Safety First

Rule #1 -- Don't get hurt.

    Safety is the first priority. Er, or is it the second, after money.... Or the third after getting the trains out....

Showing 1-20 of 20675 articles posted under "Safety First?"

All 20675 articles on one big page.

Name: Super Nova
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 May 2016

VL. Thanks for the heads up.  

It sounds like the Union WE PAY to represent conductors is once again
rolling over and is putting us one step closer to the same Single
System Agreement that the UTU shoved down the L&N guys throat a few
years back. The same crappy agreement that the BLE shoved down their
members throats back in 2007.  You know the agreement.  The one where
the BLE agreed to give up their pay increases in exchange for a yearly
bonus, providing the Union met all of the goals that CSX set forth.  No
one knows if the parameter are actually met.  The BLE just has to take
CSX's word for it.  

When I hired in you had 30 days to mark up after you were bumped.  The
engineers had 24 hours.  When CSX changed the agreement to 48 hours, I
remember my UTU LC saying that CSX COULD do this, due to man power
issues.   There was no fight for the right to mark up within 30 days,
just our union leaders rolling over and doing what the company wanted. 
Now CSX is demanding that we mark up in 12 hours or less, regardless if
there is a spot we can hold or not.  Once again our union officials,
the same ones that might work 40 hours a week in sunny Jacksonville
Florida, have weekends and holidays off, get to spend time with their
families, and have their offices in the same building as CSX's
Headquarters are rolling over and asking that we swallow the latest
directive from the all mighty Ivory Towers in Jacksonville.  

Rape is illegal.   When is the Union going to get up off of its knees
and stop telling it's members that we have to follow their lead,
smile, bend over, drop to our knees and swallow.....  (don't fight it.
 Don't stand up or spit it out.  Just take it.  We know what's best
for you.).  Just take the latest 12 hour directive from Jacksonville,
regardless if its screwing over the men and women that actually move
freight and make money for CSX. Just take it. Trust us.  Follow our
lead, (don't vote us out of office) just take it swallow, and trust
that the money you pay us every month to represent you is being used to
look out for what's best for you.  

I doubt the continued rape of we T&E people will stop will be anytime
soon, as long as our top Union officials continue to share office space
with Cindy, Mikey and Labor Relations in the Ivory Towers of sunny
Jacksonville, Florida.  Or as long as our top Union officials continue
to accept the free dinners and trinkets that CSX hands out to them for
selling us out and not letting us strike, as they continue to tell us
to be good little bitches, and take one for the team.  Things will
never get better for we the people that actually move freight and make
money for this company if at some point we don't stand up and say
enough is enough.  If we T&E people don't stand up some time soon, it
will only get better for those that sit in the air conditioned offices
of the Ivory Towers of Jacksonville Florida sharing office space with
Cindy, Mikey and Labor Relations.

  View This Article

Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 May 2016

What do you mean by AGREEMENT by who not the people on the ground that I
know ...on the 48

  View This Article

Name: Here at home
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 28 May 2016

Did the UTU put up a good fight and actually try to defend us, or did
they roll over and sell us out like they did with the L&N guys?

  View This Article

Name: VL
Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 28 May 2016


UTU lost its battle over the 48 hour rule for conductors to make a move
when displaced. No one knows for sure how long it will be before mass
mailing and emails are going to take place to notify the members that
there was an agreement that members will only be allowed a 12 hour
window to place themselves.

If you are a newer employee and are unable to find a position to place
yourself in the 12 hour period( 48 as of now) then you have the right
to call the Manager of crew operations and demand a place be created
for you or they need to put you on furlough. You have a right to file
for railroad unemployment if you are not holding a job position with
the company. The railroad unemployment office will want to see a note
put into your employee history that you have been furloughed. DO NOT
SIT AT HOME FOR WEEKS AT A TIME trying to find a place to go. The
company has left employees hanging in the wind with no place to go for
weeks at a time. If you are not working and can not hold a job position
then you are not an actively working employee with the company.

  View This Article

Name: John doe
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 27 May 2016

Talk of closing winston yard on the Jacksonville division. Union wont
deny or tell us anything.

  View This Article

Name: L&N dispr
Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 30+ years
Posted: 27 May 2016

They shut Baldwin yard down about six years ago.  Can't really see them
shutting down Jacksonville because of all the inermodal business along
with the interchange business.  But stranger things have happened.

