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....

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Name: Training
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 15 April 2018

To the person paying $6500 for training to get a railway job, you can
claim that on you income tax and make that money back in a short time.
A person that goes to a trade school or college for up to four years
pays a hell of a lot more. And when not in school working minimum wage
job to keep paying tuition. I work for the railway, I donít know why
you are looking for sympathy!!  And on the railway you have better job
security than most any other employer. When you have a democratic
goverment that pays for all these people with five kids or more to be
on welfare, the tax payers pay for all the freebies these bums get.
With trump he has saved lots of tax payers money by cutting these bums
off welfare. The middle class people have always paid the bill for the
rich and the poor. Enjoy your life the best way you can pal. Time flys.

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Name: Up
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 April 2018

well the utu Lc and his bitch (xlc) laid off union again. Those two are
off every weekend union.   The Lc marks off a lot Mon-Thurs too.  and
manages to mark up just in time to catch a deadhead or a mailtrain. 
The Midget that represents the ble is off all the time too. 

Is it like this on other subdivisions?

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Name: North America 
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 15 April 2018

Railroader work crazy hours in all kinds of weather. Most on the job
training is on pay. You have good medical early retirement, and great
pay. And your not in a physically demanding job. i:e walking throwing a
switch applying hand brakes if you struggle with this get wimpy self to
the gym!And company share options. A lot of people that work 9 to 5
both man and women in the house both  work and still donít make what a
single railroader makes. I New a hogger that bitched all the time he
was at work and off the job. Well they ended up firing him with cause.
Now that he works in the real world itís not so great. His exact words
now are he would blow the boss in front of every one to get his hogger
job back. You donít know what you have till itís gone. Most people
learn that the hard way!!!

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Name: Ha ha
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 15 April 2018

Ha ha I retired with 35 years on the railroad liked my job most of the
time, and made more money than most of the people I know. My point was
you make good money. The more you make the higher the deductions. Buy
so many complain and hate working at the railroad. So if it is to much
resign and work outside the rr for a third of the money.

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Name: Ha ha
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 April 2018

Your so full of crap. There isn't a mile long line of people wanting
our jobs. No one with a college degree wants it because they don't
want to spend the rest of their lives away from home, on call, working
all hours of the day and night and fighting for the union agreed
rights. It takes a special person to stay out here year after year and
live this life style. We may not need a college degree but I've spent
the last 20 years testing every year. It's called continuing
education. I paid 6500 grand for my job and went through 4 weeks of
training. I spent 4 weeks training to get my engineers license. There
are alot of jobs that don't require a college degree. Get so sick of
you pukes making it sound like our jobs are low class and only for
morons. I know several people with college degree who can't tie their
own damn shoes. I'm proud of the job I do. So is my family even though
they don't see me much. If you think this job is so low class then quit
and get that college degree. Go home every night and keep your hands
clean. Hope you bring home more than 22,000 every 4 months.

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Name: Money
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 15 April 2018

$44000.00 gross $22000.00 in fourteen weeks is great money. Try to earn
that kind of money outside the railroad with just a high school
education. Your pention everything is deducted for your future also.
You are putting in long hours at work,your not roofing or pouring
cement. Put things in perspective. There are lots of people that would
trade you jobs!!!!

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Name: Agree!
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 April 2018


Amen. I can't afford the points. Meetings on Friday or Saturday cost
you 4 points. Why not have them on a Wednesday so people have a chance
to get back home after they dog you all weekend. Maybe drop turn or get
a personal day to go. Better chance of that in the middle of the week.
Any way you look at it the railroad has it set up so people can't go
without giving up days or taking points. Just the way they want it. But
then who is encouraged to go when the union's won't answer questions
or keep us in the loop. Don't even keep the LC's informed. My reps
been trying to get answers from the GC for weeks now. Said he's had
enough of this shit. Why do you think so many of them are jumping ship
and taking management positions. They see the writing on the wall. Look
at all the post from CN  people who dealt with the HH and Foote team.
Our union's are in for the battle of their lives if they decide to do
what's right by federal law and represent us! Not holding my breath.
Smell a shit load of horse trading under the table!

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for N/A
Posted: 15 April 2018

yea. its real easy to make it to a union meeting. i think i will lay off
and get points. i dont have the option of laying off union business. the
only thing i can plan is not being able to make a plan.

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Name: RRJim
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 15 April 2018


Good post. Union can't do anything if no one goes to the meeting to
air their grievances. One area the union locals/divisions have a lot of
say is on the territory they represent. Changes in local agreements can
be done with only 6 people (the minimum to hold a meeting). I think the
issue is this generation grew up in a time from the late '80s to the
present where unions have been bashed as being all bad. I don't think
they understand the complexity that rail unions have on them under the
Railway Labor Act.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 15 April 2018

Payin the RRBoard people

Just looked at my pay stub. Ive made 44,000 this year so far and have
brought home 22,000.  Less than half what I have made.  Screw this. Ive
been worked into the ground and Im tired as hell.  Think I will file for
FMLA!  Oh, and Im one of the suckers who got their Personal day taken
away from me when they decided they were going to punish us for not
working enough and freeze them until April 7th. Screwed me out of my
little boys birthday party.  Yeah, us railroaders are soooo rich!  Hey
union reps.... what kind of punishment are you going to impose on the
company for screwing with the caps and violating our union agreement.  
Score....Hunter from the grave 1....Unions 0 !

