Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 12 January 2018
How did the unions screw the healthcare up? Yea, the co-pay is $15
instead of $10. Every healthcare has some sort of caps it's the sign
of the times. There aren't many people these days paying around $230 a
month to cover themselves and the entire family.
As for work changes that's always been an issue. The unions fight it
only to have the NMB rule in the railroads favor. That game has been
played since the early '90s when downsizing became a reality. We put
in lot's of time tickets on crossing lines doing work of other crafts
and the NMB would rule against it. One of the biggest ones was doing
away with the caboose. When the railroads started using EOT's and the
Locomotive Engineer had to monitor & use the HTD we filed time tickets
claims on doing work that was the Conductors responsibility monitoring
rear end air pressure etc... I think most of us had over $100,000 in
claims over a couple year period. We lost the NMB rules against it.
It's a constant fight.