Asleep At The Wheel

Casey Jones you'd better,
watch your speed...

    "The railroad is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation", many of us have been told, when requesting some extra 'rest' between jobs. Unfortunately, the people that make the railroad move, like all other people, do not operate "24 hours a day, 7 days a week".

    Anyone who's worked around the clock has either seen, or experienced first-hand, the inevitable effects of sleep deprivation. Maybe it was you, maybe it was the jitney driver, maybe it was....

    The real fun is when someone tries to explain to the crew-caller that they are too tired to go to work.

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Name: Shareholders 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 01 February 2021

If you have a legitimate complaint about “BoyNutt” then you need to send
emails or messages via mail to the shareholders. They’re looking for a
reason to get rid of BOYNUTT. Fact.

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Name: Dump the Union
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 01 February 2021

Union leaders are idiots, they endorse Joe "No Mind" Biden and Kammel
Toe Harris. Why look what they did to all the Union jobs they killed in
the first week, I think we need to start a movement to quit paying Union
dues. I would rather send my monthly dues to the oil and gas workers out
of work than some idiot Union leaders that don't have a clue: responses

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Name: Padding the books
Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 01 February 2021

If your Jamie boychuck and you wanna see how your yards and terminals
are preforming then why would you tell them before you show up? Already
got the vehicles clean trash picked up around the yard! No trains
allowed in Nashville terminal (radnor) for the next 24 hours only
through freight. Extra jobs being called all 3 shifts trying to get the
cars out of the yard. 3 things a railroad needs to operate TRACK,
PEOPLE, Engines and cars! This outfit has done away with all these
things. At least things will look good while he’s here with all the
trains setting outside the yard not in the yard. He needs to stop by 2
times a month to keep this place clean or show up unexpectedly then
they can see what it’s all about

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Name: Work for free
Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 29 January 2021

My Managers expect me to get to work at the engine to relieve a crew
before they get overtime, we have three shifts.  How are you supposed
to releave a crew when you are not even on duty? The prior crew
doesn't take the engine out of remote or tie it down! Then puts in the
hours of service ticket to avoid making any over time! Already had one
derailment because of this and it still is going on.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 January 2021

Hey NMAD guy asking about meals, when you are told to show up on your
rest have the engineer mark off a minute after you. That way it will
show you having 10 hours 1 minute rest since he will have to have a
solid 10 and the meal will be auto generated.

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Employed as: M of W, for 30+ years
Posted: 26 January 2021

Locomotive Hogger 10 to 20: get my left overs all u want enjoy the SALT.
U know u a wussy and U know U love too dress up and be a liberal
Transgender role model U limp wristed Candy Ass.

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Name: May i have another
Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 25 January 2021

Yo yo yo my broedahs pece lovs n unty. Comin atcha live wit yo favorate
fines featha frend trex. Bo bo biden and the camel toe gonna get dis
hamma nocka hummin, gonsda gets all deez mutant strainz onzda lok downz
economee gondza boom. Bo bo and da camel gonna git dis bitch on top
again. I disqizded myselfs like an ol azz ans got da vax.. feelz guuds.
I be feelin so guuds iz tooks da timz off wit da fmla. Blond be needzin
me. I be havin blu hatz mades up,"git diz bitch on top again" will be
on ebays soonz. My blonds already wearinz onez. Guud response. Trex
wulds now likes to remines youz to plese spay n nutor yo trainmastorz
to helps controlz da curentz ovapopulamation.

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Name: watching
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years
Posted: 25 January 2021


Meanwhile back at the ranch while distracting company moles and
basement foamers post trash, CSX has managed again to let another
remote crew create another costly and embarrassing derailment in 2021!
In other news, the crews are once again having to deal with train line
up information that is so way off the chart it is not even laughable.
Reports have it that the Great Lakes division is the worst. They show
trains on their scheduled line up screens that have not only completed
their trips but did so over a week ago. How hard is it to go in and
clean up a train schedule? Once again it is being reported that rail
crews are being left in limbo not knowing when or what they will be
called for thus creating a situation where they must stayed glued to
their phones and close to home. I believe this a a tactic that is used
to sure up possible man power shortages. However, it does not seem to
be working.

