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Name: The latest railroad news 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 11 November 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since the first U.S. freight trains departed from
Baltimore nearly 200 years ago, the freight rail industry has served as
the backbone of domestic commerce, providing reliable, safe and
responsive service and in the process creating and sustaining good
union jobs. The success of the rail industry is premised on the fair
treatment and utilization of its frontline workforce, balanced economic
regulations and an expectation that railroads will meet their service
obligations. Unfortunately, the introduction of an operating model
known as Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) threatens to weaken
these conditions and undermines our freight rail industry.

Freight railroads today are generating record revenues and operating at
high levels of efficiency. But for some, these profits are not enough.
To satisfy their outsized needs, short-term investors and hedge fund
managers have forced PSR on large segments of the freight rail
industry. This decision is not based on what is best for customers,
workers, or even the long-term needs of the industry—it is about
satisfying what Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman
Peter DeFazio described as the “Wall Street Jackals” who now dominate
this sector.

Whereas carriers once sought to accommodate shippers’ unique
requirements and schedules, PSR dictates that rail cars operate on a
set and often arbitrary schedule, arriving and departing at specific
times regardless of the needs of its customers. PSR proponents claim
that this improves train velocity—how quickly they can move trains from
one location to another. However, we know the ultimate goal of PSR is to
cut every possible corner and to slash every penny out of a
capital-intensive industry that needs a long-term perspective to

Mass layoffs have been a disturbing and central component of PSR
operations. In just the first two years after CSX implemented this
model, the carrier fired 22% of its equipment maintenance workers, 16%
of its train crews and 11% of its maintenance-of-way employees. In a
2018 interview, Union Pacific’s CEO proudly stated that, “We’re in the
process of eliminating about 500 jobs [and] there’s more of that to
come.” Railroads may want us to believe these workers are extraneous,
but it has become clear that reductions are simply about cutting costs,
even if those cuts result in the degradation of safety. Workers who
remain have been forced to do more with less, and are faced with
discipline or dismissal if they refuse to comply. The consequences of
these choices are no longer hypothetical.

As carriers that have prescribed to PSR run fewer trains, understaffed
shop craft facilities are reporting increasingly idle locomotives and
equipment, but lack the workforce to keep the equipment in a state of
good repair. In some cases, carriers are closing facilities entirely,
increasing the workload for employees elsewhere who are already

Carriers are also compensating for reduced staffing by requiring
remaining employees to perform work outside their craft in addition to
fulfilling their regular duties. At best, this may involve employees
performing tasks with which they are not experienced. At worst,
employees may be forced to do work for which they are not qualified.
Furthermore, rather than maintaining appropriate staffing levels,
carriers are mandating overtime for workers who are already stretched
thin. In an industry where fatigue is a constant risk factor, exposing
employees to additional fatigue by asking them to work longer and
faster while performing multiple jobs is a recipe for disaster.

When TCU and IAM conducted a survey of their members on the impacts of
PSR, the answers painted a deeply disturbing picture of day-to-day
operations. One responding machinist reported being sent, by himself,
to work with dangerous and heavy equipment that once required two
workers, and expressing fear that no one would know to call for help if
he was injured. A carman wrote that at his yard, management now demands
brake inspections be performed at the extraordinary and unsafe pace of
just 60 seconds per car. Employees of both crafts say critical safety
rules designed to protect employees from being hit by equipment are
being ignored in the name of speed. Numerous employees stated that
re-shift safety briefings—a common industry practice—are being
eliminated in order to better utilize man-hours. And commonly, carmen
are being forced to ignore FRA defects. One consistent theme emerged
throughout the responses: railroads value getting trains moving and
moving quickly above all else, including safety.

Rail carriers are also increasingly turning to longer and heavier
“PSR-optimized” trains to increase efficiency. A recent GAO report
found average train length has increased by approximately 25 percent
since 2008, and carriers are regularly operating trains up to three
miles long. Frontline workers told GAO they are not receiving adequate
training on how to safely operate these longer trains. And current rail
networks are simply not designed for trains of this magnitude, which
risks delays to both freight and passenger service. Furthermore, local
communities are not included in discussions about the use of longer
trains in their jurisdictions that often block grade crossings and can
make it difficult for emergency personnel to respond if an incident
does occur. The FRA has failed to address the substantial safety
challenges these operations present.

In fact, the FRA has done nothing at all to address PSR’s effect on
safety. Recently, on a private conference call to FRA employees, a
senior staff member dismissed PSR issues as mere “hiccups.” Yet, FRA’s
own data shows far more than just a hiccup. Derailments, fatalities,
and collisions have all increased over the last several years.
Accidents involving injuries to Class I carrier employees will increase
across most railroads in 2019. The total number of employees injured at
Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific have already surpassed these
carriers’ employee injury totals from 2018. The Class I carrier slated
to do better in 2019 is BNSF. Not so coincidentally, BNSF is the only
carrier who has not moved to PSR.

