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.
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