  View This Article

Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 26 May 2016

Runors they closing a yard in Jacksonville

  View This Article

Name: Mediator
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 25 May 2016

Oh my gosh! You are so bad at this. If you want to be a mole for the
company you have to come up with something better than that. Did you
actually think a topic like that would draw attention away from the
previous post. Did they give you your own rock to crawl back under? Im
guessing not. You don't get that until you are good enough to keep
around. If this is a test trial you just failed miserably! 

OK posters.... you got them itching in the seats again.

  View This Article

Name: Sad clown
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 25 May 2016

if you want to see a out of control circus, then pull up a chair and
watch what CSX will be doing in the next few months. Lots more cuts, T
& E and Managers. Cuts and havoc will continue until Dec of this year.

  View This Article

Name: LC
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 May 2016


Lets this serve as a warning. There is already talk around the water
cooler that company officials are  making statements that anyone who
complains about the companies faulty GPS will most likely be asking to
have a target placed on their backs. Make sure that you have proof of
your charges and several witnesses to back up your findings. The system
is flawed and labor relations has opened a can of worms by using it to
deny legitimate claims. They are not going to take your emails and
complaints about it lightly. If you hear of see anyone in management
doing or saying anything that could be construed as retaliation for
reporting the problem, let your local chairman know immediately so it
can be forwarded to the general chairman. Names, dates and location are
a must. Be specific. This isn't a joke. It is your right to work in a
safe environment. This includes having your trains location monitored
accurately at all times. It doesn't matter if you are running an empty
grain train or a train with military equipment or hazardous high alert
cars. All trains are to be protected equally and their locations should
be accurate.

If you are uncomfortable about coming forward then we suggest you
review your company code of ethics handbook signed and sealed by
Michael Ward. Review your rights under NO RETALIATION and SPEAKING UP.
If you suspect violations of the codes of ethics OR other company
policies you can start by speaking with a supervisor.

  View This Article

Name: Thru
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 23 May 2016

Car knocker.   You hit the nail on the head with your post.   Ever since
Michael Ward brought Tony Ingram over from the NS, (with hopes of
winning the Harriman Award) CSX has gone down hill fast.  

Ingram brought with him the management by fear tactics that gave
Norfolk Southern the nickname Nazi Southern.  Ingram then actively
recruited train masters away from the NS that exemplified his and
Ward's belief that management by fear was the way to rule a union
workforce. While Ward may have told the FRA several years back that CSX
would stop treating g their employees so poorly, this has yet to happen.
 In fact it has gotten worse, and our unions have allowed this to

As the work force changed from majority old heads to new guys, the
unions didnt instill the "work together" and "all for one"
attitude.   Instead our upper union officials sold our souls so that
they could keep their nice cushy jobs in CSX's corporate offices.   

Want an example of this?   Look no further than what happened to the
CSX employees working under the L and N agreement.   Once the union
sold out their own employees by putting them in a position to take an
agreement worse than the one that they voted down, CSX knew they could
do what ever they wanted to those of us working on the ground. CSX knew
that by getting our union officials to once again sell us out, we were
defenseless.  They owned our union officials, and effectively owned

I was hoping that once Ingram left that things would get better, and
that management would go back to working with the employees to move
freight, verses against them.   But that hasn't happened.   Instead it
has gotten worse.   Brown was Ingram 's right hand man, and Cindy
Sanborn their puppet who drank at the fountain of bull that Ingram

Is it ever going to get better when Ward and Sanborn are pulling the
strings in Jacksonville?  ( and our union officials have their offices
in CSX's headquarters)  I doubt it.  Do I care anymore?   No I'm only
at CSX for what little money there is left to be made.   If the train
moves, OK.  If it doesn't.  Who cares?  As long as my check cashes on
Friday, I don't care. And neither does CSX.   They dont care either. 
More than one train master has said my job isn't to move freight.   My
job is to follow the rules.  If that is what they want, I am more than
happy to shove the rules down their throats, and pay a premium for job

  View This Article

Name: hogger
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 23 May 2016


Its the trip optimizer program too. Had several times they couldn't
locate my train to put in the program. They say when they try to
"ping" it they cant find its location. Its starting to look like
their entire communications system is seriously flawed. I wonder if the
emergency response center is aware that all this stuff is going on. You
would have to think they would unless they are only testing it when a
real emergency happens and they have to locate a trains exact location.
 This all sounds like stuff that homeland security should be notified

