Name: alert!!! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 September 2014 HEADS UP!!!! Some supervisors have already started discussing our topic about stopping several car length away when we do our safety stops so they cant get any bogus write ups on us. Word is they are saying if they catch anyone stopping farther away than 250 feet( one was heard saying 250 feet and 1 inch!)they will bust them. SO BE CAREFUL AND MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS DO A SAFETY STOP 2 CAR LENGTHS AWAY. IF YOU STOP AND YOU THINK YOU ARE 250 FEET AWAY THEN MAKE YOUR MOVE TO DO THE COUPLING YOU BETTER KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU ARE AT 250 FEET. DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT NON OF US HERE KNOW EXACTLY WERE 250 FEET IS SO WE ARENT GOING TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF ASSUMING WE ARE EXACTLY 5 CAR LENGTHS AWAY. FOR THE PUBLIC READERS WHO DONT KNOW OUR RULES SO THAT YOU CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND OUR SITUATION POSTED ON HERE, A LITTLE EXPLANATION FOR YOU! A SAFETY STOP CAN NOT BE MADE ANY FARTHER THAN 250 FEET AWAY FROM OR CLOSER THAN 50 FEET FROM THE CAR YOU ARE COUPLING INTO. CAR LENGHTS ARE CONSIDERED 50 FEET. ITS A BIG GUESTIMATION GAME BUT AFTER AN EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN WORKING LONG ENOUGH HE CAN GET A FEEL OF WHAT MIGHT BE FIFTY FEET BUT NO ONE..ABSOLUTLEY NO ONE CAN GET IT EXACT. WE HAVE SEEN OLD HEADS WITH 30 YEARS TRY TO HIT IN RIGHT ON AND COULDNT DO IT! THE FARTHER A CAR IS AWAY FROM YOU THE MORE DISTORTED THE GUESTIMATED VISUAL LENGTH BECOMES. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD STEP OFF 250 FEET EXACTLY?   Name: not E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 September 2014 LOCO/SUPERVISOR 30 HANG IT UP... YOU COULDNT GET A HIT ON LBT AND NOW YOUR TRYING TO START A PINES DISCUSSION... GO BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN POSTING ON HERE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS KNOW WHAT YOUR UP TO. ITS THE NEW COMERS WHO GET FOOLED BY YOUR CRAP. THE TOPICS GETTING A LITTLE HOT FOR YOU? MAYBE YOU ARE A SUPERVIOR WHOS NAME HAS BEEN POSTED ON HERE IN THE LAST WEEK. MAYBE YOU ARE ONE OF THEIR LAWYERS? MAYBE YOU ARE A CONDUCTOR OR ENGINEER MOLE THAT HAS BEEN RECRUITED BY CSX TO COME ON HERE AND TRY TO START A JERRY SPRINGER WAR SO WE WILL QUIT TALKING ABOUT THE COMPANY CRAP THATS GOING ON RIGHT NOW. WHO EVER YOU ARE GO BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK.... UNLESS YOU WANT TO WHISTLEBLOW OR MAYBE POST SOMETHING THE CREWS AND THE UNION CAN USE FOR THEIR PROTECTION....   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 23 September 2014 Conductor, for 1-10 years: No, I do not follow the activities of FRA. When I retired I was so disgusted with that agency that I wanted nothing more to do with it.   Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 September 2014 Retired FRA Question. Do you keep up any on the latest rulings handed down by the fra ? We are wondering if the rumor is true that if a key train with a high alert car is to be left in a siding without a crew and tied down that the dispatcher has to do about 4 or 5 pieces of paper and has to let the fra know they have it stopped and are taking control of it. We are not supposed to have to sit on these things if they are not being left in a high urban threat area but its happening. One crew was left on one over 6 hours in a non HUTA. Could this be the reason they keep leaving the crews on them because they just don't want to do the paperwork? Whats the big deal if the dispatcher or chief takes control/responsibility of the train. What are they afraid of? There are rules that say they can so whats the problem?   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 September 2014 For every Valid claim I submit and Payroll or Labor Relations declines, 2 trains will die and have to be relieved. The cost of a relief crew and transportation will far exceed the cost of just paying a Valid claim. CSX, if you don't want to pay good claims, don't agree to it during contract negotiations. You folks are stealing from the people who keep u employed.   Name: Down with the sickness E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 September 2014 This isn't a railroad anymore..... It's a circus.... CSX SUCKS BIG ONES   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 September 2014 Folks its not a joke. Oct 1 ( around about) there will be a change in testing procedures. " measuring tools " will be used among other "tools" to do to the test with... It's all changing in Oct.. Trust me   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 ....   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!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 September 2014 Since the unions helped Obama get in office, maybe the union should sign up for Obamacare. (sarcasm)   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 10 September 2014 Spongebob is right, don't expect much. The unions and the carriers conference is getting ready to submit section 6 notices now with the hopeless goal of having a new contract Jan 1. The carriers will ask for things like one seniority for each railroad combining engineers and conductors, no penalty for road/yard moves/switching, eliminating the few remaining arbitraries etc etc. The unions will ask for 25% pay increase, bonus, 2 more holidays, sick days etc etc. The end result will be minor work rules changes, raises and cost of living that will barely keep up with real inflation. The real sticking point will be health care. Expect sharp increases in our share of the cost or maybe trade health care in for a 1 time big raise and or bonus. Outside of union/carrier negotiations the government may start taxing our "Cadillac health plan". Crew consist has always been handled outside of national negotiations, but it's coming.   Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 September 2014 If your counting on the UTU and BLE to negotiate a decent contract, you're outta luck. Look forward to higher health care premiums, work rule givebacks, and less time off.   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.......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 September 2014 31 8 2014 I find this post not only accurate, but from the heart. This person may or may not be in mgt. The result is the same.   Name: been screwed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 September 2014 POSTERS Ignore the last post from LOCO...He is a supervisor trying to draw everyone's attention away from important issues. He is also bored to death and wants to start a nasty posting war on this site, Guessing he is such a suck he has never had his pay stolen and his written, agreed upon union rights violated or had another manager set him up so he could get his failure quota. Now back to more important things.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 August 2014 This site is just another of the endless examples of a place for the spoiled, crybaby railroad employees to post their petty and sickening grievances. I have been out here for over twenty years, and I love my job. I appreciate my pay and benefits, and the opportunity to make a great living, and to provide for my family. Since when did anyone say that railroading is a glamorous, easy job, with wonderful hours? YOU crybabies knew when you agreed to be hired that it will be a forever on call job, no excuses to mark off. I am one of those people who appreciate my employer, and am glad that they have a good business model, and that we are making money. With the success of our company, the sacrifice is that many, many employees MUST dedicate their lives to keep it afloat. I have been able to find time for my work, and time for my family. Sick and tired of the folks who demand, demand, demand! The reward is stable employment, and great benefits and pay! I love CSX, and those who choose to whine about their jobs, hit the road, please. How about a greeter at Home Depot? (PS: I work on the Toledo and Garrett Subs)   Name: gail E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 August 2014 Please remove my posts,I thought this was a place I could vent an not worry about my phones spell check......there are real issues here ,Not A joke!If people Dont stop an fight for there rights,they will be taking advantage of an tossed under the bus for the next in line!!!I'm up for the fight.....Anyone of you smart asses, can do something about the crap big corporate operations dish out.......... Anyone can run there mouth!!!Actions speek louder!!!!!   Name: gail horne E-mail: pobox 520 Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 August 2014 Dear law, thanks for your valuable information an concern for my grammer!I sign my real name,an you sign law.......so let's just say,if you have not a proper response to my comments, then shut the &#& up,this is my life an not a joking matter!   Name: # E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 29 August 2014 Gail If the land you maintained for that many years Is part of your home and you have been allowed to "squat" on it and make it part of your home you need to get legal advice. You were allowed to use it and paid for its use. You invested money and time into its upkeep and if csx NEVER EVER STATED IN WRITING that you were allowed to do so but only at your own expense without any chance of getting anything back from it then you need to sue for groundskeeper expenses.   Name: law E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 August 2014 GAIL Ignore the remarks on your grammar..... Go see a lawyer.... every state is different in regards to investment rights in property. Will be difficult if you didn't pay any property taxes, but if you have proof you improved the property and your lawyer can show it has risen in value because of your time, money and improvements, you may be able to get some of your money back. You have a vested interest in it. GO SEE A LAWYER!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 August 2014 Gail, If it is CSX's land and they are leasing it, I would think they could stop the lease with proper notification. I am sure it is in the lease agreement. I do feel for you and your family. But Gail, if you are trying to speak with an appearance of having some knowledge and professionalism, you really need some help. I do not claim to be the best at spelling or grammar, but you have made my set-backs look like nothing. I wanted to copy and past some of your examples, but I would just about have to do the entire post. The basic spelling and grammar errors appear to be done by either a 2nd grader or a foreigner with 3 weeks of English lessons. If you are corresponding with CSX in writing, please please have someone other than a family member proof read your stuff.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 28 August 2014 Gail, It's time to move on. You can't beat CSX. Start over, take a GED course in English and spelling.   Name: gail E-mail: mann Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 28 August 2014 I have leased land for about 15 yes.4 acrs.I mowed cleaned up debree an maintained in highest regard.The lease has gone through three people,the newest employee chari channy.She has only worked with CSX app five years,In the real estate ,My neighbor wanted the land so the people, in area,got together an tried as they might to make my life a living hell.Ms.channy canceled my lease!Then got smart with me.I tried to explain ,I sent in areal maps ,compairables for areas I've asked in writing several times to buy the land.Local fire dept.baught one end an many other baught other end ,so why not sell to me I've taken care of it over 21 years,even before I leased it.Iv called her office trying to get through to the main boss,an she intercepted info ,called me an told me I couldn't talk to him.The land has creeks on both sides its pie shaped.It also in flood plan an been flooded several times.I have put at least 30,000.00 in this property over the years,its part of my home!I'm in Ohio,an very disappointed in CSX.My family an i will never look at them the same   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.   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   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 ..   Name: HA E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 August 2014 LOCO 10-20 First lets correct your comment. The UP has had cab red zone for years. CSX is just adopting the same procedure but calling it sterile cab to tie it into the military process. Everything they do is geared towards a paramilitary look to appeal to military men and women in hopes of recruiting them to their railroad. Looks good in the investors eyes and on the front page of the employee gateway. The UP cab red zone rule DOES NOT ALLOW THE ENGINEER to be on the radio nor talk to employees in charge of work authorities when running on approaches and more restrictive signals. In fact their engineers never talk to the employees of work authorities. They expect their engineers to be fully focused on running the train fulfilling their responsibilities. With extra computer screens now stuck in their faces(trip optimizer, smart track and soon PTC) they wont be able to focus any time to the other side of the cab. That's why the UP is against any one man crews. If the newscasters are correct about it being single track, the question is why where they on the same track heading in different directions, No one had said whether they were running under TWC or CTC. All I can say is if there are two trains running on the same track heading straight towards each other, there had to be a very serious lack of communication between someone or faulty signal displays. This is tragic as hell! I just hope to god they DONT try and pin all of it on the surviving crew. Their lives are going to be a living hell for them for a long time. I hope they come out of this ok and not crippled or mentally ill for the rest of their lives. Everyone should say a prayer for them. Even if they were not CSX crew members, they are in the same brotherhoods(UTU/BLET) and we should not forget one our own has fallen! Their working conditions may not be that different than ours!   Name: WARNING E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 August 2014 ALL CREWS GREAT LAKES PRINT OUT YOUR TIME TICKETS BEFORE YOU BEGIN ANY JOB YOU ARE ASSIGNED. SOME OF THE GREAT LAKES CHIEFS ARE PLAYING GAMES AND DELIBERATELY VIOLATING THE ETHICS POLICY AND THE UNION AGREEMENTS(NOTHING NEW) POOLS CREWS ARE BEING ASKED TO RECREW TRAINS OUTSIDE THE TERMINALS AND OFFERED RECREW TICKETS FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRAIN. THESE JOBS ARE NOT J JOBS THAT ARE CONSIDERED DOG CATCHING JOBS. WHEN THE TRAINMASTER ASK YOU IF YOU WANT TO DRAG A TRAIN IN AND YOU WILL BE GIVEN A TICKET AS A RECREW FOR THAT JOB, MAKE SURE THE TICKET IS NOT GIVEN A "J" JOB SYMBOL. YOU SHOULD SEE THE JOB SYMBOL SUCH AS...Q12314R IF YOU ARE GIVEN THIS TICKET, AGAIN MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COPY. SOME OF THE CHIEFS HAVE BEEN CHANGING THE TICKETS TO J JOBS SYMBOLS AFTER THE CREWS ARE ALREADY ON THE TRAIN AND PERFORMING SERVICE. WHEN YOU BRING THE TRAIN IN THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE MORE WORK TO DO THAN YOU WERE TOLD AND YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO DO THE WORK BECAUSE YOU ARE A J JOB-DOG CATCHER. WHEN THIS HAPPENS YOU WILL HAVE COPY OF ORIGINAL TICKET AND COPY OF THEIR ILLEGAL CHANGE. FILE CHARGES WITH THE ETHIC COMMITTEE AND GIVE BOTH COPIES TO YOUR LC. ALSO FORWARD COPIES TO THE FRA HOURS OF SERVICE DIRECTOR. AFTER LONG TRIPS AND YOU ARE TIRED AND HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU WILL ONLY HAVE TO PERFORM SERVICE FOR ONE MORE TRAIN THE FRA NEEDS TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN LIED TO AND FORCED TO DO MORE THAN YOU WERE TOLD BY MANAGEMENT. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS THAT SOME MANAGERS HAVE BEEN MAKING COMMENTS THAT IF YOU ARE A J JOB THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY PLEASE WITH YOU AND YOU NOW BELONG TO THEM. IF YOU HEAR THESE COMMENTS MADE YOU NEED TO FILE ETHIC CHARGES AGAINST THESE MANAGERS. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO DO SO! IF THERE ARE MORE WITNESSES MAKE SURE YOU LET THE ETHICS COMMITTEE KNOW WHO ELSE WAS PRESENT. ABUSE OF CREWS IS A SERIOUS VIOLATION OF THE ETHICS RULES SET FORTH BY MICHAEL WARD. DO NOT LET THIS GO UNREPORTED!   Name: Patriot Smith E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 18 August 2014 Another head-on [fatal] collision on the [ ]. The local unions were recently awarded safety captain positions to circumvent the federal rest rules. This treasonous act reduced the extra-boards by 20%!   Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 August 2014 great lakes Why do you ask? You having a problem with one? Maybe taking a pole? Answer to your question is based upon the situation. We have some that we can count on to forget where you are and forget to line up signals. We have(and had) some who are rude, obnoxious and control freaks who try their best to act superior to you and try to make you look like and idiot. They know we cant reach through the radio and choke them to death so they wear big boy britches. what they forget is others can hear them and they are not immune from ethic charges. However, they answer the radio promptly and run more smoothly. So as you can see it all depends on the situation. I personally would rather deal with the slackers than a smart mouthed know it all who just doesn't understand that running his mouth to a crew who is going through a trip from hell will eventually get it shut!!!!!! Yes, they have stressful days, but when its 100 degrees or 20 outside and the air/heat doesn't work, the engines are throwing you all over the place, the toilet smells like the crapper from hell, the radio has so much feed back you want to rip it out of the cab, you power isn't adequate and what should have been a 5 hour trip turns into an 8 and you waited 2 hours for your paperwork and your train to show up, that dispatcher sitting in his office in his nice chair needs to keep his smart mouth shut and think about who is putting the butter on his plate! The people moving the freight for him so he has a job! Try looking at the west end dispatchers. You will find 2 that are walking on fine ice now. Especially the newer one! That answer your question!   Name: G Lakes E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 August 2014 Great Lakes T&E, who is you favorite and least liked train dispatchers?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 August 2014 to the post below, that's all well and good but how can you keep men away from the terminal when you have candy dangling at your face at all times.It's like a kid in a candy store, if the candy is there and you want us to eat it ,we are not going to reject it. In my opinion she is so entrenched in negative attention,that is what gets her excited, its called the big fix, an orgasm of narcissistic supply,NS. She is a narcissistic person that thrive on an audience and attention. Narcissistic people are incapable of love or showing emotion.These kind of people are sheep in wolf's clothing they can have an affair and never will get emotionally involved, and if they are married they will never leave their spouse,as history has proved. The only thing you can do is ignore someone like that, and don't succumb to their temptations.   Name: HA! E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 August 2014 Other corporate The reason she is all over this website is because people give her the attention she wants and needs. If you think she doesn't read this website and just eat it up then you are living with blinders on. The more attention you give her in and out of the workplace, the more she will gloat and manipulate. All of you have created this monster.. You continue to feed her need for attention. Did it ever occur to you if you would just ignore her and never give her one moment of attention except to do company business that maybe she might just crawl into her rock cubicle and finally fade away. You feed the fire wood and it keeps burning. NO ONE, ABSOLUTLEY NO ONE can survive in an environment that doesn't involve interaction with their own kind. Try what the Amish do when one of theirs steps out of line. Shun her. And for god sakes, do something about trying to keep the stupid over flown testosterone men away from the office. If they don't belong there run them off!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 August 2014 Hey Fed Up. I'm sure there are a lot more people at CSX that step out on their spouse besides lbt. Those people are not mentioned on here because they do it on their own time and none of us know nor care. The problem with LBT is that she makes sure EVERYONE around her at work knows exactly what she is doing and with who. She thrives on the sick negative attention. She wastes more company time on her personal indiscretions than anyone I've ever seen. She is highly disruptive to the workplace. And for those who see through her and choose not to engage her --- watch out. She tears you down behind your back like no tomorrow. Again wasting company time. THAT, FED UP, is why she is all over this site.   Name: tired E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 August 2014 UNSAFE You didn't have to answer the phone. They might miscall you but they would have to remove it. LC is right. Info in our agreements state very clearly they are to have the info made available in the IVR system. This agreement was made between the carrier and the Unions so the crews would be able to have some idea of what they could and could not do while they were at home. The FRA agreed with the Unions that making people slaves to the telephone without any sense of relief while at home was creating a hostile environment as well as not allowing employees any kind of quality of life. In most cases where an employee was charge with a miscall on a job that was not listed on the train line up or extra board vacancies, there was a check into his history to see if he called the IVR in the past 4 hours. This is why the option of choosing a 4 or 8 hour line up was made available. It is supposed to give the employee some idea of what he can do in the next 4 hours while at home. If there are no trains scheduled in those 4 hours and you leave to shop, get a car worked on, visit family, etc. you should be able to do it without FEAR of missing a last minute call. Make sure you record the line up when you call. DO NOT use the computer for your info. It changes constantly. A train that is scheduled can change every 20-30 minutes. We have seen trains scheduled to be called at 2 am and changed so many times it doesn't run until the next day! You are supposed to use the IVR for this info. The GLDV is out of control again. This issue was addressed a few years back with the FRA and some relief was seen. It is out of control again and will have to be revisited with them. DOCUMENT,DOCUMENT,DOCUMENT, constant changes of trains and times. Document how may times you are woke up because your phone is ringing all night long while they run the rosters. Make sure your local chairman is aware of each one. Send this info to the FRA fatigue specialist as well. Poor planning on the companies part doesn't constitute an emergency in your life! DO NOT jeopardize your life by the lack of rest you obviously had forced upon you by bad information in the system! If the information you accessed led you to believe you could take a 7 hour nap and they call you in 2 after you lay down, THATS UNACCEPTABLE.   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   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 August 2014 ALL CREW CALLERS!!! ARICLE 36 OF ENGINEERS AGREEMENT: WHEN THE DESIGNATED EXTRA BOARD IS EXHAUSTED, ENGINEER VACANCIES IN FREIGHT AND YARD SERVICE WILL BE PROTECTED IN THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE 1: OTHER EXTRA BOARDS AT THE SAME SUPPLY POINT PROVIDED THAT THEY ARE WITHIN THE SAME ZONE OR SUBZONE UNLESS THE APPLICABLE ZONE AGREEMENT PROVIDES OTHERWISE. 2: THE ADDITIONAL SERVICE LIST (ASL) MAINTAINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS AGREEMENT. 3: AVAILABLE DEMOTED ENGINEERS (SENIOR TO JUNIOR AT THE SUPPLY POINT), 4: RESTED AND QUALIFIED ENGINEERS WORKING AT THE SUPPLY POINT WHO ARE NOT ON THEIR REST DAYS WILL BE CALLED IN INVERSE SENIORITY ORDER AND THE FIRST ENGINEER CONTACTED MUST ACCEPT THE CALL. 5: REPEAT STEPS (1) THROUGH (4) AT THE NEAREST EXTRA BOARD OR SUPPLY POINT, VIA THE HIGHWAY MILES IN THE SAME ZONE. WHERE IN HERE DOES IT SAY THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BLOW IN A RECREW JOB FOR A LOCAL YOU CANT FILL TO A ROAD POOLS LINE UP OF TRAINS? WE DONT SEE THAT IN OUR AGREEMENT ANYWHERE. THE AGREEMENT DOES SAY THAT THE COMPANY WILL KEEP ENOUGH PEOPLE HIRED TO KEEP THE EXTRA BOARDS SUPPLIED WITH ENOUGH EMPLOYEES TO COVER THESE SITUATIONS. THIS IS NOT BEING DONE. THAT IS THE REASON WHEN YOU DID THAT TODAY YOU MADE IT DISAPPEAR FROM THE POOLS TRAIN LINE UP ON THE COMPUTER IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. YOU REALIZED THE ROAD CREW YOU WERE CALLING WASNT GOING TO CALL YOU BACK. THE CREW USED THE IVR TO CHECK THEIR SCHEDULED TRAIN LINE UP 15 MINUTES EARLIER AND IT WASNT LISTED! THAT TOO IS COVERED UNDER ARTICLE 36(QUESTION AND ANSWER #6) THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION IN MISCALLING THE CREW SO YOU HAD NO OTHER CHOICE. WE DO HAVE TO SAY THOUGH, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BRILLIANT MOVE IF THE CREW HAD BEEN LOGGED ON TO THE MAINFRAME AND WAS CHECKING THEIR TRAIN LINE UP. TRYING TO TRICK THE CREW INTO CALLING YOU BACK BY INSERTING THE JOB INTO THEIR TRAIN LINE UP WHILE YOU WERE CALLING THEM WAS UNPROFESSIONAL AND UNETHICAL. CALLING THE JOB 3 TIMES BEFORE HAND AND LEAVING MESSAGES THAT YOUR RUNNING THE ROSTER FOR A LOCAL RECREW AND CALL IF YOU CAN WORK WASNT SO BRIGHT. FUNNY HOW KARMA WORKS. DID YOU REALLY THINK WHEN YOU CALLED AND LEFT YOUR USUAL BOGUS MESSAGE THAT "THIS IS YOUR CALL FOR WORK" THAT IT WAS REALLY GOING TO FLY? THE CREW HAD JUST CHECKED THEIR LINE UP ON THE IVR! WE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SIT UP ALL DAY AND NIGHT WATCHING OUR COMPUTERS AT HOME. ALL INFO IS SUPPOSED TO BE AVAILABLE ON THE IVR. THAT SO CALLED SCHEDULED TRAIN YOU TRIED TO SNEAK IN THERE WAS NOT LISTED ON THAT POOLS TRAIN LINE UP. THE CREW KNEW WHAT YOU WERE UP TO. WE ALL KNOW YOU HAVE CREW MANAGERS BREATHING DOWN YOUR NECKS TO FILL THE JOBS AT ALL COST, BUT DO YOU REALLY NEED YOUR JOB THAT BAD? BAD ENOUGH THAT YOUR WILLING TO MANIPULATE AND SCHEME FOR THEM JUST TO FILL A VACANCY? IF SO, THEN IM SORRY THAT YOUR STUCK IN THIS POSITION AND I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING BETTER SOON.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 August 2014 Sounds like we hit a nerve getting upset because we mention LBT name, what is the matter with that? or are you one of her ex-lovers?. You say that you know what is in the contracts coming up,if so tell us. I think personally you are full of it, i agree with some of the other post. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   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 !!!!!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 August 2014 I hope that one day someone will investagate some of the things that harris does and he has to answer to them. I hear that he did not even give the employees their service awards, he gave them to some one to deliver them,that show a lot of appreciation. What goes around will come around someday. I wonder who will be the next assistant superindendant?. I hope someone he gets along with.   Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 07 August 2014 Friend/family Sounds like scrupples hit a nerve with you! Your sure there are other reasons? Now who is high and mighty with their opinion! HA! Sounds more like your trying to draw attention from the real thorn in his side. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As for Harris, you bet he is hard to work with. Ray has always been the peace keeper and if it wasn't for him everyone who has had to stand in front of Harris would have been fired. Going to be a cold day at avon when he leaves! Good for him though.... trash still rolls down hill!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 August 2014 LBT gets so much attention because she seeks it out and demands it. She does anything she can to feed her sick need for Male attention. But speaking as a woman with 26 years experience I can say she is an embarrassment for all women at csx. She gives us all a bad name. I believe most men agree. All men I know here are not at all impressed with her blatant and demented sexual behavior. It is a small percentage of men who fall for her overtly desperate advances. It's so easy for people see right through her completely phony personality. Everyone I know who's ever worked with her think she is a joke. Let her be. Karma has a way with catching up in the end.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 August 2014 Scrupples, You dont know any more that any other person, quit acting like a big shot. I dont believe you for a minute it was about him having a problem with another supervisor. Im sure he left because he wanted to go into another department, or get another promotion,or even live in another state. From what i hear (not sure just rumor) harris is not a very easy person to work for,it seems there are a lot of employees leaving avon since he has came to avon.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 August 2014 Scrupples, You dont know any more that any other person, quit acting like a big shot. I dont believe you for a minute it was about him having a problem with another supervisor. Im sure he left because he wanted to go into another department, or get another promotion,or even live in another state. From what i hear (not sure just rumor) harris is not a very easy person to work for,it seems there are a lot of employees leaving avon since he has came to avon.   Name: scrupples E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for N/A Posted: 06 August 2014 HLCX Harris has nothing to do with it. He is leaving because of a personal conflict with another supervisors behavior. Making home life uncomfortable. Going to a totally different department.   Name: HLCX_HowTodayMoves E-mail: paul.bunyan00@gmail.com Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 August 2014 Ray Canady will be leaving Avon. I'd say he has enough of Dave Harris' s bullshit!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 August 2014 To all you dispatchers out there....what's the big secret about why you stopped our train?....got stopped the other day and dispatch says it will be a few minutes....6 hrs. goes by.....let's see should I condition the brakes or not?.....no train traffic no radio traffic nothing.....just tell us for gods sake what is happening.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 August 2014 Who is CMC? Where does she work?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 01 August 2014 I hope that CMC is not another LBT does what ever she wants to get her way.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 August 2014 New Guy, That \ those rules (observation of trains) is \ are covered in the Equipment Handling book.   Name: gotyournumber E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 01 August 2014 CMC HEY CMC BROAD.....THE ONE WHO CALLS THE CREWS AND GIVES THEM 2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORIES ABOUT THE JOB THEY ARE BEING CALLED FOR. YEAH..YOU....THE ONE WHO THINKS SHES CUTE AND SCREWING WITH US....YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. YOU JUST KEEP PLAYING YOUR STUPID GAMES AND SEE HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOU ARE CHARGED WITH CONDUCT UNBECOMING AND DELAYING TRAINS. YOU CREATE UNECCASSARY DELAYS WHEN WE HAVE TO CALL THE DISPATCHER OR CHIEF BACK TO GET THE PROPER DETAILS ON WHAT OUR JOB REALLY IS. YOU ARE CAUSING INTERRUPTIONS IN THE DISPATCHING CENTER AS WELL. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. ONLY A RETARD WOULDNT BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT THAT THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL A JOB CAN BE DONE IN 2 DIFFERENT PLACED OR WITH 2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT PROCEDURES. ARE YOU TOO STUPID TO FIGURE THIS OUT. I DONT THINK SO. YOU THINK YOUR CUTE. OH.....NEXT TIME YOU CALL A POOL CREW MEMBER AT THEIR HOUSE AND LEAVE A BULLSHIT BOGUS MESSAGES LIKE...."CSX CALLING, ITS YOUR CALL FOR WORK FOR YOUR TRAIN" WHEN YOU ARE REALLY RUNNING A ROSTER AND YOUR JUST TRYING TO TRICK SOMEONE INTO CALLING BACK TO TRAP THEM INTO TAKING A CRAPPY PUD JOB, YOUR GOING TO GET CHARGED WITH ETHICS VIOLATIONS FOR THAT TOO! I SUPPOSE YOU DONT KNOW THATS LYING RIGHT? I CALL IT PURE DECEPTION! IM JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO CALL ME BACK IN 2 MINUTES(LIKE YOU BEEN DOING TO OTHER PEOPLE) AND THREATEN TO MISS CALL ME IF I DONT CALL BACK RIGHT AWAY. GOT NEWS FOR YOU...WE GOT 10 MINUTES TO CALL BACK AND YOU BETTER BE THERE WAITING WITH BELLS ON YOUR TOES TO ANSWER. IF YOU DONT THEN THERE WILL BE ANOTHER CHARGE CALLED IN ON YOU. HEY...OTHER CREWCALLERS...YOU KNOW WHO SHE IS AND WHAT SHES DOING. SHE IS GOING TO BRING THE HEAT DOWN ON ALL OF YOU. GOING TO BE ALOT OF ATTENTION BROUGHT TO YOUR DEPARTMENT... YOU BETTER REIGN HER IN! THANKYOU TO THE CREWCALLERS WHO ARE HONEST AND DECENT AND TELL US YOUR RUNNING A ROSTER LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER AND DONT LEAVE THREATS. WE KNOW YOUR VOICES. WE KNOW WHO CALLS US OUT WITH PROPER INFO AND ISNT TOO LAZY TO GET FACTS BEFORE CALLING THE CREWS. WE APPLAUD YOU AND WILL RETURN YOUR CALLS BEFORE ANYONE ELSES! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!   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!!!!   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   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 July 2014 If you think the UTU sold out everyone on the BNSF why don't you do a little checking and read he BLE / BNSF on property agreement 2007 article 2. It appears to me that the BLE was very quick to throw their hand up and say screw the conductor we will take the train by ourselves and best I can remember there wasn't one word of that posted on here or any other railroad forum.   Name: LadyJo E-mail: joannbrooks2014 Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 21 July 2014 Fellow CSX Family, I worked for CSX over 30 years and my last position was in the Jacksonville Human Resources Department. My union position was to help the SPG and Maintenance of Way employees with personnel records and anything necessary to make their positions in the field easier. Right now I am in a fierce battle in the United States Supreme Court and Florida Court of Appeals against CSX. I am asking for your financial support to help me to represent, not only myself, but many on this site. So much injustice has been swept under the rug and payoffs taken until it needs to be exposed and REAL change MUST happen! Please visit my Link: www.gofundme.com/joannbrooks2014 PLEASE SUPPORT ME AND PASS THIS INFORMATATION ALONG. Thank you . . . GOD BLESS . . .   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 July 2014 The UTU is selling out the conductors, its own people with this proposed contract. This is the union that people trust and give there money? A few years ago they sold out everyone on the health care. Before that they sold out both engineers & conductors with remote control that came back to bite them in the ass. Useless Transportations Union doesn't sound very SMART too me!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 July 2014 The UTU/SMART union sells out the membership once again! http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/07/17/5978214/bnsf-union-reach-agreement-on.html   Name: Andy E-mail: staayposi@gmail.com Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 17 July 2014 CSX Sucks! Union Pacific Rulez! http://mervout.tumblr.com   Name: ?? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 July 2014 Other Guess conductor 30 didn't hear about the conductor who got pelted with a brake shoe that flew off a passing train he was inspecting from the ground and it injured him.... Guess that's ok. Once in his 40 years isn't a big deal. Well, one serious injury is ok. No one knows for a fact how many items have flown off and were near misses. Time for the troops to start reporting ALL items that are flying, dragging, or whipping around in the wind as they stand there and watch the train go by. don't be afraid to piss the crew off because you told them they have something on one of their cars that may cause serious injury if it comes lose and hits the next guy watching their train go by.   