Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 11 October 2017
To the former LC.
I was around when unions were dumped on during the Reagan years. Those
air traffic controllers Reagan fired were also under the RLA with a no
strike clause. The unions should of made a rebound during the Clinton
years seeing the president appoints the heads of the FRA, NLRB
etc...but they didn't. There were plenty of times the unions should of
hit the bricks on strike but it didn't. The railroads play the game
well. After 2004 all they had to do was play one generation against
another by then my generation was the minority. The UTU sold out a lot
of jobs during the '80s & '90s which created two different sets of
employees. It created a hostile situation. My generation is pretty much
gone it's now up to those working to take the helm. They have a big
advantage the internet and they're skilled at it.