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 Webmaster's note: Since I go through the server logs regularly, I just thought I'd take this opportunity to point out that all of the comments in defense of the company seem to come from Jacksonville, while complaints come from everywhere that the company does business. You do the math.

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 April 2017 I've been visiting this site for a long long time. I always use to enjoy NoMo's annual Brown Banana Award for the biggest POS CSX managers on the system. Starting now, you can make your nominations for who you think is the lowest of all lows, this is based on Chickenshit failures, having the backbone of a Jellyfish, Habitual Liar, Arrogant, Morally Bankrupt, etc... after all nominations are reviewed by other posters a decision will be mad as to who is deserving of being the Biggest CSX lowlife on the system. I'll start off by making my nomination, this one is gonna be hard to beat boys and girls, Drum rolls please....Trainmaster Berry. 

 Name: UP REWARD E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for N/A Posted: 21 April 2017 Racketeering is a serious crime, report all unethical conduct between management and corrupt union officers. When your union officers is getting claims paid while staying at home, the alarm bells should sound! 

 Name: CSX Cond E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 April 2017 Atl Division Manager Mark McGhee is finally out!!! I just hope he's out because the new administration learned of his tactics of terminating workers if they report injuries.................................... Did they dump Bill Keough along with McGhee? 

 Name: CSwitch E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 April 2017 Atl Division Manager Mark McGhee is finally out!!! I just hope he's out because the new administration learned of his tactics of terminating workers if they report injuries... 

 Name: Big Nose E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 April 2017 Please list names, locations, and positions of all managers that have been fired under HH so far. Karma Boys..... Thanks 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 April 2017 Bye bye Scott Gray.....you good for nothing SOB...I knew one day you would get what you deserved! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 April 2017 Posting from Korea. There is no bulletin. We have received only an email. Here it is. Obviously, everyone has seen the news and heard that we have a new administration in place leading our company. With that comes changes that will be implemented by our new CEO. That being said, we know there will be new operating practices put into place, and our jobs, from the top down, will be to adapt to the new regime and comply with those new practices put into place. Some new practices have been communicated to us already, and you can be sure there will be many more to come. It has been made abundantly clear that there is no room for debate with the new practices, and if there is any deviation from the plan that has been laid out, it will be dealt with immediately to ensure compliance. I think it is imperative that we not let ourselves be used to make an example for others who choose not to comply. One of the changes that has been communicated is that we will have employees work full shifts, and is effective immediately. There will be no “early quits” allowed. What this means for us in the Operations Center is this: Dispatchers will not work less than 8 hours. If this means that we have everyone on a particular shift scan in at 15 minutes prior to their shift (0645, 1445, 2245) in order to comply, that is what we will do. Additionally, those employees will not scan out prior to 8 hours from the time they scanned into the machine. Employees who are posting will also be required to work an entire 8 hour shift. We are still responsible for complying with FRA Hours of Service regulations, so make sure that your scan times enable you to remain in compliance. This is not an office-specific policy. This is company-wide and we have been instructed that there are no options regarding compliance. We will comply. The decision has been made from the top to implement this policy, and instructions have been passed down throughout the company to put it in place. In summary, dispatchers will not work less than 8 hours when scheduled to work. This includes working a desk or posting a position. Please do not be that person that challenges this by not being scanned into the STARS system for less than 8 hours. There will be no flexibility, no excuses, no latitude with this policy. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me, any DTO, or STO ********** 

 Name: Curious E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 April 2017 Anyone ??? So did anyone ever find that so called system wide order that Harrison supposidly sent to all the terminals. No one can come up with it at avon or Roselake. Who circulated it in the first place? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 April 2017 Someone - (Employed As Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years) posted on this site 02/21/17: "Our Division Manager was at depot yesterday and we are being told Cindy Sanborn is no longer with CSX." Well, is that true or was that post just more lame-brain engineer BS? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 April 2017 If you could gather up people that think they are legends [in their own minds] - buy 'em for what they're actually/truly worth & then sell 'em for what they think they're worth = a heck of a profit. 

 Name: Not a Tard E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 April 2017 Its really fucking amazing all the carriers are trying to HIRE like crazy and nobody with any brains and rock of any kind are trying to hire on, BNSF, the STUPID and all the other carriers are not having a lot of people running after them this time around. Just a bunch of rail buff tards and dick suckers who are looking at a fantasy to fulfill.......TARDS!! 

 Name: dekcuF yllayoR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 April 2017 Has anyone heard if and when HH is going to terminate moron Cindy Sanborn for closing down terminals and rerouting trains 1,000 miles out of the way? 

 Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 15 April 2017 What is particularly irritating is that all too often people that order things came from the ranks & were usually the most laziest, worthless PITA a--holes out there in the field. You reap what you sow. They will answer for it eventually, if not sooner. 

 Name: EX LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 April 2017 Screwed No one seems to be able to find the so called order from Harrison either. Several Trainmasters and Road foreman have been cornered and asked to produce a copy of it and they don't have a clue where to find it either. No one can positively say when they saw it or who actually circulated it. It may have been something that came out as a system wide order but it IS NOT a system bulletin or notice. As for the Unions, they were not approached about the changes in working conditions and are not aware that this is a closed order. Some one started this and now no one wants to take responsibility for it. Once again CSX has managed to put something out there that was not addressed legally with the Unions. As for road crews being used as J Jobs when coming out of the hotel, they shouldn't be! All crews that recrew outlawed trains should be given tickets related to the train and the job symbol should be followed with an R. Example would be if you were to recrew a Q53815 your ticket should be issued as a Q53815R. The chiefs are using road crews as road switchers to recrews HOS trains because of a loophole in an article in the BLET agreement, There are 2 conflicting article in the agreement that are causing all this trouble. One of these article is #50. You will have to bombard your General chairman with complaints and demand that the article be reviewed and al loopholes removed. In the meantime, the extra boards should be the only crews given a ticket that is classified as a J JOB! Rumors have it that Harrison hates J JOBS and recrewing. Maybe you will get lucky and he will put a stop to this. The only crews that could possibly be instructed to stay on duty no less than 8 hours are assigned yard jobs that have on duty and off duty times of 8 hours or locals. NO ROAD JOB SHOULD EVER BE ORDERED TO REMAIN AT THE TERMINAL AFTER BEING AWAY AT THE HOTEL AND ARRIVING HOME JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE ON DUTY 8 HOURS. DOESNT MATTER IF THE CHIEF MAKES THEM A J JOB OR NOT! The crews have been away from home and their families and deserve to be able to go home upon arrival. If this happens to you again, call your general chairmans office and file a complaint. Demand that the so called order be produced and start a petition if it isn't. Doesn't matter if it is produced anyway. No road crew should be held when they get home. 

 Name: Qxreand E-mail: u nameit Employed as: Yard Master, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 April 2017 Where Is Todd Novak working he lives in creston ohio 

 Name: CMC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 April 2017 since HH took over no one has been let go from CMC from management. Why? Clerks though are now being furloughed due to the previous cuts made under Ward. With these cuts and the CAPS policies clerks will be no more. any ideas on how HH handles union members who have had "protected status" under the CBA? CMC Clerks or any clerk with minimal seniority who are not protected are going to be let go with no chance of returning ### FMLA handling is being changed also where anyone new to FMLA will have to reapply every 90 days instead of yearly 

 Name: Screwed over E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 April 2017 Crews Did any of you see the so called system side order that supposedly came from Hunter Harrison that ALL LOCAL...YARD...AND DOG CATCHING OR J JOBS WOULD REMAIN ON SERVICE NO LESS THAN 8 HOURS. We have checked every single system bulletin and notice all the way back to Jan.1st and it is no where to be found. We were at the hotel 32 hours and were called out to dead head home and on the way they made us a J Job to grab a train in the way in. When we got done we were made stay at the yard for 2 stinking hours because the chief said we were a J Job now and had to be on duty 8 hours. After being away from home for 32 hours we get stuck on a damn j job and forced to state at the wall for 2 hours because this hunter Harrison character wants every working 8 hours or else. THIS IS TOTAL VIOLATOR FOR ROAD CREWS WHO ARE ALREADY AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND NOW WHEN THEY WANT TO GO HOME THE CHIEF IS PUNKING YOU ON A RECREW SERVICE AS A j JOB. the union's better get off their added and do something about this bullshit. Dad has been getting away with abusing freight pool crews long enough. That's what the damn xbd is for. Freight pool crews are supposed to get recrew tickets.NOT STINKING J JOB TICKETS. WE WANT TO SEE THIS DAMN BULETIN. WHO REALLY PUT IT OUT. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THE UNION AGREEMENT IF THE CONDITIONS WERE NOT NEGOTIATED WITH THE UNION. Anyone who can tell us how to find this bulletin please do quickly. No one believes this came from old man harrison. Michael ward didn't even do this stupid crap. He never got that involves in yard operations. Someone is pulling some shit. 

 Name: Screwed over E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 April 2017 Crews Did any of you see the so called system side order that supposedly came from Hunter Harrison that ALL LOCAL...YARD...AND DOG CATCHING OR J JOBS WOULD REMAIN ON SERVICE NO LESS THAN 8 HOURS. We have checked every single system bulletin and notice all the way back to Jan.1st and it is no where to be found. We were at the hotel 32 hours and were called out to dead head home and on the way they made us a J Job to grab a train in the way in. When we got done we were made stay at the yard for 2 stinking hours because the chief said we were a J Job now and had to be on duty 8 hours. After being away from home for 32 hours we get stuck on a damn j job and forced to stare at the wall for 2 hours because this hunter Harrison character wants every working 8 hours or else. THIS IS A TOTAL VIOLATON FOR ROAD CREWS WHO ARE ALREADY AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND NOW WHEN THEY WANT TO GO HOME THE CHIEF IS PUNKING YOU ON A RECREW SERVICE AS A j JOB. the union's better get off their asses and do something about this bullshit. CSX has been getting away with abusing freight pool crews long enough. That's what the damn xbd is for. Freight pool crews are supposed to get recrew tickets.NOT STINKING J JOB TICKETS. WE WANT TO SEE THIS DAMN BULLETIN. WHO REALLY PUT IT OUT. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THE UNION AGREEMENT IF THE CONDITIONS WERE NOT NEGOTIATED WITH THE UNION. Anyone who can tell us how to find this bulletin please do quickly. No one believes this came from old man harrison. Michael ward didn't even do this stupid crap. He never got that involves in yard operations. Someone is pulling some shit. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 11 April 2017 Fly united....... say something and we will drag your ass off , way to fix it munoz......now the airlines. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 April 2017 Hunter might consider bringing back to CSX Oscar Munoz from United Airlines as it appears they both have the same management style towards customers and staff 

 Name: Wondering E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 April 2017 Is it true that Hunter Harrison is afraid to fire Bob Frulla? Just asking.. 

 Name: Don E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 April 2017 LA Times is reporting Donald dump Truck Trump as Unpredicatable Give him a job if impeached at UP 

 Name: dezz nuts E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 01 April 2017 Andrews sc will be shotline by the end of 2017 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 March 2017 Let's give it up for hunter.... "NO MORE SAFTEY STOPS" this has to be driving those "O TEST" loving , "GETS ME HARD... WHEN I FAIL A CREW AND GET THEM TO SERVE TIME ON THE STREET", he'll bent on rules ,CSX Kool aid drinking managers fucking nuts !!!! All the shit we are doing now would have gotten us 30 days or more less then a month ago. 

 Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 March 2017 Willard, u are a idiot. If u do in fact work for CSX, you might wanna go see a Psychiatrist as you clearly have some problems. 

 Name: Henry E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 March 2017 Hell with the Carriers going one man, They are going to try and run "Satellite " Trains. They have the camera and the equipment. Start saving your money. If the Unions are smart , they will negotiate a buy out and or pay us to sit at home and pay us for that. Either way, its going to happen. I will LIVE far from the tracks as possible !!! 

 Name: JustDave E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 March 2017 9,000 foot trains? Naaahhaa..try 20,000 foot trains with one SD40-2 and just frying the tractions motors.....CP style.... 

 Name: Ben Dover E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 March 2017 Willard? You obviously are not an engineer for csx as you state. If you were you would know that we have been running 12,000 foot plus trains for quite a while now. A 9000 foot train is below average anymore. As far as driving one's self to and from a train. That could happen, but after being up for 24 hours and getting off a train then being forced to drive two or three hours or more home is just going to make a lot of families wealthy minus one! 

 Name: Resist E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 27 March 2017 Up Your Game Girls! Hunter's plans are fruitless if all take a couple of days off! HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 

 Name: Willard E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 March 2017 Can you imagine with EHH in office what is going to happen with deadheads? We are going to have to drive a Company Vehicle to the trains and or have a Manager run us out. No more Taxis. the 9000 foot trains are coming just like on the CN. This guy is a true loon. Load UP on your UTU insurance and fuck that BRCF. Their job insurance sucks 

 Name: WTF! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 March 2017 All we have got from our LC is that "we're working on it" which means it will takes months if not years. Then when something is finally done we will be told how hard they worked to get them back when they should.have halted it to begin with. Fuck the UTU and BLE.....yall are completely fucking useless!!! 

 Name: Is that right? E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 March 2017 Is that right? F*&k those attendance policies! I bet John Bromely is a Tard, huh? 

 Name: Bob E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 24 March 2017 XLC Sounds just like what the Union Pathetic had done to us too. Its called a Attendance Policy. We have too many Rail buffs working for this out fit now that are completely lame and living out their fantasy. That is why everything is crap. Rail buffs here when it was SP and now the UP. A bunch of fat, choo-choo train set rail buffs. They are just like company scabs in my book. Live and learn 

 Name: XLC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 March 2017 Conductor Agreements are different in various regions. However, PL and DV days are set by caps. Almost all agreements when bargaining took place allowed for a minimum set of number of people who bid on and could take these days off at a given time. If weekend days have been removed and you have not been given your right to bid on them then you need to corner your LC and demand answers. No way do I believe for one minute that the UTU would agree to take away your right to bid on these days. During manpower shortages they can reduce the number of people who can take these days but they can not deliberately take away specific days. Get with your LC and if you can't get answers then start calling your General chairman. 

 Name: WTF! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 March 2017 Have any other divisions weekends been removed by using PL or DV days. We have our 90 days scheduling coming up soon and as it stands we can not put in any Friday, Saturday or Sundays in. Company told our Union it's because we layoff too much. Pretty much every Atlanta Terminal is affected by this. Any others? 

 Name: Cogdal E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 March 2017 I love when new hires call out over the radio " Go ahead and back it up! I do exactly when I am told, Go forward and then back it up....LOL Jason 

 Name: SP Cond E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 22 March 2017 "That previous bunch has just about run this operation in the ground with such bull shit rules!” Lawyers writing the operating rules....PERIOD 

 Name: Hugh Jorgan E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 March 2017 That "place of safety" is about dumbest pile of bull shit they came up with thus far in all my years. Maybe they will throw it out soon. That's like saying "I'm in the clear"...why the hell would I tell you to back up if I'm in the way? That previous bunch has just about run this operation in the ground with such bull shit rules! 

 Name: Stephanie E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 March 2017 I am the smartest person that I know. If Csx is going to give away money, I'm taking it. My first lawsuit failed but if I keep crying about discrimination long enough, I will be living off Csx welfare forever. Better recognize. 

 Name: John E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 March 2017 Now that is a smart move. On and off at 4 MPH. again. New guys, Don't screw this up for us. Thanks 

 Name: Ben Dover E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 March 2017 Read the new rule. You CAN be outside the cab at 4mph or less! I would imagine that place of safety is next to go by the wayside. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 21 March 2017 Wtf..... can't walk and shove, ride tank cars on a shove ,can't walk on the walk ways while moving on the engine ...... now totally legal to get on and off moving equipment..... about only good thing about hunter, relaxed rules and sensible rules. Not someone did something stupid and ban it and make it a rules violation. At least we will be able to do our work without looking over your shoulder wondering if someone is watching you for a hour just so they can fail you on a O TEST. 

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 March 2017 Hunter Harrison strikes again, just got the word he is closing the yard in Atlanta. 

 Name: Billy E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 March 2017 King Karma; When will the UP take over happen? 

 Name: Clyde E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 March 2017 CSx New ceo will make roughly $204,000.00/Day and T&E needs to take pay cuts?   Name: Ben Dover E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 March 2017 http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/canadian-pacific-railway-cuts-exec-perks-changes-compensation-after-criticism-416346384.html Interesting! All shareholders should pay close attention to this before they vote.   Name: UP EMPLOYEES E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 March 2017 The Shake UP Is Near Before Hunter Gets Here In A Year That Is Near... Because management is inept and simply incompetent. Precision Railroading Is Simply: Jumping on a train without any delays, not running thirty trains out of a terminal with only one driver to transport crews. Expect that a severe Shake-UP will happen once Harrison's name is mentioned for a Takeover-Of-The-UP....And when that happens, the stock will double just like it did for us here at CSX! King Karma   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 March 2017 we here in the yard have been told, you will be ready to work as soon as your shift begins. if your yard jobs starts at 1500 you will be ready to walk out to your power at 1500. if its snowing outside , you will have your anti slip spike boots on at 1500 and they are implying that they want you putting your boots on , your vest on and safety glasses on at home and being ready to work at your on duty time. and if you are not ready you better have a answer for them why you are not dressed and ready. only acceptable answers will be getting bulletins, getting job briefing , or waiting on power. so if its 1505 and you don't have your boots on you will be written up . you drinking a coffee and eating a doughnut at 1503... bam written up......saying hello to a co worker you haven't seen in a while and bam...... write up. so now you can get on and off moving equipment and not get in trouble, but not have on YOUR csx safety gear on and ready to go 2 minutes after you star time BAM........... WRITTEN UP!!!!!!!!!   Name: Pay Cuts Coming Wimps E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 March 2017 Just in: Head Hunter wants to renegotiate your Collective Bargaining Agreement, reduce corporate salaries by 40%, and place all employees on TrumpCare, at the expense of all employees without any future credits of employer contributions. All those cuts alone with essentially pay his three hundred million dollar ($300,000,000.00) salary for the next three years. And you all are squabbling over a few dollars in denied claims! PRICELESS! 

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 March 2017 Lots of CSX managers are really sweating it right now. There are good managers and I wish them well, but as for the POS managers, I hope you soon find yourself without a job and lose everything you have. Karma is a Bitch ass wipes. I don't know how many good employees iv'e saw walked out the door for chickenshit failures. As for most of you Managers at Avon, I hope you either get fired or exercise your seniority and get some of what you been dishing out for so long. 

 Name: RE; Jim Jones E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for N/A Posted: 11 March 2017 Re; Jim Jones: Per your concerns, one would say: Where is your union? And then a Corporate Officer would say: A corrupt union officer is the lowest scum on earth! They will sell out there mother just to get a paid weekend off. And then a Rail Ceo would say: Corrupt union officers are easy to find as long as we wave a twenty dollar bill at them, they will keep throwing away claims and continue looking the other way! No one is forcing anyone to work, so leave. Mr. Harrison has plans for the new hires! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 March 2017 I'm being recalled from furlough , should I come back or keep my 8 to 4 pm job. Is hunter going to cut more conductors off , what should I do ???? 

 Name: Lateral Motions E-mail: claims@csx.com Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 11 March 2017 Mr. (BNSF or UP) Doerr...Thanks for the information on your lateral motion claims. It was very helpful in establishing claims at our Local Union Meeting. 

 Name: CSX/UP MERGER E-mail: hharris@csx.com Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 11 March 2017 UP MANAGEMENT: WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING AT THE WHEELS,CSX MANAGEMENT IS COMING AFTER YOU. START MAKING THIS A SMOOTH TRANSITION AND ELIMINATE 7000 POSITIONS, INCLUDING 6000 OF YOUR WORTHLESS MANAGERS! WE ALSO NEED TO KNOW YOUR PAYMENTS TO UNION OFFICERS WHO ARE PAID FOR (NO SHOW) SAFETY MEETINGS. UNTIL THEN, WE ARE COMING AFTER YOU! CSX PACIFIC RAILROAD 

 Name: OUCH!!!!! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 March 2017 NEWS FLASH! Its already started. The rath of the great white HUNTER has already started. Avon hump crews are already following one of his orders that ALL CUTS WITH BE CUT OFF ONE CAR AT A TIME.! Doesn't matter if a block of 3 cars are going to the same place, each car will be cut off individually. Now I don't know about you but it sounds like someone might end up getting carpal tunnel of the elbow! Can you image standing on a hump for 8 hours pulling cut levers on 110 car trains going over the hill. He also has put the order out that 8 hours on a local or yard job is 8 HOURS PERIOD!!! You cant bust your arss anymore and get the car count that Jacksonville has always required so you can get done a little early or take just a few more minutes for lunch. If you are on an 8 hour job your butt better be there 8 hours. You actually get your local work done early and get back to the yard if you got any time left your going to be put to work in the yard. Your on a relief dog catch crew and you drag in a couple trains and got time left you will sit on your butt for the remainder of the time or the TM will find you any crap they can think of to keep you moving around for no less than 8 hours. Interesting to see how they rape and violate long pool crews coming in as a J JOB or dog catching job out of the hotel. You sit in the hotel for 15 hours and they decide to dead head you home because there are too many crews there the chief will put you on a relief crew ticket and make you work for 12 hours. There is no such thing as an 8 hour job on trip rated long pool hauls. No assigned start and end times for these pool. You get put on a dog catching ticket they are going to run you into the ground for 12 hours. If there is nothing to drag in on your way home in the wagon you will be put to work when you get to the yard. 3-4 hour wagon ride then a J JOB dog for no less than 4... Its coming! If your pool is being used as an extra board all the time get ready to get your eyes screwed out. So get ready to buy some new boots and FOR GOD SAKES START FILLING THOSE CLAIMS FOR ALL THE TICKETS THE CHIEF GIVES YOU AND PAYROLL COMBINES THEM AND TAKES THEM BACK! YOU THINK YOUR GET A SCREWING NOW YOU HAVENT SEEN ANYTHING YET! 

 Name: Chad Wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 09 March 2017 Hey guys. That 300 million you are paying Hunter is way too much. I'd screw up your railroad for a fraction of that. I come cheaper because I bought my degree from a diploma mill. Hunter cut off 1000 workers before he even started. That's pretty good, but I'd also cut off any tuition assistance cause that's a waste. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 March 2017 Hello Me: Hunter is older, but he is ALSO in poor shape. A man in his wealth class can afford overkill in medical care. Still, he is rumored to have had pneumonia, breathing problems, is on oxygen, and other issues. Investors are very concerned that he will not live to complete his "mission" at CSX to totally revise the company and become the greatest RR president in US history. 

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 March 2017 He's 72 years old. I'm hoping he dies sooner than later. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 March 2017 Setser. Hard to look at him & not be reminded of Alfred E. Newman of MAD magazine fame. "What, me worry?". 

 Name: HasBeen E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 March 2017 It's Official now!!!! Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse!!! 

 Name: EX LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 March 2017 Titan It's my guess you are referring to Bill Setser. He will be heading up the Northern Region. What you stated about his chop and fire mentality has been confirmed as true. Several supervisors who worked with him have confirmed he did in fact make it well known that if they weren't in the fields finding someone to fire they weren't trying hard enough and were not doing their jobs. If you can confirm any more factual information in regards to his lack of ethical reasoning it would be in the best interest of everyone to be made aware of his actions. Some may argue your post does not belong in the safety forum but they could not be more wrong. When someone new comes to town and takes control they ALWAYS COME ON FULL FORCE TO MAKE SURE EVERY ONE OF THIER LINE STAFF UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF POWER THEY HAVE! There will be pressure on the supervisors to show their ability to follow his wishes. If he is testing them to see which ones can cut the mustard and have the back bone to fire workers in the field without hesitation they will all be head hunting without any regards to the rules. This is going to cause a frenzy in the field and create serious moral problems and hostile work environment. This in turn creates an unsafe working environment. Follow the rules to a tee. Do not make a single move if you are in doubt of the exact rule governing the job. We all know the supervisors have a history of twisting and turning the rules to favor a failure if they need one bad enough. It has always been this way and will never change. Do not be afraid to pull your rules book out and argue the fact if you are wrongly charged. There are major changes coming to the company and a lot of new heads of state taking over. With new operation changes and changing of seats there will be pressure out in the fields. Do your best to follow all rules IN WRITING and contact your local chairman and General Chairman of all NEW VERBAL RULE CHANGES the supervisors quote to you as a new rule that has never been put in writing. 

 Name: Goofy clown E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 March 2017 Dear Colleagues, Strong leadership on the Operations team is critically important as we work to deliver greater efficiency and regain our industry leadership position. To guide Operations through this transition effectively, I am announcing changes to my senior leadership team. These are individuals in whom I have the utmost confidence based on their deep experience, passion for our business and unwavering commitment to CSX. Together, they will help us continue to expedite our advancements in safety, service and efficiency. These leadership changes reflect our stated intention to reorganize our operations around the primary and local networks to improve efficiency and service to our customers. The leaders will report to me, unless otherwise indicated. Effective immediately: Mike Pendergrass will continue to serve as Chief Transportation Officer, leading the implementation of our network segmentation strategy. Reporting to Mike are: · Jermaine Swafford, who is appointed vice president of Transportation, with responsibility for our Primary Network; · Gery Williams, who is appointed to the newly created position of vice president of the Local Network, with responsibility for helping us further improve first-mile, last-mile service to our customers; and · Bob Frulla, who will have expanded responsibility as vice president of Network Operations, with oversight of Customer Service, Passenger Operations and PTC. The corridor structure will be further supported by the leadership of Larry Koster, who will serve as General Manager of the Eastern Corridor, headquartered in Florence, S.C.; David Hamby, who will serve as General Manager of the Central Corridor, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.; and Bill Setser, who will serve as General Manager of the Northern Corridor, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Larry, David and Bill will report to Jermaine. Brian Barr is promoted to vice president of Mechanical, in recognition of his strong performance as chief mechanical officer for the Southern Region. John Bradley is appointed vice president of Service Design, having previously served as vice president of Southern Region Transportation. The Car Management and Process Excellence teams will now report to John. Rod Logan is appointed assistant vice president of Safety, responsible for further strengthening our focus and performance in this critical area. Ricky Johnson will remain as vice president of Engineering, with expanded responsibility to include oversight of our Highly Automated Railroad initiatives. Mike Smith, Jim Marks and John Hart are retiring. Mike, Jim and John have made important contributions to CSX during their many years of service, for which we are immensely grateful. We wish them equal success in their future endeavors. The Operations leaders will work together over the coming weeks to finalize their reporting structures. Please join me in supporting them as they take on new responsibilities and help us safely and reliably serve our customers and our nation’s economy. Sincerely, Cindy Sanborn 

 Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 March 2017 Why don't you Robert Pines followers stop wasting space on here by complaining about stuff that doesn't matter. You faggots need help. Grow some balls and stop hiding behind a computer screen and do something about it. You mom and dad raised a coward. Stick Robert Pines up your butt.. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 March 2017 Hunter is the real deal, he makes money, and with out that there is no sugar to suck off. Point your finger any direction, however if you are a slacker---you be gone. The sad part is those that leave are based on the Union Sonority and they are the worst to keep. let the good one's go and keep the sludge. That my friend is what a union does to every young person that works for the railroad. 

 Name: Shareholder E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 March 2017 Much complaining, groaning & moaning from employees during the Ward regime. Look out now. Is best to be careful what you wish for. 

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 March 2017 I sure hope Hunter Harrison fires some of these incompetent Diversity Hires they have acquired over the years. Maybe the new CSX will hire and promote managers based on qualifications and ability rather that trying to win some type of EEOC award to hang on the wall. 

 Name: TRUMP AMERICA E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 24 February 2017 MAKE RAIL WAGES GREAT AGAIN! But first, we must DRAIN THE SWAMP and fire our corrupt union bosses! They complain about how much we lost, but their signatures is on every lousy agreement shoved down our throats! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 February 2017 well, the latest on TV was flash news that CSX is eliminating 1,000 management jobs. And, IIRC, yardmaster positions have disappeared on many other railroads, and may soon disappear on CSX, to be replaced by MYO - manager yardmasters. If you can finish a degree, gain a skill, or get a license remember that there is NO secure RR job. 

 Name: Safety First E-mail: rodoerr@bnsf.com Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 22 February 2017 EXCESSIVE LATERAL MOTION SYMPTOMS & CASUALTY MANAGEMENT CLAIMS: Union Pacific and few other Class I encourages all employees to recognized the symptoms from excessive lateral motion traumas. The following is for your information and guidance for lateral motion symptoms: DISCOMFORT PAIN NUMBNESS TINGLING BURNING CHANGE IN COLOR OR TEMPERATURE OF SKIN FACTORS THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: INTENSE LONG-DURATION EXPOSURE TO COMBINATIONS OF FORCE AND REPETITION DOING TASKS BEYOND YOUR PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES EXPOSURE TO VIBRATION ABOVE MAXIMUM HEALTH GUIDELINES PLEASE REPORT SYMPTOMS ITS TO LATE TO FILE CLAIM WITHIN THREE YEARS OF SYMPTOMS IF THEY: ARE PERSISTENT, SEVERE, OR WORSENING IF THE PAIN RADIATES THROUGH YOUR ENTIRE BODY KEEP YOU FROM SLEEPING IF YOU HAVE CONSTANT OR UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS, SEE YOUR DOCTOR! SYMPTOMS REQUIRE A MEDICAL EVALUATION FOR DIAGNOSIS. Some cumulative trauma injuries are so severe and requires extreme medical remedies, including a Medical retirement with compensation by the Casualty Management Department. One should always seek a FELA attorney in order to fully understand your options if the Casualty Management Department fail to do so. 

 Name: Chad Wilbourn Duhhh! E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year Posted: 21 February 2017 I put in the try and become Michael Wards replacement, but the fake Madison University degrees I got over on the UP with that I got off the internet just wouldn't fly with your Corporate people. So YOU got that old ass and another old fucker from sales. Booo hoo for me Chad wilbourn, Super homo from North Plate 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 February 2017 Wonder if she was Safely, Courteously & Professionally helped off the property without Harassment & Discrimination. If the witch is out, probably got a nice goodbye severance package. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 21 February 2017 Our Division Manager was at depot yesterday and we are being told Cindy Sanborn is no longer with csx. 

 Name: hugh jorgan E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 February 2017 Robert Pines for President!! 

 Name: Big Willy E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 February 2017 New CSX motto should be "Big trains, Big Problems!!" hahaha Keep running them big, I like all the overtime and recrews. 

 Name: Jim Jones E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 February 2017 Hi, could someone please enlighten me as to your grievance procedures? I'm from Canada and understand the processes are different. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 February 2017 Yep, agree - "That sanborn witch should be given a mop & bucket & toilet cleaning supplies"....... - so as to perform the type of tasks she's best suited for. Add she should have to pay for the cleaning supplies. WTH, all company suckasses should have to do likewise. 

 Name: Lowell E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 February 2017 Cindy should work for Amtrak as a car cleaner and a toilet wiper. That job will work for her. 

 Name: Oh No!! Not Amtrak E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 February 2017 Don't send Cindy Sanborn to Amtrak !! They have enough problems with just trying to exist and run their own railroad. She will ruin Amtrak just like CSXT 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 16 February 2017 That sanborn witch should be given a mop & bucket & toilet cleaning supplies to perform the type of tasks she's best suited for. 

 Name: Karma E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 February 2017 Heard from a CSX manager that Cindy is going to work for Amtrak, good riddance. 

 Name: Former_HR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 February 2017 In reply to... Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 February 2017 Just frustrated and feel like venting.... ~~~~~~~~ Ma’am you have rights and deserve to be treated with respect. As someone who once worked in HR at 500 Water Street, I can assure you that nothing will change unless you change it. Go here and answer the questions https://egov.eeoc.gov/eas/ At the end, a form will load on the screen. Print it off. Fill it out. Mail it in. Be brief and just use the room they give you. Let the EEOC decide if this deserves additional attention. You can withdraw the charge if later you regret it. And if you are worried about CSX taking action against you as a result of filling, they will not because that gives you another reason to file a new charge, which is a lot easier to prove. The EEOC comes down very hard if a company attacks someone that files a charge. If you don’t file, which is very easy to complete, no one will ever do anything about what you are seeing. I have spoken with more than 10 educated professional people that have all witnessed or experienced EEOC violations at CSX and only one of them filed with the EEOC. That is why you are suffering. People are afraid to take action and so more people get hurt. Help fix the problem, protect others, get the respect you deserve, file today. 

 Name: WILD CAT E-mail: johnwayne@csx.com Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 13 February 2017 This is a two day notice: Who's brave enough to stay home Wednesday? This is the only leverage you have without a corrupt union officer! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 February 2017 The elections for the Smart\UTU Legislative positions for local & state were held just last year so it'll be 2-3 yrs. before another. However, should there be a vacancy due to resignation, retirement, et al, an election would need to be held prior to that. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 06 February 2017 Well, If all that's true how's come you've stuck with it and haven't filed a lawsuit(s)? Must be something in/on your agenda. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 February 2017 Just frustrated and feel like venting.... Started in the field as a young woman then came to HQ still as a young woman. As a woman I can tell you that stereotypes around sexual harassment at this company are so backwards. People in headquarters and far away from the field assume that sexual-harassment is all the norm if you're a young woman working in the field. However I can attest to the fact that it is quite the opposite. The further removed I get from the field the worst of sexual harassment becomes. Honestly I have always worked in management of the company and never experienced any sexual harassment in the field, it wasn't until I started working in headquarters that it started occurring. The "good old boys" Club is alive and well here and about as stereo typical as you can get . White males in their 40s to 50s deciding who moves and when and where and how throughout the company . God forbid somebody makes a sexual advance towards you and you politely decline- that's all they need to put you on their "**** list." And it always occurs from the men who were never in the field, the man who only ever worked banker hours and had to do little to get ahead other than being friends with the right person at the right time . I literally grew up in this company and come from a long line of railroaders three generation strong , I stayed away from attempting to work in this industry for a long time because of my family strong history of leadership within it . I was worried that that would be held against me, but now I see that my gender is worse than anything . I've tried to do everything the men in my family did to get a good reputation I started in the field, I worked 24 hours a day seven days a week, I missed out on so much time of seeing my young son grow up , and all I have to show for it is A dead end position that I'm kept in just to keep me submissive to a chain of leadership that thinks they know what's best without consulting anyone outside of themselves . And speaking of this leadership , There are some good ones I can attest to that for sure but they are few and far in between unfortunately. The culture here has morphed into one where we are only looking to get ahead for ourselves and we don't care about the long-term success of the company or its employees . When I was growing up I felt like doing what was best for the company was the major reason why people made certain desicions. Sure no one is going to be able to make a decision that makes every employee of a company happy, but at least I felt like that with this decisions were being made for the good of majority both field and management employees . I get it this industry has a long history of doing bad things to good people , but at least in those times everybody was upfront about it . Now we just turn a blind eye and pretend like we don't see what is going on . I've worked at high-levels of other male dominated industries and moved ahead quickly at a young age and can honestly tell you I've never experienced such long term blatant harassment like I have experienced since I've been in the most "progressive"" department our headquarters has the offer . Ok- back to the super bowl... 

 Name: Karma E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2017 Very disappointing to hear my State Legislative Rep. for the UTU is inquiring into CSX management jobs, guess he needs a back-up plan in case he doesn't get re-elected to his 6-figure do-nothing job, as he doesn't want to run a engine ever again. This man has many faces, you have to look no further than his Facebook page to see who he is friends with. Says a lot about his moral character, preach the Union Brotherhood at the state house and union meetings, yet making a backup plan to take a CSX mgmt. position. 

 Name: Mitch Combs E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 February 2017 For Watchdog, (Retired 33 years from RR service here, so I do have a say). When a human being gets hurt/injured or worse cut/smashed into a bloody corpse...IT IS A BIG DEAL! Do not downplay that fact. 

 Name: watchdog E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 February 2017 Posters Well it looks like our pines/imposter has managed to take control of the site again. Drawing everyone's attention away from the important topics at hand. If you are a regular poster on this site or have been a visitor of it, you know the pines character goes back over 14 years. Maybe longer. Cant say if he started the recent mess with posting the incident about the unfortunate van accident but he/it has kept the ball rolling. There is a car hit in this country everyday by someone who is either an idiot, tired or lazy or the unfortunate victim of bad view from vegetation, buildings, or improperly maintained crossing equipment. There is also a car crash everyday due to the same damn things. Now, we must ask ourselves why has he decided to continue this rant. Our guess is he is either off his medication, bored or he is really the company mole who is paid to come to this site and disrupt all discussions of topics that have the powers to be in Jacksonville twisting in their seats. So lets take the time to put away Mr. pines rants for the moment and focus on what is happening in and around our yards! It may not be long before you have a new Sherriff in the CEO seat and thing will be seriously changing. If you have not googled Hunter Harrison then we suggest you do. Read his history, Read his ideas and strategies. He will get a seat on the board of directors if not CEO. He WILL be an influence. The supervisors are not protected. They are just as vulnerable and expendable. They know this. Your unions better be doing their homework. If there is a change of power you will finally see what your unions are made of. Reducing the work force means reducing their income or doubling your dues. 

 Name: jason wilkerson E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 February 2017 anybody need their grass cut? i'm looking for a job. 

 Name: Keith Freeman E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 January 2017 WITNESS TO AND NEEDS TO BE RE-POSTED TO KEEP THE FAITH. Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 December 2012 After serving as FRA Railroad Safety Inspector (Motive Power and Equipment) for just over 34 years, I have retired. My decision to retire was made on March 16, 2012, after being bullied and stalked on and outside of railroad property by CSX Transportation Toledo Terminal Superintendent Rob Burkett and CSX Transportation Toledo Terminal Trainmaster Lennon Givens, with FRA Region 2 Administrator Brian Hontz and FRA Region 2 Deputy Administrator Larry Kish refusing to take any kind of action. On the night of March 15, 2012, at the CSX Transportation Stanley Yard, near Toledo, Ohio, CSX Transportation Toledo Terminal Superintendent Rob Burkett and CSX Transportation Toledo Terminal Trainmaster Lennon Givens began following very closely behind my GSA vehicle. It was clear to me that I was being bullied and stalked by those individuals. Because I did not want that harassment to continue, I left the railroad property. However, Burkett and Givens continued to follow me in Burkett's personal vehicle. After I made several turns and drove more than two miles they finally turned away. CSX Mechanical Operations employees at Stanley Yard are very aware of how CSX Transportation managers attempted to intimidate me. I was told that one of those managers was even bragging how the FRA Inspector (me) was run off the property on March 15, 2012. FRA Region 2 Deputy Administrator Larry Kish told me that he would not defend me. During a previous phone conversation, CSX Superintendent Rob Burkett had repeatedly accused me of taking pleasure in delaying his trains. I assured him that it was the FRA non-complying conditions that were delaying his trains, and if those trains had been FRA compliant, they would not have been delayed. On March 28, 2012, at approximately 11 p.m., CSX Transportation Toledo Terminal Trainmaster Lennon Givens again followed me out of the CSX Transportation Stanley Yard. After driving about two miles and making several turns, I entered the Lake Township Police Department parking lot. Givens then pulled to the side of the road and waited for me. Because the Lake Township Police were out on patrol, I called 911 to report that I was being stalked. When officers arrived, I explained how Givens had been stalking me, and also how CSX Transportation Toledo Terminal Superintendent Rob Burkett and Givens had stalked me on the night of March 15, 2012. I then learned that that activity on the part of CSX managers was in no uncertain terms, illegal. I told the police officers that Burkett and Givens have been attempting to intimidate me an effort to shield their FRA non-compliant outbound trains from my inspection and the resultant delays caused by the serious defects that I regularly discover. The police officers then took my statement and asked where they could find Givens. I told them that his office was in the newly constructed CSX Administration Building at Walbridge, Ohio. I also had an eye witness to the stalking and gave the police officers the name of that witness. Then, being extremely upset and nervous, I decided that I should just go home. A police report is available at the Lake Township Police Department, 27975 Cummings Road, Millbury, OH 43447 (419) 838-6651. On March 29, 2012, I sent an e-mail to FRA Region 2 managers and to my AFGE union officials describing what had occurred the night before. FRA Region 2 Deputy Administrator Larry Kish again phoned me to discuss the matter. This time he did not say that he could not defend me, but did not say that he would either. When I was bullied and stalked by CSX Transportation Toledo Terminal Superintendent Rob Burkett and CSX Terminal Trainmaster Lennon Givens on March 15 and 28, 2012, I believe that a Federal crime was committed. On those two days, serious attempts were made to intimidate a federal law enforcement official in the performance of his official duties. FRA Region 2 managers should have immediately contacted the U.S. Marshals, but instead went to CSX Transportation with hat-in-hand. During the last few years, I discovered hundreds of freight cars with ineffective air brakes and other FRA non-complying conditions that were prepared for departure in outbound trains at the CSX Transportation Stanley and Lake Front Yards near Toledo, Ohio. And I documented most of those defects with photographs. Had I not taken exception to those FRA non-complying freight cars, they would have departed without being repaired. I believe that FRA management is beginning to cater to the desires of the railroads. They have not told FRA inspectors to back off, but they have been telling them to alter their inspection procedures. At a recent staff meeting, FRA Region 2 Administrator Brian Hontz told us that we would be operating in a new manner. A further statement from Hontz indicated to me that railroad operational desires will be honored ahead of regulatory enforcement. Prior to my retirement, I was also told that we should do fewer outbound train inspections and more inbound inspections. Railroads love inbound train inspections because they don't cause outbound train delays. However, inbound train inspections do not give a clear picture of how the outbound trains will look after they are classified, inspected and given a class I brake test-initial terminal inspection. Only outbound inspections can verify that all freight cars have effective air brakes, secure safety appliances and components that will not cause enroute derailments. Also, enforcement action can only be taken after the railroad inspections have been completed and the trains are ready to depart. Again, if railroads comply with FRA regulations, they will not experience delayed train departures account of FRA inspections. I was a dedicated Railroad Safety Inspector for 34 years, and never received less than a Meritorious performance rating. In fact, most of my ratings were Distinguished. Also, the accident, complaint, inspection and violation reports I submitted will verify my dedication to railroad safety, and to the oath I took back in 1978. I always treated railroad employees in the manner that I would have wished to be treated. The only railroad employees that were offended were the managers that believed on time train departures were more important than dispatching safe and FRA compliant trains. By not providing proper railroad safety oversight, I believe that FRA may be going down the same road that the Mine Safety and Health Administration did a few years ago. Several coal miners lost their lives due to that lack of oversight. It seems likely that MSHA started catering to the wishes of mine owners rather than the safety of the miners. And it seems to me that FRA is now catering to the wishes of the railroads. Railroads are now operating with fewer employees and expecting the same amount of work from them. One person remote control locomotive assignments are a good example. Those employees are expected to accomplish the same amount of work as was previously done by two or three employees. On several occasions, those employees have told me that in order to accomplish the work assigned to them, they are forced to disregard FRA and railroad safety rules. I have also been told that their managers place a target on their backs if they do try to follow all of the rules and consequently can't finish the work that was assigned to them. And if they get caught breaking a rule, they are usually disciplined and sometimes terminated. From the discussions I have had with engineers and trainmen, work morale is very bad. Yardmasters have also complained to me about how they are treated and talked to by the trainmasters they work for. Unfortunately, those in FRA Headquarters and Regional offices don't seem to realize what really goes on in railroad yards. They seem to believe that the employees are always responsible for injuries and accidents, and that the railroads are doing all they can to prevent those occurrences. Yes, employees are often at fault when injuries and accidents occur, but the pressure railroads place on them for production and the movement of trains is also part of the equation. And, placing profits ahead of expenditures for safety improvements, including equipment and track repairs, also enters into that equation. These problems have existed since the first rails were laid, and is why the FRA Office of Safety exists today. Unfortunately the FRA Office of Safety now seems to be catering to the railroads' desire for production, movement of trains and profits, instead of enforcing safety regulations to protect railroad employees and the general public. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 January 2017 Reviewing recent comments about E. Hunter Harrison here, note the following corrections should be made: a. EHH is thinking of working at CSX, not at the UP. b. EHH son is NOT replacing him as pres. of CP, a guy off BN is. c. The key time is the board meeting this spring. d. Cindy should be gone real soon now, but perhaps hold until June. e. M. Ward will be gone by June. f. EHH will be the new top dog. g. Whatever new plans in works currently may NOT be the plan several months from now. h. This may still lead to suburban Chicago, on the wind swept prairie. i. The guy from Pershing Square Associates, Bill Ackman, is NOT the investment consortium backing this project. j. good bye Calumet, hello Schaumberg?? k. Boca Raton and metropolitan Chicago (not O'Hare) have ample airfields w/24 ops, lights, everything set up for corporate all weather ops. O'Hare is good but they don't like corporate and there are soo many nice strips all set up, as long as the pilot understands the mess in that TCA. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 January 2017 Well LC, Why don't you LCs & the Local LRs get cracking? Union reps are supposed to have even more backing than the average member account they're just doing what they're elected to do. 

 Name: Oh Yeah E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 January 2017 LC (Joe) Dropping his name on here or calling the ethics hotline and the FRA will get the same reaction from the Trainmaster. The anti-retaliation policy doesn't apply to mgmt. 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 January 2017 Concerned I am all for whistleblowing and doing what is right, but using a trainmasters name means that all local crews that use the on board under his jurisdiction will most likely we watched like a hawk in order for retaliation to be dispensed. The TM will not be able to identify who brought the unethical behavior forward so crews will most likely be drilled and failures give to all to make sure the message is sent. DO NOT DISCUSS THE FACT THAT THE POST WAS ON HERE AND BY WHOM. 

 Name: Report that TM E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 January 2017 Hey you!! Yes that is a clear violation of the HOS act. Report his ass to the FRA and any other RR official Don't let that crap slide..... Have a good weekend and stay safe and smart. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 January 2017 Concerned, Regarding the hours of service question: After you've completed the OBWO device work, can you complete the electronic "time ticket"? Or must you do a quick tie-up and then have to complete your hours of service reporting when you next report for duty? That's your 1st clue concerning handling electronic devices after your 12 hrs. has expired. How much time do you mean? Couple minutes or an hour or so? TM Fister should be made to read & fully understand Title 49 CFR Part 228 in it's entirety. You people, your unions, need to get all this reported to the FRA-have that outfit make a determination on how this should be handled. 

 Name: concerned E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 January 2017 FRA INSPECTOR When I was first hired we were told in training class that we were not supposed to stay after work when we were outlawed to complete the on board for the company. This electronic devise reports the work that we SUPPOSIDLY DO to the billing department for CSX. We have a trainmaster(Fister) who has been making us stay and report work after we outlaw. I was told it was their responsibility to complete this. He says since it is not actually doing train work so we can. We get overtime while we stay and complete the thing so some dont care about it, but if its a violation of hours of service I dont want to get caught up in this mess. Whats the rule on this. How about reporting that you have pulled cars from an industry which you know you haven't just to get it to billing. If we go back to get the cars the next day and they derail all over the place and its enough damage to be reportable to the FRA will we be charged for lying on the onboard. What if the car needs to be shopped for repairs and the commodity isn't delivered in time and csx charges the customer for work we never did? We are being made do this as well but I bet your bottom dollar the TM will NEVER admit he told us to do this. What would you do about this? Im not the only one starting to get concerned about this! Why doesn't CSX pay better attention to this stuff going on or are they just in it up to their knees! Do they harass the supervisors to get customer serviced on time just so they can get that service star award? Whats the big deal with this award anyway. Do they get grants or money for the award? 

 Name: cheated E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 January 2017 Conductor 30 That's real easy to say not to step up or volunteer. Doesn't do a damn bit of good when a tm comes up to you after you been gone at the hotel for 48 stinking hours and you come in on a train after 10 hours on duty and they grab you and ask if you can go drag a train in then when you say no I am tired and want to go home they say " WELL WE REALLY DONT HAVE ANYONE ELSE RIGHT NOW SO IM GOING TO ASK YOU AGAIN! WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU SAY. HUH? We said no again then we were order to do it or be charged with insubordination. Then they stand there and lie through their teeth and say you will be paid another ticket and the pay roll takes it back and says you weren't entitled to be paid for the extra work. WE ARE SICK OF THIS SHIT. WE ARE SICK OF OUR YELLOW BACK UNIONS LETTING THIS HAPPEN EVERY SINGLE STINKING DAY TO THE CREWS. I AGREE WITH LEGAL. MAKE THEIR LIVES MISERABLE AT NO COST! REPORT EVERY LAW THEY BREAK. NOTIFY THE PRESS. WHO GIVES A SHIT ANYMORE! 

 Name: PRESIDENT TRUMP E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 26 January 2017 We are a week in President Trump's term...and already he has demonstrated how incompetent our union leaders are and above all, how corrupt our politicians are! With a simple demand to Corporate America under the threat of tariffs to companies who decides to move their manufacturing base to Mexico under the disguise of Free Trade. Free Trade was not designed to destroy your owned country, and by doing so, move your manufacturing base to Mexico or another country, and sell the products to the country where the factories were shut down. Plain and simple economics and plain and simple courage by President Trump to tell it like it is! 

 Name: Legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 January 2017 Loyd Everything you posted was 100% correct. What you did not post was the fact that the members do not need the union to start a chain reaction of worry within the companies upper management. What the members fail to understand is the power they have in reporting constant violations of federal and state laws. We received a call a few days ago from a concerned crew member who was being forced to violate FRA laws and regulations and wanted to know what to do. He was advised to immediately call the appropriate FRA representative and file a complaint. His first comment was one of fear of retaliation. He was them asked why did he bother to call if he wasn't going to take the advise and if he expected us to call that wasn't going to happen. He was the one in the situation and knew what was happening. People, if you know your unions are worthless and possibly bought under the table then it is your responsibility to take control of your situation. The carrier can easily violate your union agreement. If you have not figured that out yet then your in for a long miserable haul working for the railroad. The carrier CAN NOT break state and federal laws. Yes, they do on a daily basis but it is up to you to report these violations and to send a message to the company that you mean business. If your rights are violated on a daily basis then the state and federal regulators should know when are being violated as well. This is not a fair game that the railroads are playing and you can not expect to play fair and make a difference. It doesn't work that way. Take a stance and do what is right. Report all violations and demand fair play and treatment for yourself and your state and federal regulators, 

 Name: James Kia E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 26 January 2017 Strike? Ya sure. We cant even ban together and all markoff for a day or two and shut it down much less strike. Too many guys in way over their heads financially. Cant afford to miss a day much less strike. Will NEVER happen. Next idea? 

 Name: Lloyd E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 January 2017 First of all I want to say that it has been quite some time since I've had anything to post here because well, it really doesn't seem to make much of a difference. Now it is a great place to vent and I appreciate the people who run this website but comments mostly fall on deaf ears. Now, where was I? Here we are in 2017 and things have gone from not so good, to pretty bad, horrible, and almost unbearable. And before you think about getting on here and telling me to stop bitching just save your fingers from exercise because I'm not writing on your behalf. I'm writing to sympathize and to get other input from employees who are sick of being treated like we are lower than rat droppings. We are, or should all be, at a junction where we have to make a choice. We as union members have to decide if we're finally going to stand up to these blood sucking class 1 railroads with or without the backing of our unions. If your attitude has always been that we cannot strike you need to rethink where you want to be in 10 to 20 years. How will your quality of life be? What kind of job will you be able to hold then? Will you be by yourself on that engine? Will a computer eventually replace you if you are the only one left on that engine? How will management treat you without a powerful union? How powerful will your union be if they get rid of 30 to 50 percent more of the work force? Will you even have a union then? How much worse can the availability policy get? Will FMLA be available for you then or will these companies use it against you? Seriously. Ask yourself these questions fellow union members. If you can accept things the way they are then I guess you like being manipulated and treated like a modern day slave. The only difference is maybe you get okay benefits and a decent wage just to feed back to the system itself. What is happening right now is NOT okay. And if you think it is maybe YOU are the problem. Now we've got maybe ONE opportunity to make things better for ourselves. I hope you do the right thing if you get the chance. 

 Name: na E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 21 January 2017 LC Nice catch in the ethics policy. Im going to sit down and read mine a little closer now. see what else I can find that supervisors are violating. 

 Name: UP LASU CON E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 January 2017 TO ALL YOU DON'T HAVE TO AND READ THIS; STAY THE FU8K OUT OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. GOING ON HIGH ALERT LIKE. HIGH URBAN THREAT AREA...... ANTI -DONALD DUCK PROTESTORS ALL OVER THE PLACE... BARBARA STREISAND AND HER GOT NOTHING TO GUILTY OF QUEER BAND ALONG WITH JAMIE LEE CURTIS AND OTHER HOLYWOOD ELITE ALL OVER THE PLACE PROTESTING PRESIDENT DONALD DUCK AND HIS MICKEY MOUSE CRUSADE. GAWD...I HOPE NCCC GET'S FUCKED BY A GOOD RAILROAD STIKE THIS YEAR.... 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 January 2017 ME The post was not from Adam. Wrong assumption. Not sure he would appreciate his name being posted on this site. Sure you meant no harm. Now a little education for you and other posters. As for your comment to sick, posting on this site that the CMC managers are being put on notice is the perfect thing to do. If you have not read any post on this site before, the FRA as well as an appointed team for the lawyers of CSX reads this site every day. It is a blatant violation for a crew caller to call someone in the manner that "SICK" has pointed out when the crew managers are well aware that this topic is covered in the SSA and is written in black and white. There is NO GRAY AREA! The excuse they are using now is that the IVR is violating the rule. It is set up to automatically run the rosters and anyone in AO status will get automatically called in the window between 2201 and 0000. NO EXCUSE!! They are responsible for the programing of the IVR system. They have been using this as an excuse since they were down sized and jobs were replaced by the machine. If you having issues with anyone in CSX and need to point out the problems do not hesitate to post your notice to them on this site. It is a fact that TM, RF and other supervisors visit this site on a regular basis and have been heard very frequently discussing the topics posted on here. Therefore they can not say they are not aware of situations that are taking place and therefore they are turning a blind eye. Yes, they do nothing about what they read but that puts them at fault according to the ethics policy. You should have received a copy of the code of ethics in the mail. Read page 38 covering social media. Read the first line of the last paragraph! IF YOU SEE SOMETHING POSTED THAT COULD BE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL TO CSX, REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY! The csx group who is assigned to monitor this site regularly is NOT EXEMPT from this policy! Actions such as those that are occurring within the CMC could easily be seen as an attempt to create hostility. 

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 January 2017 SickOf CM, I'll bet those CMC callers and Managers are afraid to call anyone now since you "Put them on Notice". Damnit man. I wish you wouldn't have done that, they are all trembling in their shoes now and will be afraid to call anyone for work. Seriously dude, do you really think a crew caller or CMC Manager gives two big shits about being turned in to the Ethics Hotline for running the roster. You apparently have a very high opinion of yourself to think that your gonna make a difference. Who do you think reviews the cases called into the Ethics Hotline? It damned sure isn't a neutral party that makes decisions that are Labor friendly. 

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 January 2017 LC (Adam), Thanks for the info on the performance bonus. 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 January 2017 ALL ENGINEERS Official notice came in today. The Engineers bonus will be figured at 100% and will be payable on February 22nd. There have been rumors floating around that some in upper management have been claiming they were getting a 125% bonus. These are just rumors and nothing has been clarified. However it does not matter. The contractual bonus agreement states that the bargaining unit will not request an audit or review of the corporate books to determine if your percentage is being figured fairly. 

 Name: sickof CM E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 January 2017 CREW MANAGERS!!!! ARTICLE 40(NEW LANGUAGE) OF THE SSA FOR ENGINEERS STATES VERY CLEARLY...... IN NO EVENT WILL AND ENGINEER BE REQUIRED TO ACCEPT AN ASSIGNMENT THAT GOES ON DUTY AFTER 2000 HOURS ON THE DAY PRIOR TO HIS SCHEDULED TIME OFF. ITS ABOUT TIME YOU STOPPED ORDERING YOUR CREW CALLERS TO CALL ANY ENGINEER AFTER 2000 AND DISRUPT OUR QUALITY TIME AT HOME THAT MICHAEL WARD CLAIMS HE IS SO CONCERNED THAT WE HAVE. WE ARE ALL SICK OF HEARING THE SAME LAME EXCUSE THAT YOU HAVED NEW PEOPLE IN THE OFFICE WHO DONT KNOW THE AGREEMENT. YOU HAVE USED THIS OUTRIGHT LIE FOR SO LONG ITS NOT EVEN LAUGHABLE ANYMORE. THEREFORE YOU ARE BEING PUT ON NOTICE. WE ARE GOING TO FILE ETHICS CHARGES AGAINST YOU FOR SUPPORTING A HOSTILE WORK ENVIORNMENT. THEN WE WILL FILE A PETITION TO HAVE YOU REMOVED FROM YOUR POSITION BECAUSE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT QUALIFIED TO HANDLE THE JOB. THE ABILITY TO SUPERVISE YOUR CREW CALLERS AND THE INABILITY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROPERLY TRAINED SPEAKS FOR ITSELF WHEN OUR PHONE RING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT BECAUSE YOU HAVE ORDERED THEM TO GET A WARM BODY AT NO COST. DO NOT DENY THIS. SEVERAL CREW CALLERS HAVE TOLD US THIS. THEY ARE NOT AS LOYAL AS YOU THINK. YOUR TOTAL DISREGARD FOR OUR UNION AGREEMENT AND OUR PRIVATE TIME AT HOME MAKES YOU A HOSTILE SUPERVISOR. YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELVES TO BLAME. BE PREPARED! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2017 Agree. SpongeBob ought to step back, do some research, listen\learn, and then post what to hope for. "Don't know what you've got 'till it's gone". 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2017 This is no different from the CP with Hunter Harrison & Bill Ackman wanting to take over the NS. They want to come in and liquidate EVERYTHING. Chop everything up, sell it all off to make there money, then claim a consolidated railroad. By this time there is nothing left as they retire and walk away with millions in there pockets, and thousands of railroaders out of work. Modern day Corporate Greed. Watch what you wish for, these guys are hatchet men. 

 Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 January 2017 I'm hoping Hunter Harrison comes in and kicks out Mikey and Cindy on the curb. Maybe Mr. Harrison will promote people to management positions based on their ability rather than the current regime that promotes people based on their skin color or other minority status. CSX loves the positive publicity of hiring minorities and promoting them to positions that they fail miserably in. Take a look at Queens Gate and Chicago for example. These folks couldn't manage a Lemonade stand in Siberia much less run a Railroad. 

 Name: UP Hunter Harrison E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 19 January 2017 Hunter Harrison signed on with the UP for over $100 Million plus. He resigned from the CP and forfeited a buyout of over$88 Million. Union Pacific has a overall management problem with a lot of dim headlights at the operational levels of management. With all the insurmountable legal bills that's coming to fruition, someone has to focus on efficient (not harassment operation) operation of trains. Fritz and Scott has been compromised by the SP union bosses. And both will be out the door in a matter of days! Good Riddance 

 Name: Hogga E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 January 2017 http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=5923 Strike one UP for the BLET on this victory against one man train crews guys!! Hella of a lot better than the UTU/SMART ass union selling all of our asses off in the next national aggreements. Way to go BLE!!! Keep up the good work!! Fuck you Carriers!! 

 Name: active conductor E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 January 2017 Future Conductor; CSX wants really stupid mofo's out here! Tell your friend to try and hire on with BNSF or UP. They are at least better Railroads to work for. CSX SUCKS ass and there is NO future here or security in the jobs. Maybe one day UP will buy the CSXT. Hopefully!! Their culture and respect towards the employees and have changed at least on the LASU with the new Super. Good Luck 

 Name: LMAO E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 January 2017 ALL CREWS Did any of you read the latest rag mag from the greatlakes division we just got in the mail. Try reading the article under "Avon keeps pace with business". Anyone know who this fletcher guy is that said the train crews pick up the engines in the receiving yard??? Does he not know that we usually get them at the servicing fuel pad and if not there somewhere where they have parked them after another crew brings them in bypassing the fuel pad so they wont be held for inspection or cleaning? Yeah, sometimes the crews get them in the receiving yard because they hand them right off to another crew when they are running behind schedule and again don't want them held up for inspection. Not sure this guy knows whats going on with the power or he's just to afraid to tell it like it really is! 

 Name: future conductor E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 January 2017 Can any of you railroaders explain this?I know a guy that was told by csx that he was hired for a track worker position.For some reason csx kept giving him the run around made him take a drug test and physical 2 or 3 times but never told him he failed anything.For whatever reason he was never hired by csx after being told he had the job and was never given an explanation as to why he wasn't hired.Anybody know why csx did this? 

 Name: mediator E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 January 2017 POSTERS Did you remember the webmaster at Christmas. Did you show your gratitude for having a place to come and post your problems and inform the public of the true conditions of working for CSX? If not, now would be a good time to open your hearts and send him a thankyou. Im sure anything you send him would be greatly appreciated. You can visit amazon.com and check through his wish list(Atom Smasher). Show some support for the man who gives you a place to vent and brainstorm the best ways to handle the intimidation, harassment and the day to day insane business tactics that we all deal with! GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU! Maybe this year will be a better year and we will finally get paid the claims that are due us. Especially the ones we have been waiting for more than 4 years! 

 Name: shop E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 January 2017 Notice Looks like Avon is taking another hit. They are supposed to be doing away with 3rd shift in the engine repair shop. Guess they plan on dragging the broke down junk to another terminal to be fixed. Its just going to get worse. The writing was on the wall when they started running the inbound engines around the engine house so they wouldn't be held up for cleaning and inspections. Cant count how many by pass the house to be parked somewhere else in the yard for another road crew to take without ever being seen by the engine/fuel pad. Pretty soon they wont even be cleaned. Just pulled out on the mainline to be fueled and not cleaned or taken care of until the crews shop them for being filthy dirty and the toilets stinking to high hell. Wonder how long before they close us down all together! 

 Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 January 2017 CSX Lover is nothing more than a dumb fuck Troll, ignore him and he will eventually go away. 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 January 2017 Hogger its people like you that give the railroad a bad name.You are a pussy.You would be better suited working at burger king flippin burgers and spittin on onion rings.You get on this site and hide behind a screen name and trash the very company that gives you a paycheck.You act like a little bitch. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 15 January 2017 For cryin' out loud hogger -- just ignore "bait" type posts from unhappy people who are just trying to hit a nerve. Obviously, that stuff comes from a person who may benefit from some professional counseling. 

 Name: hogger E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 January 2017 CSX lover Don't know what the f.... you are but you don't know a damn thing they told us at the recruit center. So blow it out your ass. The judges ruling in the class action suit for false advertising said it all. So go crawl back under your csx rock and tell your csx lawyer that your reporting too to blow up his arss too! 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 January 2017 Hogger I understand how the railroad works.People use to go to school in waycross ga for rr training.You are the dumbass for paying 6000 dollars for a job in the first place.You knew the deal before you signed on.Being on call 24/7 365 days a year.Having to work nights,weekends and holidays all the rules and regulations.The xtra board etc.You knew the deal but you ignored all of that because of the money you would make.You paid the money you got the job and then all the bullshit you were told about became real and you couldn't handle it.You knew about all the bullshit before you signed up.You were warned.Who is the dumbass now mr hogger.Either do the job csx ask you to do or get the hell out.You big crybaby.It is simple turn in your notice and then you wont have to deal with the bullshit from the railroad anymore.There are other good paying jobs out there.You know where the door is don't let it hit you in the ass on the way out.The lover has spoken 

 Name: HOGGER E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 January 2017 CSX LOVER SCREW YOU BUDDY. YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A BASEMENT FOAMER WHO DOESNT KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT WHAT WE BEEN THROUGH OR WHAT THE COMPANY HAS DONE TO US. YOU JUST SPOUT YOUR CSX LOVIN CRAP CAUSE YOU JUST WANT SO BAD TO BE CHOO CHOO MAN! Let me enlighten you! Some of us paid for our damn jobs. Forked out over 6 grand to get it. Do some research and see how many filed lawsuits against the company for false advertising for the jobs. See how many found out later they were told bullshit by the recruiters when you went to take their test. Got new for you! The judges ruled in our favor. Found out all the bull shit we were fed and the false pay advertised in the papers. Didn't find out how bad it was going to be until all the training was said and done. We stayed to get our money back. Then stuck around hoping our unions would help out. SOME OF US ARENT QUITTERS. We got a right to voice our opinions against the people we work for and put our money into. We bought our damn jobs. Money keeps us here when we get paid what the hell we are entitled to. Its real easy for you to sit in your basement and play with your toy train and judge others Atom smasher created this site because he understands what the railroad life is like when they treat you like shit and dump on your union agreement and play F..games with you! You hack it because you got in to deep hoping things would get better when you get more seniority. Real easy to say quit when you don't know how many years you we got in or how much we sacrificed to get the job in the first place! So get off this site you worthless moron. CSX SUCKS is a site for real railroaders with real problems. Not some choo choo foamer who doesn't know shit about what goes on out here! 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 January 2017 Mediator good guess but as usual you are wrong again.I don't work for csx never have.I have a good job but have always been interested in the railroad.Like I have said in other post you guys went to csx looking for a job they didn't come to you.So either shut up and do your damn job or quit and go look for a job somewhere else.Nobody at csx is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to go to work everyday.I don't care how long some of you have been there if you don't want the job then quit.no matter what your age companies need employees of all ages so there are other jobs out there.Either do your damn job or turn in your notice and get the hell out of there.You guys complain and whine more than 3rd graders.Grow up and act like grown men and women. 

 Name: mediator E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 January 2017 BEWARE POSTERS Your little CSX LOVER is located near Augusta Georgia which means that most likely he is a csx mole. Most likely a management reject who couldn't hack it or was fired. He is trying to disrupt the site. This only happens when topic are being discussed that the legal team doesn't like. Don't make a mistake and let him drag you into his game. Ignore him! Go away CSX LOVER before you bite off more than you can chew! 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 January 2017 Move the freight you pussies.Get the job done and stop your crying.The lover has spoken 

 Name: DOC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 January 2017 CSX LOVER Go through the yellow pages. There are hundreds of good shrinks listed. You losing your cool. Serious signs of split personality. Do us all a favor and get a job somewhere else. We don't need a crackpot out here. Don't have to tell you this site is called CSX SUCKS for a reason. You need to find some other website or chat room to vent your illness. Why in the hell did you pick the railroad. Make more sense if you went after the postal service!!!!!LOL LOL LOL 

 Name: Ball less employees E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 January 2017 If you hate this company that bad then grow a set of balls and do something about it. Cry babies.... Bring them to their knees ..... 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 January 2017 The lover is in the house.All you old heads and complainers listen up.Yall get on this damn site and talk bad about your employer csx.Nobody made yall take this job.Yall went to csx looking for a job csx didn't come to you.So shut your damn mouth and do your job or retire or quit.you bunch of dumbasses. 

 Name: VLC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 12 January 2017 ALL ENGINEERS Rumors through the grapevine has it that several upper level managers are telling subordinates that they are getting a 125% bonus for their performance. Now this seems a little high and 100% would be more believable, but if something else is getting ready to go down then we can understand why. Could it be a replacement for buy outs? It's also being said that there will be several more divisions cut and merged with the rest left standing. This should save them thousands of dollars if they cut out unnecessary spending such as safety returns money and middleman management. Sounds like someone is getting their pockets stuffed full for something! 

 Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 January 2017 UP Lover, You say no faggots or transsexuals, what about blacks? If there were such a place, sign me up. I would give up my 19 years of seniority to work in such a place free of all these damned Diversity hires. 

 Name: Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year Posted: 11 January 2017 One of president elect Trumps campaigned promises is to give the evangelicals their voice back. If evangelicals do not speak out then nothing is changed" If a man knows to do right and does nothing it is a sin. CSX employees claim to be Christians while covered up to their ears in corruption and do nothing for fear of retaliation. Make you choices wisely my friends for it is you who has to give an answer. 

 Name: Siri E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 11 January 2017 Siri Siri how do you stop a train? I found this on the web. CSX-SUCKS.COM The wheels fall off causing a pile up of rail car which stop the train. 

 Name: UP LOVER E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 January 2017 HEY YOU RAIL BUFF WANNA BE RAILBUFFS; THE UP IS HIRING FOR 180 BASIC DAY MILE TRAINMEN 20 POSITIONS TO BE EXACT IN POCATELLO IDAHO. HOME OF THE WHITE POWER NAZI'S AND WHITE SURPEMISTS. WHITE POWER ON THE UPRR.COM. NO FAGGOTS OR TRANSSEXUALS AND OR FEMALES TO APPLY.... 

 Name: FRA E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 January 2017 An investigation was performed on the CSX derailment and resulting explosion in Baltimore. MD. The knuckle on the first car did break off resulting in a derailment. The explosion was a result of a car being placed the seventh position back in the consist that contained explosive agents. The consist manafest was in the first engine. The railroad is a private industry with the FRA having jurisdiction over the train and rail right- of- way only. The resulting damages to other property is a civil matter in which the FRA cannot become involved in. On the derailment portion of this accident, no federal regulations were broken. 

 Name: Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 January 2017 I took a look see on the web of pics taken of details. Most all the major derails show the wheels fell off and laying everywhere. I looked at the detail in Md where a CSX train hit a truck then derailed and exploded. If you want a look see go to the video taken from two cameras mounted on a building. One camera show the train hitting the truck and no derail. The other camera picks up the train as it comes out from behind bushes. This video shows the numer one car tilted to the left and a huge plume of ballast coming from under the car where the wheel had fell off. You can see the wheels go under the car and hit the second car then it derails and catches fire. After bout ten minutes the ccars explodes like a bomb. The first car had to disconnect cause the engines and crew were safely way down the track. The engines and crew were safe so what's wrong with that. 

 Name: Baffled E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 January 2017 Crew management What the hell is going on down there. You know its a serious ethic violation to put false and misleading information in an employees history, right? You busted several trains the last few days after the employees were at work but you noted in their history that you busted it before they were ever called at home. WHAT GIVES WITH THIS? I know for a fact you showed one call busted 30 minutes before the IVR ever called the crew at home and they were already at work for an hour. There has been a lot of misleading info going into peoples histories including mine. Whats up with the cover ups. Who is ordering you to lie and put in bogus entries. Is it the DTO or CHIEF trying to cover up stupid decisions on calling trains? Come on, be a man and tell us what is really going on. Is it a way to get busted tickets denied. Labor relations can say per the history we were never called? Put claims on the research burner? This is sneaky shit if that's the game. Some of us aren't falling for it. We are watching your every move! 

 Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 January 2017 Busted, Any info as to who the Moles are at Avon? I'd like to have some names. Most of the managers at Avon have Facebook profiles and I look at the managers friends. Why on earth would a T&E employee be friends with a manager on Facebook, these guys aren't out fucking friends. 

 Name: BUSTED E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 January 2017 CSX LOVER Good luck my brother???? You have been on hear spouting off that you are trying to get hired. How the hell can you call him your brother? Just let the cat out of the bag. So what's your motive on here. Got to much shit for blowing suck up crap on here so now you trying to smooth it out? we know your a mole and your not going to snag anyone. Everyone knows there a few moles at avon that run to the trainmasters and tell them when they hear anyone talking about being on this site. Minor offense rule. 1st-corrective instruction 2nd-corrective instruction 3rd-corrective instruction 4th-corrective instruction 5th and subsequent-considered serious offense as described in serious offense Part II of policy *time frame is 3 year rolling period. As far as we know there is still the 180 day charge free forgiveness period that allows one minor offense to be dropped when assessing progressive disciplne. However, do not forget the loophole. If it is a serious offense charge management is claiming it must be 180 days of a solid half. In other words as example, If you are charged for a serious offense in January your 180 days do not start until July. We have been trying to get this cleared up with the unions but haven't had any definite response yet. 

 Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 January 2017 Feel for ya man for being terminated for 4 Minor (Chickenshit) violations. A lot of the minor violations don't have damned thing to do with safety or production. There are good managers that don't really enforce these minor rule violations and then they are the ones that write everyone up for everything. Anyone who has ever worked at Avon has experienced this. There's one POS manager that comes to mind. His incompetent fat ass has put a banner on the wrong main line twice that has resulted in crews striking a banner on clear signals. What happened to him, absolutely nothing. These managers are fucking Skum, I have personally eye witnessed these fucking low lives violating countless rules and then they turn around and nail us for chicken shit stuff. I really don't know how these guys sleep at night. 

 Name: here come the train E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 January 2017 Csx I love you brother 

 Name: bull crap E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 January 2017 that is bull crap.hang in there the union will get it back for you.they cant fire you for 4 minor offenses.When I get hired on some things will change and some heads will roll. 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 January 2017 what where the 4 minor offenses?I would fight that all the way.im sure you will get your job back through the union.good luck to you my brother 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 January 2017 Dont need you get off this site and go do your job.I will be glad to take it 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 January 2017 Come on csx speed up them trains on the Atlanta/augusta line better known as the geaorgia line.Since obamas war on coal csx has rerouted their trains to save money.The Georgia line is not being used nearly as much and the trains are only allowed to run 25 mph to cut back track maintanence and save money.Run them trains full speed again on the Georgia line csx. 

 Name: Expaining that to you! E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 January 2017 UP Supervisor; You will be the next one to go. So start saving your money. You will be jobless and homeless next. You UP bum. 

 Name: Very ignorant E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 07 January 2017 Re: SP/UP Engineer I stand amended on my description of dynamic braking. Your explaination is much better than my own. For the lay people, what the engineer is describing can be compared to a " Jake brake on a tractor railer truck". On a truck the engine is shut offf which creates resistance to the wheels causing a braking effect. This is why you hear the loud engine noise. On a train, resistance is applied to the engine wheels by using the traction motors to reverse the electro-magnetic force. The Diesel engine turns the generator applying electrical power to the traction motors, which turn the engine wheels. Very knowledgeable post and the people thank you for your input. Can we have your evaluation on the wheels falling off the train please? 

 Name: SP/UP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 06 January 2017 Dynamic braking: The generator and traction motor is reversed putting resistance on the engine wheels.................................. You’re very ignorant about how dynamic brake system works. Nothing is reversed. Basically, the traction motors become generators, you apply more excitation to the generator field which makes the generator hard to turn and slows the train/engine, you’re creating a stronger magnetic field. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 06 January 2017 Train derailment open discussion and debate. Derailments can be minor or catastophic events that have existed unabated since the first railroads. We have regulators (FRA) and investigators (NTSB) who should have at least, some effect on reducing these accidents. Apparently these agencies could use our expertise to reduce the number of derailments nationwide while reducing the dangers posed to the public and train crews. I'll open this discussion with a commonly used phrase in my department: " How do you stop a train? Answer: The wheels fall off". One may conclude this to be a rediculous statement, right? Actually there are three types of braking systems on a train- Dynamic braking: The generator and traction motor is reversed putting resistance on the engine wheels. Emergency Air brakes: Each car has brakes that are kept open by compressed air. When the air is dumped, brakes engage. The air compression is maintained by hoses connecting each car in series. Wheels fall off: When the emergency brakes are applied the entire consist weight is shoved into the back of the engines resulting in the first car " jack knifing" turning sideways on the track. When the trailing cars start piling up the train is stopped. So what about the wheels falling off? The car knuckle is open at the top allowing the car to disconnect from the engine or, the knuckle breaks off. At this point the jack knifed cars lift and the wheels fall off. Do we want a disconnect car with the wheels still on it, running down a city? Another money saver in the wheels falling off is putting the derailed cars back on the tracks. A crane simply picks up the wheels and place them back on the track. Then the rail car is lifted and placed back on its wheels. Unfortunately, some of the cars used to stop the trains is filled with explosive or, hazardous material primed to kill unexpected first responders or, a towns people. Oh! I forgot the proof or facts. Look at most major derailments and you will see wheels scattered everywhere. 

 Name: Explain please E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 January 2017 What does the UP have to do with CSX sucking? Explain please ... Name: UP MANAGEMENT IS LOST E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 05 January 2017 The UP is having a serious across-the-board management crisis. With all the shifting and firings of senior executives, no one knows who's suitable to run any department or region...because the hangover of Southern Pacific managers are simply destroying every concept of the "operational" improvements that's been laid for success. To put it simply, the SP managers in predominately SP territories is destroying your railroad.! And you IDIOTS were warned!!! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 06 January 2017 Now & then, advice & info regarding some subjects posted here is as good or even better than what you can find on the operating unions' websites. Wish the administrator\owner would just delete/remove stupid-ass posts like those from name "csx lover". 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 05 January 2017 Re: press Let's get it on! We give you first hand, credible, verifiable information. You run the story, post it and we"ll work with you. Here we go! A couple years back CSX hit a trash truck at Dump Road, Baltimore, MD. The train D"railed and exploded blowing up several buildings. The resulting suits are millions. CSX blaimed the truck driver in an effort to control their damages while the FRA and NTSB are in a full conspiratorial mode. Fact is CSX is fully liable for damages resulting from the D"Railment and explosion. FRA you're welcome to debate. Please do! I'd love to burn your corrupt rear ends. 

 Name: Press E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 January 2017 Employed other What dog is 100% CORRECT. There is a good reason the old saying came out "the tongue is mightier than the sword." This site could be one of the best outlets for employees to handle problems the company continues to ignore or just brushes under the rug. It has been awhile since real serious discussions have been viewed here. Either crews are just tired of nothing getting done and are giving up or they are quietly relying on their union representatives to handle things. Not sure but it is a real shame they can't see the advantage this site gives them. 

 Name: SP Manager E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 January 2017 Shhhhh....Don't tell the UP that. We are working very hard to screw the UP up and you are telling them that. Damn Guys! The Hell with the STupID...That National contract is going to get signed... 

 Name: UP MANAGEMENT IS LOST E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 05 January 2017 The UP is having a serious across-the-board management crisis. With all the shifting and firings of senior executives, no one knows who's suitable to run any department or region...because the hangover of Southern Pacific managers are simply destroying every concept of the "operational" improvements that's been laid for success. To put it simply, the SP managers in predominately SP territories is destroying your railroad.! And you IDIOTS were warned!!! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 05 January 2017 Re: What dog You described how CSX handles bad publicity issues (known as protocol) very well. One of the.last things I want to happen is to cause railroads harm, especially CSX. Follow protocol! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 05 January 2017 Re: what dog You are right! The FRA does monitor this site. The FRA works in partnership with railroads rather than regulate them. As a result of this collusion rail employees and the public are put in danger and hundreds loose their lives each year. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 05 January 2017 Re: mediators (you need help?) You can eleminates Mr Pines from you search. CSX Lover is not him. CSX posters are those who post derogatory messages to discredit all other legitimate posts. i.e. Filthy language, personal attacks, or subjects other than safety issues. These post serve no other purpose than to discredit the site from public opinion, which is the CSX weak point as alluded to by DOG. 

 Name: mediators E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 January 2017 To all posters We have revisited numerous post going back a week before CSX LOVER showed up and we just cant find any particular topic that would have warranted a company mole coming out from under his rock to disrupt further discussions. He might be the pines imposter under another name. However, he does show more signs of rage than normal so if it was a post that set the company off it had to be a damaging one. We need your help. If you could take the time to review older post we would greatly appreciate it. Something had to be posted that caused the company to send out a red flag. It could be something as tiny as single comment. In the meantime we will continue to look. Happy hunting! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 04 January 2017 Re. Dog Way to go good informative post! We only fear one thing, the media because it is the only thing we don't have complete control of. We do control most media but not all. Now we have social media like CSX-SUCKS making it more difficult to control public exposure. This site is worth millions to the owner in a buy-out if he would block the bad language and bashing. Not my site and not my call, it's simply not possible to present topics coherently while the public has to read thru trash talk and non-safety related posts. Keep posting, you're the only one making any sense. 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 January 2017 Clark I bet I will get hired and no I'm not a vet.Go do your job and quit whining on this site.You got a railroad job with a great company and all you do is bitch and moan.Shut your crybaby mouth and go get the job done.csx is paying you a great salary.If I get hired and see you on the rails I will bring you a baby bottle you chump. 

 Name: Clark E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 January 2017 Csx Lover You're not going to get hired! If you're a Vet you have a chance but I'm willing to bet that you are not. 

 Name: blow that whistle E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 January 2017 Why are long time railroad employees called dead heads?Can someone explain this? 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 January 2017 A warning to all you dead heads out there on the railroad.As sooon as I get hired on I wont listen to the negative crap yall have to say about this fine company called csx.I wont listen to it. 

 Name: what dog E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 04 January 2017 CSX LOVER First, you better brush up on your grammar. Second you have absolutely no idea how this website works. There was a very good reason that CSX came after the owner of this website when it first came out. BAD PUBLICITY! Bad publicity is a major thorn in the side for companies such as CSX. They solicit a lot of support for the company. They troll for backers on a daily basis. If you were able to access the employee gateway you would be amazed at the amount of "pat me on the back" advertising that is done. Now, don't take us wrong. There are some good programs that the company gets involved with but there are also those things that are a total waste of resources and funds just to wine and dine prospective backers. Now as far as the company not caring what is posted on this site, once again you are ignorant. The FRA,OSHA and other railroads along with customers review this site everyday. CSX has a legal/public affairs group that is responsible for monitoring this site. They look for information that is posted that may be considered a breach of private information, insider tips, illegal and "Squirrely" activity, whistle blowing, embarrassing but true facts and bad publicity. CSX is federally regulated but they are not a federal agency. It is a public/private corporation. They must follow at state laws and regulations. There have been several operating and safety practices that have been changed over the years because people used this site to introduce the facts and had healthy debates. When the employee's air such problems on this site and the facts are true and can not be covered up the company has no choice but to visit these problems and do what is necessary to see that the discussion is closed. A few examples would be the problems with dangerous filthy lodging. Bad lighting and vehicle conditions. Bogus operating rules that can easily be disputed as utterly ridiculous or mechanically impossible. CSX does not want bad publicity. They would rather spend a million to keep things quiet than have to deal with concerned supporters. There is also the issue of the FRA reading anything that may be a serious federal offense that may cost them a hefty fine. They love to snoop around the yards but they don't always see what is right under their noses. If you get hired and are called to attend the csx training camp, then I have a few suggestions for you. One, check that suck up to the company attitude at the door. There is nothing more that a TM or RF hate more than a snitch or suck up. They will view you as nothing more than a piece to use to do their dirty work then dispose of you. They have no respect for people like you. They pick and chose who they want to stalk and fire. If you rat on the ones they are trying to protect, you will be a problem. They also view you as a threat to their own jobs. Second, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT and be a quiet little boy and do as your told even if it brakes FRA laws until you are officially marked up. You don't want to be a target your first 60 days. All your complaints will fall on deaf ears! If you think your union will protect you THINK AGAIN! They will already know what your reputation is and they will do what it takes to protect their seasoned old heads over your butt! Third, don't piss off your LC because when the company denies claim after claim for pay that is legally yours by union agreement we guarantee you that your cases will be set on the back burner. And the most important one of all...... If you make it long enough to get to 100% pay and accept the fact that you will have no personal life or quality time with your family and you start making more money than you ever have and you become ADDICTED to the pay check, BRING YOUR BUTT BACK TO THIS SITE AND APOLOGIZE TO EVERYONE that you offended on here by telling them to quit after they have spent years out here working so much they don't even know what day it is anymore and live to deposit the pay check to keep the family and the little wife happy because they are never at home. OH, and come down off that pride too and have the balls to post some of the violations and intimidation that you will encounter as well, because you will! 

 Name: Wrong Way, Wrong Result E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 January 2017 Well they cant get engines serviced, repaired and inspected fast enough here at Avon Loco. Shop due to a 33% reduction in craft manpower in 5 years (retired, fired, quit, transfers), and a hiring freeze in Mechanial. So in the infinite wisdom of Pope John Rosecruscian the First..."Shut down the entire third shift". If Harris was stressed before, just wait until this takes effect and NO POWER IS WORKED ON OR OUT-SHOPPED FOR 1/3 OF A 24 HOUR PERIOD! Avon took on GE work 2 years ago and has lost 10 Mechanics alone. And Kenny "Stalin" Noes excellent decision to force laborers with 1 year seniority run Avon service center because he moved all managers to the Shop, I have to believe they want us to fail and shutter Avon just,like they did Corbin. 

 Name: Pole E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 04 January 2017 Just came out 01-03-17 Bonus will be paid out at 33%0f the max of 12. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 January 2017 Let's don't upset MR. HARRIS we would not want to cause him to have another heart attack. 

 Name: Mr. csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 January 2017 Mr. csx lover, What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having a glimpse of your writing abilities. 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 January 2017 LC you sound like a little wus boy who cant handle the job. the railroad don't need undedicated men you like you.Do yourself a favor and quit and go get a job like Walmart or somewhere.Leave the railroad jobs to someone like me.I swear I hope I get hired so I can show you how the job is done.I will work circles around your complaining ass.If yall boys don't wont the job or cant handle it then quit.Getting on this site bad mouthing the company aint doing any good.You think csx cares what yall put on this site?hell no.I hope I get hired so I can represent csx with pride 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 January 2017 CSX LOVER First off, they are NOT your brothers when you get hired. You have to earn the right to be called a brother. Second, if you think you are just going to come out here and ride trains like a little boy who fantasizes when playing with his toy train then think again. You will be a low seniority boy who will play with a toy train(remote) and pound the rocks first. You will have a hard time and wont last long because you have absolutely no idea what goes on out here in our business. You also sound like a foamer and no one hates a foamer more than an old head who has sweat and worked his butt off for years doing the old fashioned hard stuff and then have some young buck straight out of CHOO CHOO-U who never pounded a rock in his life try to tell him how to do his job! I would suggest you have a second job ready for you if you even make it through conductor school This business is no place for little boys who just want to "COME ON AND RIDE THOSE TRAINS!" Oh, and don't forget to suck up to your local chairman if you get hired because you will need him when the company steals thousands from you over the years, writes your foaming butt up for something bogus and intimidates you into breaking fra laws and rules and you don't have the nuts to stand up to them! I hope you have a tight belt for those big boy pants because its going to take awhile for them to fit you! Sorry to offend those who don't like things posted on several forums but this needs to be seen by as many little boy foamers as possible. 

 Name: Bobby E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 January 2017 Upper MGMT in Avon to watch Dave and his goons blame all of Avons problems on us crews. Be 100% rules compliance out there. Make sure we tell them how bad it is here guys. 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 January 2017 Yall bunch of damn crybabies if you don't like the job then quit and find you something else to do.Nobody makes you get up everyday and work for the railroad you do it because you choose to.There are other jobs out there that you can get.Hope to see my railroad brothers soon if I get hired.Come on ride that train and ride it.You bunch of pussies. 

 Name: Clark E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 December 2016 Happy New Year! Be safe out there to all who were too stupid to lay off. CSx Lover you're a dumbass if you're thinking about coming out here and you have a good job already. Every employee with less than 15 years stands a good chance of being on street. If you're not an operator you're fucked its 1 man crews before too much longer. 

 Name: csx lover E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 December 2016 I have a good job with benefits.Except for having to work the night shift for 3 or 4 months.I work mon -fri from 6-230.I have always wanted to work for the railroad.Can somebody give me some advice should I try to get on with a railroad and make that quaranteed 85,000 or more once I become an engineer or something higher.I make good money now but the railroad pays more.Somebody give me some sound advice.Thanks all you railroaders out there I may be joining you soon.Here come the choo choo train blow that whistle 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 December 2016 Mr. Davidson, The rank & file do not earn big-shot wages. Between income taxes, RR retire. taxes, health ins. co-pay, union dues, etc., many take home 2/3 to 1/2 of what they gross. Then there are all the various living expenses: food, shelter, clothing, transportation; on & on & on. Even a low-key non-lavish lifestyle isn't cheap. Not always that easy to save a lot of money. Myself, I suppose I could save more $$if/when I choose to live alone in a dumpster & subsist on bread & water.   Name: Dick Davidson E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 December 2016 SAVE SAVE SAVE: When I ran the RR a few years ago, one of corporates' biggest fears is that, the rank and file will wake up some day, and start saving and accumulating their hard earned wages. The benefit of saving your hard earned wages is PERSONAL LEVERAGE. Imagine the leverage one could have with a solid foundation of assets amassed when Uncle Pete comes calling with the same old rule book violations. A combined unity of TE&Y employees with LEVERAGE can overcome any obstacle, from any overpaid CEO. Do not spend your entire RR career being a whore to your bill collectors and RR CEO'S! SAVE SAVE SAVE IT WORKS!   Name: Jon E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 December 2016 http://www.pornwikileaks.com/wiki/images/2/21/A8PTgfNCYAA5HB_.jpg I am a scab at CSX...u know what company??   Name: Labor relations/HR CSXT E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 28 December 2016 ATTENTION ALL JOB SEEKERS: CSXT, A JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA , BASED 500 PREMEIR TRANSPORTATION COMPANY , FAMILY -VALUED AND EMPLOYEED CARING OPERATION IS SEEKING NEW UNEDUCATED,RETARDED IF POSSIBLE TRAIN PERSONEL FOR ALL LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT CSXT SYSTEM. WE ANTICIPATE ALL FULL BLOWN NATIONAL STRIKE BY THE UTU AND BLE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE LABOR RELATIONS DEPT. WILL BE LOCKING OUT DO TO THEIR GREED AND INABILITY TO DEFRUAD OUR RAILROAD AND OTHER COMPANIES. WE WILL BE HIRING OVER 25,000 TRAIN AND ENGINE PERSONEL. REQUIRMENTS; BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD. RETARDED OR NEAR THERE. STUPID REALLY QUALIFIES, IF NOT WE CAN REFER YOU TO THE UNION PACFIC. BE ABLE TO CARRY AND HANDLE 200 LBS. HAVE NO TESTICLES. BE ABLE TO PASS A METHAMPETMINE TEST FOR TOXCITY IN AMOUNT OF DAYS TO STAY AWAKE. WORK FOR  8.00 an HOUR. AND NO BE MARRIED ARE ATTACHED. GOOD AT ORAL SEX A MUST. BE ABLE TO PAY FOR YOUR OWN HEALTHCARE INSURANCE, SINCE WE ARE A RAILROAD , NOT A CORPORATE CHARITY. BE MEXICAN OR ASIAN ON A WORK VISA FROM HOMELAND SERCURITY AND OBTAIN A TWIC CARD. HAVE SR-22 DRIVERS LICENSE AT LEAST AND YOUR OWN AUTO AND INSURANCE, WILL BE USING FOR SWITCHING AND MOVING FREIGHT CARS. MUST BE ABLE TO TOLERATE BEING SHOT AT AND HAVE ROCK THROWN AT YOU WHILE WORKING, ALONG WITH EGGS FROM BRIDGES. WE ANTICPATE A FULL BLOWN STRIKE AS EARLY AS JULY 2017 AND NEED TO START UP TRAINING 24-7 FOR THE NEXT 8 MONTHS. PLEASE GO TO CSX.COM FOR ONLINE APPLICATION. CSX, THE NUMBER ONE PREMEIR, EMPLOYEE FREINDLY COMPANY OF 2017 MS. SANBORN. PRESIDENT, CSX, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA   Name: David E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 December 2016 I heard Gary Crest is a alcoholic, piece of crap drunk union officer and the guys in Bakersfield were going to kick his and other western committee officer ass?? I heard a rumor, He takes pay offs and is a weak piece of shit. Roseville Service Unit officer's pay him off good. David   Name: Manny E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 December 2016 Does anybody on the BNSF or UP on the Western Region, know why the SMART/UTU western committee moved out of Bakersfield to Rocklin, Ca? That is near Roseville,ca on the UP RSU. Thank You   Name: Thanks Creed. E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 December 2016 Thanks Creed! Spoken like a true Company man you are! We will break the carriers and the share holders ass in half. I personally don't give a shit anymore and want a good contract and will even go out on a very long walk out and or strike to get it. I would love to see the COMPANY go broke and the stockholders bitch and cry that they can't fuck us over! This is going to be the final straw in the future of the industry and the crafts left in the cab. FUCK CSX !   Name: Donny E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 December 2016 http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8wq7g9JQ01rwnhlmo1_1280.png We need to get rid of this union breaking HOMO that likes sucking on DILDOS. He really is a FAG!!   Name: LA UP CONDR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 December 2016 This just in this weekend, we hear that the nest rounds of Mega Railroad Mergers, UP will try and buy and merge with the poor and broke ass CSXT. Now we know that the reason why is Donald "Dump Truck" Trump is interested in the coal industry and wants that so UP is also interested. NOW we really need to shoot for a better contract and take care of you CSXT people and we need you to all TEY CSXT understand its DO or DIE. If it doesn't work out at the table for negotiating a good solid National agreement its time to WALK and WALK hard. Shut the MOFO down and LET the stock holders and investors hurt bad! LET them see under this administration , it was a really bad choice to elect Chump Trump and his cocksucker clan.   Name: Creed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 December 2016 THE CSXT CREED: The cost of employees is bankrupting the company, especially when they persist in demanding to do things that they know how to do. That concept is obsolete. In order to protect management bonuses and stock prices, employees will be required to do whatever we tell them to do whenever we tell them to do it, whether they know how to do it or not. However, if in the course of such work, said employees violate any of the rules that apply to what they don't know how to do, management will immediately hold a fair and impartial hearing as part of the process of firing them. This policy does not apply to the accounting and finance departments. Incumbants in those positions will be required to produce the required credentials and keep them up to date.   Name: Loco. Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 26 December 2016 Below is a post I copied from TrainOrders.com that someone posted. You cooperate executives from CSX don’t need to hire these three piece suit high dollar lawyers to write up some ambiguous agreement. Just copy this post and take it to National Negotiations. I’m sure the Eastern Lines BLE will rubber stamp it. .................................................. Let me guess...the carrier wants: (1) one person in the cab, a licensed engineer (2) An hourly wage, not to exceed Federal minimum wage scale, overtime after 16 hours at Timekeeping’s desecration (3) Adapt CSXT’s attendance policy of ONE DAY off per month. (4) Allow engineer to perform all work normally handled by conductor, line de-rails, switches, etc. (5) Eliminate tie-up for undisturbed rest rule, for all employees (6) Abolish all regular Pool Assignments and establish one common extra-board for operating employees. (7) Eliminate 25 mile limit for all patch crews/dog catch jobs. (8) Allow 1.00 meal allowance (10) Abolish all Held Away From Home Terminal pay (11) Dead Head and travel time will not go against Hours of Service Time. Have I left anything out? You Labor Relations people feel free to copy this and take it to the National Negotiations. Have I omitted anything. Oh! (12) Engineer on pool freight assignments to be attached to heart and blood pressure monitor, capable of remote stimulation by dispatcher’s office or company officials.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 December 2016 HI: In the past, at holidays, some divisions and locations would have holiday assistance (food pantrys, clothing drives, help-a-family, etc.)Typically the Great Lakes Division would refuse to support or permit ANYTHING, whereas other divisions would slip in a few charitable activities. Anybody know of ANY activities on ANY CSX location, and also anything at anyplace on the Great Lakes Division. Just curious since it seems we have been going down hill FOR YEARS in so many ways.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 December 2016 don't worry "TRUMP WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN..... TRUMP WILL MAKE CSX EMPLOYEES FEEL GREAT AGAIN" now that trumps gonna take office soon and its a republican congress and senate the railroads have taken everyTHING off the table for the national contract . now that's its the republicans running the show the railroad wont even sit down to talk to the utu . they want the "republicans" to get a "republican" mediator to settle the national contract. also watch for house speaker paul ryan, who wants to take your railroad retirement and put it into social security.so if that happens you wont be retiring at 60 no more it will be 62 at the earliest and instead of getting 4 grand a month you will be getting roughly 12 hundred a month SO FUCK YOU,STOP CRYING HOW CSX TREATS YOU.YOU VOTERS PUT THE REPUBLICANS IN OFFICE.JUST CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER JANUARY 20TH 2017, IM SURE PRESIDENT DUCHEBAG TRUMP WILL FLY TO JACKSONVILLE TO TELL MR WARD AND MISS SANDBORNE TO BE NICER TO YOUS. MAYBE CLINTON IS A LYING CROOKED CUNT, BUT ATLEAST YOU COULD CRY AND WHINE WHILE HAVING A DECENT CONTRACT BUT NOW THATS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.SO TO YOU AMERICAN TRUMP VOTERS, YOU ARE DUMB FUCKING REDNECKS THAT BELIVED ALL THE BULLLSHIT THAT SPEWED FROM HIS MOUTH. SO ALL YOU TRUMP VOTERS, PIGS GET WHAT PIGS DESERVE!   Name: Ex rep E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 December 2016 Cond. 30 spoken like a true management man! Read the post again. Pay attention. Was involved in something much larger than you. Far from voted out. Just changed careers. Telling people they have rights and power always scares managers too death. So instead of spouting off get off your knees and do whats right for your employees or expect your job to get rougher! Upper management doesnt care about the shot rolling down hill!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 23 December 2016 If an EX REP, how's come? Get voted out of the position, replaced, mainly because you may just be another that has a big mouth but actually has small testicles?   Name: SP/UP CONDR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 23 December 2016 EX-Rep That is somewhat right. The problem that exist and I am talking about this crappy ass Smart Union run by a bunch a vaginas that are taking money from the CARRIER to sell and fire out memebers and I am speaking about here with the UP. We need to lobby Sen. to bring back the "STRIKE" clause and show that we are not going to take it in the ass anymore from the existing carriers and get rid of thses low life officers in OUR so called UNION. They haven't done anything and harresment and imindataion is high and going strong. Lets get that going and get this back to US, The memebers. FUCK DONALD TRUMP and HIS ADMINISTRATION   Name: EX REP E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 December 2016 ALL CREWS!!! What retired posted about your unions is only half right. You can get your unions involved in your plight. As a ex union rep with 10 years of experience in a much more well known union I CAN tell you what you need to do. Unions are not as they were in the past. In the 60's the unions backed their workers 100% with out any pay off/kick backs under the table. Yes, you did have a group of dirty back stabbers but they were usually handled in the appropriate way. The unions and their members had backbone. Todays unions are nothing but yellow bellied corrupt elected officials that have no interest but to pad their pockets and keep management happy. Now, if you want the support of your unions and you want to see them step up to the plate, THIS IS WHAT YOU MUST DO! First you feed on their arrogance. The unions that you are FORCED to be a member of want and need publicity. They thrive on the theory "LOOK WHAT WE DID FOR OUR MEMBERS!" This fools the public into thinking they actually care and deserve the money they take from you and put in their pockets! You HAVE TO draw attention to the work place. In the railroad business the only thing that does that is slowing trains down. You can not stike. The only recourse you have is to not show up or follow every rule in the book to a tee. Take the time to do as every rule says. When those eots go out as retired stated, do as the law says. When cars need to be shopped, DO IT! Timely production is a must in the railroad industy. Once you start drawing the attention of the corporate office heat will come down on the yard. There will be teams sent to your yards to investigate the falling numbers. This is when you have the most power. This is when you corner you LC's in numbers and demand some results. Results that you are PAYING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY FOR! This is when your unions will step in to save the day. This is their opportunity to act like they had everything to do with what is happening and come to the rescue of railroad management. You will now have your unions by the balls. They have to do something in your favor. They cant afford to walk away when you are holding the reigns. None of this would be necessary if the railroads would just honor the agreements and pay a fair price for your hard work done. Taking years to pay claims if just total bullshit and wouldn't be happening if your unions did as they are paid to do. The railroads are nothing more than bullies because your unions have allowed it. Do what you must to get fairly represented. Its your money. You are forced to be a union member, enforce your rights. Many do not know that they can sue their unions for not enforcing their agreements in a timely manner. You can get your own representation. It is your federal right. Taking control of your unions requires taking control of your yards. The ball is in your court. You have the power. You just have to muster up the gust to enforce your rights.   Name: retired E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 December 2016 Bendover Just so you know, the company has been trying to call back furloughed employees but they are not answering the calls. The rumor is that about 68% of those called are not coming back. They found work else where. Can you blame them? They saw the work environment and the bad moral along with crews constantly fighting for their pay they are entitled to per their union agreements. As posted earlier, when a crew goes out and drags in train after train beyond the agreed miles and instead of getting a second pay ticket like they should they combine them, it does nothing but send a message that the crews are noting more than slaves to be beaten and whipped. The crews NEED TO SLOW DOWN! The old heads that stood the ground steadfast and refused to be intimidated by management are just about gone so its up to the newer younger employees to start paying attention to the writing on the wall and grow a pair. USDOT will have to take notice when things come to a stand still on the rails. As for the incredibly lengthy trains, the crews have the power to take care of that. The FRA is well aware that there is problems with the EOT's working properly on these trains. Unfortunately you have crew members who ignore the FRA law and continue to run track speed after they lose communication or FR no com. This NEEDS TO STOP! When the eot and htd lose communication the train is to be reduced to 30 mph. NO EXCEPTIONS! It doesn't matter if it is lost for 30 seconds. Every time it fails the engineer should be reducing speed and it should be reported to the dispatch center that the train is too long for the communication to work properly. The conductor should be telling the engineer to reduce speed and to follow the law. They want things fixed and they cry but they don't do anything to make the changes. Everyone wants a quick trip and doesn't care about the damages it does as a whole. when the crews constantly ignore opportunities to take a stance for change they hurt everyone else in the craft. The unions aren't going to help you. You have to help yourself. if you are an engineer follow the laws. Do what is expected by the law. If management intimidates you for doing so report it to the FRA. The USDOT has a hotline to report serious problems with the movement of freight across the country. Get involved.   Name: Suck it E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 December 2016 Don't complain about Robert Frulla cause if you do then the piece of garbage will get promoted again. He just about got his stupid self killed on the Huntington division when he enter DTC territory without any permission from the dispatcher. Almost hit a train head on while hi-railing, and he also hit a coal truck on a crossing. It was covered up nicely. I don't know if you guys really pay attention or not, but when officials screw up then they get promoted, but when we screw up then we get put on the street. But, if your Godfather is John Snow then you'll just get promoted like Frulla..   Name: Laughing my ass off E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 December 2016 We here with the International Longshoreman and Warehouse union members would like to say YOU Railroaders are ALL a BUNCH a BIG Pussies and shit talkers. Either vote those Stupid ass fucking lame officers out of offices and get rid of that International president from the Shitty Pacific (SP) with the faggot silk suits and the serious goon facial expressions and get rid of those young faggot dick suckers that are in your committees and locals. They are stupid as the UP. And believe us, We know, those fucking assholes are always tearing UP are cars and property. So stop with all the bitchin' and ass licking and GROW some fucking testicles. WHAT a bunch a pussy railroad guys and queers in the Rail biz in the USA. Signed, ILWU Local 13 Wilmington, Ca (port of LA)   Name: Pissed off E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 20 December 2016 Keep poking the bee hive CSX. Your service sucks. Treat your employees better.   Name: Bernie E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 December 2016 Ill be marking off FMLA for Xmas. Eat shit Dave Harris.   Name: Slave E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 December 2016 CSX employees are the lowest paid employees of all class 1 railroads. A basic day should be around 350 on a basic day due to all the horse crap that we deal with. Our work load has doubled in the past couple of years do they the increasing the size of the trains and them running short handed by cutting the boards to the bare minimum. Our union has sold us out. Your paying dues to get your eyeballs screwed out. You better wise up folks. You only live once. CSX wants your soul......   Name: Collusion E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 December 2016 National Labor Relations Act: Is one of the best unknown weapons of choice for Union Members who were collude against by their employer and union organization. "If they intentionally act against you without a bonafide reason to do so, they are subject to an unfair labor practice charge." At least two sworn affidavits from the charging party, and a witness(s}, is a good start to address your claim(s).   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 December 2016 nothing wrong with notifying unions BUT REMEMBER there is a good chance that unions will cut a deal and 'disappear" the data or say a)we are working on it, and b) hillary wasn't elected, so we are helpless / hopeless. DOCUMENT, send to supervisor, copies to your co. e-mail, and then ALSO to 2 seperate non company e-mails that might survive an accidental delete of your company e-mail. NOTE: the e mail could be backed up by a sealed letter MAILED to yourself, not opened, AND try to write in a clear and clean style that explains in a manner that could be understood by OSHA, US Magistrate, other smart and literate person that does NOT know all the RR lingo. Skip the part where you explain the TM or RFE is gay and you are screwing his wife or dog or both. Focus on the ONE issue. TWO PROBLEMS, TWO E MAILS. Don't have one long winded, complex letter that starts when the RR's came together in Utah in 1862 and ends when your dog got bitten by a raccoon. If not a good writer have someone read it first, the FRA / OSHA / Tort lawyer / US Magistrate will NOT wade through pages of confusion. Of course, save your records FOREVER. Good luck.   Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 December 2016 Oops. A little late. Con, hope you are better at hog farming than you are at understanding national rail contracts. Good Luck.   Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 December 2016 The last, previous post: Too many people that have whale-sized mouths but ant-sized balls spout off. Shouldn't be too hard on them because they probably don't know any better; are insecure; have complexes; and won't actually ever do anything helpful. Just be a PITA. No better - maybe worse in the management personnel ranks. Sad, but true.   Name: Con E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 December 2016 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 13 December 2016 Hey con, Where are you gonna be if push ever comes to shove per se? Leading, following, or just standing back with your tail tucked between your legs like all the other worthless PITA big-mouth blowhards that really never do anything useful. Well buddy, I am going to retire and open me a PIG farm in the south for the pork slaughter houses and hire me some wet -backs to tend to them and treat them better than CSX treats their employees. Farmer john and other buyers like McDonalds will be my customers. So remember when YOU eat my PORK, You are eating something I nourished and will help harden those artaries. Shukin"   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 13 December 2016 Hey con, Where are you gonna be if push ever comes to shove per se? Leading, following, or just standing back with your tail tucked between your legs like all the other worthless PITA big-mouth blowhards that really never do anything useful.   Name: Donald E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 December 2016 George, You and Dick can kiss my A&*ss...I don't want no stupid train named after me, And not NO CSXT train either, Those guys are weak.   Name: George W.Bush E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 December 2016 Hey all you CSX Suck asses's George Walker Bush here, I was wondering since the great and powerful UP has done the UP 4141 G W BUSH locomotive with the air force one as the tribute to me, how about doing one by the CSX for Donald Trump , my Repub buddy who collaborated with the Russian's to get that piece of crap lady Hilary Clinton who you all backed as a pro-labor union and worker backer? I would love to see the CSX 6969 with DONALD TRUMP painted across the sides of the locomotive, with grinning and smiling employees of the SMART and BLE operating it. Thanks! George   Name: Eng E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 December 2016 Con THEY WANT MORE FOR A BASIC DAY LIKE THE CP HAS IT. BULLSHIT...180 MILES SUCKS AND WILL. ---------------------- I have thought for some time, we would finally get to a point where an hourly wage, with OT after 8- hours, would be a better than the milage. Think we’re to that point? For sure, everyone would give the Company 110% rules compliance.   Name: Con E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 December 2016 UTU AND BLE NATIONAL CONTRACT NEGIOATIONS BETWEEN THE CARRIERS HAVE BROKEN DOWN AND THE CARRIERS DON'T WANT TO WORK OUT DETAILS... WHAT KIND OF DETAILS?? LIKE WITH DONALD " DUMP TRUCK" TRUMP IN OFFICE NOW THE CARRIERS WANT TO GO FOR THE ONE-MAN TRAIN CREW, ENGINEER ONLY RUN FOR THE MONEY. THEY WANT MORE FOR A BASIC DAY LIKE THE CP HAS IT. BULLSHIT...180 MILES SUCKS AND WILL. I THINK NOW FELLAS IT TIME TO SHOW SOME FIRE UNDER THAT ASS!! WE HAVE ALL PUT UP FOR IT FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND WITH THE WAY ITS GOING, ITS TIME TO START FUCKING THINGS UP FOR ALL 5 OF THE CARRIERS. NO MORE ASS SUCKING AND ASS KISSING NEWBIES....TIME IS NOW!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 08 December 2016 Are the blue collar\working class trump fans paying any attention to the us president-elect's cabinet choices? Look out...........   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Crew Dispatcher, for 30+ years Posted: 08 December 2016 Laughing Conductor for 1-10 yrs.: Interesting post, the long 1st part. Normally, usually, - the vast majority of the time, train crew members prefer & want "flip trips", especially during holidays.   Name: laughing E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 December 2016 Corp IF you really are from corporate (which I highly doubt) then why in the hell don't you get off your ass and get out here and see what is really going on. There is so much idiotic crap going on it will make your head spin. Want a good example? No? Well your going to get one! the reason the company is so damn broke is because they will spend a million just to save a dime. They got 3 trains running to an away from home terminal and there ARE NO CREWS CHECKED INTO THE HOTEL! They turn all three crews back home and no one is there to protect scheduled trains. Six hours later they order a dead head from the home terminal to come down and flip on a train that was clearly on the schedule. It takes over 3 hours for the crew to deadhead to the train. The crew has 2 hours to report so that's over 11 HOURS TO GET TO THE DAMN TRAIN. Now if they would have put one of the crews into the hotel they would have been rested for the train. Now they got 2 crews to pay and a deadhead trip which everyone knows cost them more than the hotel charges to put them up for 10 hours. What kind of idiotic moron would think that this is good business. I could give you a million examples of the stupid wasteful spending you nut jobs do every single day. And guess who pays for it. THE HARD WORKING MEN IN THE TRENCHES THAT MAKE THIS RAILROAD RUN. THE ONES WHO SIT IN THE HOTELS ON THE HOLIDAYS WHILE YOU PLAY AT HOME WITH YOUR MONOPOLY GAMES. WE GET A SHITTY BOUNS IF ANY WHILE YOUR SUPERVISORS GET SAFETY BONUSES FOR US WORKING SAFELY. HOW THE HELL DO YOU JUSTIFY GIVING A SUPERVISOR A BONUS BECAUSE THERE WERE NO INJURIES OR ACCIDENTS ON HIS TERRITORY. HE DIDNT WORK SAFE. HE DIDNT PREVENT ACCIDENTS. THE CREWS DO THIS. WE WORK SAFE. SO WHERE IF OUR DAMN SAFETY BONUS? Answer this one. How can a supervisor write up a conductor for accidently leaving a lock off a switch after he threw it to use it for a switching move when this same supervisor has been told a dozen times that another switch right next to it cant be locked because the latch hole is broke on one side and wont hold a lock? That switch is still sitting there 3 month later broken and on a main line. YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE. TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE AND GET SOME NEW CHIEFS IN TOWN! Happy frickin merry Christmas. Enjoy YOUR BONUS IN LAS VEGAS!   Name: Trump America E-mail: drainDswamp.com Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 07 December 2016 To All Train Crews: Your corrupt union bosses is ripped for a Swamp Draining from the ground up. Methodically work your way up to the top and don't like back. It's now or never!!!   Name: Corp E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 December 2016 Hogger, Bonus? Are you serious? Do you not see all the fat we trimmed in 2016? Expect more of the same in 2017. Bonus.....LOL Corp   Name: Hogger E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 December 2016 Any news??? Haven't heard one thing about our bonus this year. Not one letter in the mail either. What the hell is going on. how we supposed to decide how we want to invest it in time if we don't have any idea how good or bad it's going to be. What a frickin joke this company is. We have to be getting something. Remember our bonus is based on what management gets. They aren't going to screw them out of everything. But then they could pull off another TEAM BUILDING EXCURSION TRIP like they did a few years ago and give then a big fat spending allowance. Nothing like cash in the pocket to gamble or play paint ball!   Name: T&E guy Albany Division E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 24 November 2016 Forbes Magazine article on 10 unmistakable signs the company you are interviewing for is a bad company to work for. CSX pretty much hits all 10 bad company policies. But No. 4 is right on the mark! No.4 Progressive Discipline If the handbook talks about Progressive Discipline, get out of Dodge immediately! You are an adult. You are not a wayward third-grader who needs to worry about getting sent to the principal’s office. Progressive Discipline policies that line out the punishments employees will receive for a first infraction, second infraction, etc. are holdovers from the Industrial Revolution and have no place in the Knowledge Economy we are working in now.   Name: Holly Holiday E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 November 2016 Too all Railroad industry Brothers and Sisters; Happy Holiday and be safe! Holly   Name: Just Frank! E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 19 November 2016 UP Conductor Larry did throw the train in Emergency! when he heard that something was wrong UP front while Crown was talking to west colton. Why do U UP new guys care any ways? You are all the reason the railroad industry is the way it is today. If you are so interested read the damn FRA and NTSB reports and talk to your STupid a-hole LC's with the U-screw U-Union.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 November 2016 Where is that utu lc - turned traitor Hershiser?   Name: Golden gun E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 November 2016 I see that the fat ass liar Brian Edwards and his partner in crime Joe Berry were out harassing crews this week. Does it ever stop? Fat Boys in action!   Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 18 November 2016 “Everett was in the Toliet and I threw the it in Emergency!” Now Frank , that’s strange. Larry Hill, the helper engineer, told me he put the train in emergency on the rear end. The NTSB report says the same.   Name: Just Me Frank E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 November 2016 Everett was in the Toliet and I threw the it in Emergency! Tell you it was one HELL of a ride I will never forget ! You youngsters listen up, Don't ever let the Carrier push you or your co-workers into anything dangerous that might kill you ! We should have taken a Insorbination charge for the POS train! Crown and Reece would have been alive and and RICH! Frank   Name: Sou. Pacific Eng. E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 November 2016 To Fran Holland: Frank, I am a retired LA Division Engineer. I have alway wondered, at Dike, did you place the train in emergence or did Evertt Crown, your conductor?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 November 2016 Legal, Friend or Family.......... Surely you don't believe anyone in the csx medical dept. can be trusted any more than anyone in the rest of their management.   Name: CSXSucks! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 November 2016 What the heck happened in Citra Florida guys? Sleeping or red signal violation? Not calling out signals?   Name: UP Buggersfield Kid E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 November 2016 Hey any of you UP guys that read this know where I can find the UP collision that happened in 2005? involving a crew that shoved some cars through a storage siding at Fleta, Ca , south of Mojave and violated Rule 6.5 and right into a path a train at 40 MPH coming out of Mojave and they "rolled the power" onto the sides along Sierra Highway? I can't find the NTSB or FRA report on that incident. Thanks   Name: ShittyAss Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 November 2016 Legal Thanks for letting all us CSXT guys know this. I know I have colon and prostate cancer brewing big time with this friggin outfit. CSXT sucks !   Name: Just Frank E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 16 November 2016 UP Engineer That was at 45 MPH and we derailed at" 90" MPH at MP 486.8 that was known as "Dike" on the cutoff. How much money DO you think I would have made off a FELA claim if I sued the pissy ass SP and all the stupid ass officers involved? SP sucked ass and all the homos there.   Name: Legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 November 2016 Attention all Crews If you have any doubts on what will be medically covered if you must mark off sick for a doctors appointment or procedure ordered by you physician, call the CSX medical department and they will explain to you what is covered. It has just come to our attention that several employees were not aware that colon cancer testing is covered as an excused exam/illness if you mark off sick to have this done. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO MARK OFF SICK. You should be allowed no less than 48 hours off for the procedure. Just recently an employee complained that he had taken the medication that was necessary to flush the system but was not aware of how potent the liquid would be. He did schedule the following day off to have the procedure done. When he was called that morning he contacted the Chief and the dispatcher requesting he be dead headed home after arriving at his away from home hotel.He had several giggle and snicker from both officers and was told they who see what they could do. Later that evening several crews were dead headed in front of him and he was left to take a train home. We was unable to do his job safely and with full attention because he was in the Locomotive bathroom more than he was in the cab. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES COME TO WORK if you have taken anything of this nature. The behavior of the supervisors towards this employee was deplorable and should never go unreported. This may have been a funny incident to them but it was not to the reporting employee. Again, if you have any doubts whether a medical procedure will be covered if you mark off sick call the CSX medical department.   Name: Up Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 15 November 2016 Okay Frank Holland, if you can answer this on, we’ll know you are really who you say you are. At what speed did you put that run away train in emergence and what mile post?   Name: Frank Ponce E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 November 2016 UP Engineer; Hello from Saudi. I think he got you! You still bleeding UP yella?   Name: Just Frank E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 15 November 2016 UP Engineer; That was BOB Waterbury, He was out of SP 760 (W.Colton) The Engineer on the Helper was Larry Hill. Now if you are still working for the UP, we are going to raise your BLE due for the next year to 600 a month for that. Have a good UP night and thanks. Frank   Name: SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 15 November 2016 If you are really Frank Holland, Don Lowell, Cogdal, etc. Then tell us, on the Cajon Pass run-away, who the Lookout/brakeman was on the helper engine, If you’re in fact all those people, you should know that. Also, I’m sure you remember who the Helper Engineer was. Do you? But, tell us where he went to work, after the Duffy Street wreck. Frank Holland and Don Lowell would know all that.   Name: Don Lowell E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 14 November 2016 I helped Frank Holland and Reece and Cross almost die that night. I was a SP company man and I loved to blow the other officers in San Francisco and allowed those men to run that run away train down Cajon to their deaths. I loved the SP and the UP too. Don Lowell Bakersfield, Ca   Name: Jason Cogdal E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 November 2016 Chad Wibourn is a real UP Fag! We knew that when he came to Roseville from Salinas, California as a MOP and was from North Platte, NE, Home of the UPRR homosexual trainmasters and RFE. Fuck YOU Chad   Name: Frank E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 November 2016 Yo! Engineer I had just became a Engineer and was still pretty green and allowed my co -workers Reece and Crown to put to death for making a stupid decision. We should have taken the threats of being fired from the Management. If I would have SUED I would have lost my job as a Engineer and that has always been my child hood dream. I am now a suck ass BLET officer. Fuck Daryl Hananha. He is a sell out and helps Carriers like UP, BNSF and PHL fire their employees without a PLB hearing. Ohhh well...   Name: Retired SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 14 November 2016 You Eastern Lines Engineers should be so luck to have a General Chairman as good as Bill (DW) Hannah. He would tear CSX a new ass. He is worth every penny he gets. For sure, he’s worth more than the BLE President and the other wothless orifice rectums in Celevland.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 November 2016 Dog Caught: Union members do need to be aware that union officer salaries/expenses have to be reported via US Department Of Labor reports annually. Members (via dues) provide the full timers with health insurance & also a union pension - which supplements their RR Retirement. They work office type hrs. with weekends & holidays off with no attendance policy & probably have other perks. For all that - more should be expected & demanded from them.   Name: Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 November 2016 Hey Frank Anybody ever show u how to use air dumbass!   Name: Dog Caught E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 November 2016 Re; UP Anonymous it looks like you have DW (Bill) Hannah in mind. He is compensated more that the international president. www.http://unionfacts.org ...The site will allow you too review the compensation of any union officer just by searching for your Division or Local [charter] number.   Name: Frank Holland E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 14 November 2016 Hey how about investigating me? I didn't SUE the SP when the train I was on ran out of control with NO dynamic braking to stop my 13,350 ton pot ash train and I survived and worked out a deal with the SP and UP to never work take a pee mountain to LA and West Colton ever again ! I only work the "valley" and I am a BLET officer on the take again. F U! My name is Frank Holland and I love the UP and trains. Choo- Choo!!   Name: Hey Benjamin E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 November 2016 Hey Mr. Guy With all that experienced gained, UPRR is hiring you type of guys! You think the Military was tough? Try working for the stupid and see what its all about? At least it is a job, not a career. By the way, check out the industry you are getting into next time YOU decide to work in it. This Railroad industry is a piece of shit business to be in. Good Luck!   Name: Bill Wheeler E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 14 November 2016 UP Anynomous You wouldn't be talking about me and the Bill Hannaha and the other Western Committee and the other crooks of the Western Committee of the BLET? Hey ! Everybody is on the take and we are all trying to get what we can before this whole shitter of a Railroad industry is completely in the Toliet and with the help of the UTU (SMART) It will surely be there. Thanks for bringing out all the BS on the BLET. I know you really opened a can of worms.   Name: Benjamin W Guy E-mail: theguys3794 Employed as: Engine repair, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 November 2016 To Mr. Michelle Ward On behalf of my wife and family and CSX, I Benjamin Guy believe that I was wrongfully terminated on June 16,2014. I'm writing you this letter because it's has been over 2 1/2 years since I was terminated. I'm retired military 20 plus years, when I got a job at CSX I had a new career and I was a hard worker I was there everyday I was suppose to be there. I went through the 4 year apprenticeship program to be a qualified locomotive electrician in Waycross, Ga. My id no is V8028, 222639 I asking you if you would open an investigation on my arbitration case because I cannot get any results or answers out of my union officials. I really enjoyed my job as a locomotive electrician and I love working at CSX. Thank you again for your support of this case   Name: UP ANONYMOUS E-mail: CLEANupBLET.ORG Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 12 November 2016 To The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen: You must investigate the (UP)Western Lines General Committee and the Local Divisions within the committee. You can start by closely examining the books. And then you will discover that some of the local committee officers/members are compensated inconsistent with the bylaws of the constitution. On average, committee officers are compensated 5 times the national average, and over and above compensation by the General Committee (Vote awards to the GC). A local legislative rep. with less than two hundred members earning over forty thousand dollars. His combined salary is well over one hundred thousand dollars. If "INDEPENDENT AUDITORS" reach back five years prior, you will notice the pattern. How can this blatant money grab from the membership not be noticed?! It is also well known that the Committee will turn a blind eye targeting employees for the benefit of personal gains for corrupt managers. History indicates that Railroads collapse when union officers failed to hold management accountable for safety and the overall well being of its members it is entrusted to uphold.... Hence, the Southern Pacific Railroad no longer exist.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 November 2016 The 48 hr. bump (rule, whatever) stemmed from the 1996 National Contract \ Arbitration Award #559. Article #12. Article #12 and the Q&As associated ALSO stipulate that if you wish to make a seniority move to a location 30 or more miles away, the 48 hr. rule does not apply and then can refer to prior practice(s). (Have to call & notify the co.) Has csx managed to somehow sidestep the agreed to contract provisions? Have there been changes/revisions the rank & file is not aware of? If not, then it's time for a class-action lawsuit and/or strike.   Name: UP CONDUCTOR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 November 2016 FIGHT CSX TRAIN AND ENGINE MEN FIGHT! DON'T LET THE CSX MGT PUSH U AROUND !!! GIVE EM HELL AND FU#k WARD AND SANBORN...   Name: UPRR MTO ELA E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 November 2016 PLEASE EL CHAPO; I WILL RAISE ARE RATES ON RECEIVING ALL IMPORTED NARCOTICS FROM EL MEJICO VIA THE FdM RR AND CSX AND OTHER CARRIERS COMING WEST WITH NO PROBLEMO. WE HAVE VERY HYPER HOMOSEXUALS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD WHO NEED THE CRYSTAL FOR THE SEXUAL BEING THAT THEY ARE AND THEY ARE VERY RICH DEMORATS THAT NEED THE DRUG. SO NO PROBLEMO PLEASE SHIP VIA RAIL AND RAISE THE RATES. HOMELAND SECURITY IS ALSO ON THE TAKE ALONG WITH THE UPRR RAILROAD POLICE AND FBI. GRACIAS...   Name: Legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 12 November 2016 Help Everyone who has accrued points through the cap system and was not made aware from the company that this particular practice was going to become effective as on October 25th should first send a petition to their General Chairman's office demanding that they file an appeal with the International in behalf of all members. The company failed to notify the employees that a disputed past practice that was allowed to happen (48 hour rule) was no longer valid and negotiations with their union had resulted in the enforcement of the 12hr 1 min. rule. IT IS NOT the sole responsibility of the union to notify its members that the carrier will be enforcing the language in the availability policy that had been under dispute. The carrier is legally bound to notify its employee's of any change in work conditions that may/will result in the said employee's work or discipline history becoming a threat to their continued employment. If points have been accessed to your records these points can impact your continued employment with the company. These points are considered a form of discipline. Even though the original plan included the procedure of using the 12 hr. 1 min. rule, it was not being enforced because it violated the written rule in the union agreement allowing a 48 hour procedure for "making a move" after being displaced. The Union and carrier argued the meaning/interpretation of the rule and apparently it had been settled with the carrier having won the dispute. The carrier is bound to notify all its employee's of the outcome and the date that the 12hr 1 min. rule would become set in stone. All members should file an appeal to the operations department of the carrier and file a petition with their local demanding that corrective action be taken. The carrier(CSX) has a horrible reputation of notifying its employees of any upcoming rule changes by means of the "RUMOR" mill system. This practice has been in place for many many years and employees have become accustomed to it. This is not a legal means of notification. Gossip and rumors are not legal and binding. Now is the time to challenge this practice and put and end to it once and for all.   Name: HELP E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 November 2016 UTU brothers Did anyone find anything in writing from the company stating they were enforcing the 12 hr 1 minute rule to mark up after being displaced. I keep hearing they lost the 48 hour rule a couple of months ago and the union agreed to enforce the rule. I didn't get a single email or letter. No notice or anything that this was going to take place October 25th. I got a bunch of points 2 weeks ago because I didn't know this had been settled. If the company was going to start putting points of your caps then how come their wasn't a system notice of bulletin out on it. We have been looking for 3 days now and we cant find it in writing. I didn't get anything in the mail either. I marked back up every single time within 24 hours but that was too late. I don't think this is fair that the company can ruin your record like that without giving everyone a fair notice that we lost our union agreement rule and would be enforcing their language in the availability policy!   Name: cond. E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 November 2016 Traindispatcher That bulletin you are talking about covered the qualification joke/questionaire that came out on the system for everyone to view and correct any qualification mistakes that were made. Myself along with a dozen guys got together and went over the thing with a fine tooth comb. We did exactly what the bulletin explained to do. we wrote down every single qualification that was wrong/bogus and turned it into our supervisors and corrected the errors. It stated very clearly that you were supposed to turn a list into your supervisor and THEY WERE supposed to make sure it was given to crew management to be corrected. Half the junk on the qualification screen was so wrong it wasn't even funny. I personally stood next to a guy that is qualified in one direction like me and has been on the same exact jobs, but he had things on his qualification list that I didn't have. We works the same terminals and same industries but yet our list didn't even begin to match. So you see, once again the company has done what is always does. Puts out bull crap bulletin with bull crap info that isn't any better than the toilet paper they put in crew packs. Oh, and the supervisors just laughed when they were handed our list. They said "Yeah" we will get right to this as they tossed to the side and laughed!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 10 November 2016 They call because it is in the agreement: a must do when shorthanded; are supposed to offer work by calling/running seniority rosters - claims can be filed if they don't (HA, be yrs. collecting those); but surely because it benefits them as some people do take the calls. Is a PITA seemingly never ending cycle.   Name: STRESSED OUT E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 November 2016 CREW MANAGEMENT!!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WILL YOU PLEASE QUIT CALLING ME TO TAKE JOBS THAT RUN EAST. YOU KNOW DAMN WELL IM NOT QUALIFIED EAST OUT OF AVON. YOU KNOW THIS BECAUSE I HAVE TOLD YOU. MY WIFE HAS TOLD YOU. HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HAVE TO BE TOLD TO QUIT WAKING ME UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHILE I AM TRYING TO GET MY REST. QUIT WAKING UP MY WIFE UNNECCASSARILY JUST TO RUN YOUR ROSTERS. YOU SHOULD HAVE IT FIGURED OUT BY NOW THAT IM NOT QUALIFIED THAT WAY. DO YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE MY LIFE A LIVING HELL. DO YOU WANT ME TO GET KICKED OUT MY HOUSE AND DIVORCED. WHY DO YOU HARASS ME SO MUCH. DO YOU GET A THRILL OUT OF THIS. WHY CANT YOU MAKE A SIMPLE LIST OF PEOPLE YOU KNOW ARE NOT QUALIFIED BOTH DIRECTIONS. IS YOUR BOSS BREATHING DOWN YOUR KNECK TO CALL ME AND EVERYONE WHO IS NOT QUALIFIED HOPING WE TAKE IT LIKE STUPIED IDIOTS AND VIOLATE FRA LAW. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WILL YOU PLEASE JUST LEAVE ME ALONE! IM BEGGING YOU. PLEASE DONT MAKE ME FILE ETHICS CHARGES AGAINST YOU. PLEASE DONT MAKE ME SEND A LETTER TO MICHAEL WARD BEGGING HIM TO STOP YOU. GOD WILL YOU PLEASE HAVE A HEART!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 09 November 2016 Trump wins: Be sure to remember this post AND be sure to post again 4 years from now & let everyone know how well you & your family fare then.   Name: TRUMP WINS E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 09 November 2016 AMERICA IS GREAT AGAIN...! CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND MAIN STREAM MEDIA,YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED!   Name: INDY OFFICE E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 November 2016 All T&E Employees The following names and numbers are your contacts if you work in the Indianapolis area. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the inspectors for your area. They will be more than happy to assist you with any problems that you may be encountering in your terminal. Robert Crawford- Operating rules inspector-817-235-5397 Pat Walsh-Mechanical department-317-294-2422 Ryan Tabor-Hazmat inspector-312-519-0670 Again, do not hesitate to contact the appropriate inspector with any concerns that you may have. Have a safe day!   Name: UNION SCREWED E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 08 November 2016 ALL CONDUCTORS Did any of you get left out of the loop that the company was going to start giving you points on your caps if you didn't place yourself after being bumped in 12 hours and 1 minute? I didn't get one single letter in the mail from the company or one email from my local chairman of the general chairman's office. A bunch of us went through the system bulletins and notices and didn't find one single thing warning us that the 48 hour rule in our agreement was lost and the company won the 12 hour rule. This is bull shitz. I got 10 points on my record in just 2 weeks because Im on the bottom of seniority and I keep getting displaced just about every week. I was told today that is was just supposed to be 1 point but they are giving the same amount of points as if you are marked off sick! This is bull that the company didn't mail us a letter or put out a bulletin or notice to us. I think this might be a cause to call a labor lawyer. The company cant just start enforcing a rule without notifying its employees. I think it is illegal for them to expect our unions to be the one to do it. Anyone else getting hammered on this new rule????   Name: El Chapo Guzman Jr. E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for Less than 1 year Posted: 07 November 2016 If Trump gets elected, the railroad will double their drug shipping rates from Mexico to East Los Angeles. Democrats are a little softer on crime! Hillary Clinton for President   Name: beaten cond. E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 November 2016 EX TM If you really are an ex tm then my hats off to you. No one with any heart at all would put up with the crap the company forces on them in your position. I too have spoken to several tm's who said the hell with this abuse. Just cant do that to hard working people who are just trying to make a living. They pic their targets and then watch everything they do and every place they go. They have people watching them when they go to other terminals and divisions. Its a real shame they just cant let people work and treat them fairly. Yeah, we got some lazy bad apples out their but that expected in any industry. But when everyone is trying to do the best they can and the supervisors have to get out and find someone to hammer just for the unethical company jerks in Jacksonville it makes everyone hate the company and the job. The biggest problem going on right now is the supervisors twisting and manipulating the rules to suit a failure. We just had a guy failed on placing a brake stick on the same car he was riding on. The rules are real black and white. Says do not place a break stick where it could cause a tripping and fall hazard. HOW IN THE HELL IS A CONDUCTOR GOING TO TRIP OVER A BRAKE STICK WHEN HE IS RIDING THE SIDE OF A CAR AND ITS HANDING ON A LADDER. They told him it my fly off and hit him so he was getting a failure for not putting it in a safe place. We hang them on the side of a car all the time. Have been doing it for years. So it all boils down to them needing a failure or the just want the guy. They are always coming up with crap like this and pulling new rules out of their hats. People need to step up to the plate and challenge these failures. They need to bombard the rules departments with these failures and demand they give a hard core interpretation of what they wrote. They did this about 6 years ago when the supervisors went crazy for failure counts and raped the hell out of the rules. Its starting again and you can bet your bottom dollar its because the school has been shut down and its overhead just sitting their is bleeding them dry!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 November 2016 Re: Drug Train Witnesses: Your information was in part, confirmed.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 November 2016 up conductor, were you even around in 1985? If you were, do you not remember how tough things were in those days? King Anti-Union Reagan & his regime in place; rail business way, way down; - it was often said at the time that the boxcar business was finished. Myself, I had over 8 yrs. seniority & got furloughed. Took some big changes to put a lot of RRers back to work: took some time; ie: the Staggers Act-Deregulation, Contract Agreements, & more. Too many rag on the rail unions. Well, as crappy as it does seem at times, just imagine working for this outfit non-union. No doubt things could & would be worse for workers.   Name: yep E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 November 2016 The direct number for the CSX manager on the Northern Region in case you can't get in touch with a crew caller is 904-332-3785. This is the number for train masters and local chairman but most of the managers are more than happy to help out.   Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 November 2016 Legal Thanks for the news. UTU has always been in bed with the carrier. ............................................................................................ HELL! That’s not news. It goes way back to 1985, when UTU Pres. Harden sold all of us down the drain, including the BLE.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 November 2016 We figured the carriers would come up with something after the RSIA. UTU agreed to the dictatorship style CAPS policy? Don't think so. If in fact the 1 point per day of displacement was accepted it has to be because csx wanted 10 points per day.   Name: Now that really sucks E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 October 2016 Legal Thanks for the news. UTU has always been in bed with the carrier. Bunch of low down sell out pieces of Crap.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 October 2016 ALL CONDUCTORS!!!!!! LISTEN UP AND LISTEN UP GOOD! THE UTU AND ITS LOCAL CHAIRMAN HAVED DROPPED THE BALL ON NOTIFYING ALL OF ITS MEMBERS THAT THE COMPANY AND UNION HAVE AGREED THAT ALL CONDUCTORS WHO HAVE BEEN BUMPED HAVE 12 HRS AND 1 MINUTE TO PLACE THEMSELVES OR THEY WILL BE ACCESSED 1 POINT ON THEIR CAPS RECORDS. THIS POLICY TOOK EFFECT ON OCTOBER 25TH. GO TO THE EMPLOYEE GATEWAY AND REVIEW THE CAPS POLICY. READ THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SECTION. YOU WILL SEE THE OPTION TO VIEW IT ON THE PAGE WHERE YOUR POINTS ARE DISPLAYED. QUESTION 3 AND QUESTION 8 ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT. READ! READ! READ IT! IF YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN DOES NOT HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS YOU ARE NOT GETTING NOTIFIED. IF HE DOES AND YOU DID NOT GET AN EMAIL FROM HIM THEN YOU NEED TO CALL YOUR GENERAL CHAIRMAN AND DEMAND HE PUT YOU ON AN EMAIL LIST FOR NOTIFICATION OF ALL AGREEMENT/SIDE LETTER RULING THAT THE UNION AND CARRIER HAVE SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED THIER JOHN HENRY ON. ALSO ONE MORE VERY IMPORTANT FACT THAT WAS LEFT OUT IS WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE DISPLACED AND HAVE NO WHERE TO GO. IF YOU CAN NOT FIND A PLACE TO GO BECASUE YOU ARE A NEWER EMPLOYEE WITH LITTLE SENIORITY THEN YOU MUST AND I REPEAT MUST CALL CMC AND NOTIFY THEM YOU HAVE NO WHERE TO GO IN THE 12 HOUR TIME FRAME AND THEY NEED TO MAKE YOU A PLACE ON THE EXTRA BOARD OR EXEMPT YOU FROM BEING ACCESSED ANY POINTS ON YOUR CAPS RECORD. IF THEY WONT PLACE YOU THEN IMMEDIATEY NOTIFY YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN AND DEMAND TO TALK TO A CREW MANAGER. WE ALL KNOW WHAT KIND OF JOKE THAT IS SO IF YOU CAN NOT GET THROUGH TO THE MANAGER LEAVE A VOICE MAIL AND MAKE SURE YOU TELL HIM/HER THAT YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO FIND A PLACE TO WORK AND DEMAND THAT YOU NOT BE ACCESSED ANY POINTS PER THE CAPS POLICY. THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESS AND MANY NEWER EMPLOYEES ARE GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO NOTIFY THE CMC THAT YOU HAVE NO WHERE TO GO.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 30 October 2016 Hand-thrown track switches.... never rely totally 100% on switch-stand targets. No matter what you're used to or where you are. Have seen too many of 'em screwed up, even though the MOW dept. can try their best to keep them up & in place the way(s) intended. Check, look at the switch points; especially when it's a facing point move/moves forward or back, into a track. Do as you wish.   Name: Boxcar E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 29 October 2016 TEY Read your operating rules! States very clearly switch targets WILL correspond with proper movement. If the targets don't then take it to the super. Of your yard! Problem is the idiots who put them out and don't understand what a diverging movement and a straight is. So learn your yard pattern. Targets are there for a reason. Your running in dark territory on an ec1 you count on that target to tell you the way it's lined when your running full track speed. You don't slow down and creep up to a switch to make sure it's right. Start that shit on the main line and see how far that gets you. You got switches missing targets in your yard report them. Get them fixed. If they won't then call the ethics hot line. Call the safety department. Make them do their jobs. Safety is a way of life per csx. Make them put their money were their mouths are! Avon has a few screwed up and some missing. Supervisors know about them but are turning their heads. Someone gets through a bad one it's all on the supervisors. They have been told and warned. Safety is not their first priority.   Name: TEY E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 October 2016 Guys and Girls; Check your switch points before making a movement over a switch in a facing and trailing movement move over a switch. Do not rely on the targets. Please. You will be dismissed if you go on the ground. Use your head!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 27 October 2016 BEWARE IN BUFFALO, COMING DOWN HARD ON T&E DUE TO RASH OF HUMAN FACTOR DERAILMENTS.   Name: ... E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for Less than 1 year Posted: 24 October 2016 R J. S. T. U Z. T. S. T I. L. L. P. I. G. S. G. E. T W. H. A. T P. I. G. S. D. E. S. E. R. V. E   Name: Chad Wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 October 2016 Stop your crying over there at CSX. I kicked all the Conductors and Engineers tail ends in Roseville and got this promotion to VP. Operations here in Texas now and I DO give good "head". So if you do what I have done you to can become a railroad Officer and get promoted. Just learn to blow really good and pimp your wife off like I have done Leslie.   Name: same boat E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 October 2016 Stressed out IM right there with you man! I work on the greatlakes and we have the same system going down on the pools. Im getting bounced around just like you. I tried to get a PB day and they told me to much manpower shortage. Someone needs to tell them that piss poor planning on the companies part doesn't constitute an emergency on ours. No bodies fault they are short as hell but theirs. They are sending more conductors off to engineer school at the end of the month. That just going to make us more run into the dirt if they don't call people back off the street to fill their shortages they are going to create. What the hell is wrong with this company is right! The frickin road foreman are telling the engineers if they want a scheduled rest day to demote themselves by getting back on the XB to get a day off! Can you believe that shit. Tell someone to demote themselves. Go on a job that doesn't pay shit and give up your seniority rights just to get a scheduled day off. And this company calls itself ethical. Would be nice if everyone in the public got on this site and read what the hell is really going on. Rest and some guaranteed time at home is important as hell for anyone! So much for the safe way is the right way! Time to mark off sick!!!!!!   Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 18 October 2016 DAD Why would you post under corporate office. There is no way in hell you were ever corporate with your spelling skills. Looks like there is a topic someone in Jacksonville doesn't like and you just crawled out from under one of their rocks to distract. Piss poor try. Is it the post on the horrible road conditions in the yard at Roselake? Maybe the man power shortage that is so bad that no one can get one minutes peace because the phone rings constantly? How about someone not having a scheduled off day for several weeks. I heard that several engineers were called and begged by the crew callers to step DOWN as conductors to work to fill shortages because they ran out of conductors. Also heard engineers had balls and told them to stick it and call back the men furloughed on the streets. Its being reported that the crew callers have been so stressed out because they cant fill jobs that they have started harassing and threatening people on the phones and violating the union agreement left and right. They aren't running the rosters right and messing up really bad. The crew manager is getting phone calls left and right because the crew callers are way out of line and are talking to people like they are trash. If they keep this up there wont be any rail service out of the greatlakes because of everyone taking the miscalls they are threatening everyone with. The ethics charges are getting ready to fly. I hope the csx human resource department has enough people to handle the crap that's getting ready to hit the fan!   Name: Post N/Numbers E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 16 October 2016 Monster Board With Names And Numbers: Lets create our owned villein board with names and numbers of your ethically challenged manager and union officers (blet//utu). If there's questionable patterns in their behavior, that we all need to know.   Name: Can U tell us? E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 October 2016 Can you tell us what employees that Chad Wilbourn had fired to get promoted and what Union officers where paid off to have that done? We here at UP in train service would like to know that and get to the bottom of the selling out. Thank you for getting back.   Name: Former_HR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 October 2016 In reply to... Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 October 2016 to former HR: WHO IS THE FORMER WELLS FARGO HR PERSON NOW AT CSX? WHAT POSITION DID HE HAVE AT WELLS FARGO? ANY IDEA WHEN HE LEFT WELLS? THANKS! Do a search of LinkedIn to find names. This person joined CSX HR HQ around 1 year ago. Pulled from the depths of the Wells Fargo bad habits after several years with Wells Fargo HR HQ. This person has a similar position at CSX as with Wells Fargo and plays a central role in shaping hiring policy and practices for CSX impacting all jobs, Union and Management. All of this is publicly available information.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 October 2016 to former HR: WHO IS THE FORMER WELLS FARGO HR PERSON NOW AT CSX? WHAT POSITION DID HE HAVE AT WELLS FARGO? ANY IDEA WHEN HE LEFT WELLS? THANKS!   Name: Former_HR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 12 October 2016 CSX HR Fun Fact Time Although publically available information, you might not have not have noticed this… How can CSX HR make more mistakes and hire the wrong people? Simple. Bring in someone who played a central role in helping Wells Fargo hire people for years! That is exactly what CSX HR has done. This has been your CSX HR Fun Fact of the Day.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 11 October 2016 CSX is a lying cheating company run by a Isi calleD iron first no they care about safety it's about knowing they have to the power to fire you fuck CSX   Name: Dan Schudak E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 10 October 2016 My good buddy Chad Wibourn give very good H&^D to get where he is at , and has sold out so many BLE and UTU Engineers and Trainman, UP has bank rolled to union to get where UP is today. Chad Wilbourn is a real CO*Ksucker!! and and UP corporate one at that too!!   Name: UP RV Trainman E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 October 2016 Hey Guys; That is true Chad Wilbourn is a UP officer faggot. He helped pay off some UTU officers to get some people on out HUB fired. HE is a POS!! And a Good C(*Ksucker, His wife Leslie blows all the Hoggers on out hub.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 October 2016 Wilbourn is a UP Vice President (In Name Only) with an internet degree from Trump University....Supposedly bankrolled several union officers in targeting (firing) employees for an easy promotion!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 07 October 2016 Alright, OK. What the hell is and/or who the hell is, Chad Wilbourn?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 October 2016 Chad Wilbourn, AVP from union pacific, graduated from Madison University which is a diploma mill and no longer exists.   Name: Blowovercsx E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 06 October 2016 Let's go hurricane, let's go......let's go hurricane, let's go..... let's go Matthew let's go,...... come on people let's us all stand up and root for hurricane Mathew to hit CSX HQ   Name: Hatecsx E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 05 October 2016 Let's hope hurricane Matthew makes a direct hit on 500 water water Street Jacksonville florida.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 October 2016 In reply to Former_HR, Corporate Office 1-10 yrs. post: So.......if csx management truly believes that -- when are employees going to be treated well? Full time office people are ignorant. Doesn't mean dumb\stupid. Means they have no clue at all as to what it's really like to work for csx "out in the field" on a regular day-to-day basis, each & every craft, account most - if not all, have no true experience.   Name: Former_HR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 October 2016 Mr. Manager, The fact that your employer pays you, does not make them a "good" employer. It makes them simply an "employer." For CSX to be a "good" employer, CSX would need to treat its employees well. If you think CSX treats its employees well, try reading this website, or talking with a few employees outside of Jacksonville. HR professionals know that when you treat employees well, they often work harder, show up on time, follow through on the details, and stay longer. When you treat them poorly, it results in lost revenue, which pushes the stock price lower and lower and lower. The bottom line is that the bottom line gets better when you treat your employees well. Even CSX seems to know what I am saying is true: “People Make the Difference.” Name: Mr Manager E-mail: Pasnthru00@gmail.com Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 October 2016 I must say that CSX has been good to me, not one single check they have written has bounced and 2 kids through school and college. About to purchase my 3rd home, and have purchased 6 new vehicles over the years. So, nothing or a company is perfect but im not either. I love me some CSX. So if your disgruntled because you were reprimanded amd possibly lost your job because your that great model of employee that every company would love to hire then keep your chin up, if your as good as you say you are then companies will be beating your door down to hire you shortly. If your furloughed and lost your job, my hats off to you and wish i could help.   Name: whatthef...k E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 October 2016 Crews Im new at this game that csx plays so Im not up on all the games they play. Does anyone know why they wont let you look at your vacation entitlement or allow you to bid on a personal day or vacation day on the mainframe at home. I cant put in for my yearly vacation either. It says that its an invalid selection for internet users for each one of them. Now Im going to have to drive to the terminal or go in early in order to bid on my vacation and look at what's available. trying to do that on the phone on that stupid IVR is a pain in the butt. why would they block us from looking at this info on the mainframe. Surely they don't think its some kind of security crap!   Name: Crazy train E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 October 2016 MR MANAGER You're a special kind of stupid... Your momma should have swallowed you like she has with the rest of the men.... CSX SUCKS Name: Mr Manager E-mail: Pasnthru00@gmail.com Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 October 2016 I must say that CSX has been good to me, not one single check they have written has bounced and 2 kids through school and college. About to purchase my 3rd home, and have purchased 6 new vehicles over the years. So, nothing or a company is perfect but im not either. I love me some CSX. So if your disgruntled because you were reprimanded amd possibly lost your job because your that great model of employee that every company would love to hire then keep your chin up, if your as good as you say you are then companies will be beating your door down to hire you shortly. If your furloughed and lost your job, my hats off to you and wish i could help.   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 October 2016 Brakeman for 20-30 years Mind your own damned business, work your turn, and quit worrying so much about what others are doing. When did it become your business to involve yourself in what others are doing when they are off FMLA. It's guys like you that have drank the CSX Kool-Aid that have sold their soles to the CSX devils in Jacksonville that are so miserable at work and are jealous of those that can afford to take off when they want. Keep looking at the layoff board everyday to see who is off FMLA and keep bitching and complaining about those that are off, you are truly Pathetic. :) and Fuck you.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 October 2016 watch out all you fmla abusers. bnsf has been firing people for " not having enough minimum monthly hours" (not sure of the official name for it).soon as csx sees how it goes on bnsf, sure as shit csx will make it a new rule. also soon new York state law will force employers to pay people who are off fmla. how long do you think csx is gonna pay the same guy who marks off 4 time a month for his fmla.   Name: corp E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 September 2016 NOTICE AS of this morning it has been officially announced that all crews that were left over working in Ravenna area are now laid off. The mechanics were let go in 2000 and now the rest have been cut loose.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 September 2016 CSX SUCKS is right it does suck I hope the get get rid of all there work and small guys it will bite um in the ass some day they try to bully everyone not Gona work forever give up there yards and hump yards and everyone will move outa there way lmao othrpeople have needs they don't build all the rail tax payers do too give um a grant to build inertermobile for 300 jobs that pay shit non union wages and shit health care then cut jobs in half what a scam they suck   Name: REWARD E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 September 2016 A REWARD OF 100,000.00 IS BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF ANY RAILROAD OR UNION OFFICER, WHO KNOWINGLY PARTICIPATED IN THE TRANSPORTING OF DRUGS [BY RAIL] FROM MEXICO. AND ASSISTED IN FACILITATING THE DELIVERY UPON INTERMEDIARY AND FINAL TERMINAL DELIVERIES. REFERENCE Article dated September 12, 2016 #CSX-Sucks.com #Special Agent(s)retired. Wikileaks Contact Information: http://wlchatc3pjwpli5r.onion   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 September 2016 got banned for being a union rep.fuck csx.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 28 September 2016 What the csx trans. co. cares about: Profits - for investors\stock holders, big bucks & windfalls for all their big shots, keeping the lame government agencies & unions off their back. Care very little, if at all, for employees, small-time customers, and the general public.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 September 2016 I have read on here 2 customers are leaving CSX because of crew shortages and i bet CSX does not even care. They don't care about customers or employees, so can someone tell me what they do care about?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 September 2016 Csx is worse than Wells Fargo when it tells its lower management to find ways to fire people for any reason to keep up with the accidents they train these guys whisle blower protection is not there in the stock run company's csx will find away just like Wells Fargo to blame the little man for reporting shit to ethics line of fFRA it's the truth iWork here and deal with every day FRA prob in there back pocket   Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 26 September 2016 To the person that said CSX is run by clowns..you are right. My industry was not serviced for 2 days last week and was not serviced over the weekend. Now when I talk to the terminal manager he told me there was a problem with a locomotive and they had no backup locomotives. Now when the crew shows up this morning they tell me it was not true that the real reason was crew shortages. So because CSX is refusing to recall people my business should suffer? Productivity fell sharply last week because of CSX not by my people and we bear the responsibility. No longer..I will be on the phone today with NORFOLK SOUTHERN..Lets see if they can get the job done.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 September 2016 Now the ones that moved their families , qualified for free for months , are FURLOUGHED. Never been a fan of working for free. #Donaldwillchangethings ,,,,,,,,,,,, #moreofthesamewithHillary--Crooked#governmentworkersshouldntgetrichofftaxpayers   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 September 2016 I no longer complain about FMLA. The truth is that after CSX forced people to relocate many had to get FMLA so they could just have the opportunity to go home. In my view its wrong that everyone is governed under the same attendance policy..some boards have 2 off days, some have 1, others have no off days. So the boards with 1 or no off days are the ones that CAPS hurt the most. Thats unfair that the only way a persob can get off is to mark off sick. You can forget marking off personal business with the boards cut way too low. CSX knows its a problem but they dont care. So now people get FMLA so they can mark off as needed..CSX has created this monster..I bet if Sanborn needs a day off she doesn't have any points taken..Sanborn has killed CSX..employee morale was already low before she set on the throne. Anyway every employee should have FMLA..this place is the reason my stress is high as well as my blood pressure..time to apply   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 24 September 2016 For sure, csx is not employee friendly. And helped create the present FMLA mess with their attendance policies; their pathetic, pitiful, uncaring attitude towards employees and/or an employees' family member(s) with medical conditions. Many workers are granted FMLA mark-off rights for very good reasons. However, the legal ability to mark-off work should not be abused. Those that have continuous medical issues to deal with, whether self or family, ought to at least consider doing something else to earn a living. If a job, jobs, or even terminals are abolished = yeah, that's a hardship not easily overcome. Get over it - it's nothing new. Check into - read some history. Many times in the past, not only were some jobs abolished, some terminals closed, entire railroad companies went out of business & thousands had to relocate, were furloughed for years, or were forced out of the RR industry altogether. I myself have had to relocate three times and have driven thousands of highway miles to go to work at distant terminals. Was either that or resign. Like csx, life can suck.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 September 2016 I guess Mr. FMLA is fortunate enough that his terminal was not closed and is not working 200+ miles from his home. CSX has forced people to get FMLA because they are an abusive employer...this company is horrible to work for..they don't have to be but they choose to be. I will say Mr. FMLA if you did not have FMLA abd you got forced to relocate to work you would be acquiring it for sure. Not everyone has the ability to sell their house or relocate their famlies. So quit bitching Mr. FMLA..you have no right to bitch   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 September 2016 I joined the railroad to make money and here I am sitting at home wanting to work and cannot because there are no conductors available. I am on the KD Subdivision and right now there are 3 trains ordered including Q042, and nobody to put on it until 10 tonight. Pusher job open unable to fill it, yard job that was unable to be filled, and people furloughed,..what a joke..happens every week but they do not care..local management does not care nor does Cindy and her crew at Jacksonville..CSX should no longer include transportation in its name..we are nothing more than a joke as a company..pitiful leadership and management..keep the good work up CSX inverstors..keep these clowns running us into the ground..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 23 September 2016 Hoo-Boy, -- That'll be a good one. Already can't wait to find out how that will go.   Name: Defiant E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 23 September 2016 This is it. This weekend Chicago Division - Barr Yard strikes. Will continue through the weekend. The following week will have heavy amounts of mark offs; ie sick, missed calls Enjoy the shit show.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 September 2016 To those of you complaining about those employees that have FLMA might as well get over it. CSX has forced people to go out and get it..and I no longer blame employees for doing so. With all these terminal and yard closures there are many employees now forced to work hundreds of miles away from their homes..what do you expect those people to do? CSX has disrupted many peoples lives this past year without regard or concern for their employees and their families..so do you really expect employees to care if they disrupt service on the railroad? The employee morale is horrible and many employees are bitter toward this outfit and rightfully so. CSX is not interested in moving freight. We have trains sitting on our subdivision every week because they are stubborn and refuse to call people back. No wonder they are tanking..how can they attempt to recruit new business when they cannot even service the business they have. One would think that this company would want better numbers but with this regime its not going to happen. When the company works against its employees the employees work against the company..maybe one day they will be smart enough to figure that out   Name: CSX DUDE E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 September 2016 GAWD, I HOPE WE DON'T GET THOSE WELLS-FARGO ASSHOLES OVER HERE. SEND THEM TO THE UPRR. THEY CAN USE MORE ASSHOLE MOP'S AND MTO's IN TEXAS AND THE SOUTHERN REGION. AND REPLACE THAT DANIEL SHUDAK THE SUPT DRUNK THERE IN HOUSTON.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 September 2016 Been reading Wells Fargo headlines , sounds like csx intiimdation and harassment of employees to get bonuses and firing employees for minor offenses for personal gain or reporting issues protection is not there for us   Name: Cotton Belt Georgie E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for N/A Posted: 22 September 2016 Cotton Belt Georgie: You walked away a coward with your head down and never helped a soul! Good Riddance!!!   Name: Real worker E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 September 2016 Legit I agree with everything u said! Sounds like "me" might be one of those abusers or he wouldn't be so offended. Good luck with your son. Honesty is the best policy! Lying about an illness is bad karma!   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 21 September 2016 Legit, Don't worry so much about what your co-workers are doing and take care of yourself loser. Go Fuck yourself company suck.   Name: Cindy Stillborn E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 September 2016 To sleep/tired, They were doing me same way. The person you need contact is Mrs. Angela Smith with the FRA like I did.She wants us to call her cause she will get csux.She was a crew caller for NS for 30 years and knows the ropes and loves to burn em. Come on guys let's put this to a stop.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 September 2016 good luck MR. Corporate HR 5th floor. I have noticed a number of Jax. corporate folks start off with half a bachelors degree and with effort and co-operation from CSX end up with a bachelors completion and one or TWO masters degrees. Most masters are easier and can be gotten ASAP These aren't from Harvard but CSX work with several 3rd grade schools that are very friendly to steady revenue sources and give you "good enough" and "legitimate enough" degrees. Keep your mouth shut until you need to escape and go to the successor biz or the feds or state.fyi   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 September 2016 sick/tired, Read & review your union agreement\contract. Unless something has changed -- they are supposed to offer extra work to the senior employees 1st. One of the few things in the contract agreements they actually honor. Some employees will take the calls. IF you're fortunate and can hold/work any type of regular assignment that has a normal/regular start time, don't answer the phone OR turn it off when you know you're not subject to calls for work. Safety First.   Name: Former_HR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 September 2016 Hi Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 September 2016 Thank you for the advice. I have my facts 100% straight. So I believe, I'm protected. These facts are found in too many places for their evidence to ever disappear. I'm the opposite of hostile towards CSX. In fact rather than hostile, I am deeply concerned for CSX's future and its employees' welfare (just like a good Corporate HR professional should be).   Name: sick/tired E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 September 2016 CSX Everyone knows you read this site everyday. Please answer a question for me. How come after working for this company for 18 years I got to be woke up all hours of the night by crew callers looking for someone to work an east end job that I AM NOT QUALIFIED ON! I have told them a million times that I never ever ever ever ever got qualified in that direction ever ever ever! I have begged them to put a note in my employee history or on a damn post it note on their computer screen to stop calling me and waking me up for this crap. what the hell is wrong with this company. I cant take this crap much longer. If you keep this up I will have to apply for FMLA because I will have to take a sleep aid to make up for the loss of sleep due to this stupid idiot way that you run the rosters. I cant work after taking a prescription sleep aid so I will either have to red block or get fmla to mark off and take my medication. What does a person have to do to get it through your heads to quit calling people all hours of the night that are not qualified and have told your people for YEARS! You are creating dangerous employess because we are coming to work exhausted due to interrupted sleep all night long!   Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 September 2016 Masters is something that the CSX continues to use.............. I guess the PGA should change the name of the “Master Golf Tournament.” Don’t want to offend anyone. How about UPRR Board of Directors suggest they just call it, “The Agusta Classic?”   Name: up E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 September 2016 West Coulton MOP You need to be more specific in your post. For those in csx, an MOP is a manager of operating practices. He is equivalent to your road foreman of engines. An MTO is a manager of train operations and is equivalent to a csx trainmaster. I am assuming Mr Coulton had to chose trainmaster because there wasn't a choice for a UP official acting as a road foreman. On the UP we don't use the words MASTER! It is degrading and it is very offensive to workers of color. As far as we are concerned it is offensive to anyone working for the UP. Masters is something that the CSX continues to use.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 September 2016 Former HR Before you put anymore post on here that might be considered seriously damaging to CSX, I suggest you look at everything you signed if you signed anything. You may have some fine print that you missed that orders you to keep quiet about your case and dealings with the company. It would not be hard to figure out who you are. There have been several cases that employees have lost at arbitration with their unions because they posted on websites a lot like this one. However, they were not very bright and used their names. The board felt that the employee was hostile towards the company and it would be a conflict of interest for them to return to work. They also stated in the ruling that they felt the employee would not prosper working in an environment they felt was so hostile and mentally damaging to them. If you do decide to post, make sure you have the fact down 100% and can prove anything you say. You can not be prosecuted for telling the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Whistleblowing is another form of protection if push comes to shove. Information has a way of disappearing in large corporations such as CSX. If you have hard core proof you have better negotiating leverage. No one, including CSX want the skeleton in the closet to come knocking on the presses from door.   Name: Wells Fargo-Union Pacific E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for N/A Posted: 16 September 2016 The Wells Fargo Union Pacific Effect RE; Special Agent(s) story... Both companies "were" stellar leaders in their industries. Both company CEO'S will face the music next week before Congress, about its current and past business practices.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 September 2016 Hey, Name: Former_HR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 September 2016 As you are aware, your attorney probably told you not to talk to anyone about this. But, fuck yeah..... lay it all out. .   Name: LEGIT! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 September 2016 FMLA ABUSERS!!!!! Employers CAN MANAGE FMLA leave for employees by looking at patterns in employee attendance for any particular employee. If the request seems to be part of a peculiar pattern FMLA guidelines allow employers to give the pattern in question to the employees health care provider and question whether this pattern is consistent with the employees need for a leave of absence. So you stupid idiots who have fmla leave and keep taking a day before your off days or every pay day weekend, you better get ready to have your happy little game become a problem for you. Instead of listening to all the idiots at work who have only read the rights of the employee for fmla, you better start reading up on the rights of the employer to question your ability to work, if your fit to work or if you are abusing it. I have legit FMLA. I got a son who is sick as hell and now I got to deal with coming to work and watching everything I do because they are head hunting us now. You keep getting write ups for failures you will never be able to prove it was because you are on FLMA. KNOCK YOUR SHIT OFF! If your a poser then you get what you deserve. Thanks for nothing lazy pukes!   Name: Former_HR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 September 2016 I used to work CSX in Corporate HR on the 5th floor of 500 Water Street. If you all only knew... For months now, I've been publicly silent and privately patient. But CSX continues to drag their feet. I retained an employment attorney and he is in discussions with CSX's outside counsel regarding my case. At this point, I am strongly considering producing some interesting data-driven posts. Who would like to see more posts from me? ~Former_HR   Name: West Colton UP MOP E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 September 2016 That is all true, We at UP are Building America and at the same time helping to destroy it. Railroad recession today, there is more money moving Crystal Meth, through Southern US to Los Angeles to yards that are unstaffed and have a great many of Mexican Mafia money around to pickup the bulk of the dope and with the assistance of OUR Mexican track and MOW workers move it to the hoods. We are doing really bad money wise, what do you expect us to do? The LA gay mafia depends on this stuff to produce gay porn in West Hollywood and in San Fernando Valley to produce straight hardcore anal sex scenes. At UP , We are Building America.   Name: WOW THANKS UP COP E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 September 2016 UP AGENT THANKS FOR TELLING US ALL THAT. EXPLAINS ABOUT ALL THOSE HEAVY TANK CARS AND OTHER MANIFEST CARS FROM MEJICO.....THANKS PO!!! TELL US ALL OVER THE WORLD MORE   Name: Special Agent(s) Retired E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 12 September 2016 UP Management: Stop whining to your employees about Social Media Postings, while hauling drugs from Mexico and the drugs being dumped in inter-city neighborhoods! According to the Houston Chronicle (November 2001 to October 2006) and the Los Angeles Times (as recent as 2012, drug raid), you were nabbed and fined$$Millions for knowingly hauling DRUGS on trains and then with the help of Lobbyist and Politicians changed the terms of the "Fines" as "Security Improvements" without the distinction of being major a DRUG HAULER! During those years, profits were up 20% annually and now profits are down 30% after being nabbed. Can't blame this severe drop on the decline in coal business. GOOGLE IS A GOOD SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR THE UNIFORMED! "Drug trains from Mexico" 

 Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 September 2016 Well..Jim Young If someone murders their wife, puts the body in a trash bag, Waste Management picks it up on Monday morning and transports it to the landfill, can the trash truck driver be held responsible? With your reasoning, I would think so. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 September 2016 Tickled this guy is not driving. Name: Jim E. Young E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for N/A Posted: 08 September 2016 KCS SP CSX UP NS TE&Y Employees: You could be liable if you are operating a train that originates from Mexico, stashed with drugs! The Rail Carrier's most profitable trains are the drug laden-ed trains that originates from Mexico. The trains are so profitable that a dying RR CEO negotiated his silence for a $120,000,000.00, retirement package. All to be paid over his natural retirement age as per the Corporate Bylaws. How many RR CEO'S gets an annual twenty-five million dollar retirement package upon death?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 September 2016 Not a problem, makes it real easy. OTHER?KNUCKLEHEAD Why does it bother you so much that someone post in several forums? Maybe I can shed some light on the similarities in the topics! A supervisors gets unprofessional in your face and orders you by intimidating you and harassing you to go out and drag in a 3rd train on a J job without another ticket knowing damn well its a violation of the union agreement and you know that they are going to deny your valid claim because the ASSHOLES have already done it a zillion times! Then the employee is pissed and while he is out he isn't thinking straight and makes an unsafe move that might get him and his partner in trouble. Then after being screwed over all night he says the hell with this hell hole and marks off sick the next day. This puts his butt on the table now for having an availability problem. So, its pretty clear to see how courtesy, professionalism, harassment , discrimination, denied claims, availability and safety are all the same damn thing on this site. Its what csx does to its employees EVERY STINKIN DAY! Post as much as you want guys. The point of this site is to post the crap that's going on and get it out! Get over it OTHER!   Name: Chad Wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 September 2016 Jim Young So that is what happened to my bonus and my stash of good Mexican dope I was expecting up North in Roseville,Ca when I was VP -Operations for Roseville. Damn Snitches and rats on the friggin UP. Now I am down here in Texas and getting all the UP train that are Autos, and container trains moving north of the border without the border patrol and Homeland security stopping and inspecting them. I want$120.00000 dollars and more, just like any UP officer! UP will transport for drugs than any other Class 1 railroad in the USA. 

 Name: Jim E. Young E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for N/A Posted: 08 September 2016 KCS SP CSX UP NS TE&Y Employees: You could be liable if you are operating a train that originates from Mexico, stashed with drugs! The Rail Carrier's most profitable trains are the drug laden-ed trains that originates from Mexico. The trains are so profitable that a dying RR CEO negotiated his silence for a $120,000,000.00, retirement package. All to be paid over his natural retirement age as per the Corporate Bylaws. How many RR CEO'S gets an annual twenty-five million dollar retirement package upon death?   Name: Teach E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 September 2016 APE 20-30(06) The RLA allows railroad employees to organize and form a union. The NLRA protects those rights of all union employees. You need to read and understand how to apply the laws to use them. Under the commerce clause of the U.S. constitution, federal laws prevail over state laws in matters of interstate commerce-an extremely broad jurisdiction in the complex modern economy. This is why our industry is under the do not strike order. The central instrument in U.S. law for protecting workers rights to organize, to bargain collectively, and to strike is the definition of five unfair labor practices in Section 8(a) of the NLRA. One of those definitions defines as an unfair labor practice an employers refusal to bargain with a certified collective bargaining representative of employees. Now lets apply that to our industry. Every single time a claim is denied by labor relations that was agreed upon by the carrier and the representing union that we know for a fact is 100% correct and was signed sealed and delivered is a violation. Now, you ask how? Because the carrier knew the language and the terms of that article but later decided to mix words or find small loop holes to deny it and put it on hold. They are well aware of the time frames it takes for the carrier and the union representative to meet and settle the claim disputes. There is also the game where the carrier will put blame on the employees who are in the review department of these claims. One of their favorites is to claim there are new employees who do not understand the agreement and it language. What it all boils down to is the company DID NOT NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH AT THE BARGAINING TABLE. They knew they could twist words and find very fine loopholes to stall the claims. They pay good money for labor lawyers to do such tasks. Therefore it is hard for a Union to come after a carrier and charge them with failure to negotiate in good faith. It is up to the Union representative sitting at the bargaining table to make sure this does not happen. It does not however prevent a union for bringing such charges against a company. It is hard to win when there are legitimate loopholes but it just goes to show that the carrier is maliciously trying to find ways around honoring the collective agreement. Is this a professional and honorable act? NO! Is it big business. YES! With the countless number of side letters and changes over the years it would take several years to remove all loopholes and rewrite the agreement in simple black and white language that the carrier could not twist and manipulate to its benefit. In the meantime it is imperative that claims are filed and paper trails are started. Even though you think it will get you no where and nothing will be done, it shows the courts that you are aware of the company tactics and gives your unions something to go on if and when they decide to put up a fight.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 September 2016 Just FYI: William Ackman, of Pershing Scuare Associates, has had a bad year. His investment fund is the company that tries to buy controlling interest in poorly run companies, and reorganize them. That is what put the fear into CSX the last several years, leading to all the reorganizations.. He has (temporarily?) forgotten CSX and is now trying to take over Chipotle, which was hit by a number of food safety issues. He may be back someday, so you know where to buy your burritos!   Name: UP LA HUB CONDR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 September 2016 TELL US MORE ABOUT THE KICKBACKS AND THE DRUG RUNNING ON THE LA DIVISION THAT YOU MENTIONED. SOUNDS REALLY GOOD.....HIGHBALL!   Name: YEAH!!! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 September 2016 ????? OH MY GOD MAN!!!! You are my HERO! Everything you posted is 100% true and right on the money. Even the dispatchers are starting to get sick of the flack they are getting from the crews when the DTO orders them to change your pool jobs to J Jobs behind the crews backs AFTER THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN ISSUED TICKETS THAT ARE RIGHTFULLY THEIRS AT THE RIGHT PAY! The stuff you posted has happened to me so many times its not even funny. We got so many claims in for this shit that it will take years to even get the unions to sit down and go over them. Of course we don't expect to see a damn thing done about it so we got other ways to make our money that's rightfully ours. Man, don't know who you are but you need award for employee of the month! Most of us think they are trying to hide all the recrews for these road trains that aren't making it in because they cut the crews so short. A j job can hustle power or do crap work around the yard so if they go drag in a train that's dead on the road as a job they might be able to hide it on the paper trail. Don't see how they hide the expense of paying the PTI service though. Maybe the idiots in Jacksonville are too stupid to do the research and start asking questions. Lets no forget the train they are showing yarded when they really weren't and they got a j job on it. They show those jobs as originating out of the home terminal and final destination as the same terminal. Looks good on paper. Screw you out of 100's of miles pay! Yeap, Just a bunch of thieves!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 September 2016 The problem with using the National Labor Relations Act is that we are not in it. Over the years our laws have gotten similar, and merging it HAS OFTEN BEEN CONSIDERED, but we are still different. Best to remember that. AND, both union and management folks have spent years keeping up with traditional case law and black letter law, and do not wish to learn a new system from scratch. Kindly note that laws not labor related, such as EEOC, ADA, FMLA, etc. are neither labor law nor RR / Airline specific labor law, and should be examined with great interest, even if your union rep pretends it is not relevant and wishes to stay in the 1930's. Neither the company nor the union wish to jump into the 1960's, with all those scary new words.   Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 September 2016 OTHER?KNUCKLEHEAD Why does it bother you so much that someone post in several forums? Maybe I can shed some light on the similarities in the topics! A supervisors gets unprofessional in your face and orders you by intimidating you and harassing you to go out and drag in a 3rd train on a J job without another ticket knowing damn well its a violation of the union agreement and you know that they are going to deny your valid claim because the ASSHOLES have already done it a zillion times! Then the employee is pissed and while he is out he isn't thinking straight and makes an unsafe move that might get him and his partner in trouble. Then after being screwed over all night he says the hell with this hell hole and marks off sick the next day. This puts his butt on the table now for having an availability problem. So, its pretty clear to see how courtesy, professionalism, harassment , discrimination, denied claims, availability and safety are all the same damn thing on this site. Its what csx does to its employees EVERY STINKIN DAY! Post as much as you want guys. The point of this site is to post the crap that's going on and get it out! Get over it OTHER!   Name: SP HubCap E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 06 September 2016 To The UP Conductor Colton: Years ago, there was an engineer called HubCap out of Division 56. Presumably, he was one of the first to exposed the rampant corruption of kickbacks to union officers. He later alerted the Feds to the Drugs by Rails Operation from Mexico (LA Times article, Midnight Drug Haulers). The rumor is: HubCap had a mishap on the BNSF that caused a neck injury; later fired, and offered [and accepted] a disability retirement while his discharge was under review by an arbitrator.   Name: Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 September 2016 This company doesn't care about safety. It's all for profit now. Their working us to death with equipment going down hill fast... The company made cuts in the wrong departments. T & E employees truly hate this company for their mismanaging their life.. Hopefully when the grim reaper decides to take all CSX MANAGEMENT, then they well go straight to HELL where they belong....   Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 06 September 2016 Ex FRA... Are you saying, it is NOT a violation of hours of service to secure your train after 12 hours? All in the name of safety? Well, that’s a new one on me.   Name: EX FRA E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 September 2016 ALINE COND The rule used to be that you could secure your train by putting on the hand brakes BUT the engineer could not release any brakes to test them for the new 1 minute brake test. Trains crews were never required to do a one minute brake test in the past. Applying the proper amount of brakes for the number of cars was designated and did just fine. Securing the train in order to leave it behind is considered an action that is necessary for the safety of the crew and the public and can be done. The one minute test is a csx operating rule and is not required by the FRA. Therefore if you do the one minute brake test you are performing work for the railroad which is a violation of the hours of service. Therefore that puts the crew in a catch 22. Per csx operating rules you are to notify the dispatcher when you are down to 3 hours. It is up to you to follow that rule. Then is the time that you should remind them that you need to stop somewhere that you will have the time to follow the rules for testing your brakes if you plan on leaving the train. DO NOT EVEN try to make a point that the dispatcher should know where you are and how much time you have left to run. Unless you are a new employee then you should know they lose tract of where trains are and can not keep up with every single trains running time. Yes, they should but they don't. If you have any questions concerning violations of the FRA rules for operations then you can contact the FRA representative for your area. Your hours of service or operating rules agents should be able to answer your questions. If you are in the Indianapolis area you can call the Indy office at 317-226-0390 and find out who is over your area.   Name: Albany Divn T&E Guy E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 05 September 2016 The FMLA Issue: Lets put this in the proper perspective. FMLA was Enacted under the Clinton Administration. Many years before the CSX takeover of Conrail. It was enacted SPECIFICALLY to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS. Think about that folks...... FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!! FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!! FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!! FMLA was enacted to deal with ABUSIVE EMPLOYERS!!!! Okay now! Now that I've made that point lets talk about the -- present situation vs. the previous situation.-- Conrail was in business many years after FMLA was enacted and had VERY FEW EMPLOYEES on FMLA. CSX Enacted VERY HARSH Attendance policies CSX Enacted VERY HARSH Discipline policies Now we have everyone on FMLA!!!! And these IDIOTS running CSX say we have an FMLA problem !?!? OK I'm going to yell here. But not at my fellow union brothers. I'm going to yell at you Company suits on here. I'm going to yell at you guys because your purposely dense. So I'm going to yell so that maybe the light will come on in your thick heads, and maybe....you guys will get a clue!!!!! CSX IS AN ABUSIVE EMPLOYER!!!!! THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE ON FMLA!!!!! You IGNORANT MORONS!!!!! It has always amazed me throughout my 35+ years on the RR. How incredible the work ethic was in the RR Industry. The greater majority of my fellow railroaders would work 70 to 80 hours plus every week (albeit the greed for money was the overwhelming motive) But nonetheless they did it. And this was for decades, during which they were never threatened or harassed to do so. So now we have Management regimes that are so greedy and arrogant they won't even discuss the issues with the unions, Yes that is correct Mr. Corp. The Unions NEVER AGREED to these Absentee/Discipline policies. They were shoved down our throats. Bottom line is this THEY DON'T WORK!!! The present generation of RR workers have NO loyalty to their employers. They don't merely dislike their taskmasters THEY HATE their employers with a PASSION! This is not to be confused with not liking their jobs. They love their jobs. why else would they put up with these working conditions so long? They HATE THE PEOPLE who run these RR's I see it everyday when I work. A decision comes along between whats best for the RR vs. Employee benefit. Employee wins every time and when there is no benefit THEY STILL choose the option where the company loses. I've seen employees take the path that's harder to do if it will cause the company harm, time after time. The Hatred is that bad! From a business point of view it is REALLY BAD POLICY to alienate your workforce to a point that your employees are working against you. Unfortunately the folks in Jacksonvile DON'T CARE!! Unfortunately the folks in Albany DON'T CARE!! Unfortunately the folks in your local Terminal Offices DON'T CARE!! Apparently here at CSX we don't make money by transporting customers products. Apparently we make money by Threatening Employees! Apparently we make money by Firing Employees! Apparently we like to create problems for ourselves that cause motivated workers to lose motivation and instead focus all their efforts at spending time with their loved ones, and friends, Instead of fanatically trying to spend time at work every waking minute of the day making money !!! .......... As my generation did!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 September 2016 Chief dispatchers are management. Assistant chief dispatchers are union. (the ones the crews talk to)   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 September 2016 Chief dispatchers, assistant chief dispatchers, train dispatchers, and yardmasters, are union dues contributing company people.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 September 2016 To add to the statement below: This is for you Avon guys. Replace supervisor with a Union paying "Assistant Chief Train Dispatcher" "Now, pay close attention to this one! UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES-Section 8(a)2 of the NLRA makes employer "domination" of a labor organization an unfair labor practice Dominate mean to rule, control or SWAY! The post made by EX LC had an issue with a supervisor who told employees to do as they were told even though he knew that he was in violation of their bargaining agreement and they could take it up with their LC later. It can be assumed that the employee felt threatened and could possibly be charged with failure to comply or worse. This supervisor was in violation of federal law. Under no circumstances should any union member allow a supervisor to bully or intimidate anyone into complying to their orders after the supervisor has been informed and shown the violation of the bargaining agreement. This issue should be reported immediately to your LC and to legislative rep of your union. DO NOT ALLOW THIS SUPERVISOR TO GO UNREPORTED. An employer that commits an unfair labor practice must "cease and desist" from unlawful conduct and post a notice in the workplace promising not to repeat the conduct."   Name: AP Engineer Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 September 2016 A Birmingham Engineer told me, “FMLA” was the “Football Mania Layoff Agreement.” What did Jacksonville think it was? I mean, you can’t miss a University of Alabama football game just to move freight. Right?   Name: TEACHER E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 September 2016 ALL UNION MEMBERS! LESSON 1 for this week! The NMB(National Mediation Board) has no authority to investigate or remedy employee grievances against an employer. The role of the NMB in the railroad industry is to conduct representation elections and to mediate agreement between the carrier and union in collective bargaining negotiations, A union certified by the NMB is the sole representative of the certified group of employees(craft or class) as to wages, hours, benefits and WORKING CONDITIONS! If you feel your employer is not properly applying the collective bargaining then the grievance procedure in the collective bargaining procedure is the proper channel to follow. Whether or not a union is required to progress an employees grievance to arbitration is usually a matter of union discretion. When a grievance is progressed to arbitration by the parties and the grievant wishes to appeal the arbitrators decision it is done through the courts. Arbitration results are usually final and binding under the RLA BUT a grievant has 2 years from the ruling to seek a set-aside. Discuss your options with an attorney. If you are a railroad employee and have properly filed a grievance with your union and are not satisfied with the results of the grievance procedure you may consider filing a grievance as an "INDIVIDUAL" with the National Railroad Adjustment Board(NRAB). Filing as an individual means that you wish to pursue your grievance with the NRAB WITHOUT the assistance or support of your union. You can contact the NRAB directly at 312-751-4688 If you believe that your employer is in violation of a law of the United states you can consult with a private attorney or contact the government agency that has jurisdiction over such matters. It is strongly advised that all railroad employees take the time to sit down and read their "WEINGARTEN RIGHTS"! Now, pay close attention to this one! UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES-Section 8(a)2 of the NLRA makes employer "domination" of a labor organization an unfair labor practice Dominate mean to rule, control or SWAY! The post made by EX LC had an issue with a supervisor who told employees to do as they were told even though he knew that he was in violation of their bargaining agreement and they could take it up with their LC later. It can be assumed that the employee felt threatened and could possibly be charged with failure to comply or worse. This supervisor was in violation of federal law. Under no circumstances should any union member allow a supervisor to bully or intimidate anyone into complying to their orders after the supervisor has been informed and shown the violation of the bargaining agreement. This issue should be reported immediately to your LC and to legislative rep of your union. DO NOT ALLOW THIS SUPERVISOR TO GO UNREPORTED. An employer that commits an unfair labor practice must "cease and desist" from unlawful conduct and post a notice in the workplace promising not to repeat the conduct. There is no doubt that this post will raise a red flag with railroad management. This website is viewed daily by CSX and its legal staff. The labor relations department will not appreciate this kind of information circulated either. It encourages members to read and better arm themselves with information to put up a good fight. There is nothing more powerful than well educated and readily armed union members.   Name: be happy in your work E-mail: C@ hotmail.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 01 September 2016 where is Todd novak working he was a Collinwood flunkie   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 September 2016 If true & the person is charged accordingly, the co., the court(s), govt., etc., will handle it discreetly & he/she will be taken care of. Will probably appear later in a similar or even better position. Should a rank & file employee get in trouble for something like that: would get raked over the coals. CSX management Sucks.   Name: Oh Yeah E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 August 2016 Just read on the BLE website where the Trainmaster at Corbin. KY just got arrested for possessing Child Pornography. Wonder if they will fire him of for Tarnishing CSX's squeaky clean image or will they try and sweep it under the rug. Regardless, FUCK YOU CSX   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 August 2016 In response to the letter sent out by Cindy Sanborn in regards to FMLA, what a joke that CSX is blaming poor performance on FMLA. True that there are those who misuses it but this CAPS system makes for everyone to go out and acquire it..thats on you Ms. Sanborn. Also I love that Ms. Sanborn is so concerned that i might possibly be working too much. Well this is true I am working too much but that is not because of FMLA it is because the boards are trimmed down to thinly to meet the demands of the number of trains. Basically CSX is padding the numbers trying to keep investors happy but now service is at an all time low. I love how CSX blames their poor performance on T/E crews instead of stepping up to the plate and admitting that their poor management practices are to blame..but this is CSX   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 August 2016 Unions don't want normal attorneys around. If you have a discipline hearing everybody...union attorney, union official, company official, etc. know this is a stage play where everyone fully knows their role in the script, and sit around like sleeping drunks until someone wakes them up and points them to the appropriate page to read. They have played this story before. The only person who may NOT know his/her role is the union member / victim. Looking at ADA, EEOC, Lilly Ledbetter, and all the others is like going through a dark forest, while you don't know how the story ends. Is that Grandma or the big bad wolf? Who the hell knows? Is that a real federal judge? Does he have a copy of the script? So comforting to know that you work with Judge Judy, and NOTHING will go off track.   Name: Retired SP Trainman E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 August 2016 I remembered that guy in 1999. He was a really good new hire and worked at other Railroads elsewhere and the UP was in bad shape with the Merger that we at SP hoped would fail. He was good and a lot of the Engineers and Trainman from SP could trust him. UP planted a rat from Bakersfield to try and sit him up and that new hire took the Engineer's cell phone and through it out the window after the Engineer was using and talking on it while "trying" to run the engine. LOL. No wonder you can't use a fucking cell phone these days and have one on the property. Rats and Snitches are fucking it UP for you all. That new hire is looking at a restatement for 1 million 180 thousand dollars from both the crooked UTU and the UP. The both sleep together in the same Labor relations office in Omaha. They have to thank 32 year old veteran RFE, Lester Sack for that fuck up.   Name: UP CONDR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 August 2016 Hell Stress....FU*K that! Cancer is the MAJOR leading killer right now on the UP. And probably elsewhere on other Class 1 RR's. We have lost so many Engineer's and trainmen to Cancer in the past 10 years, and they weren't even close to retiring. Some where, so they got their checks after retiring and then died. Everyday its somebody new. I'm off to let the female Doctor I have stick her finger up my ass and play with my testicles. It must be the LOW SULFUR FUEL.   Name: Retired West Colton SP Hogger E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 August 2016 Hey ! I can answer that one UP retired Engineer. That is because like Hannaha and Pruitt are taking the shake down just like the POS UTU/SMART LC's like W.J. Smith up there in Bakersfield was doing ( I am out for the new guys) Sure...How many good trainmen and enginemen we have lost because everything is "paid" off now. Do you now that UTU has desk and cubicles right there in LR in Omahaha? Sure do, I wouldn't Lee Pruitt and Daryl don't have one to. How about the Engineer in W.Colton that killed his wife and got out of prison and BLE got his job back after the Carrier canned his ass for Felony Conviction went through. Bakersfield had a pretty nice guy back in 1999 we all knew who was charged with False application even when he applied and INCLUDED the old conviction and told the truth at the interview and guess what people UP hired that guy in LA and shipped his ass to the Roseville Hub to have the Bakersfield undercover cops working the railroad mess with him. They tried that Rule 1.6 crap on him and he told them all to stick it. Its now a major federal EEOC case against UTU and the UP. LOL..   Name: Stressed Reitred Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 29 August 2016 Now that Dave Harris had a heart attack I hope he can see what all his bullying and getting irate with his employees has done to him and Hope he can be more calmer these days...................... If anyone here knows Mr. Harris, tell him, even a totally healthy person, always under stress, will have 1mm of plaque build up in their arteries over a non-stress person. I know this for a fact, been their (heart attack) with perfect blood readings, don’t smoke, drink or eat any red meat and dairy products. Remember the movie, “Throw Momma From The Train?” That was life with my mother a divorce and 30 years of mainline mountain railroading. So, a word to all here, life is too short to let the CSX kill you. Chill,...just figure you’re going to work 12 hours every trip and obay the rules 100%.. Let the managers stress.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 29 August 2016 Now that Dave Harris had a heart attack I hope he can see what all his bullying and getting irate with his employees has done to him and Hope he can be more calmer these days.   Name: UP Engineer Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 August 2016 UP Mallard On The Western Region: Why is Hannah so good at getting child molesters and wife beaters back to work instead of switch runners?........................... Jezzzz....That’s an easy one. The railroad views, running through a switch as much more serious than a wife beater...especially the CSX.   Name: John Casey E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 27 August 2016 UP Mallard On The Western Region: Why is Hannah so good at getting child molesters and wife beaters back to work instead of switch runners?   Name: UP Engineer Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 August 2016 Post from Train Orders dot com. I don't remember a "no strike" agreement, unless it was for a very specific issue, but the Supreme Court basically decided rail unions cannot strike except for "major disputes" around that period. Of course in the court's eyes there is almost nothing that rises to a "major dispute" plus rail unions have to go through a myriad of steps before they can get to the "self help" (strike) stage.   Name: UP Engineer Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 August 2016 Would like to see that............ ..Side letter 20 was one of the 1986 PEB board decisions. Someone should remember the no strike clause back in the 1980’s. I’ve been gone 14 years now and have no contact with the BLE , Lee Pruitt or Hannah anymore.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 26 August 2016 OK. Can find all the PEBs from 12/12/1955 thru 01/11/2016. Looked at GC Hannah's site. Haven't found a thing regarding a side letter with referrence to a "no strike" clause. Would like to see that.   Name: UP Engineer Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 August 2016 Another person that may need to do some real homework, ie: read/review the RLA. Guess I will do that too................ Yes.. and look up “Side Letter 20” In the PEB of 1985. Email Lee Pruitt or DW “Bill” Hannah.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 26 August 2016 Another person that may need to do some real homework, ie: read/review the RLA. Guess I will do that too. If the UTU & BLE could & did in fact agree to a no-strike clause back then, just where is that recorded? If true, how's come there was a short-lived national rail strike in the spring of 1991? - and, rail GCs can still request strike authority over agreement disputes - yes/no?   Name: UP Engineer Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 August 2016 The Govt. \ Federal Courts have a lot of power. Long story short: A strike by RRers is not at all an easy thing to do, or even try.................... In the late 1970’s, maybe early 80’s, the BLE & UTU signed a “No Strike Clause.” Labor disputes go to a PEB Board (Presidental Emergency Board, a board appointed by the President). After the 1985 agreement, the board ruled in favor, 7 to 1 for the carrier on eight disputes arising from that 1984 contract. In other words, Engineers and lost their ass. Harden, from the UTU had already given away the farm in that contract and settled before the BLE did, leaving them in a bad situation. Thus, we have the pre-85 and post 85-people. Hope this helps answer your question a little.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 26 August 2016 If truly only been a RRer for less than 10 yrs., you probably are just like a lot of others who don't realize how it works. Use your head & some common sense - go online, read\review & try to understand the Railway Labor Act. RR cos. know all about it. Rail service interruption which could idle businesses & thousands of other workers will not be tolerated very long. The Govt. \ Federal Courts have a lot of power. Long story short: A strike by RRers is not at all an easy thing to do, or even try.   Name: WhyNot E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 August 2016 Why cant we strike? I mean what are they really going to do? Dont tell me the GOVT wont allow it, because thats bull. We wont strike though. Too many pussies out there that will keep putting up with the shit, and not do anything about it. Happy Friday. I think ill markoff sick.   Name: F YOU E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 25 August 2016 Peter all you railbuffs are retarded!!   Name: Peter Ely E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 August 2016 Look at all you bitching and crybaby Trainmen and Engineers. I wish as a California railfan I could have a Job like yours. We can't even get a job interview with the UP when they are hiring and I would love to fulfill my boyhood fantasy and be a Engineer, even for 10 bucks an hour. I have a old head Conductor that is retired from UP and his name is Virlon Smoot and he used to have me come over to his place and play with his backyard choo-choo train and have male and male fun. So you guys need to stop all the crying and whinning about your great jobs you have and enjoy working on the railroad and keep in mind that all of us railfans love to give good head like me and the others on Altamont press and Trainorders.com and HeadsUPcoast fans that would just love to have your great jobs. Sincerely Dick sucker Peter Ely Buff your knob for a train ride. UP railfan   Name: Threatened E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 August 2016 CRAZY NUT CASE CHIEF AT IT AGAIN Just got word that the chief is playing her dirty little harassment and intimidation games again. We got an east end extra board and a west end extra board. That crazy broad is trying to order an east end extra crew to go dog catch trains on the west side when there are rested and available crews on the west end extra board. They pointed this out and were threatened if they didn't go work the other side their qualifications would be pulled. This isn't just a violation of the union agreement but its a run around claim for the guys on the west end. They are just trying to cut cost on recrews and cover up cost of not getting trains in on time. Where the hell does this chief get off deliberately cheating west end crews out of their work and being able to make a living. Who in the hell is letting them get away with this blatant bullshit. This time they have gone to far. Deliberate and blatant violation of the agreement with deliberate harassment and intimidation tactics to save money and screw pay from hard working crew members who need to make a living. THIS SHIT HAS TO STOP. ITS TIME FOR A SIT DOWN WITH BOTH UNION INTERNATIONALS AND TIME TO MEET WITH THE STEEL WORKERS. NO WAY THOSE GUYS WOULD EVER ALLOW THEIR MANAGEMENT TO WALK ALL OVER THEM IN THIS MANNER. TIME FOR SOME OLD FASHIONED UNION MEETINGS AND FIGURE OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. WE CANT STRIKE BUT BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR THOSE STEEL WORKER BOYS WILL HAVE SOME GOOD IDEAS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 August 2016 This info\instruction out there in csx dispatcher messages, system and/or divisional bulletins, or elsewhere??   Name: Safety First E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 August 2016 ALL CREWS If you are receiving correspondences from anyone in labor relations, payroll or any other department that your pay is not being issued as submitted because information obtained from the GPS shows otherwise you need to email Tim_ healey@csx.com. Mr. Healey is the Director of Locomotive Engineering and oversees the installation of the GPS on all locomotives. If there is a problem with the use of the GPS then he should be notified immediately. This is an issue that should not be taken lightly. Obtaining proper information from the GPS is a MUST and any problems that are occurring must be addressed and resolved immediately! Movement of all trains on the system must be documented accurately. There is no room for error on this matter. The safe way is the right way. Report any problems immediately. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 23 August 2016 They have to know where trains are. Ask a dispatcher. Denying penalty claims (even valid ones, for whatever reason) is an age old tactic. Uncommon that one is paid right away. Have to submit all info properly to your LC when claims are denied & hope that they're handled & forwarded. Then be patient. May take yrs. If valid, the RR eventually has to ante up -- at the pay rate applicable when submitted. Aggravating but the way it usually is.   Name: SCREWED E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 August 2016 CALL HOMELAND SECURITY Labor relations is at it again! Just denied my claim and 2 other guys stating that the GPS data system says our trains never ran on the territory we claimed. THEY LOST OUR FRICKING TRAINS AGAIN! THIS IS BULLSHIT. HOW CAN A RAILROAD LOSE THEIR FRICKING TRAINS. HOW CAN THEY NOT FIND OR KEEP TRACT OF OUR TRAINS AND WHERE THEY ARE TRAVELING. WE HAD HAZARDOUS MATERIAL CARS ON THE TRAIN THEY LOST. DOES THE PUBLIC HAVE ANY IDEA HOW INSANE IT IS THAT A RAILROAD CANT KEEP TRACT OF WHERE THEIR DANGEROUS TRAINS ARE TRAVELING. Maybe we should be calling the USDOT and tell them whats going on too!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 August 2016 The problem is that current RR management are not a team. They do NOT want improvements. They are a TEAM in the sense that Hillary and the Donald are currently campaigning as a team to help the electorate make better choices. If you come up with a miracle additive that adds 20% to fuel efficiency then you are the bad guy and a target. Somewhere there is an official in charge of purchasing that and you made him look bad. and, HE WILL TELL HIS COUSIN HIGHER UP ABOUT THE THREAT FROM BELOW. Your trainmaster will take heat for having an employee who sticks his nose in company business And this goes all the way to the top. A sharp division general manager, if such exists, is a threat to many vice presidents. A terminal superintendent makes the division guy look bad...not good. If you want to rise on CSX you must play the not so bright, member of the gang, absolutely non threatening to anyone simpleton. These are good paying jobs for managers who cannot survive in a competitive environment.And of course this absolutely means NO action by a common engineer or clerk. Unfortunately we have engineers with engineering degrees...very threatening, and PTI drivers with MBA'S in Logistics...VERY scary. No way in hell do we want bright people exceeding their pay grade. We have rent seekers observing the Peter principle to the max. YOU are not a lifeboat selectee on this mans Titanic, just one of the unfortunates that get letters of regret. It should be mentioned that many officials are relatives, dear friends and lovers, etc. So co operation just isn't in the cards.Maybe that is true of life in general, but it is very obvious on the RR.   Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 August 2016 Engineer Mallard, I don't think you work for CSX or you wouldn't be saying such nice things about them. Maybe you have been on their Facebook page or you have some CSX engines on your model train set in your moms basement where u reside. CSX sucks in a big kind of way. I could go on for hours about how they REALLY operate their business and treat their employees, but i'll save my time as the real CSX employees already know.   Name: Revenge Sr. E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 20 August 2016 "Eye for an Eye" Understand the meaning of those simple words for your guidance! If one deliberately or attempts too destroy your well being, the Laws of Nature is on your side!   Name: UP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 20 August 2016 Engineer Mallard Bullshit with that. We here on this class 1 make a lot more than YOU post-85 hoggers on the c-sucks corporation from the NS. We out here on the West Coast know that. Don't bullshit another BLE guy. We all know who and what is being made. You must be blowing some of those TM's and or RFE's over there like some of those SP Engineers in LA and Bakersfield used to do to "kiss ass" and keep good with the officers. Don't BS us on here. CSX sucks C*&K. Enough! Cogdal   Name: Engineer Mallard E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 August 2016 Don't really see how bad CSX is. Worked 10 years with Nazi Southernschwitz and CSX is much nicer to me. Guys, this ain't a white collar 9-5 job. You are transporting freight. You're gonna be treated like shit sometimes and you gotta deal with it. Don't come into the industry wanting a lavish working condition. There's times when I wanna blow up at the dispatcher, but that's just part of the job. When you factor in CSX's pay is arguably higher than any Class 1, and the usually well kept locomotives most with ACs and good radios, you can't hate on the company. Time is money, and we are just little laborers to management but that's what it's like anywhere. Go join NS if you think CSX is bad, and I'll be sitting here laughing my ass off while you got high blood pressure and denied pay rates. The Chicken Shit eXpress will get even better once MJW leaves in 3 years, he'll hopefully get replaced with someone who has bigger balls and won't negotiate with EHH for a merge.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 August 2016 AVON CREWS LISTEN UP!!! When you are called to work on a WORK train IT IS NOT REVENUE SERVICE. You are to be issued a ticket under kind of service 9. CMC had been issuing these tickets as through freight under kind of service 2. They are doing this because they are in violation of article 47 in regards to work trains. If they call a work train at least 4 times in a week they are supposed to put the job up for bid on the electronic bid system. The company does not want to do this so they are hoping that putting the tickets under kind of service 2 as through freight will not draw attention to what is happening. Kind of service 9 is also a higher rate of pay for a days work. DO NOT TAKE a work train out until you call cmc and make them change it to a kind of service 9. If they give you any trouble them you make sure they understand that you know this is NOT revenue service and it is not through freight If they keep your ticket under through freight then they are admitting that it is being considered revenue service and they should be reporting the service to the IRS for tax purposes.   Name: sp hogger E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 August 2016 In refrence to CSX engineer; Being off for 18 months for going down the wrong yard track? That is waaay, to long for a PLB decision   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 August 2016 partnership? with CSX? The BLE was founded, and flourished, based on a need for skilled employees. Drop by an operating steam museum, show them your newly minted engineers card, and ask to start up a steam engine and drive it merely 50 feet. Look at a trained conductor and his 6 months or less training. That's the goal...make every employee replaceable in 90 days. Signal forces may last a little longer...clerks a little shorter. BTW, this links to lower management salaries. If an engineer makes$60k over many hours, then a TM must make 60, if the engineer makes $40k in constant dollar terms, than the TM salary will go down. The price point is what the trucker makes, although RR Retirement makes a difference. This is especially true as TM are usually unskilled with "degrees", if present, from obscure schools that have trouble placing anybody anywhere. and, of course, the trucker has to invest in, and manage, his own truck to make best money. Almost no operating person craft or management has any control in influencing investment decisions, which helps guarantee poor ROI.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 13 August 2016 In reference to the 08/11/16 post from WC-UP Condr: We'll see. Why do people that have whale mouths but actually have minnow guts blow off like that?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 11 August 2016 Google / Search: Arbitration in the RR industry.   Name: WC-UP Condr E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 August 2016 Hold on with a three point grip folks! We got a lot more run off to retirement pranks slamming UP the good ole UP culo! coming! Don't U CSX people think we have it that damn good! This whole industry sucks ass! and the UP is no exception the way they treat us. We will be tying trains down on any MAIN TRACK possible when we all retire at once. Watch out for the Class of 1978 coming....LOL   Name: CSX Eng E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 August 2016 Is anyone currently in arbitration or know about how long it takes? We have a Birmingham Engineer who went into the worng yard track. He’s been off over 18 months. I understand it take two or three years.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 August 2016 Anyone know how long arbitration takes? Or if you can check on your case?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 August 2016 It's 92 degrees and this P.O.S. GP-15 has no A.C. or fan, baking in the sun. And what do we see, Joe and Brian's fat Ass e-testing us from inside the cab of their pick-up truck. As usual, looking for something chickenshit to nail us on. Fuck us to death if my conductor doesn't say he's in a place of safety or something else while making a million moves. It's ok to work in miserable heat while not thinking clearly due to heat exhaustion but these fat fucks set in a air conditioned vehicle and expect 100% rules compliance. Safety First is a fucking joke at CSX. Fuck you fat pieces of shit.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 09 August 2016 Friend or family of employee, for N/A: Not just management either. Way, way, too many co-workers are just complete A--holes. Were never taught or learned the Golden Rule.   Name: That is UP funny. E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 August 2016 UP Conductor Now that is another funny West Colton UP story! I hope Bill Teele, retires and lives a happy and long and healthy retirement. Just goes to show you all how bad the UP treats their Employees. Good Story!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 08 August 2016 What is it with the csx trans. company? Why so unfriendly to employees? Why all the bullying, harassment, intimidation, threats, from management - directed at workers that are just trying to the job they hired on to do & were trained for?   Name: PUKE!!!!! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 August 2016 EVERYONE!!! KEEP THIS SITE FREE OF THE POLITICAL BULLSHIT! VOTE THE WAY YOU WANT AND PAY THE CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR ACTIONS! IN THE MEANTIME LETS TALK ABOUT THE BULLSHIT WE ARE DEALING WITH AND TRY TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS. GOING TO TALK TO THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ABOUT THE AC NOT WORKING IN THE CREW ROOM AT AVON. IM HEARING THAT SINCE WE ARE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND NOT EMPLOYED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE COMPANY HAS TO FOLLOW ALL STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS THAT WE HAVE A RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THEIR HEALTH DEPARTMENT AGAINST THE COMPANY. THEY ARE PUTTING THE EMPLOYEES IN UNNECESSARRY RISK OF A HEAT RELATED MEDICAL ISSUE WHILE THEY SIT UPSTAIRS IN THE AIR CONDITIONED ROOMS.   Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 August 2016 It was changed so you had to stand up and perform tasks guickly and run out the door.................. Union Pacific did that years ago at the West Colton, California yard office. They wanted you to tie-up, go home and get your rest so you could be ready for work again. NO sitting around and BSing.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 August 2016 HORIZON: IIRC the crew room by the crew computers at Avon B-5 used to have chairs where you could sit and fill out information reguired by FRA and others for safety and regulatory reasons. It was changed so you had to stand up and perform tasks guickly and run out the door.   Name: East C. Rails E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 August 2016 From East C. Rails: Organize your troops for a day of havoc...management is out of control! The Underground RDL   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 August 2016 Clerk: Thank you. That is very much appreciated. Is a good thing to be aware of all that. There is no substantiation without documentation. TM: Stupid post. What'd be the charge?   Name: TM E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 August 2016 If i catch any of you maggots wasting company paper or ink on printing time slips all charge your asses!   Name: Clerk E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 August 2016 Attention all crews The new format for reporting your time slips does not allow an easy option to print a copy of your tickets like the previous set up did. If you want a copy you must use the tool setting in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Select tools then print. Select print preview. A copy of the screen will appear. Select the printer icon in upper left corner. Select the HP printer option. Click on it twice. You will then see an option to locate a printer for you. Select this option and it will list your local printers. You need the model of the printer and it's IP address. You can find this on a sticker on the printer. Scroll through the list of the printer models you have and you should find one with a matching IP address. Select this printer then select print. Do not waste your time calling the payroll department to request a copy of your ticket. They will tell you they can not help you with obtaining a copy and you will have to contact your local union rep.to get one for you. You have a right to have a copy of your pay tickets. If you need a copy for legal reasons or for tax purposes and don't know how to print one you can call a labor law lawyer for advice on your legal right in obtaining one.   Name: No Confidence Vote UP E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 August 2016 Recently, UP [agreement] employees (LA Service Unit) voted on a "No Confidence" vote against the CEO [Fritz], XO [Scott], Safety Officer [Doerr] and the transportation unions. Fritz and Scott: coordinates with the Regional VP'S and local union officers to make every effort in undermining the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)...by disposing of claims, targeting injured employees with rule violations and compensating union officers who rubber stamps investigations and or claims denials. UP IS THE ONLY MAJOR CARRIER THAT HAS NOT SETTLED FRA FEDERAL REST CLAIMS. THE UNION OFFICERS ARE PAID! WHY? C SCOTT...Tademy v UPRR...Encouraged employees to harass a lone fellow employee and got promoted during the process. Read the 'legal' transcript! Doerr: Left a trail of blood of concealed injury claims and awarded the union officers (promised post employment consultant contracts) during the process. When forty (40) year conductors and engineers walks off the job, something is wrong!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 August 2016 Had a 2 hrs call yesterday on the rule of being over 300lbs They are going to take anyone out of service that has to climb a ladder that weighs over 300lbs. Out of service. What a crock this company is ridiculous. I hope that bring a big boy to take this 300lber out of service. Oh yeah management is not held to this rule.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 July 2016 Burnedout: This may not be safe to say but one possibility is to have multiple people listen to the RFE talking and jointly write the same e-mail to each other and the operating department stating what they have been told. They won't like it but if believed incorrect than the RFE and OP PRAC. can e-mail back and correct people via giving the correct interpretation, or stay silent and agree with the employees interpretation.   Name: FELA ATTORNEY E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 July 2016 RE;re; UP CONDUCTOR: Every RR Corporate Officer and FELA Attorney knows about the incident that occurred. The RR is now using your corrupt union officers as informants for the next uprising!   Name: FELA LAWYER E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 July 2016 RE; UP CONDUCTOR: In order to truly understand your commendable post, one must review the post dated 7-24-16, titled, corrupt union bosses!   Name: UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 30 July 2016 I thought I had better pass this event on the everyone here, but mainly skewed for CSX management, lawyers and bean-counters. I do hope this goes to the top in CSX management circles. Apparently, a few weeks ago, a Union Pacific Los Angeles Division Engineer, Bill Teele was working the Long Pool, LA-Yuma. He was called on duty at Yuma for his return trip home on the UP’s hot Z-Train. This is basically the old Southern Pacific’s “Blue Streak Merchandise” or “BSMFF.” Now understand, this is the flag-ship of the UPRR. After the train pulls into Yuma, if you’re not moving within 5 minutes, the dispatcher is on the radio calling the engineer. This “Z” is max freight train speed, 70mph on the Yuma Subdivision. Anyway, upon arriving at Beaumont, California, 2:30am, about 100 miles short of Los Angeles, Eng. Teele stops his Z-Train, clearing all road crossings, calls the UP Dispatcher and informs him that he is leaving the train with the conductor and basically retiring on the spot. No pun intended there. I guess he felt, he had been harassed too much over his railroad years. This was his pay-back to the Union Pacific. I don’t think this could happen on the CSX. Because, are there any CSX trains that move over 50mph with more than 2 units on the line? They would just let it sit and call a dog catch/patch crew, probably the next day. It is said, this stunt, by Eng. Teele, cost the UP$200,000. That’s a little hard to believe, but maybe. Now, if I was a top CSX official, I wouldn’t worry too much about this happening on your railroad. You need to worry more about some operating (or other) employee going “Postal.” Do I need to translate to you CSX lawyers what “Going Postal” means? I can assure you, CSX Management, you treat your people much worse than Union Pacific ever has. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 July 2016 todays Wall Street Journal , small mention, says Amtrak still has preference over freight RR's. There was a proposal to permit priority to freight RR's. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 July 2016 as I recall, several years ago Matt Long mentioned that CSX were on the 3rd major replacement of the AC system. At the time he was assigned responsibility for working with contractors on repairs. There are many failures in Building 5, design flaws, safety issues, etc. I wonder if the similar building 5's throughout the system have the same issues? I always thought the heat / ac failures were a result of undersized units, poor air control, and a desire to regulate temperature in the management section and just let the crew areas go to hell. BTW anyone know what Matt Long is doing now? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 July 2016 2 wall st. journal articles, last 2 days. yesterday said oil pipelines are finally catching up with fracking locations so expect a very permanent reduction in demand for oil trains, tank cars, etc. Pipelines don't go to east and west coast as much, but follow normal oil routes. Other article said CSX was planting a tree for every retail stockholder that voted, since they usually voted with the company, whereas bulk owners / controllers of stock were usually unfriendly / trying a takeover, etc. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 July 2016 A company that abuses any system the FRA or unions put in writing intimidation and harassment is all there about put fear in hard working men it going to hit um in the ass some day I work here and to be honest they don't even pay you for a day's work they Denie you its has be illegal to not pay a man his day work this is why unions got started they think we're Chinese workers like the 1800 read your history FRA it's back to then they play the system to drag it on so us employees should be made like animals bury you when there done 1800 I'm tellna ya read the history 

 Name: SMART Corrupt Union Boss E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 July 2016 You nailed just about all of us here in Cleveland, Ohio , with that. Yes everybody that was with the UTU and SMART was crooked and dishonest and criminal minded. We ripped off every member of the UTU we can get a hold of and we really liked the NEW HIRES, because they were really stupid, just like the Employees at the Stupid Pacific. Those guys and especially those ones from SP, were very ignorant and Stupid. We will be raising the monthly dues again very soon to pay for the new offices and LC and other officers salaries and new websites. Thank you to all you stupid SMART members around the UP, BNSF, CSX, KCS, Amtrak, Corrupt SMART Union Boss. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 July 2016 How can you possibly figure someone like the late Cornelius Vanderbilt was great??? Assholes like him & they way they treated the public, employees/workers, rail customers, etc., are the cause\ real reason the former ICC was created, unions were formed & a lot of federal legislation regarding RRs was enacted. 

