NO!!! You CAN'T have a day off!     The railroad practically invented the term 'on-call'. Many CSX employees do not have schedules, but are forced into working a 'list'. Most lists are on call 6 days a week, 24 hours a day, and often the employee cannot even choose their day off. It is common to be called to work during an assigned day off.     Unscheduled days off are usually not granted for family or religious obligations. There are many CSX employees who have been unable to attend their childrens' birthday parties, their wedding anniversaries, and even funerals because they were not allowed time off.     We've even heard of people who had to call out sick, to attend their own wedding! We're sure that some of these stories that can top even that one...

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 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 March 2017 remember, Hunter is a guy who will radically change CSX and triple the value of the company. ALL the owners (stockholders) will be very happy. All the common workers will be unhappy, because many will be fired. HOWEVER, the people really hurting are all the managers who are getting middle class, fairly smart, quality MBA pay and benefits with no education or smarts who depend on their kinfolk for better salaries then they could get in real life. (Staff officers). They generally cannot qualify for McDonalds assistant manager jobs. Terminal superintendent, division general manager, lead? trainmaster, (field grade officers) and similar are in a real bind.The average employee was already getting screwed by the previous management. The company grade officers (junior trainmasters, etc.) are already getting screwed. So everybody is in turmoil but some hurt more than others. If you are forced into a new job you may (upon reflection) come out the same or better, considering pay per hour, health, and work / family life balance. The turmoil getting there is the kicker. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 March 2017 latest rumor is Hunter has put off the 1,000 manager layoff. Temporary? Just another screw up staff will straighten up in their Trump moment of confusion? Or a real different plan? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 March 2017 well, a recent announcement from CP says they are cutting executive pay and benefits now that EHH has left to reflect more typical industry pay scales. They did say that EHH met the 4 year turnaround goals in just 2 years.No comment on increased stock prices.More restrictions on jet use, etc. Just FYI. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 March 2017 It seems many people don't understand what (IMHO) is the real motivation behind Hunter's program. This guy started as a car inspector. I doubt traditional management thought much of him. (Do they show respect for any agreement employee?)There used to be a Railroad President with initials EHH (Harriman) a national big shot widely admired by the public, when RR presidents were in the national news, like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are today. Current RR presidents (and other managers) are relative nobodies making a comfortable living in obscurity. Yet Hunter gets national news, discussion, admiration. He is changing the RR industry. As an older, sick man does he need to spend his last years getting yet another bag of money? No, money is like points in a basketball game. The points prove you are the best coach. You are the NEW EHH for the 21st century. Nobody really cares what presidents of BNSF, NS, Warren Buffet, etc. are doing. Everybody cares about what our EHH does. He is spending what little time remains in his life to prove he is the best. And, realistically, would his health permit him to race Porsches, have teen age mistresses, ride his horses? He has a goal, and we are just in his way. Think of Schumpeter and the Theory of Creative Destruction. Just my humble opinion. 

 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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 March 2017 CSX has just initiated a policy to restrict T&E employees the ability to take earned vacation or personal leave days on the weekend (including Friday), regardless if it would keep you from celebrating religious holidays, birthdays, ect....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 March 2017 Dispatcher, From everything I've learned - none of the unions actually agreed to the present attendance policies --- they aren't contractual agreement things but rather are "company policies". So far, the co. has won the argument(s). Maybe they won't always.   Name: Dispatcher E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 March 2017 Dispatchers haven't been put on a point system YET. I'm sure our union will bend over and take it up the ass as soon as the company decides they want us on one. Currently if we mark off twice in a 28 day period we get a letter. One letter is OK, a second letter is OK, third letter is an investigation. 1st investigation is 2 days overhead for 6 months. 2nd investigation is 5 days OOS. 3rd you are gone. 180 days without an incident drops a letter, but that doesn't apply once you hit the disciplinary stages just for the first two. I've heard of very few dispatchers that ever got past the 2nd letter. So I certainly expect a point system similar to the clerks soon so they can start canning dispatchers.   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: 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: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 March 2017 Congratulations, Hunter on your new position. There are those of us hoping some managers get the karmic kick in the butt they deserve. CSX would be a great place to start a railroad or to cut out of the business altogether while giving other soulless bastards the shaft.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 March 2017 well my understanding is that Scott Conner div. G.M. in Indy was fired last FRIDAY in Indy but later in the day there was a firing freeze put on and he was unfired. ALSO, supposedly EHH was at a board meeting and had to get emergency oxygen because his ox machine did not put enough out. Then he agreed to be a "consultant" rather than employee because he would not release any medical information nor submit to a CSX approved medical exam. Comments?   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 This Person must be 12. Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2017 well, sorry about your loss, working in IT in JAX. I will say that office job in HQ is much different than people in the field, esp. in transportation. You probably have a modicum of respect from your supervisors, who may realize that you have skills that are hard to rapidly replace. You have a schedule. You are encouraged and permitted to use tuition assistance to upgrade your career.(handy if you need to job hunt!).You can be treated with respect like an intelligent person. Your supervisors may even be intelligent! Our often low IQ supervisors (frequently kinfolk from the same holler) are encouraged and often required to discipline and suspend people to encourage a hostile work environment. They view employees as unwashed rabble that are grossly overpaid and under punished. If a supervisor is halfway decent the next higher level manager will make him regret it. You will NOT be permitted to get tuition assistance, nor allowed to take a v day for tests, etc. You better not go to the doctor, and CERTAINLY not participate in family or community affairs. Conrail had a corporate giving program of value, CSX has a program only of value to high end executives.Who wants to "voluntarily" participate in that silly tree program on your day off? Again, a world of difference. EHH may well intend to gut the company but people in the field rarely see that as different from current managers. And, realistically, many minorities in the field get hit as bad or worse. Again, HQ vs. field. Wonder iF EHH has his own hillbilly crew?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 March 2017 well, sorry about your loss, working in IT in JAX. I will say that office job in HQ is much different than people in the field, esp. in transportation. You probably have a modicum of respect from your supervisors, who may realize that you have skills that are hard to rapidly replace. You have a schedule. You are encouraged and permitted to use tuition assistance to upgrade your career.(handy if you need to job hunt!).You can be treated with respect like an intelligent person. Your supervisors may even be intelligent! Our often low IQ supervisors (frequently kinfolk from the same holler) are encouraged and often required to discipline and suspend people to encourage a hostile work environment. They view employees as unwashed rabble that are grossly overpaid and under punished. If a supervisor is halfway decent the next higher level manager will make him regret it. You will NOT be permitted to get tuition assistance, nor allowed to take a v day for tests, etc. You better not go to the doctor, and CERTAINLY not participate in family or community affairs. Conrail had a corporate giving program of value, CSX has a program only of value to high end executives.Who wants to "voluntarily" participate in that silly tree program on your day off? Again, a world of difference. EHH may well intend to gut the company but people in the field rarely see that as different from current managers. And, realistically, many minorities in the field get hit as bad or worse. Again, HQ vs. field. Wonder iF EHH has his own hillbilly crew?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 March 2017 well, I hope they don't give Harrison 300 million to chop CSX. I am sure he can do his job for far less, and given stock interests and (I assume) his interest in his historical record, I suspect he would do it for free. Think of Herbert Hoover and the public service works he did, restoring his reputation. HOWEVER, consider the current CSX management. Lots of nepotism, poor performers at all levels, effort put on craft employees to subsidize the ineptness of management, with good bonuses to higher managers who cannot manage ANYTHING properly.This has been in effect an Appalachian family business with "family and kinfolk" standards. Keep current management and CSX just sinks more slowly, until all the loser management groups and cronies leave. Since they all have families needing jobs, that could take forever. Best solution.....give Bill Gates a big model RR with all cars painted CSX, and hope he buys the REAL CSX for a year or two and straighten it out (invite his dear friend Warren to run trains every Friday night..put remote dispatch centers / simulators in Omaha and Seattle, invite friends (Paul Allen?)to join in and make the system normal. Maybe even Fix PTC that is going soooo slowly.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 February 2017 Hey Mr. Non employee: you make a valid point about saving the conductor. Talking about Trump and Mexican walls, etc. has very little relevance to those RR employees that need a job. Perhaps coal mining might be slightly affected by Trump and the new congress but most things are RR only. To me the most relevant conductor issue is watching a 1 man train break down on the road. How does the conductor (after layoff) repair the train? Anybody around the RR knows that breakdowns and lack of maintenance is endemic. Adding 200 car trains to over stressed draft gear, couplers, air hoses, etc. does not help. Supposedly a train master / repairman will be dispatched to help repair the one man train rapidly. And of course everything will be in tip top condition. These are real RR issues.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 February 2017 Well, RR managers are not very literate, nor (typically) are clerks. Dig into their background and you often find that their pappy or other family connection got them into management based on flunking out of the first semester of the freshman year at a mediocre school. More recent relatives may have squeezed through a mediocre program in a 3rd rate school. They play video games often, and their literary aspirations run to watching farm girl moon on u tube. Rarely do they read Economist, nor Forbes, although National Inquirer is a possibility, along with the swim suit issue of Sports Illustrated or Golf Digest. Demographics suggest they have very weak resumes and will have trouble getting non RR jobs. Expect modest results in writing, although they may know the correct data.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 February 2017 The Israeli military have hired a small number of genius grade teenagers. Why? because they will come up with innovative thoughts to help their military succeed. They will NOT start with saying "this is the way we always do it". We start with saying tell the conductor to call the yardmaster, check with the car inspector, and see if the hi-railer has cleared the track. All those are old time, traditional jobs. What happens when totally new people come in, knowing nothing about the good old days, and start from scratch. We all want to protect our jobs, but secretly we know it could be done differently. What if the conductor gets his text message from the computer, calls uber to take the crew to the power unit, consults his kindle e-reader for bulletins and haz mat? These are minor changes and yet make real differences. What if someone thinks about REAL changes?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 23 February 2017 Thanks Crew Disp. Looks like that policy is as bad if not worse than what T&E people have to deal with. People want jobs & are grateful to have them but it sure seems that one must choose between having a life or having a job\be a slave.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Crew Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 February 2017 Cmc attendance policy for clerks /callers 3 points sick reduced to 1 point with medical documentation- 1 point per day until put out of service medical 2 points late (yes we have to punch a clock daily ) 3 points overtime sick (refusal of working a second 8 hour shift after first 8 hours are worked) 10 points misscall 5 points for leaving early before properly relieved 3 steps of 20 points each/ moving up a step after reaching 20 points they reduce the points by 10 so you enter the next step with 10 points - after 2 years of no step progression you go back to counseling step. Fired after step 3 and 2 points per 5 years worked have been reached ANY layoffs will disqualify from getting 2 points back per month. Includes all FMLA mark offs for overtime or your normal assigned work hours, sick, doctor appointment, miss call, late - all will disqualify from point reduction   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 20 February 2017 Many would be interested in finding out what the attendance policy rules, etc., are like for ALL the other....... Guess no one who looks at this site & may know will not post/share that info.   Name: hugh jorgan E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 February 2017 Robert Pines for President!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 February 2017 What is the attendance policy like for the other crafts; MofW, the Car Dept., Signal, Clerical, etc.? What is the policy for the so-called big shots like a board director & others?   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: 03 February 2017 If you have your ducks in line (documentation, etc.) per se, you ought to be OK. No doubt their caps policy is the pits. Boggles the mind that you have to think & worry about being assessed points when missing time account truly being sick or hurt. The people that dreamed all that up have absolutely no clue what it's like to work in the trans. dept. in/on unassigned pools & extra lists. Wimpy unions & elected politicians won't do much. Probably going to take winning a big-assed lawsuit to get things changed.   Name: BUDDY E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 February 2017 Start off by saying this attendance policy Sucks! But this is how I was I've ended up on my last chance I marked of FMLA a day before my off day for a procedure I had to get done well come my off day I should still b marked off FMLA nope it puts me on my off day then marks me up when my off day is over well I'm in the hospital no phone reception don't realize work has even called I think I'm still on FMLA seeing how I haven't marked myself up from it but nope come to find out I've missed a call was marked off and stayed marked off for a missed call for 3 more days til I was released I accumulated 60 points total and can't get the bat Ard's to take off the points seeing how I was never supposed to be marked back up in the first place! Hoping I'll get it fixed at investigation   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 26 January 2017 Legal, Employees who report law & regulation violations need backing -- account there will be a target on their backs for the co. headhunters. And even if/when the carrier is proven guilty -- assessed piddly-assed fines & maybe get some bad press = big deal. Been there, done that. And to those who advocate a strike: C'mon, give it up. Too difficult & wouldn't work for a variety of reasons. 100% rule compliance. Tough for 'em to try to discipline someone for following the rules. Don't do any more than necessary. No stepping up, no favors, no volunteering for anything. If doing this or that or NOT doing this or that causes delays & will make the day or trip longer = suck it up. When forced to do something that is known wrong always get a name, title of the person issuing instruction(s). Lay it on 'em & don't let up. If each & every employee would operate like this, the co. would wake up eventually.   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: Lloyd E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 January 2017 Coming soon with some thoughts and information. Been a long time.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 January 2017 This place amazes me, no one seems to understand the simple fact that Railroading is the same as any other business. No one starts or maintains a business for the benefit of those that they employ. It is strictly earnings, and bottom line. You may feel that your Union helps or your Red Board insurance helps, but those are diversions, and a drain on your income. wake up. You are you and that is all you have. Make it work. Every successful business is always seeking partners. I know this is out of many folks league, but join in the company vision and be a partner, then watch the growth that can come from that to yourself and your family. Union fighting in the cab is age old, the unions fighting their pay check has been going on for years. It has cost T/E oh so much.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 January 2017 Would be beneficial, helpful to all & nice if lots more info regarding the lousy-ass csx caps & how to battle it was posted. Thanks anyway.   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: 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: 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: 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: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 15 January 2017 instead of talking to "CSX Lover" who clearly is enjoying controversy let us think about the split up of CSX into new regions and the details thereof.....rumors and facts.   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 13 January 2017 Icefever, Don't seem to know for sure WHY you were terminated? If account of absenteeism, that's a tough one because documentation & records may show that you couldn't or didn't want to work. Why a wait of over 4 yrs? Makes it even harder. Possibly you could get hired again but may as well kiss the previous seniority goodbye. Good luck should you choose to pursue your case.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 January 2017 Conductor 1-10 No Union officer will tell you this as they want to justify their jobs, but get a Lawyer for your situation.   Name: clark E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 January 2017 Icefeaver You're done if you signed anything. If you didn't call your lc and tell him you've been strung out. That you flipped your lid and now your a recovered addict.   Name: E-mail: icefever3087@yahoo.com Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 12 January 2017 hello. i was wondering if i could get some help hopefully. i use to be a csx condctor for 4yrs, 2012 was my last yr. went though some altercations with the upper management from time to time because they wanted me to do some "behind the back" shit. seriously considered about coming back, after I heard that the division manager at the time was discriminating against certain folks and now he is no longer there anymore. i was wondering if, and I know this sounds kinda stupid, and the obvious thing to do is to see a union rep., but is there anyway that csx can honor my seniority at all?? granted i got terminated i believe for absenteeism, before the termination, i was placed out of service, with the lack of support from the union at the time. i had already completed my annual re-certification right after my suspension was finished. Im not here to argue, or to throw ridicules around, cause we will be here for all eternity if that happens. again, i am considering coming back   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 January 2017 Home now & truly sick with Bronchitis & Flu symptoms. Family Dr. to squeeze me in on short notice today on my rest day else I'm headed to an ER or an Urgent Care Facility. Have to be concerned with the damned CAPS policy. Look at that crap: even when sick & need professional medical help - assessed points. Oh, maybe IF everyone, the provider, the csx medical dept. & cmc does every little thing correctly, may get some slack. What a bunch of BS! No wonder so many apply for FMLA.   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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 January 2017 some time back a relative broke a tail light and I bought them one on the internet, to be delivered to a state far away. I checked on it a few days later, and it projected delivery the next day. I checked the next day, and the UPS system showed it delivered, on the relatives porch, about 12 minutes before. I called them and said "look on the porch". This was a small shoe box size shipment, free shipping, I didn't ask for premium service. Everything went perfectly, as often happens. With CSX??? THEY MAY LOSE THE BOX, and the boxcar, and the block, and the train, and have no idea which STATE the box is in, let alone which porch. Again, this was the low cost service, not super premium. Your work orders should meet the UPS discount service performance. Do they? ever? AND, you may be considered responsible for problems caused by an accident that reveals you do NOT know what you are carrying. UPS pays their people and managers decent salaries, as do we, and work 24/7, as do we, and yet very different performance.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 January 2017 is this true about the bonus? 33% of 12%?   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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 December 2016 MR. Davidson, you are so correct. Money is freedom from fear of layoffs. So is a small side business developed over several years. So is company paid tuition assistance. Getting tuition assistance does not require a degree in spike pulling. The first half of a business degree involves (typically) just the usual stuff, 1 public speaking course, 1 writing course, perhaps American history course, and what ever the school gives you for a semester of Marine Corps phys ed at Camp Lejune State U. Do the paper work, get it done, start slogging through the rest (usually on line). Get your degree, this gives you a better shot at NEVER coming back after the next silly furlough. Maybe you want to start a gun store, or brake shop, or fitness center. To get a bank or SBA loan it helps if you HAVE a degree, in any reasonable topic. I can assure you that CSX employees in Florida are stocking up on FREE degrees "just in case" there is no more CSX. CSX suggested schools and degree programs usually are not the best but if they are the fastest AND WILL TRANSFER CREDIT to a reputable school, consider them. Otherwise, no diploma mills that CSX pushes. Still, if you are on the Titanic, do NOT assume Captain Ward has arranged a good life boat for you...provide it yourself! Be prepared! Do not trust fools. YOUR future (and your families) is job #1.   Name: Tobt E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 December 2016 Poor Adolf..... I mean Vince. Whining about how fmla is abused. Your attendance policy is abusive in of itself you ass. The guy with the most mentions in this site gets promoted? Is that how vinny became a vp? No saving up points? No good credit if Mark off fmla or union business? You're a pathetic self absorbed simpleton vinny. Go to hell. Take Candy with you.   Name: Really E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 December 2016 We have the worst policy for attendance in the world.   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: 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: Clark E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 December 2016 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be safe out there if you're too stupid not to lay off. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 24 December 2016 Christmas Eve. Home at present waiting for family to arrive. 1st out. Constantly checking the internet & the phone. Nothing at all whatsoever planned. Won't be shocked or surprised one bit though IF CMC should call & I hear: "well, the chief decided" ....and\or something happened. Such is life working for the RR, marked up on an unassigned road freight pool. Happy Holidays to all. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 December 2016 After reading this letter from CSX about FMLA mark offs at Thanksgiving, it really shows the evil side of this railroad. Everyone that has read it is completely disgusted! Has CSX ever looked at themselves and asked why this is happening? Why the employees hate them so much? Why they lie about being an ethical company? Almost 2017, and CSX STILL SUCKS! 