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Name: Meetings
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 14 April 2018

There where lots of times I would show up at a union meeting and they
had to cancel it, because there was not enough people. Other than the
reps and two members. You would get a turn out if there was a big issue
looming. That is the way it is now days no one could be bothered. When I
started in 1980 most meetings where standing room only and management
did not want any trouble with the union, I remember about ten years
ago. A manager said when you guys had a union my job was a lot harder,
and now he tells members to get to work, work threw breaks and has no
concern about the union rules. So the lack of interest in your union
gives management free reign with you. Now everyone is spineless, to
busy for meetings or involvement. Rules being broken peoples jobs cut.
And a hand full of reps are suppose to make everything beautiful all
the time. And when the minimum amount of members vote on an issue. The
ones that did not vote seem the most pissed off and blame the union.
You pay union dues to protect your jobs and your future employment. But
if you sit back and watch it all taken away without putting up a fight
and blame everyone else for the outcome. If someone is going to take
away something from me Iím going to make it as hard as I can for them
to do it. And then once the company has made its mind up to sell
everything there is not much anyone can do anyways.

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Name: Xlc
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 14 April 2018

Xlc there you go again is someone else going to look into it. You have a
health and safety committe call them, you have a phone call fra. There
are lots of branches in your union keep calling. Why would you take the
word of tm or any management. Ask them to show you the bullit on
training. You have the right by law to refuse unsafe work. If someone
told you ya we started jumping off bridges  would you follow. Or ask
questions for your own safety.

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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 14 April 2018

Anderson can't handle stress at all, but Norm can, and he does it well.
Wonder why they are polar opposite?

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Name: Louisville slave
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 14 April 2018

Playing yardmaster, 1 day would not shut up ab the onboard and harassed
ab ot. Then with only 15 min til relief showed up, sent crew back out
to do more work, which couldn't have been done cuz another job was
working in same area and was blocked for 30 min, could have waited 15
min for next shift to come on. Trying to play yardmaster isn't
something he can handle apparently.

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Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years
Posted: 14 April 2018

Louisville slave

What did Anderson do this time? Did he pull more of his hair out?

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Name: Not fooled
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 14 April 2018

Not fooled your a 100 percent right, you reap what you sow. If everyone
put a grievance in on the same rules broken. And maybe it is the same
manager violating the rule. The union has to address it and so does the
company. It might take a while but the paper trail is there. One thing I
found with Hh and his team, they put every little infraction on your
personal file and where even caught making shit up putting on an
employees file. So when you where on the mat you looked like a terrible
employee. Our union randomly checked employees files and found lots of
false information being entered on peopleís files. In one shop they
found 160 entries that where made up and put on employees files. If the
members started putting in grievances as group or individual grievance,
there is a record of it and it will be addressed in time. And it also
shows that the company is not honouring the collective agreement. The
union reps cannot. Take gossip or rumours to an arbitrator. The reps
needs facts on paper to present at these hearings. So help yourself and
other members by filing a grievance. And when the company gets tired of
dealing with grievances maybe they will change there behaviour. But
again to do nothing you will just get more of the same treatment. Itís
your union brothers and sisters. Our guys in Canada never let up on Hh,
at the end of the day he had to deal with the grievances and make the
members whole. It took a while but the union did there job and the
system worked. And Hh was pissed.

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Name: RRJim
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 14 April 2018

Conductor 30+

I don't think he has any other pension besides RRB. I know he began
railroading out of Grafton, WV around 1974 on the B&O. He transferred
to Virginia on the C&O around 1985. He brought up the taxing of RRB in
WV back around 2016. That was after WV took a big hit with the EPA
attack on coal. Next time we talk I'll ask him about it.

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Name: Louisville slave
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 14 April 2018

Louisville trainmaster/yardmaster john anderson is a dumbass worthless
excuse for a manager. Treats his guys like shit and doesnt need to be
working here

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Name: Union canada
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 April 2018

I retired just before Hh left, and Hh gave our unions a run for there
money. I was pulled out of service twice under Hh. Union got me back
with back pay. A majority of people fired under Hh where returned to
work with full benefits. Over all I give the unions in Canada an 8 out
of 10. The reps that did not do there jobs where voted out. Attending
union meetings is where I found out the critical information on what
was going on. And our national reps attended local halls and brought us
up to speed on what was going on and we questioned them on everything.
Yes you get the lazy reps. That think they are part of management, but
they donít last long when they are voted back to the field. It sends a
message to the rest of them. I think on some railways there is a lack
of involvement by the members. They only get worked up where changes
where made that they donít like but never bothered voting on. And are
to lazy to read the collective agreement and to lazy to put a grievance
in when the rules are violated. So when you sit back and do nothing ,
you get the same results nothing.

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Name: iStop4Donuts
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 13 April 2018

Just received email.  Hourly rate will be set at 23.25/hr.  Have a Nice

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