 Name: Corrupt Union Bosses E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 July 2016 It seems as if all the management problems needs to be addressed by your union officers...but they are just as corrupt and immoral as management. So what do you do? Keep complaining on this site and hope that it gets better! It's not going to happen at all!!! There's only TWO (2) things management understands that gets their attention: Lawsuits and trains not moving. The late great Cornelius Vanderbilt was an Industrialist without any formal education, who understood the legal system he detested. He once stated to a rival that: you might win in a legal tussle, but I will destroy your business with delays on top of delays. On paragraph (2), the later is always viable. You all just have to figure out how without stating the obvious! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 July 2016 with record heat, high humidity and dew points in the 70s on csx northern region, csx terminal managers and train masters thinks its ok to keep crews working 4 to 5 plus straight hours outside without a break. even thought this quarters safety video is about working in the heat outside safely. all trainmasters who do this ought to be ashamed of themselves who put productivity and car counts over employee safety and wellbeing. unfortunately this practice will continue until some one has to got to the hospital with heat exhaustion or die from heat stroke and I hope then someone sues the shit ought of this shit hole company. I don't know how you southern boys do it working in this oppressive heat, but I got a lot more respect for yous now. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 July 2016 This site has been destroyed by something so simple. Post in one topic! sad 

 Name: Mediator E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 July 2016 CREWS Time to figure out what is bothering the company man sooooo much. Lets see now.... I believe it all started around July 9th when our so called MR. Pines showed up to distract everyone. He began by making pokes at someone posting on the safety site with unrelated safety topics. At that time the subjects at hand were as follows: 1: Labor relations denial of claims due to totally screwed up information gathered from the company GPS 2: Serious conduct unbecoming of company officials and the cover up of a banner test going seriously wrong. 3: Blackmail of arbitrators 4: Links being posted to retrieve PLB awards 5: Intimidation and harassment in the work place. We are pretty sure he was the one who posted the comment: I hate this site. I love csx. He did manage to draw L&N into his little web if deceit. For some reason he always does. Starting to look like they might be working together. How could someone fall for his stupidity so many times???? The real Mr. Pines is out of commission! We all hope to god this character is not an offspring from Mr. Pines. God knows we don't need a repeat of the years of ranting and raving from the other mentally lost soul! Mr. Pines imposter. We all are quite aware of the horrific train wreck that occurred in Texas. There is no need for a heated discussion on this website about it. You are obviously not a true railroader!!!!! If you were, you would understand the pain and grief that all railroaders feel for another who has lost their life. We ALL FEEL THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THE FAMILIES ARE GOING THROUGH. You of course could not even begin to feel what we do. It hits all of un in our guts when we begin to imagine what they were going through in the last minutes of their life. We have all had that one moment when we thought that our train may not get stopped or slowed down at a red signal or for a slow order. We have all felt that moment when we are approaching a stop for a work authority and we cant get ahold of the forman in charge. Its something in the pit of our stomachs you could never understand. NO ONE GOES OUT THEIR TO GET KILLED! Unfortunately no one will ever know the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth because the witnesses aren't here to tell their side. GOD REST THEIR SOULS! Show some respect or move on to another foamer site. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 July 2016 PTC PTC PTC: To be fair to CSX and the RR industry, PTC was a program developed by Congress and especially a few Democrats, passed in haste, poorly thought out.The RR industry is technically challenged and has extreme difficulty making even minor improvements. Any managers will be picked based on political connections. If Elon Musk worked here he would not be promoted, just pulled out of service until he got the hint and quit. Part of the reason we have smart Indians working here in the US is that they get promotions in India based on family connections, NOT smarts....just like the RR. Didn't work there, doesn't work here. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 18 July 2016 The hole rumor has it the superintendent 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 July 2016 TECH: My locale: From early 1979 to early 1995 - NO new hires. Bottom Line \ Point \ Question is: Does this company (and all the investors) truly want to operate an efficient, prosperous RAILROAD or not? Evidently NOT. Sad. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 July 2016 Started my RR career in OCT., 1974. Almost done. Liked construction work but things were real slow. At the time, needed a job. Pay was 3 bucks less per hr. than what I earned prior. Had to take it. C&O\B&O. Chessie System. CSX Transportation. Never been employee friendly. Entire career always threatened with being fired. Is nothing new. Seems even worse now days. CSX can't figure out that if it wants to survive & prosper as a RAILROAD, slack off on the schooling, the petty crap, & concentrate more on moving freight using confident, competent, experienced employees. CSX culture has needed to change for quite a while now & it hasn't. Evidently management doesn't care AND\OR they have a plan. Usually the way it is: management plans things, oftentimes for years in advance & the workers & their unions can only play catch-up. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 July 2016 John Bradley is the vp Southern Region, and now it turns out David Dech is his helper. Dech was previously his helper in Avon Yard, then his helper on the Great Lakes Division, then was offered the Chicago Division helpers job, turned it down to stay on Great Lakes, then got booted out of the Great Lakes Division, went to Huntington, now is booted out of there and has returned to.....Bradley's little helper. Hey, it's good money and clearly doesn't require high level performance. 

 Name: new engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 July 2016 ENGINEERS!!!!!! OK old heads. You got to help me out here. I haven't been doing this long so Im getting info that covers most of the new engines that are coming out. I got an old gp40-2 the other day that was a mother and slug and paired up with a single motor. The single motor broke down and left me with this 1981 model. It had the old amp gauges with the short time rating. We were already over tonnage for it and they made us pick up another 6,000 tons that put us over 11,000. Totally insane crap. The rule book for train handling explains short time rating which was no problem to figure out. The rule on avoiding speeds lower than continuous minimum speed for the motor was the problem. There was no charts given out for these old motors. There was nothing on the engine anywhere that stated what the speed would be so I called the CSX mechanical desk. WTF!!!!! They said they never heard of such a thing. So I asked to talk to an old head mechanic. They put me on hold and came back and said no one in the shop had ever heard of minimum continuous speed before. Its right in the dang rule book under rule 5404. So I stopped the train and googled my motor for the info and found it on a railroad buff site. Turned out to be 11 mph. Ran that dang motor in 8 throttle at 6mph for awhile cause its all it would do. I tried throttling back to 7 off and on to stay out of 8 to give it a break. The rules say to avoid continuous operations at speeds below minimum cont. speed for the motor. The rule doesn't say what throttle to avoid it. Im guessing they mean 8. It doesn't say how long you can do it before you might burn up the traction motors either! Why in the hell didn't the mechanical desk know what the hell I was talking about when its right in the rule book in black and white. You can find shit about it all over the internet. This is a frickin joke. Can someone with some old time experience tell me how to handle these motors in this situation when it happens again because Im sure it will. With these extreme trains they are building in length and weight, its going to happen again and I don't want to be charged for burning up traction motors! 

 Name: Geep E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 July 2016 Sounds like CSX and the train masters on the Great Lakes Division may have some competition in the harassment and discrimination area. http://louisianarecord.com/stories/510959165-african-american-woman-accuses-kansas-city-southern-railroad-of-discrimination According to the complaint, Freeman, who was hired by Kansas City Southern as a conductor trainee Nov. 30, 2009, was subjected to a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, retaliation and ultimately termination for filing a complaint for discrimination and for seeking accommodations following medical problems. The plaintiff alleges the defendant denied her medical treatment for a work-related injury to her knee, deprived her of her rights and privileges, and terminated her employment Sept. 18, 2012. Freeman seeks a trial by jury, compensatory damages, attorney fees, legal costs, expenses and such other relief the court deems just and proper. She is represented by attorney Patricia A. Gilley of Gilley & Gilley in Shreveport. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Shreveport Division Case number 5:16-cv-00936 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 July 2016 Really, we have mentioned it before. Do what it takes to get your associate or bachelor's degrees (or higher) with the RR or military paying as much as possible. The RR pushes some dubious obscure on line colleges for some reason, although I know several connected folks in JAX have gotten credits from them...possibly the easiest way to get a degree. Use an Indiana RR address and go to Western Governors University on line in Business or IT is probably the best overall way to go. Anyway, if you get laid off, fired, forced out, etc. at least you have a life boat. Even mediocre jobs that 10 years ago didn't need a HS diploma strongly desire an associate or bachelors in ANYTHING to be considered. On line and tuition assistance really helps, just like a spare tire, gas can, fire extinguisher, or a rainy day fund at the credit union. Quitting and borrowing $$to live on campus really makes no sense financially, but on line, while working, with tuition assistance, is a real bargain. Even if you just get an extra year credit and THEN you get fired / furloughed that still means one year less on the street starving while finishing your degree for your city weed inspectors job. If you go to court NMB etc. it MIGHT make you look better / smarter / more credible.   Name: Carl E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 July 2016 http://www.trainlawblog.com/2015/10/articles/federal-rail-safety-act/article-confirms-railroad-culture-of-retaliation/ Article Confirms Railroad Culture of Retaliation Oct 21st, 2015 @ 02:25 pm › Charlie Goetsch Although it comes as no surprise to railroad employees, an investigative article exposes for the rest of the country how railroads continue to retaliate against workers who report safety hazards or injuries. The article is entitled: For Big Railroads, a Carload of Whistleblower Complaints and is published by FairWarning Reports. The article notes that from October 2007 through June 2015, OSHA figures show railroad workers filed more than 2,000 retaliation complaints. And nationwide, during that period seven of the top ten employers subjected to whistleblower retaliation complaints were railroads, in the following order: BSNF 409; Union Pacific 360; CSX 267; Norfolk Southern 247; Canadian National 151; Amtrak 119; and Metro North Railroad 102. Here are some of the more notable points the article makes: The alleged violations defy a key intent of federal whistleblower laws: to encourage employees who discover possible hazards to come forward before an accident happens. The potential value of such an early warning system is underscored by the deadly passenger rail accidents and oil train wrecks in recent years. Joseph C. Szabo, who headed the FRA from 2009 until this January, said industry supervisors often are under “immense pressure” to curb costs by moving trains quickly out of rail yards. That, in turn, translates into pressure on rank-and-file workers “to ignore safety protocols and to just get the damn train out of town.” That’s why, Szabo said, it’s “critically important” that railroad workers are “very comfortable in doing the right thing without any fear of retribution.” In 2012, amid widespread suspicion that railroads were under counting injuries, in part by pressuring workers not to report them, the industry dropped its 99-year-old annual Harriman safety award, which was largely based on employee injury reports. Norfolk Southern, which had won Harriman safety “gold award” 23 years in a row before the honor was scrapped, was the target of 247 whistleblower complaints during the nearly eight-year period tracked. That was the fifth-highest total among all U.S. employers. Szabo, the former FRA chief, said railroads have embraced more enlightened practices over the past decade or so, but management still has elements of “a paramilitary structure, very much command and control.” To this day, railroads remain discipline-minded. Operating and safety manuals run hundreds of pages. Suspected violators, including workers who get hurt, face internal investigations. Critics still echo Congressional investigators who in 2007 found that railroad companies, along with federal regulators, are “more oriented toward assigning blame to a single individual, without a thorough examination of the underlying causes that led that single individual to commit an error.” Here is the complete article. For more on the rights of railroad whistleblowers under Section 20109 of the Federal Rail Safety Act, go to the Rail Whistleblower Library.   Name: Carl E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 July 2016 http://www.trainlawblog.com/2016/05/articles/federal-rail-safety-act/spotlight-on-csx-retaliation/ CSX RETALIATION CASE: You can tell a lot about a workplace culture by how managers react to employee safety complaints. Enlightened managers welcome safety complaints, benighted managers suppress them. Enlightened managers view such complaints as a valuable opportunity for improvement, and underscore the first importance of safety by publicly thanking those employees. Benighted managers view such complaints as a personal attack. To them, protecting their insecure egos is more important than safety. And so they lash out, finding a way to retaliate in order to broadcast what happens when workers have the audacity to question their competence. Now comes OSHA with a Merit Finding against CSX that serves as a lesson for such benighted railroad managers. When IBEW member JJ Giuliano got fed up with the failure of CSX managers at the Selkirk Shop to address longstanding safety complaints, he delivered a letter to Superintendent Daniel Lisowski listing various violations of FRA safety regulations. In OSHA’s words, it was “a very strongly worded letter” identifying “serious safety hazards” and noting CSX’s managers “daily ritual of placing production over all else, such as shop cleanliness, locomotive quality, safety of its employees, and safety of the communities its trains pass through.” What was the response of the CSX managers? Instead of thanking Giuliano, a few days later they cited him for not using a crosswalk board and imposed a ten day suspension. This despite the fact another employee who they saw doing the same thing was not cited. No one else had been suspended for an O test before, and they ignored Giuliano’s clean disciplinary record when imposing the suspension. Giuliano filed a classic Federal Rail Safety Act Complaint. CSX responded by arguing Giuliano’s letter was not protected under the FRSA, a contention OSHA found “incredible.” OSHA’s investigation found “reasonable cause to believe CSX violated the FRSA” and that punitive damages are appropriate because “CSX Transportation, Inc. has demonstrated a pattern of retaliation against employees who file FRSA complaints.” OSHA ordered CSX to: pay punitive damages, plus all the attorney’s fees of Guiliano’s attorney; have all managers at CSX’s Selkirk Shop receive OSHA’s FRSA training; provide all new hires with information on their FRSA rights; expunge the suspension from Giuliano’s employment records; not retaliate against Giuliano for pursuing the FRSA complaint; and post in a Notice at Selkirk Shop a Notice confirming CSX will not retaliate or discriminate against employees who file FRSA complaints. All CSX employees can thank OSHA for shining a spotlight into the dark culture of CSX retaliation. Those of us who believe in rail safety can only hope that one day all benighted railroad managers will finally see the light. Here is the full text of OSHA’s Merit Finding in Giuliano v. CSX Transportation, Inc. For more information on the whistleblower rights of railroad workers, go to the free Rail Whistleblower Library.   Name: Carl E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 July 2016 Here's a few links where the railroad got busted for messing with a Whistle Blower https://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/pf_newsflash.asp?id=5295 This is an excellent article: http://invw.org/2015/10/21/for-big-railroads-a-carload-of-whistleblower-complaints/   Name: Carl E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 July 2016 BBscreamer, Would you expect anything less than CSX Management harassing you when you came back? Anyone that comes back from anytime off has a HUGE target on their back, especially if they signed a letter to get their job back. If you are wrongfully terminated by CSX, you need to consider filing a complaint with the EEOC, then contacting a Union attorney with a copy of your case number. If a train master so much as comes near you after you've filed your complaint, you'll own them under the Whistle Blowers Act. A Union Attorney will rip CSX to shreds. In the meantime you need to carry a tape recorder with you at ALL times and document EVERYTHING. Write down the every detail you can remember if you're harassed in any way. Be sure to include any and everyone present when this harassment occurred, to help back up your story. Also, if you don't have an app on your cell phone that records conversations, downloaded one. They're free. It's better to have information and not need it, than to need it, and not have it. Having notebooks filled with events is valuable evidence that the attorneys want. Better yet is audio recordings of the harassment. While your memory is nice, reguardless of age, it fades with time. Good luck   Name: BBscreamer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 July 2016 It's sad that after being off for a few months, you come back and an RFE and train master try to get you fired instead of helping you to come back   Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 July 2016 ??????? Has anyone else had their post blocked when you got info that should be whistleblowing???   Name: Legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 July 2016 L&N That post was not from pines. Mr. "pines" has been out of circulation due to a depressive condition that limits his ability to think clearly and has been restricted with the use of social media sites. This information has been provided by a very trusted source There are some topics that are being addressed by the employees that are making the company very uncomfortable. It has been reported that several managers at the worksites have been discussing these issues. CSX has a watch dog group that views this site on a daily basis. They are looking for disclosure of internal insider information or subjects that may create a problem with competition. If they read a post that sends up a red flag it is immediately reported to their team of lawyers. The FRA monitors this site daily. Code of Federal Regulation violations must be addressed it viewed. Other class 1 railroads, customers and rail buffs visit regularly. There are many that address serious topics on this site and many who just visit to vent. The company has a group of 'MOLES" who are in place to distract those posters who are discussing issues that may be damaging to the company image or may be close to crossing the lines of corporate legal rights. DO NOT ALLOW these moles to distract you. They will do anything to create internal fighting and draw your attention away from the topic at hand. Post wisely. Do not be afraid of retaliation if you chose to post on this site. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If you have any workplace issue that you can not get resolved through the company or your unions this site is a good place to ask questions and to brainstorm ideas with other employees. T&E employees are required to do pod training every year. Some of these pods contain important information that is missed while being viewed because the employee becomes bored or just tired from having to sit for hours watching lengthy pod programs. One pod that many have failed to view thoroughly is the pod on social media. SOCIAL MEDIA NOTHING IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES OR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY IS INTENDED TO INTERFERE WITH YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE RAILWAY LABOR ACT OR THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT INCLUDING CRITICISM OF CSX'S LABOR POLICIES, TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT. This site can be very valuable to the workforce if used wisely. Post professionally and with taste. Remember that the tongue is mightier than the sword.   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 July 2016 Concerned, It's a glory hole put there by management so the Local chairman can suck off Big Joe.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 July 2016 got laid off then got banned from property couse i was a steward and fought it.fifteen years not a single write up.cant wait till they go broke.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 July 2016 Furloughed out of manchester,ga again........for the 3rd fucking time. Piss on this shit. Im out.   Name: Concerned E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 08 July 2016 Avon: Can anyone please tell me who put the holes in the wall and why upstairs in Building 5?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 July 2016 Yes all new management, manages from fear they left there jobs in hopes of a better life and what they got in return sucks, you may think they make a lot of  but do the math they are always at work they probably make less than you and the big huge bonus nope the company always has a reason to cut that also. Don't get me wrong I am not defending they are useless at best. But there were the day when all management had to go to leadership meetings and they all went out on the company dime dinner for 8 to 10 manager's 1,000 easy bar bill 4 to 5 hundred for 2 to 3 nights and they all got milage 55 cents even if they carpool   Name: This is how we roll E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 July 2016 Conductor 10-20 CSX treats their managers just as bad as the managers treat us. The difference is that we make more money and only have one side to placate. Train Masters on the other hand only look as good as their crews make them look and have to suck up to their bosses if they want to keep their job. In the old days, the LC's knew that a train master was only as good as the crews made him look. If the Train Master treated his men like crap, the LC put out the word to "work safely". (and shut this place down) The men respected the LC's word. He may not have liked him, but the LC's knew if they didn't represent their men, their men would not only throw him out of office, they'd have a "conversation" with him behind the wood shed. The train master knew if he didn't work with the men, they'd screw him over in, he wouldn't get a bonus and be called on the carpet to explain why things weren't moving at his terminal. In other words, everyone worked together the best that they could towards a common goal. Move Freight. Unfortunately times have changed. CSX hires their managers straight from College. They don't know a thing about railroading, other than what they learned from Lionel and watching reruns of Thomas the Train. They drink the same Kool-Aid that CSX feeds the new hires when they all arrive at Atlanta. New Managers don't have a craft to fall back on, but have a HUGE a student loan payment breathing down their neck every month. New hires (as another poster put it) leave their balls at the door when they walk in, drink the Kool-Aid, then willingly believe every single lie CSX tells them while their in Atlanta. Luckily for them, when they finally figure out CSX management isn't their friend, they have the engineers to fall back on for advice. When a manager doesn't know railroading, he becomes scared. He can't risk looking like a fool and ask someone. Instead he manages his work force from a place of fear. Blaming them for all that goes wrong. Pitting one union against another, egging on fights, and creating disharmony among the crews. If the attention is on someone other than him, he'll have an easy excuse as to why things aren't getting done, and no one will be paying attention to him. In reality the train master's fearful that he will lose his job. He won't be able to make his loan payments. He's fearful he'll be figured out for the fraud he feels like he is for not understanding how railroading actually works, and will be fired. He'll have to explain to his friends that this Kool new job on the railroad, isn't really that Kool after all. New conductors are coming to him for solutions to problems when he doesn't know a track from a track switch, yet is expected to fix the situation. When you're incompetent due to lack of knowledge, some people believe its easier to manage from a place of fear and confrontation, than risk looking bad in front of your fellow train masters and superiors, and admitting they don't know what the correct answer is, then seeking out the answer. Without a good foundation, you can not have a solid building. CSX isn't investing in building a good foundation. The board is looking only at the short term gains, verses the long term goals. So if hiring a train master who is incompetent, but willing to work for half what a T&E man makes, CSX will do it. Then they'll do like they did with Iron Mike Benham, and Tom Cook, keep promoting them to get them off of your system, and out of your section of the railroad. And being they both were incompetent, they did what they were told, like a good dog does.   Name: Witness E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 July 2016 Crews Has anyone heard anything from labor relations or the engineering department on how the trains got lost on the GPS? Heard there were several train crews denied claims because labor relations said the gps data said the trains were never taken to the locations where claims were filed. Why didn't anyone call the dispatcher on the territory to confirm the train was delivered as stated. We line all the switches. we order the deadhead wagons. We monitor all CP points. We didn't know that the gps tracking system was that bad. We dispatchers know where the crews outlaw and need recrews. We are the best witnesses. Some of us would love to know what the reasons are for not being able to keep a trains location accurate.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 July 2016 While at CSX in Toledo Ohio as manager I witnessed, Racial discrimination,harassment,and miss use of company pro cards. How about Trainmasters telling conductors to show all work completed, when it was not, so as to get their bonus checks? Any of you conductors have that evet happen?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 03 July 2016 redeye51: Get crackin' on the tell all book. Some of the posts on this site are reference material.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 July 2016 While at CSX in Toledo Ohio as manager I witnessed, Racial discrimination,harassment,and miss use of company pro cards. Like going out to eat on the company dime for breakfast everyday hiding it with milage. Management having affairs with employees. Taking moving packages and never moving to the city they are supposed to. I was told to fire people or I would be fired myself and that is just the beginning.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 July 2016 ALL UNION MEMBERS CMPB may not have all the facts completley correct but his post is not far off from the truth. For those of you who did not read your past negotiated agreements, the health insurance premiums will increase to 230.00 as of today. Future cost are being negotiated.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 June 2016 CMPB It has been our experience that when someone comes to this site and post information as detrimental as yours that there is usually some validity to what is being stated. Csx has been outsourcing their communications and computer programing for years. Nothing you have posted is surprising. However the comments you have made on the possible changes in medical insurance premiums leaves a lot of questions to be pondered. Those type of premiums would almost demand a substantial raise. No matter how much everyone hated the Obama care program, there are insurance programs much cheaper than that out there that the government is backing. I cant imagine for one minute that the Unions would allow something this drastic to happen. Don't forget that with wage increases comes dues increases. We are sure they would fight that type of premium tooth and nail without a negotiated wage increase which would benefit them as well. As for outsourcing we have an example for you. Around 13 years ago an employee had their personal employee history violated when the crew callers noted their home phone number in the comment sections as the number they used several times to contact them at home. This was at a time when other employees were able to view any fellow workers employee history. This employee filed a complaint because they were getting calls from other workers after having seen the personal home phone number. A company in New York was being used at the time to handle the computer programming. The information was deleted from the employees history in less than 24 hours. Yes, you can have information that is false and misleading to your character or employment removed from your employee history. This question has been asked several times. Many have been told once an entry is made by a crew caller it can not be removed. This is false. The company just views it as inconvenient to do so. It is not that hard to do. If you have any more concrete information on anything that you have posted it would be in the best interest of all the employees at csx that you share it immediately! Monetary changes of this magnitude without a raise to offset the cost can drastically change someone's financial situation unless they have invested wisely for the future. It may even be something that requires an employee to take a good look at their future employment options.   Name: PISSED ON BY CSX E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 29 June 2016 CREW MANAGER!!! YES! YOU! CREW MANAGER! What the hell have you been doing since 1830 pm tonight???? I just called your crew callers for over 2 stinking hours trying to get through. I drove 18 miles in my car home and let the phone ring. I tried to recall several times hoping it might go to a different desk and it never did. I let the phone ring 175 times on the last call. I have proof of all of this. It is real easy to time how many seconds it is between rings. Im going to have my phone records printed out to show how many hours I tried to get through and how long I was on the phone each time I called. I can prove how many rings were on my phone with each call. What the hell is wrong with you that you cant see whats going on!!! I heard a rumor yesterday that one of your crew callers told a guy that it they don't want to answer the phone they transfer the call to another desk where no one is sitting at the time. You better pray to god that we cant prove this because not only is that crew caller going to be walked out the front door but you can just take your butt with them. 175 rings.....175 rings...... 18 miles of driving in a car and listening to the phone ring and no one answer. Whats wrong with your people down there. If their medication off? Are you giving them tainted water to drink? YOU HAVE NO EXCUSES FOR NOT PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR CREWCALLERS. IT DOESNT TAKE 2 HOURS TO PICK UP A PHONE. OH, I FORGOT, YOUR PEOPLE NEVER PICKED IT UP! I don't believe for one minute that Michael Ward knows what the hell is going on down there but he is going too! GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER! You should be ashamed of yourself!   Name: consult E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 June 2016 ALL ENGINEERS The Blet is very well aware of what the carrier is doing in reference to abusing the SSA agreement and not honoring the proper pay for working Relief/recrew service for outlawed road/pool trains. The agreement was written in very understandable English and the Letters of interpretation are clear cut. We will make this short and to the point without a lot of extra language added. If you are called to relieve an hours of service pool crew off the engineers extra board that IS NOT a yard board you are entitled to 130 miles pay. End of discussion. Printed very clearly. If you work over 8 hours you are entitled to another ticket and a ticket for every train after that. If you are called to relieve local/switcher jobs then can issue a J-JOB ticket. This should be kind of service 4 with 100 miles. Anything over 8 hours should be paid as overtime. YOU ARE NOT TO BE CALLED OFF THE EXTRA BOARD AS AN EXTRA ROAD SWITCHER (J-JOB) IF THERE ARE NO SWITCHER JOBS ASSIGNED TO WORK ON THE ADVERTISED TERRITORY THAT YOU ARE DEADHEADING ON TO GO RELIEVE ROAD/POOL CREWS AND DRAG TRIANS IN. YOU ARE TO BE ISSUED A Q-K-L ETC.. TICKET FOR THAT TRAIN AND IT SHOULD REFLECT THAT IT IS A RECREW. EXAMPLE WOULD BE RELIEVING A POOL CREW WORKING A Q123. THE TICKET SHOULD BE ISSUED AS A Q123R WITH A KIND OF SERVICE 2 AND 130 MILES MINIMUM. It has been brought to the unions attention that Labor relations has come up with a new tactic to block proper payment of these tickets and create more claims that will eventually flood the general chairman's office to the roof. These tactics create stress and are usually done to force the unions into negotiating anything they can with the carrier to create some kind of relief from the overwhelming overload of paperwork. Several people have filed complaints that they have been calling the chief on duty after they have worked 8 hours improperly on a J ticket and demanding they be given their second ticket that is rightfully due them by the SSA Agreement(ARTICLE 68)before they go back out and drag in a line of road pool crew. The chief has been telling them they cant issue a proper ticket(ex.Q123R) but they will give them another J ticket. Labor relations is denying the second ticket with the explanation that is combined service and you are only entitled to one ticket. Now, here comes the kicker. When they take the second ticket back LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT THE MILES THEY ARE PAYING YOU! They have been paying the 130 miles that you rightfully have coming to you. They are admitting that you should be getting a minimum of 130 miles per the SSA. However you are still not getting your second ticket. Now, this is just part of the scheme. Several crews worked 12 hours and of course outlawed dragging trains in. These crews were NOT PAID the 4 hours of overtime either even though they were on the wrongfully issued J-ticket. So what did they do you ask??? They paid the proper miles to fool the crews when they looked at their earning statement. Most pointed it out later that they did get the right miles but got cheated out of the second ticket. Second unethical action that was taken was the fact that they knew they put the crew on a J (local switcher ticket) in order to pay less miles and a lower kind of service. They have been arguing that they have the right to do so. Well, if they knew they had them on a switcher ticket why did they not pay the 4 hours of overtime that was due the crew. They are splitting the tickets down the middle. Paying the proper miles, denying the second ticket and not paying the overtime over 8 hours. OUTRIGHT NASTY UNDERHANDED TACTICS. DO NOT...WE REPEAT...DO NOT LET THIS GO. NOTIFY YOUR LC IMMEDIATELY AND IF UNABLE TO REACH HIM CALL THE GENERAL CHAIRMANS OFFICE. THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE. GET THE PAPERWORK TURNED IN SO IT CAN BE FILED WITH YOUR UNIONS LAW GROUP. TIME IS OF THE MOST IMPORTANCE!!!   Name: redeye51 E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 June 2016 Hello my true Americans. Been working for CSX for +10yrs and soon I will be slapping down my resignation on the table. I am a veteran who came to CSX with the promise of a better future. Well, those corporate greedy bastards are just sending true America down the drain. I am looking to write a tell all book about personal experience here at CSX. Get your stories together cause I will be back and share the wealth. Let us together get the story out about this place. Those investors got money and TMZ would love a good story. FTW...let the chit roll. And stay tuned...   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 June 2016 Again!!! The FRA, DOT, and the General Chairman's and International offices should be notified.   Name: AGAIN!!!! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 June 2016 INDY CHIEF DOES IT AGAIN!!!!! Once again another chief has threatened to pull a crew out of service if they didn't drag in another train that they made it very clear they were not qualified in the area that the train was outlawed. Train should not be moved by engineer if he isn't qualified on the characteristic nor should the conductor run on the engineers qualifications as management claims they can FRA 240.231 Requirement for locomotive engineers unfamiliar with physical characteristics......READ READ READ!!!!!!! NOTE* Pilots are not required if the movement is on a section of track with an average grade of less than 1% over 3 continuous miles AND the track is other than a main track or the maximum distance the locomotive or train will travel does not exceed one mile or The maximum authorized speed for ANY OPERATION on the track does not exceed 20 mph or Operations are conducted under operating rules that require every locomotive and train to proceed at a speed that permits stopping within one half the range of vision of the locomotive engineer The new so called TERMINAL LIMITS stretch way beyond one mile and are also on the main line as well. Signals are not given to operate the trains at restricted speed and authorized speed is above 20. If you are threatened by the chief and DTO to drag in a train that you have informed them that you are not familiar with the characteristics or your qualification time has expired the first thing you need to do is put them on notice that they need to throw up restricting signals. If they wont then you move at restricted speed the entire distance. Immediately report the incident to the FRA operating officer and make a report to the ethics committee for threats made towards your employment and being forced to work under intimidating circumstances made by upper management! Get it together crews. Your union isn't going to do anything to protect you. Its obvious isn't it when a chief pulls this stunt again. You have to take their balls in your court and squeeze the life out of them. If you cant grow a pair then you better go buy some!   Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 23 June 2016 To all of you who think older employees need to/should retire from railroading: Sometimes it's just not affordable \ feasible. 1st: Have to maintain a current connection, ie: cannot quit with 30 yrs. service time & go to work for a non RR employer, contribute to FICA & expect to draw RR retirement upon reaching retirement age. Connection broken & railroad retirement would be lost. Check\read up on how it works. 30 YRS. service means 360 MONTHS. Lots of RRers lost credit months for a number of reasons over the course of their career - may not be eligible (yet), even if old enough. Big drop in monthly income. If married, spouse may not yet be old enough. Insurance is costly. Retiree Health Insurance: even if opting for the RR retiree plans, the monthly premiums are over double what active RR workers contribute - that's with no dental or vision help AND a much lower lifetime$$ max. Is just supposed to carry you (& spouse) over until eligible for medicare & then there are costs for that & any chosen supplemental ins. which is a must have. Consider everything before being too hard on older co-workers. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 June 2016 Is there any L&N western lines engineers on here trying to go to SCL eastern lines? What have you been told by Gary Best or Matt Thornton about this?? How does all these zones they talkin about work. Thought we had a Single System Agreement. 

 Name: indimidated E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 June 2016 FRA You better start hitting these yards a little harder. There's a lot going on behind your back you are missing!!!!!! You better start taping the phones of the chiefs too! They will do anything to get a train across the road on time, including bending all the operating rules to their needs and violating fra regulations as well as US DOT laws. You have no idea how big a fools they are making of you. Their "because Im the chief and I said its ok" attitude is beyond outrageous. When are you going take control of this situation? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 20 June 2016 Last post is good --- agree. Why stoop to their level? 

 Name: Tweeter Feed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 20 June 2016 Tweet Tweet CSX: #CSX #MichaelWard & #CSXCrooks Our claims are minuscule to the ill gotten $millions you all rake in annually!#WashingtonPost   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 June 2016 Hey: Here at Home: Lets make it clear that WE are the good guys part of the employment equation. Calling Brian Edwards fat, dirty, stupid, etc.even if it has some accuracy just makes US look like we deserve everything the carrier can dish out, and we are well deserving of cattle prods, investigations, etc. Most of us are decent, middle class, responsible workers that just want a fair trade in money and respect for our efforts, and often do not get it. Nasty comments just makes us look bad.   Name: BNSF Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 June 2016 If you state in your claim that you and your train were at point A and the CSX says their GPS says you were at point Z, then, why are they not citing you for dishonesty and pulling you out of service pending an investigation? Answer, they know you were at point A, simple as that.   Name: Advocate E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 June 2016 GPS and Denied Claims: It sounds like a federal complaint issue if in fact, claims are denied based on the carrier's deliberate denial of claims, while relying on GPS as the reason for denial. Rail carriers do not like anonymous complaints to the, FEDS, MEDIA and SOCIAL MEDIA (twitter, facebook and blogs). Always expose the name of person who's denying the claims with email addresses and cell numbers...so that all can call them anytime!   Name: frustrated E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 June 2016 cond/eng Anyone else having a problem with the IVR???? Every time I try to select the option "9" to return to the main menu it says sorry I cant process your request, let me transfer you to a crew caller. Been happening for a week now. Crew life wont let you mark off if your first out either. Other people have said it has happened to them too. How about this GPS thing with out of route claims being denied because they say visual data says you didn't arrive your train where you said you did. Man, what the hell is wrong with this company. They should be up to date on technology by now. Its like they don't want you being able to do anything without having to fight for answers or talk to a crew caller. who has time to sit on the phone for 30 minutes on hold until a crew caller decides to talk to you. They need to get their shitz together. This is getting old!   Name: SP/UP CONDUCER E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 June 2016 That's right CSXT guys ! Don't let those PUNKS in Management push you around. I almost kicked a UP supers ass in Roseville, ca one night when he came at me DRUNK and tried to get the bullying on and with his faggot buddy , Chad A WILBORUN who is a dick sucker in Texas now, VP -operations Southern Region. So don't let these shit talking faggots get you down, Stand by each other and stand up to the pieces of shit that is the RR management today. You guys are tough and we at UP know that. UP Conductor knows too! Over and out!!   Name: old union E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 June 2016 Management If you haven't noticed by now no one is responding to your post. No one knows if you are just trying to be cute or your a mole for csx and trying to draw attention away from the real important issues. If you must continue try posting some "cute' facts. Of course nothing is cute about Labor relations and the unions raking the members over the coals. Unions are weak. They are no longer the unions we had 50 years ago that stood at the front gates with picket signs and big sticks and got their business done. They pad their pockets, horse trade claims and live by the politically correct bull. That being said, this website is the perfect place to voice the facts that are happening in the workplace. This site is viewed everyday by hundred of people. Lawyers, customers, federal agencies, railroads and rail buffs. Don't think for one minute it will not impact what happens with the issues as hand, IT WILL! Use it wisely. The old saying the tongue is mightier than the sword hold true. In a politically correct world it has more power than ever before. You are paying for a union that will horse trade claims, create side letters to accommodate management and line their pockets with kickback. Sorry, but that's what you are paying for. If you want to create change you have to take the horse by the reins and do it yourself. Once you have created a stink and the media gets interested in your issue your union will jump on the bandwagon They will do anything to take credit for solving your problems. They will claim they initiated the entire event and stood up for their members to create change. You have to learn how to manipulate your union. Yes, it sucks that it has come to this but this is the new age of unions.   Name: to LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 June 2016 The crew that was threatened said the DTO's name was Steve. The chief, who also ordered them or threatened out of service for not following a direct order, was named Dustin. Of course they were too chickenshit to give them last names. Also, these are the guys who claim that no J-job will be getting more than one ticket. They claim that when called for a J-job you will work 12 hours and get as many trains, travel as many miles as needed, and go either direction for one ticket. You will only get overtime after 8 hours. This is a complete violation of the B@O agreement.Unfortunately, the unions have yet to stop this and haven't gotten any claims paid to date. Hopefully, Steve (DTO) and Dustin (Chief) get reprimanded for their bullying and unethical behavior, according to CSX's strict ethics policy. We all know how hard CSX would come down on a T&E employee for an ethics violation.   Name: Retired UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 13 June 2016 Posted by LC DO NOT BUCKLE UNDER. You must stand your ground on this issue. Yes! But, will you and the BLE & UTU support their “stand your ground?”   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 June 2016 ALL CREWS It has been brought to the attention of the unions that the DTO's are seriously crossing the lines on their authority over the rules and regulations of the company as well as the FRA. A crew was ordered to recrew a train in an area they were never qualified and had absolutely no clue about the territory. The crew clearly stated that they were not qualified. Since the train was in the newly extended terminal limits the DTO decided they should be able to recrew this train and if they chose not too they would be pulled out of service and placed in qualifying status. This was nothing more than intimidation and harassment of the crew. It also shows that this DTO does not care about safely moving trains or the safety of the crew. The crew should have stood their ground and let the DTO pull them out of service for training. The DTO and dispatchers are not ignorant on how the railroad works. Many have been on the ground and in the craft for years before moving up to the dispatch center. We all know that standing up to management when they are intimidating and threatening is a hard thing to do. Being afraid of becoming a target is usually the reason crews back down and don't stand up for what is right. This kind of intimidation from the DTO or the dispatcher IS NOT ACCEPTABLE EVER! These kind of actions need to be reported immediately to your LC and if you cant reach them then call your general chairman. Then notify the FRA director of operating rules. If the company wants to make everyone qualified to protect terminal limits then a training program needs to be put in place and all employees starting from the most junior to senior need to be qualified. There are senior employees who have been out in the field for over 20 years who never travel in both directions and never will due to their ability to hold the positions they desire the most. The company CAN NOT pick and choose who thee feel needs to be qualified in the terminal nor can they force a crew to run a train without a pilot trip first. This is exactly what happened in the AVON terminal. DO NOT BUCKLE UNDER. You must stand your ground on this issue. If you encounter this situation you need to notify the FRA immediately. You can call Robert Crawford at 817-235-5397. If you are unable to reach him then can call the FRA Indianapolis office at 317-226-0390 and they will page him or take a message for him. This is serious business and should not be taken lightly. The safe movement of trains as well as the safety of the crews is the most important issue on the railroad. Intimidation of any crew is unacceptable behavior and an ethic's violation.   Name: Management E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 12 June 2016 To get the stock price back in the 30 dollar range we all have decided to suck off all investors who buy stock in our shity rundown company. As soon as you have secured a position in the company come by our Jacksonville office for your prize. We even swallow. Thanks, Yesterday's meal is tomorrow's cum dumpster   Name: Retired UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 12 June 2016 Rumors swirling about the UP firing it's top corporate executive lawyer (Gayle Thal) and named her replacement last week. They can’t fire a woman. Are they that crazy? She’s a protected class in this country.   Name: UP Corporate Firing E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 12 June 2016 For the UP Conductor: Rumors swirling about the UP firing it's top corporate executive lawyer (Gayle Thal) and named her replacement last week. No mentioned of required disclosure for removing a corporate officer. This could possibly have SEC violations for not reporting.   Name: Curious E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 June 2016 Fra Just wondering how come u are hammering car inspectors but you turn your heads on train crews? Supposed to inspect cars for defects when doing class 1 sir test which requires at least 1 minute per car. Watched crew pick up 89 cars in 20 minutes. Had tm watching them. Rushing them out. That's bullshit!!!! how come card are rolling in with stuck brakes and handbrakes on and never hit a detector. Someone pointed out they noticed after they doubled train lenghts that no one is hitting any detectors. We know they should be with the crap that's rolling in. What's going on with that!   Name: Retired UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 06 June 2016 Posted by LAW A new supervisor or one who has fallen from grace with the company will be highly rewarded if he hands over a plate full of failures. So expect the headhunting as you call it to continue. Your post is dead on. I was told the EXACT same thing years ago by a Union Pacific lawyer. Always follow the money and it will take you back to the answer to anything. If no money, follow the motive then. Right or wrong, you guys know the “move" on the CSX, and you know both your unions are next to worthless nowadays. Just go to work, figure the trip is going to be 12 hours plus, and work as if there’s a camera on you. Don’t take ANY SHORT CUTS! If I were all of you, I would do my job and no more. Don’t try to ecpedite the work. Just follow the rules 100%. The days of “Railroading” are over. Well, maybe on the BNSF they still move trains, so I’ve been told. As someone posted before, the CSX is a wood axle outfit. The LAW post is trying to tell you, the CSX is out to get as many test failures as possible to cut down on the money award in a law suite. Every test failure by lower management shows his boss the man is out in the field doing his job...just like a Meter Maid giving out parking tickets.   Name: Law E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 June 2016 Crews Unfortunately the failures are a must and will never end. The documented failures are used as a safety net for the companies protection when faced with an injury lawsuit. The company uses these failures in court to show they are enforcing safety and won't hesitate to discipline or fire an employee if they break the rules. If an employee has a failure on their record and gets seriously injured it never looks good to any judge. You can be seen as a problem employee. The more employees with failures the better for the company. It shows the company is taking action. No matter how small or petty the charge is it still shows some kind of action. A new supervisor or one who has fallen from grace with the company will be highly rewarded if he hands over a plate full of failures. So expect the headhunting as you call it to continue.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 June 2016 There is no code of ethics it's a bull front lie if they recorded everything that would prove it ... But what's real is INTIMIDATION rr is this first place it was even a law down right dirty lien thieves ... And labor realations yea    Name: radio tech E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 June 2016 Reality FIX That conductor is right. The Chicago division does not record all its yard and some local traffic channels. Most just record conversations that go over the dispatchers channels. Therefore if they accuse you of not saying something on the radio that you know you did then you are just out of luck. It has happened in Chicago several times as well as in Lafayette yard and to some local crews. This to me is just plain bull and the radio department employees know that it goes on. This is something that needs to be taken to a federal level because not only does it protect the employee from being wrongfully charged but it is also a safety issue. Every single employees conversation no matter what his job or where he is working should be recorded and protected. It's going to take a serious lawsuit with a hard as balls lawyer to get something done about it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 June 2016 No doubt -- CSX is NOT an employee friendly company. [Is any big company anymore?] Constantly have to battle them. Even for what you are entitled to via agreement/contract. This is the 21st century. Of course, they want to reduce labor costs. More employees mean more wages, more health insurance costs, more RR Retirement taxes they have to contribute, etc., etc., & that equates to less bonus\profits for all the big-shots. Things have been tough many times in the past. RRs slashed/trimmed before only to wish they hadn't account the business\work came back. Time will tell so we'll see. The posted comment in the other section is true: No one was forced to hire on & no one is forced to stay. Hang in there everyone or luck out & find a much better way to earn a living.   Name: Montana E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 June 2016 You are correct. CSX LOVES to punish, break and steal from its employees, and CSX openly uses Labor Relations to do this. CSX doesn't care if they throw an employee out on the street. According to Train Master Brian Edwards, Great Lakes Division Manager Scott Conners actively encourages them to fire and suspend as many "trouble employees" as possible. Train Master Edwards went on to say, when it comes to firings employees, right or wrong, CSX Management knows that they can count on Labor Relations to back them up. (for clarification. Train Master Brian Edwards said "trouble employees" in CSX language means women, minorities, those that have been injured or just need to go) Personally, I hope that there is a special place in Hell for those that go out of their way to wrongfully hurt or harm someone that doesn't deserve it. Hopefully Karma is Bitch, and what comes around, goes around. But that's her business. When a Train Master wrongfully fires someone for the heck of it, it not only affects them, but their family and their dependents. This is WRONG. A violation of CSX's Ethics Policy, and as long as CSX has Labor Relations in their back pocket, management doesn't care.   Name: Retired UPRR Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 May 2016 RE; UP EEOC OFFICE: What about one of your Directors whose [law] firm oversees cases handled by the Department of Labor [EEOC Office]? The firm reviews all cases that is filed against the UP and the office "tips" off the director of such cases........................................................ This is no doubt why UP, CSX and others are taking so many cases to the National Labor Board. It’s to the point now that CSX is giving employees the death penalty for J-Walking. Then, taking the case all the way to a Larbor Board Ruling. At present, that takes about two years. By then, most employees have found other work and have no interest in coming back to the railroad. So, It’s a win, win for the Company. Retired UPRR Conductor..   Name: RE; UP EEOC OFFICER E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 May 2016 RE; UP EEOC OFFICE: What about one of your Directors whose [law] firm oversees cases handled by the Department of Labor [EEOC Office]? The firm reviews all cases that is filed against the UP and the office "tips" off the director of such cases. Doesn't this have criminal implications?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 May 2016 well, it's not directly relevant, but note that even many fast food workers now have tuition assistance and health insurance. as well as$15 per hour. CSX are working towards a hostile work environment, less health care, and inferior pay. We haven't reached taco bell yet, but we are drifting gradually down as other jobs - with much less responsibility - are climbing up. how far can it go before people realize that we aren't that great? 

 Name: US EEOC OFCER E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 28 May 2016 UP EEOC THANKS FOR LETTING US KNOW THAT. WE WILL NOT HIRE ANYONE FROM THE UP RAILROAD. THEY SUCK ANYWAYS AND ALL HAVE BAD COFFEE BREATH AND BAD TEETH AND SMELL LIKE BO. WE WILL KEEP ALL FILES REGARDING RAILROAD EMPLOYEES SEALED AND PLEASE THRU THIS GREAT WEBSITE KEEP POSTING MORE VALUABLE INFO. FEDERAL EEOC OFFICER 

 Name: Mediator E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 May 2016 Monica Oh my gosh! You are so bad at this. If you want to be a mole for the company you have to come up with something better than that. Did you actually think a topic like that would draw attention away from the previous post. Did they give you your own rock to crawl back under? Im guessing not. You don't get that until you are good enough to keep around. If this is a test trial you just failed miserably! OK posters.... you got them itching in the seats again. 

 Name: Sad clown E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 May 2016 if you want to see a out of control circus, then pull up a chair and watch what CSX will be doing in the next few months. Lots more cuts, T & E and Managers. Cuts and havoc will continue until Dec of this year. 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 May 2016 MEMBERS Lets this serve as a warning. There is already talk around the water cooler that company officials are making statements that anyone who complains about the companies faulty GPS will most likely be asking to have a target placed on their backs. Make sure that you have proof of your charges and several witnesses to back up your findings. The system is flawed and labor relations has opened a can of worms by using it to deny legitimate claims. They are not going to take your emails and complaints about it lightly. If you hear of see anyone in management doing or saying anything that could be construed as retaliation for reporting the problem, let your local chairman know immediately so it can be forwarded to the general chairman. Names, dates and location are a must. Be specific. This isn't a joke. It is your right to work in a safe environment. This includes having your trains location monitored accurately at all times. It doesn't matter if you are running an empty grain train or a train with military equipment or hazardous high alert cars. All trains are to be protected equally and their locations should be accurate. If you are uncomfortable about coming forward then we suggest you review your company code of ethics handbook signed and sealed by Michael Ward. Review your rights under NO RETALIATION and SPEAKING UP. If you suspect violations of the codes of ethics OR other company policies you can start by speaking with a supervisor. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 May 2016 I wish investors really knew what was going on out here. If they knew Sanborn would be out of here. She has ruined this company. It will take years to undo the damage she has done, if it can even be fixed at this point. Sad thing Sanborn is only concerned about her own pockets. Aso long as she is getting richer that's all that matters to her. Why investors keep her in her position I will never understand 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 May 2016 It's no rumor. Hell, it was posted on the front page of the CSX website/gateway. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 May 2016 THERE IS A RUMOR GOING AROUND THAT CSX / CINDY IS RECONFIGURING THE SYSTEM TO HAVE 3 CORE ROUTES AND 3 CORE FEEDER LINES, WITH STRONG BIAS TO ONE WAY RUNNING, SO A SINGLE CORE MIGHT ACTUALLY CONSIST OF 2 RELATED LINES, ONE FOR EACH DIRECTION. NOW.....IT APPEARS THAT AVON TO ROSE LAKE / SALEM IS NOT ON ANY RETENTION OR PRIORITY LIST, LOGICALLY MEANING THAT THE AVON YARD AND MAINLINE WEST COULD BE SOLD TO SOMEONE ELSE. ANY HINTS OR THOUGHTS? 

 Name: UP EEOC REPS E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 May 2016 The System is Rigged and The Fox is Guarding The Hen House: Union Pacific's HR Department in Omaha, nearly every senior company representative has had prior employment with the state and federal government's EEOC office. The EEOC offices are revolving doors for all future employees. And also, the UP will encourage current employees to seek employment opportunities at the EEOC offices, as a means for gaining access to cases that may be detrimental to the company. This influence is similar to current employees who are on extended leaves of absence...while employed as FRA representatives for the federal government. 

 Name: liquadate E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 May 2016 If I didn't know better, I'd swear you were writing about my former local chairman from Avon. Unfortunately, anymore I'm starting to think that when it comes to the UTU, its nothing more than the triple AAA farm team for where CSX gets and grooms their management. 

 Name: Brian Siebert E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 May 2016 Listen to all this whinning and crying and bitching. I have been a Sr. MOP with the UP in west Colton, ca for awhile and a lot of you at CSX are a bunch a bitches and crybabies at CSXT. I had to "blow" a lot of upper mgt to get where I am today from working the "crappy" yard at Fresno, ca as a switchman/foreman and blowing to other MOP's and DRO's to get where I am at. My guys here in West Colton just suck it up after I was a UTU local chairman for the switchman and sold off a lot of other guys to get them fired and perm. dismissed. Level 5 and I got paid off too. So listen just stop the crying and get to work ! RR WHORES !! 

 Name: Retired Trainmaster E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 12 May 2016 Sponsor Did the BLET AND UTU sponsor the Csx race car? ??????????????????????????????? In a way they did. Just think of it as a “Re-Crew RaceCar” All the money they saved by not paying the re-crew claims. 

 Name: Sponsor E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 12 May 2016 Did the BLET AND UTU sponsor the Csx race car? Is that their logo stickers on the sides of that beast? 

 Name: Sponsors needed E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 12 May 2016 Would any employee like to donate or sponsor our race car? You could consider donating your bonuses for the next few years. Wait, you probably aren't going to get one. Well, anyway just consider it. Please pass the word to the furloughed employees to. 

 Name: You are Right! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 May 2016 Raped again You are right. We are all getting fucked and its going on more and more without the Unions stepping in. I think its going to be time to start kicking some of those International Bums right to the street along with these stupid ass LC. Dum as rocks and they all have been paid off. we also got too many dum and new hires and they better get with the program and start sticking with us and don't keep licking arse and nuts. The job won't be there long for them either. Run the Rail fans out of the RR industry. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 May 2016 train dreamer: For help, call 1-800-brain dead idiot anonymous. 

 Name: train dreamer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 May 2016 Can somebody help me get on with the railroad this has always been my dream.Oh what a life it must be waving at the pretty girls hearing the horn blow or working on the track and watching the trains go by.Oh what a life getting the big check and getting treated with dignity and respect by management.Please help my dream come true by helping me get hired by csx.Any advice would be appreciated.here here here it comes here comes that big bad csx machine woooo wooooo hell yeah 

 Name: Retired Trainmaster E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 06 May 2016 Local chairman JESUS CHRIST! When in the @#*^&%$# is the BLET going to put a stop to this our right violation of our short turn around agreement for recrewing road pool turns. ...................................................... I would guess, your CSX Eastern Lines BLE General Chirman has made some vest pocket or side letter of agreement on re-crews you people don’t know about. AND, you’re correct! This basically is to hide all the re-crews and make the dispatcher look better and save money. Retired CSX Trainmster   Name: raped again E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 May 2016 Local chairman JESUS CHRIST! When in the @#*^&%$# is the BLET going to put a stop to this our right violation of our short turn around agreement for recrewing road pool turns. They have been stealing agreed pay from us for months now. The agreement is written in black and white. There is no gray area! We had to drag in 5 dead road trains on one stinking dog catch ticket. You know, the one they call a J JOB all the time. The one that is supposed to be used for recrewing local switcher jobs. Work 12 hours in a taxi running back and forth all night long for just a stinking 100 mile ticket. Screw the overtime. We all know they just are trying to hide these recrews by not issuing a ticket as proof they cant get their trains in. This is total bullshit and someone better get off their arsess and get something done about it! 

 Name: csx the Crash Railroad. E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 May 2016 Hey! We just beat out UP for the most and wild derailments in the US. We should have gotten the tracks closed to the house. Oh, well. This job sucks more and more every year. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 May 2016 Yard Rat, Click on the "Asleep At The Wheel" section. Read\review those posts. Call your LC for verification. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 May 2016 Yard Rat, Look at the B&O Schedule Agreement (Blue Bible), Rule 2. - Seniority... paragraph (d). 

 Name: Yard Rat E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 May 2016 "Northern Mid Atlantic Agreement (NMAD) In this agreement, it clearly stated that if you were furloughed (off work) for more than one year (366 days) you no longer had a job." Please cite the article, page, or rule regarding this. Ive read nmad cover to cover and never saw this 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 May 2016 RE; Local Chairman: Do not allow yourself and your members to play the railroad's game! You should notify the carrier and informed them that all your members has been advised to record all conversations with representatives of the railroad in any capacity. All Railroaders: All smart phones can be loaded with Recording Apps that can be used at your leisure! 

 Name: LOCAL CHAIRMAN E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 May 2016 ALL EMPLOYEES Ok people, LISTEN UP AND PAY ATTENTION! It has been voiced by too numerous a number of members to count that there is a serious problem with communication within the crew management center. Now, we all know that is has been a pain since they went to the IVR system. Wait times to reach a live crew caller were a problem when it was new, but now that it has been in the works for years, there should not be the lengthy on hold times that are occurring! There are several complaints that have been forwarded to the General chairman's office bringing to our attention the blatant violation of the union agreement that allows an employee to call back in 10 minutes because when selecting to 'REFUSE" a call because you are not qualified or you aren't sure what the job is and need to ask, the IVR instructs you to hold while you are transferred to a crew caller then puts you on hold for 20 minutes or longer. There have been several crew callers that have put miscalled charges in the employee's record while they were on hold the entire time trying to get through and refused to remove them. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE ALL CALLS ON A PHONE THAT SHOWS WHAT TIME YOU ANSWERED THE CALL AND HOW LONG THE CALL LASTED. YOU ARE EXPECTED BY THE CARRIER TO COMMUNICATE WITH AN AUTOMATED SYSTEM IN PLACE OF A LIVE CALLER. IF YOU ANSWER THE PHONE IT IS NOT, I REPEAT, NOT A MISSED CALL. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A LIVE PERSON TO BE CONSIDERED MAKING CONTACT FOR A CALL. IF YOU ARE LEFT ON HOLD BEYOND YOU 10 MINUTES AND ARE THREATENED AND RECEIVE A MISSED CALL YOU NEED TO FILE ETHIC CHARGES IMMEDIATELY AGAINST THAT CREW CALLER. MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT YOU DID NOT MISS A CALL FROM CREW MANAGEMENT. YOU WERE CALLED BY THEIR IVR SYSTEM AND PLACED ON HOLD BEYOND YOU AGREED TIME LIMIT AND THEREFORE YOU CONTRACTUAL RIGHT WERE VIOLATED BY CSX CREW MANAGEMENT. THIS IS NOT A JOKE PEOPLE. IT IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL AND THE WAIT TIMES AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION IS OUT OF HAND AND FRANKLY SAD AS WELL AS UNACCEPTABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES. FILE THE CHARGES. ONLY YOU CAN GET THIS UNDER CONTROL. DONT SIT AROUND BAD MOUTHING YOUR UNIONS WHILE YOU SIT ON YOUR REARS AND DO NOTHING. NO ONE IS GOING TO DO IT FOR YOU. YOU PAY DUES DONT YOU??? THEN PUT THEM TO WORK. START FILING THESE CHARGES! 

 Name: OFFICIALylost E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 May 2016 This was posted yesterday on yard limits and is very interesting reading for all Norfolk Southern and CSX employees: Confessions of a former officer Yesterday, 02:29 PM Would you folks be interested in hearing "horror" stories, answer your questions, etc from a former NS officer? I spent many many years, 18+ hour days 6-7 days a week as a Transportation Officer and feel like I need to expose and enlighten you guys on what I can before I forget it all. Had an LC tell me once I should write a book. Held out hope for awhile that I would find my way back into the industry but after the kool-aid wore off, I'm all set thanks. Been out now for several years and thankfully have found success in the "real world" since almost losing everything due to a political misjudgement of just how far some of the crooks in upper management would go to settle scores. But I still miss the railroad, I loved my career, its in my blood and I'm so sad I couldn't have been part of the needed force to reform how they do business. I was often a hearing officer, charging officer, saturation team captain, etc so don't think I was one of these fresh out of college washouts. I ran a profitable, safe, and well greased railroad before I "left". To prove I'm for real here is a few tidbits.. 1. I used to attend a lot of hiring sessions over the years conducting interviews and could help potential job seekers out. First and foremost, DO NOT..under any circumstance admit to using tobacco products. If you write in your application that you smoke or chew you will NOT get an invitation to a hiring session. If you get an invite, DO NOT smoke/chew during breaks as we TMs would go "mingle" outside and take note on who was smoking and bar them from getting an interview. Being a casual smoker myself at the time I felt dirty doing this. But I was explicitly instructed by the HR contractors at sessions to weed out any and all tobacco users. I also got a real good tongue lashing one time for hiring a black female after we were verbally told before the session, "do not hire any women without exception" (that guy is retired now). This was not an isolated incident and is reflective on the attitudes of most in higher positions within transportation at least. To be fair though, shortly before I left there was a huge push to hire and promote females from Norfolk. The issue I had with the way that was carried out though is many of the female officers were completely untouchable. They would have to damn near murder somebody on the property to get fired. A lot of women officers were promoted well beyond their abilities and were given a pass every time they failed to perform. I know of one that was a lead TM and did not have the slightest idea on how to pull tapes from locos, be a charging officer in a hearing, and amazingly had no real grasp on the basic op rules. She was swiftly promoted to terminal supt... I could do an entire post on how to get hired and/or the ridiculous hypocrisies in how they promoted/disciplined officers and the enlisted just because of who they were related to, knew, skin color, etc. 2. I once was having a casual conversation with a wealthy Terminal Superintendent who was about to retire who was telling me about a tax "avoidance" scheme that the then current Division Superintendent was trying to recruit him into that he felt sounded borderline illegal, think "Panama Papers". Apparently several top executives, superintendents, etc from BOTH NS and CSX had formed an LLC registered in Jacksonville, FL that somehow allowed them to avoid their personal state resident income tax (among others) by establishing residency in Florida (no state income tax). They formed an LLC called "The Beaver Street Tower Company" whose public list of directors and members reads like a who's who at NS and CSX (do your own research). The name of the LLC is telling as Beaver Street Tower was (is?) a control station were the CSX and NS interchanged. The mailing address is amazingly the same address for the CSX HQ and even sharing the same office (C-160) with the CSX "shareholder account services". I'm no tax or anti-trust expert but having several top executives from two competitors all involved in an LLC for many many years sounds suspect to me. While you and I pay our "fair share" of state taxes, these elite asshats are at the very least, walking a thin line of legality to avoid 6-8% state income taxes yet enjoying the same potholed highways you are on. May be nothing but was always interesting to me to say the least. 3. If you get hurt on the job and cost them money you can safely assume two things. 1) If they think there is even a small chance that you are lying and have "lawyer'd up", the Division Superintendent will often request that an SIU team (special investigations unit) from NS police conduct surveillance on you 24-7. They dress like magnum P.I. idiots and use encrypted radio comms like they are MI6 or something. I'm talking short 80s shorts and Hawaiian tshirts and will stake out your home, where you workout, out for dinner, dig through your trash, listening devices, all of it. They buy vans with tinted windows and set up cameras hoping you will pick up something heavy, mow the yard, lift weights, etc to keep from having to pay settlements and/or fire you. I once had an SIU guy so excited about some video he got he came straight to were I was to show off the grainy video and offered to pick up celebratory cigars when we confirmed the ID of the subject in the video who was walking normally after saying he was bed ridden or whatever it was. 2) One time after an employee got injured I had a GM tell me this to my face. "In these situations we used to call you and say "you know what to do" but the office lines are recorded now. Then we had to start writing "do everything you can to fire Mr. blah blah blah" on a sheet of paper, slide it across the desk...and once you were through reading it, shred or burn the paper. Since we know your a team player, I'm just going to tell you man to man. I want him gone before the end of the year". We would then review tapes on every trip, listen to all radio comms, and follow that employee in the bushes until we got something "meaty" enough to fire them over. Anything that was START Major material we would come get you like GR-27, GR14, Speeding, etc. But if you were just doing something small but albeit dangerous, we would let that slide to not blow our cover until the "big" one. 4. Every single hearing that I was ever apart of (especially if the charging officer was lazy, incompetent) the hearing officer, company witnesses, and charging officer will meet up off property somewhere (we liked IHOP) and go over the hearing "strategy" step by step, reviewing exhibits, discussing what to say, what not to say, etc to coach and steer the often inexperienced charging officer to ensure a strong hearing in case it goes to the board. During the hearing, whenever there was a break, the officers texted each other to ensure the stories were the same under cross examination. The sad part is most of your LCs know that this goes on but I never heard anyone seriously challenge a ruling because of it. Trusted hearing officers have a "book" issued to them called "holding a better discipline hearing", that was written by LR that you guys should get your hands on if you can. I can say though, I threw out a charging officer's case more than a handful of times if I saw it was complete BS or they didn't understand the rules themselves. I would often (as a charging officer) give the LC and employee a chance to read all of my exhibits as a sort of "discovery" even if it wasn't a Stop signal type hearing where the officer has to do this per regulations. My advice though is take EVERYTHING to a hearing. Never sign a START form, clog the system up with hearings and the beating will stop, I guarantee it. On any division, there are MAYBE 4-5 good hearing officers. Everyone else is too incompetent to hold them. 5. An officer in transportation is strongly, STRONGLY urged to join the Freemason order if they weren't already one in order to be promoted beyond B5 pay level (anyone higher than a terminal superintendent basically). Several of the GMs and VPs are/were 33 degree masons, some even flaunted it openly. Not really earth shattering but "illuminati confirmed" kinda weird --Snowden Tags: None 

 Name: chhochoo dreamer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 April 2016 I got a good job with mon -fri day shift hours with good benefits and pay and a lot of time off.My thing is I have always wanted to work for th rr.Can someone give me some advice on how I can become a freight conductor with csx or maybe work on the track in some kind of way.Cant wait to join the rr and work with my future railroad brothers 

 Name: D. Lynn Kelley E-mail: wideass@wa.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 April 2016 The UP Kelley: Your ass is getting wider and wider and we can't afford to knock-out any more doors in corporate headquarters! Did you predict this was coming? Look into the crystal ball again and let us know when you will shed 100 lbs! 