CSX has invested a lot of shareholders money in DRONES to fly over
their terminals and observe workers out in the fields in order to save
the cost of using supervisors out in the field and wasting time away
from their desk. Instead of observing their employees from the weeds
looking for safety failures, the can sit in their cars in comfort or
stay on terminal property while they observe from the air. Reports are
coming in that many who were observed committing rules violations were
not called in and counseled for serious violations until AFTER THEY
COMPLETED THE DAYS WORK!  You would think a serious violation would
require immediate correction and work production would take a back seat
to the action.  I believe this may be considered leaving the scene of an
accident if not turning a blind eye to a potentially serious situation
that could turn out to be disastrous to the employee or those who may
be working with them. It is obvious what is of more importance. The
bigger question should be is why is there a waste of money and time
having an investigation at a later date if the crime was not important
enough to stop all work and counsel the employee immediately? 
Biden and his new chosen administration are headed to a major roll out
of going green and getting on board with the Paris agreement agenda and
will in no doubt find ways to raise taxes to get it done. The
transportation department will be a target that is going under the
microscope with demands to lower emissions from combustible engines. It
has been rumored that rail union members may be considering using the
massive amounts of black smoke and oil residue emitted from Locomotives
as a bargaining tool for agreement violations. Many members have been
documenting and reporting excessive pollution issues to local EPA
agencies. Would it not make more sense to pay agreed terms in order to
dodge possible actions that are beginning to take place? Issues of
violations of agreements should not be settled with members having to
resort to persuasive measures as this, even though what is happening
with the locomotive fleet and their emissions boarders as a major
failure under the Paris agreement terms.  It is the Unions that should
be held to the mat for deliberate and continuous violations of the
agreements and not playing hard ball for the members who pay for their
representation. If a lawyer does not do his job you can fire him/her.
The Unions are paid to do a job and if they are not doing it to the
best of their ability then the same choice should be given to the
members. If being a member of a Union in order to secure employment
with a rail carrier was made a choice instead of a shop rule the Unions
would have a different attitude. 

Issues with the integration of the Trip Optimizer and PTC program still
exist and reports of the PTC not being used per federal guidelines
continue to roll in. The unions have websites to report all failures
that include any safety device with special attention being payed to
failures of the PTC, Trip Optimizer, End of Train devises, radios and
the new tablets issued to replace operating rules books.

2021 is going to be a rough year with a whole new set of operating
plans due to the financial losses during the covid lockdown. Downsizing
will be on the table and restructuring of internal departments will be
on the agenda. Repair from media damage will be first on the table. CSX
was ranked number 5 as one of the worst places to work in the United
States and you can bet your bottom dollar there has been some PR damage
done. Polishing their image will most likely be the first order of
business going into the new year. Keeping investors on board and their
confidence high is a must. Stock prices must climb. Assurance that CSX
is getting on board with the green plan and still being able to make a
profit is going to be a tough one to sell if they do not clean up their
fleet emissions. Investing in and taking on customers who ship
alternative fossil fuel products will make good headlines. In the
meantime, it would be wise if they were better players with their union
represented employees. It works both ways when it comes to not biting
the hand that feeds you!

Happy railroading and happy new year!  May 2021 be a year where
everyone gains from cooperation and being fair to one another. Be safe
and strive to go home with all your body parts in working order!

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Name: Bring back engineers 
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 25 January 2021

Another RCO Derailemt at queens gate yard 


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Name: Obiden clown supporter 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 24 January 2021

If any of you morons believe that crazy joe and kamel toe give a shit
about your 
"Contract " ur a moron.hes just getting he's people so the pipe line
of kick backs arrive at the right routing numbers.
Good luck u bunch of demonrat suckers

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Name: Claire
E-mail: claire@aol.com
Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 24 January 2021

I'm writing names down I'm reporting you all to the trainmaster !

