Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 05 April 2017
Do remember it well: Even in the olden days, laying off a lot was not
tolerated without a darn good reason such as injury or sickness during
times when business/traffic was heavy & people were needed.
That era was before extra list guarantees, PLDs, rest days for pool
crews, etc., and although there are complaints, contractual \ employer
provided healthcare is much better & more expensive today. On top of
that, those with "real careers" outside the RR usually are basically
lazy & worthless railroaders.
Lots of things have changed. Unsafe anymore for a person to mark off 29
days a month - how could one possibly keep up?