Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 July 2014
Let's get it straight: CSX started talks to implement RCO. The BLE
refused to talk about it saying that it would never happen. The UTU
negotiated, got the best deal they could and signed. RCO in the yard is
90 % conductor's work anyway, switches, brakes, air hoses and 10%
forward, backwards, stop.
Just like eliminating the fireman, the 2 brakemen, the engineer on yard
jobs, and in the future the conductor on road jobs, paying for part of
our health care, and cutting clerk and MOW jobs: IT WAS GOING TO
HAPPEN. Negotations bog down, we strike, president (D or R doesn't
matter) puts us back to work, arbitration changes the contract rule.
Pretending or wishing it won't happen doesnt help.
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