Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 02 March 2012
CSX is laughing at you? I don't think so. You make a decent living.
You have healthcare. Your family is taken care of more than a lot of
people in this country. You have a decent retirement. You wouldn't
have any of these without the union. Look around this country at what
is happening. Good jobs with good wages and benefits are becoming
mediocre. Structured retirements are gone this started around 1994 with
401K's which are now also becoming obsolite. What kind of wage or
benefits do you think CSX or any class 1 railroad would pay without
unions? Just look at shortlines even those that have been unionized
don't make what you do. That $1000 a year is well worth it. Don't
take for granted what you have it can be taken away. Thank the unions
for preserving your standard of living. If you have 20-30 years it's
not that far from reaching retirement age. Both you and your spouse
will be well taken care of that in itself is worth that $1000 a year.