 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: 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: Bendover E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 December 2016 Got another CSX letter because 10% of the work force used FMLA to mark off during Thanksgiving/weekend. Although I do not have FMLA and had to work on Thanksgiving and that weekend, I think it is pretty FUNNY their reasoning for sending the letter. They write "November and December are seasonally sensitive periods for our customers. Our negative business impacted numerous train delays and delay of customer deliveries. Additionally, many colleagues had to work more hours than otherwise scheduled causing undue hardship and a decrease in morale." Basically CSX is once again blaming T&E employees for their mistakes and short comings. If they really cared about our customers and deliveries, they would bring back furloughed employees to handle the business. Also, quit building trains the same as summer time!! More than half of CSX is in a deep freeze and they still wanna build 10-12,000 feet trains. It's not going to work!! They tell trainmasters to cut 10 cars off at a time until the air comes up. Well I hope they don't care about on time departures! When it takes 5 hours to get out of the yard, better have a re-crew ready. Thus, using up more crews. As far as morale goes, it is down because of CSX's unethical practices and harassment. Not to mention the shit show that is PAYROLL. If they just paid what they agreed to pay in the first place morale would go up no matter how shitty the company is. People ask if I like my job and I respond with I like my job but hate the company. So low morale isn't bc people have found a way to actually get a break from this place through FMLA. In closing, lets try for 20% mark offs during the next couple holiday weekends. Then they will actually see who runs and makes this company money! 

 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: 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: John E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 November 2016 How much will the engineer bonus be in February? What percent?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 November 2016 Of course we are not in the knowledge based economy. We have eliminated many of our old time labor specialists, and replaced them with failures and ex-employees who could not make it in modern industry. Mix the worst of the old with the worst of the new, and you have RR culture. Unless we have massive safety failures we can run the same old procedures unmolested, especially as most people think CSX runs passenger trains under the AMTRAK label as our primary business. The carrier wants to eliminate most employees ASAP, believing that most lower level managers can operate under the direct supervision of higher level managers, without assistance from the deplorables in craft.When it fails it is ALWAYS the fault of agreement employees and lower management. Just look at locations where the managers leave and get hired elsewhere. If they are mediocre they stay, if they are big in nepotism (so common in management) they get promoted. You will rarely see Google, Microsoft, Accel Steel, ANY improving company seek out RR management at any level. That tells you a lot. Rarely does anyone hires athletes from losing teams. You won't see Cindy, Michael, etc. get job offers elsewhere. If Bill Gates wanted a job tomorrow he would have a hundred offers overnight in 100 different areas.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 November 2016 Does anyone know of a way of getting the attendance records of the management turds? It's a public corp. I would like to open up a line of communication with the subject of holding the management "Team" lol,responsible for following same "Core Values " and " Ethics " that are require of all the REAL People that Actually DO the LABOR that brings in the funds that pays their Ridiculous Salaries and Bonus's. These lazy jerks have been making TO MUCH off of OUR BACKS, And dictating for TO DAMN LONG on how WE,AS FREE Human Beings Should arrange our lives to make them the money they desire. This so called "Management Team " should Show US,(the REAL People) that Do the REAL Work just what the Hell THEY ( The So Called Team ) Produce to receive the ridiculous paycheck they do. I have experienced and witnessed AND believe that this so called "Management Team" is a Hindrance on the future of the REAL Success of CSXT. This so called "Team" is a parasite on ALL of the REAL and TRUE Workers that make this Company the "Small Success" it is now. Cause if this company had the true Leadership,the True Ethics and The True Core Values the substandard "Team" spouts all the time ( and never delivers ) It would be ABOVE and on TOP of the WHOLE Industry. DAMN Shame I'm to Freaken Old to leave. In layman's terms, We, The True Workers of CSXT are being lead by a bunch of Greedy , Unprofessional , Uncaring , Selfish , Self-centered , Unethical Small minded people. And Our so called Union's are either in it with them OR to damn Wimped Out to stand up and make things right. To the subjects of this rant, Sleep Well You Worthless,Greedy Idiots, I'm sure that your Children and Grandchildren would be Very Proud of the High Character you hold yourselves to. And we all look forward in dealing with them when they grow up, ( at some point )   Name: How About Now E-mail: Lastlaff@csx.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 November 2016 Someone in corporate ask ol Sanborn how those fmla letters worked out for her today. Thanksgiving 2016, fuck that letter   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: 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 November 2016 From what I've been told about people getting points for riding their bumps it's now an automated system, the callers or whoever are no longer assessing points it's automatic for anything over 24 hrs. You have 12 hrs to notify yourself, and 12 hrs to make a seniority move or you will be assessed points. I haven't heard anything about it being 1 point per day though, I recently got 6 points for riding a bump on a weekend day. Either way this is a direct violation of our contact and something needs to be done about it!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 November 2016 TO: M of W New FRA testing may not be fair, but it is a safety law / regulation. AND, I doubt the RR is stalling it to protect the troops. They are just failing to comply with government safety regulations in an appropriate manner, which I am sure they would not permit you to do.   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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 November 2016 It's been said before but you should have documentation for any complaint. Typically write out a nice note that would be understandable to a magistrate, ignorant HR person, or arbitrator that doesn't know all the slang ... get help with writing it if necessary, send the e-mail to the appropriate people, AND a copy to yourself at your company account AND at your home account(s) in case your company account is blocked or accidentally deleted.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 November 2016 Union screwed Conductor, for 1-10 yrs.: Was posted on this site previously. Seems MANY were left out of the loop. Seems the co. & our union dropped the ball if they tried to make sure everyone was informed. The caps policy has been in place well over a year, but guess just recently csx has started assessing point(s) to those who are displaced and don't make a seniority move after the 12:01 notification time allotted. Looks like the 48 hr. rule after notification is still in effect (more time if choose to displace more than 30 miles away -- see 1996 Contract, Article #12 & Q&A Art. #12) but can/will be charged with attendance point(s) for each day not placed. (Be sure to review the caps policy Q&As regarding those who are displaced & have nowhere to place themselves.) Evidently the co. may get away with this legally account the whole attendance thing is a policy, not an agreed to contract.   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: Why E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 04 November 2016 Thanks APE, Understand somewhat the employee expense things. Same people said that often trains are parked waiting for available crewmembers. Aren't RR companies in business to Move Freight efficiently & safely & timely? More freight moved = more business = more profit. Doesn't work that way?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 November 2016 TO WHY: FRIEND OR FAMILY. The reason we have a hostile work environment and have many employees laid off is simply shortsighted economics. Each employee costs around$1k per month for health benefits, plus get pay for sick, personal, and vacation days based on days worked.And of course there is some overhead for administrative costs, parking spaces, rules classes, etc. There is also some risk figure estimated for injuries, law suits etc. Figure the average total is (guesstimate) $1900 per month. Suppose at one small location you lay off 10 employees for 3 months. You have saved$60k net for that small number and that short time. And, keeping them on might make them collect guarantee. More employees and / or time laid off means more money saved. If they are off long enough they will be disallowed for vacation, etc. If they decline to come back you may get a government grant to train new employees, plus make friends with local politicians who can announce a hiring fair. To be fair it doesn't take that long to train new conductors, clerks, etc. to a minimal level of proficiency. You usually aren't laying off 30 year employees anyway. An excellent skill employee is rarely highly valued by the decision layer managers.You usually look for minimal ability people. SO, the solution is to understaff as much as possible. AND, should there be a possible merger down wind, you are more attractive with fewer employees, esp. those who might get a guarantee out of a merger. Overworking your current employees is unpleasant, but it saves money. What you measure for is what you get 

 Name: Why E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 03 November 2016 Am told there are RR employees laid off all over. Then hear about attendance policies and manpower shortages. Can this be explained easily, rationally? 

 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 November 2016 legal, So, are you meaning the CAPS Policy, which has been around for a year & a half has been changed? Thought the whole thing was thrust upon us by csx & is\was not something utu agreed to. Q&A 15: no points assessed if displaced & no where in terminal to go. 

 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: 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: 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: stressed out! E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 October 2016 Engineers I was just wondering if the SSA agreement is enforced on all divisions in the same manner in regards to freight/long pool jobs. We have pools that you bid your off days to be either on the first week of the pay period or the second. So basically all you get is 2 scheduled off days in a 2 week pay period. Some of us have been getting bumped around from pool to pool because we finally go enough whiskers to stay off the XB. Problem is when the bids change each week we keep getting different off days and they are days that have already gone by or wont be available under the next week. I haven't had a scheduled day off in 4 weeks now! This is such bullshiz! I said something to the RF about marking off sick for 3 days so I could get some stuff done and actually spend some time with the family. He says use your vacation or personal days so I don't get points against me with this insane availability policy. I got to burn days on the books just to get some scheduled days off. What kind of horse shit is this! Do all the pools have this kind of set up? Whos idea was this to set up this crap so we only get 2 days off in 2 weeks! Man, this crap has to stop! 

 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: 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: Crew Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 October 2016 Who dropped the 3 turns? Your engineer buddies or the crew caller(s)? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 05 October 2016 dropped 3 turns in a pool job to miss call me , may karma choke yall;s ass out 

 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: 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: 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: 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: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 September 2016 same as always. NOTHING. 