Between reports from frontline employees and the FRA’s own data, it is
clear that PSR puts rail workers and the public at real and
unacceptable risk. The FRA must take aggressive action to address these
concerns before conditions further erode. The agency should start by not
ignoring safety violation reports filed by frontline workers that
describe a culture on PSR carriers that is not conducive to safe
operations. More broadly, the FRA needs to conduct detailed analysis of
modern rail operations—even when the letter of the law or regulation is
not being explicitly violated—in order to prioritize safe operations.

We are also deeply concerned with the impacts of PSR on the future
viability of freight rail and existing networks. At a recent hearing on
the subject, witnesses discussed a Tennessee Pringles factory nearly
driven out of business due to delays in shipments, a Kellogg plant that
had to suspend production entirely, and federal intervention that was
required to get grain moving to Florida farms. Even while providing
substandard service, railroads are padding their pockets with fees they
assess when shippers cannot comply with the carrier’s demanding
schedule. In 2018 alone, Class I’s levied a record $1.2 billion in
fines against shippers. The lack of compatibility between PSR and
customers’ needs has even led to questions of whether carriers who have
adopted PSR are abiding by their common carrier obligations. While Wall
Street may enjoy the fruits of this model now, it presents long and
short-term risks of pushing away customers whose business models rely
on freight rail service.

Impacts to shippers will have far-reaching economic effects. In 2017,
freight rail networks moved approximately $174 billion worth of goods.
Disrupting the flow of commerce by degrading service or cutting off
rail shipping options entirely will have cascading effects throughout
sectors that directly or indirectly rely on freight rail to move their

Precision Scheduled Railroading works for the few—wealthy investors who
have little concern for anything other than their bottom lines. These
investors are fickle, and when they have extracted every last cent out
of the railroad industry, they will move on to the next sector.
Meanwhile, we will be left with a hollowed-out system that does not
serve its customers, has abandoned safety, and has pushed out thousands
of skilled workers who may never return. This trajectory can be changed,
but doing so will require active engagement from Congress and federal
safety and economic regulators, as well as a serious rethinking of
operational strategy from freight rail carriers. TTD calls on them to
reverse the damage caused by PSR before it becomes too late.

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Name: Railroad Workers United 
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 11 November 2019

RWU Annonces Stepped Up Campaign:
Unite & Fight for
Train Crews!
In early October, the major rail carriers - under the guise of their
National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) - filed suit to enable them to
bargain reduced crew size in upcoming national handling. On November
1st, the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) served their
Section 6 Notice to the rail unions that makes their intention clear.
They will mount a full court press to destroy the 2-person crew!


Brothers & Sisters, it is time to fight back!!
Railroad Workers United has produced a whole new line of supplies -
stickers, buttons, T-shirts, yard signs, and bumper stickers - to
assist railroad workers to win this crucial fight!

In order to get these materials in the hands of as many railroaders as
possible, RWU has chosen to provide them to you for just one-half of
their production cost to us. In effect, you will get

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We are all aware of how vital this battle is. RWU will work with you,
to help educate all railroaders, your union leaders, and the public
about the dangers that one-person crews pose to our jobs, families, and
communities.  We must push for unity of rail labor, and pull out all
stops to win this fight!

Brothers & Sisters, it is time to Unite & Fight for the Two-Person
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Name: HR 1748 Safe Freight act 
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 11 November 2019

Just another story of what PTC Can’t donor is unable to do. Car flipped
on the tracks today the driver was having a medical emergency before
the car crashed on the tracks thankfully there was a crew on-board the
train to assist and alert fire and rescue ambulance the man was taken
to hospital for care. 

Here is another story as welll. This is about public safety. This is
about keeping two men  in the cab. Who’s going to cut road crossings.
PTC doesn’t know if it’s a box or a baby next to the tracks. 

1. Protect the TWO MAN CREW BILL (HR 1748 Safe Freight Act) It’s about
public safety and jobs. 
2. Go to SMART-UNION.org/td 
Click on the Red button support two person crews on the right side of
division home page. 
2.  Enter contact info ( this is needed to direct the email to your
member of congress. 
3. Click Send. The pre-drafted my essage will be sent directly to your
member of congress. 
4. This effects railroad retirement, retired railroaders, current
railroaders there’s even a spot for the general public to make there
voice be heard. Please take action there is 175,000 conductors and
59,000 engineers that need this support not to mention public safety at
5. safety of the crews and the public must come first!


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Name: Retired
Employed as: Car repair, for 30+ years
Posted: 11 November 2019

If your away from home on the companies behalf and not in your own bed
you should be compinsated for that.  I worked all shifts on rr but I
slept in my own bed.  That was why I quit running trades and went to
mechanical dept.

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Name: The Patriot
Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years
Posted: 11 November 2019

Just do your JOB...

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 10 November 2019

I want a job where I get intimidated everyday,    I want a job where I
get threatened everyday,     Where can I find a job that will hire and
train me and then spend the rest of my career trying to fire me,    
Where can I get a job that takes money from employees.     Oh wait I
work for CSX,      I already have all this!!!!!