 Name: lee E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 April 2016 MoW You hit the nail on the head. Ever since Ward hired Tony Ingram, and he brought over the Whip and Beat style of management that NS was famous for, CSX has gone down hill. I had hoped that when Ingram was forced out, that things would improve and go back to a place you could be proud to say you worked. That hasn't been the case. Ingram's style of management has propagated to a point that I don't think I will ever see the damage it has done to moral or the men, ever improve. Instead of CSX management saying what can I do to make you succeed, management says do it, or I'll fire you. And they do. Sad thing is, CSX knows who their problem managers are and all they do is promote them. They don't address the problem, they follow an old Army adage, Suck Up. Fuck Up. Move Up. If you are being harassed, make sure you are carrying a tape recorder, or getting a free app on your phone that will record your conversations. Not only do you need to write everything down, and all of the witnesses present, but file a complaint with the EEOC. Federal Law states, whether real or perceived, harassment, both mental and physical is ILLEGAL. Once you file a complaint with the EEOC, and ANY manager so much as looks at you, you have a whistle blower case. They have to leave you alone. I'd love to tell you to go to Ethics and file a complaint, but I and many others know all to well, you'd be wasting your time. Good Luck. I don't see this rat hole getting better anytime soon. Not as long as Tony Ingram's right hand woman is still in charge. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 April 2016 Sad story. CSX upper level management won't care much. After all, employees are just a necessary expense and should be grateful as heck to have a job. Some managers are darn decent and are true leaders and teachers. All too many aren't fit to manage themselves, let alone others and lots of responsibility. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 29 April 2016 I've been with CSX for the better part of 10 years and I've seen many changes in my tenure. When I first hired on this was a great job and company to work for. I work in the M o W department and I've been all over the system. Everything started to change when I went to the tie gangs. I started to see the type of managers that are really out there and moving up, real low lifes to say the least. I've moved on from the tie gangs now and I've worked for 4 different managers (on the same job) in the last 3 years. We took on a new manager about 8-9 months ago and this guy has had it in for me every since he started. I've been written up (because he doesn't want me in the position that I'm in) when all he had to do was give me a man to man verbal council and say "hey you messed up and I took a little crap from the local manager, heighten your focus and awareness a little." He constantly belittles me and makes condescending remarks directed at me so the entire team hears him. He is always doing something to belittle anyone and everyone on the team, never has anything positive or reassuring to say to try to boost morale or the attitudes of the men. The job I work used to be the best job on the railroad and because of management it's now the worst! There's an old saying, people don't quit their jobs, they quit the management. CSX seriously needs to take a long hard look at their company and the "turmoil" it's in with its "financial state", it's because of mismanagement! The company is mismanaged and yet they're getting bonuses and the union side is losing jobs and having locations shut down?!! How can the company justify bonuses for managers when they're failing to keep men working and revenue coming in? The company needs to go back to promoting from the ranks because we have a vested interest in the company and we have literally built it and we want to see it thrive and succeed! More to come at a later date! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 April 2016 it IS POSSIBLE TO RETAIN SENIORITY IN YOUR CURRENT CRAFT IF THE CARRIER, THE UNION WHOSE WORK YOU ARE LEAVING, AND THE NEW UNION YOU ARE STARTING TO W0RK FOR, ALL AGREE. SOMETIMES THIS MAY BE A ONE SHOT DEAL. FOR EXAMPLE A CLERK OR CONDUCTOR MAY BECOME A YARDMASTER, AND RETAIN HIS PRIOR SENIORITY, BUT I DON'T THINK THE YM UNION WILL LET YOU GO BACK AND FORTH. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 April 2016 Actually, it's all very sad. Employees are entrusted with thousands of tons of heavy equipment worth millions of dollars......... Way, way too much dysfunction & malfunction - within all management & each & every craft. It'd take years to correct/fix everything. It's probably hopeless. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 April 2016 I think it's funny how this company demands loyalty from its employees..especially the union employees. But here's a thought..Treat your employees well and CSX wouldn't have to demand loyalty. When a person or company demands loyalty that means they don't deserve it in the first place. This company has went down so much..Ward and Sanborn have killed morale. Oh well..investors should part ways with these two before they ruin things any further. 

 Name: Car knocker E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 April 2016 The car operation in Selkirk has some top notch managers these days. only a couple have a clue as how to run a yard. I'm surprised were still employed with the back wards thinking of these guys. One just yells and screams when things get a little screwed up. We are waiting for him to blow up and assault some one. Another will just disappear and hope it all works out. Some of the others are just trying to get through the day. I genuinely feel sorry for a few of them. Jacksonville probably thinks they are doing a good job. 

 Name: CSX Officers E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 April 2016 We have a lot of UP cutoff guys that want your job. They have house payments and families to take care of. You UTU and BLE veterans are a bunch of bitches. Get your asses to work and stop the fucking whinning 

 Name: management E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 April 2016 This is management.You bunch of cry babies shut this crap up and move the freight.Yall act like a bunch of pansies.Im sick and tired of watching all talk bad about this company.If I find out who you are I will fire all your sorry complaining asses.Now get back to work. 

 Name: BLE hogga E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 April 2016 Hey you! Wanna be railbuff, You have a good job and good pay, holidays off and probably a really hot wife that looks like a pornstar or a model. Are you out of your friggin mind? Do you get high or something? NO! Don't do this. I have been a Hogger for years and it sucks! I hate trains and railbuffs. So move on and enjoy life. Damn ,people in the states here are getting crazy! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 April 2016 I have a good job where I work from 6 to 230 and I'm off on weekends,holidays and I get a lot of paid time off too.I have always wanted to work for the railroad either working on the track or riding on the train.Can somebody that works for the railroad give me some good advice on whether I should try this or not? 

 Name: Lance Fritz E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 April 2016 Why a dead CEO is making money while 6 feet under? Well, I tell you. We RR corporate head ups are all crooks as you all might know. We all all BIG time drunks like Drew Lewis was, He could get 3 DUI's in his UP corporate vehicle in his own drive way and 8'o clock in the morning on the way to Omaha HQ for the morning martini meetings with all the sub chiefs and captains. I know the UP is not doing so hot right now, But the BLE and the SMART/FART union is assisting us and or Labor relations friends in the LR dept. We really love you TEY people. And we show that with the BIG yellow passenger train to come and take you and your family for choo-choo rides and a coke and hot dogs from one of a customers, Farmer Johns. We really love those MoPac guys too, Dick Davidson was the best RR officer and CEO and Switchman we ever had. He was a real railroaders, railroader. Have a Great UP day , SSW hogger and get over the road soon and home one day! Lance Fritz CEO UPRR 

 Name: Cotton Belt Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 April 2016 Lance Fritz? If you're lance fritz, why is a dead ceo making $50 million while buried six feet under? why is the stock down 40% and you're still employed? your financial officer earned 3xs your salary! how does that happens? why is the board seeking advice from dennis duffy about your ouster? waiting for your response lance!   Name: BLE-ROLLS OVER-ON MEMEBERS E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 April 2016 Just read a very sad story about a Conductor over on the PHL in Long Beach Harbor California that had blind shoved with out riding the point and put some bare tables on the ground and let the CARRIER intimidate him into resigning than receive a bad mark on his work record. THE BLE told him he didn't have much of a chance to get back if dismissed from service. WHATA BUNCH OF BLE BS. LET the union fight to get you back. THAT'S WHAT YOU PAY THEM FOR YOU FU*&KING LA LAME ! Do not quit and let the asshole carrier's take advantage of you and intimdate you into quitting. YOU YOUNG GUYS GIVE UP TO QUICKLY! FU*&K THE BLE FOR THAT CRAP!   Name: Lance Fritz E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 April 2016 SP Engineer You are right about us UP corporate a-sholes monitoring this site. We have and are distracted about running a Railroad and will always be because we are very ARROGANT. We learned to be that way from Drew Lewis and Dick Davidson. Now I have to get back to the Corporate Martini party we are having this evening here in Omaha. This here at UPRR are going to get a lot worse. Believe me.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 April 2016 That's right..they are a bunch of dogs, especially the bitch Sanborn of the pack. CSX has went to HELL under her leadership..if what she does can even be considered leadership. Sad day when CSX promoted her   Name: Retired RR E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 04 April 2016 Why did CSX not allow employees that were furloughed to go to other places where people were needed? They make it so hard on furloughed employees expecting that employee to go qualify for free at other locations and those periods can be a month or 6 months?......................................... Why does a dog lick his balls? Because he can. CXS is just a bunch of dogs, with MBA’s.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 April 2016 To CSX This is a recent comment from a CSX person. I find this not only un fair but un reasonable. Any employee that is furloughed and is needed at another location should be approved to go and be paid for qualifying. Why did CSX not allow employees that were furloughed to go to other places where people were needed? They make it so hard on furloughed employees expecting that employee to go qualify for free at other locations and those periods can be a month or 6 months? Now who can really afford to do that?   Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 April 2016 Feeling Lost: #3 will never happen, yes it would be to our benefit, but the Union Upper Brass won't allow this as this is job security for them.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 April 2016 Most, if not all, of upper level management people are out of touch - are actually are business minded & are not railroaders. How many of them have any experience "out in the field?" Easy to understand that a co. like csx has to have financial support; ie: investors, stockholders, etc. But why are big shots compensated so well when the average joe has to argue for just what he's due? A lot of managers/officals are decent trustworthy folks. Sadly, not near enough & that's a shame. Great profits could be made IF - (& this applies many RR employees; each, every craft/dept.), could be bought for what they're actually worth & then sold for what they think they're worth.   Name: Feeling lost E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 April 2016 The number 1 complaint with this company is the management. Management has no clue on how Railroad operations are ran. Warren Buffett had it 100% right when he said " CSX management is terrible". The following could fix this company 1. Overhaul management. Start cutting from the top. There's to much fat on the steak. Trainmasters,RFE, Etc falling over each other. 2. Payroll. Train those idiots on how to pay the employees by their contract. Stop cheating them out of their money. This is the number one hatred that employees have toward the company. 3. Labor relations /payroll ...Just get raid of them all together. Go with a mileage day equal to a 12 hour day daily. This would cut off labor relations and simplifily contracts and the employees would be happy. This would save the company millions. Less employees in labor relations / payroll is less liability for the company. None of this will happen, but I'm glad to get it off my chest.   Name: SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 March 2016 Union Pacific Employees: Other than CSX, the UP monitors this site more than the other rail carriers. The UP has accepted the SP (formerly) style of management which is doomed to fail; and Wall Street has indicated that. Just like the Southern Pacific. The stock is in tailspin without any direction of ascent. SP management relied solely on headhunting for promotions. The bounty was higher with minorities wrongly terminated. Rail profits are based on efficiency not headhunting, especially when the legal fees are mounting. And that is precisely the reason why management become distracted from running the railroad efficiently!   Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 30 March 2016 Lodging facilities providing crew transport\shuttle service is nothing new. CSX & their outfit that handles lodging are tickled when a hotel/motel agrees to do that as part of the contract. Opening & closing doors = that's probably a contract carrier (like PTI) thing. Do the drivers have to be certified? How much liability insurance is carried? How much is required? Co. liable? If an accident should happen, the CSX stance would probably be that the subcontractor that's providing the service is the party to be held liable. Seems this is a matter that full-time union people like State Legislative Directors & General Chairpersons need to handle.   Name: in danger E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 30 March 2016 LC'S What the hell is the deal with the company making crews go to the yard from the hotel in their courtesy wagon. Pti says they took their job away from them.. The wagon they are making us ride in doesn't have any of their "we are so safe" safety sticker on it and the driver refuses to open the doors. One driver just got his license back. No way do they all have the proper certification to be hauling customers around. Bet you the state of Illinois doesn't know whats going on. what are we supposed to do when they don't drive safe or the van needs to be shopped. Are we allowed to pull their van out of service. Is the company completely liable for us if we get in a wreck and get hurt. We heard the van wasn't available one day the manager of the hotel took the crew to the yard in her own personal vehicle.... What the hell is up with their so called the safe way is the right way? They preach a good game until the game is costing them money then they say the hell with the crews safety!   Name: Banner B Gone E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 March 2016 Spongebob You're absolutely correct. There's no accountability for management at CSX. If there were, CSX would have escorted more than one of those Fat Pieces of Shit, that they promoted to management, out the door years ago. So much for the CSX Ethics Policy, and management's obligation to follow it. I heard Brian Edwards and his trusty side kick Aleek were responsible for putting a banner on the wrong main, then were shocked when a train obliterated it while running on clear signal. You're right. If we T&E employees had done something like that...... we'd have been fired on the spot. No questions asked. Obviously CSX management doesn't care what their managers do to the T&E employees, because if they did, they would have fired at least one of the 5 company officers that Brian Edwards had with them when they put the banner up on the wrong track, and were occupying the main without authority.   Name: screwed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 March 2016 ALERT!!!! People, you better start paying close attention to your deadhead tickets. The company is so hell bent on not honoring your deadhead travel because they don't want to pay it that they are stooping to an all time low to do it. Just got screwed out of 145 miles of deadhead travel on a straight away ticket. This WAS NOT a combination deadhead.. This was a ticket we were entitled to and had to argue with the crew caller to get. We were not able to report our hours of service or activity on the FRA activity screen. We couldn't bring any completed ticket up in the system to print out. We haven't been able to find a copy of this ticket anywhere and its not showing on the 04 screen either. You can bet you bottom dollar they aren't going to pay this and the FRA doesn't know a damn thing about our activities. We are sending a snap shot of the uncompleted tickets to the FRA. If this happens to you, make sure you notify the FRA hours of service director and tell him what your reported activity times should be!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 March 2016 Well former LC is obviously pro company instead of products employee. Maybe that's why he is a former LC. You speak of executives earning big salaries and you obviously support that but our executivesite have made horrible decisions and yet you support them. If a blue collar employee makes a bad decision that employee is held accountable. Where's the accountability for Ward and Sanborn? Everyone has seen the traffic pattern for coal has been in decline for years now but yet CSX hired employees for these regions that depended on coal for the majority of business while they had employees furloughed in these regions. How intelligent is that? Why did CSX not allow employees that were furloughed to go to other places where people were needed? They make it so hard on furloughed employees expecting that employee to go qualify for free at other locations and those periods can be a month or 6 months? Now who can really afford to do that? If CSX treated their employees right there would not be such hard feelings and an anti-company sentiment.   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 26 March 2016 APE: Look at maps: CSX rail lines vs. UP rail lines. Ol' king coal, the old money making soul for RRs, is not like that anymore & that traffic may never be the same again. At present, things\times are tough. Lots of co. belt-tightening. The CSX big shots are compensated very well - to make decisions that will impact the co., oftentimes for years in the future. Workers & their unions can only try to play catch-up. Too many T&E people complain\cry when they think they have to go to work too much -- then complain\cry & worry more when furloughed (or dismissed, suspended). No company will survive if it has to pay for & provide for employees that aren't really, truly needed. EVERYONE loses via a bankruptcy if/when an outfit goes under. Railroading = ebb & flow with the economy \ feast or famine. Yeah, no doubt the culture, the management, etc., needs to be changed. Can suck per se, but where is proof of whenever\wherever - someone was forced, in any way, shape or form, to accept a RR job.   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 March 2016 You guys just don't like Cindy because she gets more Pussy than you.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 March 2016 Well maybe the UP investors have seen the light..CSX investors are still in the dark..but they are willingly in the dark..that's the difference. Apparently these people are going to let Ward and Sanborn sink the ship completely. Hope that they let them drown with the rest of us instead of coming to their rescue. CSX investors are not very wise.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 March 2016 Well Oscar is just starting back to work at the airline after his heart replacement. An investor group wants him replaced at the airline by Gordon Bethune, chair about 2 official back. If Oscar gets booted out of the airline business can he come back to CSX? Ackman of Pershing Square has taken a big beating financially, but nothing to do with the RR - more with oreos. The FRA still wanders around shopping cars in volume.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year Posted: 25 March 2016 LBT I hear found God and is changing her old ways.   Name: Drew Lewis, Former CEO UPRR E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 March 2016 Hick-UP ! Does any one have a martini for me until next Monday? I get my RR retirement check then ! I am the only UP senior officer to get a DUI 3 times, ... that is three times by flipping my UP company car over in the drive way of my home on the way to the office in Omaha. Damn! Dickie Davidson was very mad at me too. He's a dick ! from Omaha. Heard he is running Railserve switching services now in Atlanta. VIVA OPERATION RED BLOCK. It might save my liver this time Hick UP...Hick UP!!! I need another driiiink! Rule G mothfuckas!   Name: SPdude E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 March 2016 Well Banner guy; Just come to work fucked up and have another 8888 incident happen and ride the rails with a case of some good beer and party away. FUCK THE CARRIERS. Porn girls are in Las vegas and in LA in porn valley California. Lisa Ann does Engineers for 1000 a hour and you can get a real cutie , you and fresh for 200 an hour! Bet you guys where in Cali, huh? LOL...Operation redblock leads to firing for calling in out here.   Name: SPdude E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 March 2016 Well Banner guy; Just come to work fucked up and have another 8888 incident happen and ride the rails with a case of some good beer and party away. FUCK THE CARRIERS. Porn girls are in Las vegas and in LA in porn valley California. Lisa Ann does Engineers for 1000 a hour and you can get a real cutie , you and fresh for 200 an hour! Bet you guys where in Cali, huh? LOL...Operation redblock leads to firing for calling in out here.   Name: Jim Booth E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 24 March 2016 Just read yesterday that UP has 6 major Federal ADA cases and discrimination cases filed and pending in Washington state from former and current employees. WTF? Does this make like 480 cases that UP has pending against them from the Federal government for Whistleblowing? Unjustified terminations, racial discrimination for being black? How do these cases occur and is it the same at CSXT? Do you guys have any cases pending like this? I wonder if UP and others(BNSF) will go under from all the lawsuits and Federal violations. They are not doing that great these days. yard are empty and locomotives are all in storage and falling apart due to no  coming in. Low carloading and its time for the Shippers to stick it to those carriers that screwed us with overcharge shipping rates, demurrage, and fuel charges. THE RAILROAD REALLY SUCK ASS from a Shipper and customer stand point. We are staying fuck it. Ship by truck. Keep kicking ass Railroad guys and throw some officers over a bridge and off a classification tower and TELL your unions like UTU/SMART to go fuck off ! They are a bunch of crooks and pussies. BLE sounds like a good bunch of guys. Good luck   Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 March 2016 No accountability for Mgmt. If so they would escort those 2 Fat Pieces of Shit Mangers off the property for putting a banner on the wrong main, and a train striking it running on clear signals..... If we done something like that we would be fired, no questions asked. Fuck you CSX and the P.O.S. managers you hire.   Name: Banner B. Gone E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 23 March 2016 SP Dude, Good idea. One problem though. CSX would use a mass Red Block lay off by its employees as an excuse to eliminate the program. Then what would we do when we needed a day off, and couldn't get one? I have just one question for you. Where are you going to find the hookers? Now that Brian Edwards has been dumped by ex-wife number 3, all the hookers are between Avon and Roselake are even more busy that normal as he hires them to help drown his sorrows, with their heads in his lap. Nice thought though   Name: SP DUDE E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 March 2016 Yeah! Lets all go out on strike nationwide and participate in OPERATION REDBLOCK AND OPERATION 1.5 and get some porn girls and have a blast off on strike??? WHAAT think? OUT   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 19 March 2016 All the excess managers could also be utilized as trackmen, signal maintainers, co. police officers, crew callers, -- even train dispatchers. What the hell - wherever an ape is needed in whatever occupation.   Name: Notice of eviction E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 March 2016 Its ok to cut more jobs off. We have enough Trainmasters and RFE's to run those trains. The management is falling over each other. People on the outside look at this company as a complete cluster.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 18 March 2016 please refer to cindy sandborn as either "cindy cuntborn" or just plain "cunt"   Name: Red Block E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 March 2016 If all concerned are so fed-up with the abuse, you have many many choices at your disposal. Use them, collectively everyone has the power to annihilate the RR'S balance sheet! When the unions were tough and honorable, strikes would last only a few days. You see, railroads have a thing called freight, if it's not moving, the corporate bills adds up quickly. The railroads know the numbers, their losses multiples faster than yours because they have many many more sharks to answer to. And sharks likes blood! So...don't fall back to sleep at 3am when you get that shooter that's waiting on the Main Line with all those dogs behind it!   Name: E-mail: Vasilikkerry@gmail.com Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 March 2016 I'm looking for anyone who has had any kind of disciplinary actions due to Dennis Rhodes. Or been targeted by him.   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 17 March 2016 Imagine if.... What if csx were to cancel participation in Operation Redblock? RR companies are not bound to be a part -- it's not any type of federal or state regulation or other...... ABUSE IT = LOSE IT.   Name: imagine if.... E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 March 2016 Since t&e folks are so expendable....how about we all red block system wide one day.   Name: Chad Wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 March 2016 You guys need to stop the whinning and move the fuck on with something better to do. My Bitch boy Les Sack took care of things for me when he was a moron REF for the SP and sucked his way into retirement with the UP. I taught him how to blow me and the other officers on the Division. We bought your UNIONS guys. SOLD THE FUCK OUT!   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 March 2016 Do you ever think that Trainmaster David Benson's Daddy has said " if I would have worn a condom, that little dumb prick wouldn't be here" I'm sure he slapped his wife many times over that screw up.   Name: WARNING WILLIAM ROBINSON E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 16 March 2016 ATTENTION ALL TEY AND OTHERS IN SAFETY SENSETIVE POSTIONS AT CSX RULE 2.21 IS BEING VIOLATED AND IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER DEVICES THAT ARE ON WHILE ON DUTY, YOU WILL BE DISPLINED AND DISMISSED. TURN THAT FRIGGIN PRIVATE COMPUTER OFF AT HOME BEFORE YOU LEAVE TO GO TO WORK. IF THAT PINGS WHILE YOU ARE WORKING AND A OFFICER ASSH&^OLE HEARS IT IN YOUR GRIP OR BACKPACK YOU ARE GOING ON INVESTIGATION AND FIRING......FOR WARNED WILLIAM ROBINSON AND OTHERS.... LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER AND NOT AT EACH OTHERS REAR..THIS ISN'T CALIFORNIA   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 March 2016 No doubt RR big-shots will do OK. Grateful? Loyal? If they can outsource more jobs/work, they will. If they could move the csx rail lines to another country, they would. It hurts - but what do employees expect when business is way down. Can't keep a company going - by paying people & operating things that the co. deems aren't needed or wanted anymore. Should EVERYONE to be out of a job account a bankruptcy? Hell, everybody wants people working; the co. \ the increased revenue, the federal & state governments for the income taxes, the unions for the dues, retirement systems, etc., etc., etc. Long story short: Same ol', same ol', - all too many are never really concerned - until it affects them directly.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 March 2016 Yea CSX cut over 100 jobs there today in the transportation department. According to Melanie Cost CSX is grateful for their service and CSX will support these employees through this difficult time. Well I'm sure that will help these people sleep tonight. I would sure hate for CSX to be be ungrateful for their service..wonder what would happen then?..Oh wait..the same thing would happen. CSX is not grateful for anything it's employees does for the company. Goes to show how loyal these sons of batches are. Fuck them...Keep up the good work Cindy Sanborn..at the pace we are going it will be a miracle if the company survives.   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 March 2016 Has anyone heard anything about Russell yard closing? Thanks   Name: It's time E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 March 2016 To the Robert Pines followers... This site is CSX sucks... Not the Robert pines show. We have yards closing, lost jobs, and your worried about this pines feller. You are a special kind of stupid. Csx is raping you and your co-workers daily and you are up Pines butt. Your mommy and daddy must be proud of you. Help save jobs ...   Name: Les Sack, Former SLO RFE SP/UP E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 14 March 2016 You guys at CSX sound like a bunch of whining bitches and sissy's. Understand something, When you all could have done something and not allowed the BLE and the UTU/SMART go to shit because of the carriers way of buying off the power of the unions and allowing these "new" hire pieces of cut throat crap get in a bring that generation of being pieces of "trash" and crap come on and "HELP" the carriers destroy you and other co-workers well being. It must really suck shit working for a Railroad today. I am a retired UP MOP(RFE) and I hate Niggas and wetbacks for that reason. The whiteman used to own and run the railroads. Not any more. So stop the whining and bitching railroad whores and get on your knees. Les Sack Grover Beach, California Retired Mgr of Operating Practices The powerful UPRR   Name: lbt fan E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 March 2016 Got to love some LBT.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 14 March 2016 I'm not sure I agree with engineer 20-30 but I'm not sure I can agree with ex instructor either. I mean those of us that do what we are supposed to do are being punished with all of these closings, harassment from managers, unethical practices by the company, and pay issues. So what's the answer ex-instructor? How can the company expect employees not to retaliate when they are aware of these problems and takes no actions to correct them? In fact Jacksonville is the reason for most of it. Where I come from loyalty is a two way thing..so if CSX is not loyal to their employees why should the employees be loyal to them? I think you have been out of the field for a long time or you would understand the field employees perspective.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 March 2016 Brandon Wilkens is a drunk, the TM in Garrett who will NEVER get promoted .Rick Reed is a douchebag fuckstick, who loves taking big loads in his mouth from Matt Day. These 3 homos all vacation together and look for young boy prostitutes. I hope all 3 of you cocksuckers get a big karma surprise in your near future!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 March 2016 Well think about it like this SP engineer..if your conductor is not qualified to run as an engineer then when nature calls stop the train..tie up the mainline and grade crossings, and I would make sure that nature had to call more often than usual. If CSX adopts a similar policy I can guarantee you it will happen here. We are already fed up with Sanborn and her bullshit.   Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 March 2016 Secretary PLEASE PLEASE don't encourage the little csx mole. The server this little troll uses is out of Alabama. Guessing they didn't like the post exposing the unethical and unprofessional behavior or their chief and crew managers. This isn't the first time either one of these managers seriously crossed the line. Its about time everyone started taping every single conversation they have with these people. When promises are made and ethic charges are filed after you have been told out right lies, you will have proof of the conversation to back it up. NEVER CALL THEM ON A COMPANY PHONE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE YOUR PHONE TO CONTACT THEM.   Name: secretary E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 March 2016 trainmaster LBT is under Mr. Wards desk.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 March 2016 But where is LBT?   Name: BLE SCAB? E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 March 2016 Remember when the Brotherhood of BIG EGOS said they would never accept the Remote Jobs as part of the BLE pledge? Remember that? Why in the F*&CK do the PHL in Los Angeles Harbor in California have remote jobs and elsewhere going on around the USA under the BLE? Think about that one guys...   Name: Screwed E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 March 2016 LISTEN UP CSX Next time your supervisor tells me and my other crew member that he knows we are entitled to another time ticket per our union agreement for dragging in another train(the 3rd one) that was 45 miles away and then your payroll department takes it away saying we weren't entitled to it, you better get your shit rolls up hill pants on. During this whole sham of unethical lies and unprofessional behavior your managers and crew callers tried to pull a fast one. When told to put in another ticket for the next train they tried to make the ticket a recrew ticket for the same damn job we were on. HOW STUPID AND IGNORANT DO YOU THINK WE ARE. WE ARE NOT STUPID UNEDUCATED BLUE COLLAR WORKERS . DID THEY ACTUALLY THINK WE WOULDNT CATCH SUCH A DIRTY LOW DOWN STUNT. A CREW CAN NOT RECREW ITSELF. HOW CAN YOU ISSUE ANOTHER TICKET TO A J543 AS A J543R! WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT STUNT WAS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH. YOUR PEOPLE ARE LYING. YOUR CHIEF AND CREW MANAGERS ARE PULLING DIRTY UNDERHANDED TRICKS JUST TO VIOLATE OUR UNION AGREEMENT. KEEP THIS UP AND IT WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 09 March 2016 Fed up APE: If you want to blow-off on a website about local union officers, OK, but please walk some car-lengths in those shoes beforehand. Then maybe, the post would have some credibility. Often, the carrier will schedule an investigation or meeting for a Mon. or Tues. morning & the representative has to have time to plan, do research, be prepared, etc. BTW: It's never a surprise when a member's case looks bad after a hearing. That's the csx way. Then, csx loses 75% or more of appealed cases = back pay awarded, full seniority rights restored, etc., etc. It would be interesting to see the real facts & figures csx spends trying to NOT adhere to contract agreements, most of which are what csx wanted. Csx labor relations? Maybe that dept. is near worthless.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 March 2016 Are you serious? Of course it's their fault. If they were an ethical company the unions would not be involved in all of these grievances. Treat your employees right and you don't have to have all of these grievances and issues. CSX is the most unethical out of all the railroads. I'm not a fan of the unions but look at how CSX treats us with unions so I couldn't imagine how things would be without the unions. CSX ignores the agreements which is highly unethical and that's where most of the problems are. The only time CSX goes by the agreements is when it benefits them, the company. So everytime I get screwed I return the favor.   Name: E-mail: 1940zadok@gmail.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 March 2016 From my experiences working for various railroads, including former Western Pacific, Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, U.S. Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroads; as well as having 'run' on the BNSF, Milwauke Pacific and Northern Pacific, ( Great Northern?) as well as the Spokane Saint Paul and Pacific, the best was the BLF&E. That is untill our General Chairman 'sold' us out. Thanks for asking. All you have left is the UTU and the 'scab' BLE. When it comes to making$ there is not much that Corporations won't do. (In conjunction with government and media whores and hacks. Sorry, thats just the way things are, and probably allways will be untill the Lords return, however. Praise God. He is coming back, soon. It is my sincere hope that no one is left behind and that all 'sinners', including myself, be saved, born again and be filled with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 March 2016 It's not CSX's fault. Their going to rape you as long as the union allows it. It's time that you punks put on your big pants and catch the union officials out and kick the hell out of them. Your paying your hard earn money for protection and you get crap. They lay off weekends and holidays and say that it's for you. Lol 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 March 2016 Cycle of corruption from the feds, corporate and the union bosses must be solved only when Hillary Clinton is elected President! And when Ms. Clinton is elected, there will be a lot of unemployed lobbyist working at your away from home terminals Subways! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 March 2016 The very previous post = an asinine, plain dumb, stupid statement. Just WTH can or could trump possibly accomplish even if elected? Where do you meathead, dead from the neck up people come from? Jesus! 

 Name: Anonymous E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 March 2016 Cycle of corruption from the feds, corporate and the union bosses must be solved only when Donald Trump is elected President! And when Mr. Trump is elected, there will be a lot of unemployed lobbyist working at your away from home terminals Subways! 

 Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 March 2016 The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), a federal government agency that was not even around before 1966. Before, RRs were regulated by the old Interstate Commerce Commission, & federal, state statutes. The FRA was & still is, supposed to be in place - to regulate RR safety...... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2016 I was never in favor of a merger with CP when it was brought up last year but now I say bring it on. CSX has went to HELL in recent months. It was on its way to hell before but we are there now..we took my fast track...we can't move freight fast but we sure can fuck everything fast. As long as Sanborn is running the show we will never see things improve..she has destroyed this place..keep up the good work investors and keep her in power..she will get you great results (sarcasm of course)..I had to tell the investors that because apparently they are not the brightest people in the world or their head is buried in the sand..not sure which scenario applies 

 Name: ex vlc E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2016 AVON ENGINEERS!!! TIME TO WAKE THE HELL UP! TIME TO START MAKING THE UNION PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTHS ARE. WE JUST HEARD THAT A CHIEF HAS STARTED A RUMOR THAT SINCE JACKSONVILLE HAS ALLOWED AVON TERMINAL TO EXTEND ITS SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS OUT TO A RIDICULOUS DISTANCE, THEY WILL NO LONGER HONOR THE SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE AGREEMENT UNLESS YOU TRAVEL 35 MILES PAST THE NEW LIMITS! THE END OF YARD SWITCHING LIMITS IS WHERE THE MILES TO TRAVEL ARE TO BEGIN. NOT TERMINAL LIMITS. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN TERMINAL LIMITS AND YARD SWITCHING LIMITS. THE UNION KNOWS WHERE YARD WORK IS BEING DONE AND HOW FAR OUT THE SWITCHING LIMITS OF THE YARD IS. THE FRA IS WELL AWARE OF WHERE THE YARD SWITCHING LIMITS ARE. CALL THE FRA. ASK THEM HOW FAR THE YARD CREWS ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE DANGEROUS HAZMATS CARS OUT OF THE YARD TO SWING THEM. THERE IS A DESIGNATED LIMIT THEY CAN TRAVEL WITHOUT CT168 PAPERWORK GIVEN TO THE CREW AND CARRIED ON THE TRAIN. THE POWERS TO BE IN AVON AND JACKSONVILLE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THEIR LIMITS ARE. NOW IF THE CHIEF AND THE TMS AT INDY WANT TO PLAY WORD GAMES AND TRY TO SAY THE SSA AGREEMENTS ARE WRITTEN WITH THE WORDS "TERMINAL LIMITS" BECAUSE AVON DOESNT HAVE YARD SWITCHING LIMITS AND THE CREWS HAVE TO HONOR THE ACTUAL LIMITS WHICH THEY EXTENDED A RIDICULOUS DISTANCE THEN IT SHOULD BE FAIR TO SAY THAT EVERY SINGLE TRAIN THAT LEAVES AVON YARD CAN NO LONGER BE CONSIDERED DEPARTED UNTIL THE TRAIN REACHES THE END OF THE SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS. HOW MANY TIME HAVE YOU HEARD THE TMS AND RF'S TELL THE CREWS THAT JACKSONVILLE WANTS THE TRAINS OUT OF THE YARD AND DEPARTED WITHIN 90 MINUTES? HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD THEM SAY THEY NEED YOU TO GET CPAN OR CPMY SIGNALS KNOCKED DOWN WITHIN THOSE 90 MINUTES? CPAN AND CPMY ARE NOT THE END OF TERMINAL LIMITS. IF THEY WANT TO PLAY THE STUPID GAMES THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SHOW ANY TRAINS DEPARTED UNTIL THEY REACH THE END OF TERMINAL LIMITS. WHATS FAIR FOR THE GOOSE IS FAIR FOR THE GANDER. ITS ALSO BEING SAID THAT THEY ARE NOW REFUSING TO ALLOW EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO USE THE NEW AMMENDMENT THAT ALLOWS AN ENGINEER WHO ARRIVES AT THE HOTEL ON HIS OFF DAY TO BE DEADHEADED BACK HOME. THEIR REASONING IS THAT THE "WORDING" SAYS UNASSIGNED FREIGHT POOL ENGINEERS HAVE THIS RIGHT, NOT EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS. WHAT THE MORONS FAIL TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE ENGINEER WHO IS CALLED OFF THE EXTRABOARD TO DO THE POOL ENGINEERS WORK IS NOW REPRESENTING THAT POOL ENGINEERS POSITION/TURN. EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS ARE ENTITLED TO SHORT TURN AROUND RIGHTS BUT THE CHIEF'S ARE SAYING THEY ARE NOT. AGAIN, THE SO CALLED WORDING TAHT SAYS UNASSIGNED FREIGHT POOL ENGINEERS IS BEING USED AGAINST EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS AS A WEAPON TO SCREW THEM OUT OF THE 130 MININUM MILES THEY ARE TO BE PAID AND ANY EXTRA TICKETS THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TOO. THE EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST! THE UNION IS NOT SHOWING ANY ATTEMPT AT THIS MOMENT TO PUT A STOP TO THE OBVIOUS RAPE OF EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS. ALL EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS NEED TO START A PETITION AND FILE ETHICS CHARGED FOR BEING SINGLED OUT. ITS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE IF YOU DONT GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW. BOMBARD THE GENERAL CHAIRMANS OFFICES WITH CALLS. SEND EMAILS, FAX OR WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THEIR ATTENTION. WHAT EVER YOU DO YOU BETTER START DOING IT NOW. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 March 2016 Wednesday's Wall Street Journal (2nd section RH?) said CP was again in talks with CSX this last January with no good results. Presumably they will push harder if the CP/NS deal fails. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 March 2016 There's a rumor going around that since CSX is threatening cutting jobs across the network that there is now an increased number of employees whistle blowing now. I was told by an official that he expects a higher number of FRA inspections and a more frequent presence in terminals. I know the FRA has been in my terminal 3 times in the past month. That seems to fall in line with what he said. 

 Name: long duck dong E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 March 2016 I heard thru the rumor mill that CSX Rocky Mount transportation was just fined $92,000 by the FRA. Does anyone have anymore info?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 March 2016 "The Railroads are going to do whatever they can get away with....." Always has been & probably always will be that way. Don't care to imagine how much worse it'd be without unions & government regulations. If RRS can outsource more jobs, work - they will. If US RRs could be moved to China, Mexico, etc. - they'd do it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 02 March 2016 You people here...your biggest problem is your unions. You’re stuck with the general chairmans, but stop voting in your local chairman. From what I can tell, BLE and UTU are both wothless on Eastern Lines Railroads, CSX being the worst. The railroads are going to do what ever they can get away with.....just like your kids.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 March 2016 Unbelievable. I know harrasment is the norm here at CSX, I know intimidation is a prerequisite for management and clearly the company knows this is happening, so where is the line drawn? I was getting ready to head out on a local job the other day at the fine Radnor yard in Nashville and was talking to a car man about their jobs being abolished and the cuts others have suffered over the past months. This man told me their boss told them not to shop an excessive amount of cars, that they shouldn't become a "speed bump" in the line of expediting freight. So is this what we have to look forward to? A decrease in quality and safety for the expediature movement of freight? He said their senior general said he'd "furlough" a guy for bad ordering cars! I thought we had it bad! These guys are pinned against a wall! But what more can you expect from this wonderful management style the fabulous CSX promotes!!!! I never get to talk to the car side much and was shocked, I thought they had it a lot better.   Name: nomoreJjob E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 March 2016 If you are called as a J job such as J452 to recrew trains or asked to do extra work that helps the company for a J ticket. TURN THEM DOWN!! You will not get paid for them!!! I had 3 J tickets not paid by payroll this past half. Now obviously if you are called as a J452 to recrew trains, you have to take it. But know they think they can do whatever they want with you for 12 hours and you will only get overtime after 8 hours. This means recrew as many trains, hostile power, kick out bad orders, go as many miles as needed all under 1 ticket. No 2nd ticket after 8 hours after doing all this either, just overtime after 8 hours. This was all explained by DTO Adam Hawkins and Superintendent Kenny Hall. THIS IS A BLATANT AND DIRECT VIOLATION OF B&O RULE 54. If you think you are exempt because you work a pool job and they have to pay extra tickets, then you are mistaken. One of my J tickets that was denied was after I brought a train to my home terminal on a pool job. They asked us to do them a favor for a J ticket and go to the house and grab power and bring it 10 miles outside the yard to tie onto cars on a siding. So we basically helped them out and wasted 2.5 hours of our time for free. I know I'm not the only one getting screwed on these J tickets. DO NOT ACCEPT THEM UNTIL THEY START PAYING THEM AND ACCEPTING THE AGREEMENT THEY SIGNED.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 01 March 2016 So what if it was 4 years ago?..I was getting fucked by Ward then also..lol .   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 27 February 2016 Friend or family of employee: That's all probably true but still that's cost-cutting, saving, -- not generating any new revenue.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 February 2016 Yea I think someone is high on something. Do you think that CSX and it's employees are one big happy family? You obviously don't work for CSX. If that was true daddy Ward and Mommy Sanborn are fucking my brains out..so I want out of that family. Daddy and Mommy treat the blue collar workers of CSX like shit..we must be their orphan children..the slaves..Secone class citizens..you name it...like someone said previously the company boasted about their profits last year..then fuck numerous blue collar workers and pay out big bonuses to the white collar employees. When CSX does well they fuck us, when they do poorly they fuck us, so what I say is Fuck CSX and daddy Ward and Mommy Sanborn. Now does that sound like the team spirit? Well that's how it is out here. Welcome to reality   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 27 February 2016 “We have to give the company ideas to generate revenue.” ......................................... Well! CSX can start by not re-crewing so many trains. Road crews have no business building their own train, air testing, throwing out Bad Orders. You can’t do that much work, then make it over the road, especially 200 pluls mile pool runs. UPRR-BNSF have figured that out a long time ago. Put an extra yard job on. What’s the difference, patch a train or an extra yard job? Do the math Jacksonville. I know, the yard job comes out of the terminal manager’s budget, the re-crew comes out of the division manager’s budget. But, in the long run, it’s all CSX money. Where am I going wrong here? Re-crews are one of the biggest costs.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 February 2016 Team we need to come together. Coal is gone and isn't coming back. We have to give the company ideas to generate revenue. So what these morons we have to a make money so we can get paid and support our families. Give them ideas to save or Make money. This is a business and. It is not a charity for railroad formers. Let's get our pride back and show everyone that a railroader is a tough son of a bittch that contributes to the United States economy,   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 February 2016 I heard today CSX is closing the CC, KD, CV, and EK subdivisions. Way to go Cindy and Mikey..keep up the good work..keep disrupting the lives of your employees..you bastards will rot..   Name: Ira Nutlicker E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 February 2016 Gary Best gives good head and licks my nuts too! Most of the UTU chairmen are like that these days. Sincerely, Ira Nutlicker   Name: BLET Member E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 24 February 2016 Today the BLET International announced their movement plans to the new headquarters. I HOPE THEY LEAVE ALL THE CORRUPTION BEHIND AND START A NEW CHAPTER IN CLEANING "UP" THE UNION COMMITTEES ON ALL LEVELS!   Name: update E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 February 2016 NEWS FLASH! Rumor has it(rumor) that the FRA showed up at Big four yard in Indy and shopped a massive amount of cars. Now, we are guessing the post on here that upset the powers to be and brought their little distracting mole out from under his rock also put the FRA in the spot light. These cars were shopped for 3 possible reasons. Your post caught the attention of the FRA and they had to save face for the posters suggesting they allow bad orders to run through, the car men who were let go blew the whistle or the unions have come up with more money than the carrier and are stuffing the FRA departments pockets with more than they can take to the bank. Anyway it goes, what should have always been done is now being done! Keep up the good work posters and remember....YOUR SAFETY AND THE PUBLICS SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 22 February 2016 Is this Gary Best a BLE or UTU chairperson? Get that right at least. Yes, it matters. How creditable can complaints possibly be when they may be directed to the wrong place?   Name: Mikey Ward E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 February 2016 I thought Gary Best was ble chairman, either way I like how he polishes my knob! :)   Name: Evansville E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 February 2016 BigCountry. A Trainmaster at a nearby Terminal told me.   Name: BigCountry E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 February 2016 Evansville? What do you know about Howell Yard closing?   Name: Yep, He's a suck E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 February 2016 Best Nut Licker, Bet this UTU guy does'nt polish more company pole than the BLE Local Chairman at my terminal. When a CSX Manager walks in the office, you would think Jesus himself had walked thru the door. And the phone calls and text to the T.M. and R.F.E. eveeryday. Were watching little fella.   Name: Best Nut Licker E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 February 2016 The general chairman of the utu known as Gary Best is a corporate nut licker and needs to be removed from his position.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 February 2016 Why do we pick on Cindy Sanborn? Seriously you have to ask that question? Until her reign when were there massive layoffs and numerous Yard and Shop closures? If they are so concerned about the future of this company why not take a reduction in salary and bonuses. This applies to Ward and Sanborn. They are only concerned about their own pockets. This is why investors should show them the door.   Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 February 2016 Trainmaster/MOLE Didn't like the last few post did you? Maybe exposing the future liabilities made you a little nervous down there in Alabama or Jacksonville. You came out from under your rock for some reason.... Maybe it was the derailment that was on the news in the Indy area. The one where the switches worked incorrectly and put a car on its side yesterday. Maybe cutting back on inspectors had something to do with it. Maybe it wasn't really a switch problem. Go back under your rock and play with your imaginary LBT!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 February 2016 LBT has been quiet.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 19 February 2016 Insp covered it pretty well. If/when trainmen have to & try to do proper inspections; adhering\following the regulations & rules, they'll probably get accused of screwing around. Be bullied, intimidated, harassed & threatened. CSX SUCKS.   Name: Evansville E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 February 2016 Well it's official, CSX is closing Evansville Yard. Shhh, don't say anything it's suppose to be quiet for now.   Name: insp E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 February 2016 APE Less car inspectors means more bad order cars getting out of the yard. If the crews have to start inspecting the cars they should follow all the guidelines set forth by the FRA as well as the rules set down by CSX. It takes at least 5-10 minute per car to do a complete inspection. It also requires more training than the every day conductor is schooled on. Conductors are not nor will they ever be trained on the complete mechanical workings of any car. It is well known that the fra allows a percentage of cars to roll out with defects if they are considered minor. Rushing trains out of the originating terminal is more important than making sure all cars are completely safe and in 100% working condition. If the crews have to do inspections of their own trains they will be held accountable to a different standard than the car department. Tm's and RF's are not privy to the mutual understandings that are agreed upon in that department. If the crew misses a major defect that only the trained eye of a car inspector would see and that defect causes a derailment there should be a full blown investigation done by the Unions. Crews should be give the same considerations for turning a blind eye as the car department.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 February 2016 I understand that there is a big cutback in car inspector positions through the system, starting last week. Question is: will this cause big delays in train departures, esp. from small yards where T+E will have to ready large trains by themselves, and no clerks will assist in driving the conductor around. Wonder how this works on other RR? Remember, this program is NOT to insure the survival of the RR, but to keep them at a high level of profitability in a time of low profits and poor economy. Jobs eliminated rarely come back, and newer employees don't remember any other way to do it, Comments?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 February 2016 Why are we always picking on Cindy Sandborn? She has a medium grade education and has spent her life on many RR jobs. She comes from a long RR family. Eliason, Oscar, Lisa Mancini, many others are above her, and with NO RR background. Mancini's RR background is from personnel in mass transit, as example.Oscar sold potato chips.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 17 February 2016 What if that engineer gets hurt throwing a switch? I’m sure CSX will have no problem with paying him for his back injury. AND, they will understand, he was just helping out.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 February 2016 As long as everything is tied down, secured, --- Q.: Why can't an engineer get off his dead ass & go line a switch? A: Most probably can't do that properly & even if they could it'd be too much physical work.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 17 February 2016 If you CSX people are working with one man locals (one man on the ground). You should NEVER get in a rush.If you must walk back half a mile to line back and Main Line Switch, then do it. The engineer has no business getting off his locomotive and lining the switch. How many rules has he just broke? You don’t need to drag your feet! You have a rule book and the CSX wants it used 100%.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 February 2016 I don't think it's so much about the money it's more about the principle. I'm sad to say I don't care if the company succeeds or fails. When the company is doing well they screw us, when the company is doing poorly, they screw us..so who cares anymore. So why not dog their trains?..why go out here and bust my ass to get their train from point A to point B in less than 12 hours? Especially when the assignments could use a brakeman but they are to cheap to pay another man..so I will make them pay for 2 additional men instead of just the 1. The company in no way is attempting to help its employees so why help them? As long as Sanborn is here that's the way it will be. Get us a real railroader and things will change for the better.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 February 2016 Hahahahahahaaaaaaa! My terminal like all terminals have cut jobs to the bone to save money. Now they are calling out extra jobs from the extra boards to switch cars because they can't keep up. Good plan huh? Why don't they just admit defeat? The stock price isn't going to rise no matter what they cut! Nobody is shipping, all commodities are flat. I say it again, when are they gonna cut the trainmasters? THE DEAD WEIGHT? CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 February 2016 Even if they were some how relieved of there duties, they would be given a golden parachute and rewarded for failure. Its the new American way.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 February 2016 I'm hearing Ward and Sanborn are fighting for their jobs right now. If the investors want to see good to average results better show these two the door. Employee morale is at an all time low so when this happens it effects everything from results, efficiency, safety, and ethics. When an employee is concerned about their job everyday where do you think their mind is at? I expect an higher injury rate and more accidents to occur in this climate. So go ahead and keep these two clown in, go ahead and cut more jobs and close more terminals, service less customers because of lack of manpower. If the investors keep these people in they deserve the poor results they will get   Name: Cond E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 February 2016 Cond 1-10 Your being told total bullshit. If you have been forced off your road position and all you can hold is a job in your yard or anywhere in your terminal for that matter they have to train/qualify you with pay. They are just trying to cut a fat hog. They don't want to fork out more money to train people twice. This is not your fault and they don't have the right to restrict your seniority just because they THINK someone more senior might be coming in town. Your local chairman should know this and if he doesn't then he needs to step down and give his seat to someone who knows the agreement. Don't take this shit. If you are sitting around not working because you cant hold any road jobs and they are not putting you to work in your yard you put in a penalty claim for everyday you are forced to sit and not earn a living. Your LC should know the claim for this. If there is anyone junior to you that is working you should be able to bump his position and train on his job. Document every day he works and claim his wages. If it were me I would claim lost wages for every guy working in your terminal that's junior to you. They got this problem at avon yard with their remote jobs. Got tons of junior guys working remotes that unqualified road conductors can bump and demand training. DONT TAKE THIS SHIT FROM THE COMPANY. They did this to a bunch of us when we were hired and they started cutting us off. Yes, I had good LC and got most of my claim paid. Kept calling junior men into work and skipping me. Never called me. Were playing favorites games as usual. I would give the article number to file under for them restricting your seniority but its been years since I've even looked at my old conductors agreement... Also, it an ethics violation for them to discriminate against you. That exactly what it is! You have every right to make a living and be trained on a job to protect your right to work in your terminal. They need to explain why they are allowing any man with less seniority to work and refuse to train you for the position and allow you to earn an income on the job.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 February 2016 Does anyone know the contract article that states the company has to qualify you in your home terminal once forced off the road into the yard? I was recently forced off the road, and I can hold A few spots in the yard. The crew management keeps telling me that all these other conductors are coming from different terminal to the furlough. So they won't qualify me because they say I won't be able to hold once these conductor show up. But in the last month supposedly 10 were coming, and only one has shown up. Apparently crew management has a new policy where they start a spreadsheet with everyone's seniority on it, and they only pay the people to qualify that can hold once it is all sorted out. But I'm in my home terminal in him being denied qualification. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 February 2016 Either way he is correct. There really are too many side letters that work against the actual agreements.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2016 Pretty sure: - Local Chairperson cannot make property\local agreement(s) changes, etc., unless there is backing/support of a Gen. Chairperson / Committee, who'd have the say-so.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2016 I ONCE SAW AN ARTICLE A FEW YEARS BACK FROM THE UNION STATING HOW WE HAVE TO PRESERVE THE AGREEMENTS THAT WE HAVE. SINCE THEN AGREEMENTS HAVE CONTINUED TO BE GIVEN AWAY FOR NO REASON. THEY SELLOUT THE AGREEMENTS DURING CONTRACT TALKS TO KEEP THOSE BIG PAYING UNION JOBS. IN OTHER WORDS, SCREW THE MEMBERSHIP, ITS ALL ABOUT ME ME ME. ........................................................................................................................................................ One of the biggest problems; many local chairman make too many “Side Letter of Agreements” with the carriers. I understand now, some CSX divisions are paying only actual time on Dead Heads. That’s not the national contract since 2004. Again, special agreements are made...why?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2016 I MYSELF HAVE WATCHED OUR UNION LEADERS CONTINUE TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO ALL THE PROBLEMS WE SEE TODAY. YEARS AGO IF A COMPANY OFFICIAL GAVE ME A HARD TIME, I WENT TO THE UNION AND REPORTED THE GUY, IT STOPPED REAL FAST. TODAY WHEN A COMPANY OFFICIAL GIVES ME A HARD TIME, I REPORT HIM TO THE UNION AND THE REPLY I GET IS....."THEY CAN DO THAT." "DO WHAT THE COMPANY WANTS." THE UNION DOESN'T REPRESENT AND FIGHT FOR YOU ANYMORE. THEY ARE TOO BUSY SPENDING YOUR MONEY AT CONVENTIONS GETTING DRUNK! I ONCE SAW AN ARTICLE A FEW YEARS BACK FROM THE UNION STATING HOW WE HAVE TO PRESERVE THE AGREEMENTS THAT WE HAVE. SINCE THEN AGREEMENTS HAVE CONTINUED TO BE GIVEN AWAY FOR NO REASON. THEY SELLOUT THE AGREEMENTS DURING CONTRACT TALKS TO KEEP THOSE BIG PAYING UNION JOBS. IN OTHER WORDS, SCREW THE MEMBERSHIP, ITS ALL ABOUT ME ME ME. WE ALSO DON'T NEED TWO UNIONS! WE NEED ONE UNION THAT ISN'T SO TOP HEAVY.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 February 2016 Until now, never thought I would write to a forum like this. A friend told me about it. All is interesting. Got over 8 yrs. in on the RR now after losing decent prior jobs account different reasons I had no control of. Was happy to get my 1st union job. My Dad said a union is only as strong as it's membership. Lots of constant complaining about the RR & the union. Nothing ever seems to be appreciated. Been around long enough to hear and see that a lot of workers are big loudmouths -- talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Is the same with the RR. Old heads with lots of time have told me that's the way its always been. Not a wonderful world by any means but at least I have a job, vacation, plds, insurance, a retirement plan. I have to keep at it. Csx does suck. Many things could be and should be better.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 03 February 2016 Union, friend / family, for yrs., RLA: Long, drawn out National Contract Negotiations, Section 6 Notices (wish lists), penalty time claims, Arbitration, Mediation, etc. LMRDA: UTU's Constitution contains instructions: - Charges & Trials of Officers. Should a member choose, he/she could hire a Labor Attorney and/or deal with the US DOL if they feel they've been misrepresented. Elect to become a dues objector. Good luck with all/any of that. 90% of the time it's the RR I get upset with. No doubt, it'd be a real nightmare working for a non-union csx. Back to csx sucks.   Name: BuckWild E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2016 Below poster who claimed that "Union Officials can be voted out"- well why haven't they been voted out yet? More tough talk but nobody does anything. I want to see some action not just the usual defense of the Unions status quo. Taking reduced dues to hurt the Unions pocket books and make them wake up doesn't seem a horrible idea don't see how it will affect their already crappy handling of the companies. Nobody is suggesting getting rid of the Unions but getting them back in shape. And blindly supporting them 100% and making claims that somehow the system will right itself with no action by the membership is hogwash.   Name: SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 February 2016 Speaking of union officers: There cannot be a worse group than on the UP side in Colton, CA. The General Chairman and his Local officer are the highest paid within the entire union. The GC makes more that the International President and at least$100,000.00 more than next highest paid GC with comparable membership. Here's the kicker; the GC was also collecting reserve board pay inspite of the bylaws restrictions for full-time General Committee officers. The west coast terminal is a proving ground for the rail carrier's agenda for undermining agreements...because the trail of payouts are endless! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 February 2016 The UnionsShouldWorkForYou & union democracy posters only got it half-assed. = = Must be co. moles/trolls or want-to-be. Railroaders: References to the LMRDA should also include references to the RLA, which was enacted long prior. Unions perfect? Heck no. Full time big-shots do just fine income & benefit wise. But they can be replaced, voted out. RR companies are not employee friendly. Are any companies really very caring\friendly to workers? Any member who rags on their union organization ought to do a term or two as a local rep. - - that alone is a real ear & eye opening education. RRs would like nothing better than to have even weaker unions - so everyone, please think hard & long about trying to become dues objectors. 

 Name: UnionsShouldWorkForYou E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 01 February 2016 Have the UTU/BLE Disappointed you AGAIN? Do you think they should be fighting for your benefits/rights as an employee, not giving away everything at each contract? Do you feel that even if we cant "get something better" at each contract then the Unions should just maintain what we have instead of trading it away for small, taxable "bonuses"? Do you think the Union Leadership is working for THEIR best interests, not yours (which is why the BLE/UTU merger never happened!)? Do you feel YOU have NO POWER against this??!! NO, NO, NO!! YOU HAVE POWER!!! You might ask, "well I am forced to be in the Union even if I don't want to be and/or they aren't a strong- member focused Union anymore".......it is true, the Rail Labor Act keeps railroaders in Unions and you have no choice about joining- HOWEVER YOU have the RIGHT to REFUSE to pay all of your hard earned paycheck to these increasingly corrupt rail Unions and their backroom deals and disrespect of their membership. That's right, you can become what's called a "non-consenting member". This means you refuse to participate in the Union(s) as a full dues paying member, instead you are put on their books as being in the Union but only pay a small portion of dues that are related to the collective bargaining agreement. All of the MAJORITY of the dues which go to lobbying, political functions, paying leadership etc.- will not be charged to you. Actually dues drop to the range of $12-$25/mo. Now you cant vote on the contracts, cant go to meetings, cant use any "benefits" and cant do pretty much anything with the Union. By LAW they are still to defend you if you get in trouble/discipline. Why am I telling you all of this? Not to destroy Unions or tell you not to want to be in one, but to PROTEST the Unions behavior and effect a change in them. Money is the only thing that gets people like these to respond to our demands and cutting off their flow will wake them up. If entire locations/workplaces all did this at the same time it would send a message surely. This is almost like striking on the Union itself, only with its money (dues). Will this type of action be harsh? Absolutely. Will some people call participators "traitors" and "Union haters"? 100% likely! But when people stand around and do nothing to defend themselves, they will be stripped of their lives and liberty surely. Please consider protesting the Unions anti-membership behaviors and become "Non-consenting Members" to make them realize OUR voice the MEMBERS are who they answer to! The Unions are required to post your right to do this action, they usually put it in a small blurb once a year in their newsletters/magazines. They claim you can only put an application in once a year to do this but you have the right to do it anytime you like, there has been upheld legal precedents for it 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 January 2016 Just trying to keep pace with nitwit idiot engineer posts. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 January 2016 Why do you idiots keep posting the same blog in every section? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 January 2016 Conductor, 1-10 yrs.: Dissatisfied with the UTU as a member? Switch, join the ble-little T. That outfit can handle\solve all your present & future issues and problems. NOT! ---------------------------------------------------------------- APE: Unions exist because politicians still allow them. Consider what it'd be like with a totally conservative republican government, no union representation at all. Everyone is entitled to their opinion(s) but try to think more open mindedly & not post what very many believe are totally ignorant foolish words. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 January 2016 UTU has no backbone!!! And CSX employees are forced to pay them for nothing. All they have done is loose jobs, loose bonuses, loose demand days, and loose stock shares for there employees. Keep up the terrible job UTU. UTU will probably have robots running trains by the end of the year. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 28 January 2016 If any railroader votes for a Democrat you deserve what you get..Fuck the UTU and the Democrats..especially the one in DC. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 27 January 2016 Union Pacific Board of Directors will hold an emergency meeting in order to lure Canadian National's CEO (Claude Mongeau) into running the Union Pacific after a possible merger. Canadian National is the only railroad that had sustained profits in spite of the difficult head winds! 

 Name: Dave Carson E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 January 2016 Hey Guys; Just got word the CSX PD is doing extensive background checks on Employees to "Weed" out and get rid of any DUI, Ex-felon, or any TEY employees that have pending charges in court for any criminal complaints and using it in their advantages to "Fire" and lay off more employees. The LC needs to know your potential convictions and what time you may need to GO on the Jail Card to bubba Ville to take care of the situation. Like me....Handle with loving care. Hugs and kisses to you all sexy, good looking Conductor Dave Carson alias Dale DeBone of Railroading... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 January 2016 I say it again, where are they becoming top heavy? TRAIN MASTERS! There is no reason to have so many at one location. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 January 2016 well Avon is supposed to be the cheapest yard on CSX, and before that the cheapest on Con Rail. Problem is: if you are already the most economical yard, what do you cut NOW to show you are still reducing even more, to keep up with 'the plan'. Traditionally the RR kept a few jobs 'in the pocket' to run until you have to cut. That way you cut a little fat, and save the bone. What do they have to cut at Avon? I have heard they might try to go to 1 yardmaster per shift. Since they can't retain yardmasters anyway this might help. (Isn't that a red flag for poor management if you can't retain your employees?). Are they still planning the remote control GPS Kubota at the hump to 'drive" crews around. Lockeed-Martin (builder of the ultra expensive and failure prone F-35) are the designers of this super costly and complex system imposed on a circa 1900 company. 

 Name: Virlon E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 21 January 2016 If you have less than a year with this company and you are being cut off, too fucking bad! Go get another job! I have been cut off, 6 fucking times and had to come back and live on bread and butter sandwhiches for "beans". I had to blow the Trainmasters at my yard locations and other Terminals to keep from either getting "fired" or "cut-off". That's why at 70 years old I have dentures and I LOVE other railroad guys as my boyfriends. The New Alternative Railroad life style or the gay and happy! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 21 January 2016 Shouldn't be a shock or surprise to anyone considering things..... Wonder when & IF they'll ever cut\reduce the size of the board of directors & other "big shot" positions? 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 January 2016 Great Lakes Hold on to your money guys. Management members just had a big meeting and word is the entire meeting consisted of nothing other than discussions on how to cut more jobs. Avon yard was the biggest topic. So don't be stupid and blow your money on anything expensive. The company is putting motors into storage as we speak. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 January 2016 The problem with the CAPS system is that it never resets itself..the only way you get get points reduced is if you don't mark off..also a major problem is you are deducted points even with a valid medical issue..if I go to the doctor I'm still deducted points..that's a joke..Also you can't compare T/E jobs to other careers..who else is on call 24/7..also it's crazy to have one attendance policy for everyone..not all freight pools have assigned off days and you have to depend on getting 6 starts to get any time off..then the company will purposely reset you to ensure you don't get 6 starts 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2016 if your employed at csx for less then a year, shut the fuck up. that's my opinion .you haven't been here long enough to cry and pout about anything. you haven't been shit on or fucked with long enough to post anything on here. you don't like it quit, go work somewhere else .I wish I could quit.I be gone tomorrow , but have to much to lose to start over at a new job at my age. I know people that worked for conrail in the early 80's that had 13 years seniority and had to pack up and move to a new terminal 300 miles away to work. railroads are up and down business. jobs have always been cut, furloughs during slow times, yards closings isn't new and there use to be 5 man crews on road trains reduced to 2.and I'm sure more bad news is coming. 

 Name: bridge E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 30+ years Posted: 19 January 2016 was off due to csx medical dept. approximately 3 months, RRB medical forms were filled out by csx physical therapist, in turn the RRB sent me a nasty letter that my sickness claims were denied cause they were not filled out by a medical professional. i contacted JIM EBERT and was assured, after i faxed paper work, that he would help me get my medical leave benefits that i was entitled to. Since faxing paperwork to EBERT, he will nin answer or return a call. He ,EBERT is in place for the company, not the employee, and the bmwe is of little help. JIM EBERT is a fraud as a representative to the working class, so beware of EBERT on any legal issues, he is not able to tell you the truth cause he is in the pocket of C.S.X. 

 Name: Lester E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2016 BLE= Brotherhood of Large Egos Ain't worth the shit they talk... 

 Name: Dave Carson E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2016 Virlon Smoot is a old piece of railbuff , snitch rat! Sold too many trainmen off to the officers and PLB can't even get them back to work! F YOU Virlon ! Go suck on some choo- choo trains! 

 Name: todd Novac E-mail: todd novac .com Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 January 2016 todd novac is a company snitch with Joe ill blow you kazy novac snitch his way back to get his job back when convicted o stealing money from his union . watch him boys 

 Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 January 2016 Crews The last post hit the nail right on the head. DO NOT start turning on each other. Now is the time to stick together. The company is slowly being torn down and jobs are being downsized at an alarming rate. With merger rumors and competitive scare tactics in place anything could happen at the drop of a hat. You are workers in the trench. No more value than the lab rats used to test poison. The stockholders and investors pockets are more important than you. You are a number easily replaced. Your unions have shown they have little power if any at protecting your jobs. Anyone who has spent any time reading this site or posting on it knows that any time a touchy subject is brought up for discussion or comments that may cause embarrassment to the company are posted, the company mole pops up and post comments that are distracting and usually geared to offend someone to deliberately start an argument. PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR IT! These moles are paid by the csx legal department and csx public safety affairs department. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into their web. If they are posting on here, you have obviously hit a nerve. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 18 January 2016 Guys let's keep the focus on where it needs to be and not on each other. The morale is the lowest I've seen on CSX and that's saying something. Jacksonville is the problem, not the guy sitting to the left or right of you. Look at what Sanborn has done.implemented this horrible CAPS system, the new discipline system, and closing down terminals..which I just heard she is shutting down Montgomery yard and abandoning track in Florida and Mississippi..which will lead to more terminals closing..This woman is the problem..keep things in perspective.."THE BITCH" is killing us..at this rate nobody will have a job 

 Name: WOW! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 17 January 2016 JESUS!!!! Please help these poor moles posting to realize that popping out of the wood work with a topic from who knows where(bashing engineers) isn't going to draw any attention away from the sandborn bashing or any other true facts being posted here about the state of csx at the moment. Ok company mole...you want to be fair, how about putting a post about the conductors who wont shut the window when its 20 below because they are too fat and cant handle heat in the winter. How about the ones who smoke so bad the engineer has to go home or to the hotel smelling like his stinking nasty cigs. or the ones who make a bed as soon as the train rolls out and leaves the engineer doing everything by himself all night. See company mole, things work both ways... Now that my post has evened the score you can go back under your rock.... Keep up the good work crews no matter who you are stuck with on your next trip and keep the mole under his rock! 

 Name: frustrated@stupidemployees E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 January 2016 Well CSX wants safety and for everyone to be alert, how about having a talk with all the fat and ignorant Engineer's and telling them to put their beats pills away and quit playing loud music on the trains and let conductors or cut back Engineer's call the signals.... Also they need to learn to respect their coworkers sitting on the left side.... I mean when it is cold outside,see ur breath in a cab, or ur bones and body ache from the cold, it is time to turn the heat on instead of being big babies and saying, " I'm an engineer I control the heat and Ac"... Yea they do and the control the stupidity level which is high when they act like butts like that... It is not safe when 1 member is huddling over a side wall heater to keep warm and not able to keep their eyes on the rails and Etc....myself I am going to start bringing a small propane heater and burn their eyes out!!!!! Pisses me off u can't even ask the KNUCKLEHEADS to modulate the heat cause they cry and that side wall does not heat ones legs or arms.... Engineer's are just glorified a-holes!!! And they always cry about more than just the heat or loud music playing when it shouldn't be..... Can't wait to see the Ludacris post back to this posting... Well I would like for karma to come back and bite all Engineer's who forget they sat on the left side also. 