 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: 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: 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: Happyending E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 September 2016 As far as the Fmla goes. CSX can fuck off. 

 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: 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: 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: ??? 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: 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: FMLA E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 September 2016 Regarding the FMLA letter sent out... Keep it, make copies, it will come in handy! To use FMLA, the company has already approved your FMLA paperwork. The first time you get a call from your supervisor or anyone in Jax, DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY TYPE OF ANSWER other than you were off FMLA. If they say anything else about it, contact a lawyer in your local area, a quick Google search for FMLA and lawyer will give you a list. Be sure to hand the lawyer Cindy's letter, it's perfect ammo for court. The next thing you do after contacting a lawyer is write both your senators and your representative to tell them you are being harassed by your employer for using FMLA. A couple of lawsuits and the government sniffing up their tails will put this issue to rest in a hurry.   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: 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: 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: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 31 August 2016 I have a friend who recently went in front of a public law board because of his attendance with the UNETHICAL CSXT. The lawyer asked him "How many days do you get off a month?" The lawyer rolled his eyes when he found out. LMAO! Remember, this is the company that pushes ethics!!!!   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: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 August 2016 Here is what kills me the most. I sit on the extra board and can't work and I want to work. But there are conductors who are drunks on the clock, putting lives in danger and the engineers know it and cover for them. That is illegal. Why don't they ever get busted?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 August 2016 This attendance policy and points system is identical to the postal workers. How long before some railroaders lose it and go postal?.......... I think that’s been predicted, on this forum.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 30 August 2016 CSXT IS A BUNCH OF UNETHICAL HYPOCRITES! They have nerve sending out letters to everyone about the use of FMLA. I remember a few years back when CSXT started this unethical attendance policy. The union confronted them, and CSXT slammed the door in there face. There would be no discussion in the matter. In other words, CSXT doesn't like the idea of the employees having any type of life outside the railroad. This attendance policy and points system is identical to the postal workers. How long before some railroaders lose it and go postal? CSX SUCKS!   Name: Follow that E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 August 2016 Revenge I like your thoughts. It still amazes me as hard as some CSX company officials ride us, that some of them don't walk with limp, or worse.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 14 August 2016 How's the CAPS thing working out now days? Nothing regarding CSX attendance policy has been posted here in this particular forum for quite some time.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 11 August 2016 Google / Search: Arbitration in the RR industry.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 August 2016 Is anyone currently in arbitration or know about how long it takes?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 August 2016 Name: Clerk E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 August 2016 Attention all crews-- This is a perfect case of recruiting error. Not smart enough to keep up. 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: 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: 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: 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 I like things documented. It is a PITA but every time I have failed to do so I have regretted it. If e-mail than send it twice, and send different ways to different addresses. CSX e-mail to the other end, copy to BOTH your home e-mails, copy to union folks, probably certified paper e-mail, consider a tiny voice recorder, preferably with phone adapter. Preferably have someone review and correct grammar / spelling. If it is known that you have things well documented other folks pay attention. You might even create 2 seperate e mail accounts (1 yahoo, 1 g mail, etc.)and use them just for RR stuff storage. Log in every so often to keep account up to date. Write longer accounts that can clearly be read and understood by an outsider, not just the other side.Keep a little notebook AND PEN.put in zip lock bag. Idea is survivability always. 

 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: 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: 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: 17 July 2016 again, use your time at CSX to prepare for your next job and a real career. Save $$, don't buy house, new car, overspend, etc. Focus on a long term career, get as many on line tuition credits as possible, and prepare for bail out when YOUR Titanic sinks. You have no excuse for surprise at the likely outcome. You just don't know the day the iceberg shows up. Folks are giving you straight information. Your career is REALLY your responsibility, not the HR / Labor Relations people.   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: Henry E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 14 July 2016 While CSX doesn't think twice about stealing from its employees every payday,I do know that one of the fat bastard train masters at Avon went after a Brother, claiming he was stealing from the company. The fat bastard train master chased down the Brother in the parking lot and tried to charge him with theft of company property. The Brother had finished his day, took a large foam cup from the coffee cabinet in the employee crew room,(which everyone had access to) filled the foam cup with ice and/was taking it with him to his car. The fat bastard train master said the ice was to be used by the employees on duty and on the train. Being the Brother's day had ended, and he'd already clocked out, the fat bastard train master said the brother was not entitled to fill the 20oz foam cup with ice and leave company property. This was theft, and the cup of ice wasnt for the companys benifet, but for his personal use. In this case, being Golden didn't count for Jack, and this is how far some fat bastard train masters at Avon will go to meet their monthly quota when it comes to test failures and write ups   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 July 2016 NICK: everything you said is correct except the water. Complying with federal, state, and company safety and operating rules may slow you down slightly, but it is required. Stealing the water, ream of paper, etc. is just foolish, since that gives them a clear cut reason to fire you for being the bad guy, an excuse for the union to abandon you, and you gain some really bad water, extra cheap paper, etc. Go to dollar tree and get your dollar water, toilet tissue, etc. It's cheaper, better, and has a different name on it, so if they glance at your vehicle they will NOT see company property but rather wal-mart brand or similar. You might even save a receipt or two. You REALLY don't want to be signing a statement at hearing apologizing for YOUR unethical behaviour, and begging for another chance.If you note, the RR is very stingy on safety related items such as safety glasses, lanterns, etc. which you have to get there.   Name: The State E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 July 2016 John Bradley has been promoted again???? Are you kidding??? Just like the movie Dumb and Dumber all over again. Hope when Bradley leaves the Chicago Division, he'll take his (not so) little pet (p)Rick Reed with him. Good riddance to the both of them   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 July 2016 my understanding is that John Bradley has been promoted to vice president - south, formerly Chicago Division manager, formerly Great Lakes manager, formerly Avon Terminal Superintendent, formerly Louisville Terminal Superintendent.   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: who they are E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 July 2016 Pissed On CSX has cut the amount of human employees working for Crew Management, dramatically. CSX believes that computers and technology, just like when it comes to running engines and calling crews, can be done more efficiently through the use of technology. Don't get me wrong, just like all crafts, Crew Management does have its share of lazy employees. Employees that like to take extended smoke breaks, suck up to Management, or just disappear and send their calls to an empty desk. Unfortunately the lazyness of a few of our employees is accented because there are so few of us left in this craft.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 July 2016 KYLE: If you are talking about FDR's New Deal in today's world, you must have an elderly relative. Especially as economists usually feel that FDR's quasi soviet plans extended the depression, and the massive armament orders we got from Europe, combined with the large skilled labor pool available and ready to move, actually relieved the US depression.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 28 June 2016 Tell all book about working for a railroad? CSX actually\really promised a better future? - With just 10 yrs. RR service time you'll need a lot of input. - Lots & lots of people think railroaders do OK: Good pay & benefits, wonderful retirement, etc. If you're T&E, you just climb on a locomotive & ride. Corporate / management people consider RR labor work rules antiquated/outdated. Exposing the real "way it is" crap (the double standards, the rhetoric, etc., etc.) would be a neat thing so good luck.   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 20 June 2016 Last post is good --- agree. Why stoop to their level?   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: Thunder Bolt. E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 June 2016 I have to ask. When will the employees stand together and work as one to address the at least one of the wrongs that management inflicts upon its employees? I'm taking it that when CSX started their own school, instead of charging tuition, they required that you leave your balls at the door instead????? I remember when Tony Ingram forced everyone to work Christmas for several years in a row. Each year Ingram would promise to shut down the railroad at Christmas time so that the T&E people could spend the holidays with their families. Two years in a row it didn't happen. The third year all of the engineers worth their salt marked off, and the conductors stayed marked up. The forth year the conductors marked off, and the engineers stayed marked up. The fifth year, per Ingram's orders, the railroad shut down and everyone got Christmas off. The lesson is, in case you missed it. United We Stand. DIVIDED WE FALL.   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: 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 June 2016 please note that very few train crews EVER deliberately kill a train. However, given the state of locomotives, cars, track, signals, and paperwork there are MANY failures in that mix. The carrier HOPES the crew will overlook the many failures and run things anyway. If the crew insists on complying with the rules, and not risking their job or their life, THAT is usually what is meant by "killing a train". Just the consistent failure of paperwork to comply with safety regulations can cause many "train deaths." There is no need for a crew to set up fake scenarios when so many real screw ups exist. If you were a truck driver and all your tires were bald when starting a long trip, you don't need to set up a delay - it happens on its own. We clarify this because outsiders may think trains break down because of sabotage, when ineptness, false economy, and plain managerial stupidity is much more likely the cause.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 June 2016 Hey: maybe this is the time to AGAIN remind people that CSX has a tuition reimbursement program. It has a few restrictions (no nursing, music, etc.)but way fewer than most people imagine (or local supervisors like to think). So many courses are completely on line, and can continue even if you move. Your wife or S.O. can help be your secretary. If you quit after degree you supposedly pay back, but furloughed isn't quitting. Even if you don't want a college degree, many employers require one for no good reason, and it's their game! Suppose you want to run a machine, welding, computer, construction, plumbing, painting,gun shop or auto business, you still may need a bank loan. A business degree helps getting the loan. Lots of legit schools out there, WGU Indiana is one of the best, show an Indiana RR address is best, great computer program with certification tests included for free. Don't just blame the guy that is forced to transfer and bump you, you may have to kick someone else out someday. NOT everything is the RR's fault, take some responsibility yourself, or blame it on your wife.   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: 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: VL E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 May 2016 BAD NEWS!! UTU lost its battle over the 48 hour rule for conductors to make a move when displaced. No one knows for sure how long it will be before mass mailing and emails are going to take place to notify the members that there was an agreement that members will only be allowed a 12 hour window to place themselves. If you are a newer employee and are unable to find a position to place yourself in the 12 hour period( 48 as of now) then you have the right to call the Manager of crew operations and demand a place be created for you or they need to put you on furlough. You have a right to file for railroad unemployment if you are not holding a job position with the company. The railroad unemployment office will want to see a note put into your employee history that you have been furloughed. DO NOT SIT AT HOME FOR WEEKS AT A TIME trying to find a place to go. The company has left employees hanging in the wind with no place to go for weeks at a time. If you are not working and can not hold a job position then you are not an actively working employee with the company.   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: 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: 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: 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: Sad Times E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 May 2016 RE; Local Chairman // Vest Pocket Agreements. The BLET (Bible) Bylaws allows for the General [Chairman] Committee (GC) to make their owned rules. And those rules can be to the detriment of your agreed upon Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)...especially if your GC and Local Chairmen (LC) are in a personal agreement with the carrier to sell you out. Railroads have numerous ways to funnel kickbacks to corrupt union officers to save cost. If one hundred engineers are due a thousand dollars in claims, it only takes one corrupt union officer to throw those claims away, and the union officer will be awarded a weekend-off with pay for attending a bogus safety meeting. Follow the money...ask and demand for disclosures from your union officers because they will sell you out for a weekend-off with pay!   Name: Field View E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 May 2016 Yard Rat Did you get your question answered? I bet CSX failed to mention while you were in Atlanta that you WOULD be laid off. How much money they make from running students through school, especially veterans, and how hard management works to fire you, once you're finally marked up Good luck staying marked up. Things are getting thinner and thinner, as CSX works hard fire as many people as possible.   Name: Sweet Baby James E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 May 2016 Hey csx the Crash Railroad. While I'm not surprised that CSX would beat out every class one, when it comes to wrecks, I would like to read and share the article that you are talking about Would you please post a link to the article you are referencing? Thanks   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: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 03 May 2016 To all furloughed people: Unless there has been a change -- If you have less than three (3) yrs. seniority & are furloughed for 365 consecutive days, you may be terminated. See: B&O Agreement, Rule 2. Seniority - paragraph(d). CSXT Labor Agreement 4-064-93 1985 UTU National Agreement, Article XII.   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: 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: 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: Banner B. Gone E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 19 April 2016 I'm taking it that Brian Edwards had a few minutes of free time again, and has been lurking on this sight again? (now that he's no longer having to keep tabs on who EX WIFE #3 is sleeping with at 31 E. Georgia St. Because we all knew it sure as hell wasn't him. And can you blame her? Seriously. How would you find his little pecker under all of those HUGE rolls of fat? ) The post below sure looks like something Brian Edwards regularly says, and of course would do. Although.... now that Edwards has had yet another wife has divorced him, he may no longer be as "protected" as he use to be. You know, like when he was married, and his wife was having sex with Larry Kosner. 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: EXCHANGE E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 April 2016 Hey Brakeman, I'm taking it it was another long day at work? :-) You might want to reread what I wrote. I wrote "CSX just put several thousand employees on the street." SEVERAL THOUSAND, not SEVEN THOUSAND. Have a good evening   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 April 2016 exchange , I think your numbers are off....... 7 thousand laid off????? csx has about 28,000 people working for them and that includes t&e, mangers, dispatch and everyone else. if they laid off 7000 people then they would have gotten rid of 1/4 of there work force. I say maybe 2000 system wide in all departments and I'm sure that maybe on the high side   Name: EXCHANGE E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 April 2016 Stay where you're at. Let me quote what several members of management have told myself, and many of my co-workers on more occasions than I care to remember. "If want the holidays off, you'd better pray you kill someone while you're on the train. Because if you don't kill them when your train hits them, and you take the day off, then you're abusing the system. I'll personally make sure you regret it." Does this sound like a member of management that you want to inspire and lead you, let alone work for? Here's one other thing to think of. CSX just put several thousand employees on the street. In my terminal, if you don't have 5 years or more, you're on the street, and quite possibly out of a job. A few years ago CSX offered all of the conductors with 4 years or less a 3000.00 bonus if they would approve the 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. The conductors only saw the 3000.00 (blood money) and voted the agreement in. Guess how many conductors this applies to that got the blood money, and how many conductors this applies to that didn't didn't get one red dime, yet will lose their jobs because some of the conductors ahead of them, sold out their rights. There's a reason that CSX is the only class one with a CSX-Sucks website. This is where the employees go to give everyone a heads up on how EVIL this company is, what tricks management is up to and bemoan what Tony Ingram, David Brown and their puppet Cindy Sanborn have done to darkened the doors to this company. Unless you're ready to know EVIL on a first name basis, stay where you're at.   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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 April 2016 Most hotel vans that I have seen appear to be newer and cleaner, perhaps because they are not driven much. PTI buy USED vans (that's why they are not the same color) and often have over 300,000 miles on them, with many unmet repair needs. With recent pay raises PTI pay less than Taco Bell, Wal-Mart, etc. despite having erratic routes, strange hours, etc. Many cities do NOT let taxi's, etc. put that kind of mileage on before dumping them. Railcrew express look newer, but I don't know the details.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 March 2016 I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS MAD THERE POINT ON THE ATTENDANCE POLICY. ITS COMPLETELY UNETHICAL, ESPECIALLY FOR THE HOURS WE WORK. CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 26 March 2016 Not many, if any, complaints about attendance policies lately. Is hard to bitch & complain about those when furloughed isn't it?   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 17 March 2016 Just imagine the co. dropping the program - that's what'd probably happen. Participation is not mandatory.   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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 March 2016 I had the same issue and was told it doesn't matter if your turn gets out or not. As long as you are unavailable it will count against you. Unions sure screwed us on this..they didn't even try to fight it. Best solution is FMLA..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 March 2016 I marked off on a Monday morning sick.....marked back up Tuesday morning.....my turn did not go out and I never missed any work....and yet I was given 4 points....according to the SSA if an engineer marks off and then marks up without missing any work it will not count against him attendance wise....article 40 section B states that.....any of you LC like to comment on this ......I tried to call the CSX attendance specialist but she won't answer or call me back....   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: 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: 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: 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: 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 last I looked CSX was still using an outside contractor in Ripon Wi. (Madison) deputized to be the CSX medical department and thus inside the HIPAA firewall.This is a common procedure anymore.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 February 2016 Don't you people see that the caps systym is nothing more than the company's plan to lay off more and do with less. The systym blows because even some peoples emergency room and doctors excuses get denied by some qauck nurse or doctor in Jacksonville. The reason for that is because they want your medical info so they can blame you next time something happens. Why do we keep letting them shove there bullshit down our throats. Time to stand up and say fuck you CSX! Don't you think it's out of this world to treat us the way they do and work 50 or more hours a week to be told you can't have a day off. They even cap the vacation and PL days so you can't take them. Personal business only exist is writing. CSX don't even know what that is.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 25 February 2016 Csx is no worse than a lot of corporate outfits. Just got news last week that a local place near here will be shutting it's doors & moving operations to Mexico. Over 700 people, many who have worked there for yrs. & yrs. - out of a job. How long has that type of thing been going on now? Quite a while. No one ever seems to care or worry much until it affects them directly. Support conservative politicians, their idea of government, the trade agreements/policies those types have supported, their ideas of what average joe workers should earn for a living, rag on unions, etc., = then accept & live with all the consequences. If csx can outsource more jobs & work, they will. If they could move the RR to Mexico, they would.   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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 February 2016 again, everybody picks on Cindy. Although she has been on the RR a long time, she has always been below Michael Ward, and Frederik Eliason, and Lisa Mancini, and some legal dept. gurus, and Clarence Gooden, and Oscar Munoz of Pepsi and Dorito fame. The RR has not been in a panic to cut jobs until recently, due to outside pressure, but chugged along loaded to the gills with mediocre family members in big buck positions. Cindy has always been 2nd tier. Just recently she has stepped up, into the tornado. There are lots of good targets to blame. This is not a Disney movie where Cindy is the cartoon wicked witch of the west. Spread the blame around!   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: Former LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 20 February 2016 Has been posted on this site before: Ol' King Coal is Not the Ol' money making soul it used to be. The big shots make plans -- for years in advance. Unions & their members can only try to play catch-up. Certain Divisions, Terminals, Yards, being cut back and/or closing has probably been in the works for some time. Ms. Sanborn cannot do that all on her own. Maybe she is their "fall person", the one for people to hate. Corporate execs don't or won't give up much of anything - in this day & age. Keep voting conservative = Keep heading for the bread\soup line.   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: 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: 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: 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: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 February 2016 Hey-- Mr APE- did you make 60k last year? HUMM some made over 100k guess you were off a while. you say employee morale is at a all time low. Well bless all of those poor folks, and hope they can get their spirits up. 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 February 2016 Perfect Ignorant Conductor. as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 February 2016 As a conductor for the "Nazi Southern" I can tell you that they have no official attendance policy in place. This means they can interpret your attendance any way they like. They will nail you for small things like marking off sick too may times in a 6 month period (with "too many times" the variable number, could be 3 times or 15 times). NS is also counting "to-place" (unassigned to a job with 48 hours to make a move to a job) against its employees which is clearly NOT allowed in the Union Agreement. Recently I was told to my face by a TM they were holding to-place days against me and somehow I was off over 30 days last year despite 20 of those not allowed to be counted by contract. Much of it also depends if you have a target on your back and the Trainmasters/Road Foremen are looking to get you. The extraboard rules your life if you cant hold a job and even if you can hold a road job (pool service TFT) you are ruled by an unpredictable schedule. NS has recently implemented a "work rest" schedule for extraboards 6 days on /2 days off as well as guaranteed extraboards on their Northern Territories. This helps a bit as it gives you an idea of when you will be off but they can still call you up to 2 hours before your days off start and then you have to wait until you come home again. Now NS is saying they are going to lay off 2000 people by 2020 to turn a bigger profit!! I know they will screw this "plan" up and end up needing people they got rid of, who wont come back and they will need to retrain a bunch of ne hires again for 6 months. Its SICK that since they made 30% less PROFIT last year they consider it failure and are canning jobs while still ahead. NS is so stupid they would spend a dime to get a nickel and think they were smart for it. The rail business is so fluid their "5 year plan" is hogwash to try to calm investors who are upset NS is so mismanaged. If CP tries a hostile takeover NS management will all be on the streets begging or maybe trying to drop back to the ground and exercise their seniority if they were craft before going management.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 February 2016 Are W2's being mailed out? Or do they have to be printed off Gateway?   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: NSconductor E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 February 2016 As a conductor for the "Nazi Southern" I can tell you that they have no official attendance policy in place. This means they can interpret your attendance any way they like. They will nail you for small things like marking off sick too may times in a 6 month period (with "too many times" the variable number, could be 3 times or 15 times). NS is also counting "to-place" (unassigned to a job with 48 hours to make a move to a job) against its employees which is clearly NOT allowed in the Union Agreement. Recently I was told to my face by a TM they were holding to-place days against me and somehow I was off over 30 days last year despite 20 of those not allowed to be counted by contract. Much of it also depends if you have a target on your back and the Trainmasters/Road Foremen are looking to get you. The extraboard rules your life if you cant hold a job and even if you can hold a road job (pool service TFT) you are ruled by an unpredictable schedule. NS has recently implemented a "work rest" schedule for extraboards 6 days on /2 days off as well as guaranteed extraboards on their Northern Territories. This helps a bit as it gives you an idea of when you will be off but they can still call you up to 2 hours before your days off start and then you have to wait until you come home again. Now NS is saying they are going to lay off 2000 people by 2020 to turn a bigger profit!! I know they will screw this "plan" up and end up needing people they got rid of, who wont come back and they will need to retrain a bunch of ne hires again for 6 months. Its SICK that since they made 30% less PROFIT last year they consider it failure and are canning jobs while still ahead. NS is so stupid they would spend a dime to get a nickel and think they were smart for it. The rail business is so fluid their "5 year plan" is hogwash to try to calm investors who are upset NS is so mismanaged. If CP tries a hostile takeover NS management will all be on the streets begging or maybe trying to drop back to the ground and exercise their seniority if they were craft before going management.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 January 2016 BLE = boneheaded lazy egomaniacs = TRUTH!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 January 2016 UTU = Useless Transportations Union......TRUTH!   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: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 January 2016 Yeah, that kind of sucks. Bottom Line, Fact \ truth is: Have to choose the lesser of the evils.   Name: Bill E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 25 January 2016 Whata a riot ! UTU is endorsing Hilary Rotten Clinton for president ! What a F^&&KING crazy criminal pieces of S&^T that so called Union is. Who is the next UTU criminal Officer Embezzler?   Name: Dave Carson E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 January 2016 Hey Brillant idea; Lets put together a LIST on here and or elsewhere ,with all the SNITCHES and RAILBUFF rat employees that go blowing the RFE and TM's and others for so called points and let the Company know so we don't end up like the former SP now UP with all the new hire cut-throats and young bitching new hires complaining all the time...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 January 2016 You have to read this---Wow Dan Bushey is all of 12. Name: Dan Bushey E-mail: danbushey@msn.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 January 2016 I stumbled upon this site inadvertently. I am a former Prior Right pre-PCRR Loco. Engr. With 15 years experience Road and Yard work. Also worked Wreck (Big Hook) and Work Trains...even Rail Trains and a few Circus Trains. I see the complaints about people not liking the Extra-Board call for working. Well I worked the same "schedule" for the entire time of my employment before I accepted the Federal Act of Severance. Before anyone says anything...unless you were living in that time period, you know nothing as to why us Engineers took Severage. Now, as to Extra-Board work, this A Standard, among both truck and rail industry companies....so QUIT your complaining about getting called to earn your wages....and I'll add, you guys are very handsomely paid today!! When I started rail employment as a Fireman on Locomotives, the yard pay was 25.53 for 8 hours...so quite your bitching about the 2 hour-call to work!!!!   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: Kanawha Sub E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2016 CSXT will be testing more 220 coal train tomorrow and it looks like the MONSTERS are coming to bite us all in the ass soon..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 January 2016 I read an article some time ago that said new buyers want the OLD management to eliminate jobs. That way the new bosses can move in as the good guys, saying "no new job cuts" or we are hiring for NEW employees for the NEW company. The old "bad guys" still get their money, but have to take the blame with the$$. And, moving the HQ will usually shed some old time employees, letting the new guys hire new, grateful employees at the new location, and teach them the "new way' of doing things. Our old management would prefer to stay - they are well off financially - but $$is not the same as$$ and authority. Being the olD, rich geezer at McD is not the same as coffee on the business train, with people hanging on your every word. 