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Name: Work Safe-Work Hard-Be Tough
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 10 November 2019

HA! HA! you sound unhappy, you should take nofuturamas advice.

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Name: HA!HA!
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 10 November 2019

Work safe

DUMB ASS!  Every single time I go to the hotel I sit there for no less
than 10 hours UNPAID.   Not at my home. Not with my family like a
person who works 9-5 and goes home every single night.  I don't get
held away until Im sitting in the hotel for 15 hours.  This is time
away from home. Lets add up all the hours at the end of the year that
we are sitting in the hotel not getting paid but waiting like nice
little servants for the company to make us come back out and get
another train to take home. We deserve every single dime we get paid
for being the good little servant. I know for a fact I spend no less
than 30 hours a week in the hotel. Most normal street people work 40
hours a week. I spend more than 10 hours in the hotel every single time
I take a trip. We spend more time in the hotel away from home and our
families that a normal person spends working the whole damn week!

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Name: Trades
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 10 November 2019

People in the trades are becoming the new millionaires. These guys that
go to university and come out with a stupid degree are falling behind
$$$$$$ the people in trades if you want to get your hands dirty do a
little physical work you can make a good 9-5 pm living rates double
after that. Lots of trades two year courses. The rr at csx will end up
like cn and cp. they cut staff so deep and are having trouble hiring
people and getting them to stay because they still treat people like hh
did. With amazon taking all retail jobs from mostly women, your going to
see lots of women apply for rr jobs. And if management treats them like
shit, maybe these managers will get the self’s on tv, in a negative
light. Karma works in mysterious ways.

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Name: Work Safe-Work Hard-Be Tough
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 10 November 2019

Xfuturama I have no problem with working at CSX. I do support you in
your endeavors to persuade people who hate their job with CSX to quit
though. I could use the seniority.

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Name: Ex future Ram a Railroader
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 10 November 2019

As far as where I got a job I just went back into my previous line of
work I own my own business...
And the Trump economy is roaring I've got so much work I can't hire
enough people to do it all. 
If you're not the type of person to have your own business there's
plenty of jobs that pay very well in the trade Industries such as air
conditioning welding Electrical Contracting ...the in list is endless

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Name: X Futurama Railroader
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 10 November 2019

Tough guy.... what makes you think it pays well? Add up your odd work
hours holiday away from home time... I did and I came to the conclusion
I was making about $12 an hour I'm sure you can do better than that

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Name: Work Safe-Work Hard-Be Tough
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 09 November 2019

X Futurama Railroader. Congratulations for being a sensible person.
Instead of always complaining about how horrible it is to work for CSX
you took action. A person beating their head against the wall and
complaining about the pain only to continue beating their head against
the wall makes no sense. If you can't take the heat, get out of the
kitchen. If this career was easy it would not pay like it does.     
        Work Safe - Work Hard - Be Tough

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 09 November 2019

XFuture-   Give me a Hook.     Where did you get a job at?      I need
to get outta here too

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Name: X Futurama Railroader
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 09 November 2019

Great news every body !!! I have a card in my back pocket and i dont
needed it any more.i got anither job and none of the b.s you guys are
always complaining about

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Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 08 November 2019

This railroad sux every day that ends in a Y...I hope all the suck asses
in Jville get sickle cell.

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Name: cond
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 08 November 2019

work safe

Your a poser and a distractor in the basement Im guessing.  You have
posted this same crap several times over the year. Get a life. Move

Class 1 railroads pushing hard for one man crews.  With their big money
and political influence along with the FRA in their back pockets you can
count on them winning in the long run.  Already talked to an FRA agent
about this.  Told us that it wouldn't be allowed on Key trains with
alert cars, crude oil or military trains with and without nuclear spent
fuels.  Its coming. Its just a matter of time. It will happen, but with
limits.  So conductors who don't carry a license better start looking
for another line of work in the future. This all sucks but life on the
railroad sucks. This might just be a blessing for some.  Get a better
way of life. Spend more time with the family. The money is good out
here, but selling your soul to get it just isn't worth it.  With the
god for saken attendance policy in place, people are going to end up
fired anyway. They don't care one bit about anyone's quality of life.

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Name: Work Safe-Work Hard
Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 08 November 2019

I enjoy my job. Working in T&E service for CSX is a privilege. Those of
you who can't take a little heat should just get out of the kitchen.
With all of your qualifications you would have no trouble finding a top
flight job in either the janitorial or food service industries.

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Name: He knows my name
E-mail: Goodgirlinva1969@yahoo.com
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 08 November 2019

Looking for an old friend  Murfreesboro Tn area M of W Responsible for
tracks to Nashville tn that  likes to spend all day working on the
phone talking to women. He does special projects in the area too.
Reward for info on this old raildog

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Name: X Futurama Railroader
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 08 November 2019

Foamer jim... I spent my time out there
I wouldn't go back I just tried to encourage other people to leave
As far as history Jim you left out the fact that we were in the Korean
War at the time

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