Article 854 of 5218 articles posted under "Denied Claims"


Name: RRJim
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 29 November 2017


Yes, the pattern contract if one union or group signs before all have
resolved issues. Seen it, had it happen in the past. It can work two
ways by holding out it can accomplish getting a little more or one can
get screwed. I understand that railroads & corporations are making
record profits and they still list labor costs as the major block to
making more profits. Welcome back my friends to the show that never
ends: Ronald Reagan and Trickle Down Economics. The same old BS of give
backs and give a ways to those on top that'll never reach the middle &
bottom. Labor has become the fall guy. Same goes for the middle class.
Within my lifetime of 63 years I've witnessed the rise of the
multi-million class by the late '80s to the rise of the billionaire
class starting the in late '90s to today. Labor is stagnant. The only
thing certain jobs like railroads have going for it is the ability to
work more. We've never made what I consider a decent hourly wage. As a
locomotive engineer working the road under mileage my income was based
on how many runs I made within a half & the mileage of the run. Been
retired for a few years but we were under $26 an hour when it was
broken down by basic 130 mile day.

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