Name: Accountant E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 July 2014 NOTE TO WEBMASTER: __________________ As of yet, there hasn't been anything credited from CASH COW and there hasn't been any monetary activity showing on his server. CASH COW: We are still waiting.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 July 2014 Damn GOOD ADVICE. Nice post Conductor. ______________________________________________________________________ Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 06 July 2014 Conductors who don't want to get off their ass to inspect a passing train are driving 1 more nail into the conductor craft. Add a little value to your job (you can do it safely, in 40 years I have never heard of anyone getting hurt doing this) The road conductor might stay around a few extra years that way. PS get up and stretch, walk around a little and stay awake.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 July 2014 Hey dumb-dumb, you are wrong AGAIN. Jeez. GOOB Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 July 2014 Goofy Goober is now posting as "Conductor, for 30+ years." Seems to me that he might be one of the snakes I mentioned.   Name: KARMA WORKS E-mail: UPEE.COM Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 July 2014 Hell recently opened the gates for a railroad CEO who bribed every union officer he could in order to throw away claims and feed the bottom line. It just so happened...one brave soul told the feds...who then alerted the CEO. Various unrelenting methods of retaliation ensued until the Karma Gods unleashed 23 months of agonizing hell until he finally succumbed! The moral of this story: The laws of nature will prevail...so be patient! The gift of life is courage and perseverance...so pass it on! As Americans, we deserve better...!   Name: Cash Cow E-mail: Moo Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 July 2014 To: DONATION REQUEST Expect a big paypal check in your account for all the great info on here we mine daily. We never miss a day, just never know what might show up on here Does not have to be true we only react on it if we want to use it for our advantage. BTW we know who you are keep the wheels turning safely   Name: donate E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 July 2014 POSTERS Time to show a little appreciation to the man behind the curtain. The man who allows you to have a place to come and vent about the company that sooooo often breaks our agreements and their own rules. Go to his wish list at amazon or hit the pay pal...... Have done my part every year.... cant do it all!   Name: oh snap E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 July 2014 When r these 2 union guys gonna resign their positions. One BLET and one UTU and they r so far up the T.M.s and R.F.E.s ass they cant see straight. U know who u are boys, its time to step aside. The word is out, your texting and calling all day hasnt went unnoticed. There is no room for union sellouts.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 July 2014 Shane You bet your bottom dollar! Set up a consultation with a lawyer. Get a statement from your old union rep that states you never filed to get your job back. It may cost you some money but your lawyer can demand the so called info they have on you that you say doesn't exist then Michael Ward should be notified of the companies behavior and their vicious attempt to have you black balled from working at other railroads. You should also let all other class 1 railroads know of csx's behavior in this matter so they are prepared if other leave csx and try to obtain employement with csx. DONT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS BEHAVIOR! A complaint should be filed with the EEOC as well. They cost you possible employment with another railroad and what they did is illegal.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 July 2014 Shane: You are much better off avoiding both CSX and CN. I would try a short line. Less money, but a lot better working conditions.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 July 2014 Goofy Goober is now posting as "Conductor, for 30+ years." Seems to me that he might be one of the snakes I mentioned.   Name: Shane Robertson E-mail: Shanerobertson01@gmail.com Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 July 2014 I worked for CSX for 18 months. I quit on Feb 7 2013. I received my letter in March 2014 that says I have forfeited my seniority and any future rights as a CSX employee. I was employed in the Nashville Division. I have since been trying to get on with CN Railroad out of Memphis. I finally got the job offer from CN. I took the physical, did the background check and had a date for conductor school. The last thing they did was contact CSX. CSX told them that I was suspended for CSX and I had a case in arbitration trying to get my job back. CN talked with CSX 3 times and got the same answer from them. CN retracted their job offer because of "honesty issues" they said it looks like I lied and had not quit CSX. I have since contacted my old union rep and he looked at my history, he said it shows me no longer working there and there is no mention of arbitration. The way I see it is CSX just cost me a 100k a year job and there is nothing I can do about it. Is there anyone out there that has any advise for me? Do I need to talk to a lawyer? Thanks for any help. Shane Robertson Shanerobertson01@gmail.com   Name: new guy E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 07 July 2014 Everyone! Can someone help me out here. I have ready every single page of the new operating book and went through the safeway and timetable and I can not find the rule that says we have to get down and inspect passing trains. Nothing at all! Is it in the division notices? I don't see it anywhere in the division bulletins. Where is it at??? If it isn't in writing and its just and old rule then they cant expect us new guys to think it is an active rule. They weren't kidding when we where told on the property that there is a lot of old rules that have been deleted still floating around out there and not to believe anything that isn't in writing. How does anyone expect new hires to know whats really going on if they don't put their rules in writing!   Name: old head E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 July 2014 Conductor 30 There is no way in hell you or any conductor can say they follow all the rules. Especially inspecting trains. There was a rule that said you WILL GET OFF AND INSPECT AS MUCH AS YOUR TRAIN AS YOU CAN WHILE STOPPED IN A SIDING WAITING. How many conductors did you seen do that. In all my years I didn't see a one but the rule was there. All of them say they didnt do it because the dispatcher would have a cow if he had to wait on every conductor to make his way back to the head end of a large train. Second, he is not supposed to be on the hot side of the rail, so he wouldn't be able to inspect a passing train anyway if he got down and started inspecting his train. So see, the only rules followed are the rules that are convenient to the company and their time. The company always says we are empowered to make the safest decisions. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 July 2014 Retired FRA Inspector: In the course of your duties I guess you avoided main line ballast, too rough on your delicate little feet. Watch out for those snakes, they might be in the yard so you stayed in the office.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 06 July 2014 Old Head Conductor: I completely agree with you. It is asinine for railroad management to require crews to get off of stopped locomotives to observe other trains passing. This is an excellent example of just how stupid managers are when it comes to safety. First of all, there is a definite trip, slip or fall danger when getting off on main line ballast. Second, there could be snakes or who knows what that a crew member could step on during warm months and during darkness. And third, there is always the possibility of some object flying off of the passing train. And of course if an injury does occur during one of these possibilities, railroad management would likely try to fire the injured employee.   Name: old head E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 July 2014 OTHER Got question for you to ponder. Your out running the rails on a train and you pass 6 trains out there on the move as well. When they get done passing you and you have looked at their train as the cars are coming towards you and passing you and you also look at the eot to make sure its hanging and working, you tell the crew the train looks good with a marker and has a high ball. THIS IS AN ACCEPTABLE INSPECTION BY THE COMPANY! SO WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU GET OFF TO WATCH THE OTHER TRAIN GO BY. JUST BECAUSE YOUR STOPPED? JUST FINE TO INSPECT THEM ALL ON THE RUN! One thing I do agree on.... conductor should be as far as hell away from the other train as possible and have an escape route planed. Wouldn't want him to break his neck after tripping over a farmers fence in the woods! DAMN! slip trip and fall hazard.... guess he would be fired anyway!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 06 July 2014 Conductors who don't want to get off their ass to inspect a passing train are driving 1 more nail into the conductor craft. Add a little value to your job (you can do it safely, in 40 years I have never heard of anyone getting hurt doing this) The road conductor might stay around a few extra years that way. PS get up and stretch, walk around a little and stay awake.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 July 2014 I see the below all of the time. Conductor get's off and stands on the ground, below the Engineer's side. Now talk about BS that is BS. The rule is correct get off and walk to the other side and inspect the train. why in the world does any co need two folks inspecting the train from the same spot, well almost---the one in the seat has a better view. Just UNION BS. In the real world, the Conductor is much safer by getting off-- crossing the track--- and standing under a tree. Passing trains do have their risk. Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 June 2014 Conductor 30 Its not just the distance from the train you are supposed to be standing or the area that needs to be challenged, its the entire rule. The rule states that the conductor is supposed to be positioned on the opposite side of train as the engineer. The engineer is supposed to watch the train from his side and the conductor observes the train from the opposite side. This is not only idiotic but unsafe as hell. It only takes a few seconds for someone to die from a massive head injury or bleed to death from a serious cut of ones artery. With the conductor positioned on the opposite of the train, it would be impossible for the engineer to get to him if something was to happen to him. Broken straps, dragging chains, shifted lumber, broken brake shoes, lose box car doors and to many other things to mention could cause serious injury and even death. I would hate to hear that a conductor would not have died if someone could have assisted with cpr just a few minutes earlier! The conductor should be in full view of the engineer and be able to get immediate emergency assistance if something was to happen. There is truth to the old saying that all rules are written after blood is drawn. I hope this one is changed before it goes that far.   Name: me E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 July 2014 WEBMASTER...... HAVE YOU BEEN DELETING SOME POST OR HAVE WE BEEN INFILTRATED?????   Name: Dong Bagley E-mail: Wardslapdog@csx.com Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 July 2014 Trainmaster/supervisor What does R. Brown do in Evansville?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 July 2014 Watch yourselves in Evansville heard R.Brown is a cut throat dick.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 01 July 2014 To the post below: I was referring to mostly the upper management people. Altho i'm sure there are many conductors and engineers that also have flings. Upper management has been cheating on their wives for years, because it is so easy to do so. How upper management gets by with buying all this booze for the womwn and themselves is ,when they make out their expense account they only turn in the total amount copy,they do not turn in the itemized copy with all the drinks on it.(they found a way to beat the system). I hope that the railroad gets more strick with these men and ask for only the itemized copy. When they have to pay for all the drinks out of their own pocket, it will be a little harder to hide this from their wives. I agree that the men do not get involved with what others do because of having to work with them. If it is a manager , they will be hush hush out of retaliation,afarid of what would happen, i dont blame them.   Name: offended E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 June 2014 ATTENTION CSX LAWYERS!!!! WE HEARD YOU READ THIS WEBSITE EVERYDAY. WELL IF YOU DO THEN LISTEN UP. WE DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT WANT TO BE SITING IN OUR CREW ROOM AND SEE THE COMPANIES OPINION ABOUT THE GAY PRIDE LESBIAN MARCHES AND HOW THE COMPANY SUPPORTS THEIR MOVEMENTS. IT IS BEING DISPLAYED ON THE CREW ROOM MONITORS AND SEVERAL OF US FIND IT OFFENSIVE AND VULGAR! YOU WOULD THINK A COMPANY AS BIG AS CSX WOULD KNOW AN ETHICS VIOLATION WHEN THEY SAW ONE! THERE ARE 3 THINGS THAT A COMPANY IS NOT SUPPOSED TO PUSH UPON THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEY ARE POLITICS,RELIGION AND SEX. PROMOTING HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE CROSSES THE LINE. WE SUGGEST YOU REMOVE YOUR LESBIAN GAY PRIDE PROGANDA FROM THE CREW ROOM MONITORS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE FURTHER ACTION IS TAKEN.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 June 2014 Conductor 30 Its not just the distance from the train you are supposed to be standing or the area that needs to be challenged, its the entire rule. The rule states that the conductor is supposed to be positioned on the opposite side of train as the engineer. The engineer is supposed to watch the train from his side and the conductor observes the train from the opposite side. This is not only idiotic but unsafe as hell. It only takes a few seconds for someone to die from a massive head injury or bleed to death from a serious cut of ones artery. With the conductor positioned on the opposite of the train, it would be impossible for the engineer to get to him if something was to happen to him. Broken straps, dragging chains, shifted lumber, broken brake shoes, lose box car doors and to many other things to mention could cause serious injury and even death. I would hate to hear that a conductor would not have died if someone could have assisted with cpr just a few minutes earlier! The conductor should be in full view of the engineer and be able to get immediate emergency assistance if something was to happen. There is truth to the old saying that all rules are written after blood is drawn. I hope this one is changed before it goes that far.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 28 June 2014 The LC is correct on challenging the get off and watch train go by rule but you might be able to challenge it as unsafe at a certain time and place if the carrier official is reasonable LOL We know that will not likely happen these days. It is very risky and dangerous maybe because conductors rush off the train and get killed or hurt SLIP TRIP & FALLS plus other things like locations of where you have to get off. CONRAIL did not have this rule and it was for a good reasons. The drunk conductor could get hurt or the engineer could not get him back on the train to go soon enough! So when enough FELA claims happen it might change I do not see any other method for it to change. Just to do get killed or hurt If you get hurt you better have a career ending injury or u will be FIRED. The other railroads have this stupid rule too.   Name: lc E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 June 2014 Conductor 30 Good faith challenge forms do not cover watching trains go by. But yes, you should not get out anywhere that you cant be 30 feet away and in a safe area. You can challenge unsafe acts but they like to be difficult about it if it is not one of the topics on the form. AS for disturbed rest, it has to be before your legal FRA rest. Most on here are complaining about their phone blowing up every 15 minutes after their rest when they are running rosters. GLDV is so short of manpower they are offering to buy back vacations days at 150% and offering incentives to retirees who want to leave by august. want them to stay until January. Most of them feel the same way. Company made their bed they can sleep in it! Another note... seems there has been a lot of side rules coming out since the new operating rules book was published. Most are rumors and are not in writing. Have heard that supervisors are telling crews to follow them even if they have not been circulated. If your supervisors are starting RUMOR RULES you need to send an email to the csx operating rules department and let them know what is happening. If there is no system bulletin issued on the topic and you are being ordered to follow rules that weren't issued by this department, they need to know. Call the csx hotline and they will connect you to the proper department head to leave message and give you proper email address. This issue has been going on for years and it needs to be put to a halt. It is an unsafe and unprofessional act and just causes confusion and mayhem within the company and amongst the crews!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 June 2014 IF YOUR REST IS INTERRUPTED? WHY DON'T YOU TELL CALLER TO RESTART YOUR REST ? ALL CALLS ARE RECORDED? ALSO YOU CAN RECORD THE CALLS ! ARE YOU DOING THE COMPANY ANY FAVORS? DO YOU KNOW YOU CAN CHALLENGE UNSAFE ACTS? IF YOU CAN YOU NEED TOO? ANNOUNCE OVER THE RADIO ABOUT UNSAFE CHALLENGE ! ROAD FOREMAN TRIED TELLING ME TO GET OUT OF CAB TO WATCH TRAIN GO BY I CHALLENGED SO HE TRIED TELLING ME TO GO TO CROSSING TO WATCH TRAIN BY ! I CHALLENGED ! 30 FT RULE THEN, CROSSINGS ARE UNSAFE AREA ? WHAT IF TRAIN HITS AN AUTO? ALSO WE WERE PARKED WAY BACK FROM CROSSING AS I HAD INSTRUCTED ENGINEER TO LAY BACK ! PICK YOUR BATTLES! ARE YOU ORDERING ME TO COMMIT AN UNSAFE ACT? THINK THINK THINK WHEN RIDING IN TAXI'S YOUR IN CHARGE NOT THE DRIVER! KEEP SAFE ! BE SAFE ! TTFN   Name: Sad place E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 June 2014 CSX IS NOW CALLED CSX-NS.....   Name: old news E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 June 2014 ATL YM The reason everyone puts a halt on the LBT issues is because its old news. Has been for years. WE ALL KNOW WHAT SHE IS AND WHAT SHE IS ALL ABOUT! And every idiot that just keeps going back to that stuff gets exactly what they are asking for. They cant say they haven't heard about her reputation. Like kids in a candy store, just keep going back to the cookie jar then cry like little boys when she locks the door. Cant play with the big boys stay away from the brothel...Shes one woman but there are hundreds of men out there cheating as we speak. I can think of 3 right now!   Name: Atl YDM E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 June 2014 Stop the whining about cheating. Men and women do it. When someone brings up LBT, everyone wants the talk to stop. So it is alright to talk about the men that do it and not a woman that has done it with multiple employees and managers?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 June 2014 please note that the push for licenses, alcohol restriction, and related safety maneuvers came from the famous big screw up on Penn Central, where a crew with family and friends connection to management got drunk, doped up, and exhausted and managed to ram an Amtrak passenger train, in the process almost killing a congress person or two. At this point Congress stepped in and cracked down despite resistance by unions, RR management, and the FRA. However, it is getting so bad in many areas that aggressive intervention by OSHA, EEOC (ADA) and others may be a positive move now.   Name: wrong E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 June 2014 FRA You have been off the road to long. You forget that restaurants serve alcohol and convenient stores sale alcohol as well. Drinking is no excuse for low class behavior. If what you say is true, then the ones who are cheating that are sober are just plain pigs. Getting sloppy drunk has gone to the way side. An occasional drink with a meal has not but better judgment is being used. Now that the company is starting to crack down on the use of operation redblock and are now making it appear as an attendance problem it wont be long before everyone is scared to use the program when it is really legit and needed. Another problem being created.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 24 June 2014 Prior to the FRA clamp-down on alcohol and drug use by railroad train crews, there was a lot of drinking and cheating on spouses at away from home terminals. There may still be some cheating, but I believe it is very rare. And drinking at away from home terminals, which can lead to cheating, is also very rare. However, railroad managers are not subjected to alcohol and drug testing. So I believe it is much more likely for them to go to bars and pick up sex partners than it would be for engineers and conductors. Furthermore, train crews are generally lodged at facilities that do not serve alcohol, and are away from places that do. That is not always true for railroad managers. The lack of a moral compass also has a lot to do with cheating. Railroad managers that are nasty to their employees are also likely to be nasty to their spouses by cheating on them. And I ran into a lot of nasty railroad managers during my career with FRA.   Name: see it E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 June 2014 Conductor 10 Real mature comment to make since you have no idea what kind of relationship family friend had. Must have been some signs or she wouldn't have started suspecting him. You know it is true. There are guys out there cheating on their wives. Have seen plenty of them. To friend of family... the reason we don't tell is because we have to work with these scums every week. We have to be in the hotels with them and on the trains. there is nothing worse than getting tagged as a snitch. When you are stuck in a cab with someone 6-12 hours a day to and from the hotel it can make for a real crappy trip when no one wants to talk to you or treats you like crap. So we stay out of the other guys personal lives. calling their rooms isn't always going to tell you what you want to know. Could have stepped out to go to crew room or get a late meal. Best thing to do is just let him hang himself. he will eventually. When they spend more time at the hotel then they do at home the cleaning ladies start to look like a second meal ticket. We have some real pieces of crap out here and your better off without him anyway. Don't think its just crews either. Upper management is just as guilty. The sad thing is they get to write their "entertainment" expenses off their taxes! I suggest to all the wives who suspect this is going on to catch them as soon as you can. Get your alimony and child support and find a better life!   Name: To Family Friend E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 June 2014 Sounds like you were a pain in the ass. That might be why he cheated.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 24 June 2014 to the post below from the spouse that is writing to the railroad wives.I agree these railroaders are over worked, they do definitely need more manpower.you make it sound like my poor husband all he does is work go to hotel work go to the hotel. I hope that your husband is doing exactly that. There are so many husbands that are cheating on their wives when they get to the hotel they're in the bar with other women buying them drinks and then one thing leads to another.some of the men take a taxi in to the nearest town and enjoy themselves at the strip clubs, this goes on and on all the time.I was one of those wives that didn't think my husband would do that , boy was I surprised when I found out.then I started reading csxsucks and started doing some of my own investigation and I caught him in so many lies. not saying your husband does but this is to the wives that think their husband is so loyal. I know CSX sucks is a trash website but I do know for a fact that lot of these infidelities are true. of course the husbands are not going to tell on each other, and they don't like it when things like this is posted on this website.if you look on this website most of them do not give each other up, they don't want their wives to know, they don't want trouble started so they are hush hush and don't comment.all I'm saying is check it out, when they're supposed to be in their hotel room call them around 9:30 -10:00 at night on their hotel room phone see if they answer. then call them around 11 and see if they answer, that's how I caught my husband, instead of calling him on his cell phone which I knew he would step out and answer I call him on his hotel phone, and he didn't answer,and of course came up with some excuse my phone didn't work in my room, but you know it happen too many times.   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 June 2014 The award for the biggest idiots goes to " drum roll please!!!!!! Trainmaster David Benson for being the dumbest Management employee. And his side kick Bud Carson . These two have helped destroy the Huntington Division. Please come and check out these two morons.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 June 2014 I would like to congratulate john baker, he finally got his ass fired like he got so many of us over the years never fails you give a idiot enough rope and they will hang themselves every time. but the new D-O on the Huntington division probably did him a favor and save his life with his health condition's. he would have stayed their until the Undertaker hall him off the railroad, because he loved harassing the men so-much. {don't mess with Texas}---don't mess with the NSTB?   Name: WTF E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 June 2014 Dumbest Company Officers: 1) Jack Vierling 3rd: couldn't run a train around a Christmas Tree Fat Dumb and Stupid what a slob Has a nose that looks like a circus peanut The 3 in his name is his IQ 2) Robert Frulla: same as above only add arrogant and has a ego the size of his fat head and is a legend in his own mind   Name: Crying E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 June 2014 Our N.S management has destroyed this company..   Name: Dong Bageley E-mail: Mikeywardsyesman@csx.com Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 June 2014 Evansville has lost another roadmaster at Howell yard. Why because of John Fortune's fat man Garrett. 100% turnover in roadmasters and no other ADE has this problem on the Nashville division. Jacksonville did not want Garrett as ADE but Fortune does. Garrett has also ran off three of his track inspectors and charged all of his track inspectors. No other ADE has done this. Stupid is as stupid does. The Howell yard inspector gets hurt and no FRA reportable injury. The man asks for medical care but the roadmaster says no. Fortune, Garrett, and roadmaster Jeff Parker have him take a week of vacation and rubs his third leg. Easy Garrett semen is running down your mouth.   Name: Christina E-mail: zumbalove501@gmail.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 June 2014 This is just a part of my unending saga with CSX: I took down engine numbers today and I can only see 5 engines, but there are 6. All 6 are left unattended right now and anyone can ride off in your trains. Safety first? I think not. Actions speak louder than words and I am so disgusted by them. CSX wants to have clean air--what a load of crap! 6 Engines running proves that wrong! I am so frustrated right now and I have been in talks with certain individuals to come up with a solution.   Name: fra violation E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 June 2014 HOGGERS OK hold on to your hats.... this one really takes the cake. Seems that cmc has this idea if you are called out on your pool and your on someone else's turn (because its all screwed up and no one is on their own turn) and you don't ask to take your turn with you that on your return trip home just because your turn is still at home, it should restart your starts or leave them exactly where they were when you left! It was pointed out to these crazies that ITS NOT THE TURN THAT NEEDS AND IS ALLOWED BY FEDERAL LAW TO GET REST, ITS THE ENGINEER. HAVE YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. DO THEY ACTUALLY THINK THAT ITS OKAY FOR THEM TO FREEZE YOUR START OR TAKE THEM AWAY FROM YOU BECAUSE A TURN ON A POOL IS STILL HOME ON THE COMPUTER. IS THE TURN DOING THE WORK!!!! IS THE TURN RUNNING THE TRAINS......IS THE TURN WORN OUT AND NOT GETTING SLEEP. ITS OUT OF CONTROL MAN!!!!!!!!   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 June 2014 CSX MANAGEMENT Is a bunch of children. This company is a joke. It was a good place to work years ago. 2004 was the beginning of THE END OF CSX..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 June 2014 NICE POST----------- RIGHT ON BRO------------- ---------------------------------------------- Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 June 2014 LOL. Just another whine fest by over protected, entitled union members who otherwise could not hold a job. Unions in your case are to protect those that do not want to work, rather than those that do. The image of a railroader has moved from a hard working, building America patriot. To a fat, lazy, disrespectful, pos. you better pray management can continue to keep the gov and the FRA at bay, or your ass will be regulated and soon unemployed. You have no skills in the real world. You may want to rethink what you are and should be doing to protect CSX and your job. Otherwise go try to find another job. I bet you can't even get your foot in the door. And Walmart is way stricter than CSX.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 June 2014 Spouse: CSX is very evil towards its employees. At one time we were able to get sufficient time off to mow the lawn and see the family. Now there true colors have shown through this unethical attendance policy that they have created. It wasn't always this way. We as employees hate this company as well.   Name: spouse E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 June 2014 RAILROAD WIVES If your new to the game, this is how it works now. Your spouse gets called out to work, goes to hotel. After staying gone for almost 2 days he comes home for 10 hours and goes back out again. Off to hotel again then back home again. Off to hotel again and if its his 5th start if they have a train in less than 24 hours they will dead head him home so he cant get a 6th start and be off for 48 hours. Then he will dead head home in a wagon for about 4 hours to come home and go to bed because he will be back out in 10 hours! Manpower shortage at work is at a ridiculously low level. If you want him home urge him to look for any job that has days off. stay away from pools that don't. If he doesn't have the seniority might as well consider yourself a widow!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 June 2014 June, Friday the 13th 2014....and CSX STILL SUCKS!!!!! Some things will NEVER change!   Name: Crazy Railroader E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 June 2014 Beat you Not "Up"   Name: Crazy RAILROADER E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 June 2014 Attention "APE" I will meet you anytime,any place so you can tell me that to my face. You are nothing but a momma's boy that can't make it in the RAILROAD world. I will beat up to death you little punk. Period !!!!!!!!!   Name: college E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 June 2014 APE SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE MANAGER who doesn't know a thing about the people who work in the fields. The ones who sweat, freeze, lose sleep, miss their childrens sports games and way too many other things to mention. The ones who make the rr rich. The ones who move all that precious freight so that the white collar board members and stock holders can afford their yahts! If you took the time to learn something about the blue collar subordinates that you find so easy to dismiss you just might find there are more out there with college degrees and licensed professionals than you would ever know. The retired ones who wanted to try something different. Maybe professional that worked in an industry that went under and they are trying something new. Military vets who are now questioning their sanity and wondering why they did something so stupid as to get a job where they were treated like idiots and are given no respect. Yeah, they are all cry babies who couldn't get a job at walmart. Oh, if you didn't know the union works for the members. The members DONT WORK FOR THE UNIONS! We are forced to pay them money to represent us. They work for us. They are hired to abide by and enforce our agreements. They are not representing us to the fullest extent possible. If we had a contract we could sue them for breach of contract. I give them my money to do a job for me and I expect it to be done thoroughly. If they cant do it then they need to give our money back or find someone who can do the job for them!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 June 2014 LOL. Just another whine fest by over protected, entitled union members who otherwise could not hold a job. Unions in your case are to protect those that do not want to work, rather than those that do. The image of a railroader has moved from a hard working, building America patriot. To a fat, lazy, disrespectful, pos. you better pray management can continue to keep the gov and the FRA at bay, or your ass will be regulated and soon unemployed. You have no skills in the real world. You may want to rethink what you are and should be doing to protect CSX and your job. Otherwise go try to find another job. I bet you can't even get your foot in the door. And Walmart is way stricter than CSX.   Name: sickofit2 E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 June 2014 HA They wont quit. Just blew my phone up with... this is your call for work. call cm back. They know we don't want to take a chance of being miss called if it is really for our own pools. This crap should be f...king illegal. REAL ETHICAL BEHAVIOR! They should be making people who are rested work their own stinking pools. Good questions is why is the GLDV so short on manpower. Not that many people taking off! Got trains stuffed in sidings and storage tracks just to make room in the yard! Guess the whip and beat mentality is starting to bite the division in the arss!   Name: HA! E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 June 2014 train dispatcher WRONG! No she isn't just doing her job. There are several other cc's who are honest and will tell you in the message they leave that they are running the roster looking for someone to work job so and so. They are also polite and ask you to call back if you can help out. They know the ss agreement says after all extra bd rosters(both ends) and all volunteer list, set back demoted engineers are called, it boils down to the first CONTACTED ENGINEER to take the call. When you keep calling and saying "IM calling you for work. Call me back" and then just hand up they know they have us in a trick bag. When they state that we are running out of time and are going to get miscalled they know what they are doing. WE ARENT STUPID. WE KNOW ENTRAPMENT WHEN WE SEE IT. WE ARE SCREWED AND THEY KNOW IT! When there are rested and available people to work their pools they should be going after them to work their vacant jobs. They bid on a certain pool and they got it. They should protect it before someone from some other pool is tricked into taking their work. It sucks to be the poor sap who gets tricked into working some other pool they don't want while available people on that pool sit home and wait for better trains when they should be forced up to work their own trains on their own pools. Maybe these sneaky cc's should concentrate their talents on those guys instead!