 Name: Retired Conductor AT&SF E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 17 January 2016 LC'S Sitting home furloughed.....How come avon has 11 spots on their conductor extra board and only 7 guys assigned to it? How come we aren't getting called back to fill them. I heard the company likes to run the guys into the ground working them to death----------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Doesn’t CSXT inforce the milage agreement? Or, does the Union just turn their heads. 

 Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 January 2016 LC'S Sitting home furloughed.....How come avon has 11 spots on their conductor extra board and only 7 guys assigned to it? How come we aren't getting called back to fill them. I heard the company likes to run the guys into the ground working them to death until they all start marking off sick then they call guys back. Is this true because they are already short handed.. Should I hold off looking for another job? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 January 2016 You are right..Fuck CSX..and Ward and Sanborn..and all these other CSX clowns..this company is ruined..when the employees get fucked..we turn around and fuck the company..going to see more trains dogged and nobody to recrew them..keep up the good work Cindy..you fuckING evil bitch.. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 January 2016 For Dave Carson: From a former (F)Investigator...There was a lot of drama on that part of the RR terminals (Colton-LA). It was eithera drug bust from drugs being stashed in tanker cars (LA Times Article July 2010), too mangers having orgies in the terminals! Is that a "SP" thing? The UP never had those problems until after the merger. 

 Name: Virlon Smoot E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 15 January 2016 Those Damn truckers are getting all the freight traffic now that fuel prices are down and the shippers are shipping thru them vagrants. 

 Name: Dave Carson E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 15 January 2016 Yes Retired Conductor; That is true. The Big arrogant yellow banana with crème in the middle is really going down the toilet. We are stuffing sidings from North of Santa Barbara to sidings in the Salinas Valley with EMPTY baretables and auto tri-levels. I am a 1978 Condr(Former gay SP) established trainman and I work out of San Luis Obispo and Guadalupe with all the SP homo's I used to work with out of Bakersfield and LA. Its getting really bad and January 21 will be announcement on more cuts and layoffs. I don't have to worry about it. As long as my lover can keep the beach house in Nipomo. I love Les Sack and Doug McEntire truly since they introduced me to under the desk oral pleasing. Its so good being a UP San Luis Obsipo gay guy! 

 Name: Retired Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 13 January 2016 Railroad shareholders are bleeding red ink: CSX is the first RR to report earnings from the last quarter and Wall Street is not happy. You will see more pain at the pump by way of harassment and more lay-offs!.................................................................................. Union Pacific has 20% of their locomotive fleet in storage. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 January 2016 Railroad shareholders are bleeding red ink: CSX is the first RR to report earnings from the last quarter and Wall Street is not happy. You will see more pain at the pump by way of harassment and more lay-offs! 

 Name: deez nuts E-mail: rimmie_crays@yahoo.com Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 12 January 2016 Big meeting today more cuts are coming in the Florence 

 Name: John Sepesy E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 January 2016 trainmasters don't normally post on sites like this but it is true joe ''lazy'' Kazy is a snitch!! 

 Name: Who is Joe Kazy? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 11 January 2016 Just who is Joe Kazy? Seems like the RR's have a very over obundence of snitches and rats these days and lots of them a new hires and Reserve police officers with local police agencies. BEWARE ! Reserve cops working for the railroad smells funny ! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 January 2016 Well I can honestly say no I've never met Ms. Sanborn and honestly have no desire to meet her. Of course we will never have to worry about meeting her because she never comes out in the field. Probably smart unless she is being escorted by a security detail. She made the decision to close Erwin but didn't have enough guts to show up in Erwin to announce it. Sorry but I want someone with some guts running this place..not a backboneless coward like her. Have enough guts to look those folks in the eye and tell them you are shutting their terminal..she couldn't do it..fuck that evil bitch..she can rot..I hope sooner than later 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 January 2016 Warning to everyone in Collinwood. Joe Kazy is a snitch and a freaking liar!! This guy has been telling management everything. The guy lies about everything and doesn't have a backbone whatsoever!!! Just ask around. Everyone is starting to notice!! Maybe he's management?? 

 Name: Investigative Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 January 2016 Locomotive Cameras: The one thing that Railroad Management refuses to discuss is suicide by rails. And that's why the cameras are watching you. When operators enter the work force with personal (marital), medical and financial issues, that is a recipe for disaster. The Amtrak disaster last year was inexplicable to the public, but railroaders quietly know otherwise. The Union Pacific train wreck in Arkansas in August 2014. Researched the crew member. Legal [issues] and employer discipline awaited the crew member. The UP incident that occurred in Stillwell, OK, in July 2012, a crew member was medically disqualified as per the FRA report. The cameras can now prove otherwise when all the financial and medical options have expired for you. 

 Name: SLOCONR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 January 2016 DOUG MCENTIRE IS A RFE ASSKISSER THAT NEEDS TO TAKE HIS FAT ASS BACK TO RUNNING A ENGINE ON A TRAIN AND STOP SCREWIN WITH THE MEN IN THE TRENCHES LIKE CATMAN. COMPANY ASS KISSER!! 

 Name: RET ENG E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 09 January 2016 This is happening all over the system. Lol ... More management than employees........ What a joke............................................... SOUNDS LIKE THE US POST OFFICE... 

 Name: True statement E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 January 2016 Wonder when that they will cut management positions? Those idiots are fallen over each other. I know a terminal that only has 12 employees and a trainmaster. So, this company is paying that trainmaster around 90-100k to babysit 12 employees. Lol... This is CSX UPPER MANAGEMENT FOR YOU. This is happening all over the system. Lol ... More management than employees........ What a joke... 

 Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 January 2016 Conductor 1-10 Sorry , but welcome to the business world of csx. When they told you in training that you may be furloughed that should have sent up a red flag for you. Im guessing you aren't able to get rr unemployment because you didn't work the required time to be eligible. Its a shame the company was given grant money from the feds to hire you and play this horse and pony show. If you can get another job that starts out at the same rate of pay per hour as you were given when in training I suggest you take it. There are men with 18 years seniority getting set back from engineer to conductor spots and its only going to get worse for the conductors. When vacations start up again there still wont be enough spots to fill. The company has been deliberately violating the union agreement on the caps for vacation, personal and DV leave by reducing them because of manpower shortages THEY CREATED! Unfortunately little can be done outside of federal court because the unions do not have the right to prevent the carrier from making a profit. If not cutting jobs and people hits them in the pocket book and reduces profit and increases future risk for business they are protected. Yes, it sucks but that big business in the good ole U.S.A. If you are not working full time and are being cut back constantly you are considered part time. Talk to your local unemployment office and see what your options are. Make sure you have a copy of your employee history that states you are furloughed. Make them put it in writing in your history. You have that right. There are guidelines for all employers on what the can consider a full time employee or part time. Question you might ask your LC is why should you pay full union dues when you get called back if you are just a part time employee? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 January 2016 You can thank Cindy Sanborn for being furloughed. The bitch is working on receiving a big bonus. Fingers crossed we merge with someone soon and her ass is kicked out. Fed up with that evil bitch... 

 Name: PigHeaded Condr E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 January 2016 OUT OF SUPPLIES, Please list all the weasels and fake arse chairman so we can get to the bottom of no toilet paper and crew packs available when needed. I am a man, but,I don't need to prove that to wipe my rear after going #2. Thanks. 

 Name: EL NINA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 January 2016 EL Nino; That will be great ! I'll get to see my husband for awhile! Railroads have their's coming ! 

 Name: OSHA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 03 January 2016 Car repair First if your union rep told you they would fire you for sure if you filed an on the job injury and would not represent you, then you have the grounds to sue your union. Read your rights under the LMRDA. Get on line and read them. What your rep has told you is against the law. It has nothing to do with the railroad labor act. It is laws that are set down by the federal government. Second, what you have done is set yourself up as a whistleblower on this site. Call OSHA immediately and speak to a representative. Make an appointment with a good labor law lawyer. File charges against your union for failure to represent you to the fullest extent of your agreement. The comments made to you are grounds for a full blown lawsuit. Your union has admitted to you that they are fully aware the company will fire you for claiming an on the job injury. Time is of the most importance. GET ON IT! 

 Name: Out of Supplies E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 January 2016 Out of supplies? No Brainer! You have corrupt union officers who are indifferent to what they are required to do. Start posting their names and numbers on this site and call those Wiesels out...including the General Chairmen! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 January 2016 It will be a cold day in hell when I put paper in a printer.....can't wait to be called into work at 2 am.....and wait for a ym to come and put paper in at 6 am.....LMAO.... 

 Name: EL NINO E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 January 2016 El Nino Is Coming: No need to worry about the attendance policy come El Nino! Massive floodings will take place for over 2 months. The railroads will be at the mercy of mother nature. Sell your stock holdings as soon as possible, the railroads will suffer massive losses due to wash-outs and a lack of preparations! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 January 2016 Car Repair, 20-30: If true story then....... Yeah, of course they'll want to crap-can you if\when you claim an on-duty injury. That's their way. Reports are needed = paper trail. Need to talk to a union designated legal counsel about your particular situation (which is something you should have done long before now). Good luck. 

 Name: UP Management Is Lost E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 January 2016 UP is coming apart at the seams...! Freight revenue is down 27% from the last quarter. UP is now an official takeover target of the Canadian National. Jim Young is turning over in his freshly-dug grave! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 31 December 2015 RE; Injured Carman: Get to the nearest computer and search FELA Attorneys. And there you will get all the information you need. Prepare a statement [now] with all the chronological details including witnesses. And you can also go to the BLET.com or UTU.com sites and search for FELA Attorneys in your area. Good Luck! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 December 2015 I WORK AT CSXT AS A CARMEN IN CHICAGO OVER THE YEARS AND A OVERBEARING CONTRACT FOREMAN CONSTANTLY RUSHING .PUSHING AND RIDIQUALING ME BY GIVING ME EXTRA WORK AND RUSHING ME TO GET IT DONE SPLITTING ME UP FROM A CO WORKER AS IT IS A TWO MAN JOB AND EXPECTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF WORK I STARTED HAVING LOWER BACK PROBLEMS EARLIER THIS YEAR IN SPRING OF 2015 I SLIPPED ON A MUDDY GRATING THEY HAD ON TE WORK TRUCK THAT WAS HOMEMADE FOR A SIDE STEP TO GET OUT OF TRUCK AND FROM RECENT RAIN and potholes under standing water from ungraded gravel roads in the yard this contract formen witness this as i fell AND I ALSO TOLD HIM WHAT HAPPENED HE FAILED TO HAVE ME FILL OUT ANY TYPE OF CLOSE CALL OR INJURY REPORT AS THE DAY WENT ON MY BACK STARTED TO GET SOAR AND TIGHTEN UP BUT I SUCKED IT UP AND DID MY JOB AS THE WEEKS WENT ON MY BACK WAS REALY STIFF AND SOAR THIS SAME CONTRACT FOREMEN NOTICED THIS AND ASKED ME IF MY BACK WAS HURTING I SAID YES AND HE GOES IT DIDNT HAPPEN ON THE JOB DID IT? I TOLD HIM YES ITS BEEN HURTING EVER SINCE I SLIPPED AND THE WORK HE KEEPS RUSHINGME TO DO BY MYSELF AND THATS ALL HE SAID NO REPORT OR NOTHINGGG I FINALY WENT TO MY DOCTOR TOLD HIM WHAT HAPPENED HE OERDERED MRI AND SHOWED BULGING DISC AND DEGENERATION SENT ME TO SPECIALIST HE WANTED TO OPERATE GOT A SECOND OPINION THIS DOCTOR ALSO AGREED THAT OPERATION IS ONLY REMEDY SO HAD OPERTION BUT OVER A MOUNTH BEFORE I NOTIFIED ALL MANAGERS FOREMAN ETC THAT I WAS GOING OFF FOR OPERATION AND TOLD THEM I WAS CLAIMING OCCUPATIONAL INJURY I ASKED IF THERE IS ANYTHING I HAVE TO FILL OUT AND THEY ALL WOULDNT ANSWER MY QUESTION SO NOW I AM OFF I HAD TO HAVE MAJOR BACK SURGERY AND STARTED HAVING ISSUES WITH MY INSURANCE UNITED HEALTHCARE I ASKED LOCAL UNION REP BUT HE COULDNT HELP I CALLED GRAND LODGE UNION REP THIS JERK RIGHT AWAY TOLD ME IF I FILE OR WANT TO CLAIM ON THE JOB INJURY THE COMPANY WILL FIRE ME PERIOD AND HE AND THE UNION WILL NOT REPRESENT ME PERIOD THIS JERK IS A PAID OFF COMPANY KISS ASS NOW I HAVE A SCREWED UP BACK AND LONG RECOVERY AND OUR DO NOTHING UNION WONT EVEN HELP BUT COMPLETELY DISCOURAGED ME FROM PERSUING ANY REMEDY 

 Name: wow E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 31 December 2015 wow csx will stop at nothing. There ruthless and don't care. 

 Name: no supplies E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 December 2015 hey has any one noticed, no clerks/drivers = garbage over flowing in trash cans, no toilet paper, no soap to wash our hands, no paper towels to dry our hands, printers out of toner or low so our bulletins and release forms are faded when printed ,that's if your lucky to have paper in the printer. kinda sounds like the penn central when people had to bring supplies in from home , everything from toilet paper to light bulbs. the big difference is penn central lost a million dollars a day vs. csx crying that profits are down a bit. everything looks good on paper to cut ,but I bet you cindys and mikes bathrooms are stocked. 

 Name: REASON E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 December 2015 Other non When a topic is important or contains info that is most likely going to put a burr under the companies saddle it IS BEST to post it under every topic. The little moles that are sitting in the legal office and at home who are being paid by csx to monitor this site on a daily basis and come back with retaliating post find it a little more annoying to post their distracting crap on every forum. They have a harder time distracting everyone in every forum. Sorry if it is an issue with you but your needs are not greater than the whole! So before you bash anyone for posting in every forum, look at the content. READ IT VERY CLOSELY. Read the message. Yes there are some who do this while just venting but the majority have a message that most miss.... perhaps you missed it in the last repetitive post! We haven't heard from you in awhile NOMO! Hope you had a Merry Christmas! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ATOM SMASHER! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 24 December 2015 I have never been witness to as much B.S that is going on within this miss-managed corporation as I have the last few months before retirment. I will start with the amount of stealing occurring in the payroll, benefits and LR departments. Any one employee can look at there check stub on payday and just shake there head and try to move on. Your union sure isn't going to step up to the plate. The company goes and shuts down Erwin. I as well as other employees didn't at first accept these men with open arms and some still don't. I blamed the company for this at first. Who has stopped to do any critical thinking into the cause of the problem? Has anyone thought about the idea that there local chairman and general chairman helped ruin there lives? I heard nothing good about these folks from the Erwin men. They seemed to have a real problem with there locals over there. You have to remember if you've been on the railroad for at least 30 plus you will know the old gateway wasn't known for being a group who stuck together. The men up there have sold each other out for years. Now I cant help but to look at some of these men's faces and listen to there stories and feel nothing but sympathy. No help from unions or company. What a shame! I also know that it doesn't take a dummy to realize that trainmasters and road Forman's aren't needed on todays railroad in such large amounts. E.R.A.D tattles on the engineer so we know someone in FL knows before your manager says you stretched braked. Same for trainmasters who e-test with radar guns. E.R.A.D already told on the crew. The only real test that managers can do is banner testing and rules compliance. On the rules compliance side I saw 3-5 managers at a time handling that. Some managers set their own hours and aren't seen but maybe once week. Don't get me started on the waste of division management. But what does CSX do you ask? Simply cut clerks who transport crews safely, clean facilities from top to bottom, pickle the yard. Cut other job titles which have meaningful responsibilities. Has Mike, Fredrick, Cindy etc. cut there salaries, bonuses and stock options this year? NO they haven't and everyone already knew the answer. What is it going to take for the future of this railroad and others to say enough is enough? When will you bargain together as the hard working men and woman and tell your union and the company your fed up and walk for better treatment. Stop letting this sorry excuse for an American company run over you! Quit letting your union tell you not to because someone's getting kick backs to keep you down. 

 Name: Hillbilly Bob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 December 2015 Merry Xmas and Happy New Years to all my brothers and sistas on the CSXT. Mark off tomorrow and enjoy the holiday with the family and friends. Screw the trainmasters and RFE's. Be safe and drink smart! 

 Name: ????? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 December 2015 MERRY MEERY CHRISTMAS Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all and to those who donated to atom smasher a special thanks to you! He has had this site up and running for so many years and has allowed the csx employees a place to vent as well as discuss topics that are detrimental to their work place. Even though we have moles from the company who frequent this site to cause distractions we have managed to keep topics of importance up and running. You may NOT BELIEVE THIS but there have been several rules changed over the years after they have been posted and discussed in great length on this site. If a rule is WRONG, ILLEGAL, IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW OR JUST PLAIN OUTRIGHT STUPID the best way to change it is to bring it out to the public on this site for review. Embarrassment leads to CHANGE. CSX no longer requires the conductor to get off his train and watch another train go by on the greatlakes division. A rule topic that was posted on here in great lengths and proven to be a safety hazard has now been changed. Keep up the good work and continue to use this site to your advantage. As for the posters who are on here and stealing space with the UP railroad bashing, we believe they are once again someone from management trying to distract the csx employees from previous topics. 

 Name: V E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 December 2015 Gawd help us if the UP does buy and merge with us. They have all Mgrs that used to work and manage McDonalds. And their attendance policy sucks butts. But, that's what happens when you hire too many new hires that don't have balls anymore and let the carriers push them around. UP sucks! That's a another good potential site. 

 Name: Dave Carson E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 22 December 2015 http://www.smvrr.com/2010/100410-097.JPG This hear is a sell out rail-buff that sucked the UP a-hole until they asked him to leave and retire and go play with garden size train sets and call railroaders that are working for a living a FAG. This suck ass above was a train buff in the 60's and we on the SP knew that and hated rail buffs because they are considered sell-out and scabs. This asshole is retired and still running around with his UP Tonka toy helmet and now has his ears pierced and loves the new California Alternative life style with other train buff-queers. That's is why are unions and contracts have gotten weak. Rail buffs and formers that got to work for a Class 1 carriers are weak ass sell outs and POS. They work for the carriers for 'cheap and take it in the tail when it comes to contracts. 1 more year to go for me. Fuck the UP! 

 Name: HA What? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 19 December 2015 That's good ! You work for them and be their RR Nigga. I might be black but I ain't NO RR nigga. You can work for da UP and wear their stinking Yellow vest and UP RR caps and learn how to BLOW a MOP or MTO. I will be retired if and when they ever take over. I seriously think the BNSF might come after CSXT. Have a great Holiday season and enjoy your tyco train set. 

 Name: HA! WHAT? E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 December 2015 We dontliketheUP You got to be kidding me... the stupid green vest? You surely to god have got more to be worried about than that when it comes to your future. UP might run its management like csx does(whip and burn) but they are making money hand over fist and have no intentions of going down without a good fight. You on the other hand will be long gone and retired or fired before they go under....I would rather be paid good and wear a stupid green vest then working for the lowest paying class one railroad in the nation and wearing a yellow vest! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 December 2015 RE: Merger News... The Big Hedge Fund Players are looking at a Canadian National takeover of the Union Pacific. Bill Gates is the largest shareholder of the Canadian National. It's possible that Gates and Warren Buffett (owner of the Burlington Northern), could share another common bond of financial interest. So far, UP has a decent balance sheet in spite of recent higher cash burns. Canadian National is a lot more efficient with fewer employees per revenue generated. The combined railroads would save over $2 Billion in operating and administrative efficiencies alone.   Name: WeDon'tLikeTheUP E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 December 2015 OH NO! we don't want no stinking MOPAC/UPRR. BNSF and Warren Buffet would turn this RAILROAD around. UP has screwed UP some many mergers and companies they have bought. And those STUPID green VEST that their employees wear. HELL NO WE WON"T GO. THEY ARE ALSO VERY ANTI UNION, BIG TIME. And we already have enough problems here at CSX. Come on Warren Buffet. BUY CSXT and save us.   Name: CBrown E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 December 2015 A pat on the backs of all the Carmen in Erwin for standing up and coming together to fight back at CSX. Per their contract, all are suppose to receive pay depending on years of service even after furlough. Collectively around 8 million will be owed to these carmen employees! Keep up the fight!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 December 2015 Merger News: Ideally, Every railroader would probably prefer working with the BNSF. The BNSF is slightly ahead of the UP in revenue. The UP'S profit margins are a little higher...but the BNSF spends about$2 Billion more in capital improvements (If all capital expenditures were equal, the BNSF would earn $2 Billion more than the UP). Those improvements are chipping away at UP'S inter-modal business due to additional main line infrastructure expansions and management's operational approach to efficiently operating trains. The BNSF management will rarely stop a train and ask crews for the rule of the day...while the UP strategy is exactly the opposite. Unnecessary train delays creates a flow back effect when the lead train crew runs short of working time and the trains following suffers the same fate. UP managers tend to be promoted based on head (firings) hunting...not operational skills. Considering the amount of improvements the BNSF is making, the UP could be a takeover within 5 years if not sooner--due to continuing decline of revenue and accelerating administrative cost. The top six executives on the UP will earned over$150 million including a deceased employee (2015 prospectus). Warren Buffett, the owner of the BNSF, was asked: The UP is in your back yard, why didn't you buy it? His response was simply: The Management! 

 Name: other clerk E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 December 2015 latest story is that we will get shut down as clerks the day before Christmas Eve so we will miss all the holiday pay, and we will get our buyout in time to put it on this years tax return but too late to do any tax planning. at least we pay 2 years extra union dues as a tip to the TCU. and, ALL MEDICAL INSURANCE DIES THE DAY WE SHUT DOWN. WONDER WHY UNIONS ARE HELD IN LOW RESPECT? 