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Employed as: M of W, for 30+ years
Posted: 23 January 2021

Locomotive hogger 10 to 20.. Eat u another donut u lazy liberal limp
wristed wussy.

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Name: Update National contract 
Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 22 January 2021

January 22, 2021 — The Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated
Bargaining Coalition (CBC), negotiating together in the current round
of National Negotiations, have issued the following statement:

The CBC and the nation’s Rail Carriers first met concerning the
November 1, 2019 Section 6 Notices in January 2020.  Although the
COVID-19 pandemic has made meetings for groups of this size
challenging, the parties continued to meet virtually to make
presentations concerning their proposals throughout 2020.  Additional
meetings have now been scheduled for early 2021.

While CBC and the Rail Carriers continue to share and discuss all
aspects of what would be necessary to reach a voluntary agreement, the
Rail Carriers have not made any proposals worthy of consideration by
the membership of the CBC Unions.  The parties will continue to meet in
good faith as we move into 2021, fully cognizant that it is our members
who must ratify any voluntary agreement.


The unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition are: the
American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA); the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen / Teamsters Rail Conference (BLET);
the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS); the International
Association of Machinists (IAM); the International Brotherhood of
Boilermakers (IBB); the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU
(NCFO); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); the
Transport Workers Union of America (TWU); the Transportation
Communications Union / IAM (TCU), including TCU’s Brotherhood Railway
Carmen Division (BRC); and the Transportation Division of the
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation
Workers (SMART–TD).

Collectively, the CBC unions represent more than 105,000 railroad
workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements, and
comprise over 80% of the workforce who will be impacted by this round
of negotiations.

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Employed as: M of W, for 30+ years
Posted: 22 January 2021

We better all work alot of overtime too support all them free loaders
here and the ones crossing the border every hour again. All y'all
demo.. We all fixing too get what y'all certified idiots just voted

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Name: Time to clean house 
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 21 January 2021

President Joe Biden made good on a promise to support workers and the
labor movement on his first day when he fired National Labor Board
General Counsel Pete Robb within 24 hours of taking office.

Robb, a former union buster with a virulently anti-union record,
refused Biden’s request to resign on inauguration day. No president had
previously fired an NLRB counsel, though one anti-union counsel resigned
at the request of President Harry Truman in 1950.

The position of NLRB General Counsel wields significant power in the
field of labor power because it is the General Counsel who decides
which cases to prosecute while administering how to follow the law when
cases are argued.

Robb had spent the past few years advancing numerous employer-friendly
arguments and interpretations of the National Labor Relations Act. He
made it a priority to allow employers to unilaterally modify contract
terms and narrowed the scope in which union stewards and
representatives could operate at the worksite. He also helped shape
employer-friendly NLRB decisions that resulted in what some call a
“slap on the wrist” when employers violate the law.

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Employed as: APE, for 30+ years
Posted: 18 January 2021

To the Black History Buff,

Try lynched not linched.

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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 18 January 2021

Maybe New V.P. elect Kamala Harris can use some of her "skills" too
influence Union Officials to do right by there members

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Name: Another Win
Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 15 January 2021

On January 8, 2021, Arbitrator Wendell Bell issued his arbitration
award regarding the process and procedure in arbitrating the Carriers’
(UP, BNSF, NS & KCS) attack on the Crew Consist Moratoria.

The arbitration, known as a “Procedural Public Law Board,” had the
purpose of determining the terms of how any primary arbitration should
proceed. Procedural PLBs 7959, 7960, 7961 & 7962 were a result of
SMART-TD’s efforts disputing the improper action of the Railroads to
prematurely re-open crew consist negotiations before the appropriate
moratorium expired.

SMART-TD argued the Carriers improperly served their Notice to
Arbitrate and failed to properly conference their suddenly new-found
interpretations of the moratoria. SMART-TD not only prevailed in these
arguments, it also secured a ruling ensuring the terms of the next
round of arbitration will be conducted properly.