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for Less than 1 year Posted: 06 June 2014 To the post below, don't hate she is just doing her job.   Name: buster E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 June 2014 Engineers!!!!! Watch your bid cards real close. It has always been the practice in the past for any job that is abolished permanently to have the bid number assigned to it completely removed. It would also automatically disappear from your card of listed job choices, You didn't have to remove it. the computer did it automatically because it recognized the job no longer existed. If there is a job in your area that NO ONE WANTS and wont put it on their bid cards and they have to force junior men on it to get it filled they will take the numbers from an abolished job that everyone wanted and had put on their bid cards and swing them to the crap job. If you don't look at your bid card when a job is abolished because you think the bid number will automatically disappear anyway you are sadly mistaken. What needs to be explained is what happened to the original bid numbers that were originally assigned to the crap job. Why where they changed if the job was never changed. No reason to change the bid numbers on it.... not hard to figure out whats going on!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 04 June 2014 to the post below, who is the broad were posting about, and which terminal does she work at?.   Name: joke E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 June 2014 CMC HEY!!! If any of you CMC read this site, then do us and you a favor. Tell that stupid broad on first shift it doesn't do any good to call our homes and say...Railroad looking for(so and so) call me back and then hang up. We are not stupid. We know she doesn't say what the job is. We know she is trying to run the rosters to fill a pud job that they cant get filled. we check our computers. We know what trains are scheduled on our pools. Whats even more stupid is she doesn't even have sense enough to know if she says shes calling a train for our pool that there is a better chance we will take it! I have more respect for the crew callers who tell you honestly that they are running the roster looking for someone to work a vacant job and actually tell you what it is. I WILL ALWAYS GIVE THAT CREWCALLER A BREAK AND HELP HIM/HER OUT BEFORE I WILL EVER CALL THAT BROAD BACK WHO IS PLAYING STUPID GAMES. SHE KNOWS WHO SHE IS AND SHE NEEDS TO LEARN TO SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THE CREWS IF SHE WANT SOMEONE TO HELP HER OUT! No wonder the greatlakes division is going to hell!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 June 2014 CSX balances the work load equally between Mgt/Hr. The hard part that takes so much effort is getting it correct for everyone. The Attendance policy is the result of the UNION demanding a guarantee. In my time there was nothing to be made at home. Working 80 hrs per week may be a stretch. That is close to tying up every day? Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 May 2014 other non-employee, Yes technology does eliminate the need for jobs, but you aren't looking at the big picture here. In the past 2 years CSX cut way back in every department and every craft excluding management. These cutbacks didn't have anything to do with technology. For example, the simply eliminated 2 out of 3 yard jobs and feel by pushing people that things will get done just as fast....it doesn't work! Those people that markoff have always been there, and they still play games, and we still call them sharpshooters. The problem here is again how they went too far with the attendance policy. Some road guys work 80 hours a week with no scheduled rest day. You gonna tell me that only being able to markoff 1 day per month is ethical?   Name: Truth E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 May 2014 WEBMASTER YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! THATS WHY THERE IS SUCH A SHORTAGE ON THE GLDV! JUST WHAT THEY WANT.... KEEP THOSE SEATS AT THE SCHOOLS FULL OF 75% PAY EMPLOYEES AND GOVERNMENT GRANTS. YEAP, JUST KEEP THE REVOLVING DOOR SWINGING!   Name: Hey Phone Stressed E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 May 2014 YOU CAN ALWAYS QUIT!!!!!! Webmaster comment: What a surprise, this was posted from Jacksonville. Clearly, they see employees as fungible liabilities.   Name: phone stressed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 May 2014 PUBLIC VIEWERS For those of you who don't know how railroad jobs work, let me give you a short example of one of our job descriptions We have what is called pools. On these pools there are turns. Depending on the amount of freight that is running there could be 5 or maybe as many as 25 turns on a pool. Each turn should consist of one engineer and one conductor(2 man crews). Sometimes they add some extra eng. or extra conductor turns which causes someone to not be paired up with someone else. Forget the details on how this is worked out. These pools are given a specific location they will travel. For example....one pool might take all their trains to New York and another pool might take all their trains to California. In order to hold a pool(or any regular scheduled job) and not be stuck on an extra board(punk board)you usually need to have a little seniority under your belt. Once you have that much time in working for the company and you can actually hold a pool and not be stuck on the extra board its like winning the lotto to most people. The company by union agreement is supposed to keep enough people hired and assigned to the extra board to cover all vacancies created by those on vacation, daily vacation days, personal days, mandatory classes, and any other possible manpower shortage that might occur from people marking off sick to go to the doctor or needing a personal business day due to emergencies. Keep in mind that not all pools have scheduled days off. Now, picture this...Your pool has 20 turns. 10 turns are already gone out of town on trains. This leaves 10 left at home to take the next group of scheduled trains out. You check the company line up on trains and there are only 5 trains scheduled to run in the next 24 hours. You check your position on the pool and you are on the last turn at home. NOW ARENT YOU THE LUCKY ONE. Only 5 trains to run in 24 hours and you are at the bottom on the last position to get called. There are 9 turns ahead of you to take those 5 trains. You stay up a little late, make some plans for tomorrow and maybe decide...."HEY, I might just take the little woman out for breakfast in the morning." So you go to bed and then..... drum roll....the phone rings. You let the answering machine pick it up. Then you hear..... Its the railroad calling. WE NEED YOU FOR WORK! What the hell, you think. There is no way they came up with 5 more trains before I went to bed. So you get up and run to your computer to look at the train schedule and there are NO NEW TRAINS SHOWING UP ON YOUR POOL! You see they are trying to find someone to work some crude extra job or another pool that's not yours or some yard job that they cant fill! Your union agreement says you don't have to take those crud jobs. The company is supposed to have enough people on their extra boards to cover these vacancies. BUT THEY DONT! Were are all the people. How come the extra boards are so short. Where are all the employees who are supposed to be on this board. Why does the company have such a shortage of employees.....GOOD QUESTION! Now, picture going back to bed and the phone starts wringing every 15 minutes while they try to call every one over and over and over and over again until they can find someone to volunteer to fill that stupid job! How do you think you would feel when you finally get that call that is for one of your trains that you saw scheduled earlier. Your sleep constantly disturbed all night. You spouses sleep disturbed all night. Your crying baby woke up all night! Don't even say...wouldn't it be easier if you just took the call and went to work on some other crud job that you waited for years to get away from! That would just make it easier for the company to keep the boards short and turn every pool into a multi purpose extra board and punk everyone onto everything that they worked so many years to get away from. OH CRAP....too late! Its already happening! Got to go....phones ringing again!   Name: Patriot E-mail: fightcorruption.org Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 May 2014 Beware of Corporate Board Member(s) With Dual Representation With The Railroads And The Department of Labor: Beware when filing a complaint with your local Federal Agency. Ask the agency to disclose any possible conflict of interest and or ensuring the confidentiality of your complaint will not be disclosed or tipped-off to the Director(s) who represent the railroad(s)...In essence, you're asking the agency not to tip-off Director(s)...and by doing so, not provide a copy of your complaint to the railroad(s). If you filed a complaint and suspect your complaint was altered, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"). The Agency has to disclose if "Legal" Consultants for Department of Labor has a "Dual" relationship with your employer. KUDOS to the Retired FRA Inspector for explaining in detail the downward spiral of Federal Corrupt Oversight that started during the Reagan years. Sir, you hit the nail-on-the-head!   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 May 2014 Great Lakes division.. ..How is Frulla doing with you guys? He just about destroyed the Huntington Division. Then CSX promoted Him..... Well, He didn't get promoted on his merits but because his dad and John Snow were roommates in Collage.. I guess it paid to have pull...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 May 2014 other non-employee, Yes technology does eliminate the need for jobs, but you aren't looking at the big picture here. In the past 2 years CSX cut way back in every department and every craft excluding management. These cutbacks didn't have anything to do with technology. For example, the simply eliminated 2 out of 3 yard jobs and feel by pushing people that things will get done just as fast....it doesn't work! Those people that markoff have always been there, and they still play games, and we still call them sharpshooters. The problem here is again how they went too far with the attendance policy. Some road guys work 80 hours a week with no scheduled rest day. You gonna tell me that only being able to markoff 1 day per month is ethical?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 27 May 2014 Below is a really nice informative post that pretty well covers the topic. I might add the intro of the diesel, also had a detramental affect on engineers. During the steam age multiple engines were often used. The comments about marking off every weekend is so true and just the tip of that practice. I saw them mark off for 5 minutes then mark back up. Saw them mark to the bottom, at times on a call. We called them Sharp shooters, and some were real GOOD. Name: Retired Conductor/Trainmaster E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 20 May 2014 Worried: It didn't start with the remotes. Take a longer view back to diesel engines taking away the Fireman. Then radios and EOTs took one then the second Brakeman. Technology has and will determine the manpower required. If you want to go way back Mr Westinghouse eliminated jobs by the score with his new fangled air brake. Automatic hump retarders did the same. As to dicipline, it was a business response to million dollar lawsuits for twisted ankles. Yes I was a Trainmaster but I was also a Conductor who paid union dues for 40 years. If the men had used peer presure on the few who were marked off every weekend and hurt once a year there might not be the culture today you complain of.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 May 2014 Retired FRA Inspector, You are correct! Its the incompetence at the top and even middle management who are making such bad decisions as with pushing the employees. It is true though, the Great Lakes Division is such a mess. there are employees being pushed to the brink, and yes, something bad as in accident is bound to happen at anytime. Its work, work, work, and prepare to be fired for violating an UNETHICAL attendance policy. The employees hate this company, and it wouldn't be this way if it wasn't so mismanaged. The more jobs they cut, the slower freight gets moved. Its not rocket science as to why this place is a disaster. CSX may not be considered a railroad, but trying to make one man do the job of 3 doesn't work in this profession, never has.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 24 May 2014 Tired: First of all, I was a motive power and equipment inspector at FRA and did not deal with hours of service issues. And secondly, I believe that FRA is so deep in the pockets of railroad management that they no longer care about the health and welfare of employees. When I went to work at FRA back in 1978, the railroad labor organizations had a great deal of clout with that agency. But when Reagan took office that started changing. Eight years of Reagan and four years of G.H.W. Bush certainly had its toll on labor's voice in government. Things improved slightly during the Clinton years, but the next Bush undid all of that. When Obama took office and appointed Joseph C. Szabo as FRA Administrator, I expected the pendulum to swing back the other way, but unfortunately it didn't. Szabo was a huge disappointment. Especially since he had previously been a railroad labor union official. I certainly hope that things get better for the folks that work for CSX. But unless the labor unions in our country get strong again, it won't happen. And labor unions will not get strong again unless workers stop voting for the politicians (mostly Republican) that try to destroy unions, and quit buying automobiles and other items that are not union made. And things won't change at CSX until upper management changes. That is what changed NS, and I hear that they have become a much better railroad to work for because of it.   Name: TIRED E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 May 2014 Retired FRA HELP!!! The crews on the Great Lakes Division are getting pushed to the breaking point and becoming mentally stressed out and possibly stressed to the point of being dangerous. They are so short on man power and trains are backing up and dogging so bad that CMC is violating our agreements to the point of madness. The phones are ringing off the walls all hours of the night for everyone and they are calling people constantly for jobs they are or never ever were qualified on even though they have been told to quit calling them because they are not qualified. One caller ever called a person 5 times in one night for the same territory they were told the past 4 calls earlier that they couldn't take and stop calling them for it but they did it anyway. This constitutes pure harassment and I think the fra hours of service rep should be getting involved in this. Comments were supposedly made by upper CMC that its not their problem and it the crews responsibility to be rested. LITTLE HARD TO DO WHEN THEY CALL YOU ALL STINKING NIGHT AND KEEP WAKING YOU UP! Question.... during one of the many agreement violations that are occurring a cmc manager supposedly stated they could force people up from the bottom spot on the pools to cover all the other spots that were empty because the other people took the phone calls and were working on other jobs(not their assignments) and they could do this because they were declaring it a state of emergency. We had an FRA man tell us in the past that the rr could not declare backed up freight a state of emergency unless leaving the trains would couse serious harm or possible injury to crews or the public. he also said that they had certain commodities that were declared by the US DOT as must move freight. I believe he said it was coal, oil, petroleum fuels, nuclear waste and mail. Is this correct? We are all wondering what really constitutes calling a state of emergency. Its not our fault they cant keep people and now they don't have enough people to run the trains. Our mental health shouldn't be put in jeopardy because of poor planning and a high turn over rate!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 21 May 2014 Dear Mr. Blah, I do agree with what you posted. LBT will never change and I agree that it takes 2 to tangle,and some of these men like the game as well as she does. If LBT is going to put whatever out there , than they will jump on the opportunity. As far as her husband,he knows she is not emotionally involved, she like the game of it and attention. She is going no where.   Name: FRA E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 May 2014 Retired Conductor/Trainmaster: Looks like you consumed plenty of the CSX Kool-Aid!   Name: phone pressure E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 May 2014 Retired Less than 2 years ago our division had enough employees to keep the extra boards to a point that everyone had a reasonable quality of life(as the railroad sees it). All of the sudden when discipline and the availability policy went crazy bodies dropped like flies. Boards on both sides of the craft(engineers/conductors) fell to an all time low. There were as many as 28 employees on both. Now we are lucky to have 12! We had half a chance of getting 24 hours peace and quiet without the PHONE WRINGING ALL NIGHT LONG! When the numbers started dropping we started asking questions. The supervisors just looked dumb founded and wouldn't give us any answers. We are not stupid! we know a lot of them quit. Walked away and said the hell with this! Many of them expressed their opinions before they did. Our union agreements(which the company just spits on) is very clear on the agreement that management will keep enough people on the boards to cover scheduled vacations, daily vac days and personal days as well as my unscheduled day that could possibly occur. Sorry, but that shit cant happen if people keep quiting and leaving us high and dry. With 19 years of seniority and the ability to hold a job, there is no reason an employee should be woke up every other hour of the night by a phone wringing with a crew caller begging for you to take a job they cant fill! On top of that, CMC doesn't give a rats ass if you have told them 1000 times that you are no qualified on that pool and why do you just keep calling me for it over and over and over. They always have the same response. "Sorry, but I have to run the roster and try everyone even if we know you aren't qualified!" What kind of horse shit is that! Put a man on the moon and the outfit cant figure our how to set up a program that only calls those who they know are qualified or have at least been qualified at one time on the territory. Calling people who haven't seen one day in 19 years on a run over and over is just plain ignorant. I sware, everyday I think they just cant get any more stupid and they just prove me wrong! If you really were a trainmaster then you know what Im saying is true and you know just how retarded some of the management is that's running this company. Don't lie and pretend that you don't either! Oh, lets not forget about the millions they spend on that fancy training for school that for some reason seems to be having a hard time turning out enough bodies to get this manpower shortage problem under control. Have to wonder if the stockholders pockets are lined with enough gold right now that they don't need the government grant money they have been pocketing for brining in new hires off the street!   Name: Retired Conductor/Trainmaster E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 20 May 2014 Worried: It didn't start with the remotes. Take a longer view back to diesel engines taking away the Fireman. Then radios and EOTs took one then the second Brakeman. Technology has and will determine the manpower required. If you want to go way back Mr Westinghouse eliminated jobs by the score with his new fangled air brake. Automatic hump retarders did the same. As to dicipline, it was a business response to million dollar lawsuits for twisted ankles. Yes I was a Trainmaster but I was also a Conductor who paid union dues for 40 years. If the men had used peer presure on the few who were marked off every weekend and hurt once a year there might not be the culture today you complain of.   Name: WORRIED E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 May 2014 BLAH Say it again sam.... its time to move on and start waking up Since the takeover of Conrail there has been so many outrageous changes that have cut away at the employees stability in the industry that no one has any kind of guaranteed job future in the company. The young and newly hired employees are coming from a time that knows absolutely nothing about the hardships of fighting for workers rights and dignity in the workplace. It would take too many pages to explain to them why our unions started and why our grandfathers and great grandfathers fought on the picket lines. How many of them were shot or shot at when trying to prevent scabs from crossing them. How many shed blood fighting for decent wages and decent treatment from their bosses. No, the young pups of today are a ME....ME....ME group of self centered do for me only workers who pay union dues out of every hard earned check and do nothing to secure their futures. It started with the remotes. Hundreds of engineers lost jobs in the seat because of so called "progress"! Then the discipline levels began to change. Things that were considered minor offenses became serious. The days of sitting down with a man and having a one on one ass chewing with some counseling started getting kicked to the curb. Now your serious offenses are becoming major. Just an easier way to send the ones who speak up and want to fight for their agreement rights packing! Now comes the certification. We now have a new group of offenses that can get you decertified and pulled out of service on the spot and threats that you will be fired with no chance of getting your job back. Our unions have said through the rumor mill that they didn't agree with the company on this issue, yet they have done nothing to assure us they will put up a good fight with our money they have been taking for years to make sure this doesn't happen. Are they on board with the hard paying dues members or the FRA? Has anyone seen or even received anything in the mail from the internationals addressing the members on this subject? NO! The old heads are the only ones who can see the writing on the wall. They have been railroading most of their lives and the changes are just to overwhelming. Most of them are happy getting out while the getting is still good! So lets look at what our unions have done for our work environment since the takeover and now in 2014.....The black box, erad, GPS, cell trackers, in cab recording devices, inward facing cameras, trip optimizer, PTC, simulators, remote engines, IVR'S, automatic crew callers(JOKE), trumped up discipline and valid claims that have been back logged for over 6 years, insane level of manpower shortage and an availability policy that's make a normal life almost non existent Yes, I would say the old heads have it made. They are getting out before it all goes to hell and we are down to one man crews and so much fear in the workplace of being fired that no one can have a sense of peace at work or in their homes. Yes, I would say our union dues are being used wisely and we are getting our moneys worth......HA HA HA HA HA   Name: blah E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 May 2014 Friend/family If the records that your are keeping are correct and it has been six years that rumors of bad behavior have been reported on this woman, than that should send a clear message to all of those who post on here including yourself that she will not be asked to leave nor be forced either. It also take two to tango and you know that as well as I do. She is not doing what she is doing alone. She might be a sinner and a morally corrupt person but that obviously isn't going to change her place of employment. Again, the men she is supposedly involved with are no better than her. They have no right to point fingers. Robert is not coming to her rescue. I believe this is one subject he couldn't care less about and I hope he never does. His rantings about road crossing accidents can be annoying but his topics are 100% of more importance than some Jerry Springer rumors that have gone on for so long about a woman that no one really cares about! Now that someone has actually posted something on here about their bad encounter with the Redi Center, maybe others may find the courage to discuss what really goes on it that place and focus on other topic of more importance as well.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 May 2014 Sounds like Robert is coming to her defense.   Name: ASK Identification 4043 E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 17 May 2014 I believe this is the correct location for this one? If you have been on the CSX 4043 you might be the one I am looking for anyone that can Identify this moon call Jacksonville for your reward and brownie points no pun intended. http://fox8.com/2014/05/14/i-team-r-rated-trouble-on-the-tracks/ CSX railroading What is for Tomorrow?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year Posted: 17 May 2014 To the post that states LBT is at it again, what is she doing this time?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 17 May 2014 In my opinion, rumors don't start and last 6 years if you are being a angel. This women has to be doing all these inappropriate moves. I'm sure their are many, many women and men that would step up to the front of the line and tell many stories about this women. If she is doing all these things she should be ashamed, because she is married and has children. If she claims to be a Christian, shame on her.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 16 May 2014 I was in training at the Redi center i was at a 85%, on week 6 on a tuesday, i had taken a quiz on friday and the score had been recorded i had a 80% a guy in my class told me you could retake you quiz for reviewing purposes. The whole time i was there i never heard not one instructor say anything about this, so i did it on friday and after i asked my instructor if we was aloud to do that and he said no, and i asked why would they allow you to get back and attempt to take it again?? Tuesday i am pulled out of class and two higher up managers treat me like a piece of crap!!!! Nothing i said was good enough for either one and was calling me a cheater, and a untrustworthly employee!!! Saying i put the quiz online and wrote answers down for the next class behind me seriously!!! If they was gonna make this big of deal why not make a system so after the quiz its not accessible?? While i am waiting in the room for 15mins if i am gonna be sent home thats what they wanted!!! Said he had to call the director to talk but was in a meeting so i am sent back to class !!! To be later pulled out again infront of all the guys in my class 3 days away from Graduation and had to give all my training books and even my notebook like i am a convict and they had a flight for me already as well at 9pm. i was on the bus around 12:45pm back home with no job!!   Name: BLAH BLAH E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 May 2014 hey Corporate Advice from real corporate..... Find a life. Your obsessions with this woman in worthless.... She still has a job and will always have a job. You just don't see the big picture. If she is doing favors in the right places, YOU CANT CHANGE THAT! All of you who have posted on this site about her just secured her job forever. You have and are still creating a hostile work place for her by posting rumors that the public can read. You are liable for slander if YOU have no proof. All of you have shot yourselves in the foot! I suggest you move on the more pressing matters that are destroying you everyday work environment and cutting into your pay. I believe that should be your focus!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 May 2014 What is LBT up to now? Any details?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 May 2014 She's at it again. Mrs. Touchstone is on a mission to top herself all over again. Where it stops nobody knows. Actually we all know...it will never stop. Its amazing how she acts all high and mighty, pretends to be so religious...and thinks absolutely nothing about being the company slut. What a great example for your children. Try some discretion for once. You are a fool LBT. A total embarrassment to yourself and your family   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 13 May 2014 OSHA orders Grand Trunk Western to reinstate conductor, pay more than 244,000 in back wages & damages. At last, there is a Federal agency that will stand up to ruthless railroad management. https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25983   Name: Railroad Workers United E-mail: Railroadmusic333@gmail.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 May 2014 If your pissed off at the Railroad.. then RWU is for you.. If you are pissed off at the union.. then RWU is for you.. We have been around now for a while.. heard of us? RWU is not a union.. we don't plan on it.. but we can help you change the idiotic ways that our unions have been dealing with most of the issues that we face as railroaders.. We already have the structure.. it just needs new direction... Check us out.. you may have heard of us.. you may have heard rumors about us.. sure.. we are the folks who are all volunteer.. no political parties.. just shop floor.. real union organizing where it counts.. us.. the rank and file.. check us out.. www.railroadworkersunited.org.. or send me an email.. I am a Locomotive Engineer outta Louisville on the CSX.. i have been the organizer at RWU for two years and a member for 4.. get involved in the rank and file rebellion!! Thanks.. JP   Name: RWU E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 May 2014 RWU Resolution in Support of Dignity & Respect Whereas, all working people deserve dignity and respect on the job; and Whereas, unions have historically been the means by which workers have collectively banded together to defend their dignity and to win respect of their employers; and Whereas, the North American rail carriers have undertaken a concerted effort in recent years to demean and degrade rail workers along with their sense of dignity; and Whereas, this effort by the rail carriers includes but is not limited to:  Constant surveillance upon and interference with railroad workers in the course of their daily duties;  A major increase in discipline for all sorts of “infractions”, both in number of workers disciplined and in the severity of the discipline meted out;  A record number of firings and terminations;  Harassment and reprisal taken against workers who report injuries;  Failure to abide by OSHA findings when cited by the regulatory agency for violations;  Implementation of draconian attendance policies which restrict workers from taking needed time off work and which call for harsh discipline if/when a worker violates such a policy;  Relentless violation of the union agreement, accompanied by endless denials of claims;  Blaming workers for every accident and injury rather than fixing the underlying hazards. Whereas these attacks are detrimental to our mental and physical health, make for a stressful, dangerous and unsafe work environment, erode our sense of self-worth and endanger union solidarity; and Whereas, constantly responding to discipline and “individual” problems on an individual basis diverts union resources -- in terms of time, energy and finances – into a defensive posture, eroding the power and effectiveness of the union; and Whereas, since these attacks are universal and involve the entire railroad workforce, it must be met with a concerted defense by the collective effort of the workforce; Whereas, filing paper – whether it be claims, grievances, complaints, whistleblower complaints, etc. – is an important tactic but is clearly not enough to deter the carriers from escalating this wholesale attack; Therefore, be it resolved that Railroad Workers United (RWU) condemns this arrogant and despicable attack by the rail carriers upon our dignity, integrity and solidarity; and Be it further resolved that RWU calls on all railroaders to resist this universal attack by creative means; and Be it further resolved that RWU calls upon the union leadership to acknowledge the reality of this omnipresent situation and commit resources to organizing their membership to fight this scourge; and Be it finally resolved that RWU constitute a Committee on Workers’ Dignity & Respect that will identify and address issues that demean and degrade workers. This Resolution adopted at the Fourth Biennial RWU Convention April 3rd & 4th, 2014 Chicago, Illinois Railroad Workers United Unity—Solidarity—Democracy: The Rank and File in Action! railroadworkersunited.org  info@railroadworkersunited.org (206) 984-3051  PO Box 1053, Salem, IL 62881   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 May 2014 TED - Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn5JRgz3W0o   Name: sidewinder E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 May 2014 To any employees at boyles terminal in birmingham, please check behind your car before backing out of parking spaces. Supt. Holtz could be passed out again and be laying behind your vehicle. On a side note, congratulations to Supt. Holtz on his promotion. After getting his third DUI he has finally proven he has what it takes to move up in this company.   Name: KN E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 April 2014 Corbin,my.manager was sleeping with a service attendant.so the company made them work different shifts.so they decided to just get married and now the new wife gets jobs abolished and created so she can be on 1st shift with her new husband and boss.   Name: not surprised E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 April 2014 Hey Trackman(M&W) Did you read the article about a BNSF mechanical employee who went into the Mechanical supervisors office on april 17th and blew a hole in him!! Guess it isn't just csx that's pushing their employees to the edge. Im surprised this hasn't happened on our rr yet.....   Name: painful 2 E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 April 2014 Pain II I googled the info you posted on here about vibration exposures and couldn't believe what I read! My symptoms are exactly like what I read under the FELA article on whole body vibration exposure. There are tons of other sites addressing this issue as well. Including some groups in Washington D.C. Until I went out on the road I was just fine. After being on equipment that vibrates constantly and some so bad it makes the seats vibrate and make it impossible to sit in them without your back and legs start to itch, I can no longer feel a spot In my back anymore. My feet are tingling now and are getting numb! It sounds like neuropathy! Im taking this info to my doctor and see what he wants to do. Its not just me either. Im hearing other guys talk about it as well. They didn't put 2 and 2 together until now! I hope this crap is treatable if caught early enough!   Name: T E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 April 2014 Crying, baby little bitches. Crying about doing the work that is the whole purpose of your employment. Crying about setting out and picking up, cry about the late calls and bad line-ups, boohoo. Most T&E employees have no clue as to what's really going on. How it all works.   Name: Track Man E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 April 2014 This web site is so sad. All you MFers are a bunch of cry baby's. Be glad you have a job that pays well in today's time and if you don't like what you do then fucking quit. Don't get on some petty website and cry to one another about what you don't have and be thankful for what you do. I would almost bet money the biggest part of the people that post on the site are van drivers.   