  View This Article

Name: Mike Gainer
Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years
Posted: 22 May 2016

Avon MGMT:  Are we going to discuss the bomb train that rolled out of
the receiving yard?  No?  Are we just going to pretend it didnt happen?
 One last question Avon.  Why is everyone working out of Avon miserable?
 Oh wait I know this one.....Dave Harris and his team of brainwashed

  View This Article

Name: Obungo
E-mail: Barry@WH.com
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 21 May 2016

I wonder what's going to happen to the stock price when the government
money runs out when I leave? 

Let me be clear. I'm going to ride the Diversity locomotive into the
sunset the last day in office. There better be a gender neutral toilet
in it.

  View This Article

Name: Lost
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 21 May 2016


MAN YOU WEREN'T KIDDING!!!!  When we yarded our train today we got on
the crewlife for csx and asked to have our train located. It showed the
train 12 miles from the yard.  I waited about 30 minutes and checked
again. Still showed it stopped 12 miles out.  What a frickin joke!
Wonder if this is where labor relations is getting their info from!

  View This Article

Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 May 2016

I wish investors really knew what was going on out here. If they knew
Sanborn would be out of here. She has ruined this company. It will take
years to undo the damage she has done, if it can even be fixed at this
point. Sad thing Sanborn is only concerned about her own pockets. Aso
long as she is getting richer that's all that matters to her. Why
investors keep her in her position I will never understand

  View This Article

Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years
Posted: 21 May 2016

If you do your job correctly and shop damaged and unsafe cars to keep
the public safe and make sure the freight arrives to the customer in
good shape, you are definately going to be targeted for termination. 
Seen many Carmen called into supervisors office or even while working
and told to stop shopping cars.  On the flip side, if you do not shop
and the car derails, your terminated.  Terminated if you do. Terminated
if you don't. No future at CSX.  Better not get injured.  TERMINATED if
you do. Even if they can't get you because you did anything wrong, you
will have their sights on you in the future. I watch guys go to work
everyday so nervous they can't concentrate on their jobs. BUT

  View This Article

Name: tech
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 20 May 2016

Billie Shine

You think that's a problem? What you need to be worried about it
CSX's faulty GPS. Had a report that a geometry train was trying to
coordinate with engineering on its location using the GPS and they
couldn't give them an exact location. Just imagine what will happen 
if terrorist figure this out. It has also been reported that T&E crews
are having their union agreement claims denied with an explanation
stated that GPS visual data showed they never moved their trains where
they claimed.  Now, that should tell you two things.  Either their
visual data is seriously flawed and puts all train locations and their
crews at risk or the companies Labor Relations department head is using
it in an unethical and untruthful manor just to get out of paying
claims. Either way something seriously stinks in Demark. Someone better
start looking into this and get it under control real quick before there
is a serious breach on the railroad.

  View This Article

Name: Minty Mike
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 20 May 2016

How appropriate that Cindy Sanborn, who's dad, helped create and name
CSX when Seaboard merged with Chessie, be the one to break up and tear
apart what her father had created.   

Wonder if Cindy's Dad intentionally gave her the Chessie Seaboard


"In the meantime, of course, the lawyers of both companies were busy
before the Interstate Commerce Commission pleading the case for merger.
Watkins named a bright young man in Chessie's Finance Department, Paul
Goodwin, (now vice chairman of CSX) to work with the late Dick Sanborn,
a top official of the Seaboard, to come up with a name. At one point
they decided on CSC Inc., only to learn those initials already belonged
to a Virginia truck line. They tried CSM (for Chessie-Seaboard merger)
but that, too, was taken."

  View This Article

Name: Town N Country
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 20 May 2016

Maybe if we get lucky CSX will sell the routes out and around Avon off
to CN or BNSF.  (fingers are crossed)  Hopefully things will change
better.  (Because they every time I think things can't get any worse
at CSX, they do)  If not, on merger day I can always pull out my
Conrail Blue CSX Conrail merger shirt.  You know the one.  It says:

New Circus.  Same Clowns :-/    

If who ever buys us does't change the current management, this shirt
will still ring true.

  View This Article

don't click here