 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: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 January 2016 Excellent advice ape. I am blessed and was fortunate to get out of CSX 9 years ago. I had enough I was going to quit or get fired. The railroad I hired out with, Conrail, was in its final years and things were great. The first couple of years under CSX were not much different but it slowly deteriorated. It did not have to be this way. Different cultures, different mindsets who knows? I was saved by Amtrak. Many of my co workers were saved as well, some have gone to metro north others mbta. If you see any of them hiring give it some consideration. Its not perfect but it is a vacation compared to freight. If you don't have much time certainly consider a trade like electrician or plumbing. Freight stockholders and managers hate you and consider you expendable. Get out if you can and if you can't I wish you the best anyways. 

 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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 January 2016 I don't know how this rotten point system was approved,i hate it. 

 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: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 January 2016 As suggested, 2016 may be the year you reorganize your life instead of depending on "supervisors" to plan your future. We shout, cuss, and badmouth these people but they really don't care. They look down on you as a loser with the best job you will 'ever' have, But YOU plan your future, including "plan b", so you can recover your life if our Titanic sinks. Going into the lifeboat is not the same as jumping into a yatch, but you can survive. Cultivate a part time job / skill, welding, auto mechanics, carpentry, etc. and maintain contacts + relationships regardless of cost. Finish your degree w/ RR tuition assistance, strengthen your marriage and other relationships, spend less time waiting for crew callers, spend it gaining a better (thrifty?)position financially and personally, so when / if they close your terminal, target you, etc. you & family survive. RR culture conditions you to be passive, waiting for crew caller, gaining seniority or being bumped, & others acting on you. This is not good but tempting. So try to become the new, better you, not what THEY want you to be. Bad mouthing people on CSX Sucks who may be the same as you underneath is not good. Recent events remind us (Erwin, clerks, RIF's, etc.)just who we deal with so don't act surprised, but get long range busy! 

 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 January 2016 Remember many useful (free) benefits - medical, tuition - fitness, etc. are both desirable and readily available to people working a regular daylight schedule in a HQ building. The rest of us have limited access as "schedule permits" which often means NO in practice. However you (CSX) may have IRS tax problems (see your congressman!) if you offer these benefits to certain employees and not others so it must appear that ALL employee's get the benefits, not just the few. It's the spirit that counts, right? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 January 2016 Remember many useful (free) benefits - medical, tuition - fitness, etc. are both desirable and readily available to people working a regular daylight schedule in a HQ building. The rest of us have limited access as "schedule permits" which often means NO in practice. It's the spirit that counts, right? 