Name: pain II E-mail: vibrationexposures.org Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 April 2014 Attention pain: good article dated 04/08! You're speaking of"railroad vibration exposure injuries" from excessive cumulative trauma. This is a legitimate claim if the time of notification does not exceed the statue of limitations of three years. These injuries contributes to all kinds of assorted illnesses including sleeping disorders and taking a lifetime of pain medications. FELA attorneys are fighting each other in order to represent injured rail workers affected by these conditions! Google "railroad vibration exposure injuries" and you will get several hits of pass cases settled with the results. Some are 7 figure claims.   Name:$$$$E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 April 2014 CREWS!!!!! What the hell is wrong with you! You just don't see the big picture here! The greatlake division has been sabotaged to make the crews the best money they have ever had. It also keeps all the new hires marked up and the newbies coming in with a guaranteed place to go on the boards. It also keeps the money coming in from all those engines they leased out to someone else! Sure, its a bitch sitting our for hours in line waiting to get into a plugged yard because there is no power to get the freight out and make a hole. Sure, its a bitch to sit in the hotel for 24-48 hours waiting for a train and then finally getting dead headed home. Everyone is screaming to the top of their lungs about how bad management is and how bad they run things. What???? You just figuring this out? Come on people. The crews have been holding their hand and enabling them for years. Everytime you pick up the phone and make all the call to get your stupid work order the YM or TM cant get, your doing their jobs. Everytime you call a customer and make arrangements with them when things are screwed up, YOU ENABLE THEM! QUIT DOING THEIR STINKING JOBS FOR THEM AND MAYBE,JUST MAYBE THEY MIGHT LEARN HOW TO BECOME COMPETENT OF THEIR DUTIES AND THINGS WILL RUN BETTER. I DONT CARE IF CRY BABY DOESNT WANT TO SIT AROUND AND WAIT, OR I NEED TO GET TO HOTEL AND BACK BECAUSE I GOT A PARTY TO ATTEND. YOU ARE CREATING THIS MESS OVER AND OVER AGAIN! You knew what you were getting into when you signed on with the outfit! In the meantime, Im going to get worked to death and make several thousand a pay period, but I will do it while Im eating my pizza and potato chips and watching spectacular sunrises and sunsets and sing..........CHA-CHING.....CHA-CHING......CHA-CHING when I go on overtime or they beg me to drag another train in for them for another time ticket!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 April 2014 They are driving this place into the ground. They've cut jobs in all departments & combined them thinking that if they leave things that way, everything will just work itself out...ITS NOT WORKING! Lets not forget the diesel shops they have closed, now nothing is getting fixed. Trains everywhere are 2 to 3 days out of date, and they are throwing time slips at employees in desperation. It doesn't help matters though, trains are parked everywhere from Chicago to Boston. I also love that 28.00 PPS that never goes up. Hasn't done anything since the stock split. I wonder why not? You can't tell that to old Al Crown though, he shines a seat with his ass from 9 to 5 in a cubicle down yonder. Remember people...ITS NOT IN THE BUDGET!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 20 April 2014 Could it be that CSX is reaping what it has sewn?   Name: GL E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 April 2014 The GL division is in such bad shape. They have the trans. superintendent working 3rds. They are pulling dispatchers to help out the DTOs and chiefs. They are bringing in a trainmaster, a locomotive guy from jax, a network op from jax. Just to help out. The great lakes division is so screwed up there is no words for it. I honestly believe it's worse than split date. I wouldn't be surprised to see see some firings in the near future. No planning. Not enough chiefs (ACDs) to watch and help. Not enough crews Dispatchers are overwhelmed with taxis, where to park trains, not knowing if we have crews, not knowing if we have recrews, not knowi ...hell with it I used to love my job, now I freaking hate it. The stress has gotten to me. This is to the new hires coming in a few weeks. I really feel sorry for you.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 April 2014 Positive Train Control or PTC Name: Al Crown E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 19 April 2014 Hey Dumbass Conductor (you sound like one of the dumbasses from Avon), name one fucking "upgrade" project right now on CSX that the govt. is funding? Take another bong hit from your corn silks you are smoking and think real hard and let me know. View This Article   Name: Al Crown E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 19 April 2014 Hey Dumbass Conductor (you sound like one of the dumbasses from Avon), name one fucking "upgrade" project right now on CSX that the govt. is funding? Take another bong hit from your corn silks you are smoking and think real hard and let me know.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 April 2014 Who do you think is paying for all the upgrades your currently seeing on CSX? THE GOVERNMENT! Conrail was formed by the government, and paid back every dime after only a few years of existence, Al Crown STUPIDVISOR. They weren't taken over because they were in bad shape, takeovers happen for just the opposite reason. CSX is still paying on there portion after 15 years, so do your homework. Before CSX took over there half of Conrail, CSX was a coal railroad. I remember afterwards when CSX managers came out of a meeting concerned, saying that they had never ran this much freight before....lol. You never saw slow orders on Conrail as well. They fixed them as fast as they appeared. I've seen slow orders on this railroad that have been there for years. Still a cheap outfit today. When they gonna replace all these old worn out engines? I love the fuel saving concept as well, one engine rated for 4400 tons to pull an 8000 ton train quite often. They say "just do the best ya can." Thats how more fuel is burned..lol. You also wonder why all the engines are blowing up or in the shop?   Name: Al Crown E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 April 2014 Conrail made money? Damn pass the dutchie on the lefthand side CO 20-30, I need some that shit you have. That POS railroad never made a dime, without sucking it from the government.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 April 2014 Sorry conductor 20 - 30 , before we took over Conrail, the Conrail guys we worked around in our terminal complained about the same things you are complaining about now. Nothing changes.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 April 2014 CSX will tell you it is a "Transportaion" company and not a "Railroad". Just remember that.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 April 2014 CSX and the Great Lakes Division just doesn't like the fact that the ex-Cons knew and still know how to railroad & move freight. This hillbilly outfit doesn't...LMAO! Its now taking them 3 to 4 crews to get a train across the rails of 100 miles. The ex-Cons had no problem with crews & management working together, EVERYONE made money! No cameras, no officials hiding in the weeds, no NAZI dicktaster at the top driving everything into the ground either. No harassment & intimidation, none needed. The ex-Cons had guaranteed on time delivery. You tell me who ran a better railroad? By the way, trainmasters wouldn't be quitting CSX if the place wasn't such a train wreck of an operation. Ask Warren Buffett his opinion of CSX, he spends money. Not like this cheap ass outfit.   Name: Surfing Jacksonville E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 April 2014 Cleaning out the Great Lakes Ex Cons and lil groups of special interestscan be purged better. Failure to protect previously employees fired ahead of you and your current fellow employes will result in moving down the line to YOU! Rats ! Just like Nazi Gay Stop O tactics implemented by Ingram & Brown Do you really think the G&W is better than CSX with Brownshirt running that outfit? Keep posting on here and get on the GL Termination List.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 April 2014 Yes but the union didn't make a deal with them. My local chairman said that the company is just doing it period. The evil Connors.   Name: not fair E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 April 2014 T&E Im hearing that the Great Lakes Division is the only Division that has made an agreement with the Union that any employee who gets charged with a decertification offense will be terminated and will not get their jobs back. This was supposedly the idea of Division Manager. Has anyone else heard about this and if so is it going on at other Divisions? If its true I want to know how and why one division on CSX can discriminate against it employees and enforce such a rule that isn't being upheld for ALL CSX EMPLOYEES. Last I heard, the ethics policy and operating rules were for ALL Employees of CSX!   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 April 2014 CSX management is one big joke. This company truly sucks. Please list some of the dumbest managers that you know..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 April 2014 Well CSX does it again! The GL Division has lost yet another trainmaster to the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad...Hahahahahaaa. Congratulations Connors, keep driving them all away. EVEN MANAGEMENT KNOWS THIS PLACE IS A BAD WORK ENVIRONMENT. Keep driving the train into the ditch, eventually the freight won't move at all.   Name: pain E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 April 2014 ATTENTION!!!!! LISTEN UP!PAY ATTENTION! If you are a road engineer or conductor and have been experiencing tingling, numbness, or pain in your back, elbows and especially the feet and hands, SEE YOUR DOCTORS NOW! There is a good chance you have developed the symptoms from PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY! This is caused by constant pressure put on your nerves from being seated to long with legs and arms bent especially pressure from arm rest. The constant movements from lateral motions of the engines as well and vibrations are a major cause of nerve damage. Even the slightest movement can cause nerve damage over time. DO NOT WAIT AROUND UNTIL YOU HAVE NO FEELING IN YOUR HANDS OR FEET. SEE YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU START TO FEEL TINGLING AND NUMBNESS IN YOUR FEET OR HANDS. It can be treated if the damaged nerves can be detected. Get these symptoms documented with your doctors as soon as possible. Occupational injury to nerves may cause you disability later on in life. DO NOT WAIT AROUND. SEE YOUR DOCTORS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 April 2014 I was on engine 522 or 521 last week. It had a camera directly over the engineer and conductor's work area. If I were a female, I'd be filing a suit over the location of the cameras. The way CSX positioned them, if a women that wasn't flat chested wore something as simple as a polo shirt, CSX management could look right down her top. Knowing all of the pervert managers out here, you know not only would they be looking, they'd be taking pictures and sharing it with their friends. Before long, that poor female's breast would be all over the internet, and CSX issued cell phones   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 April 2014 Our neighborhood flooded in 2009 because of a culvert CSX failed to maintain for 100 years... CSX told us we were getting a new culvert and once the statute of limitations tolled they laughed at us and never fixed the culvert. So here is my advice when dealing with CSX transportation...do not believe anything they say...only communicate via email and sue ASAP. And remember all contracts and agreements need to be in writing, signed and notarized. Also, the special Olympic comments on the home page needs to be changed or removed. They are disabled or handicapped, not retarded.   Name: Big Brother E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 April 2014 Anyone have the locomotive numbers with the inward facing cameras?   Name: John Patriot E-mail: saveamerica.org Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 04 April 2014 All Concerned: The upcoming International elections is near....This is a request too all current international officers NOT too seek another term of service....Your leadership has been pathetic to the point of cowardliness! On your numerous watches; corrupt railroad mangers has infiltrated the rank and file with bribery to the point of increasing the bottom line for profits...solely at the expense of the membership who is entrusted with your leadership. CEO's pay is up 1000% over the last decade....Take your bribes and leave!   Name: Fetired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 04 April 2014 Beaten, I definitely concur with you. During my last few years with FRA, I witnessed the largest concentration of assholes in one place (railroad managers) than I could ever have imagined.   Name: beaten E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 April 2014 Crew Dispatcher They should pay good. That's the only way they can get people to stay. But then, the man power shortages caused by the amount who finally say the hell with under educated TM'S, malicious intent to not pay claims that are part of the agreements(that csx signed), the verbal threats by cmc to try and intimidate people to take jobs that they clearly are not properly trained on, the lack of any peace at home because the phone rings constantly all night long because they are running rosters to fill jobs because they ran people off, the bogus write ups and...... just don't have the time to list all the rest. So yes, they should pay well. We are getting paid to sell our souls, bow down to the I want to be a big TM yardmaster with the smart mouth, family members and spouses upset over constant household disruptions and our dignity and respect spat all over. Yeah, now that I think of it...WE NEED A RAISE!   Name: Sir!!!! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 02 April 2014 I usually have a good experience at work overall. What can really ruin my day though; YardMasters and Overtime..... I know I'm preaching to the choir. YardMasters obviously need to learn some Tact. If you can't handle the heat from the Trainmaster then go to the store, buy some straws and suck it the £#! up. Don't get me wrong, There are some knowledgeable YM's that use tact and do treat others with respect in return makes an overall more efficiently ran yard. Overtime I guess I'll just have to suck that up. I'm not gonna check you over the radio and argue with your incompetence as an individual. Just know I as an individual will only tolerate 0% from here on out. 350lbs of chewed bubble gum is an echelon for anyone to achieve. Be happy with yourself. Everyone have a safe day!!!! ×Semper Fidelis×   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Crew Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 April 2014 WHY IN THE HELL DO YOU ALL COMPLAIN ABOUT CSX? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE RETIRE WITH A GREAT PENSION? TRY LIVING ON SOCIAL SECURITY. CSX PROVIDES A GOOD WAGE, GOOD BENEFITS. WHAT DO YOU WANT?   Name: RE: Tired E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 April 2014 Im glad to hear that Barr was still human at some point, but I can tell you with absolute assurance that while on the ATL division, under Swafford, he lost all human decency. If you only knew half of what he did to one of our best managers, you would eat those words. Shame on Barr. Whether it was because he had to, or because he wanted to doesnt matter in my book. Ive been out here almost 20 yrs, and have never seen the treatment he provided to one of my TMs, an Army Veteran.   Name: want to be E-mail: kbtoc@frontier.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 March 2014 I recently went to an interview in Lafayette and what a joke. I was able to talk to all of the other people having a job interview and I was feeling pretty good. The others didn't have prier experience and the safety back ground that I had. Yet, I didn't receive the email saying I was the one "put into a pool". What a joke !!!! it was said from one of the guys waiting to be interviewed (with a military back ground) that the person has already been selected. Sad but now I am thinking this must be true. NOT the first time I have heard this. Stop wasting peoples time and fuel CSX.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 March 2014 For ALL you married railroad men. Keep your pants zipped at work and in life in general. If not it will cost you a life, a marriage, a family, a lot of public embarassment. If you play, you will pay up. And God help the idiots who do this and are not raising or providing for their children! Trash. Complete trash. Karma is mine. Embarrassing court scenarios that you asked for. You ask for it you got it, that railroad child support will really help since you are white trash and won't do it on your own. Signed, the better, much, much better half you didn't love and appreciate, I can't thank you enough for you showing your dumb cheating azz off so I can now move on to find someone deserving of all that I am and all that you will never, ever have the pleasure of again!   Name: tired E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 March 2014 Fact Brian Barr was at Avon yard quite a few years ago. He was fair and treated everyone with respect and dignity. He did what testing that Jacksonville required of him but he didn't set up traps or hide in bushes or make up bogus lies just to get a write up. He did verbal counseling more often than threatening with write ups. Im surprised he still has a job. Most supervisors who treat the employees like humans and fellow workers don't last. Getting TOO CHUMMY with the subordinates(stated by REED) gets them kicked to the curve as they should be(according to him) YOu can tell him when you see him that the guys at avon would love to have him back! Just make sure he doesn't drink the Kool-Aid if you see any other supervisor offering it to him!!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 March 2014 Name: CSX rocks E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 March 2014 Where else can a high school dropout without even a GED make 430.00 bucks a day and have weekends off? CSX kicks ass guys.----------------- Stay is School fool.   Name: CSX rocks E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 March 2014 Where else can a high school dropout without even a GED make 430.00 bucks a day and have weekends off? CSX kicks ass guys.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 27 March 2014 I knew Brian Barr when he was at Willard. I liked very few of the CSX managers I had to deal with, but I thought Brian was a nice guy.   Name: Dispatcher E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 March 2014 I use to work with Brian Barr. He is a good guy.   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 March 2014 Bob Frulla is a pieace of work. Ask anyone on the Huntington division. He ran Huntington in the ground and straight to HELL. This New manager ( Barr ) for the Huntington division seems ok so far..   Name: watchdog E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 March 2014 BE CAREFUL WATCH YOUR BACK WHEN ENTERING ROSELAKE YARD.... SEEMS THAT ONE OF THE NEW UP AND COMING TM'S IS TRYING TO MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF AND HAS TAKEN TO HIDING IN THE CAR SHOP WITH A HARD HAT ON AN SPYING ON CREWS FROM THERE! HOPE HE'S FOLLOWING ALL THE RULES SET FORTH FOR THE CAR SHOP! WOULDNT WANT TO SEE THE POOR SAP GET FIRED BECAUSE HE WAS IN THEIR WORK ZONE AND PRETENDING TO BE A CAR KNOCKER AND NOT FOLLOW ALL THEIR RULES PER FRA REGULATIONS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 March 2014 There is a conversation going around in my area that the TYRANT BOB FARULLA( or however you spell his worthless name) has come up against REAL MEN with Integrity and Honor which took a stand against this hitler what-a-be to show this controlling piece of crap that he CAN NOT get away with his oppressive ways.If this is true The One's that took a stand has the Admiration, Respect due to Real Men. Can someone out there give evidence of what we have heard is factual? Our on-job lives ( which IS OUR lives) will only get MORE Intrusive and more OPPRESSIVE as long as WE do nothing about it. WE are THE WHEELS OF THE COMPANY Without us( The Overpaid and Useless Freeloading Excess management Jackasses) Would have no idea what to do, could anyone of them even understand how to move a Train? I will stop now to listen to what is in the hearts of you that understand.   Name: Sad place E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 March 2014 BLET / UTU have produced some of the best managers. Bought and paid for. I love the latest UTU Agreement should show how much our unions love us. Selling our claims for 1.?? On the day. Lovin life..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 March 2014 Where I work, they have cut the hands on training down to nothing compared to when I started. Thats why there are so many complaints of new hires not knowing anything once they mark up. The company pushes them through school, gives them the very little time on each job, then throws them to the dogs as fast as they can. Its not long before they are out of service....safety first remember? Jobs in all crafts have been cut down to nothing with the exception of management. They run this place by the seat of there pants!   Name: old head E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 March 2014 Other The only benefit that a newly hired employee gets at the school is basic rr training on terminology. What is a car, knuckle, engine, switch? How do you use a radio? They cover rules of course but that really has nothing to do with basic 101 railroading and the nitty gritty that goes on out in the field. ASK ANY NEW HIRE after he has been in the field for 2 months how much the school really helped when it comes to reality in the fields. You will get your answer!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 13 March 2014 As a taxpayer, I am appalled that our government pays CSX to train its own employees. This is another example of corporate welfare. They can pay a prosperous corporation like CSX for training its own employees, but can't properly take care of the sick, poor and elderly people in our country, or give our wounded veterans the care they need. This proves that FRA is totally in the pocket of the railroad industry. But having worked for FRA, I already knew that.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 March 2014 To Mr eyes Open. Based on your post, you may have information that i do not know. Is the CSX school a profit center? Do the fee's and charges exceed the operational expenses? How much per trainee does the Gov pay and how much does the trainee pay? What is the cost of running an inhouse training center as opposed to OJT? Is OJT better than inhouse or off property training? Thanks for your future imput.   Name: eyes open E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 March 2014 Conductor Your right and there is a reason for it. People just keep refusing to see the big picture and the reason for the madness. Look at the turn over rate. Why is there so much of a man power shortage that they had to cancel all the MANDATORY face to face rules classes until late april. WHERE DID THE EMPLOYEES GO!!! In the beginning of the summer the extra boards where loaded for engineers and conductors. Had as many as 23 engineers on the boards. Then the conductors started disappearing to the point that engineers had to flow back and fill in. The boards were so low at one point(12 engineers) and conductors down to 9 that employees were all getting 6 starts and run ragged into the ground. Again, where did they go? This question was asked of one of the superintendents and he couldn't even give a definite answer. He was told to take a good look at boards. There were not that many suspended or off medical or vacations to make the big shortage that exist. Fact is, THEY QUIT! Just what the company wants. When you spends thousands upon thousands each year to keep a training school open and running and depend on those new hires to get government grants, you have no choice but to keep a turn over rate high. If you cant fire people for bogus crap and the employees follow the rules 100% to the letter there is only one way to create a turnover rate....HARRASS....INTIMIDATE....or make the quality of life suck so much that people just walk away! Yes, the pay is good and no one can say it isn't, BUT IT SHOULD BE! For what you have to give up to keep the job, frankly it should pay more. Its not just the quality of life but is also the pay shortages or the valid claims denied or the clown circus that you deal with every day you come to work. The siting on trains for 4-5 hours waiting to get into your yard, 5-6 hours waiting for someone to find a ride to pick you up, the wrong car wrong train issues, bad orders the yard cant take care of and you spent an hour cherry picking your train, late work orders... and the biggest laugh of all... Cant get bulletins because the chief or dispatcher had no idea your train was called or you are even on duty. No profile made. The list goes on and on and on...... So all I can say is, it aint gonna change any time soon because if it does the school will lose big money and have to close down!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2014 YES THEY DID!!!! After the departure of Ingram & Brown, they started moving freight again! Most of there Nazi tactics were reversed including the pathetic rule book that WE now have in place. Lets not leave out the unethical attendance policy either! CSX has had a serious problem with management for years, and its current management style is just driving things further into the ground. I've never seen so much low morale in one place. They will learn the hard way because I'm already seeing it take place.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 04 March 2014 A few years ago, Norfolk Southern Corporation changed its management style to become more employee friendly, and the benefits of that decision are now being realized. I hope things will change the same way for you folks at CSX, but it seems to me that the top management dogs like things too much just the way they are.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 March 2014 I sure wish stockholders would open there eyes to the piss poor management style of this company. NSC is running circles around this place. Keep cracking the whip on the employees, its not gonna make the stock climb. Raising the dividend hasn't done much either. Management has to change, or its time to clean house in higher places.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 03 March 2014 You got to be a bunch of ass holes to work for this chicken shit express Know what you are!   Name: Lovin life E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 February 2014 Single System Agreement ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 February 2014 Lovin Life: I love watching you bottom of the barrel management scrapers take it up the ass on those conference calls. The way a derailment or ran through switch is YOUR FAULT when all is said and done. Your a trainmaster, so go hide in the weeds and get me some failures you thankless slug!   Name: Lovin life E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 February 2014 Thank you suckers. I love this single system agreement. YOU WILL GET IN AGAIN. Lol   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 February 2014 Goldie in Selkirk ny picks up shemales on Craigslist Gross fat cocksucker   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 24 February 2014 For inward facing cameras you can thank Democratic Senator Schumer. He preasured the FRA into this. Not the company, not the unions, but one of NoBama's buddies.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 February 2014 Camera in the Cab is the last of the Conductor,why? Because the engineers want everything on the right side, to protect their job, and have for many years. Just imagine how much safer it would be with duel control. Not to be. Tomorrow the new engineer will step on and place the train consist on the console and go.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 February 2014 It's official. System notice 3 inward facing cameras are being installed in locomotives. "Due to ntsb pressure." Ratchet up the hatred. Unions? Btw an obama appointed judge allowed this on kcs. Union dues well spent. 18 hours on a loco without phone,keeping glasses on. Conductors running? No bathroom breake. Big brother is here. Maybe mikey and Cindy can lead by example. Put web cams in your office???   Name: Divine Intervention E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 February 2014 February 15, 2014: Hell is not kind to any CEO who willingly disrupt the lives of others...solely for personal gains. HELL has an unlimited profit margin!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 February 2014 Jesus, you bitch about the bonus taxes being too high, then healthcare, yet how many of you voted for the Obama Monkey?   Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 February 2014 WITNESSES!!!! Is there any truth to the rumor that the Term. Superint. at St. Louis made the comment that once the crews from other terminals are on his turf they become his "BITCHES"? If you were a witness to this, did you make a note of where and when he said this?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 February 2014 CSX is AMAZING. Where else can you get terminated 3 times and still have someone (the union) fighting for you to get your job back?? Or where else can you put in claims and get paid for sitting at home because you "would have worked" the OT, but you haven't answered an OT call in years??? CSX pays its employees adequately, and they still come to a site like this to complain when there are people who would do anything to make the living you make. If it's SO BAD, WHY DON'T YOU QUIT?!?!?!   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 February 2014 WE DO NOT WANT THIS S.S.A agreement. And if our unions don't understand this in plain english then there's other means of getting the point across. Understand boys!!!!!! We are the bonebone of this company..NOT THE MANAGEMENT!!!! T&E makes the revenue... Period....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 12 February 2014 Agreed on contract. Bonus taxes are too high. They are basically holding our wages and give them to us if they want to. Bad all the way around. This contract will be bad regardless. Healthcare tax of 40% plus no pre-existing conditions and now open to gay partners? Look for no raises and our share of insurance to triple. Your union dues put him in office so no whining.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 February 2014 I couldn't agree with you more. The carrier has it worded as 2014 "negotiating the single system agreement." You know yourself that the SSA is a joke as it stands, and negotiating it again just means they want to take away as usual. BS!!!!   Name: Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 February 2014 Guys we need to stick together. Contract time is upon us and we really need to think about what is best for our family's . My opinion is that we need to snap back to the national contract due to the amount of money that we are losing with this contract. This stupid company thinks that we are stupid by "given us" 100% of our bonus on the last year of our contract during negotiations. Pretty slick I must say. Please look at the facts and in courage our locals to "Snap Back to the national average" please do the math.. Thanks guys ....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 February 2014 Reminder: csx bereavement or lack their of policy. Zero time off for grandparents, aunts, uncles, best friends or unborn children. Classlessness of upper management shines through daily. Bet Mickey and Cindy don't comply with this one.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 February 2014 This is a perfect example of what dumb does. New 26 year old Ter mgr. The asumption is he is dumb, stupid, and a co man. The CSX did not hire him to be stupid, nore to fail as a Manager, so get a grip. New is one thing, stupid is another. Granted he does not have 16 years experience, and the learning process is in full force. Makes me wonder if you have 1 years experience 16 times. Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 February 2014 I work at intermodal greenwich terminal in philly pa and our new terminal manger is a young shit head .26 yrs old , came out of the Brooklyn yard as a train master .A TRAIN MASTER WHAT THE HELL DOES A TRAIN MASTER KNOW ABOUT INTERMODAL NOTHING does not know about the the operations train spotting or when train will be in or out this guy has no clue , I've been doing intermodal work for 16 yrs and let me tell you working with the train crews are a piece of cake .me and my supervisor do a better job of getting the trains in or out better than that dam tm cause me and the supervisor have a better communication with the train crews . All in all this fucker needs to take his ass back over to T .   Name: Dispatcher E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for N/A Posted: 11 February 2014 To the post below That sounds like North Baltimore.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 February 2014 I work at intermodal greenwich terminal in philly pa and our new terminal manger is a young shit head .26 yrs old , came out of the Brooklyn yard as a train master .A TRAIN MASTER WHAT THE HELL DOES A TRAIN MASTER KNOW ABOUT INTERMODAL NOTHING does not know about the the operations train spotting or when train will be in or out this guy has no clue , I've been doing intermodal work for 16 yrs and let me tell you working with the train crews are a piece of cake .me and my supervisor do a better job of getting the trains in or out better than that dam tm cause me and the supervisor have a better communication with the train crews . All in all this fucker needs to take his ass back over to T .   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 10 February 2014 as mentioned earlier, Great Lakes Dispatch center (and Dearborn)both had wire chiefs under Conrail. Among many duties, the 24/7 wire chief essentially managed all tranportation needs with PTI, Yellow cab, other sources on this division. At take over GL and Dearborn created a special duty dispatchers job to take SOME of the wire chiefs work, and provide a soft duty job for elderly dispatchers. NS Dearborn promptly eliminated that position due to the cost. The ATDA offered to take over the TCU Wire chief job (eliminating that position) if CSX would promise to never eliminate the chiefs job. Dan Wheat was a part of this. NOW, there is still a contract that says if dispatchers exist downtown there will be at least one shift OF WIRE CHIEFS. However, the TCU have chosen to never enforce that. It would be easy to return that 239 per shift job and save money on accurate billing (do we really know what happens$$$ when 3 cabs show up for what turns out to be the same run?)and, of course, MANAGE the transport fleet and let assistant chiefs manage their real duties. Remember, the original idea was that an old, green screen monitor would get a few keystrokes and automatically, electronically, control, manage, and notify everyone involved. Very challenging, and never even attempted seriously. This is still a simple, cost effective solution that will SAVE MONEY overall, and let dispatchers and chiefs focus on performing their duties in an efficient manner. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 08 February 2014 GayWard Vader: Go ahead, keep bringing in those 85 per centers. The ones you are providing piss poor training. Hurry up, push them through the Redi Center as fast as you can, cut there training shorter and shorter as you do, then wonder why there are accidents & derailments still happening? THATS WHAT YOU ARE GETTING FOR YOU CHEAPSKATE PRACTICES....lol You probably haven't noticed, but many of those 85 per centers come out of the school and walk right out the door after witnessing how screwed up this company is managed. The other railroads are running circles around this place with better training, less harassment, and are providing the tools it takes to do the job. CSX can't provide any of that, do you know why? ITS NOT IN THE BUDGET....Hahahahahaaaa. 