 Name: Would love a Merger E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 December 2015 I would love to have the BNSF buy and merge this CRAPHOLE of a railroad and pay all of out claims and give us all $100.000 and I would put in for my retirement and say....ADIOS. It would be better than having the UP buy and merge with us. They screwed UP the SP and the CNW when they bought and merged them and too many MULES from the MoPac are still around. BNSF and Chico all the way!! PS. Fire and get rid of WARD and Sanborn. They suck!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 December 2015 Boy, the last post is a good one. Always get true facts. What is often heard and/or thought will not cut it. There are rules governing employee behavior. No one could be stupid enough to post the type of info asked for on a site like this. CSX does "take care" of their own (so-called officers).   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 December 2015 I just served 18 months for an altercation with another employee,btw not a physical a verbal one. I just found out a trainmaster in Greenwood told a conductor he would whoop his a$$and only got 5 days suspension. Does anyone know who this trainmaster or employee is my lawyer wants to speak with him.   Name: Hedge Funder E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 December 2015 BNSF takeover of the NSC: This deal possibly would in effect expose the CSX to the UP. Although both companies have sub-par management. A head hunting expedition would take place to find a suitable experience railroader for the combined companies. CSX is an absolute buy at its current price with an additional upside potential of 30%.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 10 December 2015 There's a lot of brain-washed ball-rubbing suck-asses who got their positions because of Ms. Sanborn & still have to rely upon her.   Name: HelloImMichaelWard E-mail: Mward@cex.com Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 December 2015 I really wish Cindy would hurry up and go make the announcement that we are dissolving the Huntington Division   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 December 2015 The TCU Division of IAM Machinists have announced a deal w/CSX that clerks wishing to work in the material department no longer have to pass typing, oracle, and special medical tests.Supposedly this was due to fighting by TCU Division of IAM. It actually brings it into compliance with long standing Federal EEOC, ADA, etc. regulations.The buy out for clerks is still in effect, including paying 2 years dues after resignation as a "tip". AND, medical coverage still ends the DAY your resignation takes effect.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 December 2015 NOT TOMMY CSX SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY AS POSTED ON ALL TRAINING PODS: NOTHING IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES OR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY IS INTENDED TO INTERFERE WITH YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE RAILWAY LABOR ACT OR THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT INCLUDING CRITICISM OF CSX'S LABOR POLICIES, TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES AND TERMS OF CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT. IF SOMEONE IS OUT OF SERVICE FOR POSTING THEIR PERSONAL OPINIONS ON FACEBOOK THEN THEY MUST HAVE CROSSED A SERIOUS LINE IN REGARDS TO COMPANY INSIDER INFO OR LEAKED SOMETHING THAT MAY HAVE BE CONSIDERED A SERIOUS ETHICS VIOLATION TO THE COMPANY. CONDUCT IN THE OPERATING RULES COVERS THIS ISSUE. IF WHAT THE EMPLOYEE POSTED IS IN FACT 100% TRUE AND CAN BE PROVEN WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THEN A GOOD LAWYER SHOULD BE CONSULTED. IT IS NOT A WISE IDEA TO USE FACEBOOK TO VENT ABOUT YOUR FRUSTRATIONS WITH THE COMPANY. WE CAN TELL YOU WITHOUT ANY HESITATION THAT THE ONE THING CSX WILL NOT TOLERATE AND IS SCARED TO DEATH OF DEALING WITH IS.....BAD PUBLICITY!   Name: not tommy E-mail: tryardy@gmail.com Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 December 2015 social media policy.. got a guy at barr yard OOS for something he posted on Facebook, there's a team watching all your posts.. so keep them entertained..   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 December 2015 Loco-Eng. for 10-20 years. Have you ever thought about going back to school and getting your GED?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 December 2015 Loco. Engr., CSXT has gambled a lot of dough on intermodal business. The Ol' king coal merry old sole money making business is not there. Should you choose to leave: - would have to learn new territories, unfamiliar contractual agreements; less vacation & PLD entitlement, - what assignments could you work, etc., etc. DO NOT go on what you hear and/or think. Get true facts. Yeah, no doubt about it - csx sucks. It's been said & posted numerous times that management changes need to be made.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 December 2015 Very unprofessional, dishonest company. The only thing going for them is their numbers, and the number of dumbasses who believe their products are being shipped on time. First, I have many times operated on the CSX UPS trains. These are intermodal trains that contain UPS trailers, which are the highest priority of train, as we need to get these trains to the east coast and back to Chicago without wasting a minute. With this comes compromises in safety. Some of us are required to push the train to 65mph instead of the track speed of 60mph out here in OH/PA/NY because these trains are called the "Getcha Fired" trains. You better hope their isn't any speed restrictions or train-hitting-car or derailment incident. The officials don't give a shit about you, you will be scolded upon. I was threatened of my job placement by bringing the Q010 train 42 minutes late. Well, you can't haul freight over 850 miles the same exact time, every time. Also, their pay is shit compared to NS and BNSF. I'm seriously thinking of joining NS, all my rail buddies who came to CSX from NS regret their move, and NS cares about their workers, and has a much more safe, relaxed, and friendly environment. And oh yeah, I can make over 9,500 more a year! Same position. :)   Name: getting sick E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 November 2015 AVON CREWS!!!!!!! THOSE OF YOU WHO TOOK THE FACE TO FACE CLASS AND DIDNT GET PAID FOR THE SECOND DAY OF THE COURSE AND HAD TO GO THROUGH SEVERAL MONTHS OF BULLSHIT TO GET IT PAID MAY STILL BE GETTING SCREWED IN THE DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR TRAINING. GO TO YOUR TRAINING TRAX PAGE ON THE GATEWAY AND DOUBLE CHECK THE STATUS FOR THE TWO COURSES. THERE ARE SEVERAL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE STILL SHOWING THE COURSES AS "NOT STARTED"! THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND IS INACCURATE RECORD KEEPING BY THE TRAINING DEPARTMENT. THIS COULD END UP CAUSING YOU TO RECEIVE A LETTER IN THE MAIL WARNING YOU ABOUT NOT TAKING THE COURSE. IF YOU DONT PUT YOUR PAY IN EXACTLY LIKE IT IS EXPECTED THEN YOU DONT GET PAID. IF YOU MISS ONE LITTLE ARTICLE NUMBER IN A CLAIM LABOR RELATIONS DENIES IT BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE INFO PROVIDED. WE ARE EXPECTED TO DO EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK BUT YET THE COMPANY HAS NO PROBLEM PUBLISHING INACCURATE INFO IN THEIR RECORDS IN REGARDS TO YOUR MANDATORY REQUIRED TRAINING. DONT LET THIS GO. CALL THE TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND DEMAND THAT THEY ADEQUATLEY REPORT YOUR FINISHED REQUIRED TRAINING. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS INEPT LINE OF REPORTING. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! HAPPY FRICKIN CSX DOESNT GIVE A CRAP ABOUT OUR RECORDS OR THE HOLIDAYS!   Name: Former LC & LR E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 24 November 2015 APE, No one but an inexperienced fool will really believe or trust that csx will truly & honesty honor anything with anyone, ie: agreements, contracts, promises, etc. [Although big-shots seem to well taken care of.] Csx has very little, if any, honor, integrity, pride. Changes, and a lot of 'em, need to be made.   Name: VLC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 November 2015 WAKE UP PEOPLE The start up date for the new Idpapp policy is closing in. You all better be calling your Lc's and finding out what the hell is going to happen with any previous discipline that someone already has on their records. How about the 180 forgiveness right that was agreed upon with the unions. You have no opportunity to work any minors off your record. You had the opportunity to work 3 minors off your record in a three year period and with this new agreement you wont be able to. Get ready for the head hunting. If they want someone gone now they have to write them up 5 times to move them to the next level. That means more stalking of a single employee. Maybe that will create a pattern and that employee could file harassment and discrimination against the stalking supervisors. We all know how this works. How about stacking. Previous agreements stated that a supervisor could not slam you with multiple failures resulting in an employee getting more than one INCIDENT failure for the observation test. Is this still going to be the rule. Will they be allowed to do like a cop does and trump up 5 charges against an employee at one time????? Better start asking questions!   Name: Former LC & LR E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 22 November 2015 The very best substantiation is documentation. Submit, turn in: penalty claims and unsafe condition reports.   Name: Crazy company E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 November 2015 This company has finally done something right. Rumor has it that Shelby Trainmaster Dave Benson is going to be forced back to his tools. Is this true? If so,It's about time. He destroyed that terminal. Watch morale boost now.   Name: Not fooled E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 November 2015 10-20 Welcome back mole. Been a few weeks. Getting cold under your rock. Guessing the post on crews working in the engine houses doing THEIR work rubbed somebody wrong! Go tell your master to stuff it. Just wait till someone gets hurt while working in the engine house shop area doing their jobs. Bet there will be some changes then! YOU THINK! Put in those claims avon and barr yard crews!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 November 2015 You heard of abby beazley? I'm sure most of the guys who have worked for and with her have. Sleeps her way to the top just to get a raise. Thanks for the lay abby   Name: loco E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 November 2015 LOCO Sounds like your working the twin sister yard to avon. Constantly doing the same thing inside the engine houses and out. There are claim tickets for performing service on engines inside their work area. Submit them. If they give you any shit then submit claims for working co-mingled service. Its T&E service co mingled with mechanical engine service kraft. Ask them what they get paid for a basic day and request a days pay at their rate.   Name: BEEN THERE!!!! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 20 November 2015 Not Stupid Im guessing that TM your talking about at avon is none other than Brian Edwards. Reject form Chicago division right?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 November 2015 To the Friend or family of employee , less than 1 year: All too often inexperienced employees claim & are awarded payments that they are not actually entitled to. Also, the co. can\may have the legal right to recover if paid. Most likely you wouldn't have a leg to stand on if you could file suit. The last post had some good advice -- talk to a rep. who knows stuff & provide more info.   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 19 November 2015 More info needed & it should not be posted/provided here on this site. Doubtful if it's actual discrimination. Csx payroll recovers "overpayments" all the time. It happens. It usually depends on the particular contractual agreement as to how long they have to recover these 'so-called' overpayments, how much at one time can be taken back & the reason(s) why. Get in touch with a\the proper union representative.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 November 2015 My husband is being discriminated against at CSX. What CSX doesn't know is that he's married to a PRAYING WIFE. So I'm PRAYING for him and for the MANAGERS or OVERSEERS that are coming against him. I'm praying that God doesn't handle them the way that they are treating my husband, and not just him but our family cause when he married me, we became 1. so I'm taking it PERSONALLY when my husband is discriminated against because of his complexion and accent. But I'm thankful that we serve a GOOD GOD who LOVES JUSTICE. And HE will dole out to each their portion. He fights for us, we are just being still and allowing Him to do just that. Standing on God's word - "Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. - Romans 12:19. AMEN. Amen. Amen.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 November 2015 My husband is a Conductor.And he's been experiencing discrimination. We are considering a law suit. And I'm sad that this company that looked so good in the beginning is not. He kept having problems that they would accidentally "overpay" him and then they kept making deductions from his check. CSX is very unethical.   Name: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 18 November 2015 Something that is often forgotten: If you are eligible & get dismissed, furloughed, suspended,... the bastards HAVE to provide at least four months of Employee and Dependents Health Care Benefits -- until the end of the 4th month following the month in which you last had compensated service. On their dime. Check\review your H&W Plan Booklets for more or any updated info.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 November 2015 Jeez....... Some type of outfit \ culture. Hire you to fire you. What would they do if they actually had perfect employee attendance and 100% total rules compliance?   Name: Not stupid E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 November 2015 All t&e Better look real close a the wording in the new idpapp. It has more loop holes than a knitted sweater. It also doesn't address the 180 day forgiveness policy that was agreed upon in the engineers SSA! Again the breakdown of catagories of violation levels is again too damn vague. The company needs to come up with a more detailed list for each offense level. There are too many supervisors who interpret the charged action as serious or major. Avon has a tm that tells every employee he encounters that he can charge them with a major violation on the most stupid petty crap he can find. He uses it as an intimidation tactic and then acts like he is doing you a great favor by promissing he will let you off with a minor. This couldn't happen if sandborn would publish a more extensive list of what was considered minor, serious or major. If this new policy sticks everyone is screwed with no way to work minor charges off during the three year period. Watch out Avon crews. Your about to get screwed real bad. Your going to be the new target for that so badly needed turn over rate. The seats in the school are getting ice cold! The tm's from hell will still keep coming there as well.   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 November 2015 Loco Engineer 20-30 What a dumb fuck you are. You come on here and say the UTU sold out the clerks. You don't even know which union the clerks belong to. Go back to school and get your GED and voice a educated opinion.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 16 November 2015 Clerks are members of the TCU - not the UTU.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 November 2015 You can thank the UTU "Useless Transportations Union" for selling out the 200 clerk/ driver positions around the system. This was negotiated on a national level. If a driver accepts the buyout that is offered, that person has to pay the UTU 2 years of union dues! THE UTU CONTINUES TO SELLOUT THE MEMBERSHIP YEAR AFTER YEAR!!! Whatever happened to protecting and preserving jobs within the union? You can bet the UTU got paid off well with this one. First remote control, then our insurance, now its jobs. DO YOU PAY DUES TO THE UTU?   Name: Lc E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 November 2015 Avon engineers If you are called to work dog catcher service you are working short turn around service. You are not working as a road switcher. Labor relations reps are denying all second tickets when traveling over 35 miles stating the reason as you were called in as a road switcher. Get these claims turned in. When cmc calls you make sure you get them to tell you that you are working one or more on short turn around service. Second. Check your pay tickets close. If they are not attaching a dead head to it they will lie about the destination of the train. Ex: If you take a train as far as Terre haute make sure the ticket has a destination in terrehaute. DO NOT let them put Avon to avon. This is false reporting and make sure they attach a deadhead so you have proof of the miles you traveled. If cmc refused to put the truthful destination point of the train on your ticket you need to file ethic charges aginst them for putting falsified information on your pay ticket. Combining deadhead and train miles has nothing to do with truthful reporting of a trains destination. You should never have a ticket when getting a through freight train that originated outside terminal limits that says QS9 to QS9. It's time for everyone to make sure that the info on your pay tickets reflect the truth abut the movement of your train. We need all the proof we can get on paper in order to file claims in court and with the USDOT.   Name: Retired Loco Eng. E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 09 November 2015 Maybe CSX should bring in BDO to clean up their mess.   Name: David culver E-mail: davidculver0516@gmail Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 November 2015 I wouldn't work for these over paid children if I had to. It is one big pack of winers and trouble makers. They don't like ya there, they just lie on ya, and push you out. Very coward to say the least. YES... they DO descriminate!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 November 2015 THIS JUST IN FROM THE DESK OF CINDY SANDBORN " OVER 200 CSX CLERICAL/DRIVER POSITIONS SYSTEM WIDE WILL LOSE THERE JOBS" CINDY SAYS"DUE TO COAL DOWN TURNS AND A SOFT ECONOMY WE FEEL WE MUST CUT THESES POSITIONS SO STOCK HOLDER CAN GET LARGER 4TH QUARTER DIVIDENS. ALSO UPPER MANAGEMENT WILL GET LARGER BONUSES SO WE CAN ALL ENJOY OUR CHRISTMAS WITH MORE PRESENTS FOR OUR FAMILIES."" WE VALUE OUR EMPLOYEES AND WE HOPE THE BEST FOR THE DISPLACED CLERKS" AND ALWAYS HAVE A VERY MERRY CSX CHIRISTMAS   Name: Ret. Corp. Office E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 November 2015 Is csx really that dysfunctional? Bankers, investors, etc. want to know. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just look at all the other railroads. Yes, they CSX actually is. And they “cook the books” so to speak, to look better. Don’t fix the track, just put out slow orders, etc.   Name: Retired now, thank Christ E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 November 2015 Bitch, complain, piss & moan, etc., etc. All of ya, everyone, ready to quit? Just walk away? Quit/resign en masse. No one, the co., the unions, the feds could do anything except freak out (but so would dependents). So that'll never happen & most everyone knows that. Too many dumbasses \ educated idiots, ie: supposed railroaders working for the co., drawing paychecks who think they're....... ah, never mind. Hopeless. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Is csx really that dysfunctional? Bankers, investors, etc. want to know.   Name: Oyeah E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 November 2015 Brakeman you're exactly correct Csx hasn't lost money they just made less.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 06 November 2015 Anger & animosity in the workplace IS; long story short, a safety concern / worry. Read\review the Operating Rule(s) regarding employee behavior. Companies making changes & downsizing for whatever reason(s) is nothing new. Nor is - workers being displaced from their normal jobs and/or locations anything uncommon or unusual. Ol' King Coal is not the merry old soul \ profitable money maker it used to be for the RRs anymore. Could be that they operated certain areas longer than they should have. Corporate greed is nothing new either. Sure, the big shots do pretty well & that is a huge sore spot & grossly unfair but not near enough voters ever seemed to worry about a lot of things until it affected them directly. Things change. Good luck to all those who must deal with the changes.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 November 2015 Everyone watch your backs..Guys are showing up in various terminals, exercising their seniority and rights to keep their families together. Some are trying to keep eating, qualifying on their own time and securing lodging at different locations--many far from home---on their own dime. They are trying to keep a job before they lose everything they have worked for, long before the company terminates them at 1 year furloughed. Younger railroaders, many who don't know how good they have had things at less coal dependant, higher speed terminals are running their mouths as they begin to share some of the sting of what is going on. Railroaders attitudes suck because the company doesn't have or value humanity? Animosity in a divided and conquered workplace? That must be new. We'll just have to wait until as many conductors as possible are happy, smiling electronics in a workplace cut to the barebones. That would solve at least half the problem.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 04 November 2015 Everyone watch your backs..Erwin guys are showing up in various terminals and most have a chip on their shoulder and feel like they are better than everyone else. Some are trying to pick fights with other especially those with lesser seniority. Good job CSX and Brian Barr..showing these guys special considerations and their attitude has created much animosity in the workplace..our subdivision is going to He'll now..fuck CSX and Erwin   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 November 2015 ha ha ha, mr corporate manager. all the railroads are hurting? really? what this is ,corporate greed! i get the quarterly letter and see profits in the millions for each quarter. for example:the problem is if we don't break the previous years same quarter they cry wolf!!! oh we only made 410 million compared to the previous years third quarter of 460 million! we lost 50 million dollar!!!!!! no fuck nuts you didn't lose 50 million ,you just made less!! you still made 410 million dollars. look up the penn central ,they lost money. until csx show quarterly losses you haven't lost any money. you cant expect to keep breaking quarterly profits records every quarter. do you know who this hurts ? t&e employees..... shitty broken down locomotives , slow orders, job and terminal cuts and for what to make up for the 50 million dollar loss??? fucking corporate greed will be the down fall of this company and the country. remember fuck nuts, you greedy fuckers keep taking our jobs and lowering our wages and nobody will be able to buy your shitty products or services, because no one will be able to afford them!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 02 November 2015 I understand how a business runs and agree in part to what you said. However what I don't agree with is the fact that Ward and Sanborn are going to be paid big bonuses and other incentives I'm sure. This is why craft employees have so much resentment against the company. To us we suffer and have to worry about job security but these individuals do not. These individuals are responsible for the success and failures of the company..however with that said they seem to be doing just fine in this hard time..instead it's everyone else that pays for their bad decisions. Irresponsible management and board of directors   Name: knuckle E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 November 2015 Eng. Retired Company didn't spend squat to put them through the school. The government paid all of it for them with grants. It's not until they put them in the field that it cost them anything. The training pay is so low it doesn't really hurt their pockets. What everyone has to worry about now is the headhunting that's going to get out of control. There is no justification for the company to hire anymore conductors. They put tons on the street furloughed and with the shut down of the yards there are too many who need placement. The government shouldn't be giving them one dime to train new hires. With that said, they now have a school sitting with cold seats and overhead cost for the school stacking up. Im sure the bonuses and raises will be buried to use the money for operating cost. The next step is to start downsizing the work force. If you dont remember it was right after the company had to stop charging new hires tuition for their school that the head hunting in the fields got out of control. First it started with the insane performance evaluation testing. Petitions were filed and the unions actually stepped in a did something about it. It was also when the powers to be in Jacksonville started coming down on management for not getting enough failures on the employees. They can deny it all they want but several managers came out and admitted their jobs were threatened if they didn't get it done. Everyone is guessing this was the time the company starting requesting help from the government with training cost. The only recourse now is to start weeding out those who are left working so they can bring the furloughed employees back. Downsize enough, crunch enough numbers and estimate how many wont come back and they are on their way to filling the seats with new government paid employees. That being said everyone is a target and better WATCH THEIR BACKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 November 2015 Why was this site started and by who?Was the person fired by csx or what?   Name: Eng. Retired E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 01 November 2015 Posted by LC "It's sad we have to work in an industry that promotes such unprofessional behavior but we do.”.......................................... What other industry spends thousands of dollars and hours training their people? Then, after they’re out doing the job, spends every waking hour trying to fire them? That’s the CSX, and others I’m sure, in a nut shell.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 November 2015 ALL CREWS IT'S ABOUT TIME they put something in writing in regards to the procedures a manager has to follow when field testing. If you have not read the csx system notice on supervisors field testing then do so! Make a copy. It is very clearly stated that an officer MUST have a briefing with the crew they observe and discuss what they were tested on. It also states that if they did not observe post activities preformed they are NOT TO ENTER ANY INFO on what they find. EXAMPLE: An engineer sets his brakes on his engines and leaves. After the crew is gone a supervisor shows up and boards the engines to check everything he did. If he finds a hand brake not applied he is not allowed to enter his findings in the observation testing. There has been and will always be that one crew member that someone wants to mess with. Unfortunately we also have those in the public who like to tamper with the equipment. Taking off handbrakes, bleeding cars off, pulling cut levers are just a few things that they tamper with. A supervisor must observe the employee preforming the task and must have a briefing with the employee. NO MORE it's my word against yours. Im the supervisor and what I say over rides anything you say. It's sad we have to work in an industry that promotes such unprofessional behavior but we do.   Name: horn blower E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 November 2015 I work for john deere right now.We get weekly bonuses and two big bonuses one around july and another at Christmas.We have great benefits and we get a lot of holidays.We also have great benefits.I have always thought that I wanted to work for the railroad in some way whether it be on the train or something to do with the track.After reading all the comments on this site I am rethinking all of this.Now I don't know what to do.Thanks for all the opinions from real railroad workers.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 31 October 2015 Horn blower; my 2 cents: If you earn 700.+ per week & have real good benefits - you ought to stay there. To start with, RR pay & benefits are considered good by some but they aren't actually -- considering all that you have to go through & the hrs.\days required to earn those & what$$ you have to contribute for union dues, health ins., etc., etc. Trainman\Engineer: After all the classroom BS, you'd have to work at a trainee rate for a while & after that work for a reduced rate for 3-4 yrs., 'till you are at 100%, IF you don't get furloughed (laid off). Working over the road jobs is all too often extremely stressful & many regular yard assignments aren't much better. Engineering or Signal Department employment may be a much better choice should that opportunity arise -- see all the trains you'd ever want to see, no T&E BS & could also be a decent RR career. Seniority Areas\Districts were expanded yrs. ago. It's possible to be displaced out of a job by someone with more seniority from many miles away who's lost their regular job. RR Retirement can be sweet IF of age & have at least 360 months of RR service. However, the taxes are high while actively working & the sickness & unemployment insurance sucks. Lots of things to think about. Do as you wish.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 31 October 2015 If you to work for a railroad better hire on with someone else rather than the Cockeysville Sucker Express..these idiots are running it into the ground..go work for a real railroad instead of working for these circus clowns   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 October 2015 Looks like to me instead of laying off t&e employees management needs to be downsized as well.....a crew was banner tested 2 times in the matter of 35 min and 8 miles....theses idiots must have nothing else to do ....so they gotta justify their meaningless existence of a job....stepping all over themselves to harass any crew they can with their dumbass banner test....what a joke.....   Name: horn blower E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 October 2015 Thanks for all the advice guys and keep it coming.   Name: Retired UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 October 2015 Horn Blower... If you are dead set on going to work for a railroad, forget the CSX. They’re not run by railroad people, their board and high up management are bean counters, MBA’s, and lawyers. I say, stay where you are, but if you are dead set on leaving your present job, move west and hire out with the BNSF or UPRR. I can’t speak for NS nowadays, but back in the 80’s and 90’s they were hell to work for. You will have no home life, live by a telephone, and your all around general health and life style will really suffer. Most of your work will be at night. Most rails are divorced.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 October 2015 horn blower, stay away and keep your current job. working here is like a 30 plus year jail sentence. sure its good pay and a nice retirement. this job will put you in a early grave. consistent harassment from incompetent managers who worry more about protecting there bonuses then moving trains. forget about being a new hire nothing but extraboards for you. no weekends off, work through holidays, phone ringing at 145 in the morning for 345 ,working out in shitty weather and I can go on and on. also not to mention you never know about jobs being cut or even terminals closing!!! ask Erwin or corbin employees how that feels 2 months before Christmas. the list of negative things go on and on. I been here to long to walk away or I would.   Name: horn blower E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 27 October 2015 I would like some honest advice from someone that works with the railroad.I currently have a job where I work from 6am until 2 or 230 in the afternoon.I make between 700 to 1000 a week depending on the bonus and I have real good benefits.I have always wanted to work for the railroad because of the great pay and benefits and railroad retirement.I also like the idea of riding on the trains and maybe becoming an engineer or working on the track.Should I pursue a career with the railroad or stay where I'm at?Any advice from the railroaders out there would be greatly appreciated.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 26 October 2015 I know a person that works for CSX railroad, her name is Laura Touchstone, and when I read her Twitter page I had to laugh she claim she is a Christian woman. Ha!Ha!Ha!..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 October 2015 'train dreamer': That post must be, about has to be, one for the douche bag from a co. mole / troll. 1. Why do you want to work for a railroad? 2. You can expect very many things lots of non RR workers do not understand - and those things can differ from craft to craft. 3. As a new conductor your schedule would be awful. Read a few pages of this website. Jesus..............   Name: train dreamer E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 October 2015 I want to work for the railroad.What can I expect?What kind of schedule will I have as a conductor?   Name: railroader E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 25 October 2015 I hate this damn company I just got hired on and I had a trip planned to twin peaks with my friends when I got the call that I had to get on the train.This is a rough life   Name: RETIRED SP CONDUCTOR E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 October 2015 Yeah! Tell retired UP dude! That poster was probably a full blown sell out train foamer. UP on the West Coast hubs sure hired a lot of them, along with my Co workers kids and they sucked! Back to my retirement rule Ging!! Screw the carriers!!   Name: Retired UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 24 October 2015 Name: ride them rails E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 October 2015 Yall bunch of damn crybabies if you don't want the job then quit and go find something else to do or shut your mouth and do the job you wanted and signed up for............................................................................................ ********************************************* Your ignorance of the railroad industry, not just CSX, is plainly evident by your callous post. I would suggent you return to your HO Trains and Foamer Friends and not wast our time with your diatribe. As Sir Conan Dolye once wrote; "Mediocrity know nothing higher than itself."   Name: ride them rails E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 October 2015 Yall bunch of damn crybabies if you don't want the job then quit and go find something else to do or shut your mouth and do the job you wanted and signed up for.If anybody from corporate is reading this I would be honored to work for csx I will work with the track or ride on the trains please let me know how I can get in touch with someone.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 24 October 2015 Why so much complaining about working for csx and the railroad?Is it really that bad of a job or is todays generations a bunch of wussies? ______________________________________....____________________________________________ The railroad industry has always been very strict, going WAY back. Even more so than the military, as I have been told by servicemen who have retired and come to work for the railroads. But in the past, say 15 to 20 years ago, if you did your job, weren’t a “dynamiter,” and didn’t abuse the layoff rules, the railroad officials pretty much left you along. I think nowadays, we have a different mind-set of management coming out of the business colleges. Remember, in the past , most officials worked their way up and through the ranks. That’s not the case anymore. Just look at where the last CSX VP of Operations came from, and went. Also, the railroad law department writes most of the operating rules or for sure, over sees and puts their stamp of approval on every move magagement makes. This comes right down to Political Correctness, what you can say at work and to some degree, what you can wear, nothing offencive,etc. Basically, It’s a new breed of management in the railroad industry, that seems to have no use or respect for any craft or union employees. They, management, take the attitude that, the men are out there to screw them and the company. Naturally, that will have an effect on budgets and any bonus the managers might have coming. AND, to make things wose, at least IMO, the unions have, for the most part, sold the membership down the drain....period.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 24 October 2015 You'll easily know the answer(s) should you hire on and work in the RR industry for a while.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 October 2015 Why so much complaining about working for csx and the railroad?Is it really that bad of a job or is todays generations a bunch of wussies?   Name: train line ups E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 October 2015 that's been like that since I worked the road back in 2001. train line ups and times are always wrong. phantom trains showing up has always happen ,at least up here on the ex conrail lines. yes they also show trains that are a few weeks old. try working the road for 6 for 8 and not 10 for 12 for your rest. problem is no one goes in and deletes them. if you take the trains line ups a 100%correct you are going to go insane. going to take a pictures? lol whos going to care about them ? the press? really? my suggestion is take the call as it comes or your gona give your self a heart attack. like I always tell people this company dosnt give a fuck about you and your feelings . don't like it quit. im sure theres a lot of people from Erwin that would take your job.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 21 October 2015 Mr. dicked again: Although it is true that job\train lineups are way off base as far as times, etc., all of the time(s) are inaccurate & is actually unsafe..... agree 100%. Been that way a while - STOs, DTOs, Chief Dispatchers, local managers, etc., get their noses into things a lot too. Stay with the calling in thing - can/may keep a person from being charged with a 'miss-call'. Unless you are working a scheduled assignment of some type, that's part of it all --- (you should've been around when you felt lucky to get a one hour notice for work). Yeah it really sucks. However, people that have worked in the divisions\regions dependent upon coal business have more worries.   Name: dicked again E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 21 October 2015 JACKSONVILLE You SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK AND REALLY SUCK at watching what is going on in the trenches of your managemt. I (WE) are getting so stinking sick of the train line ups and scheduled trains and vacancies being WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG! I swear to god if I look on the crew screen one more time and see a JACK JOB (J-job)still on the lineup that's 2 weeks old and get called for an xp job that NEVER EVER EVER was on the lineup Im going to take snapshots of this crap and give it to the press. Your blue collar employees are nothing but little bitches to you! Pulling trains out of your arsess from no where???? You know this shit is out there. Put in on the damn crew screen line up so we have half a chance to schedule something in our lives with our families. Our union agreement says you WILL PROVIDE ACCURATE INFO TO US otherwise you call us for something 10 minutes after we check and nothing was scheduled for the next 4 hours we can fight and WIN THAT MISCALL. As long as we checked! Its about time people started checking this crap and not answering the damn phone. When someone finally gets to lay down and take what they think is a 4 hour nap after the kids and wife have them busy all day after rolling in at 5 am the last thing they need is a call 10 minutes later for BULLSHIT! It's a SAFETY ISSUE. What happened to your so called "SAFETY IS A WAY OF LIFE"! LOOK AT THE XP CREW SCREEN AT INDY! Come on! I challenge you to do the right thing. Look at the total bogus crap listed all the time. OH, if you didn't know, your IVR is a stinking joke too. Cant get half the info off of it. Especially XP crap. CALL IT! XP BOARD CODE IS 3117. NO INFO for scheduled vacancies or positions planned. GOD PEOPLE! Instead of spending the stockholders money on worthless team excursion trips GET A FRICKIN HARVARD GRAD TO HELP YOU!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 October 2015 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 October 2015 furloughed.................. Why are people in the CSX System furloughed when there are pools making way over the allowed mileage? From what I’ve been told, the union has tried to add turns and the company will not allow it. Anyone know about this issue?-- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The Union screwed every one with the Guaranteed Day that every one wanted. Make the co pay us for being on call. Well ya got it. The RR Unions have been so dumb for 40 years. It started with the Fireman and$1,50 to the Engineer if he would run without a fireman. The Fireman made $19.00 per day. Engineers (former Fireman), would dodge a job to get one with no Fireman.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 19 October 2015 Quote: "Ol' King Coal isn't the merry old sole\money maker it used to be..." Sad, but true. Things change.   Name: Kerry E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 October 2015 The Chicken Shit Xpress.   Name: Retired UP Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 October 2015 Name: Kyle from Roseville, CA Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 year Posted: 17 October 2015 UP is another incompetent Railroad...................................................................... NOTHING...Anywhere near as bad as the CSX...trust me.   Name: Kyle from Roseville E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 October 2015 UP is another incompetent Railroad.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 October 2015 CSX is a shit railroad ran by incompetent people. Proof is in the management, and in the way that they don't know how to move freight. CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 15 October 2015 Cindy says it was a hard decision to shut down Erwin terminal..she might have thought about it for a couple of minutes..then the rest of her time was spent figuring out what she was going to buy after receiving her big bonus..she probably got some advice from Mike Ward..wake up you pathetic shareholders..these clowns are running CSX into the ground..grow a pair and stand up to these greedy bastards. It's funny that CSX always cuts from the bottom of the chain and never the top. If these people stay in power CSX is in real trouble..bring back common sense leadership not greedy people like Ward and Sanborn..they will burn   Name: ERWIN TERMINAL CLOSING E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 October 2015 THIS JUST IN.....the all mighty C.O.O. cindy sandborn has announced via the csx gateway that Erwin Tennessee terminal will have REDUCED OPERATIONS (AKA closing). all switching, locomotive service center, project shop and car shop .most trains will shift to other routes and local customers will still get service. . 300 PEOPLE WILL BE OUT OF A JOB UNLESS YOU TAKE YOUR SENORITY ELSE WHERE.PEOPLE WILL GET 60 DAYS OF PAY AND BENFITS. according to cindy " this hard decision was made after other options were carefully considered" what that really means " fucking close Erwin , its costing us money," by the way cindy says " HAPPY HOLIDAYS FORM CSX"   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 October 2015 Conductor 20-30 yrs. In case you haven't figured it out. Its not about the employees, CSX doesn't care about people, they only care about CSX, big profits, and big bonus checks, its called corporate greed. If they could run this place with nothing or nobody, they would! They save money when they furlough people. Don't tell me after all these years, you really think these people running the show have a heart? This economy is not good no matter what the media puts out. if you've noticed, CSX has been doubling up there trains with some totaling over 200 cars at a time. As of lately, many of those trains have also shrunk! The freight isn't there, coal has been dead, crude oil has slowed. and automobiles are hit and miss. Get used to people being furloughed, its going to be a long winter.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 October 2015 furloughed.................. Why are people in the CSX System furloughed when there are pools making way over the allowed mileage? From what I’ve been told, the union has tried to add turns and the company will not allow it. Anyone know about this issue?   Name: Loco man E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 October 2015 Listen up you "Pines "lovers. We are tired of hearing about this guy. Your company is falling apart in front of your eyes and you are worried about this guy Pines. Joke is on you, because you, Me, and Pines will be on the unemployment line soon if things doesn't change fast. Then you and this Pines feller will have plenty of time to fight with each other. Focus on what's important.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 October 2015 I have a feeling something is going to happen here real soon. This company and it piss poor management is a real mess. The incompetence is out in the open, everyone can see it, even a new man walking through the door. Very sad.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 October 2015 Reality, True: even the best managers are all too often talked to & treated like they are/were dirt. This co. has lost some good ones because of that -- some could & did, go to better jobs. Sad. The stockholders ought to take a harder stance & vote to clean house, starting at the top. They need to fix things.....ASAP.   Name: reality E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 October 2015 Engine repair What you are saying is 100% true. But what you do not take into account is this is big business. They only care about the bottom line and LIABILITY. Would it not make better sense to have a failure on every single employee? Would that not make a better case in court for the company if an employee can be shown to be an unsafe worker when they are injured and are standing in court in front of a judge? Injuries hurt the hell out of their ability to receive accreditation. It's all about public image and backers. You along with every employee who writes or speaks negatively about their jobs are just considered disgruntled and whiners. Facts not fiction. Why do you think your unions don't do a thing until something happens that hits the media. The company gets with them to smooth over the problem with "happy" money or scratches someone's back. If your union can score a big publicity hit they will jump like stink on shitz. We(anonymous group) had the opportunity to sit in on a multiple way conference call with a group of supervisors. The leading "chair" was an upper management person from Jacksonville. We were floored on the way the supervisors where belittled and talked down to. They were treated like ignorant and uneducated idiots. One was even threatened if his so called "business" sense didn't improve. There was absolutely nothing encouraging or positive about the entire experience. So it goes to show that it isn't just the blue collar workers who are treated like trash. We could all publish a list of names of supervisors who left a particular district that came forward to the employees and revealed the direct orders that were given to them to get out in the fields and get more failures or start looking for another craft to work in. These were supervisors with a conscious. No, you wont see that list. Some are still employed and due to their honesty they have our respect I'm sure the lawyers and public media directors for csx will have a fit after reading this one but its best that you and all other employees know that its just not the field workers in any craft that is singled out. All levels of management are treated the same.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 October 2015 Ol' King Coal isn't the merry old soul / money maker it used to be for the RRs that hauled it. Things do change. The big shots have gambled a lot on intermodal\container traffic. What'll happen to that with the widening of the Panama Canal? We'll see. Stay tuned.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 September 2015 I heard that 5 terminals will be shutting down on the Huntington Division. I've heard Erwin is already shut down so 4 left to go. I find it amusing that CSX is shutting down terminals but yet Ward and the upper tier management will still be receiving their big bonuses. No wonder CSX is in such bad shape. Ward continues to run us in the ground and shareholders just let him run the show..obviously we don't have the brightest shareholders or board of directors. Well way to go Ward..let's see what else you can destroy in the upcoming year   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 September 2015 The attendance policy we all deal with is a form of harassment. Csx management, from the corporate level to the lower levels are all sweating bullets because the stock price has cratered and continues to go lower and they have lost business either on merit or trying to manipulate the numbers. They can only beef their numbers up by cutting labors benefits, labors jobs or any other labor related perk, as in days off, obvious claim denial, and having their lawyers totally shred our agreements and contracts to turn any language in them into their favor. They cannot honorably go out and increase business to raise their numbers because they have used high oil prices to rob customers at gun point with surcharges to pad their own pockets thru unreal bonuses, stock options, and any other numerous forms of greed. All the time acting as if they are saints in the communities of their company reach, lying on the company gateway about their core values, cheating and stealing and lying to customers, employees, and suppliers about any and everything imaginable to increase the bottom line. I have worked and watched this for the last 10 years increase everyday. The first 5 years I worked here this company had a little honor to it, but since has went downhill,the last ten accelerating at break-neck speed. All of this for the almighty dollar. It is great to make money but to sell your soul to the devil lands you in hell. To cheat and steal from the very people who make you rich is an act that will eventually set you up for failure. To be so arrogant to think that you can get away with it when your in the national business limelight is on the edge of insanity. That is why the cash cow coal is gone, and oil prices have fallen, and have you noticed there are two to three times the trucks on the highways as there were 5 years ago. Soon the hedge funds, mutual funds and pension funds will sell out of CSX, and the heads will role in j-ville. The board of directors who mismanage their fiduciary duties will also pay by losing their seats on the board when their partner in crime, the CEO goes down. CSX is losing business fast, and they have no one to blame but theirselves. Company performance is also going down no matter what they say with their "drive to 65" saying. I've seen the drive leave my co workers, they dont work with the zest and zeal they used to, even the newbies they wilt and quit literally before their first years up. The morale of the company worker is like a drunk with a gun to his head. Local management does the same as j-ville though, they lie and cheat to fake the numbers to big brother and big brother is too blind to see through it or just doesn't want to see it, as long as everything adds up to a better number. Eventually "the drive to 65 will get revealed for what it truely is a BIG fat lie, just look at the stock price which is a leading indicator of future economies, it has dropped 10 dollars a share and they produced the lowest operating ratio ever on their drive to 65. This will be the ultimate reveal, a 65 operating ratio and a 52 week low or worse in the stock price. Now that tells me you are who we thought you were, LIARS CHEATS and THIEVES.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 September 2015 Railroad and Union Corruption: There is an unimaginable amount of [Claims] bribes paid through out the ranks to union officers in order to control cost and support profits! The corrupt union officers are the only ones getting their claims paid! All it takes is one guilt riddled union officer to confess and the House of Cards will take a dive like Volkswagen! Volkswagen ripped-off several million customers while the railroads ripped-off thousands of its employees!   Name: CBrown E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 29 September 2015 When is Corbin closing? What location is next?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 September 2015 Pretty much the same in ALL locations\terminals. No problem with safety committee persons & extra curricular activities as long as they do their shift & 'safety' bs is handled. CSX doesn't schedule safety functions, meetings on weekends (do they?). Problem is with safety team members flipping burgers, doing clean sweeps, any job that actually ought to be performed by another craft and/or contracted out & being able to mark off to do that while the average Joe can't get off without a hassle. Off "UBU" on weekends? More understandable. Members have issues & problems 24/7/365 & are not at all afraid of calling a local rep. anytime. And if a union rep. is working a slop freight unassigned pool & has to be in place \ available 1st thing Mon. morning, he\she may very well have to mark off Friday. Walk a few car-lengths in a part-time local union officer's boots.   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 September 2015 In our terminal the safety committee or the " SAFETY GUYS ". give the safety a bad name. They lay off safety, but attend ball games, family functions, Without it going against CSX attendance policy.. I know two guys that lay off at least 4-7 times a month for SAFETY OR Union Business... Same guys every month... They come to work talking about going to ball games and other activities while on safety or UB...... The trainmasters know what they do but nothing is done... These programs would be good but some people ruin it.... We call them sucks ...... Also the guys that lay off on the weekends for safety or UB still get they're perfect attendance stock for being available... The company needs to make huge adjustments..... !!!!!!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 26 September 2015 Why do you railroad guys complain so much about your jobs?Hell all yall do is ride on the rails and blow the whistle and get a big check.Yall sighned up for it yall went to the hiring session they told yall what the deal was before you got the job and you wanted it any way.You bunch of panisies.I wish I had the job all you do is ride on a train and blow the whistle and make a good check.You guys are a joke.Give me a railroad job I will show you how to appreciate something.You bunch of wussies.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 September 2015 All RR employees (including full time union reps.) who sit at a desk in environmentally controlled offices looking at charts, graphs, contracts, etc., and dream up crap should have to spend time out in the field annually and experience things firsthand.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 25 September 2015 Swell. Like T&E employees need even more PITA things to do. Fiasco? Absolutely. Too many educated idiots & not near enough real railroaders running this outfit.   Name: joke E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 September 2015 What the F There was a notice that came out on this very change in reporting your qualifications. Like most people I'm sure you did not read the notice. Seems to be one of the biggest mistakes made by employees. You will notice there are instructions stating that you are to take a list of the areas that are incorrect to your TM, manager or Superintendent so they can notify cmc of the corrections that need to be made. THERE IS NO DEDLINE DATE IN THIS NOTICE AS TO WHEN YOU ARE TO HAVE THIS DONE! Now knowing csx as we all do, this will be one big fiasco. There will be hundreds of employees with incorrect information and there is no way the TM'S, managers or any superintendent will take the time to correct every single employee's record. This will be a major joke for months to come. Take a copy of the notice along with a copy of your qualifications listed in the system. Highlight all errors. Make another copy for your union representation and note on it the date and time you gave the information to management. When you are called by CMC for a job that you are not qualified for but it is noted that you are you can tell them when and who you forwarded the correct information to.   Name: what the f.... E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 September 2015 hey avon people anyone else take a look at this new employee qualification board that is showing up on the crew screen.. From what I can tell it is supposed to list the jobs you are able to cover with qualifying expiration dates. There is a bunch of jobs listed on mine that expire in the future and I have never worked them a day since I was hired. How in the hell can they say my qualifications expire in 2018 and I never worked them one day. Something is going on here. Im hearing the union is buckling under and is close to agreeing we become one big extra board. Heard they already did this in Danville. What the hell will seniority be if you are on one big extra board. Something is going on. Heard anything from your LC'S   Name: Ret. SP/UP Eng E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 September 2015 Posted by Brakeman hopefully everybody realizes every railroad is probably like csx . ------------------------------------------------------------------------- NO! Every railroad is NOT like CSX. Yes, they’re all strict, but nothing like what you see by the CSX. BLE and UTU Western lines seem to have much better union reps. I worked over 30 years for SP then UP. UP was/is bad, but nothing like this outfit. I have several friends who are engineers for BNSF. They all fell CSX goes way over board. I can’t speak for NS or KCS. So, don’t think for one minute it’s all the same, railroad to railtoad. It’s not.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 September 2015 everybody use to think conrail was bad but this place sucks. hopefully everybody realizes every railroad is probably like csx . also I would brace your self , if cp rail take over this joint it will get worse. hunter Harrison of cp rail will be worse then ward and sandborn. remember this place will never change AND I MEAN NEVER! the unions have no power to do anything. you have two choices, either you put up with it or you can find employment else where. that is a cold hard fact. every body here is replaceable. like I said no one is holding you hostage. if good paying jobs were easy to find I be gone by now but have to much time in to quit to throw away a pension   Name: in the know E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 September 2015 APE Fed up did not post anything that was not true. Yes the job sucks. WHY?????? Because what is expected of an employee is much more than any normal 9-5 job and the environment is pure bullshit. Now, as for his comment on pay, he couldn't be more right. I cant count how many times I have had to resubmit a 100% legitimate claim because some inept moron in payroll did not read the details of the claim completely and just wrote if off and posted a reply that had absolutely NOTHING WHAT SO EVER to do with the original claim. Our unions threw us under the bus the day they signed an agreement with the company stating all they had to do was quote on our earning statement that a claim was denied because it was unfounded. If you don't remember when that happened then you haven't been around long enough or you just don't pay attention to what our unions are doing to us. As for the attendance policy, it is in review with state and federal medical boards along with other groups. If a person is legitimately sick but not sick enough to go to the hospital or emergency room then they should not be punished with points after they submit a valid doctors slip. Now, my doctor has told me if anyone in csx refuses to accept his paperwork and even hints that he wrote a slip that wasn't valid or didn't warrant my excuse from work he would sue their pants off. Accusing a doctor or writing bogus medical excuses is illegal, unethical and as he said...slanderous. My doctor wont take those kind of accusations lightly. I suggest everyone speak to their personal physicians and get their take on how they intend to handle it. My physician also stated if it was after hours to go to the emergency room. You have every right to. If enough people start making the insurance companies dish out thousands to cover emergency visits then maybe the company might start taking a closer look at their idiotic decision when the insurance company comes after them. Yes, the job sucks. Our union agreement is raped every day. Our pay is screwed with constantly. We work all hours of the day, all days of the week and give up a lot of family time. Yes we get good pay for it when we get what is due us, but we deserve it. Very few professions give up their quality of life as we do. Now for a pet peeve.......... Ive been with this company over 20 years. When I was a cub I had no problem with my pay. When csx took over it went to hell. I watched all the new hires come in and get screwed over on their training pay constantly. I have seen some get tickets locked out and backed up and go without any pay for a month. It is September 2015 AND ITS STILL HAPPENING! How many damn years will it take csx to figure out how to set up a program that doesn't screw the hell out of the new guy! OH YEAH! Almost forgot. CSX has managed to screw up our ability to go in and print our employee history in multiple pages. You now have to go back and start all over again at the beginning after you print a single page. This is a pain in the arss and is time consuming. Go figure,,, the company making it harder to copy our history. Makes you wonder if they did on purpose knowing some people wont take the time to do it. Has anyone figured out a shortcut to this problem. If so I along with a dozen other people would like to know! We use our history for legal as well as tax purposes.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 19 September 2015 Have to go along with the previous post. FNGs & their BS are probably the #1 reason why things are they way are today. It's always a real treat when someone with 30-40 yrs. experience overhears some new(er) employee spouting off about how things are & how they should be. I, for one, just shake my head & ignore those type(s) of people as much as possible.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 19 September 2015 APE.... Wow....fed-up really??? ............................................... I don't feel the grievances CSX operating employees have is with the wages and benefits. It is with the working conditions, attendance policies and especially the excessive discipline handed out by labor relation or whom ever. I mean, just look at other railroads, compared to the CSX. On the Chessie System, one gets the death penalty for “J-Walking.”   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 September 2015 wow ,fed up really ???? working here is like slavery.... really??? I didn't know slaves made a pretty good wage and health insurance and a decent retirement at the end ??lets go on a wildcat strike????? not how it works. go ahead and get some of your co workers to go on strike with you and they fire you all and union wouldn't do nothing about it cause you just cant walk out and strike.no one here is holding you hostage pointing a gun at you keeping you here. we all know this place sucks so if you don't like it just quit!!!I notice a lot of new hires just whine and cry like hungry newborns that want a bottle!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 September 2015 sounds like one of the " give me, I don't want to work for it generation" person whining. you don't like it quit. this place has sucked for a long time. welcome to the club!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 September 2015 Scott Walker is a piece of human waste. Somebody needs to put that piece of White Trash out of his misery, and fast.   Name: Gomer E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 September 2015 That there, sounds like a UP motto after that there SP/UP merger. Shucks!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 13 September 2015 CSX Corporate Motto: Employee Need, Pay No Heed. Uphill Slow, Downhill Fast. Tonnage First, Safety Last.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 09 September 2015 I wonder how Harris is doing with one of his best trainmaster gone. No more saving his ass, I guess that is why Harris has his ass handed to him by Conner. What goes around comes around.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 September 2015 No! Munoz quit. Rearranging the wheels.   Name: Oldhead E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 September 2015 Just getting word right now that Ward is quitting and Munoz is stepping in....ohhh crap!   Name: Take One E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 August 2015 Maybe Gordon can get lessons from (TakeaLeak) Aleek in smoking weed and doing other dope? He'll probably mellow out and stop being such a dick. "out"   Name: Retired now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 August 2015 Seems like many managers have emotional problems, and act antisocial, etc. Likewise, lots of rank & file employees don't conduct themselves any better. People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.   Name: Spongebob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 August 2015 Warning, I don't know who this Gordon person is, But, I would'nt give them a second shot at anything. Would he cut a conductor/engineer a break if he cought them violating a serious/major rule? Absolutely not, this isn't kindergarten, he know the rules just like the rest of us and he should pay the consequences for his actions. Don't forget, it's us vs. them.   Name: warning E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 August 2015 GORDON(ROSELAKE YARD) Good morning Mr. Gordon. Everyone knows you read this website. So I am taking this opportunity to give you some good advice. If you want to keep your job I suggest you review your supervisors policy guide and brush up on your skills with communication. It is not acceptable nor will it ever be acceptable for any manager/supervisor to chastise, belittle or degrade any employee over the radio or in front of any other employee working for CSX. You can not and will not be allowed to continue this kind of behavior. If you can not find your training manuals then you need to sit down with your supervisor (Mr. Aleek) and have him explain to you the consequences of violating an employees right to private counseling and the ethics charges you could and most likely will incur if you continue to go down this path. Put yourself in the employees shoes. Would you not be upset if you were fronted out on a radio or in front of fellow employees? Would you not feel ill will toward a supervisor who has embarrassed and belittled you in front of others? I would seriously think twice before I went down this path again. Use you head. You still have time to correct your actions. Use any spare time you have to brush up on your supervisory and communication skills.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 August 2015 Screwed, Have those with less seniority - not furloughed yet - completed their training? If not, they really don't have all rights yet (can't make seniority moves, etc.) If & when they complete training you'll probably be saying adios to them too.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 27 August 2015 Unfortunately you had better get use to being furloughed. I think that this is a very unethical practice by the company. As you are finding out CSX cares nothing for its employees. The only thing CSX cares about is their big bonuses for Ward, Munoz,and Sanborn..well and a few others. Now the one thing this company hates is bad publicity. With all eyes turning to a presidential election in the next year try reaching out to some local politicians and news media and let them do some research on government spending.Then be available to tell your story along with others in your position.   Name: screwed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 27 August 2015 NO WORK PEOPLE AVON YARD JUST FURLOUGHED A BUNCH OF US. THEY ALSO HAVE GUYS FULOUGHED WITH MORE SENIORITY THAN OTHERS THEY DIDNT FURLOUGH. WHATS UP WITH THAT. HOW CAN THEY FURLOUGH ME AND LEAVE A GUY WITH LESS SENIORITY ON THE ROSTER. I THINK WE SHOULD GET SOME OF THE GRANT MONEY THEY GOT FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO HIRE AND TRAIN US IN THAT SCHOOL. WHY SHOULD THEY GET MONEY TO HELP THEM THEN PUT US ON THE STREET. SOMEONE KNOW IF THAT IS EVEN LEGAL FOR THEM TO DO?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 30+ years Posted: 25 August 2015 CSX sucks..just heard today we are losing another customer. Good job Ward and Oscar are doing. If Oscar gets Ward'job we will be fucked even more   Name: Big Wig E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 25 August 2015 Thank you folks for making the attendance policy work. Together we can make a big difference. This is how tomorrow moves. Love you guys. Corporate   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 August 2015 What's scary about a merger with UP? I'm sure they can run a railroad better than CSX. CSX could be a great railroad if the board of directors would show the Ward the door..Ward and his bunch has cost us vusiness. Sure things are slow in a lot of markets however I've seen some business leave CSX and go with other railroads or other modes of transportation on the Huntington Division because CSX would rather have people furloughed instead of working and therefore not able to meet customer demands. Can't blame the customer. Does UPS or JB Hunt turn customers away because they don't have the manpower? I doubt it   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 August 2015 IR Don't scare us with that thought of CSX & UP mergering. STB wouldn't allow UP to ever procreate ever again! Their testicles have been removed.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 17 August 2015 Oh now, hundreds is a lot. What's the plan? Each & every situation, terminal, etc., to be handled by FNGs with no RR experience or just ignored & overlooked as much as possible?   Name: IR E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 August 2015 RE;  Dated June 12, 2015: The UP announced a lay-off of hundreds of management employees in the coming months in order to improve the bottom as they said. Many believes that the Hedge Fund managers are hovering and--an announcement of more lay-offs is imminent. UP & CSX merger coming soon!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 13 August 2015 From a die-hard democratic anti-company union man: Anymore, this website sucks as bad as csx, if not worse.   Name: UPS E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 13 August 2015 Rumor around the corporate office is that UPS will not be renewing our contract with CSX next holiday season.   Name: Raptor E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 13 August 2015 Its a good thing Michael Ward never visits past the regional building or i would have no way to make my truck payment. I think craft employees are right there are too many chiefs and not enough indians.But fuck safety....safety is a way of loosing out on my bonus....id like to rip a pin off this car and shove it sideways up your ass! Oh harassment policy...suck my over grown harry nut sack   Name: Selkirk E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 13 August 2015 Hump,hump,hump, we are tramsportaion we dont give a fuck about your safety! Im hungry for my bonus. So what i have little man syndrome you cant touch me or you will get fired! Now get back to work you little pee ons. Its a good thing michael ward never comes in the yard or i would be fucked...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 August 2015 The reason for the low morale of employees is all on CSX. When employees are worried about having a job week to week because this sorry outfit is all on CSX and Ward. Of course Ward doesn't have to worry about this because he has millions of dollars. He's a sorry CEO and a son of a bitch. With that said how does this bunch expect employees to feel..seriously I'm to come to work with a positive attitude knowing the only reason I'm working this week is because other people are on vacation..get real..fuck you Ward   Name: Retired now E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 August 2015 Railroading can be\is a hard life. Working the road, especially "call lists" unassigned freight and/or bridge\track gangs, heck, any "extra list" etc., is much harder still. For the amount of time spent at work, or subject to work, the pay is not that great. Many things are better now days: the equipment & rolling stock, the lodging, operational changes..... Normal for RRers to bitch & complain. Did notice over the years that there is a less of that from employees that worked regular jobs with regular hours. CSX has alienated too many customers & employees. Railroading is not for everybody. An employee, no matter the craft, should be treated with dignity & respect. Not made to feel that they should be butt-kissing humbly grateful to just have a job. There is way too much aggravation & stress & tension. In the operating rule book for the trans. dept. there are rules regarding being civil, courteous, & not be quarrelsome. EVERYONE should adhere to those & be held accountable if they don't. Things need to change. Maybe there ought to be a total housecleaning starting at the top management on down. Employee morale, stock worth, on & on, should be better. Maybe the big shots have ideas - they plan for things looking at years ahead. Unions always have to play catch-up.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 August 2015 I have seen a lot of young folks that wanted a railroad (transportation) career. It was (IS) really hard to get on the payroll with any railroad, some spent years trying to just get on anywhere. It is the same today, they pay well and the reason for that is it is a life style. It would be easier to join the Hell's Angels and be a prospect in a motorcycle gang for 30 years than to work for the RR. The nights run in to days, the months run into years, and the holidays never matter the trains just keep on calling, and running, with you or without you. If you decide you have had enough of making money, and a lot of it, just refuse a call. See ya later bye.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 11 August 2015 As a customer I don't put any blame on the train crew. Instead I place the blame on the local management and top executives. CSX has the attitude toward it's customers is it's our way or no way. As if they are the only cost effective service out there. Well that mentality does not work for me and my company and that's why NS is picking up our contract in September and we are purchasing trucks to haul goods within a 500 mile radius of our distribution center. Maybe we will consider CSX after Ward is out of there along with his puppets.   Name: LV E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 August 2015 There is going to be hell to pay, when Management starts fucking with your days off!! CSX DOES SUCK!   Name: VLC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 August 2015 NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THAT BEGINNING NEXT WEEK THE CARRIER WILL START ENFORCING PARTS OF THE BLET SYSTEM AGREEMENT THAT WAS RATIFIED IN JANUARY. THE FIRST SET WILL BEGING WITH LONG POOLS BEING SET UP AS 6-2 WITH REST DAYS HAVING TO BE OBSERVED UNLESS YOU ARE FORCED ONTO REST FOR FRA START RULES. THE POOLS WILL BE SELF SUBSTAINING AND NO SPOT WILL BE FILLED WITH AN EXTRA BOARD ENGINEER UNLESS ALL TURNS ARE EXHAUSTED OR VACANT DUE TO SCHEDULED MARK OFF...ETC.. THE AGREEMENT IS VERY CLEAR THAT POOL CREWS ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR EXTRA WORK OFF OF THEIR POOLS UNLESS BOARDS ARE COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED. POOL CREWS NEED TO FILE CLAIMS IMMEDIATELY WHEN BEING USED AS J JOBS AND OTHER DOG CATCHING JOBS WHEN THERE ARE ANY EXTRA BOARD ENGINEERS AVAILABLE. IF MADE TO DO SO YOU MUST FILE CLAIMS TO BE MADE WHOLE. NO MORE COMBINED SHORT TRIPS AND TIME CONSUMED. IF YOU HAVENT READ THE PROPOSAL YOU BETTER GET ONE AND GET ON IT! THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS OF OUR WORK RULES THAT ARE CHANGING AND SOME ARE GOING TO BE A MESS WHEN THEY ARE IMPLEMENTED. THE WORST OF ALL WILL BE THE PROCEDURE FOR TAKING EARLY MARK OFF. THE WAY IT IS WORDED WILL PRETTY MUCH PUT YOU AT THE MERCY OF THE SUPERVISORS AND MAKE IT HARD AS HELL TO BE OFF EARLY ENOUGHT TO CATCH PLANE FLIGHTS AND OTHER SERIOUS SCHEDULES THAT YOU HAVE MADE BEFORE YOUR VACATIONS TIME. THE CLAUSE WHERE THEY CAN WORK YOU ON A JOB THAT KEEPS YOU AT YOUR HOME TERMINAL WILL BE THE BIGGEST THORN. IF THE CARRIER FEELS THERE IS ENOUGH MANPOWER TO ALLOW YOU TO MARK OFF EARLY THEN YOU WILL BE GRANTED THE EARLY LAY OFF. IF THEY FEEL THERE IS A SHORTAGE YOU WILL STAY MARKED UP AND AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO SUMMONS YOU IN FOR A LOCAL JOB OR JOB THAT KEEPS YOU AT HOME. YOU CAN NOT, AND LET ME REPEAT THIS, CAN NOT BE CALLED AFTER 2000 WHEN GOING INTO A SCHEDULED DAY OFF. HOWEVER, NOTHING STOPS THEM FROM CALLING YOU AT 1759 AND FORCING YOU ONTO A JOB THAT MAY INTERFERE WITH YOU PLANS THE MORNING OF YOUR OFF DAY. READ THIS AGREEMENT UNTIL YOU GET IT MEMORIZED. BE PREPARED TO HAVE YOUR PLANS TOTALLY SCREWED UP WHEN THE DECISIONS IS LEFT IN THE HANDS OF MANAGMENT TO DECIDE IF YOUR REASON FOR EARLY MARK OFF IS GOOD ENOUGH. FAVORITES ARE PLAYED AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PLAYED. GET READY FOR THE HORSE AND PONY SHOW TO START.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 09 August 2015 FRA Ret: I take it you worked for FRA. What state? I worked in Ohio. Retired now, employed as conductor, for 30+ years: Some FRA employees were definitely in the pockets of railroad management. But I was not. I took an oath to enforce the laws, rules and regulations of FRA and never forgot it. And outbound trains being delayed because of the defects I found never bothered me in the least. At one time, we had FRA regional administrators that would back us, but that ended. When the CSX Toledo Terminal superintendent started harassing and stalking me, I had to call the local police to get him off my back. The people I worked for at FRA would do nothing. That's why I retired. And they didn't even fill my job. So Ohio went from four inspectors to three. And now I understand there will only be two after another MP&R inspector retired.   Name: Retired now E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 August 2015 Hell, to me\us, it always seemed like the FRA was way, way more company friendly than worker friendly. Safety: honestly & truthfully: same ol' rhetoric, same ol' double standard BS. The more things change - the more they stay the same.   Name: FRA Ret E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 August 2015 In my opinion, all of that safety equipment and harassment does not make CSX any safer, it just makes them look safer............................ .............................................................................................................................................. Preception is reality. So, in a way, you’re correct.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 08 August 2015 FRA Ret: Are you also retired from FRA? In my opinion, all of that safety equipment and harassment does not make CSX any safer, it just makes them look safer. And FRA licks it up like a cat licking cream.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 07 August 2015 As a CSX customer all I can say is bring back Southern..my company will not renew with CSX..local management lies to us about the reasons for delays in receiving my products. Southern is not the fastest either however they were normally 4-6 hours later than scheduled or expected..CSX is at least 12 hours or in some cases a day later. CSX convinced us that their services were more costly than Southern but they were a premium service...well we are going back to Southern..at least I know my product will at least show up that day   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 August 2015 Ward is a horrible CEO..combine that with a horrible board of directors and what does equal..disaster..Ward should go ahead and go before he does any further damage. I love how boards are being cut to a minimum and customers are not being serviced at a consistent level..actually they are consistent..it's called slow if your lucky to get serviced at all...How tomorrow moves..slowly   Name: Virlon E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 August 2015 CSX IS ALMOST GETTING LIKE MISSOURI PACIFIC. "I WASN'T ALWAYS STuPid"   Name: Kyle E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 August 2015 I want to wear Csx helmet when I am working the ground or sitting in the cab. I love trains and the CSX.   Name: FRA Ret E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 August 2015 It really all comes down to lawsuits. The Railroads in general don’ t want accidents and personal injuries. That’s money out of thir pockets. We now have safety glasses, ear plugs, bright colored vests, cameras in the cab, etc. My guess is, hard hats will be next. That’s what “ALL” the harassment is about....follow the money. CSX just goes way overboard, and that actually cost them more money in the long run with low productivity. How many Laborboard cases do they lose, 90%? I’ve read somewhere CSX has more pending than the other big three combined. That should tell them something.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 August 2015 Ditto for me. I hated CSX and its managers. When I retired three years ago, it seemed far worse than NS ever was.   Name: FRA Retired E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 August 2015 I'm seeing die hard railroaders that took pride in their work and do their best to get trains from one end of the road to the other now dogging trains and don't care if they turn a wheel or not.......... ................................................................................................................................. “DOGING” trains? I think what you mean is, giving CSX what they “say” they expect, 100% rules compliance. That’s not doging.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 August 2015 I've been with CSX for nearly 10 years now and the morale is the lowest I've ever seen. I'm seeing die hard railroaders that took pride in their work and do their best to get trains from one end of the road to the other now dogging trains and don't care if they turn a wheel or not. And truthfully I'm there with them. My goal is to dog ever possible train I can. CSX doesn't care if the freight gets moved so why should I care..fuck these bastards..fuck you Ward   Name: ALeak Young E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 August 2015 Some of you Employees make us Supervisor's do drugs!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 05 August 2015 True. Sad, but true. CSX employee morale is as low as whale dung on the bottom of an ocean.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 August 2015 The sad thing is so many employees want to do a good job and are willing to help increase the financial performance, and yet consistently get hostile acts from CSX, who seem to think cracking down is the way to go. It is, if you want to fail.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 August 2015 Could post volumes. The type of advice & history/info from just the last 40+ years that many ought to know & understand if they now do not & it could\should\would be helpful. Trouble is: the company may read it also, so....not here.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 August 2015 Illegal trophy big game hunters are pretty low on the bar too....gotta do something to make up for their small penis.....reminds me of a banner test as well.....LOOKY WHAT I GOT !!!.....   Name: well.??? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 August 2015 Other 1-10 Ok. You want us to bite. Quit your bull shitting and spill what u know so we can move on to more important stuff like GETTING OUR BUTTS SCREWED BY MANAGEMENT. Your distraction won't work long anyway. Everyone is sick of the bullshit!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 August 2015 Not Biting. Pedofiles are the lowest of all lows, sure am glad I don't have three in my immediate family.   Name: Not biting E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 August 2015 Cond. 1-10 Go away mole......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 August 2015 Pedophiles are the sickest and lowest of all lows.   Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 August 2015 OTHER/NON What I meant to say was company mole! So which post is making csx uncomfortable??? You only come out from under your rock when they are squirming in their seat... No body cares about the old lbt crap anymore. You got to come up with some better bait than that. Really? OH...for those of you that thought you were going to get a break from the tag team on the monon and Crawfordsville jobs, sorry but no go. They were broke up but TM Hershiser was knocked out of his move with Kosner and forced to stay at avon yard. So they will both be floating around the area. No relief for the hard working man. WATCH YOUR BACKS.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 July 2015 Haven't heard much on LBT lately. I have read some of her postings and she states she is a christen, good for her I hope she states the truth.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 31 July 2015 Railroad Retirement: While actively working the retirement taxes paid by RR employees & RR employers are expensive. RR Retire. sickness & unemployment benefits suck. Retirement annuities (pension benefits) are sweet though.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 July 2015 Mine is 2,300 a month and better than ssa. Gotta love the RRB.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 29 July 2015 Mine is 2,500.00 a month. Took a cut at 62 with 28 yrs. of service...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 July 2015 If I were a CSX customer I would be jumping ship if I could. Right now the boards are cut to a bare minimum and trains are being delayed or in some cases annulled. Customers are being told we have no engines for your train when at times that is the case. But the truth is there's no men on the board..and this is the case most times..right now it's pick and choose which customer is more important. I think it's funny that we are a transportation company and CSX has the mentality of we don't care if we move the trains or not. CSX is a total joke..what does it matter if you have engines and no men to put on them? CSX cares nothing for their customers or their employees..If you are on the Huntington Division hell it takes damn near 10 years of service or mote just to hold a job..we just business away here   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 28 July 2015 Maybe someone like RR Jim will be honest and post his RRR money. It is not really a secret, but just might enlighten a few. I will post mine and it is$1800.00 per month and my wife is $900.00 that is$2700.00. that is a far cry from $6,000.00. The often missed asset is the Defined Benefit retirement plan. If you leave the RR industry, be very careful, look for the plans and be selective. it is a win / loose situation. OK you are up Jim.   Name: Mr.Ward,CEO CSXt E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 July 2015 Aww! Thanks Pete Kerlin for being such a great csx Employee! Railroader of the month of July.   Name: no more dues E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 July 2015 UTU/BLE WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AND WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU. HAVE YOU TOTALLY JUST LOST YOUR MINDS OR HAS YOUR FAT PADDED POCKET THAT ARE LINED WITH OUR HARD EARNED MONEY JUST TURNED YOU INTO A BUNCH OF CARRIER SUCK UP LEACHES. HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO LET CSX RAPE THE HELL OUT OF OUR AGREEMENTS. ROAD CREWS FORCED TO WORK 10-15 MILES OUT OF THEIR ADVERTISED LIMITS AND TOLD THEY DONT GET A TICKET OR A DIME EXTRA. INSIDE THEIR SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS. HOW LONG BEFORE THEY EXTEND THEIR LIMITS ANOTHER 20 MILES AND START MAKING US WORK BOTH DIRECTIONS ON LINE OF ROAD. ITS ALREADY STARTING AND YOUR JUST SITING ON YOUR ARSSES AND LETTING IT HAPPEN. HOW ABOUT TURNING CREWS WHEN THEY GET TO THE AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL AND NOT PAYING THEM A DIME FOR THE TRIP BACK. WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH THAT CRAP. WE ARE ON THE CLOCK ARENT WE. WE ARENT IN OUR OWN VEHICLES ARE WE. WE ARENT ON OUR OWN PRIVATE TIME. WHAT THE HELL MAKES THEM THINK WE SHOULDNT BE PAID TO SIT FOR 3-4 HOURS IN A WAGON FOR THE COMPANY AND NOT BE COMPENSATED FOR OUR TRIP AND TIME. THRU ROAD FREIGHT CREWS ARE BEING FORCED TO STOP IN LINE OF ROAD AND SWITCH OUT THEIR TRAINS TO REBLOCK THEM BECAUSE THE TMS FIND OUT THE TRAIN WASNT BUILT TO THEIR LIKING OUT OF THE OTHER TERMINAL. AVON HAS A HUMP. WHAT THE HELL IS A HUMP FOR. SORTING CARS! THRU ROAD FREIGHT CREWS SPEND 25 FRICKIN HOURS IN A HOTEL AND GET SCREWED ON THE WAY HOME BECAUSE THE TM WANTS THE TRAINS BLOCKED TO BREAK UP WHEN THEY GET IN THE RECEVING YARD. FLAT SWITCHING AND BLOCKING YOUR TRAINS IN LINE OF ROAD IS A BUNCH OF SHIT. POOR PLANNING ON THE TERMINALS PART DOESNT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY ON OURS. USE YOUR DAMN HUMP. THATS WHAT ITS FOR. USE YOUR YARD CREWS. THATS WHAT THEY ARE FOR. UTU/BLE.... YOU WONT BE LINING YOUR POCKETS WHEN WE SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE STOP PAYING THEM. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN SEVERAL HUNDRED MEMBERS TELL YOU TO STICK IT. MAKE THEM REACH IN THEIR POCKETS AND GET THE YARD SWITCHERS BACK. TOSS THOSE GREEN BOXES AND GET SOME REAL CREWS WORKING THE YARDS. GET THE ROUST ABOUT CREWS BACK. WORKING ROAD CREWS 12 DAMN HOURS EVERY TRIP IS BECOMING THE NORM WITH THE EXTRA SWITCHING WORK BEING FORCED ON THEM. PAY THE CREWS FOR THEIR TIME IN THE WAGONS. BEEN A LONG TIME COMING UTU/BLE. BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE THE MEMBERS RALLIED. DONT THINK IT CANT HAPPEN AGAIN?   Name: Aleak Young E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 July 2015 I need better dope!   Name: loosing pools E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 July 2015 first off im not a csx suckhole I think 99% of managers are idiots.some people here thinks im bitching, but im not, I really don't care about the pools. see I have my 11 personal days , my daily vacations days and I also mark off sick when the days I want and are taken. see I put my time in here to have these days to use to mark off. what do people expect? this is the railroad ,people knew what they were singing up for. a new hire thinks I don't want to work weekends, i don't want to work nights and I want to mark off when I want, as many times I want. where dose it ends? csx needs to move trains that's what we get paid to do , not " well I had 2 good trips I can mark off fmla for 3 days." and this happens every week probably every where. all I can say is i can see csx side of this. when a hot stack train is sitting on the main for hours on a Saturday afternoon during the summer cause they don't have a crew for hours. I be pissed too. the pools moving dosnt affect me at all so I don't really care. you know who should care, are the new hires who are going to get furlough cause of a few bad apples.   Name: Aleak Young E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 July 2015 Does anyone here know where I can get some good crack?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 July 2015 Roselake, Aleak Young = Racial discrimination, incompetence, and employees not wanting to work for young and him being on drugs   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 19 July 2015 "losing road pool" and your post: Nothing further from the truth regarding swap of pools, while there are those who perhaps abuse FMLA, the balance of those who have FMLA have been forced into using it BECAUSE of the Carriers attendance policies (plural because they change week to week flavor of the day). Even those within the Carrier have suggested to those who run afoul of the policies that they get FMLA for legitimate reasons. There is culpability on both sides. I'll also say that there is issues with FMLA at EVERY terminal not just one terminal. Been that way before FMLA, it'll be that way until the end of the railroad or other workplace no matter what location you're in. As to the pools, again it's the flavor of the day. Been told "double ended pools are a thing of the past" by Carrier officials and "this will make it easier to regulate" (read eliminate DH) which is a fallacy because when you have so many entities that can call trains and none are accountable, you get what you get. So your post is way of base as to the moves boiling down to "certain individuals" , and as the old saying goes: "if you haven't heard a good rumour by 10am start one" but at least start one that has a shred of truth to it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 July 2015 Who is that prick TM trying to stalk employees posting here?   Name: alert!!!! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 July 2015 Alert to all If you work at Avon be careful who you talk to about posting on this site. A particular train master who's name has been used on here very frequently was heard telling others that he was given a list of names of people who have made post about him. The guy who is sucking up to the train master claims he knows who is using each cover name on their post. Not sure how he would know but there is a major snitch at Avon yard. If anyone can figure out who he is let everyone know and post his name for others. There is no doubt this train master will stalk and set up anyone who's name was on the list. What a piece of crap! Have to be a real low life to run to a tm and rat on fellow workers! Watch your backs!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 16 July 2015 Trump for president.........Wow !!!!!!!!!!!   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 14 July 2015 The co. abolishing jobs, pools, for whatever reason(s), is nothing new. 40 yrs. of dealing with that type of crap: co-worker vs. co-worker, employee vs. employer, terminal vs. terminal, division vs. division......CSX does Suck. Hell, the truth is, railroading sucks. Glad (& thankful - to be outta there)   Name: loosing road pools E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 July 2015 buffalo lost both of there short pools ,west and east pool in 11 days. rumor has it, its because every one especially certain individuals and new hires are always marking off f.m.l.a. every weekend. theses are the same employees who brag about how much they abuse it and say "what are they going to do about it, its a law, they cant do nothing to me" well they can and did something about it.they gave the work to other terminals. whats funny now these are now the same individuals crying there going to lose there jobs.   Name: GC E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 July 2015 SSA COVERED ENGINEERS LISTEN UP ENGINEERS! Before you bombard the General Chairman's office with any more phone calls get out your agreement and read it with a fine tooth comb. When you file a claim you have to make sure your are submitting it for the proper reason and under the proper article. No one should have to explain to you how red tape and minor errors can cause delays and screw up the simplest of claims. One of the biggest violations that is occurring is under aticle 56. SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE ORIGINATES AT THE HOME TERMINAL. LET ME SAY IT AGAIN....HOME TERMINAL. When you are a road freight engineer and are called out of your away from home terminal the rules of the agreement are totally different. READ ARTICLE 51 very closely. This is where the road crews are getting severely screwed. Read your questions and answers sections. Q3-A3 states very clearly if you are on a trip rated job this trip payment will apply for EACH INDIVIDUAL TRIP. NO COMBINED SERVICE CRAP. BLACK AND WHITE. NO GRAY AREA. EACH TRAIN WILL BE CONSIDERED INDIVIDUAL! YOU ARE NOT TO MAKE A SECOND TRIP WITHOUT BEING RUN THROUGH YOU HOME TERMINAL UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY BUT YOU STILL ARE TO BE PAID FOR EACH TRIP When you get to you home terminal after being called out to run a train home from your away terminal YOU CAN NOT BE USED AS SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE ARTICLE 68. If they want to use you as such you put your time ticket off and they should put you under another type of service on a new ticket. They are to tell you specifically that you are being used for short turn around. NOT DOG CATCHING as they call it. MAKE THEM TELL YOU THIS SPECIFICALLY. YOU WILL NEED THIS FOR YOUR CLAIM IF THEY REFUSE TO LET YOU MARK YOUR ROAD TICKET OFF AND GIVE YOU A NEW SHORT TURN AROUND TICKET. AGAIN, SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE MUST ORIGINATE FROM THE HOME TERMINAL ON THE VERY FIRST CALL. DO NOT LET THEM TELL YOU THAT YOUR TRIP IS ORIGINATING FROM THE HOME TERMINAL. YOU MUST BE CALLED TO WORK FROM YOUR HOME TO REPORT TO YOUR HOME TERMINAL TO BE CLASSIFIED AS SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE! ARTICLE 57. ROAD SERVICE. READ SECTION 5! ROAD TURN AROUND SERVICE. THE MOST IMPORTANT NOTE HERE IS PARAGRAPH 1. THE MILEAGE MUST EXCEED 35 MILES FROM THE HOME TERMINAL TO RELEIVING POINT. IF IT DOES NOT IT IS IN VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT. THE COMPANY AVOIDS THIS ARTICLE LIKE THE PLAGUE! THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO CALL YOU AS A J-JOB FOR THESE TRAINS. THEY ARE TO BE ISSUED AS "R" JOBS AND YOU WILL BE PAID FOR EVERY TRIP YOU MAKE. ROAD CREWS WHO ROLL IN FROM THEIR AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL WETHER THEY ARE DEADHEADED OR NOT ARE TO BE GIVEN A NEW TICKET FOR EVERY TRAIN THEY GET INCLUDING PAY FOR THE DEADHEAD. YOU ARE NOT IN SHORT TURN AROUND SERVICE! YOU ARE ORIGINATING FROM YOUR AWAY FROM HOME TERMINAL! READ....READ....READ THESE ARTICLE THOROUGHLY. CARRY A COPY OF THEM WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. IF THE DTO OR CHIEF REFUSES ANY INBOUND UNASSIGNED ROAD FREIGHT CREW THE ADDITIONAL TICKETS THEY RIGHTFULLY DESERVE YOU SHOW THE ARITLCE TO YOUR SUPERVISORS. WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR CLAIM BE SPECIFIC AS TO WHO YOU SHOWED IT TO AND WHO REFUSED TO ISSUE ANOTHER TICKET TO THE CREW. ROAD CREWS ARE BEING WHIPPED AND BEAT BECAUSE OF THE MANPOWER SHORTAGES ON THE EXTRA BOARDS. NO CREW WANTS TO BE AWAY FROM HOME 24-48 HOURS AND THEN AFTER A LONG TRIP HOME TOLD THEY HAVE MORE TRAINS TO WORK AFTER THEY GET TO THEIR HOME TERMINALS AND THEY ARENT GOING TO RECIEVE ONE RED CENT FOR THE EXTRA WORK THAT THEY ARE FORCED TO DO. TERMINAL LIMITS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TRIP RATED MILES. A TERMINAL COULD EXTEND 10 MILES PAST YOUR ENDING ADVERTISED TRIP LOCATION AND MILES YOU ARE PAID TO TRAVEL. DO NOT LET THE SUPERVISORS SNOW BALL YOU WITH THE OLD " YOUR WORKING IN YOUR TERMINAL LIMITS CRAP"! YARD CREWS AND EXTRA BOARD CREWS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE USED FOR THESE SO CALLED TERMINAL LIMITS JOBS. IF THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE THEN ROAD FREIGHT CREWS ARE TO BE PAID AS STATED IN THE AGREEMENT. IF YOU DONT GET PAID PUT IN A TRIP ADJUSTMENT CLAIM FOR THE EXTRA MILES WORKED BEYOND YOUR ADVERISED TRIP RATE. IT DOESNT MATTER IF IT IS JUST 5 MILES. EVERY MILE COUNTS! PUT IN A LAP BACK CLAIM FOR GOING BEYOND YOUR ENDING LOCATION AND REVERSING BACK IN ANOTHER DIRECTION TO YOUR ORGINAL END TRIP LOCATION. YOU HAVE ADVERTISED LIMITS AND SPECIFIC MILES. BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC ON YOUR CLAIM AS TO WHAT THEY MADE YOU DO AND WHERE. LETS WORK TOGETHER HERE BROTHERS AND GET THIS ABUSE NIPPED IN THE BUTT NOW. GET THESE CLAIMS IN. READ YOUR ARTICLES . FILE A CLAIM FOR EVERY ARTICLE THAT IS VIOLATED. YOUR LOSING YOUR AGREEMENT RIGHTS AND YOUR PROTECTED WORKING CONDITIONS. QUIT COMPLAING ABOUT CLAIMS NOT BEING PAID BECAUSE YOU JUST WANT THE MONEY. CLAIMS ARE THERE TO MAKE THE CARRIER PAY A PENALTY FOR VIOLATING OUR AGREEMENT. THEY ARE NOT THEIR TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR INCOME. YOU WANT TO STOP HAVING YOUR TAIL ENDS WORKED OFF AFTER A LONG HARD TRIP AND TIME OFF AWAY FROM HOME THEN FILE AS MANY AGREEMENT VIOLATIONS CLAIMS AS POSSIBLE. OTHERWISE YOU ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 July 2015 Agree - Enough..... How about going back many years & changing other things too? Like the trade agreements, etc., etc., etc. And - The whole world as it is in day & age?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 10 July 2015 Donald Trump For President: Lets get rid of all this political correctness Bull Shit that's ruining our country!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 08 July 2015 Former Jitney driver: I've been retired over three years now and haven't kept up with what FRA has done or hasn't done, nor do I care to. You can contact FRA via it's Internet site. Again, OSHA or the Federal Motor Carrier Administration may be able to help you. Good luck.   Name: Former Jitney driver E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 July 2015 To anyone or like, Retired FRA Inspector. Are the subcontracted jitney or drivers who drive the rail employee around, any transportaion drivers covered under the FRA federal railroad act? Whisleblower etc... Thanks   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 July 2015 Well FRA Ret, Don't have to do any research or studying. Am well aware..........   Name: FRA Ret E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 July 2015 "For various reasons, management bastards take care of their own. If a rotten supervisor gets removed & elects to stay in csx management (have seen it many times), he/she can end up in a more desirable position in a more desirable (to them) location.” ............................................................................................................... Well, that’s not just the RR industry and CXST, it’s everywhere in life, even with lawyers. It is called “The Peter Principle.” Read about it or just google it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 July 2015 For various reasons, management bastards take care of their own. If a rotten supervisor gets removed & elects to stay in csx management (have seen it many times), he/she can end up in a more desirable position in a more desirable (to them) location.   Name: News Flash E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 July 2015 Hey CSX EVERYONE knows that your lawyers and your public relations department monitors this site everyday. Did it ever occur to you that maybe there just might be something going on with the conduct of this trainmaster by the name of Edwards. Have you ever seen any post about other supervisors that were so vile and full of pure hate. There hasn't been just one or two, but several over the last year. The whip and beat mentality and the "IM THE BOSS AND ITS YOUR WORD AGAINST MINE MENTALITY" has earned this character a death wish to hell numerous times. So please explain how you intend to look into this. You have an ethics policy don't you? You have to have received complaints through your ethic hotline. Just how do you handle a supervisor that obviously has a serious personality problem and cant handle dealing with people? Just curious what steps the company takes to control the damage with the public and customers after they have read all these post!   Name: FRA Ret E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 July 2015 "This is a lible act that Donny may now prosecute. The truth always comes out in the end. Made up story vs FACTS.” ................................................................................................................................................ That’s exactly what I told the administrator of this website. He should have removed that post and a number of other ones.   Name: Get A Life E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 July 2015 Sexual harassment with a minor is public record and the perpetrator would be required to register as a sexual offender. Since this is public record, Donny (Donald) Workman is not on any sexual predator list. Also, reports are public and can be obtained from the public recorders office of any claims against him. There is no such record as this is a falsified claim against him. This is a pathetic story made up by "adults" to try and ruin someone's life. This is a lible act that Donny may now prosecute. The truth always comes out in the end. Made up story vs FACTS.   Name: nunya E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 06 July 2015 Well i know this if he did any sexual acts with a minor he would be in prison lol...get a life...someone with some sense needs to remove this kind of garbage   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 July 2015 Just want to express my deep hatred for that fat fuck worthless piece of shit Brian(SHAMU)Edwards. Your a poster boy for your dad should've blew his load in your moms ass!!! I hope you meet a horrible tragic death you cocksucker!!! I heard your wife likes to get gangbanged by at least 3 guys lol. Fuck you Brian Edwards!!!   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 30 June 2015 Cumberland Locomotive Shop...what a disgrace. Operated with lies,fear, idiots, and intimidation.James Brown and his clowns upstairs are liars and incompetent fools. They hire managers that know nothing so they can be their muppets. If u go upstairs to ask questions you run into the first clown Candice and with her is sure to be the other incompetent rude clown Gail. They don't know a thing, they are rude, arrogant, ignorant, and plain stupid. They sit around talking smack on other employees to make themselves feel better. Next is the managers....all they know are numbers....safety doesn't mean jack, although they preach the crap out of it. Only one good manager there and that is Greg Amazqua. They rest of them jack wagons are pretty much worthless. Then you have James Brown upstairs, the holy one himself....he is nothing but a liar, cheat, and a racist pig. Call ethics on him and nothing gets done. He thrives on fear and intimidation. He ran the only good person we had upstairs off, the one that knew everything and would do anything to help you. We all miss Cindy Edwards and would do anything to get her back. In conclusion, it's no wonder everyone is trying to leave Cumberland Locomotive Shop. It used to be a great place to work.....Now it just SUCKS!!!!!!   Name: Nunya E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 30 June 2015 Be on the look out for a conductor at CSX in the Avon terminal. He is a child molestor by the name of Donny Workman. He has engaged in sexual acts with a 13 year old female. The father of the female brought this to the attention of a few fellow co-workers and in turn was reported to Jacksonville with no avail. HE'S STILL WORKING AND SHOULD BE IN PRISON!   Name: E-mail: Borlandkerry@gmal.com Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 29 June 2015 I would like to hear comments stories about Dennis Rhodes.please feel free to email me...thank you   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 29 June 2015 Concerning the Confederate Flag in Tampa. I'm retired now and don't have to put up with the CSX BS anymore. Not long after they finally decided on a name for the "family lines" a black crew caller was promoted to Term. Supt. in Hamlet. The guy evidently had a chip on his shoulder dating back to the days of slavery. He found a car in a parking lot with a Confederate tag on the front. After finding out who it belonged to, the employee was called on the carpet, reamed out and told not to come back on the property with that tag again. A white clerk was eating lunch one day and had an extra banana which she offered to this same black guy. There was nothing racial meant by it. Just a kind offer. The white lady was publically humiliated by the supt., accusing her of trying to humiliate him. It finally got so bad that the black supt. was transferred to Jax. and given a job that was especially created for him at the "Purple Palace." Anyone remember Mr. J.W. Terry?   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 June 2015 If that really happened in Tampa, that employee needs to get a Lawyer ASAP.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 June 2015 Transportation Employee pulled out of service in Tampa for displaying the Confederate flag on his vehicle when some CSX employees complained about it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 June 2015 Its pretty obvious that CSX isn't run by people with railroad experience. This place runs by the seat of its pants. Its no wonder they are in a position for a hostile takeover. Plain stupidity when it comes to management.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 27 June 2015 Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years: The C&O was also a good railroad to work for until the merger with the B&O. I worked for the C&O as a machinist apprentice when that merger took place and witnessed the nastiness of B&O management first hand. When I was furloughed from the C&O in January 1967, I went to Jacksonville, FL to apply for a job on the SAL. They also had people furloughed, so I was not hired. But the shop superintendent I spoke with was a very nice person and I knew that would be a very good railroad to work for. I hired out with FRA in 1978 and then observed that N&W and Southern management were even worse than Chessie's. A few years ago, CSX adopted the NS management culture and NS began treating it's employees better. That started when NS dumped Tony Ingram and his side kick Brown. Guess who then hired them...CSX of course. CSX also dumped them, but their management style seemed to stay. When it got to the point that CSX seemed to own the FRA managers I worked for, I pulled the pin and retired.   Name: Tired of it E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 June 2015 Watch out on the St. Louis Line. Brian stinky ass Edwards, Darren UTU reject Hershitzer and Joe "not as fat as Brian Edwards" Berry, but he used to be. Have completely shut down Terre Haute for the next 2 week's! But who are the hurting by firing everyone? By the way Brian,who's your wife sleeping with since she's not with you anymore!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 26 June 2015 I went to work with the former SAL RR. Seaboard was a good RR to work for but things started going downhill in every way imaginable after the ACL crowd took over and all the other Family Lines mergers came about. I was glad to say goodbye to CSX. My son is a conductor and he's always telling me how the little "CS" college boys are screwing up. No more working up thru the ranks. Mr. John W. Smith, who was SAL president when I started to work was a former clerk , sweeping floors and worked his way to the top. A heck of a nice guy. As soon as CSX gets these young "goofballs" hired and teach them how to mash a button on a radio, they are put in charge of calling the shots up in "The Romper Room." I miss the comraderie and good times I had with my fellow employees but CSX and their incompetent 90 day wonders can KMA.   Name: Iced E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 June 2015 To anyone who hears the Bull about cost savings, cutting the fat or any other terms that describe the efforts by CSX needs to look around. There is nothing new to this BS strategy by CSX. Posturing for a take over or whatever comes down the pipeline. Understand this, money can sway a good man to decide some really stupid decisions based upon fear. Another takeover strategy, only means the sky will be falling once again.   Name: Retired Trainmaster, AT&SF E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 25 June 2015 "How come the other Class I railroads don't have this problem?????” .............................................................................................................................. Their management and officers are (mostly) railroaders, not bean counters. CSXT is always called “The Wooden Axle Road,” by the other carriers.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 June 2015 June 25, 2015 CSX SUCKS more than it ever has! Now they are cutting jobs even if they can't move the freight! Cutting back on crew packs! what does that tell you? Watch your paychecks! This cheap ass hillbilly outfit has learned how to count beans! ENRON all over again! Lets just get the stock price up.....LMAO!!!!! If you fart, YOU ARE FIRED!!!!!! Don't mark off sick because we won't have enough people to move the freight. CSX STILL SUCKS, always has, always will. How come the other Class I railroads don't have this problem?????   Name: Needing info E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 June 2015 Got a question. Where in the world did this trainmaster David Benson come from? Is it true that he destroyed the terminal that his was at last? This clown is a nut job.   Name: Stockholder E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 15 June 2015 Leghorn You must be new to this site or your a mole. Everyone knows pines is a man. He has been posting on here so long no one really knows when he started. Now back to the touchy topic at hand that csx sure the hell doesn't want flooding this website. Is this take over a real issue or not? Does anyone have any concrete info. Last I heard someone higher up in the FRA food chain said it was in the works but csx was pooling its funds and getting ready for a fight. Cant base any investments on the rumor mill....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 14 June 2015 No MO Give me a little history on yourself. What hire year and in what craft? GOOFY   Name: Foghorn leghorn E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 June 2015 Who is Pines? Is it a he or she?   Name: Love'em E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 June 2015 I just love CSX   Name: Combine forces E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 30+ years Posted: 14 June 2015 Is cp buying us out?   Name: ? E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 June 2015 Other If there is a merger or take over what will that do to our stock? I don't know anything about investing. Would our stock drop or be rolled into the new company at the same price? Could csx run the same as is but as a division of the new company? Do you know what happened to contrails stock when csx took over?   Name: Locomotion E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 June 2015 Well CSX did it again. Parkersburg W.V has a new trainmaster Mr.David Benson. This guy is a walking circus. What's wrong with this guy? Lies keep rolling out of his mouth. CSX must be proud of this one. One dumb little Oompa Loompa .....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 June 2015 For everyone making comments hoping for the CP to come in? I got news for you, since Hunter Harrison took over, the employees hate the place. Watch what you wish for!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 12 June 2015 : When I retired, I sent a letter to my U.S. Senator that described how FRA management did not support me when a CSX terminal superintendent and his trainmaster began harassing and stocking me, and how I had to call the local police to get them off my back. Since then I have had no contact with the people I worked for nor do I care to. I only have contact with one of the inspectors I worked with and he has recently retired. FRA management really got into the pockets of the railroads during recent years. Real regulatory enforcement is a thing of the past. My friends are and always have been the union contract folks that work for the railroads.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 June 2015 RE;  The renowned CEO [Hunter Harrison] of the Canadian Pacific entertained a merger with the CSX a few moths ago and now recently. Ward said No! And Hedge Fund managers will eventually get Ward ousted at the behest of Harrison--who will then run the CSX for a brief period before he picks a successor. Harrison turned around the Canadian National and later retired until a group of Hedge Fund managers lured him out of retirement to turnaround the Canadian Pacific of which he has been very successful at doing. I'd say Ward and his staff will be unemployed when the Hedge Fund managers come calling soon. And there is a long shot of a possible merger with the UP and CP with Harrison again running the show. It will be the Hedge Fund manager's call. With all the whispers on Wall Street, CSX and UP has an over-supply of managers that can easily be eliminated during a merger.   Name:  E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 12 June 2015 $$Does anyone have any info on the rumor that the CN has been planning a hostle takeover and has been unloading some of their lines for extra cash. Its being said that's why csx isn't paying its employees their bargained pay because they are loading up to fight back... Anybody got any info on this? Hey retired FRA... your old department should know something about this. You still have any connections?   Name: SP Eng. Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 June 2015 "Locomotive Eng. Do you think it will be better with the merger of CN?........” ..................................................................................... That all depends on which group of management gets control. Back when the UPRR was gobbling up all the smaller railroads, they swallowed the Missouri Pacific (MOP). After that, there was nothing but diarrhea for years. After the MOP merger/takeover,seems as though there was too much high end management. The UP offered an officer’s buyout. Turns out, all the older more experienced managers were UP people, and they ended up thaking the buyouts. What was left were younger MOP officer who got control of the railroad. Things went downhill fast and the effects of the MOP are still imbedded into the UPRR to this day. So, point being, if the CSX gets control, things are pretty much going to be the way they’ve been. Trust me, CSX peope will not go down without a war.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 June 2015 Do you think it will be better with the merger of CN?....   Name: Investor E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 June 2015 We don't know too much about RRing. We have thought for some time that CSX & it's management, starting at the top with Ward & the BODs, leaves a lot to be desired, & hear local managers are awful for the most part. The co., the stock, should be worth a lot more.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 11 June 2015 SP Eng. retired: Yeah, that's the way it is all too often. Not every train can be a hot-shot ups type. I too, have been there, done that craploads of times, been handed packages (per se) many times & still can be. Don't want to wish my life away but can't wait to get the hell out. What really gripes your ass is this: Start your road trip - have to do a bunch of stuff at an away terminal, and then some idiot knumbnuts is questioning the time it takes and accuses you of screwing around. He's right - take care of your health.   Name: used E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 June 2015 SP engineer The problem with Avon all started when they changed out good old fashioned railroading with little Tonka toy games. Took the real engineers out of the seats and replaced them with one man jokes. Every single time they need something done by an experienced licensed engineer they have to grab an inbound road crew to do the work. Your out on the road for up to 10 hours and have already been away from home for 24 the last thing you want is to roll in and find out you have to do some bull crap switching in the yard or outside of your advertised job limits just because they don't have any REAL hostler crews in the yard. Someone said they heard Harris say he would never put a hostler job on because all they do is sit around and try to avoid work. What kind of horse shit is that. If they are sitting around all the time then its managements fault. They could double tracks, add power to outbound trains, help clean up shoppers. If they didn't have those stupid remotes out there with the stupid zones they could help pull cars. Its a bull crap excuse to not have a hostling crew. Avon is starting this crap that the entire terminal is really their yard limits, then the hostlers could dog catch all the way down to IU station and all the way out to Hadley and they could do it on a yard ticket. Instead they want to screw tired road crews and refuse to compensate them for doing yard work and working way past their trip rate limits. WHAT A FRICKIN JOKE.   Name: SP Eng. Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 June 2015 "Conductor 30 yers. That really isn't all that much work (although it takes time, especially now days). “ Are you serious! Time is everything. If this is the way CSX works in most of it’s terminals, no wonder no one gets over the road. The old SP operated a lot like this.I’ll give the devil his dues; when the UP took over, things like this changed. At West Colton UP revamped some of the yard tracks. You’re called for a mixed freight out of the yard, 30 minutes after you are on duty you’re taken to your train...power is on, it’s doubled over, and usually it has been air tested. Maybe sometimes the car department would find a BO car you might throw out. BNSF works pretty much the same way. If CSX can’t figure this out, this proves they are definetly a wooden axle management railroad.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 11 June 2015 That really isn't all that much work (although it takes time, especially now days). Did all that & more many, many times, for yrs., on road assignments into & out of Barr & other yards too. Aggravating? Absolutely! Don't let it get to you. Do your best to take care of your health. Again though, too many "road elmers" think all they should have to do is climb on & climb off.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 June 2015 Let's start out with let's get the power out of the house...run down a yard track...tie onto a cut of cars ....air test em....double to another track now.....set over 5 or six rips grab a marker hang it and now a set on the brakes .......hmmmmmmm....sounds like a YARD job...for a Q train to be doing this?......and they wonder why we die on line of road.....this ain't my first rodeo.......or my last.......lol.....   Name: NO RESPECT E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 June 2015 Ripped off You are 100% right. We have been sitting back and watching what has been happening at Avon yard. The road crews who have set trip rate miles are being forced to dog catch their own trains outside of their advertised limits. The west end crews have been going into east end territory and getting their own trains. They are also being forced to travel as much as 10 miles lap back work to set outbound trains for east end crews. The TMs and chiefs are refusing to give them tickets for the extra miles they travel beyond their advertised miles. Every damn one of them are saying its in terminal limits and its yarding their trains. Its not yarding their train. Once they hit the receiving yard that is supposed to be the end of the line. This terminal limit crap is out of control. A crew was ordered the other day to go get their train out east way past their job limits. When they said they weren't qualified that far the TM got real shitty and told them they were supposed to be qualified in the terminal. No crew on the west end ever goes as far as they were ordered to go. When asked if they were going to get compensation for the work performed they were told no by tm and chief. Again another crew forced up to 10 miles of work and no compensation. Trip rates are a joke right now. Another thing we have been noticing is when a west end crew dogs in so called terminal limits on a west end job, they never force and east end crew to go out and get it . They never force an east end crew to go get their own train. If they say they aren't qualified out that far(8-15 miles)they let them off. Its starting to look like outright discrimination against west end crews. This has been going on for years. If we have set trip rates with set miles then any work done outside of those set miles should be paid. This terminal bull crap is going to be a real nightmare for west crews. Avon is pretending it is their yard limits and they have the right to say anything done in terminal limits is yard work. The big question here is WERE THE HELL IS THE UNION AND WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO BE DONE!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 June 2015 Am curious, Mr. Loco. Engr., just what have you been doing at Barr Yd. that you feel yard crews should have done. Too many "road elmers" think they only have to pull into a yard, climb off & expect a yard crew to take over & do everything else. Explain, will you?   Name: Shoo-Fly E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 June 2015 I have heard that CSX is no longer paying full milage rate on a deadhead, only actual hours on the deadhead. Is this true? What’s next, minimum wage? “Drive to 65."   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 June 2015 Hey watchdog.....been in and out of Barr yard for 15 years now on road trains....been doing the yard crews work all the time....those boys in the yard aren't going to get dirty,hot,wet,or cold.....they may have cried their way out of a job.....   Name: watchdogs E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 June 2015 Crews Does anyone know if it's true they are doing away with the yard jobs at barr yard? Rumor is they said it was because they all sit on their asses in the break room drinking coffee and refuse to work. Going to make road crews coming in do the work on top of their trips. Not going to pay them one dime extra. Is this true? Are road crews going to get raped and abused and run into the ground.   Name: Silly blacks E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 June 2015 Keep crying about blacks being treated unfair... Blacks are lazy and all they look for is a free ride. If it doesn't go their way they yell rasicm. Get a life buck wheat. Nappy head looking Mr microphone head freak...... Suck it up and do your job.. Csx gives more to the blacks than whites because of the crying that they do..... Boo hoo   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 June 2015 African americans stay far far far away from csx intermodal ramp jacksonville fl, this is the most racist job i ever had the plant manager john york is a undercover racist and he gonna protect the other white guys out there that is in his social group.the superintendent isn't any better when you tell him you have a problem he ignore you and says there is noting going on to protect is puppet john york. It has been white guys caught on their cell phone by john york and jonh libby and nothing happen to them. the rule book says if you r caught on your cell phone you are instantly terminated,but that rule dont apply to white guys out there.They have double standards out there the rules only apply to the blacks African Americans. They do not use proper radio ethics on the ramp,they curse,make racial slurs, homosexual jokes and the manager and supervisors dont say nothing.some of the white guys and managers always talk bad about the blacks out there. They always calling black guys out over the calling them out their names and there is nothing been done about it. john york want this ramp to be all whites and so do most of the white guys out there. So just know if you come out here African Americans and you dont kiss their behinds you not gonna make it. Csx intermodal ramp is terrible for blacks, read and take heed   Name: ripped off E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 June 2015 WARNING Heads up Great lakes division. You younger pups who are just coming in are in for a big surprise. The union agreements are being changed with side letters you don't know a thing about. The union is made aware 30 days in advance of any changes in work rules or conditions. The division is being restructured to be one great big terminal and everyone will be force to qualify in every yard. Avon crews are being forced to qualify on the yard jobs at roselake yard. Even though their home teriminal is avon(226) miles away. The conductor and engineer agreements have set rules for using other crews from other terminal. This is needed so the crews cant be used to death and set job limits aren't violated. Its being changed. Avon yard is changing their so called "yard limits" to a straight classification of terminal limits so crews can be forced up to 15 miles out the yard to do yard work. Road crews are going to be forced to travel 10-15 miles out of their paid trip miles to yard a train in out lying sidings. The old transfer yard is being revamped so all road and yard crews from avon can deliver there in the "SO CALLED" new yard limits. There are at least 6 SSA and conductor articles that are violated on a daily basis and claims are not being paid. You better get a meeting together with ALL local chairman and get this settled. General chairman better get on board. If this happens then you better stop paying your union dues and throw out the current reign in the union. Vote all of them out at the next election. THIS ISNT A JOKE! Look around you and see what is slowly happening. Your job protection, seniority rights and working conditions are being revamped while you are reading this! Wake up!   Name: Amy E-mail: Amy@homedepot.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 June 2015 I have an announcement to make..... I shit taller than any of Marcello's tallest days. That is all.   Name: Shoo-Fly E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 June 2015 You can blame the BLE and UTU. CSX knows they can get away with anything. Basically, it’s your local and general chairman...IMO. Your union is only as good as the local chairman.   Name: sissies E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 June 2015 I have been suspended for over a year for boisterous language were me and two other employees got in a heated argument. The two sissies I got an argument with reported me.Let me take that back one of them wife did.I think she threatened to sue csux instead of them letting me back they are holding me out scared of a south Carolina backwoods redneck lawyer.Two people got in argument same as me and they were back in 22 days. I don't really know who to blame csux or blet, I think they are all in the bed together. Also why didn't Union bar these members for getting one of their brothers fired. Its all bunch of politics messing with my family the good Lord willmake em pay.   Name: sick of it E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 31 May 2015 Conductors I took the mandatory face to face class 2 months ago and still haven't been paid for 1 of the days. I have heard a lot of people, engineers as well, say they haven't been paid. Some went to the class in January and only have been paid for 1 day. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS COMPANY! This crap has been going on for so many years it isn't even a joke any more. I think we need to come together as a group and start sending this stuff directly to board members homes. FORGET SENDING THIS THROUGH OUR UNIONS. I know for a fact that several have confronted Harris and the assistant superintendent at Avon about this and they have both said it has something to do with the new computer program they had to use to get us paid. Why is it every time this company changes their computer programs they screw the hell out of everything every single time. Just like when they changed the way we received our pay stubs in the mail. They made a mess of that for weeks before they got their heads out of their arsses! Come on people. Lets start mailing this stuff to the board members. I bet they don't have a clue what the hell is going on in this company and how big a joke the finance department is. We don't have to go through the unions. We have a right as stock holders of this company to notify the head of the finance department about any discrepancies we find and outright gross negligence. LETS GET ON BOARD WITH THIS. BUST THEIR MAILBOXES OPEN. THE UNION IS SITTING ON THIS STUFF TOO LONG. IF WE ARENT PAID BY NEXT YEARS CLASSES THEN WE SHOULD ALL BOYCOT THEM AND REFUSE TO ATTEND. THEY CANT PULL ALL OF US OUT OF SERVICE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 29 May 2015 With ya. Mr. Retired FRA. Corporate douchebags = a real treat, aren't they? Life is good \ Do what you like \ Like what you do Don't hear those words around csx. Glad (to be outta there)   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 29 May 2015 DUH: When Michael and Cindy appear before CSX union employees, I believe they should be booed off stage and not even be allowed to speak. I witnessed Tony Ingram speaking to employees at Walbridge and it made me sick. Some people are so full of arrogance that they actually believe they should be worshiped by the very people they mistreat.   Name: DUH E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 29 May 2015 ME/JAX/COMPANY MOLE So what was it? Since you crawled out right after that lengthy post, Im going to guess they didn't like announcing to the public where their two company jokes were going to be. Afraid the public might come hunt them down. Maybe rr foamers might chase them around. Not a chance. They aren't that popular! Maybe it was exposing the supervision for raping the hell out of our agreement? Been doing that for so many years and getting away with it I don't see that as anything new to them. So that leaves only one thing...... The suggestion that the members get together with their fellow brothers. The steel workers. You know they don't play nice and don't take any shit. Bet they didn't like suggesting the two get together and have a "lets get this shit rolling meeting! Might be wrong but I think they have the right to strike. Have to double check on that one. Wouldn't that be a riot. Unions brothers sit down on behalf of the rest of us getting screwed. Now I know why you came out from under your rock! NOTHING makes the company more uneasy than the brothers getting serious and starting to come together.   Name: DUH E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 May 2015 ME Now your posting under JAX. Really man. Couldn't get the topic you wanted. Come on. Keep trying. It has been awhile since you came out from under your rock. Come on..... tell me. Im curious. Which subject did upper management get a burr in their saddle over. You came out for some reason.   Name: Jax E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 May 2015 Any new news on LBT?   Name: Goober E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 May 2015 Name: SP/UP Employee E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 May 2015 "CSX long time disgusted slave” Very good post! I’ve said the same thing for many years. Remember, politicians all fly, using the US airline system. They would never allow the FAA to have one pilot in the cockpit. Remember, AMTRAK is the one who started this “engineer only.” It was never this way in the past. These are not street cars that are being operated by one person/engineer. You can blame the Unions for the crazy attendace policy, they’ve allowed it. If the CSX had their way, you would be back to the 16 hour, law with no days off.__________________________________ Just had to comment on the above post from CSX slave. 1 All politicians do not fly the US airline system. 2 FAA does allow pilot only on some aircraft. 3 Correct engineer only was after AMTRAK took over. 4 street cars for the most part,,, but not all had a Conductor. 5 Blame the crews for seeking and obtaining the guaranteed day. 6 the 16 hour day/ 100 mile day as standard with layoff anytime was sweet son. Just saying GOOBER   Name: duh E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 May 2015 Me When someone uses all caps it is usually meant as an aggressive expression. Really??? To dumb to figure that out. Friend/family was right. WHO CARES! Good bet that ME is a management mole. The one who comes on here every time the topic gets their blood boiling and creates a distraction!   Name: Sick clown E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 May 2015 Listen up girls... Now is your chance.. Big Micheal Ward and Cindy sandborn will be traveling to a terminal near you.. Grow some balls and tell them about the problems at the terminals .. If you want change then let your voice be heard. Show these idiots how disgruntled we are. The T&E employees are they're on worest enemies..you love crying about problems but won't stand up for yourself. Keep hiding behind the BLET/UTU ... Those boys are bought out ...period ..... Have a good day ladies .   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 20 May 2015 Who cares if he uses all capitals!!!!!!¡!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 May 2015 He is an APE.....he should know there is a caps lock button....   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 May 2015 Union. Why all caps? Makes u look like a dumb fuck.   Name: union E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 May 2015 HEADS UP AVON!!! MUNOZ AND SANBORN ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN AVON ON THE 27th. IF THEY HAVE THE GUTS TO ACTUALLY HAVE A SIT DOWN WITH THE CREWS, DO NOT FORGET TO POINT OUT THE SCREWING THAT IS BEING GIVEN TO THE WEST END CREWS. THE CREWS WHO ARE BEING FORCED TO WORK OVER 10 MILES OUT OF THEIR ADVERTISED JOB LIMITS. THE CREWS WHO ARE ON THE ROAD ALL DAMN DAY AND AWAY FROM HOME AND THEN HAVE TO COME HOME AND HOSTLE TRAINS FOR THE REMOTES IN THE YARDS BECAUSE THEY CANT GO OUT OF THE YARD AREA. AND WE SAY YARD AREA BECAUSE THE MANAGERS IN INDY CALL IT ALL TERMINAL LIMITS. THEY ARE TRYING TO BLANKET THE ENTIRE INDIANAPOLIS AREA UNDER TERMINAL LIMITS SO THEY CAN MAKE ALL ROAD CREWS TRAVEL TO THE OLD TRANSFER YARD AND CRAWFORDSVILLE LINE TO SET OFF BLOCKS OF ROAD TRAINS AND SAY THEY ARE IN THEIR RIGHTS TO DO SO BECAUSE THE CREWS ARE ASSIGNED TO DELIVER TRAINS WITHIN THE TERMINAL LIMITS. THE TRIP RATES ARE SET. YOUR DESIGNATED TERRITORY ON JOB ASSIGNMENTS ARE SET. THEY ARE RAPING OUR AGREEMENT AND THE UNION IS SITTING ON ITS ASS RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK AND NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THE CREWS ARE DOING 200 MILES OF WORK ON 180 MILES OF PAY. THEY ARE USING US AND REFUSING FAIR PAY FOR OUR LABOR! ITS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE! ASK THESE TWO HOW THEY CAN WORK THE CREWS LIKE DOGS, BABY THE REMOTES AND RAPE OUT AGREEMENT AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES. ASK THEM HOW CAN THEY SIGN AN AGREEMENT AND THEN RENEGE ON EVERYTHING THEY SIGNED. ITS GETTING REAL BAD OUT HERE PEOPLE AND YOU BETTER WAKE UP SOON. OUR UNION IS JUST ABOUT GONE RIGHT ALONG WITH OUR UNION DUES AND THE COMPANY MAN KNOWS IT. THEY HAVE BEEN CHIPPING AWAY AT OUR RIGHTS AND HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT. BETTER WAKE UP! THIS IS NO JOKE. YOU LIKE THROWING YOU MONEY IN THE SHITTER JUST TO WATCH IT BE FLUSHED THEN GO AHEAD AND SIT ON YOUR BUTTS AND WATCH THE WATER FLUSH! YOU BETTER START TALKING TO YOUR BUDDIES IN THE STEAL WORKERS UNIONS AND SEE JUST HOW "SMART" THEY REALLY ARE. FIND OUT HOW THEIR BOYS HANDLE THIS KIND OF ABUSE BY MANAGEMENT!   Name: SP/UP Employee E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 May 2015 "CSX long time disgusted slave” Very good post! I’ve said the same thing for many years. Remember, politicians all fly, using the US airline system. They would never allow the FAA to have one pilot in the cockpit. Remember, AMTRAK is the one who started this “engineer only.” It was never this way in the past. These are not street cars that are being operated by one person/engineer. You can blame the Unions for the crazy attendace policy, they’ve allowed it. If the CSX had their way, you would be back to the 16 hour, law with no days off.   Name: CSX long time disgusted slave E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 15 May 2015 Investigative Reporter is a troll! His comment doesn't even make sense. As If the Engineer would/could make a name for himself by what? Being reckless? Stupid? As others have said don't jump to conclusions. If he can't remember what happened its probably because he microsleeped. An unfortunate consequence of sleep deprivation. Which is an all too common problem in this industry. An industry that had the benefit of a work force that commonly had people willingly working 80 hours a week (greed factor)for decades. But that wasn't good enough for the greedy basterds in charge. They had to make medieval attendance policies to close any gaps where a guy could mark off when he had enough, and needed a day or two to recoup, and get rested or just plain caught up with the personal necessities of life (you know, food shopping, laundry, etc.etc.) then there's the issue of 1 man in the cab. The fact that this has gone on for so long without the Public and Unions demanding an immediate end to this insanely dangerous policy is mind boggling. Just think how that would play out in the Airline Industry if they had 1 man flight crews. And every 6/8 months a plane fell out of the sky killing everyone on board. Because the pilot had some sort of health failure/lapse, and the computer just didn't quite get the job done in his absence.   Name: Investigative Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 May 2015 Amtrak wreck: The young engineer was going twice the allowable speed and was obviously trying to make a name for himself! The feds have been pondering the idea of completely isolating train crews from management for better oversight. The German Pilot Effect (copy cat crime) maybe?   Name: USP/UP E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 May 2015 New inexperienced conductors , manpower shortages, overworked and fatigued employees are all a recipe for accidents and injuries. I guess they don’t teach that in the MBA schools.   Name: teach E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 13 May 2015 SP/UP When you have a company that has thousands upon thousands invested in a training school that receives government grants to help train their employees and high overhead cost on top of that, you get a demand for turnover. You cant let a school sit empty. The seats have to be filled. So there you have it. BIG OVER INFLATED SCHOOL THAT COST THE CSX STOCK HOLDERS AND INVESTORS THOUSANDS. None of this would have had to happen if they had kept the promises they made when their new employees were paying for their own training and lodging. False advertising of pay and employment created law suits and thus the birth of the training center! So slash slash....suspend suspend.....fail fail..... and keep manpower shortages high!   Name: SP/UP employee E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 May 2015 I occasionally troll this website and a few other rail blogs. I have a question for someone here that works or has been in management for the CSX. Does the company’s efficiency testing and discipline come from the Jacksonville corporate office, division or terminal superintend/manager? I’m asking this as a Southern Pacific/Union Pacific employee. Now, on the Ole SP, if you basically did your job, you were left alone. If you walked around the end of a standing car 15 feet instead of 20, no big deal. But, if you were a “dynamiter,” the local officers were going to bird dog you. Need I explain? Now,in 1997, when the UP took over, things got really bad. Overnight, they wanted things done the "UP Way.” I thought this was a “merger.” Well, we did it the UP way and some of you older rails will remember, it was a total melt down. But, in all fairness to the Union Pacific, CSX makes the Union Pacific look like Mother Teresa. All railroads are strict...and for good reasons. But it would seem, the CSX goes out of their way to fire people for J-walking. I mean, even on the UP, you really have to screw up to get time off. It doesn’t seem to be that situation with the CSX. So, is this “extreme" discipline local to high up? And, from what I read here and have been told, I do mean “extreme." I can’t speak for NS or KCS, but I can for SP, UP and BNSF. Believe me, CSX compared to those three is extreme. Maybe management could glean something from the other railroads. The Japanese philosophy is “a happy employee is a productive employee.” I don’t think CSX Management feels that way. Or, do they even care? Even on the UP, there was some company pride, will all their steam engines, etc. That pride seems to be lacking on the CSX. Maybe they don’t feel it’s important.   Name: Surprised E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 May 2015 Ouch Your either a TM/RDF or a T&E employee who is close to home on the so called current events. Now, since you seem to be in the know, have you been keeping up on the related current events for the last 6 months? What is you angle here and your purpose. If you are a decent supervisor I would think you wouldn't want anyone out there giving your "kind" a bad name. But then a really bad unethical supervisor does make others look better than they are. If your in the T&E craft why would you care. If your nose is clean and you follow ALL THE RULES 100%(which I highly doubt)then you have nothing to worry about, maybe, unless your number is up. So why the comments and why are you edging towards trying to front someone out. Is something hitting home with you? Maybe getting a little uncomfortable in the seat?   Name: Ouch E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 May 2015 I find it quite amusing to watch 1 person to make numerous posts under different names. Not to hard to figure out who's making these posts based on the chain of events lately. Very unfortunate u are unwilling to take responsibility for ur actions.   Name: seen and heard it E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 May 2015 Ouch SPOKEN LIKE TRUE MANAGEMENT. Yeah sure they can cross lines if they want but they don't need too unless they are following crews from their divisions working in areas assigned to them. The only time the great lakes stupidvisors go to the Chicago division is when they are stalking that divisions crews. Its a proven fact. Their repeat behavior speaks for itself. Everyone knows the two divisions hate each other. They trade their idiots off left and right. Its like stabbing each other in the back! One gets real mad then they send their idiot over! Look at the transfers over the years. Started with rick reed after his idiotic decisions almost killed a road crew. It will never stop. Rumors have it that some are transferred to act as moles for the other side. JUST A BUNCH OF IMMATURE CHILDREN. OH, by the way it is a fact that failures are mandatory. Trainmasters have come and gone over the last 25 years and SEVERAL WHO QUIT admitted they were told if they didn't get their failure rates up they needed to consider moving to another craft. A few said they were leaving because they couldn't do what Jacksonville was expecting them to do. Being deliberately evil wasn't in their blood. A few were just throwing names in a hat and drawing one each day so they would feel like they were being fair before they went out in the field and handed out failures. This is the kind of crap that makes monsters out there. The supervisor who will do anything including lie through his teeth to get the gold star from Jacksonville for getting his failures. If you have been around long enough and paid attention then you should remember the old southern training program that came out 9 years ago. The one that a whistleblower in management circulated. The one that gave step by step instructions on how to stalk and target your so called "PROBLEM" employees. The one Ward claimed he didn't know anything about. The one that instructed supervisors to call all other division and warn them that their target was headed their direction and to get ready for them. GUESS WHAT! It may not be handed out in their training program anymore but its still going on. So yeah, let them cross where they are not needed. Let the childish game continue. If your a manager you may not be around that long ..... but then if you suck up long enough(upper management really hates a suck up) and they want to use you like a bit.... you might!   Name: pissed E-mail: dantoth07@yahoo.com Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 09 May 2015 I was removed from service witout cause. Until a week later when they found a fb video I posted. Then That gave them reason to reject my application. Matt Masterson / Trainmaster is the first person that should've lost his job for harrasing, and bullying people he just doesn't like until he chases them out of their hard earned job.   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 May 2015 Watchdog sorry but it won't do any good to key your radio mic if your fellow crew member is the only one in hearing distance. Not all divisions record all radio traffic either. The Chicago division is an example of one who doesn't record in all areas. The crews are not protected. The supervisors know this and have even been reported as gloating about it. They know it is your word against theirs. This is a topic of hot discussion with the unions. Hopefully there will be a change soon. This won't prevent the mentally challenged supervisor from fabricating false charges but it is a step towards better protection. If upper management didn't demand mandatory failures this whole mess wouldn't exist but they do so until our unions can put a protection plan in place that works do whatever it takes to protect yourself and your job.   Name: watchdogs E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 May 2015 Pay attention!!! GLDV! Due to the extensive testing that is being done on supervisors this month it has been brought to our attention that some supervisors are going to the extreme. One tm in particular on the west side is going to far. This would be one by the name of Edwards. It is being reported he is obsessed with busting crews with the 25 foot rule. Make sure you are no closer than 50 feet at all times. Without video protection you have no way of protecting yourself from trumped up charges. What is more disturbing is this supervisor was recently heard telling a crew member that he had been following is that he was .."THE HARDEST CONDUCTOR TO GET"! this comment is not only unethical and unprofessional but borders admission of deliberately stalking crews to hand out failure charges. Do not give him any room to wiggle in. If he approaches you make sure you have another crew member present during all conversations. If necessary key your radio mic as a source of protection. If you are wrongfully accused or verbally intimidated immediately notify the ethics department. There is no place in the company for a supervisor with this kind of malicious intent!   Name: Blah E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 May 2015 L&N Dispatcher and Mr. Robert Pines, Fellas.... L&N, why do you continue to argue with this guy for all these years... why do you care... Who cares??? Pines, Dude keep taking advantage of this short sighted ass railroad and continue to use it to your benefit. But Guys... lets move on.. or you two meet up and either fight or f*ck... but get over it!   Name: whocares E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 May 2015 I simply enjoy how every time this company tries to make my job/life harder that I just take it out on them in some unknowingly but gratifying way that makes me feel the score is even. Thank you.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 May 2015 East St. Louis Safety Committee: Jacksonville's Pride or Failure At this location there is a "no stings attached" attitude when it comes to marking off in the"name of safety". Whether you are the union safety coordinator, the red block captain, or the critical incident person you can mark off. These employees have been abusing the system and why not? Some have held these positions past the appointed years with managements blessing. Union agreements mean absolutely nothing when it comes to marking off safety if you know the right people. It's time for new ideas! Can you cite ANY accomplishments at that location in the past few years? Here are some examples of the abuse by a few members of the safety committee: -Excessive amounts of safety days taken by a future train master and current union safety coordinator. -Marking off for a safety feed when there isn't one! -Marking off for safety, collecting big money, to help the terminal manager move! -Marking off for safety, collecting big money, for an all expense paid trip to a RISQUE bar. SWEET! -Never posting safety feeds for all of the employees to see. Leaving only that special few to attend! -Going month's at a time without posting the minutes for all to see. The employees are the ones responsible for all the years of injury free days there! Who is responsible for approving all of these safety days? Does that location operate on a safety budget? Do they have the largest safety budget on the division? Does anybody else see what's going on there? Is anybody watching? Someone please STOP the ABUSE!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 May 2015 I need a lawyer for being discriminated against for have a disorder/disabilty Im in the midwest this is leading to termination... Please get with me asap or let me know of any good union lawyers   Name: Ouch E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 May 2015 Rules 101, 3-step violations have always been treated by CSX as a Serious not a minor rules violation, everyone knows that. And as far as your confusion as to whether this Trainmaster works on the Chicago or Great Lakes Division, why does it matter? Managers are free to cross Divisions at their leisure.   Name: Ouch E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 May 2015 Violation of 3-step is a Serious-offense. At Serious level 1 and 2 a CSX hearing will be scheduled. If said employee is already at Serious 2 and the violation of 3-step is observed, then said employee will be removed from service until hearing is over and decision has been made by Division Manager. More than likely employee will be terminated.   Name: RULES 101 E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 May 2015 News Your new sheriff obviously needs to read his rule books. ALL OF THEM if he is pulling someone out of service for minor radio rules. Three step protection is addressed in the safeway book dated July 1, 2012. How 3 step protection is applied is discussed as well as the mention that will be requested verbally. However, there is no discussion on how that verbal communication will be done. The rule is clearly printed under TS-15. As for positive identification, once again it is explained in the rules book under section 10 subsection 1006. There is no gray area as stated. If you are switching, classifying or doing other similar operations, after communicating positive identification ONCE you can use short identification. It clearly states you will use locomotive number but IT DOES NOT describe how you will perform the remainder of your SHORT IDENTIFICATION. The bigger question here that is a gray area is WHEN are you required to use positive identification. Does it state clearly without a doubt when you are to use positive identification? NO IT DOES NOT. The rule only states "when required to use positive identification" under this section of the rules book. You are right when you suggested that the crews contact the operations department and get this settled immediately. Hopefully the person that was pulled out of service for this matter will open the can of worms that is needed to get the procedure published in writing. Unfortunately it usually takes a negative action to get a positive reaction from the crews. Another question you may ask yourself is what should be the level of discipline for someone failing to follow the radio rules as written. Since they can be interpreted differently by crews and supervisors there is no doubt this topic needs to be addressed immediately between the carrier and the unions. One area that seems to shed some light on the severity is stated under rule 1008.2. A transmission DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REPEATED(ACKNOWLEDGED) when switching in a yard. Anyone with railroad experience knows that there is more movement of equipment in the yard than anywhere else. There is a greater chance of being seriously hurt in a yard than anywhere else. The fact that radio transmissions do not have to repeated while working in a yard pretty much sends the message of the seriousness that is taken by the rules department when using the radio for positive communication between the crew members.   Name: news!!!! E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 May 2015 NEW RULES!!!! OK boys and girls. There is a new kind of sheriff in town on the great lakes and Chicago division(cant figure out which he is supposed to work on) Seems that he is following the old Ricky Reed shadow and making up his own rules as he goes along. Just so you know if he hears you ask for 3 step or you are telling your engineer that you are in a place of safety and you do not say it exactly like he wants you to he will pull you out of service. Failure to not follow radio rules to the tee is not a serious enough offence to be put on the street but he thinks so. Better start brushing up on your radio rules and call the operating rules department and get a few issued cleared up. Like when do you have to use positive identification and when did you have to start using it when you are flat switching and building trains!!!!!!!!   Name: Coal River E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 April 2015 trainmater Scott Harless doesn't know where he works. this week Danville WV had a derailment and he didn't even know the name of the sub-division the derailment occurred on. He even grew up in the area lol   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 April 2015 ESPECIALLY WITH THE BOSS THEY HAVE AT AVON.   Name: Retired Eng E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 April 2015 Sooner or later, someone on the CSX will go “Postal.” It’s just a matter of time. It’s happened on other railroads, not just the US Post Office.   Name: no mo E-mail: no mo . com Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 April 2015 where is Todd Novac working????   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 April 2015 Billion dollar railroad that uses a 1970's computer program...CSX Mainframe Sessions....lol   Name: Investigative Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 April 2015 Corrupt Union Officers And Management Under Review: In just one large terminal, a rail carrier compensates a General Chairman and his local chairmen, two thousand monthly [4-each] to circumvent the Federal Rest rules. The agreement forces engineers too mandatory undisturbed rest in order to avoid Federal Rest requirements...and by doing so, the carrier saves approximately$400,000.00 monthly and or $4,800.000.00 annually for eliminating 42 engineers. The General Chairman's rationale "An engineer should not be subjected to rest requirements when their work assignment is less than 200 miles. The General Chairman hasn't worked in 20 years and yet is always on the receiving end of "Company Business" assignments and in--direct conflict of the Bylaws for "full time" paid union officers.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 April 2015 As I see it.....where else can an uneducated guy like me make 100,000 year for sitting on my ass?......don't even move a train all that much anymore cause of dispatchers whom do not have a clue as to how to run trains.....quite comical really....laughing all the way to the bank every two weeks.....gotta love em cause they are to dumb to hate.......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 20 April 2015 now that csx finally ran roadforeman john silly ass baker off the railroad, which this loser should have been run off years ago. the rules now have only one interpretation the csx way not john baker rules.   Name: Rail rider E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 April 2015 My prediction for this company...... As I see it, The T &E employees hate this company with a passion. Managers are fallen over each other, and they lack people skills.. CSX thinks that they're employees are disposable. Most company's protect good employees and get rid of the bad ones.. Not this company .. If little Johnny screws up then we all get screwed ... This company is going down hill at a high rate of speed.. By 2020 this company will barely be floating.. Don't go in debt because you will lose as well.....   Name: Attention new hires E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 April 2015 T & E DEPARTMENT SUCKS............management in this department sucks...... Managers are fallen over each other... .... Come watch the circus but don't hire on....   Name: help E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 April 2015 Crews For those of you that are having trouble getting into your caps records to review your "points" of progressive discipline accessed to you for staying home sick, don't feel frustrated. As usual the company has once again given out inaccurate info on how to log on. Log into the internet through apps.csx.com or the site you use at home to view the crew screen for train schedules and personal info. After logging on to the internet explorer page enter the word (caps) in the search bar that says "search this site". Make sure you put the word caps in (). Several sites will come up. Select the one that says crew attendance points system with the word (Caps). Four selections will pop up on the center screen. Select TITLE. Select CAPS in the upper left hand corner and your info should pop up. If you have problems call the chessie help desk. They have been flooded with calls and are aware of the bad info that was given out. Just another good laugh for them. They were expecting this to happen and were prepare for a flood of phone calls.   Name: East St. Louis E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 April 2015 I'm not a T/E guy but its unbelievable what they have to put up with here. Their officials are so twisted and untruthful...its sad really. They bully and harass these men. I've never had a official be like this to me but the T/E employees have a lot on their plate with this. I have complete confidence in our team here but it seems like their officials are so dishonest and harass them. Is that really safe to mess with men that are tired and just honestly wanting to do a good job and make them feel like crap everyday. CSX really needs to be thankful they have such good workers here. We all care so much but why cant these guys just get a break with the harassment. We have a awesome safety record and plan to keep it that way. Its because we come into work and are rule compliant. Its not because of power hungry officials. I wish I could help them...retaliation is a definite at St.Louis... if there is anyone out there with some pull to help ..please do. This really needs to be looked into. All of us at East St. Louis would be much appreciated with this. thank you and be safe guys!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 04 April 2015 Retired Engineer: You are absolutely right. Top level railroad managers know exactly what's going on at the bottom. They could care less about employee morale, or safety. It's all about profits and stock value. And that's all that stockholders care about too. Welcome to the greed and ruthlessness of corporate America and it's wealthy stockholders.   Name: Ret Eng E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 April 2015 "Low level Management is the problem with this company.” High Level Management hires these young college kids as Trainmasters, gives them a rule book to learn, then sends them out to test and fire you. So, point being, it starts higher up, trickle down management. Union Pacific is doing the exact same thing, with young college grads. You can’t blame the youngsters for taking the job.   Name: Sad place E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 April 2015 Low level Management is the problem with this company. These kids don't know they're head from a hole in the ground. No one wants to work for this company anymore. And those people that do want to work here just wants to hit the big bucks. Sad times....   Name: crew caller E-mail: Employed as: Crew Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 April 2015 Crew Management has become its own hell! Working there for the last 17 years I don't know where to start in the pile of b.s. that goes on. I am a good caller and most of the people I work with are great. I try to help most if I can, but this divide of unions is the worst thing we have allowed to happen. Its everyone for themselves, I think one mass union for all would help everyone. Any ideas of what we at CMC can do to bridge the divide? Thanks in advance   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 March 2015 9 out of 10 CSX managers are dumb as a rock... And they prove it daily ....   Name: Free Lance Reporter E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 March 2015 Similarities between Germanwing's Pilot Suicide: Did a little research on the railroad accident in Arkansas last year and it has all the telling signs of a self-inflicted occurrence. One of the crew members had no place to hide from the law and the judges were waiting! Maybe the FRA Gentleman can do a little research.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 March 2015 Portsmouth,Va.... BEWARE.... There is coming to you a Conductor named Warren Reddick (last name might be spelt wrong but sounds same).This person( I can not refer to him as a man) was demoted from Trainmaster to Conductor (his old trade) due to CSX's ( once again not practicing what they preach)supposedly zero tolerance for Spousal Abuse or whatever other Moral or Ethical words CSX like to use that makes the company sound good. This person did jail time for beating up his wife which was caught on tape by his daughter. Do not trust this sorry excuse for a person. When he was a Trainmaster he was not only a tyrant but a lying tyrant. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 26 March 2015 FTW, Yeah, happens all the time. Each situation is different. Again, document/keep records. The worker/union side does win the vast majority of cases that have to go to arbitration. Csx piddles away too much money\recourses & loses way too often. Sad. Management should wise up.   Name: FTW E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 March 2015 If you get ran off can you every come back? what the average time.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 26 March 2015 East St. Louis, Roselake: Unless you are a real jag-off\screw-up, & even if you are, that person had no right talking to you & treating you that way. Sure seems there's something wrong with management in E. St. Louis. Sad. Where in hell are the real brains of this company? Ethics is just more co. BS rhetoric. Calls/complaints to the ethics hotline are recorded by an outfit that is sub-contracted. However, if you all would just bombard them with calls & also blast 'em with unsafe condition reports, csx would have to do something. Keep records. Write things down. That's for your own best interest. There is no substantiation without documentation.   Name: East St .Louis Roselake E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 March 2015 I just want to say that Rose lake yard is very impressive. The things that impress me if how stupid Aleek and his little want to be trainmasters are. If I was a customer of CSX I would take my business else where. I know my job relies on customers but I can make way more money on other railroads and I wouldn't have to be harassed like Rose lake Managers do... I was taking a number 2 and Trainmaster Williams came into the bathroom telling me he needed me and "I needed to cut it off!" I said please can I have some privacy please. He then preceded to tell me he has the authority to fire me for subornation." Because I wasn't following the instruction of a superior." So I cut it off asap and then went into his office and then he told me he needed to talk to me about how he didn't care for my attitude in the bathroom. I explained how I was sorry that he thought I had an attitude and I wasn't trying to sound that way. He told me " really I should just shut the fuck and see what I get for the disrespect of a former US Marine"....I cant believe how crazy he went on me and really it freaked me out how he is almost after me. This isn't ok and I shouldn't have to deal with this at my workplace. I have enough to worry about with safety at work....I shouldn't have to worry about my Trainmaster freaking me out and making me feel unsafe ...mentally and physically Customers should be the ones thanking us for what we have to deal with everyday!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Contractor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 March 2015 heres the thing none of us stand as a team anymore as soon as we all stand as one we win and their sorry asses loses if we all could be a team we can beat them they can fire everyone at the same time and if some one gets fired none of us come to work its us againist them and we are divided as a whole cause the 20 something pucks think their better and stronger then us 40 pluses which so wrong no 20 something that hasn't spent time in the military is a man hes just a bitch ass cry baby.   Name: Sh*$7%&^TZ E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 March 2015 GOD NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!! Here we go again.... Company mole drawing someone into the smut forum to divert attention from the real topics that really matter. YOU JUST CANT STOP WITH THE JERRY SPRINGER SMUTT CRAP. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET SOME DIGNITY AND FIND SOMETHING MORE PRODUCTIVE TO DO WITH YOUR TIME. YOU MUST BE A SAFETY DIRECTOR OR SOMETHING. GOD KNOWS THAT SAFETY IS THE LAST THING ON THIS COMPANIES MIND. MAYBE YOUR WITH LABOR RELATIONS. YOU SHOULD HAVE PLENTY OF TIME ON YOUR HANDS SINCE YOUR NOT DOING ANYTHING BUT USING A RUBBER STAMP TO DENY EVERY VALID CLAIM SUBMITTED. MAYBE YOUR JUST A TRAINMASTER WHO HIDES IN HIS OFFICE AND OCCASIONALLY TAKES A CONFERENCE CALL. WHO EVER YOU ARE GET SOME HELP! 

