Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 05 April 2012
The railroad isn't for everyone never has been. If you're already
wanting time off after 7 months mabey this isn't the right occupation.
Mabey you should try and transfer to another craft. I'm taking it
you're a conductor. Try carmen, yardmaster, train dispatcher, track
worker ect....there are other jobs. They might be more in line with a
persons needs. Once you excepted employment you are held to a standard
same as in the military. Hiring on an expecting FMLA or time off for
health issues within 7 months is unreasonable. Using the excuse CSX is
suppose to be a veteran friendly employer is puzzling. They hired you.
It doesn't mean they have to cater to a person. You're barely off
probation. Mabey it's the economy that keeps people around longer than
they should on the railroad. It use to be 1 out of 5 would quit within
the first 6 months to a year. On the positive side you have health
coverage for your family. Like the military your spouse has to be the
one to take care of business.