 Name: E-mail: mattslegalshield@gmail.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 February 2014 Like most institutions, your preppy college grads that are now in upper-level management don't realize that for the first 50 yrs, this company was not ran by college grads. Degrees can't teach experience or common sense. In most cases it is just a matter of feeling like a part of the "good ol' boy club" by requiring one. Companies should give intelligence tests that grade common sense approaches and test one's ability to make decision based on head, not heart in a timely fashion. ON a college equivalency exam, I tested higher in most all areas than 88% of 4yr. college grads and 63% of Master's degree grad's. 

 Name: GayWard Vader E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 07 February 2014 TO all low life employees playing on your trains If you do not like it leave and we will hire more 85 per centers and increase the our P&L 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 February 2014 Corporate Office 10-20: There wouldn't be so many people suspended or out of service for bogus claims if your micro-management was real management instead of bean counters. This is head games you people are playing out here! You are targeting, suspending, and firing people out of spite. You people don't know how to run this place....FACT! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 February 2014 . Corporate Office 10-20 Before you make statements such as yours I suggest you do your research. Fact is, not one person said anything about "furloughs" Now I know why you are in Jacksonville. . 

 Name: FACTS E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 February 2014 Conductor 10-20 Before you make statements such as yours I suggest you do your research. Fact is that there is no one furloughed on the Greatlakes Divison. The shortages are caused by medical, suspensions, out of service pending investigations and those who turned in their resignations and quit. There may be other divisions who have created lay off boards. There have been some management messages sent out in regards to that issue. The massive shortages that were created after the end of the summer season left the door open for a flood of government grants to help hire and train new hires and keep the doors wide open at the training center. How the shortages are created is no secret. There will always be a mandatory turn over rate in existence. I'm sure everyone who has read your post has had no problem figuring out that you are either management or your are just another mole who wants to stir up an argument on this site. Maybe you should find something better to do with your time. Seems to me that you are pretty confident in your job position and feel that you are treated fairly at all times. Must be nice to know that you will never be a target! Good for you! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2014 this site is a joke right? You all sound like whining children that are too pussy to actually say something to your superiors, but would rather bitch anonymously on a site that was designed in the late 80's. even judging by your very short responses its not hard to see why you've been laid off. here's a hint: you sound stupid as hell, maybe you were fired for being a dumbass and not because of any boss or manager. shocker right? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 January 2014 Train Dispatcher 10-20.... We understand what you are going through here on the Great Lakes, as T&E we are going through the same thing. Cut, cut, cut, and everything will just work itself out right? After everything is cut, they start planning on more cuts...lol Don't take anything personal from us T&E when it comes to moving freight because we aren't out to screw you or anybody else. We are just going with the flow, and the flow is just backing up. Its not worth it to hurry for these clowns, you know it as well as us! I can see a house cleaning coming in the future for upper management. Total incompetence for the ones making these decisions. You know yourself and you can see it that by making all these cuts, it is just costing more money by paying more overtime, and calling out more crews. I just laugh and open my pockets. 