 Name: Dan Bushey E-mail: danbushey@msn.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 January 2016 I stumbled upon this site inadvertently. I am a former Prior Right pre-PCRR Loco. Engr. With 15 years experience Road and Yard work. Also worked Wreck (Big Hook) and Work Trains...even Rail Trains and a few Circus Trains. I see the complaints about people not liking the Extra-Board call for working. Well I worked the same "schedule" for the entire time of my employment before I accepted the Federal Act of Severance. Before anyone says anything...unless you were living in that time period, you know nothing as to why us Engineers took Severage. Now, as to Extra-Board work, this A Standard, among both truck and rail industry companies....so QUIT your complaining about getting called to earn your wages....and I'll add, you guys are very handsomely paid today!! When I started rail employment as a Fireman on Locomotives, the yard pay was $25.53 for 8 hours...so quite your bitching about the 2 hour-call to work!!!!   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: fyi E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for Less than 1 year Posted: 09 January 2016 Oscar got a Pigs heart! LOL I hope Cindy Sanborn gets a unit train of coal up here fat little ass! Fuck you Cindy Sanborn   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 January 2016 just fyi Oscar Munez - formerly of CSX - now with the airline industry, had a heart attack in Sept. and just now had a heart transplant.   Name: UP furloughed Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 08 January 2016 Hey CSXT Conductor; I feel your pain too! I got hired out here in C*&kSuckered Bakersfield,Calfornia by the UP and was furloughed like 3 times and all the guys with senority had asshole father's who were SP Homos and got their son's that they hated, jobs with the UP and taught them to be cutthroats and ass kissers. This terminal really sucks ass and the UTU (local 835) is full of meth heads and alcoholics and sissies who go around blowing the MOP's and MTO's for days off and special favors. Most before they hired on with the UP were UNION hater Repubicains and sucked on the GOP D&^K before they got a Union- Railroad job. My advice to you is try with AMTRAK and other shortline big guys that are BLET and get you trained as a Engineer. At least Bro, you can go somewhere with that CFR cert. Good luck you you all that have been furloughed on the CSXT and for 2016. Its going to be a another bad year for the RR's.   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: C. Smith E-mail: heavymowing@aol.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 January 2016 Mr. Hatch, Your views on working in this nation are a little blurred. I am curious as to why. Were you born with a silver spoon or are you used to living on assistance from others. I work for Csx and I do get mad when the company signs a contract to pay employees x amount of dollars for doing a specific job. I have to so up where they say when they say, yet when my check comes there are pay declines or researches for jobs worked. They call me to work. I don't call them. I do the job asked of me so pardon me for thinking I should revive the pay I am owed. This company has not shown a loss in profits in many years. Yet they feel it okay not to properly pay the employees that do the work that earns them their money. If in fact you do work for a living and feel that cheating employees out of their due wages, by all means feel free to walk into your bosses office and tell him how much you love your job and you are willing to work 5 days a week for 4 days pay. If you are like the vast majority of workers you work because you need the money for your family. But if that is not the case for you. My congrats to you. Sent from my iPhone   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 January 2016 As a Conductor with only a couple years of service with the railroad I understand the value of seniority. I have less than 10 people below me on the seniority roster, several of which have not even had the opportunity to work since completion of their training due to a swift and abrupt furlough. Though the pay is better than most jobs, recent events have me considering employment elsewhere. I was furloughed for a week or two at a time here and there. Then after being furloughed for several weeks (more like a month or so) they decided to bring myself and most of the others back to work the week prior to Thanksgiving. Upon our return it was non-stop work. Often being called for assignments immediately after our 10 hours of required rest 6+ days a week. I worked into thanksgiving morning and was called out by early that afternoon. This continued through the weeks following. Fortunately after getting off Christmas Eve morning I was able to spend some time at home through Christmas Day which is the most time I had off since we'd been brought back. A week later, they brought in the new year by furloughing us yet again . I guess they had just enough Conductors to keep rolling during the holidays then figured they had little use for us afterwards..though there was no one available to work in the days following our lay-off. Smart move there. That's about all I've got for my rant. I suppose I was forewarned prior to accepting my employment of the possibility of a furlough. But to lay-off your employees and bring them back just to lay them off again several different times in a year thus preventing them from getting another job in the mean time and ultimately leaving them with the option to earn no money for weeks at a time and hope to be working again soon OR simply quit is just an absolutely absurd way to run a company as big as CSX.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 January 2016 Writing on the wall, CSX is going belly up real fast.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 January 2016 reason the company likes unions is the same reason some folks love crabgrass - it takes up space otherwise filled by useful plants. No union means someone would start one, but that space is currently filled so no space for a better version to grow.   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: Ralley E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 January 2016 Damn! I'll sell my JOB off here at CSX for$350.000 non taxable cash and no friggin dues at all...Just go! Dreamin' 

 Name: UselessTransitUnion E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 January 2016 I hear you all loud and clear ! The UTU/SMART has sold and will sell more jobs off, 2-crew members are not ! The carriers have money to "BUYOUT" congress and get it done. PTC might be good in one way for OUR safety, but jobs will be lost and just like the early 80's it really got bad. 2016 looks like another bad year coming and more job cuts and very low profits this year for ALL the carriers. Its time to start cleaning out the IVORY towers and clean out and get some YOUNG tough blood up in the UTU. Seems like everybody is scrapping the bottom of the barrel for the scraps. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 January 2016 To: Other Clerk; Just a question. Why is this world do all RR employees love paying dues for this type of treatment? This has been going on for decades, and continues today. They paid when they had 5 on a train, and 4, and 3, and now the same thing. I just do not get it. If it were my RR (Which it is not)I would make every Conductor and Engineer a Manager throw all of the union rules away and set their salary at $150,000.00, and never worry about their availability. Be there every time sober and run what we have. fail to do that--- face the consequence's as every one else does. Hire them at an hourly rate for a year or two, then Contract only. 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 December 2015 What is happening? My husband sits home not getting called day after day. Is it that slow? What is going on?   Name: Bob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 December 2015 Virlon Smoot is a co^%kSucker company rat and snitch. I'm glad he is gone and out chasing trains and running with young gay railfans. We got enough rats and snitches in this Industry.   Name: Leonard E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 December 2015 StUPid is...StUPid does...Just what can we stay? Our Trainmaster's are that material.   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: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 26 December 2015 If we all write a post, wow that is nice, and we can learn from that. If you post it to every topic by simply clicking on every box to make sure every one see's how smart you are.. well that makes you a worthless Asshole, Piece of Shit, Cock Sucking left wing, or right wing, Stupid Person, that is destined to be left at the switch. Please post it once, and stand behind it like a real adult would gladly DO. Hope I got your attention---Jeez who knows.   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: ????? 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: David.Curlee E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 18 December 2015 I have been a railfan all my life and just love Railroad men in general. I just hope you never have to work for the UP. They will further abuse your union contracts,and not pay you what is owe, ruin your customers,and make you get on your knees to beg for your jobs. Union Pacific sucks Easter eggs. And stink to high heavens. All my gosh. Got the wesy Hollywood man blushes going now. From California, Happy Holidays to all the CSXT Railroaders. Hugs and Kisses, David.Curlee California Railfan   Name: v E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 December 2015 To all the Erwin employees being laid off. Stay strong and keep fighting and Don't take no crap from NO CSX officers. Happy Holidays!   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: 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: I Hope E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 December 2015 I hope the BNSF buys the CSX 

 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: TheConductor E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 December 2015 CSX is rolling in so much dough, that they are going to build a new Intermodal facility soon. Now, do you believe they are doing that they are really doing that bad and deny out claims? HoggerWash! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 1-10 years Posted: 07 December 2015 Where do we complain about r payroll where always being shorted a day or even three days pay great place to work at just hard too get payed correctly it gets real old having to wait for your money when you know your bosses r getting there's on time the great Osborne yard ky 

 Name: Virlon E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 December 2015 Those darn tyco railfans are a posting here !! 

 Name: Bryan Hatch E-mail: senza_aiuto@yahoo.com Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 07 December 2015 The beauty of employment in our Nation, is that if you arent happy with your job, you have many options, The first is simple...Quit and find another job to complain about. Second... Start your own business and put the business you are unhappy with out of the picture by providing a better service for less. The third option is to work hard and make your company better and stronger! The bottom line is, there are many skilled and hard working people that are one paycheck away from being homeless. Take pride in your work,do the best job you can every day, and be grateful for your blessings. The grass is seldom greener on the other side. Lets face it, CSX trains are just plain cool.We all played with them when we were kids before TYCO took them off of our train sets. If you are employed by them, you are part of an iconic portion of our Nations history. If that doesnt make you proud, perhaps you should look at doing something different. Remember, what you leave behind you is much more important than what you take. 

 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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 November 2015 CSX will pay for college courses sucessfully completed that lead to a degree in a general related field. It does NOT mean that you must get a degree in RCO technology, nor does it mean that you must pay for a course that will fit the degree requirements but might have a mini 1 hour pod version that of course does not satisfy the degree requirements. I have been told that some supervisors refuse to sign the forms to save the company money. If the union will awaken and discuss this with the IRS, the few supervisors still reluctant could easily lose their jobs. So no, it does NOT relate to your JOB, except in the most general way. Call the folks in JAX and ask. And yes, I know people who have taken nice electives because the degree requires you to take some to fulfill the requirements. And yes, I know a terminal superintendent that is repeatedly violating all kinds of federal regulations, and will probably disappear in 2016. 

 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: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 November 2015 This post has so many holes in it, kinda looks like Swiss Cheese. Could it be fixed? I doubt it. CSX will Reimburse for completed courses that are related to your JOB. E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 November 2015 Again, everybody should have a plan B. CSX will pay for a business or computer degree, not a nursing, music,or elem. ed. degree. Although aimed at Florida managers, they have bad tax consequences if they don't offer it around. Any skilled job is in demand. A college degree can assist in getting a job elsewhere, or a loan to start your own business as a machine shop, welder, gun store, mechanic, etc. Of course you still need to learn the skills and keep your hand in even when tired and want to watch TV. If more people bailed out or didn't come back from furlough, o/o/s, etc. the carrier might retreat from their back to the 1800's HR policies. Plan B, healthy interest in other careers, conservative financial policies, try to avoid the divorce money killer for all involved, (I know, hard to do, esp. on RR). This is a job, not a career, and YOU are long term job #1. end of sermon. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 November 2015 Again, everybody should have a plan B. CSX will pay for a business or computer degree, not a nursing, music,or elem. ed. degree. Although aimed at Florida managers, they have bad tax consequences if they don't offer it around. Any skilled job is in demand. A college degree can assist in getting a job elsewhere, or a loan to start your own business as a machine shop, welder, gun store, mechanic, etc. Of course you still need to learn the skills and keep your hand in even when tired and want to watch TV. If more people bailed out or didn't come back from furlough, o/o/s, etc. the carrier might retreat from their back to the 1800's HR policies. Plan B, healthy interest in other careers, conservative financial policies, try to avoid the divorce money killer for all involved, (I know, hard to do, esp. on RR). This is a job, not a career, and YOU are long term job #1. end of sermon. 

 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: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 17 November 2015 Just curious, whatever happened or is happening with the 'caps' thing? Scrolled thru here some & don't see any posted remarks. 

 Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 November 2015 Other, non-employee, N/A: I'm with you. Most of what you posted is what I've felt and "preached" for yrs. Many people in the US would be glad to have a job where they were treated respectfully in the workplace and that would provide just a decent living. Blue collar workers (& their unions), the core of this country's middle class, have had their backs against the wall for some time already. Those that say and/or think RR unions gave away or sold jobs for any reason(s), if they didn't really have to; well, they are actually ignorant of & don't seem to understand true hard-nosed facts. Wish I had steel & concrete answers as to what to do. May be way too late now but people could stop being so supportive of anti-labor politicians & their policies. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 November 2015 i've read history and done research "retired now". so what do you suggest we do all just quit? or just hang on as long as we can? what if any jobs will be left in 20 years. not everybody can be a lawyer, doctor or professional athlete. should we tell our kids to just say the hell with it technology has and will continue to make labor obsolete? maybe the government will take care of all of us. probably not. the population continues to rise and job availability will continue to shrink. it isn't sustainable. the govt may get to a point where they will have to mandate employment regardless if there are machines or not. 

 Name: Retired Now E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 November 2015 Other, non-employee, NA: PTC is not that new. I 1st started hearing & reading about it in Oct., 1996. Wasn't for the expense & that it isn't perfected\ready - it'd probably be operational all over right now. If NASA can run things in way out outer space.......... Technology has helped eliminate lots of blue collar jobs in every workplace. So has foreign competition & the trade laws. Railroaders & their labor organizations have "featherbedded" just about as much as they can for as long as they can. Complaining about the jobs the rail unions "gave away or sold" is nuts. Those that do that need to do some real research, read some history. Other industrial workers & their unions would like to have all the jobs they used to have also. Too many people don't ever seem to care or try to do much about what can\may happen in the future with their career/job/livelihood until it affects them directly. Think about it. 

