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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!

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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
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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

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Name: D. Lynn Kelley
E-mail: wideass@wa.com
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 29 April 2016

The UP Kelley: Your ass is getting wider and wider and we can't afford
to knock-out any more doors in corporate headquarters! Did you predict
this was coming? Look into the crystal ball again and let us know when
you will shed 100 lbs!

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Name: lee
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 April 2016

MoW  You hit the nail on the head.  Ever since Ward hired Tony Ingram,
and he brought over the Whip and Beat style of management that NS was
famous for, CSX has gone down hill.  

I had hoped that when Ingram was forced out, that things would improve
and go back to a place you could be proud to say you worked.  That
hasn't been the case.  Ingram's style of management has propagated to
a point that I don't think I will ever see the damage it has done to
moral or the men, ever improve.  Instead of CSX management saying what
can I do to make you succeed, management says do it, or I'll fire you.
 And they do.  Sad thing is, CSX knows who their problem managers are
and all they do is promote them.  They don't address the problem, they
follow an old Army adage,  Suck Up. Fuck Up.  Move Up.  

If you are being harassed, make sure you are carrying a tape recorder,
or getting a free app on your phone that will record your
conversations.  Not only do you need to write everything down, and all
of the witnesses present, but file a complaint with the EEOC.  Federal
Law states, whether real or perceived, harassment, both mental and
physical is ILLEGAL.  Once you file a complaint with the EEOC, and ANY
manager so much as looks at you, you have a whistle blower case.  They
have to leave you alone.  I'd love to tell you to go to Ethics and
file a complaint, but I and many others know all to well, you'd be
wasting your time.  

Good Luck.  I don't see this rat hole getting better anytime soon. 
Not as long as Tony Ingram's right hand woman is still in charge.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 29 April 2016

Sad story.  
CSX upper level management won't care much.
After all, employees are just a necessary expense and
should be grateful as heck to have a job.

Some managers are darn decent and are true leaders and teachers.
All too many aren't fit to manage themselves, let alone others
and lots of responsibility.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years
Posted: 29 April 2016

I've been with CSX for the better part of 10 years and I've seen many
changes in my tenure. When I first hired on this was a great job and
company to work for. I work in the M o W department and I've been all
over the system. Everything started to change when I went to the tie
gangs. I started to see the type of managers that are really out there
and moving up, real low lifes to say the least. I've moved on from the
tie gangs now and I've worked for 4 different managers (on the same
job) in the last 3 years. We took on a new manager about 8-9 months ago
and this guy has had it in for me every since he started. I've been
written up (because he doesn't want me in the position that I'm in)
when all he had to do was give me a man to man verbal council and say
"hey you messed up and I took a little crap from the local manager,
heighten your focus and awareness a little." He constantly belittles
me and makes condescending remarks directed at me so the entire team
hears him. He is always doing something to belittle anyone and everyone
on the team, never has anything positive or reassuring to say to try to
boost morale or the attitudes of the men. The job I work used to be the
best job on the railroad and because of management it's now the worst!
There's an old saying, people don't quit their jobs, they quit the
management. CSX seriously needs to take a long hard look at their
company and the "turmoil" it's in with its "financial state",
it's because of mismanagement! The company is mismanaged and yet
they're getting bonuses and the union side is losing jobs and having
locations shut down?!! How can the company justify bonuses for managers
when they're failing to keep men working and revenue coming in? The
company needs to go back to promoting from the ranks because we have a
vested interest in the company and we have literally built it and we
want to see it thrive and succeed! More to come at a later date!

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 22 April 2016

it IS POSSIBLE TO RETAIN SENIORITY IN YOUR CURRENT CRAFT IF THE CARRIER,
THE UNION WHOSE WORK YOU ARE LEAVING, AND THE NEW UNION YOU ARE STARTING
TO W0RK FOR, ALL AGREE. SOMETIMES THIS MAY BE A ONE SHOT DEAL. FOR
EXAMPLE A CLERK OR CONDUCTOR MAY BECOME A YARDMASTER, AND RETAIN HIS
PRIOR SENIORITY, BUT I DON'T THINK THE YM UNION WILL LET YOU GO BACK
AND FORTH.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Name: CSX Officers
E-mail: 
Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 15 April 2016

We have a lot of UP cutoff guys that want your job.
They have house payments and families to take care of.
You UTU and BLE veterans are a bunch of bitches.

Get your asses to work and stop the fucking whinning

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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.

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Name: BLE hogga
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 12 April 2016

Hey you!

Wanna be railbuff, You have a good job and good pay, holidays off and
probably a really hot wife that looks like a pornstar or a model.
Are you out of your friggin mind? Do you get high or something?
NO! Don't do this. I have been a Hogger for years and it sucks!

I hate trains and railbuffs. So move on and enjoy life.

Damn ,people in the states here are getting crazy!

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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?

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Name: Lance Fritz
E-mail: 
Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 11 April 2016

Why a dead CEO is making money while 6 feet under?
Well, I tell you. We RR corporate head ups are all crooks as
you all might know. We all all BIG time drunks like Drew Lewis was,
He could get 3 DUI's in his UP corporate vehicle in his own drive way
and 8'o clock in the morning on the way to Omaha HQ for the morning
martini meetings with all the sub chiefs and captains.

I know the UP is not doing so hot right now, But the BLE and the
SMART/FART union is assisting us and or Labor relations friends in the
LR dept. We really love you TEY people. And we show that with the BIG
yellow passenger train to come and take you and your family for
choo-choo rides and a coke and hot dogs from one of a customers, Farmer
Johns. We really love those MoPac guys too, Dick Davidson was the best
RR officer and CEO and Switchman we ever had. He was a real
railroaders, railroader.  Have a Great UP day , SSW hogger and get over
the road soon and home one day!

Lance Fritz
CEO UPRR

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Name: Cotton Belt Engineer
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 08 April 2016

Lance Fritz? If you're lance fritz, why is a dead ceo making $50
million while buried six feet under? why is the stock down 40% and
you're still employed? your financial officer earned 3xs your salary!
how does that happens? why is the board seeking advice from dennis
duffy about your ouster? waiting for your response lance!

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Name: BLE-ROLLS OVER-ON MEMEBERS
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 07 April 2016

Just read a very sad story about a Conductor over on the PHL in Long
Beach Harbor California that had blind shoved with out riding the point
and put some bare tables on the ground and let the CARRIER intimidate
him into resigning than receive a bad mark on his work record. THE BLE
told him he didn't have much of a chance to get back if dismissed from
service. WHATA BUNCH OF BLE BS. LET the union fight to get you back.
THAT'S WHAT YOU PAY THEM FOR YOU FU*&KING LA LAME !

Do not quit and let the asshole carrier's take advantage of you and
intimdate you into quitting. YOU YOUNG GUYS GIVE UP TO QUICKLY!

FU*&K THE BLE FOR THAT CRAP!

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Name: Lance Fritz
E-mail: 
Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years
Posted: 05 April 2016

SP Engineer

You are right about us UP corporate a-sholes monitoring this site.
We have and are distracted about running a Railroad and will always be
because we are very ARROGANT. We learned to be that way from Drew Lewis
and Dick Davidson. Now I have to get back to the Corporate Martini party
we are having this evening here in Omaha. 

This here at UPRR are going to get a lot worse. Believe me.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 05 April 2016

That's right..they are a bunch of dogs, especially the bitch Sanborn of
the pack. CSX has went to HELL under her leadership..if what she does
can even be considered leadership. Sad day when CSX promoted her

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