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Posted: 23 July 2017
On the CN when he was here, we went to an hourly rate, from a mileage
rate. Tossed out almost all of the then current working agreements.
Went to a basic 10 hour day. Overtime rate for everything over 10
hours. With some basic agreements. Like calling procedures, and being
run-around for an assignment. Rules covering Holidays, Birthdays,
Personal Days, and Vacations. One thing that became easier was putting
in our time tickets. We no longer had to keep track of every mile we
traveled. It was Start Time to Finish Time.
No more Yard/Road Jobs......just Jobs, no distinction between the two.
If we got to any terminal with time to work, we worked. Up until we
reached that 10 hour mark, then we tied up. But, once they got us out
working, we usually managed to do that two hours worth of work in four
or more hours, often not even finishing what they gave us.
Some of the guys only wanted to work in the yard, others only wanted to
work on the road. We bid on regular assignments, some that worked in the
Yard, and others that worked the Road.
I remember we had a bunch of Turn Jobs. I worked them for a couple of
years. Started at about 17:00, headed toward Chicago with a train. Met
a Chicago crew coming with a train and we swapped trains and returned
to our starting point.
This was quite a comedy for a few months. One crew in particular, hard
runners, Notch 8 always...... They would return to Battle Creek with
like maybe 5 hours to work, 3 before starting overtime, 2 more at
overtime. But they wanted to just tie up and go home. Nope......the
orders were "Make sure you talk with the Yardmaster when you get in."
We'd hear them crying and sobbing, and a lot of comments on the
radio to them were like: "What are you doing back so soon?"
Eventually they learned ..... DON'T COME IN WITH TIME LEFT TO WORK.
So most of the trains that were taking say 5 to 6 hours between Chicago
and Battle Creek began to take a little longer. But, what was happening
was NOBODY CARED. Nobody was wondering why the trains that were
normally only taking 5 to 6 hours between start and end points was now
taking 7, 8, maybe even 9, or more hours. Nobody cared.
I wish that I could have kept records of the train times from before
EHH, to after EHH. I know for a fact, that some of the trains coming
into Battle Creek from Chicago, that were only taking 6 or 7 hours took
longer, and a lot of them never even made it all the way in 12 hours.
And the trains between Battle Creek and Port Huron started taking
longer, and then into Toronto from Sarnia was taking longer. If I
could show it some how, but I can't, you'd see the travel time
between Chicago and Toronto go from about 18 to 20 hours, to like 30 to
36 hours. But nobody cared!!!
Oh yeah......did we make more or less money before EHH, or after EHH.
During the EHH days I was working a Local Assignment, with pretty
regular hours, getting in on time every day. Well, the last two years I
worked out on the road.
I had been earning right around $100,000.00 a year. We were still
getting that Productivity Pay. But the last two years I worked I made
over $150,00.00, each year. But I had to retire, a couple years early,
my knees gave out.
A lot of what I've said here is just skimming the top. There were a
lot more things happening out there "After EHH", that wasn't
happening "Before EHH." Before, the crews were calling and getting
all of our paperwork, and information written down, and calling to make
sure the taxi was there to pick us up 30 minutes early. It was run run
run.....and when we got home it was tie up and be gone. But after EHH
arrived and changed everything, nobody ran for anything. We didn't do
anything, until we got to the yard office. When we went down to the
hotel lobby, if the taxi wasn't there.....oh well. It'll be along
If you really want to cause problems ...... DON'T THINK. DO WHAT THEY
TELL YOU. NOTHING EXTRA. EVERYBODY TURN INTO THAT STUPID IDIOT THAT THE
COMPANY ALREADY THINKS YOU ARE.
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