 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: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 November 2015 yeah and just think both unions openly advocate for and rally for the implementation of positive train control. I'm sure you know who our white collar friends are going to look to eliminate to offset the outrageous costs of that. unions claim its about safety. well we will all be safe when we are sitting in our living rooms. that is if we have living rooms because lets face it without jobs we might not be able to afford the mortgage. 105$a month in union dues for them to naively allow the utu to take engineers jobs in the yard setting the craft back 20 years on most seniority districts and now marching full steam ahead on wanting ptc. ptc isn't necessary, cab signal is more than adequate to eliminate most of these high profile derailments lately. trip optimizer, remote control and ptc. slowly advancing to the elimination of all our jobs and retirements. good job ble and 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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 November 2015 Couldn't agree more, and nobody wants to see people lose there jobs. How can you blame CSX? They loved the coal business, they made big money on coal, but they can't keep those places up and running if no customers are asking for coal. Get over it!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 November 2015 Get over the Erwin closing already... They closed Buffalo years ago then keep coming back saying they are going to open it and don't.... You have seniority move ! If not quit and find other work! I'm not sticking up for what these people do but man read some of your comments... Wow   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 November 2015 Supposedly Bill Ackman, owner of Pershing Square Associates, has been trying to take control of CSX. CSX, in turn, has been trying to be the most efficient RR possible, saving current management by thinning out the company. TONIGHT, someone is buying up NSRR, with the stock closing considerably higher. The rumor is that Ackman is buying the NS, starting NOW, to make it the most efficient RR in the east. Lets see what happens tomorrow - Tuesday.   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 November 2015 To Mr Oyeah, You are correct, and right on target. This would equate to a stacked board, that turns like a snail, and one that is adjusted, and turns like a rabbit. Normally they return to a level that is pretty good then it happens again. One learns this over time and has a reserve to compensate for the slow times, and works like a dog during the good times. CSX did this with both the TN and KY yards however the cost of maintaining these yards and the return to revenue was just not there. RR life is not easy. 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: 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 November 2015 Current role is management, spent 14 years on the ground as a conductor. I know both sides of the business and know them well. First things first, yes the company is struggling, along with every other Class 1 railroad on this continent, primarily because of the dramatic drop in coal. Obviously not a new story, but heavy regulations, taxes and the ease of using natural gas have cost us and the other railroads more money than most can possibly imagine. So what do you do? Close up shop? No, you trim where you can and move on. This is not by any means the only company who cuts from the bottom up and frankly we aren't even doing that. We cut and "bought out" over 300 managers in January while the furloughs for Engineers/Conductors started shortly thereafter. The manager cuts are also far from over, many of which do not have seniority to fall back on. 24 more have been cut today. Do the math, there are almost 11K engineers/conductors with a total of around 1200 furloughed. Roughly 3000 managers with over 300 cut off, percentages are almost equal. Not to mention UP just walked out a few hundred managers from their headquarters building a month ago. Meanwhile the CN brought in an outside source and cut virtually half of their positions to put them back in a place to generate revenue. So, unlike those craft employees impacted by the closings at Erwin and Corbin, which I also think is disappointing for the families involved, they do not have the option of exercising their seniority elsewhere a few months before christmas, its the end of the line. The union mentality in itself is poison. The only positive is the brother \hood mentality it provides, which is absolutely valuable in the environment, but the union has the unions best interests in mind, mainly from a political standpoint. Don't believe me? Google it. The union does not pay any of our paychecks, the company does. The company, all other things aside, is just that. It is an entity set up to make money, not patronize the individuals that comprise it, and when the profits start to dip, you adjust. Think of it like you running your own business, if you suddenly stopped making as much money as you intended to, you wouldn't continue to support a high number of employees, you would reduce so you could maintain yours because at the end of the day it is how you survive. Yes it is important to take care of employees, but lets face it, streamlining and job cuts are never easy or viewed as such. Every man or woman in any capacity has a choice about what they do for a living, an none is handcuffing you to a job at the railroad. It is an industry in extreme flux right now, and its going to continue until it stabilizes. Playing the victim is only hurting you, it won't fix any of this. I hear all the time that management can't run trains, but frankly I know plenty of craft guys that can't either. This is a company that belongs to all of us and will not succeed if only some of us work for it. Yes I was on call as a conductor 6 days a week 24 hours a day, but don't be so foolish to think that changes when you get into a management role. The only difference between the two is that the craft employees get FRA rest after 6 starts and have limits per day they can work, I and many other operations managers have no limit, so tell me again how there is such a gap between work/life between the two. The craft is something to be proud of, but so is the whole picture of what we do, and none can run the railroad alone. Grow up and act like a man, and if you don't like where you are, change your situation, there is always a choice.   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: 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: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 October 2015 Article in Wall Street Journal Weds. Oct. 14, Page B1 "Truckers Haul Home Big Increases in Pay" average annual pay 2015 projected$56,940, some offering sign on bonuses topping $5k. Companies equipping fleets with satellite TV's and other amenities, one driver on track to earn nearly$70k this year. Needs an additional 48K drivers...etc. very interesting article. Of course, we have satellite TV in cabs also, and make nearly $70k, but not a 17% average pay raise since 2013. Might be worth thinking about. CSX tells us we are the best deal in town, but might do the research.   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: 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: 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: 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: 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: chad wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 October 2015 Yes...railroaders are pussies!   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: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 October 2015 The only people that piss and moan about everything, are the Union train crews. These folks will never understand how a Business runs. One day (Hopefully) they will refuse the corrupt Union and join the company as a partner. Take a look at Erwin and who get's what. Case closed.   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: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 October 2015 oscar munoz had a major heart attack Friday - yesterday - and is in Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. He has been touring airline facilities and is quoted as saying poor labor relations cause many of the corporate performance problems.   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: 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: Help Us E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 October 2015 Please bring back our old Trainmaster to Brooklyn Jct WV He ran circles around this new breed of idiots. Keep the numbskulls fire the good ones,same everywhere on the rails. Thanks Vierling/Frulla   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: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 October 2015 what do you expect ? coal is dead. if you work in a terminal that relies on coal for 99.9 % of your traffic base what do you expect? ward is a idiot ,but he has nothing to do with the coal market crashing. believe me when I tell you ,ward wishes he had that coal traffic back. so if I were in your shoes take a transfer somewhere else.   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: 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: Hogger E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 September 2015 Yaaaaza!! Finally getting a day off tomorrow to go to the eye doc! Thanks Trainmasta!   Name: Old Head E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 September 2015 Hey to Y'all... If you want to hire out and sit on your butt you claim and blow something that's all right with all of us RR's. We defiantly have NO problem with that. If you can't get on with CSX, Try UP. They like you new hires that can really BLOW... Not a wussie here!   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: 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: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 September 2015 I need some time off!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 20 September 2015 Oh and also why does anyone here find it necessary to call names? If u don't agree then fine But no need for being so foolish to call names. IT'S CSX that is the problem not Co workers or "brothers". And the "Old Heads" on here have no room to talk ha ha. When I walk in the yard office and am greeted by the "breakfast club" there's enough complaining to last a lifetime. By the way that's not an attack on "old heads". I love those guys. Full of good knowledge and always willing to teach.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 20 September 2015 Well hopefully u weren't referring to me because I not once refer to the work as hard or not wanting to do it. So I'm nowhere near the "give me generation". But I'm also not gonna be the "it's OK if they f me over" generation" either lol. I was in the Army for a while and have been through a crap ton more than most of this company could even imagine. So to even hint towards me wanting handouts is beyond insulting. I just want what I work for at minimum. And NOBODY who's got common sense can honestly say CSX doesn't screw it's employees on a regular basis.   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: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 September 2015 Well honestly all the "brown nose" is probably being done by the ones who still get paid right. JUST IN THE SHORT time I've been here it seems CSX and UTU "united transportation union" are sleeping together. All UTU does is give up all our legitimate claims and pay. It seems as though CSX has forgotten the cost of living goes up every year, not down!!! Also it seems like a load of BS that I have to put in 2 personal leave or daily vacation days just to make my Scheduled week vacation cause these POS'S will call u to work 5 minutes before your vacation starts for a out of town trip that puts u back sometimes 3 days later. FYI I'm trying to get on with the FRA and I hope to get the chance to nail your greedy, selfish butts to the wall. And, another thing, how's it right that yall have like a year to take back some misclaimed money (which by the way we were never properly taught how to claim most of" ...and we only have like 30 days when yall steal from us. Fair? I THINK NOT!! I hope the Canadian does a hostile take over and boots all you rich douches at the top out. Yeh u guys who sit comfortable in the triple digits plus while guys like me sit homeless with a wife and three kids because the company decided to furlough all the recent hires to "save a little money" . I hope the company bankrupt and you all are on your ass trying to find an income like me. BITCHES!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 September 2015 I'm all in....   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 September 2015 Fed up with payroll, we all to need to stick together and hire a High profile lawyer and give him a percentage as a group and sue csx payroll department for its practices on denied claims ..it's nothing but thievery by a company that says People make Difference..which is a dam joke on how they treat there employees, with being overworked, stealing and cheating us on our pay. Look, I didn't right the contract but I have to abide by it as same as the company should, but does not!!!!! Thieves! We need to reorganize our unions and make them more for us and not for the company! Our unions are to out of touch with the men and women that pay good money for union dues to be getting nothing in return. I say lets Strike! It's about time we stand together get rid of the big unions and make them more available for the men and women that have to abide by their absentee policy which is totally unjust ! It's almost slavery. Let's stand together and make the company better for us and our customers. We deserve better hours ... We do a very dangerous job to be so fatigued, out working and being up with no sleep, because of the scheduling .. If the public only new the real truth, on all these dangerous chemicals rolling through their towns with crews that have been up for 36 hrs or more, tired , overworked it's an accident waiting to happen. Safety is not the railroad main concern and neither are the crews that work for them. it's Money$$$$  Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 September 2015 If you want to work for the RR, ALWAYS have a PLAN B. Whatever it takes, keep contacts with your previous job, or work even a little, even low pay, at another job you can call on when furloughed. Take the CSX tuition program even if you don't immediately finish it. Help a friend weld, paint, tune up, even if for free. Don't be a dumb ass that gets 6 months of good paychecks and signs up for 100,000 in credit debt.Pinch pennies, sock some away. Your employer is NOT your friend.   Name: Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 September 2015 @Me, Thanks for the typo error attention. Met 1100. I got to sleep more. LOL..   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 September 2015 Conductor for 10-20. Not sure where you got those numbers, 11,000 furloughed. CSX doesn't have that many Conductors on the whole system.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 September 2015 CSX has 11,000 Conductors furloughed now. Mostly in the West Virginia Districts. Can't they burrowed out to Fl, Alabama, or up North?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 September 2015 Working for this so called RR CSX and the changes I have seen are horrific I have seen several people get divorced and loose their family I have seen friends die as a result of Un safe conditions I have seen people and friends loose there job as a result of constant working because of the absenteeism policy and make a mistake I can't wait another 3 years so I can go out on disability. I used to like my job now I dread coming in. Taking my son camping for labor day weekend so go fuck off Mr Ward   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: Oscar Munoz E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 August 2015 Big Wig, Thanks for the compliment. We here at Corporate love our TEY Employees. Any other policy you would like to see just let us know. With love, Oscar   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: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 24 August 2015 What? Mean no posts here for a few days? It's because everyone is too busy trying to have a life while adhering to the attendance policy, being courteous, professional, and not harassing anyone and\or etc., etc.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 August 2015 Off personal business or FMLA....😀   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 August 2015 What happened? Everybody laid off sick? PL?....LOL   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 August 2015 UP couldn't handle another merger. They can barely run their company today. STB says no more. Now BNSF maybe...   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: Broken Knuckle n E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 August 2015 Broken knuckle Friday. I'm going to mark off until Sunday. Have a good weekend too Mr. Ward. I'm tired too.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 August 2015 CSX the company where they work you to death with 16,000 foot trains,700 axels, underpowered engines, And can't figure why the trains are so big and heavy. HOS Violations up the ass. And they won't let you mark off when you need too. Good Gawd.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 13 August 2015 What does the last post have to do with the attendance policy? UPS: Can't\won't believe for a minute UPS would tolerate that type of language\post from one of their employees. If you "get had" per se, = out of a job.   Name: UPS E-mail: Employed as: CSX Contractor, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 August 2015 No, we won't be renewing any contracts with the CSX. FUCK CSX and FUCK THE UP too. They treat the employees like pieces of shit and we don't condone that. FUCK THE CORPORATE AT CSXT   Name: UPS E-mail: Employed as: CSX Contractor, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 August 2015 No, we won't be renewing any contracts with the CSX. FUCK CSX and FUCK THE UP too. They treat the employees like pieces of shit and we don't condone that. FUCK THE CORPORATE AT CSXT   Name: Scotty E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 August 2015 I think CSX will be bumping the UP off for company with "healthy lifestyle awards in the coming months. Geez!   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 11 August 2015 Poor, failing, negative attitudes are the fault of CSX & the BS they refer to as "culture". No, shouldn't be that way but it is in reality. Anyone that is happy with the treatment & thinks they have a bright future is a brain-washed fool. Get out in the field for a couple/three years.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 August 2015 Perfect example of poor recruiting, and a failing attitude. If this dumbass looked back 10 years and added up all of his gains (he can't) but if he did he could see so much more. Just has the blinders on. --------------------------------------------------------------------- ===================================================================== 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: Chad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 August 2015 CSX CUSTOMER; thanks for the support and going to NS for better service.   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: 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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 August 2015 Ward really sucks as a A CEO of CSX .   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 06 August 2015 ALeak. WTF kind of name is that? Is the 1st name Taking?   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: Hoghead E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 August 2015 Lets start with Avon and lets work south. Highball guys!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 August 2015 Where does the line form hog head?......   Name: Hoghead E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 August 2015 I think we should steal some Engines and run em down the Jacksonville with a bunch of Jack Daniels T &E Y drinking rails and take some shot guns with us! That would let them see we ain't messing around!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 August 2015 Why don't we complain to the board of directors..well because they are part of the problem and not the solution. Any board that has allowed Ward to run this company into the ground is not going to do anything   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 31 July 2015 Instead of posting complaints on a website like this, why not look up the names/addresses of all the csx corporate bigshots & the members of the board of directors & write to them? Flood them per se. One or two here & there is nothing.