 Name: Retired SP Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 18 March 2015 Well, Half of that is right. First off it was West Colton, California and that is where all the "Ex- Cons, Child Molestors worked and had Criminal convictions for such. There was a RFE named "LINDA" and it was actually a male- SP officer who liked to dress up like a female and suck off Trainmen and Engine men. Her queer side kick was a RFE named "Lester Sack" and he was a RFE out of Bakersfield and they used to hide in the bushes and "TEST" crews and get info from SP company suck asses and RAIL BUFFS that worked for SP and give and DO bad Crew testing. The whole LA division is a fruit cake and nut ball wonderland. UP stills has a bunch of them up in Bakersfield and they are part of the good ole boy queer element. Suck off on the UP to get and keep a job. 

 Name: know E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 March 2015 Conductor 1-10 The favorites game has been going on for ever. All you can do is watch the boards really close. You will figure out who gets calls out of line. Extra board guys will get run around for good paying jobs to be saved for dog catching and other crap jobs when a good train is scheduled and an old head is line second out. They claim they have the right to hold them and not use them. All you can do is put in a run around claim for wages lost because they gave an old head a good long pool run and gave the extra board guy who was rested and available first out a basic day pud job. The union agreements have always said in black and white the company will keep enough men on the extra boards to cover anticipated shortages in man power. You can count on the guys who always suck up to the crew callers and take every thing they call them for get set up for jobs they want. Watch how they will hold certain trains until certain people are rested. You will figure out soon enough who the company sucks are. Life of the railroad! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 March 2015 For The Retired SP Engineer... That terminal in Riverside California, why was there so much malfeasance going in that terminal? One senior manager was caught in a love triangle with his secretary and a junior manager...another one got got hiding injury claims...another used corporate funds to get a sex change operation...another one got caught having oral sex with a rank and file employee while on duty...and a large number of managers hangs out at a Bi-Swingers Club just north of the terminal in order to get initiated into management! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 March 2015 I have no idea why this shit company has a bidding system they don't use it like its should be used they just put people where they want them, then deny their claim for being run around when all you have to do to hold a job that you want is payoff Bradford in crew management cause we have seen he sure doesn't know how to do his job or he failed basic math, if I knew that being stupid was in his job description I'd act like a retard and apply for his job. 

 Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 March 2015 Lower management positions are a waste of potential company profits. These clowns are falling over each other and they don't know their head from their ass.. !!!!!! T/E management is one big joke. Many managers have been caught stealing from the company like using the CLC cards and the pro cards for personal use.. To many chiefs an not enough Indians .. These bad attitude mangers are what gives management a bad name. I hold the company responsible because they know about those losers and doing NOTHING about it. As a share holder I'm very unhappy with the performance of upper management with the lower level management. 

 Name: New Hire that Declined E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 08 March 2015 This site has been running for many years so it has had a cumulative effect I believe... I am an individual who jumped through every hoop to land a position with CSX. I did all the tests then was faced with the realization after all the trouble I went to to prove to CSX I was worthy that CSX was not. Because I had other offers from other companies even though I had set my first choice of a career to be CSX I had to reconsider my other options after I learned more. No one was more disappointed by this than myself as the amount of bullshit you would have to heap onto a job driving trains to make it some thing no one with options wants to do is mind boggling. The reason you likely are faced with a problem of new hires that have no clue what is going on could very well be a self fulfilling prophecy that both employees and management are to blame for. Every qualified candidate that really had the ability to make an informed opinion already passed on your company. There is a pretty strong possibility the majority of them easily found this site and others like it when conducting their own background check while vetting CSX. What you now have are candidates who look good on paper but unlikely were the type that make the effort to look into the environment they are entering with an unbiased point of view and actually make an informed opinion of what are the actual state of working conditions, moral, job satisfaction and union effectiveness. The most damning opinions did not come from this board ironically but from the employees conducting the hiring interviews and their honesty about what they look forward to most in their CSX career... Retirement. And these were the guys that managed to succeed in this environment and advance in position to non T&E jobs... even they are only in it for the money and can't wait for the ride to end. Don't read this as a slight to them the did a good job. However the factual and anecdotal argument against them presented to candidates looking for confirmation of their level of job satisfaction even though they are putting on their happy face through the process... well they already were fighting uphill and it is likely a lot of candidates wanting to be convinced that CSX is a company they want to work at will be looking for their insights in unguarded moments. They alone did not break the camels back. watching an individual that posts youtube videos from their excitement of being selected, finishing training then starting their job the transformation in demeanor is striking. this individual begins to look increasingly tired and disillusioned with their career choice right up to the point the youtube videos simply stop being uploaded. search the internet you will find this exhausted demeanor on so many of the crews faces and you even arrive at the FRA run website dedicated to justifying unsavory 24/7 crew calling practices. Even enjoyable jobs are not enjoyable when you are not given a chance for uninterrupted sleep at 24 hour intervals. Whats worse is in transportation it is downright dangerous. All claims of safety ring hollow when faced with the actual new hire conditions of being stuck on an extra board for years and having no 100% guaranteed way to get the rest you need when being on call 24/7. It is unsafe and everyone knows it It has not changed because it is motivated by greed on all sides of the company from employees/unions to management to the top brass. The irony is everyone would have more job satisfaction and the company would have a lot less accidents if they doubled the labor pools and cut the 24/7 on call in half and stopped paying people to be on the clock for 24 hours a day while sitting at home waiting for a telephone call. Cut that nonsense in half on both sides. Half the current on call pay and half the current hours when on call would be a start. If you need people to crew trains on standby put them on call for 12 hours then let the bastards go to sleep and don't pay the greedy buggers 24 hours a day. You might argue this would cause a strike and the extra board would starve... yes they might but this is a right of passage in other industries that should have high levels of job satisfaction and the root cause of why your industry does not. You all made it about the money to a point that it is a nightmare for yourselves and everyone else. Seriously how did you guys fuck this up so bad? Then there are the actual reports of accidents and their causes that simply confirm all this. When trying to unravel most mysteries and problems so many can be solved by following the money. It seems the perfect storm of greed on all sides has created the current conditions at CSX that make this company unattractive to completely qualified candidates that would otherwise jump at the chance to work here. How many other qualified people has this company lost besides myself because of these problems? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 04 March 2015 Glad We know your the man (42 yearson the rr) 4 tours in Vietnam , 3wives, 1 husband 8 dogs and 25 cats. You don't have to put your resume on here. Just who are you trying to convince? Me or yourself. 

 Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 March 2015 Glad did 42 yrs. Local, Road, & Yard assignments. 1972-2014. Not that old yet & still in pretty good shape physically & mentally. Which is a hell of a lot more than can be said for the less than 1 yr. person\poster. Can't deal with a sick mind. That job is for professionally trained doctors. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2015 Less than 1 year Don't pick on that old man. He's doing the best he can. You might be the closest thing he has to a best friend. Go easy brother. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 04 March 2015 Glad Don't use the local libraries' computer for your post. Sale some of those photos and buy your own. 

 Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 04 March 2015 The less than one year poster should contact an EAP Counselor and ins. cos. right now, -- and start getting professional help ASAP. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 March 2015 Glad The site is csx sucks not csx is your friend. I bet you never worked out here. I believe your one of those formers taking our pictures. You better get out there with your camera here come q025. 30yrs of taking photos 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 March 2015 Glad You're a company suck. You need to retire like the rest of your kind. Too old and too foolish to question anything. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 March 2015 FUCK CSX AND FUCK ALL YOU NO GOOD COMPANY SUCKS. ONE IS NO BETTER THAN THE OTHER AND FUCK MY SAWED OFF LOCAL CHAIRMAN WHO THINKS HE'S A RFE. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 February 2015 Why iisn't attendance policies part of the contract? They should and could be. There is enough silly shit in there. Ingram sure had the bid system shoved down the engineers throats when he was here. Was the bid system not to control layoff? Is this not attendance issues? Anything can be placed in a contract. I believe most Union members want this addressed in contracts. The ble just happened to sign their contract right before this notice was released to the men. This was no accident it just didn't work out that way. This was all carefully planned out. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 27 February 2015 I'm all about paying union dues and being a union member. We couldn't work for csx without an union or at least I wouldn't. That being said when I pay dues to my union monthly and all my co-workers do as well. I expect representation. I expect the details of a contract to be defined and understood before it's signed. I expect not to be harassed by the company with silly ass attendance policies. I expect my valid claims to be handled and payed in a timely manner. I expect my LC to keep his mouth shut about me wanting a day off. When he is seen getting drunk on social media while he's off union. I expect my union brothers and sisters not to be sleeping with the enemy. I expect my L/C not to take company positions or safety suck jobs. This attendance policy effective 3-1 would never happen if we had a union not in bed with the company. Correct me If I'm wrong but has the utu or ble addressed this on their websites. No they have not! Just like previous attendance changes not a damn thing will change. Is it not funny that the ble signed their contract right before this bullshit. I hope it doesn't happen if right to work is ever the law of the land. There will be a lot of brothers and sisters stop paying union dues because our union is so passive with all csx's bullshit. 

 Name: Bed buddies E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 February 2015 BLE / UTU / CSX. Bed buddies ..... Local union laying off on weekends, holidays,.. These boys needs a good beat down.. Enough is enough .. Catch them at Walmart with they're family an beat the piss out of them. No one made them take that job. Unions aren't strong like they use to be. A bunch of cowards .. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 February 2015 Our no good utu and ble lc are both laid off union again. New system notice released on attendance effective March 1st. We all know they're not doing a damn thing but setting home beating their meat. I wish that short fuck would work at least one weekend with the rest of us. Maybe just maybe this would be as issue with him. I'm not sure how the new utu lc will do or where he stands but the ble lc is a short no good bitching little fucker who thinks he's a rfe. He handles claims like my insane granny. WE ALL KNOW CSX SUCKS COCK. LET ME TELL THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THE UTU AND BLE SUCK BIG COCK. I FIND IT FUNNY THAT THE CONTRACTS STATE HIS IS A CLOSED SHOP JOB AND THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN THAT BELIEVE THE UNION NOT IN BED WITH CSX. uNION BUSINESS ON THE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS NEED TO BE A THING OF THE PAST. HEY CINDY IF YOU HAD A REAL MAN KNOCKING THE BOTTOM OUT OF THAT THING YOU MIGHT BE A DECENT BITCH. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 24 February 2015 Hey utu and ble on your web sites there is a lot of bullshit topics. How about topics we really care about like the new attendance policy or what you fat ass no good basterds are gonna do about it. 

 Name: stones E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 February 2015 To answer the question as to why you always see Brian Edwards and Darren Hershiser together. Someone posted earlier that Edwards and Hershiser were closet gay lovers. That's why you always see them together. Personally I would hope that if Hershiser was in the closet, he'd have better taste than to have sex with someone as revolting as Brian Edwards. Brian Edwards is nothing more than a deplorable excuse for a human being. Look at Brian. He wears the same clothes day in and day out. He smells like arse because he's so large he can't reach around to wipe his own arse. His clothes have the same food stains on them day in and day out, and he constantly whines about how his wife is giving it away to everyone but him. It's obvious that he hates his own life, and the fact the only way a women will give him the time of day is if he pays them. While working on the Chicago Division I heard many a clerk comment that Brian would whine to them, hoping to get a mercy fu€k from them. Instead they ran to the union and filed complaints against him. I've also heard that the reason Larry Kosner brought Brian to the Great Lakes Division is because he's been busy doing Brian's wife for quite some time. Other members of management at working at Barr Yard openly admit that John Bradley was so sick and tired of Brian Edwards not doing anything but blaming everyone else working around him for his lack of production, it became nothing more than a big joke. John Bradley was on the verge of firing Brian personally before Larry Kosner stepped in and brought him to the Great Lakes Division. We don't even want to mention how badly the local chairmen on the Chicago Division were tearing Brian apart during company hearings, as he constantly changed his stories about what he witnessed. Truth be told, Brian was on the verge of being fired for being a liability to CSX. If it wasn't for Brian's wife being so generous with her wears, Brian Edwards wouldn't have a job at CSX today. While there are a lot of rumors on the railroad, Brian Edwards being a deplorable excuse for a human being isn't one of them. That rumor you can take to the bank. 

 Name: DS E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 February 2015 OK PEOPLE. Does anyone know why Darren Hershiser and Brian Edwards are always driving around together between Lafayette and Crawfordsville day in and day out. You can count on running into them at D&R during lunch time. You can count on seeing them when they're hanging around the Chicken Shack in Linden. The two of them are always together in either Brian's red Jeep, or Darren's tan colored Chevy truck. (contrary to what they tell Larry Kosner, they're not in the separate vehicles that they turn in on their mileage reports.) Inevitably when the Monon crews see Brian, if he's is awake, he's wearing the same clothes as the day before and still has yesterday's food spilled down the front of his shirt and pants. (And he wonders why his wife doesn't want anything to do with him????) WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHY ARE THESE TWO TRAIN MASTERS TROLLING ON THE MONON AND CHICAGO DIVISION TERRITORY WHEN THEY WORK ON GREAT LAKES DIVISION? I understand bumping up your mileage report, I've done it myself back in the day. But don't these two think that after several months of constantly working off of their territory, someone down at 31 East Georgia Street will catch on and actually start checking their expense reports? HELLO SCOTT CONNER, ITS TIME TO REIN YOU BOYS BACK IN AND HAVE THEM DO THE WORK THAT YOU PAY THEM TO FOR ON YOUR OWN DIVISION,THE GREAT LAKES DIVISION. Your two boys are slowing down the crews on the Chicago Division. In case no one has informed Brian, please let him know the Chicago Division is no longer his territory. (hint,hint) While you're at it, you might want to take a close look at BOTH Brian and Darren's mileage reports. If they're telling you they're driving separate vehicles day in and day out, they're violating the CSX Ethics policy. The lying and stealing in particular. They're also making you look like a bigger fool than you already do when you decided to take John Bradley's problem child off his hands and bring him over to the Great Lakes Division. 

 Name: Informer E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 February 2015 You want to be a manager at CSXT? Fail a drug test and 9 months later when you come back off your rule G CSX will give you the title that most abuse. What's that you say? you have to have a clean employee record for a year without any absences or assessments? Those rules only apply to those that CSX says they do.. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know CSX made that rule but its ok, trust me! We look for the worst employees to put in charge! Shitty employee and now a shitty manager. From someone that use to go home after the morning call because their manager use to let them. No management experience need, never been a foreman, no need. Stole from the company then and sure that has not stopped. Who's going to listen and make the difference? No one.... CSX is a bright shiny fortune 500 company on the outside that gives a appearance that safety is #1 and they care. Have you seen the areas where these trains run? Employees defenseless work in high urban threat areas. We will wait until something happens to make changes, just like all the other rules and regulations written in blood. Don't waste your time calling Ethics because eventually the manager that is the problem will come to you ans ask for a statement and dissolve the issue. Confidential? yea right! So many issues with this company and yet it is blamed on the employee. "Oh, its just a disgruntled employee!" Is it? Why is that employee disgruntled? Fact based: A statement thrown around by CSX. If you want fact based lets pull radio records of trains that have passed. Lets pull paper work that has been documented by and outside party. "I don't care that 6 employees have the same story! I am going continuously repeat "FACT BASED" and make everything your fault! Oh yea and also keep calling you a liar!" GREAT MANAGEMENT SKILLS!!! 

 Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 21 February 2015 Conductor less 1 Who is this John Waler? If he employeed by osha or fra. Someone assigned to your area? We had some FRA men in the back pockets at our terminal but the good ones let us know who they were and not to call them. What are the ethic's charges for? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 February 2015 So SP retired Engineer the LA Division had a bunch of "Sex Offenders" on the Division and other "HUBS" when the UP took over and cleaned house? SP had some Engineers that had their wives do "PORNOS" with John Holmes back in the LATE 70's and Early 80's in Bakersfield and that dude had HIV. Dammit... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 February 2015 DO NOT CONTACT JOHN WALER WITH ANY OSHA CONCERN...He is soon to be brought up on ethics charges... 

 Name: Ret Eng E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 February 2015 Is it true that an engineer butchered his wife several times and almost killed her...served over 10 years in prison................................ Yes, I remember him. He lived up in the Lake Arrowhead area and was a trasfer from Orgeon Division. Actually, a really nice guy. His name escapes me. That happens in old age. When I retired, he was still in prison. I don’t know if he ever got his job back. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 February 2015 RE; SP Engineer: Heard lots of noise from that terminal that you mentioned in California....Is it true that an engineer butchered his wife several times and almost killed her...served over 10 years in prison...and returned to work...and is now a terminal manager? That was mentioned in Train Orders a few years ago as well as a slew of sex offenders working-out of that terminal. 

 Name: FACTS! E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 17 February 2015 Retired SP Engineer Not only do the CSX officials read this site but their lawyers do as well. They have too. It is their responsibility to read every post to make sure there hasn't been something posted that is a violation of business practices or leaks vital information to the competitors. Supervisors visit this site on a regular basis. IT IS A FACT that the FRA as well as customers read it daily. Last year a close personal friend of the NS informed us that they read every single post because not only is it entertaining but a lot of post make reference to former NS officials that were asked to "leave" and jumped on board with CSX. This site can be very helpful for the employee's if used properly. Unfortunately because it is an open forum there is no way to keep filthy and unstable people from posting comments that make decent hard working employees who do post on here appear less credible. If employee's are afraid to file ethics charges against a supervisor because they know they WILL BE RETALIATED AGAINST they can do it on this site. The minute any CSX officer see's official charges posted on this site it is their responsibility to advise the company so the lawyers and public directors can make note of it and prepare for any adverse actions that might take place. Be serious about your posting. If you are going to make charges or post ethics violations HAVE YOUR FACTS. HAVE DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS, INNCIDENT AT HAND AND FULL DETAILS. CSX has in the past investigated officials being charged with inappropriate conduct after being notified anonymously. THIS IS A FACT. Once they become aware that a serious situation is escalating it is their responsibility to investigate within. REMEMBER!!!!! AS SOON AS YOU BEGIN POSTING INFORMATION THAT IS UNCOMFORTABLE OR DAMAGING TO THE IMAGE OF THE COMPANY, THE HIRED MOLES WITH DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO DISTRACT YOU FROM THE TOPIC AT HAND. THEY WILL START ARGUMENTS WITH THE POSTERS AND DRAW EVERYONES ATTENTION AWAY. THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO DO. DO YOUR BEST TO IGNORE THEM. DO NOT LET THEM DRAW YOU IN. IF YOU DO ALL YOU HAVE DONE IS FALL FOR THEIR TACTICS. STAND YOUR GROUND! If what you are posting is factual and truthful you have absolutely nothing to worry about. No one in the company wants to push issues that you can prove without a shadow of a doubt. They prefer to keep these issues in house and away from the public but if the employee's are getting no where and the problems are being swept under the rug this site is just the place to get the rug taken to the cleaners! 

 Name: Retired SP Eng. E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 February 2015 I really do hope that CSX Management takes the time to read this and other railroad websites, especially TrainOrders.com. I'm sure they view CSX-Sucks.com as entertainment, with only disgruntle employees being the catalyst of the posters. But, for their information, many others view them in the same light as most here. In comparison to the other “Big Three” railroads, CSX is, from what I can tell, a “Wooden Axel” outfit. Meaning basically, it's run by non-railroad people at the corporate level and the "Bottom Line" being the most important or the only indicator of the railroad's productivity and efficiency. Back in 1980, Southern Pacific (and other railroads) were flush with excess operating employees, cabooses, fireman, brakemen, etc. now history. The country was in the middle of the Carter rescission, freight loadings were way down, locomotives were stored, mothballed in long lines. Many low seniority brakemen and switchmen were cut-off. The mood of management then was much as the CSX is now; harass the men, efficiency testing all the time. If you were a promoted engineer and cut back as a fireman, then you were fair game. The work morale was just as the CSX seems to be today. Finally, someone broke. For you CSX managers, these means he went “Postal.” I'm sure I need not explain the definition of that term. One particular yardmaster, with the encouragement of a few Asst-Terminal Superintendents, had really be harassing the yard crews unmercifully. As the sun came up one morning, this yardmaster was walking down the steps from the Trim Tower at SP's West Colton Yard in southern California. An old head switchman walked up a literally blew him away with a 12ga. shotgut....yes, killed him. The man is still in a California prison. The man's name escapes me, but I believe they called the yardmaster Pinky. After this incident, things on the SP changed over night....at least on the Los Angeles Division. Now, point being; don't think this can't happen on the CSX. It can and I would bet it will. CSX Management, listen up...people can only take so much. From what I read and hear, many of your first line managers are pushing people to the breaking point. Just take some poor guy going through a divorce, a serious illness or another of life's traumatic situations, feeling distraught, life not worth living. Now, take one of your company officers, overly concerned about him separating two cars 48 feet not 50, sights him for an investigation, this just might be the straw that breaks the camel's back, and he goes Postal. Don't feel it can't happen, I have shown you it has, on a railroad. We all know it's happened many time at the US Postal Service. 

 Name: Rose lake E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 February 2015 ROSELAKE.... Idk if Aleek is still doing his pot smoking but he sure thought it was funny that day. Like he had gotten one over on CSX. He was even holding his hand up making the movements of smoking a joint. The railroad is so corrupt within CSX. I sometime can believe the idiots they hire here. Then they let the ones go that are actually doing good. Doesn't make sense to me...but aleek and ryan do there own thing and we cant stand up without being mistreated or followed in the yard with them constantly testing us. Or in aleeks way he tests.....from the seat in his office looking out the window. THE SAFTY Record at RoseLake isn't what they claim... 1st They tell you they don't want to know.... 2nd If you do tell them....they say "i didn't hear it" 3rd Ive personally told " if you get hurt here..you wont work here any longer. We have ways to get rid of you here." Ryan Williams says SOMEONE like scott conner needs to get involved and fire them for a change! 

 Name: ROSELAKE E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 February 2015 ROSE LAKE= Aleek Young + Ryan Williams = Terrible place to work. "BIG BLACK the pot smoker" + "Lyin Ryan" These guys are insane...Not ethical at all. I have personally have sat at the break table and over heard ALEEK talk about when he got the job offer for Management he was in Miami smoking pot on the beach. He said he had to tell them he would be on vacation for a month so he had plenty of time to get it out of his system. RYAN he is a weirdo with a huge ego. He seems to think cuz he was a marine he is some kind of tough guy. Not really guy...we don't like you and your just a young ass punk. He orders old heads around like he knows better than someone that has been on the railroad for TWICE his AGE! Honestly we hope you just choke on your meal when you take a break! MANAGEMENT....Back off ...! We are all fed up with you attitudes and terrible way you treat us here. Everyone might have to go out and call Redblock one night and see how you get the 008 out... ANY1 ELSE HAVE ANY STORYS ABOUT ROSELAKE? 

 Name: Joe Patriot E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 15 February 2015 Corrupt Politicians and Corporate America: All Railroaders should go on a Nationwide strike and force our corrupt politicians to focus on the People's business! America, The Land Of The Free, is coming apart at the seams because no one wants to lead! 

 Name: Retired Loco Eng. E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 February 2015 I have ofter thought, the Obama Administration should turn over the ISIS and Radical Islamic Terrorist problem to the CSX management. Herman Goering, Hitler's righthand man, once said, “The reason we lost the war was, were weren’t sufficiently ruthless enough." That would not be the case with CSX. They would cut off heads and take names with a broken pencil, which ever worked best. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 February 2015 http://www.utu1529.org/news/news.php?action=fullnews&id=230 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 February 2015 No discipline for Following Dr's Orders! MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 February 2015 READ THIS AND PASS IT ON! www.utu1529.org/news/news.php?action=fullnews&id=230 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 February 2015 LOS ANGELES — When a Union Pacific freight train thundered into tiny Macdona, Texas, just before dawn June 28, the engineer and conductor had clocked more than 60 hours in the previous week, working the long, erratic shifts that are common in the railroad industry, according to this report by Dan Weikel published by the Los Angeles Times. They flew through a stop signal at 45 mph and slammed into another freight train that was moving onto a side track. No one even touched the brakes. Chlorine gas from a punctured tank car killed the conductor and two townspeople, while dozens of others suffered breathing problems and burning eyes as the toxic cloud drifted almost 10 miles. Hundreds were evacuated within a 2-mile radius of the accident. Federal investigators suspect that both of the Union Pacific crewmen had fallen asleep. In the weeks before the crash, each man’s work schedule had at least 15 starting times at all hours of the day. The Macdona crash illustrates a grim fact of life for thousands of engineers, brake operators and conductors who guide giant freight trains across the country: Exhaustion can kill. Two decades after federal officials identified fatigue as a top safety concern, the problem continues to haunt the railroad industry, especially the largest carriers responsible for moving the vast majority of the nation’s rail-borne freight. “Engineers and conductors sleep on trains. Anyone who tells you different is not being straight with you,” said Diz D. Francisco, a veteran engineer and union official who works out of Bakersfield for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. Tired crews have caused some of the deadliest and costliest freight train wrecks of the last 20 years, a review of federal accident reports show. And although the government doesn’t track fatigue-related crashes, the number of accidents caused by human error has increased 60% since 1996, a surge that some safety experts suspect is at least partly the result of weary crews. “We have been talking about the same issues for more than 20 years,” said William Keppen of Annapolis, Md., a retired engineer, former union official and past coordinator of Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s fatigue countermeasures program. “We made some progress in the 1990s, but the whole thing is starting to go to hell. People are dying out there. The risk is increasing again.” National Transportation Safety Board records show that entire crews have nodded off at the controls of mile-long freight trains weighing 10,000 tons, some of them loaded with hazardous materials. In a 1984 Wyoming crash, a Burlington Northern engineer had only 6 1/2 hours of sleep in the 48 hours before the accident; his conductor had five hours of sleep. Outside St. Louis in 2001, a Union Pacific engineer who had been up for 24 hours with only a short nap failed to heed three warning signals and orders to limit his speed before triggering a chain-reaction crash involving two other trains. The wreck injured four and caused $10 million in damage. A year later, in Des Plaines, Ill., a Union Pacific engineer fighting to stay awake after more than 22 hours without sleep blew past warning signals and broadsided another train, severely injuring two crew members. After a Chicago & North Western train collision in March 1995, engineer Gerald A. Dittbenner sued the railroad — and received a$500,000 settlement, his lawyers say — over his incessant 12-hour shifts and irregular work schedules. Dittbenner, 49, misread a stop signal after being awake almost 30 hours and hit the rear of an empty coal train outside Shawnee Junction, Wyo. Seconds before the impact, Dittbenner jumped from the locomotive and broke his neck. Unable to do strenuous work because of persistent pain, he now works as a locksmith in Scottsbluff, Neb. At a freight terminal before the crash, Dittbenner wrote a prophetic letter to the railroad company — but never got a chance to mail it. “I said something like, ‘We weren’t getting enough sleep. The railroad is always short-handed and working us to death. If nothing is done, someone is going to get hurt,’ ” Dittbenner recalled in an interview. “That someone was me.” Federal regulators believe that fatigue underlies many train accidents, though the number of crashes related to the lack of rest is unknown. The government investigates few crashes, leaving most of them to the railroads to review. By law, those carriers submit reports to the government. Under cause, the only fatigue-related category is “employee fell asleep,” which Federal Railroad Administration officials say doesn’t provide a full picture of the problem. In 2004, the industry reported 3,104 significant accidents to the railroad administration. About 1,250 were attributed to human factors such as poor judgment, miscommunication and failure to follow operating procedures — errors that experts say can be triggered by fatigue. A 1997 survey of more than 1,500 freight crew members by the North American Rail Alertness Partnership — a group of industry, government and union officials — found that about 80% had reported to work while tired, extremely tired or exhausted. Though fatigue can affect passenger train crews, it is primarily a problem for the 40,000 to 45,000 engineers, brake operators and conductors assigned to unscheduled freight service. Many put in 60 to 70 hours a week, sometimes more. They can be called to work any time during the day or night, constantly disrupting their sleep patterns. The irregular shifts often place bleary-eyed crews at the controls between 3 and 6 a.m., when experts say the body’s natural circadian rhythm produces maximum drowsiness. Engineers, brake operators and conductors liken on-the-job fatigue to being in a constant state of jet lag. “There is no set rest schedule. It changes all the time, and it is hard to adjust,” said Doug Armstrong of Huntington Beach, a veteran Union Pacific engineer who often works 12-hour days, six days a week. “People have a normal rest cycle, but a railroad is anything but normal.” Part of the problem is the federal Hours of Service Act, a 98-year-old law that requires at least eight hours off after each shift. Crew members say that often doesn’t result in adequate sleep. Allowing for commutes, family obligations, meals and getting ready for work, four to six hours of rest is common, they say. Moreover, it is legal under the act for engineers, conductors and brake operators to work up to 432 hours a month. In contrast, truckers can drive no more than 260 hours a month under federal law, while commercial pilots are restricted to 100 hours of flying a month. “It doesn’t make scientific or physiological sense,” said Mark R. Rosekind, a past director of NASA’s fatigue countermeasures program and a former consultant to Union Pacific. “It calls for a minimum of eight hours off, but people need eight hours of sleep a day on average.” Without adequate rest, engineers can significantly increase their risk of an accident, according to research in the late 1990s by the Assn. of American Railroads, the industry’s trade organization and lobbying arm. Donald G. Krause, then an analyst for the association, studied 1.7 million work schedules and found that engineers who put in more than 60 hours a week were at least twice as likely to be in an accident as those working 40 hours. His work was intended to aid the industry in assessing the fatigue problem and finding ways to reduce accidents. But in 1998, the association canceled the research. “They did not want this finding,” said Krause, who once studied rail safety for the federal General Accounting Office and is now a business writer living outside Chicago. “The railroads fear it could lead to restrictions on hours and government regulation, which could cost them money. But something needs to be done. One of these days, they are going to wipe out a town.” Association officials say Krause’s research was halted because of budget cuts, not out of a desire to bury the conclusions. Exhausting schedules are nothing new in railroading. In 1863, long hours contributed to the founding of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, one of the nation’s oldest unions. Crew fatigue is even enshrined in American folklore. Engineer Casey Jones was killed when he rear-ended another train in 1900 — near the end of a double shift. The accident inspired a song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones.” Today’s fatigue problem is the result of a variety of developments over the last two decades, say union officials, railroad consultants, company executives and train crew members. Hiring has not kept pace with a steady increase in rail freight volumes, about 4.4% a year on average since 1991, federal data show. Corporate mergers and cost-cutting during the 1990s led to staff reductions. In 2002, a change in pension rules led to 12,000 railroad worker retirements, twice as many as the year before. Since 1990, overall railroad employment has declined more than 25%. Department of Labor statistics show that, until recently, the hiring of engineers has been flat for years. Railroad unions have at times resisted proposed solutions to the fatigue problem if they threatened to limit the freedom of their members to work long hours and maximize earnings. With overtime and high mileage, salaries for engineers can reach $100,000 a year. “It is a two-edged sword,” said Brian Held, 47, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe engineer for 10 years. “The company wants to save money and doesn’t hire what it needs to. Union members don’t want the boards so full of workers they can’t make the money they want. It makes for a dangerous situation.” Held said that fatigue led to a train collision April 28, 2004, in the Cajon Pass of San Bernardino County, a long, tricky grade that requires constant attention. Federal records show that both the engineer and conductor of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train dozed off and struck a Union Pacific train at 5:15 a.m. Five cars derailed. “There have been four or five fatigue-related incidents up there,” Held said. “We’re lucky no one was killed.” Interest in fatigue as a safety problem intensified in the mid-1980s, when the NTSB concluded that weary crews contributed to three collisions involving Burlington Northern trains that left 12 dead. But the railroad industry did not launch a major initiative until two Santa Fe freight trains collided Nov. 7, 1990, in Corona, killing four and causing$4.4 million in damage. The fiery head-on crash occurred at 4:11 a.m., when a westbound train ignored a stop signal and crept onto the main track from a siding. It collided with an eastbound freight train going about 30 mph. Crew members on the westbound train tried to run from the wreckage but were consumed by a fireball. The brake operator on the other train was killed; the engineer and conductor suffered serious injuries. A year later, NTSB investigators concluded that the crew at fault had probably fallen asleep. They noted that engineer Gary Ledoux and brake operator Virginia Hartzell had not slept for almost 27 hours, making them drunk with exhaustion. Conductor James Wakefield had no more than six hours of rest the day before. Of Ledoux’s last 54 shifts, 35 had different reporting times at all hours. The day before the crash, because of a last-minute shift change, Ledoux had only 5 1/2 hours of sleep before guiding a freight train from Los Angeles to Barstow, arriving at 12:40 p.m. En route to Los Angeles, Ledoux exceeded speed limits 13 times. As he neared Corona, he turned on the cab’s dome light and opened the window in an apparent attempt to stay awake. The Corona accident prompted the formation of the Work Rest Task Force, which stressed a voluntary approach by railroad companies and labor unions to sponsor research and find solutions without government intervention. In 1996, the North American Rail Alertness Partnership was formed. The Federal Railroad Administration also organized related efforts. Today, a variety of fatigue countermeasures are partially in place or under consideration at the nation’s largest railroads, including Burlington Northern Santa Fe, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific. Some railroads have started voluntary work-rest cycles, though they are not available to most of their freight crews. A typical arrangement is seven days on and three days off. Educational materials are available, crew lodgings at hotels have been upgraded and most major railroads, after years of resistance, now allow short naps for those on duty. Executives at some companies say they are moving to more regularly scheduled freight service, which can make crew members’ hours more predictable. At Burlington Northern Santa Fe, crew members are entitled to 14 hours of undisturbed rest after working eight hours. At CSX, they can ask for undisturbed rest for up to 10 hours, and fixed work-rest cycles are available at several major hubs. Officials at all of the nation’s largest railroads say they are hiring thousands of engineers and conductors to reduce crew shortages. The companies, which handle about 90% of the nation’s rail freight, added more than 4,000 crew members in 2004, a 7% increase over 2003. The Assn. of American Railroads contends that a voluntary effort is more likely to succeed than a “one-size-fits-all” approach that government regulation would create. “We have made huge gains by working cooperatively,” said Alan Lindsey, general director of safety and rules for Burlington Northern Santa Fe. “We have come a tremendous way as an industry.” Although accidents related to human error are increasing, the railroad association cites federal data that deaths and injuries of railroad workers from accidents are at record lows. Fatigue “is not what I’d consider a major safety issue at this point, but it is an issue we take seriously,” said Robert C. VanderClute, the association’s senior vice president of safety and operations. Industry critics, however, point to Union Pacific, the nation’s largest carrier, in asserting that the voluntary approach isn’t working. Understaffing and crew fatigue have persisted at Union Pacific despite the railroad’s participation in the Work Rest Task Force. The largest team of safety inspectors ever assembled by the Federal Railroad Administration descended on Union Pacific in 1997 after five major crashes in eight weeks killed seven people. Long hours, unpredictable work schedules and train crews that had worked days on end without time off were partly to blame. Since last May, the Federal Railroad Administration and the NTSB have been investigating seven derailments and crashes involving Union Pacific trains near San Antonio, including the Macdona wreck. Crew fatigue is suspected in at least two of the accidents. In December 2003, Union Pacific unsuccessfully sued a group of unionized conductors alleging that they were taking too much time off during weekends and holidays, disrupting commerce along a major Kansas line in violation of the Railway Labor Act. The United Transportation Union countered that the railroad was severely understaffed in the area and many conductors were exhausted from working for weeks — sometimes months — without a day off. “We were running with a skeleton crew,” said union official Greg Haskin. “Guys were burned out and calling in sick. They were working 12- to 16-hour days up to 90 days straight. You can’t expect people to work like that and be safe.” Union Pacific declined to discuss the case. The company has vowed to add 200 engineers and conductors in the San Antonio area, where the Macdona crash occurred, and 2,500 this year across its vast network. The company also is experimenting with a two-days-on, two-days-off work-rest cycle for engineers at its giant freight hub in North Platte, Neb. “Generations have been dealing with this problem,” said John Bromley, a Union Pacific spokesman. “There are not going to be any overnight solutions.” Critics say the industry isn’t doing enough voluntarily and that further government regulation is needed. But when it comes to combating fatigue, the wheels of reform turn slowly. Bills requiring fatigue management plans and improvements to the Hours of Service Act have failed repeatedly in Congress since 1998 because of corporate and labor opposition. Out of frustration, NTSB officials say they recently withdrew their long-standing recommendation for revisions to the act. Amending the law to reflect modern sleep science had been on the NTSB’s “10 Most Wanted List” of safety improvements since 1990. George Gavalla, who headed the Federal Railroad Administration safety office from 1997 to 2004, said trying to reduce the fatigue problem “was one of my biggest frustrations.” “I’m disappointed we could not accomplish more,” he added. “It is a huge safety issue.” 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 February 2015 Blet,Utu and Csx can kiss my ass. When ever I get 20 points I'm gonna just happen to get hurt at work. Then sue their asses. Does anyone know a good lawyer? \$100.00 a month in Union dues and this is the shit we get. I wish we had half a damn Union. Anyone thinking of coming out here think again. You would be better off slinging hamburgers at McDonald's. 

 Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 12 February 2015 To the other, other non-employee, for N/A: You do seem to understand what's going on in the railroad industry. Railroad and FRA managers squeeze each other's hands under the table while they preach, but don't really practice, safety. And someday it will end in a much greater tragedy than those that have already occurred. 

 Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 12 February 2015 Other, non-employee, for N/A: No, your post is totally inaccurate. Railroads harass and fire employees in order to instill fear in them. It also makes railroads appear to be safety orientated. It's all about greed and control. Railroad retirement has nothing to do with this. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 February 2015 I found this quote interesting as to the logic of this policy... is it accurate? "Just follow the money. The railroad retirement system isn't big enough for everyone so they run crews 24/7 so they screw up and get fired or die so there is enough for the 25% of employees who do make it. It is actually a giant ponzi scheme just like Social Security. A 75% reduction in retirement costs is worth the cost of paying for accidents after all isn't it? You save money by being shorthanded along the way as well by running everyone ragged!" 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 February 2015 I may have gotten this wrong but here's how I would feel after having to do this for any length of time... I never got smart enough to think so hard about safety and make websites about it and preach pushing chairs in and not walking with hands in pockets and having fire drills before meetings to demonstrate my commitment to safety. no one has ever asked me why I push my chair in and walk without my hands in my pockets for safety and then... after waiting for a call from work for 16 hours I get the call as I am about to pass out so I drive to work within 2 hours of the call then drive 15000 tons of steel for 12 hours down a ribbon of rails where I have to watch for signals every two miles and make sure to drink my coffee 1 hour before I reach the point of passing out so I don't miss any of those lights because if I miss them that's unsafe and bad things like death happen. But as long as I can keep my eyes open for 10 seconds every 2-3 minutes and time it just right i can sleep through the whole thing and still be safe. good thing I have been operating with no sleep for 12 hours after being awake for 16 hours for the last 15 years or else I would be worried that what I am doing could be extremely unsafe. But the Railroads are committed to safety its on the website they would never miss something so fundamental as degraded human functioning that is directly tied to lack of sleep with a direct threat to safety. That could never happen they are to smart for that. 

 Name: no fool E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 06 February 2015 CHICAGO DIVISION ENOUGH OF YOUR CRAP. WE HAVE HAD IT WITH YOUR OUTRIGHT LIES TO OTHER DIVISIONS. DO YOU THINK WE ARE IDIOTS??? YOU THINK WE DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR UP TO WHEN YOU TRY AND PAIR OTHER ENGINEERS OR CONDUCTORS WITH YOUR OWN PEOPLE TO COME AND DO A SO CALLED LIGHT MOVE ON YOUR TERRITORY. WE ARE SICK OF YOU USING THE OLD RULE 46 MOVE AND THREATEN INSUBORDINATION IF OTHER CREW MEMEBERS FROM OTHER DIVISIONS TELL YOU THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED IN YOUR STINKING INDUSTRIES. GET A CLUE IDIOTS. THE OLD RULE 46 HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH KNOWING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AND INDUSTRY OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. CONDUCTORS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ASSIGNED AS PILOTS FOR ENGINEERS. WE KNOW YOU ARE FULL OF IT WHEN YOU TELL THE CREW CALLERS YOU HAVE JUST ONE STRAIGHT MOVE TO MAKE. WE GOT PEOPLE RESTED TO WORK TOGETHER OFF OUR DIVISIONS THEN WE CAN COME TOGETHER. WE KNOW WHY YOU ARE TRYING TO PAIR US UP WITH YOUR GUYS. YOUR UNETHICAL LIES AND BULL YOU TELL THE CREW CALLERS IS GOING TO BITE YOU IN THE ARSSES IF YOU KEEP IT UP. YOU CANT GET YOUR LOCAL AND YARD WORK DONE, TOO BAD. GET MORE PEOPLE IN YOUR DIVISION. QUIT YOUR LYING AND BULLSHITZ STORIES. QUIT YOUR THREATENING OTHER PEOPLE ON OTHER DIVISIONS. YOU NOT FOOLING ANYONE. YOUR THE REASON NO ONE TRUST A SUPERVISOR ANYMORE. GROW UP AND START PREACHING SAFETY LIKE MICKEY WARD SAYS YOUR SUPPOSED TO. QUIT TRY TO FORCE OTHER PEOPLE TO GO WORK PLACES THEY NEVER LAYED EYES ON BEFORD. STOP BREAKING FRA LAWS AND OPERATING RULES. LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR OWN! KEEP YOUR CRAP IN YOUR OWN DIVISION! 

 Name: NEWS E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 February 2015 GOOD WORK WELL DONE POSTERS! Looks like the latest post about our unprofessional supervisors, the attendance policy and other issues that expose the company for their many unethical behaviors has put a burr in their saddle. Their mole(paid off supervisor) has crawled out from under his rock and is trying to disrupt our discussions with his LBT jerry springer crap again. We haven't heard from him in awhile. Wonder which topic is making them squirm in their chairs! KEEP THE ISSUES OPEN AND IGNORE THE MOLE FROM UNDER THE ROCK! 

 Name: Pete E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 February 2015 Yard Master, you're back a week, stirring the pot, and you've already hit the nail on the head about Daren and Brian. Quite a few of us have been wondering about the two of them for quite some time. Especially since all of us working out of Avon already know who Brian's wife is doing downtown. (And it isn't Brian) Yes its true, we all know when you see Brian and Daren, they're always together riding around in Brian's red jeep. From hearing the Lafayette crews talk, not only is the couple riding around in Brian's red jeep, eating at some BBQ restaurant in Lafayette, they're doing their testing on the Monon Subdivision versus their own territories on the Great Lakes Division. (!!!!!!) I say let the two love birds be, and hope they stay over there to do their testing,,,,,, and whatever. I don't know about you, but I'm personally tired of seeing Brian wearing the same clothes for days on end, then giving John England a run for his money on who can smell worse in building 5. LET THE TWO LOVE BIRDS BE, and keep them on the Monon. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2015 Heads up for those working on the Monon and Crawfordsville subs. Brian Edwards and his new (butt) buddy Darren (Hershey) Hershiser are busy riding around together at all hours of the day and night under the auspices of testing crews. They're spending their "quality" time "testing" on the less traveled Monon and Crawfordsville subs, versus Brian Edward's heavily traveled territory on the St. Louis Line. Rumor has it from several train crews that have witnessed Brian Edwards and Darren (Hershey) Hershiser together, that Darren (Hershey) Hershiser has taken it upon himself to help satisfy Brian Edwards insatiable need to receive blow jobs while in his jeep. Way to go Brian Edwards. What did you do, convince Hershey Hershiser that if he helped you out, you'd help him out by using your wife's connections downtown to help this former UTU Local Chairman move up the ladder? As we all know, Brian Edward's wife is busy servicing several of Brian's coworkers down at 31 East Georgia St. (And given what she has to go home to at night [[brian]] do you blame her for looking else where for company?) With Brian not getting any at home, and spending a lot of time riding around in the same vehicle with Darren (Hershey) Hershiser.......men get lonely, and Hershey has taken it upon himself to help Larry Koster's big buddy, Brian Edward's out. (And Brian's little buddy too) I don't know about you guys, but if you remember the days of Rick Reed and Benny Chance, but it sure looks like history is repeating it's self on the Great Lakes Division yet again. And should you pass Brian Edwards and Darren (Hershey) Hershiser as they're spending quality time "working together" on these long cold nights in Brian's jeep, working to stay warm. Keep an eye on the two of them, you might just see more than two best buddies testing your crew. 

 Name: DUH E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 February 2015 Friend/family Anyone who has half a brain in their heads knows not to trust ANYONE IN SUPERVISION. They are not about to take any blame for anything if it is going to jeopardize their job position. Everyone knows this and if they don't then they are in the wrong field. This is an industry that requires employees to be disciplined. It's a dangerous job and injuries have and will always happen. When lawsuits are filed previous discipline for safety failures by the employee are used as a way to reduce settlement amounts. Head hunting is mandatory. Its the nature of the business. A division having a perfect safety record goes deeper than bragging rights. Government support, political and industrial support goes along with it not to mention negotiation for insurance premiums. No reason not to mention this TM's name because everyone knows not to turn their backs for one minute. You wouldn't be saying anything that would surprise us! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 February 2015 I DONT WORK FOR THE RAILROAD.BUT DO KNOW SOMEONE THAT WOR