 Name: Thanks for listening. E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 January 2014 We could not agree more about needing more chiefs (ACDs) in the Great Lakes office. It is absolutely absurd the amount of work this one person has to do for the whole division. You have dispatchers calling trains, yards calling trains, chiefs calling trains. They can not keep up with re-crews, taxis, yards, engine problems which most of this gets dumped on the dispatchers. There is NO PLANNING on this division with the chiefs. All they do is put out fires. NO PLANNING AT ALL. They actually call people in and pay them special duty rate to help out. why? Why not just add more ACDs? We use to be the number one division years straight, until they cut the Columbus ACD, then the Willard ACD, then the Cleveland ACD and put it all on ONE person for 8 hours. To the crews out there, This is why we have problems on this division. I could type for hours about the problems we have in this office. But, I'll just leave it at that. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 January 2014 Hahahahahaaa....Upper management probably doesn't see it this way, but CSX is now the laughing stock of all railroads. They are trying to move twice the freight with half the people, and even lower management is now scratching there heads. The yards are backing up, but they can't call out an extra crew because its not in the budget. Instead they pay 6 guys to sit on a guaranteed board and not work at all...lol Employees are working 100% by the rules and still being put on the street because the incompetent division managers want both 100% rules compliance, and failures at the same time. All this and they preach ethics to everyone. Come on you T&E employees, we are your friends, we are on your side, we want a positive attitude, but we wanna fire you...LMAO! The CSX Circus is alive and kicking! 