In a fairly dense 35-page award, which cited U.S. Supreme Court and
numerous lower-court decisions along with several arbitration awards,
the Procedural Arbitrator set May 1, 2021, for the next round of
arbitration, dependent upon funding approvals by the National Mediation
Board. As currently constructed, the National Mediation Board consists
of two Republican members appointed by President Donald Trump and one
Democrat member. It is expected the make-up of the Board will change
shortly once the nominations by President-elect Biden are confirmed by
the U.S. Senate. Whether those changes will be able to take place prior
to the selection of the next arbitrator or May 1st is unknown.

The railroads’ efforts to swiftly force a change to crew consist while
still under the railroad-friendly Trump Administration is now unlikely
due to the unwavering effort of SMART-TD. Since October 2019, when the
railroads first ignited this fight, SMART-TD has defended our
agreements against this attempted subversion by the carriers. We have
and continue to tirelessly fight for our members’ livelihoods.

SMART-TD members can rest assured that their union will continue to
fight to protect your crew consist agreements and livelihood, while
seeking to secure the opportunities of the future in the rapidly
changing and technology-laden railroad industry.

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Name: Reminder
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 January 2021

Monday, January 18th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which celebrates the
birthday, life, and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Day has been
a designated federal holiday since 1986. While roughly 1 of 3 U.S.
workers are granted a holiday, MLK Day has yet to be recognized by U.S.
rail carriers. For us on the nation’s railroads, it is unfortunately,
business as usual. Please see the RWU Resolution in Support of a Paid
Holiday for All Railroaders on MLK Day adopted in April, 2019.

Railroad Workers United (RWU) urges all railroad workers to remember
and honor the life of this great American. A tireless fighter for civil
rights, King also was a champion of organized labor and trade unionism.
In fact, when he was gunned down by an assassin on April 4, 1968, King
was in Memphis, TN to support the efforts of the sanitation workers
there to organize into a union.

King’s support of unions was long-standing, although that endorsement
was not returned by unions, including most rail unions that did not
offer membership to African-Americans. In 1961, King’s address at the
AFL-CIO’s annual convention was considered a turning point. At the
Convention, King observed: “Our needs are identical with labor’s needs:
decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old-age
security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can
grow, have education for their children, and respect in the community.
That is why Negroes support labor’s demands and fight laws which curb
labor. That is why the labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always
a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and
anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth.”

In the last year of his life, King had embarked upon organizing a “Poor
Peoples Campaign” designed to unite people of all races in a struggle to
redistribute the wealth and power in society to common everyday working
people. “I think it is necessary for us to realize that we have moved
from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights … [W]hen we see
that there must be a radical redistribution of economic and political
power, then we see that for the last twelve years we have been in a
reform movement…That after Selma and the Voting Rights Bill, we moved
into a new era, which must be an era of revolution…In short, we have
moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic
questions about the whole society.

Railroad Workers United encourages all railroad workers to honor the
life and legacy of Dr. King on Monday. Take a few minutes to read some
of his writings and speeches, take part in local activities, and
consider the prospects of your union negotiating a paid holiday for the
rank & file on MLK Day. Please see the information below.

Solidarity forever!

Ron Kaminkow
RWU General Secretary

Public Events This Weekend
Register Free for the AFL-CIO's  MLK Civil & Human Rights Conference
1/15 & 1/16
Register Free for the Community Awards Ceremony 1/16

Video Clips: MLK, Unions and Organized Labor
King Speech - The Dignity of Labor
MLK Speaks to Local #1199
On Labor, Wealth, and Justice

Railroad Workers United
Solidarity -- Unity -- Democracy

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Name: cfriend
Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years
Posted: 15 January 2021

conductor 1-10

Good try company mole. Bidens good!  Go to facebook instead. CSX isnt
going to give you an award for your distraction tactics.

Make 2021 count this year.  Instead of claims, file every single FRA,
Federal, State and county law violation you can find. The game should
be on.  If they dont want to pay the men so they can support their
families then make them pay someone else. No sense on letting them keep
your money. Make them pay fines. Hurt them where it counts. In the
pockets and in the public. Bad media is the devil itself!

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