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 31 July 2015 I think the days of drugs and alcohol might just be coming right back if they don't stop with the BS they are pulling and put the boards back up and stop screwing the T E & Y crews over. They don't care about us we don't care about the future of CSX. Fuck em'   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 July 2015 The Huntington division sucks. I am right there with some of you. 12 years seniority and going to be cut by end of August. Can't really afford to go anywhere else. Boards exhausted on weekends but they keep cutting. Tons of engineers cut back picking up that phone every time it rings to step up. Sorry bunch in Jacksonville don't care if you eat or not. Time to stand up and say enough is enough.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 July 2015 If I were a CSX customer I would consider death by lethal injection.....   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 Employed as: Posted: 27 July 2015 If for some unforeseen reason You agree with Pete that SS pays 800.00 per month and RRR pays 6,000.00 per month dream on. PS the RR do not need a learning curve,,, YOU DO. and bad. The other railroads are similar all have learning curves. Where employees get in trouble they take advantage of the system and eventually get caught. Its a huge loss when you loose a job the pays 4 to 5 thousand dollars a month. There are very few jobs in the US that pay this kind of money and the retirement is good when you draw 4 thousand a month and you wife gets another 2 thousand. Its not a get rich deal but compared to Social Security 800 a month and work until you 70. Take good care of what you have ignore the jerks as there have been plenty of these people that have come and gone. The employees will let a manager know how good of a job they do by their ability to handle people. The days of the drugs and alcohol on duty are gone there is no place for it in the type of business we perform, especially when you have someone with a wife and kids that may not see them again because of a mistake or unnecessary action someone made. Its bad when you see someone coupled up, kids with arms and legs cut off, head on collisions, people walking in the middle of the track committing suicide. You will see it all in your lifetime. Its best to stick together and work for the changes to make things better while getting what you want.   Name: Michael Ward E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 July 2015 Thanks again Pete for such a great posting! We here at Corporate really love you Employees and want to take advantage of all of you as much as we can. More work for less pay! and 4- 5 a month? Geez.. we are paying you guys too much money ! We need to look it to that and cut as much as possible. Thanks for posting here Peter. We are watching all of the posters here! Michael Ward CEO, CSXT Jacksonville, FL   Name: pete E-mail: kerlin_p@yahoo.com Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 27 July 2015 I worked for CSX in all capacities and over the years I have seen good and bad. The other railroads are similar all have learning curves. Where employees get in trouble they take advantage of the system and eventually get caught. Its a huge loss when you loose a job the pays 4 to 5 thousand dollars a month. There are very few jobs in the US that pay this kind of money and the retirement is good when you draw 4 thousand a month and you wife gets another 2 thousand. Its not a get rich deal but compared to Social Security 800 a month and work until you 70. Take good care of what you have ignore the jerks as there have been plenty of these people that have come and gone. The employees will let a manager know how good of a job they do by their ability to handle people. The days of the drugs and alcohol on duty are gone there is no place for it in the type of business we perform, especially when you have someone with a wife and kids that may not see them again because of a mistake or unnecessary action someone made. Its bad when you see someone coupled up, kids with arms and legs cut off, head on collisions, people walking in the middle of the track committing suicide. You will see it all in your lifetime. Its best to stick together and work for the changes to make things better while getting what you want.   Name: Terry E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 July 2015 Avon yard Trainmaster is a total idiot. Definitely not a brain surgeon.   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: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 July 2015 LOL! That's funny that someone feels CSX or any railroad has to give notice of a furlough. It'll never happen. The signs are there if business decreases. Maybe hiring people who didn't come from a railroad family wasn't a good idea. Furloughs have been going on since railroads have been around. Every terminal is linked to business if it drops so do the jobs. That's the nature of things. The railroads fall under different rules with the RLA etc...compared to other businesses. In fact furloughs can be considered paying ones dues. I don't know many railroaders with 20+ years seniority that didn't go through being furloughed in the early years. Welcome to railroading.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 19 July 2015 CSX does suck. The FMLA: = entire fault of the Co. (along with many others) who actually are the reason(s) the FMLA Act (Law) was drafted in the 1st place. Businesses want to get by with as few employees as possible; especially those who are entitled to any benefits like even a decent wage, etc. Then, work 'em to the bone. The morale level of even die-hard, loyal RRers is pretty darn low & that's a darn shame. You can have a somewhat near normal life - OR - work for CSX in the Transportation Dept., that is: unassigned road freight pools & extra lists. Can't have both. Could sell your sole to outfits like CSX & they'd still try to or would screw you on that. Somebody has to get in power & correct lots of things.   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: Jesse E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 July 2015 THE WHOLE INDUSTRY IS FULL OF YOUNG RATS AND SNITCHES. LOOK AT UPRR...THEY GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM....ALERT. THANKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 18 July 2015 Believe it has to be at least 50 workers & longer than a 6 month lay-off. Look up\research the WARN Act.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 17 July 2015 So, the company just furloughed 30-some people without pay or prior notice in Cumberland, MD. I would like to know how legal that is. Shouldn't employees be protected under the Worker Adjustment and Training Notifician (WARN act)? I think that this at least violates the ethics stated in the CSX ethics page. "Mutual respect." I think mutual respect would be to give men and women with families and bills to pay a prior notice to these sorts of things. If you plan on furloughing someone without pay, you should at least give them a notice so they can arrange to be able to feed their kids. This is cruel and unusual. Also, if you can pick up the phone and call your employees at all hours of the night to go to work and to notify them of being bumped.... You can definitely pick up the phone and call them to tell them they don't have a job for an indefinite amount of time. Am I right or am I right?   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: William E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 July 2015 I voted for Barrack and I feel I am entitled to time off. Got any change? Can I have a cigarette? I'm entitled.   Name: Terry E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 July 2015 Me..Me too! I'm taking advantage of my FMLA too and smoking a bulb of Meth and drinking my old E. Ahhh..the good days of Rule 1.5 & smoking some crack!   Name: Me E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 July 2015 Loco Engineer for 10-20 Sounds like you're jealous of the guys that can afford to take off work and enjoy themselves. Perhaps, if you managed your finances a bit better you could afford to mark off when you want instead of being a CSX slut the rest of your life. HaHa. Go to work now Bitch, I'm currently marked of FMLA getting my drunk on, have fun at work.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 July 2015 To losing pool jobs.....thats exactly what the young gens bring to to table.......' I am going to work when I feel like it ' mentality.....there fore everyone pays the price.....the work ethic of these young entitled pussy's makes me want to puke...... A 20-25 year old on FMLA?.......WTF.....I got bullied when I was 12 therefore I need time off.....boo friction hoo......grow the freak up and GO TO FRICKIN WORK.......or better yet quit....go fry a burger....   Name: Terry Laughlin E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 July 2015 All you Hoggers need to read your contract before you submit claims and make it worth while for the Chairman to argue it at the Board. Damn! Too much money sitting on the table and getting tossed.   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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 12 July 2015 What a dickhead. Another stooge that needs to do research & learn some history lessons. Did the BRAC , now the TCU, save many agent jobs, clerks jobs, crew caller jobs? Did the Dispatcher's union save a whole lot of those positions when things changed? On & on & on...... Bad as it seems at times, go ahead & try working for this outfit non-union. Could end up like working for some of those companies of old: working for the company; living in a company camp; paid with company script that's only good in the company store.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 July 2015 The previous post has to be from a nit-wit no-brainer, that knows no facts or history; a true douche bag idiot, as bad or worse than the pines person.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 July 2015 The funny part of all of this discourse is. That CSX is so bad that they could never pay you. You work so hard and you deserve MORE. You are never honored, or rewarded. And you Give away 125.00 per month to the fuckers that sold the Caboose, the Fireman, The head Brakeman, and the Flagman. I know most if not all of you hired in to this shit, not knowing what was ahead. So what can you do? STOP PAYING THE FUCKING UNIONS/ JOIN HANDS WITH YOUR EMPLOYER. Not one of YOU is smart enough to see the benefits.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 July 2015 Thank you so much Mr. Ward, you & every member of the Board Of Directors & all the upper & lower level management. Special thanks to the Crew Management Center. Employees & Shareholders are so blessed to have such a well run operated company to invest in & work for.   Name: Michael Ward E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 July 2015 Remember, You are all valued and loved employees here at CSXT and All of us in Management here in Jacksonville love you!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 July 2015 CSX is a horrible place to work. Cut jobs and then more jobs until yard jobs are being annulled or calling men off an assigned job on their off days to run road trains. Priority trains sitting in the yard because there are no rested crews to be found. I guess that's is the CSX way of effiency these days.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 June 2015 The writing is on the wall for CSX. More desperate pathetic moves by bean counters sitting at computer desks. All the stupidity over the years is really starting to show.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 June 2015 now this is interesting. we have monster trains, that supposedly save money. yet this is july, and fall approaches. how do we run a 200 car train in the winter, or is this a temporary fix to look efficient? do the sidings and yard tracks get longer? long trains block all entrances to the yard.car shop and diesel shop employees, plus yardmasters and clerks, are now on an automatic time clock system that punishes them for being late. all entrances and exits are blocked, and the train delay goes on our records. blocked exit is not compensated, of course. was this thought through by anybody?   Name: Roseville Slugger UP E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 June 2015 Hey U CSX guys We do have the problem with supplies too ! Are crew packs come out of a vending machine and we have to use a company credit card. Need a new lantern , Use the credit card to get it out of the vending machine. Need shit paper, get it out of the vending machine. This place sucks too...So I feel ya!   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: 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: jim bob E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 June 2015 Csx is a true nazi shithole. ...   Name: Norman E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 June 2015 Has anybody have a Officer order you to run a train out of the terminal to another yard and then run around your train with the power and then put the EOT on the other end and bring the train back to the Terminal or Yard you left? Sounds like UP style of cleaning out yards doesn't it?   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: 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: 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: 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 Maybe the Canadian Pacific doesn't have attendance caps.....   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 11 June 2015 How's the CAPS thing going so far? Glad (to be outta there)   Name: runem off E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 June 2015 Get rid of the International UTU/ SMART Officers and then work you're way down and get rid of the local officers. They are all pieces of shit!   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 June 2015 Long term Locomotive Engineer Steve Atelski retired last week at Avon, In. His wife died recently. He worked for CSX, ConRail, Penn Central, and possibly NYC. He held management positions at some of the predecessor railroads. So one of our more professional employees is gone for good.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 May 2015 If you boys haven't realized it yet Cindy is Michael Wards mistress, lots of things are talked about in a hair salon! Also the attendance policy is ridiculous, you have no life just to have a decent job!   Name: Hoghead E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 May 2015 Any word on the Ward, Sanborn and Munoz bullshit sessions around the CSXT system? How about Avon? Any BS?   Name: Billy Bonger E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 May 2015 Cindy Sanborn sucks BIG black balls and loves the taste of communion wafers. She also loves anal guys!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 May 2015 The best last day ever for k.miller......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 May 2015 What does K. Miller have to do with the csx attendance policy? And who the heck cares about a trainmaster a--hole anyway?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 May 2015 CSX ALLOWS NO ONE TO HAVE A LIFE. THEY REALLY DO SUCK   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 May 2015 Trainmaster Kim Miller, a Terminal Trainmaster at Avon and other locations, has retired from CSX effective 0600 am Saturday, 23 May 2015. He stayed on duty until the very last minute of his shift. No ceremony or presentation was held, no more senior officials appeared.   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: Dong Bageley E-mail: MikeyWardslapdog@csx.com Employed as: M of W, for 1-10 years Posted: 20 May 2015 2014 Chairman’s Award of Excellence Winners Each year, CSX selects its Chairman’s Award of Excellence winners from among individuals and teams of employees who have made a significant contribution to the company’s performance. Their projects, some taking years to complete, cover a wide range of endeavors. For 2014, CSX recognized nine teams and one individual with this most prestigious award. All of the winners and their projects reflect CSX’s vision and core values as they drive improvements for our company and its customers. Following is a listing of the 2014 winners and their accomplishments. Congratulations to all! Station and Route Awareness Training Team Scott Gray, terminal superintendent, Nashville Scott Perret, assistant terminal superintendent, Nashville Travis Shelton, road foreman of engines, Nashville Meacham Bailey, manager-field training programs, Atlanta Samantha Webb, manager-field training, Nashville These individuals instituted the Station and Route Awareness Training program, or START, for conductor trainees on the Nashville Division. This innovative program establishes three days of one-on-one station training for aspiring conductors during Phase Two of their on-the-job training. Due in part on this program, the number of human factor train derailments on the division decreased by more than 50 percent during a year when the number of new-hire conductors increased by more than 50 percent. As a result START’s success, other divisions are now adopting the program.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 May 2015 Well spoken...could not agree more....see it happen on a daily basis....should be a reality show....millions would be made....include yardmasters and that would be an Oscar award winning performance.....   Name: CSXSucks Trainmaster E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 May 2015 That's becuz we are Stupid.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 May 2015 Train supervisor class?.....they obviously don't teach anyone how to move freight trains.....   Name: Bill Wheeler E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 May 2015 Russell Brucker; The only fucking reason you got a job with the UP out of Bakersfield,Ca and is a UTU/SMART Local Treasure is because you are the son of law of Jay W. Smith and a professional Bakersfield Asskisser. You suck as a Conductor and really suck as a Engineer. That's why you won't join the BLE like a lot of asskisser UTU hoggers. Your local sucks dirt. Nothing but a bunch of sissies and drunk alcoholics. Keep ripping your members dirtbag. William Wheeler President BLE Bakersfield,Ca   Name: CSX TrainMaster E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 May 2015 They do train us in Train Supervisor classes to run are train crews in the ground and write you up and fire you! We hate the Unions.   Name: Mr UP/SP Duder E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 May 2015 You are right about that. 16 hour days might happen if these new hire younging, wannabe railroaders don't get off their tail ends and start taking care of business...Both the BLE and the Smart as fart UTU need to get cleared out and get some fighting motha fuckers in there. Too many wusses and Carrier ass kissers who are getting paid off. Clean house ...   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: 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: Russell Brucker E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 May 2015 Joe in St. Louis.. That's how we Union Officers with the UTU/Smart do things... I've been a Union Officer for 17 years and I am a IRA NUTLICKER OSS with the Local 835 Union here in Bakersfield, Ca and we since we were kids taught here in Bakersfield to lick nuts and nuts for jobs and to become UTU snitches and rats.... Awwww....I love the life of a UTU officers and a UPRR asskisser... I love the UPRR MOP's and MTO's.... Jay Smith my father in law taught me right to be a very good Treasurer and UPRR asskisser....   Name: Mr Elliot. VP CSXT Safety E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 May 2015 We all here in Jacksonville, Florida love you guys and gals out there on the rail. Its all about safety and your comfort on the job we care so much about. So come ride on are safety train with 8 cars of Safety equipment and we can become friends..... Remember ....We really do care about you as a entrusted employees.... CSXT loves their TE&Y personnel and their loving unions Elliott   Name: Joe E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 May 2015 East St louis marking off safety Yeah we have 5 men laid off for union right now. 2 en and 3co somes been laid off for almost week. It's Friday night and they're are still marked off union. I know they're taking care of all kinds of bullshit.   