 Name: T E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 January 2014 I've done it all, switchman, RCO, Engineer. A good 2 man ground crew with a good engineer could bang out 150 cars in perfect conditions... 15 years ago, before handbrake tests and safety stops and protecting every shove, 50 foot separation, no getting on and off on the fly, and 2 car loaded cuts. When no one was watching, when officials wisely looked the other way. Why shit where you eat as the saying goes. Those days are way gone. CSX knew that many many jobs sat half their shift and were leaving early. That being said, the remotes work just fine, other than being less reliable. They seem to break down more, get less maintenance due to inexperienced younger crews "inspecting" them and pulling them for defects. They hate the cold. A good remote crew can get just as much done in a shift these days. Too many rules, too many eyes. No one cares about production, just movement. I've never in my experience seen an RCL move on its own but I suppose in theory it could happen. It takes three specific motions to make a stopped and centered RCL move. If you bumped all three things in the correct order I guess it could happen. I think one man should be banned, and the rules changed so that the operator in control cannot give himself "three step" by centering his reverser control. The other operator should be in control and not be allowed to do anything other than wait. No lining switches no handbrakes no nothing. 

 Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 24 January 2014 CHA Train Master Spouse: From the way many railroad managers/supervisors seem to treat their employees, it is no wonder their spouses are also reporting mistreatment. I have always believed that many people sell their souls when they go into railroad management. Or perhaps they had no soul to begin with. 

 Name: Great Lakes Div E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 January 2014 Listen Jacksonville/Corporate The Great Lakes Division went from 4 Assistant Chief Dispatchers (16 people) down to ONE (4 people) THEY CAN NOT KEEP UP!!!! WE GET STUCK ON TRAINS WE GET STUCK IN HOTELS Even the dispatchers complain to us about the ACD not being able to keep up. FIX THIS!!!! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 January 2014 You old head conductors make me laugh.....you want the engineers to pull a cut of cars with air on them cause you are to lazy to lace the hoses and cut the air in....pull them out with hand brakes everywhere cause you are to fat and lazy to take em off....double handle cars cause you are to dumb to figure out a switch list....oh the list goes on and on....before you call engineers fat and lazy butts you ought to look in the mirror ......a good three man flat switching yard crew could do three times the work you remote idiots do.....you are a wanna be engineer it sounds like....or are you to scared to get in the seat?......if an engineer has a great crew with him that is all he does is go back and forth start and stop and won't say a word that is until the idiots on the ground have their head up their ass like they normally do on a daily basis..... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 January 2014 Productivity gains?.....wish I had whatever you been smoking....lmfao....i can recall the days with a good engineer a good foreman and a good switchman would pound out 150 cars in 3-4hours ...emphasis on GOOD.....something the remote people don't know about apparently....I have seen some pretty awesome crashes that NEVER would have happened with an engineer on the head end.....I was even in Chicago when a remote job took the life of a young lady....I guarantee you that would not have happened either if an engineer was on board......so stick that remote crap up ur a.. Your an idiot..... 

 Name: CHA Train Master Spouse E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 January 2014 Sad to say the cheating is true for a large portion of CSX Supervisors. I would know personally! My soon to be ex has cheated on me time after time with full denial to date. Ladies beware, once a dawg, always a DOG! They will leave you barefoot and pregnant in a heartbeat once both of their heads get way to big for themselves 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 23 January 2014 Engineer 10 - 20 Years, you are a perfect example of productivity gains from the remote. I spent years working with engineers who thought they knew how to switch, it usually took us 15" to get them off their butts to go to work. The remote goes forward, back, stop and doesn't complain all day. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 January 2014 Hey yardMASTER.....guess you was never an engineer huh?....you have no idea what it is like to work with a bunch of idiots on the ground ....double and triple handle cars....take a 3 hr. Job and turn it in to a 6 hr. Job....it always amuses me when the engineer gets a bashing and ten minutes later the so called yard foreman asks how to do something.....or the yardMASTER tells you that you will be there til all the work is done so he won't be rested for his job the next day.....he will give you list after list after list....so instead of going yard speed now it will be 3-4 mph....if you would like to know a yardMASTER is a wanna be trainMASTER with his brains sucked out.....MASTER...now that is funny.... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 30+ years Posted: 22 January 2014 An Engineer is a Conductor with his brains knocked out. I've been gone 15 years and I still think of the times an engineer tried to tell me how to do my job. One time, while working the local the engineer got off the train , walked to the dispatchers box and told the dispatcher to send him another conductor, flagman, and while he was at it he would need another head brakeman too. He contended that we were disrespectful toward him so he asked for another crew to work with. Without hesitation, the dispatcher stated that it would be easier to replace the engineer than the conductor, flagman, and brakeman. Needless to say, the fat ass engineer was mad as hell because we just kept laughing at him. We had been doing all the work on the ground and he tried to tell us how to do it. Of course, that was back in the day when they thought they were God. Damm I really miss that part of the railroad because I loved to tell the engineer to SHUT UP and do what he was told. God I miss that. Always remember guys: their is no other industry known to mankind that demands so much and gives back so little as the railroad. If your not careful you just might start believing that they really like and care for you. When you start that just be ready for a surprise. Hey, good luck to all. At this stage of my life I just credit my 35 years with the RR as a bad dream, because I could have done much better. If any of you have a chance just leave there then do so, and you will thank yourself later. Safety my ass. Yeah right. As long as it doesn't cost any money. This is not to say that I didn't work with some good dudes because I did, but we got in at a young age and felt trapped, and the economy had us on a stranglehold for a long time. The day I hired in (after cubbing), I was forced on a local with Saturday off with and Eng, Fireman, Conductor, flagman, and I was the brakeman. We had to have a 100 car train to be a mile long, and the day I left it was me and an engineer and it took 60 cars to make a mile long train. Guess what! their plotting right now how to give you more work for less pay. Think I'm full of it? Just wait. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 January 2014 And it's hard to call anyone because my McT guy called csxt police, said I was harassing other divisions to see if I could transfer there, and tried blocking my attempts to have any contact with CSX 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 January 2014 Ya it seems that way, I've talked to employee relations, labor relations, all they do is call my McT guy or email him and he gives his side and they basically call me a liar, I just want my job back and I want to work. I'm a good honest man and didn't want any of this to happen 

 Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 January 2014 Conductor You were in the Great Lakes Division? WOW! Now there is a big surprise. That so called mentor problem has been going on for years. Mentor before last one was begged to take it because he was a kick but LC and the only way to get him off their backs was to offer him a bigger fish. He took the bait, abandoned his members and now has moved up to TM! Many are making their own training schedules and getting paid is a problem as usual. Maybe this is something you need to address directly with our powerful OZ Mr. Ward. What have you got to lose. Even if it get tossed in file 13 you have sent a complaint to him and made him aware of the situation. Make sure you send it as registered with proof he got it! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 21 January 2014 I was working out of Great Lakes division 

 Name: Not Surprised either E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 January 2014 I am not surprised either, most of these so called mentors (MCT manager) do not care about you and are doing that job to get to the next level. What division were you in? Idk what else you can do because you really don't have union protection and the company views you as a trainee and will always side with their managers first. Without anything in writing, it is your word against his, I'm sorry to hear about this and hopefully the company will give you your job back. It seems like just a miscommunication, good luck with everything especially your newborn 

 Name: not surprised E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 January 2014 Conductor Im sorry to hear that this has happened to you and I wish you the best of luck for you and your family. If you haven't learned now then let me tell you that you don't believe anything that csx tells you or anyone for that matter and you get everything IN WRITING! You are not the first one or will you be the last that has been given a bogus promise from the company and then been the one to pay the price for their embarrassment and mud on their face actions. Its not surprising that your mentor(HA! HA!) didn't remember or even know who the hell you were. They are given too many people to oversee and often screw up schedules, misplace their new hires and cant or wont do a damn thing about getting them paid when they have been screwed out of it by the ridiculous computer program they have for paying them. We have people who haven't been paid for weeks and are starting to hit the hardship level because of the pay problems. You unfortunately made the move without anything in writing. I hope other newly hired employees read this and have the good sense to make sure everything they get is in writing. By the way, when my class was hired it was made perfectly clear they wanted you within 50 miles or your assigned yard. If you were told the same thing and they let you go to the area where you transferred from then they should have known that you would be transferring eventually. Did you talk to anyone in the school about it? Where they aware that you planned on relocating to an area closer to your home? Not sure that you can do anything about it now, but maybe you could talk to some of them you had this conversation with. Refresh some memories. Maybe get advise from a good attorney! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 20 January 2014 I was a trainee, advised I can go to Willard after first of the year, was driving 3 hours one way because only place hiring in ohio at the time, I made a seniority move to Willard and my MCT guy fired me for it because he was embarrassed he forgot he was mentoring me and said I could go to willard and superintendent ok'd it, and turned around and said he never said it, so as a trainee I lost my job with a baby on the way, living in a homeless shelter now with my pregnant fiancé all because my MCT guy screwed me over 

 Name: Miffed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 January 2014 !!!! To all you cry babies who keep whining about the huge, heavy and ridiculously bulky binder...SHUT UP! Every supervisor that has been approached has made it very clear you don't have to use it. If you put the inserts in a smaller binder it isn't that bad. Yes, it larger than the old book but it will fit most grips in a smaller binder! Old heads don't need this lecture. They use their heads because they know who they are dealing with! LISTEN UP NEWBIES!! A little lesson you haven't learned yet. You are working for some of the most arrogant pompous people who will stop at nothing to prove themselves right and get the last word in. There was a lot of money spent on those binders and if you keep crying and making a fuss you will be seeing a bulletin telling everyone they WILL USE THEIR BINDER just to show who's boss and give them an ego rush. So just shut up, get a smaller more suitable binder and put the other one in your locker or closet at home! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 January 2014 Yea train dispatcher.....that's it for a yard engine....8 hrs. Per day 5 days a week....not near your 37.00 per hour tho...lol...you make the BIG bucks..... 

 Name: GL E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 January 2014 you only make 32.50? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 January 2014 Forgot one more thing conductor for less than a year.....my 30 vacation and personal leave days.....you new hires want to make me puke...think you know it all and don't know shit from shinola....bitch,moan complain about everything ....most of you guys don't know where your at....how to do the work...talk to dispatcher...lay up a ticket....after 12-20 weeks of training all I hear is I haven't been here or done this job before....WHAT IN THE HELL DID YOU DO IN TRAINING?....oh yea weekends off...I forgot about that...you all had free training.....in my day we had to pay for it all for 5 weeks...so boo-hoo.....bunch of candy ass sissy boys...and I mean BOYS....... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 January 2014 Hey conductor for less than a year.....we are all glad you left too....why are you still posting on this site anyway?...have fun flipping burgers or greeting people at Wally world...lol....me I will stay here making $32.50 an hour with insurance , paid holidays, and oh yea a$6600 bonus .....all you young guys want it all right now....gotta be patient and wait it out like we all done before you....shit hole?.....I am glad to have a job like this...best one I ever had or will have.....matter of fact I can't believe they pay me to do this....are you kidding me?....laughing all the way to the bank... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 January 2014 I thank god every day that I left this shit hole , why would anybody stay ,money retirement job security, money , not going to make any when your furloughed all the time , retirement you'll be fired before you reach it , all I'm saying life to short to waste your time with these shit bags move on be happy ! 

 Name: Snotboggin' E-mail: yourname@jagoff.com Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 January 2014 I have not heard 1 positive comment about the new rule book yet. It's pitiful. As for the "Voice of the Victim" employee survey, geez was that funny. Even with the idiots stacking the deck with all their 8-hour job drones in Jackassville, and probably requiring every knee-padded manager to participate, their results were still a little beneath expectations. This outfit is a joke. Some were discussing stock value- and it's not as simple as comparing a current day price to evaluate. But I look at it this way. Before purchasing BNSF outright, Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway had large positions in 3 of the North American Class 1's. CSX was not among them. Mr. Buffet recognizes bullshit when he sees it, and had not invested in CSX under Mr. Ward's "Land of Deception and Delusion" reign. "Things will be different after the revolution." "I'm not going to give them hell. I'm going to give them the truth, they'll just think it's hell." 

 Name: HA E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 January 2014 Snotboggin Yes its huge and no they don't proof read or take into consideration the pain in the butt that they create when they do this stupid stuff. Sit back and wait for the stack of system bulletins that will come out correcting all the mistakes that they have made. The paper farmers are laughing all the way to the bank!!!!! Remember about 5 years ago when they sent a survey out to the employees at their homes that had several questions asking us how much weight we carry around with us and how much strain it puts on us physically? I remember it well. There were several questions that pertained to the physical strain we encounter daily. Just like the voice of the employee meetings that turned out to be a joke that survey was useless and was a waste of money and time. Remember when they sent a team of psych's out across the system to interview employees about the psychological effects that the railroad had on our minds and well being. Those results came back just as bad as everything else they have done. The real truth was never published. So guess we will all have to be good little puppets and carry these bricks around with everything else. Oh, rumor has it that the whole idea came from the csx lawyers. Wonder how much they got paid by the hour to come up with this! 

 Name: Snotboggin' E-mail: yourname@yahoo.com Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 January 2014 I don't usually post to all forums, but I would like to have some input from everyone. I received my new Operating Rules Book the other day. To say I was stunned would be a drastic understatement. What idiot thought hauling around this 5 pound boat anchor around was a great idea? Haven't found a bag big enough to tote it in. I have the largest TuffBag, and while I can wedge it in a side pocket, there's no room for anything else. How much did they spend on that stupid binder? And the moronic tabs? A decent index was all that was needed. Received the new timetable. Amazing. 2 years of bulletined chang