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: Frank Ponce E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 07 May 2015 Dan Shudak and Chad Wilbourn who are both butt buddies on the UPRR... They both suck as UP company officers. And they suck worst than the CSXT Trainmasters and officers That is all.... EOM   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: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 April 2015 I am so proud of myself.....I got 3 points returned to me ......get you some of that Michael,Oscar,and Cindy!.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 April 2015 Yes, all the trainmasters at Avon work 12 hour days, usually 5 or 6 per week in practice. However, this will come to an end when they have an acident and / or fatality. Either the trainmaster, a fellow employee in the yard, or a civilian on the main road will get killed or injured. When it goes to court the judge will want to learn why such fatigue causing practices happen. There are no good excuses, especially for such a profitable company. Saying we make good profits but can't hire more officials? Because we have such safety shambles that we must increase fatigue? There could be a LOT of bad publicity from this. And, this is not an Avon only practice.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 April 2015 Sounds like you are blowing big DAN......   Name: Dan Shudak E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 27 April 2015 Chad Wilbourn was my "bitch boy" over there in Roseville last decade. He got me reassigned for driving a UPRR company vehicle with a suspended license from my 5th DUI. I was trying to catch up to "Tricky" Dick Davidson with the DUI's and flipping my car upside down in my drive way and getting DUI's in Omaha....LOL Oh well, UP is full of snitches and rats today!   Name: Lucky Chad wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 April 2015 You stupid train guy! Its Admistration Building not dept! So blow me! if you come to Roseville,ca Train personal are idiots , just like UP has proved along with the Unions!   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 10-20 years Posted: 27 April 2015 Wow....administration department......how impressive is that?.....every man wishes he were you.....   Name: Chad Wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 April 2015 CSX Condr: Come to Roseville, Ca, I'LL kick ya butt! And send you back on either a CSX engines in the Toliet Compartment and or a CSX CAR! I'm in Administration on Atkinson in Roseville, Ca.... Stupid Red Neck. Chad Wilbourn VP-Operations Western Region UPRR Roseville, Ca   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 April 2015 who is this chad wilbourn? he sounds half retarded and the other half on meth!!! probably not even the guy he claims he is. cause even our most retarded managers here on csx don't act like a tough guy retards. ill have to visit this duche bag when im down in cali next time.   Name: Jesse Larroque E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 April 2015 Both Dan Shudak and Chard Wilbourn are pieces of dog crap. I work in the UP Mojave Yard as a BIG Hogga and I know these dog feces.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 April 2015 Wow....promoted to a SUPER dumb ass now!!!...what a lucky guy...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 April 2015 Spoken like a true dipshit......   Name: Chad Wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 April 2015 You guys on the CSX are a bunch of pussies! Stop your whinning and learn to give good head like I did to become a VP-Operations here in Roseville, Calif. We will probably be owning your company and hiring all the Rail buffs we can find to work for cheap. Look at Virlon Smoot, He worked for us for 40 years and sold out all the Brakemen on the SP on the Coast Division to fill his pocket and his other co-workers. UTU is a sell out union.. Now who is going to kick my teeth in that isn't a puss? I'll send Schdak after them. He kicks in walls at yard offices and beats up on Trainmen. we promoted him to Houston, Texas as a SUPER!   Name: CHAD E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 April 2015 UP will probably buy and merge CSX and fuck it up even more!!   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 April 2015 to chad wilburn, if you are a manager like you say you are, you better never travel alone to confront another person from t&e. cause if you harassed me like you claim you do to others, I knock out your fucken teeth with a gladhand of a old brake hose leaving you crying for your mommy and bleeding like a stuck pig. then maybe when your getting thousands of dollars of painful dental work you think how to treat other people!   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 April 2015 TM Jackson I hope after you had your employees mark off sick instead of having their jobs busted or annulled, you made sure they did not incur any adverse entries in their attendance records (points applied for marking off sick). If you felt they were unsafe to work and would put themselves as well as others in harms way then I would hope the powers in Jacksonville would respect your decision and not punish the employees for doing as instructed. Please follow up. I hope the decisions that you made will set an example for other supervisors. Don't count of upper management's support on this one.   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 16 April 2015 TM Jackson If you are who you say you are, why would you tell your employees to mark off sick. If they were as sick as you described then they should have had their calls busted or jobs annulled and then allowed to leave and seek medical attention. I hope you see that they do not receive any progressive discipline entries (points) placed in their attendance records. I do however commend you on using your head and not allowing anyone who is having dizzy spells or vomiting to remain at work and put everyone else in harms way. Unfortunately, from what I have heard you may have put yourself in an unfortunate position. The powers in Jacksonville may not care for your actions. You might have set an example that they don't want others to follow! Good Luck   Name: Goober E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 April 2015 B Jackson. Barrett as a seasoned TM it is your job to fix this! So go to work my friend. This is not to be ignored. And by the way your comment to Chad was out of line. Name: Barrett Jackson E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 April 2015 Chad, Just so you know, people like you are the reason that birth control is so widely available today. To bad it failed to work for your parents, when you were accidentlly conceived. I'm a train master at one of CSX's smaller terminals. I know who is a good worker, who can be counted on, and who can't. My job is to work with everyone, and make sure everyone works. I also work to slowly weed out those that don't or won't work out. Last week I had a few of my employees mark off sick. Including a few of my older, more reliable employees. I had to ask them to mark off sick and go to Urgent Care immediately. They weren't safe to be around, and should have never come into work to begin with. Under this new attendance policy I had to watch them come into work sick, coughing, having trouble breathing, dizzy, vomiting and one of the guys was wearing Depends, for the obvious reason. As a good train master I know who is a good employee, and who isn't. Sad thing is, under this new one size fits all employee sick policy, everyone but management is punished for being sick, and the T&E employees be dammed. With all of the financial cutbacks as upper management works to save money to fight E. Hunter Harrison and keep the stock holders happy, the T&E employees will pay the price, and I have to figure out once again, how to do more with less. Or worse, watch a few of my reliable employees come into work and put others at risk to feed Oscar, Cindy and Micheal's ego. Yeah, Safety First, and at CSX, Safety is a way of life. There's a reason CSX sucks today.   Name: Barrett Jackson E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 April 2015 Chad, Just so you know, people like you are the reason that birth control is so widely available today. To bad it failed to work for your parents, when you were accidentlly conceived. I'm a train master at one of CSX's smaller terminals. I know who is a good worker, who can be counted on, and who can't. My job is to work with everyone, and make sure everyone works. I also work to slowly weed out those that don't or won't work out. Last week I had a few of my employees mark off sick. Including a few of my older, more reliable employees. I had to ask them to mark off sick and go to Urgent Care immediately. They weren't safe to be around, and should have never come into work to begin with. Under this new attendance policy I had to watch them come into work sick, coughing, having trouble breathing, dizzy, vomiting and one of the guys was wearing Depends, for the obvious reason. As a good train master I know who is a good employee, and who isn't. Sad thing is, under this new one size fits all employee sick policy, everyone but management is punished for being sick, and the T&E employees be dammed. With all of the financial cutbacks as upper management works to save money to fight E. Hunter Harrison and keep the stock holders happy, the T&E employees will pay the price, and I have to figure out once again, how to do more with less. Or worse, watch a few of my reliable employees come into work and put others at risk to feed Oscar, Cindy and Micheal's ego. Yeah, Safety First, and at CSX, Safety is a way of life. There's a reason CSX sucks today.   Name: Chad Wilbourn E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 April 2015 Man! I thought my T & E Y guys were a bunch of pussies but you CSX guys take the cake!! My guys come to work sick all the time here in Roseville and on the Western Region of the UPRR because I tell them if they don't I will have my MOP's or other Rail MGRS harass the piss out of them. You TEY guys and ladies are lucky to have a job in the GREAT industry you work in that any RAIL buff would love to have! So FUCK the UTU and BLE! We as carriers have them all in out pockets and we as carriers own your ass. I hired out as a Trainman in 1990 on the great UPRR in North Platte and moved up to MGT , with the great help of Dan Shudak and Les Sack a really good MOP and BJ giver from the LA Division of the SP/UP. And its all great! I am now a VP-Operations in Roseville and get to push around and stalk and harass all the Western Region TEY personnel. So remember, come to work sick and don't lay off or else...YOU WILL BE FIRED! No comebacks!! Thanks Virlon Smoot for being such a great UTU/UP TEY chairman and selling out those young guys to get your  4,000 a month pension. Remember, what comes around goes around....   Name: legal E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 April 2015 EMPLOYEES Yesterday it was brought to my attention that an employee reported to work with a fever and laringitis. This employee could not properly communicate with other crew members and put others in seriously unsafe working conditions. Because the employee was in fear of being disciplined (points applied) even though he would have had a written doctors statement to be off he chose to report to work and put others in harms way. If this happens again you need to call the fra immediately and report the incident. Second, a supervisor on duty should be put on notice of the workers condition. If they allow them to work and someone is injured the company will be liable. If they send the employee home they SHOULD NOT have any points added to their progressive discipline file. If they do they need to contact Osha and the Fra to start an appeal.   Name: help E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 April 2015 Conductor 10-20 It's good to vent. But once again your original post was based on the fact that You didn't do your homework before calling your fellow workers f... idiots. Your recent post still doesn't address that fact. Be mature and admit you were wrong to insult others who were not as fortunate as you were to be given easy access to the caps page. You are a fine example of what happens to older employees who work for a company who continually does not proof read or follow up on correspondences with the employees. You don'thave enough fingers and toes to count the times a bulletin has been canceled and reissued with the mistakes corrected. Stand by your original post but again do your homework before attacking your fellow workers.   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: wooden wall E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 April 2015 Crew caller, I hear your call for help. With much regret,the problems with nepotism, and new guys wanting it all, but unwilling to work for any of it, is the same problem that we T&E people have been having for years. As you know, CSX actively trains their management to play the unions off each other. They dangle "carrots" in front of those union officials they think they can buy. Those union officials that do their job, and repeatedly win their cases, CSX swoops in and promises them the world, and will work to make them fellow company officers. The entire system we decent and caring employees work under, becomes more vial the longer we are required to work in the cesspool that this company has become. As I look over at my sick conductor, throwing up out the window as he has all week, and I listen to the train master threatening my conductor about how if he catches what ever my conductor has, he's going to fire him. I'm glad I'm approaching the twilight of my railroad career. When people ask what it takes to get on the railroad, I tell them about Tony Ingram's right hand woman, Cindy Sanborn, and how she has followed her mentor Tony Ingram's lead in turning the employees against the company. I tell them how Michael Ward hired Tony, and when a group of investors wanted to place a few of their own people on Michael Ward's board, the T&E employees, knowing these investors wanted to rip CSX apart, voted them in. They hated what Ward had allowed their company to become, that they were willing to let it be destroyed, rather than continue on with what it had become. Now I'm watching history repeat itself. E. Hunter Harrison has started to make noise that he wants to acquire CSX. CSX is doing massive cutbacks. No extra hats, gloves, crew packs, water. Leave jobs unfilled, save money by offering buy outs.... what ever it takes to save another 500 million so that reserves can be built up in anticipation of E. Hunter Harrison's return. Times are tough here at CSX. Under its current leadership, which promotes a me and my family that's in management first attitude, I doubt if this company survives, it will be for much longer. Look how quickly Oscar lead PepsiCo to the brink of bankruptcy, before CSX swooped in and hired him up. Cindy Sanborn isn't stupid. Look how wealthy she became when CSX and NS ran the price up on the Conrail stock her father left her. Stand back and watch. History really does repeat itself. Cindy Sanborn's mentors have taught her well. Once again CSX employees hate this company, and a show down on who is going to run this company is blowing in the wind. If anyone knows how to bring this company down its Cindy Sanborn. She watched her dad do it with Conrail, and she's doing it now with CSX. Go Cindy Go. Tear this company apart. .   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 April 2015 to "help" I still stand by my comments. no im not a manager, or a new guy. I been here before split date ,a long time ago. for someone who works in a office and not on the ground you seem to have a lot to say about the people on this site. first off let me tell you 8 out of 10 new hires are young idiots. they come here and think they are entitled to every thing I worked so long to achieve. new hires don't want to work extra boards, they want regular jobs with the same starting time, don't want to work night, they don't want to work weekends, they want to mark off when they want , how often they want with out any consequences.so when people come on here and start whining that they want more time off ,it pisses me off. that's how the railroad works, they call you go to work. stop worrying about marking off so much. try working at any other job and try to mark off sick 12 times a year and FMLA another 12 time and they would fire you. try finding another job that pays so well ,with a retirement plan and when you fuck up you get you job back after a while. people here knew what they were getting themselves into when they hired out with the crazy irregular hours and the days they have to work. you don't like it quit!!!!!   Name: help E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 April 2015 Conductor 10-20 Once again, not EVERYONE received the information that you were so lucky to receive. Did it ever occur to you that there is another option available for a reason. Not all employees have the proper clearance to use the "crew" door to access the gateway information needed. You have all rights to stand by your insulting comments but before you judge others you should do as instructed. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! If you are a newly hired employee I would suggest you work on your attitude towards your fellow employee. No one wants to work with someone who thinks they are superior or acts like a company SUCK! It will make your career a more enjoyable one if you try to understand the constant frustrations others have to deal with on a daily basis while working for csx!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 April 2015 to "help" I stand by my comments. the stuff I received in the mail very simple 1. log on to gateway 2. type in "crew" in search bar and press enter. 3.log in with rac number and password. 4. page comes up go to caps tab, when tab pops up click on it. 5.now you should be on CAPS page.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 April 2015 Well said Engine Repair!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Engine repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 April 2015 What a perfect example this attendace policy is of the railroad speaking out of both sides of their mouth. Safety is the number one priority but they want to overwork, underrest and basically destroy every contract employees morale. Then when an employee gets hurt, has a human factor incident or some other mishap the railroad wants to blame the employee. Yes the employee is at fault in some instances, however the fatigue that the railroad subjects the employee to by working different shifts and hours from day to day and not allowing adequate time off for family and business and health issues, are contributing factors in these mishaps. The company has to accept its share of the blame in these. Managers are paid for taking off when the need arises, however they think contract employees have no needs. Most managers get at minimum six weeks vacation to start. The company hasn't figured out, how to get a more productive workforce because they have the mentality that they are better than the working man because they sit behind a desk and dole out rules, regulations, and standards that are for looks and lip service but have no intention of following when their applied to a situation that doesnt affect a contract employee. For instance,a couple of years ago the "a team" Oscar Munoz and his team were touring shop locations and this shop which had a policy of no smoking hid all the ashtrays so their team wouldnt see them. However since management has several smokers the rules dont apply,but they can cover that up to show their good face. Another instance occurred when a federally mandated equipment inspection was due, but since the computer system was screwed up as always, management said were not doing it. The event was brought to their attention that it was due, but then they proceeded to blatantly lie and say there was a waiver saying they didnt have to do it. It is amazing how low management and the company will stoop to make theirself look good. Lying, cheating, stealing are just a few of the crooked tactics they use to justify their actions for either the almighty dollar or egotistical pleasures. Again it amazes me you think you know and respect one of these people, but then they sell their soul to break some policy to impress someone higher up. Ive been railroading for along time and could go on and on about their duplicity of following their own rules regulations and policies, Ive probably forgotten more than I can remember but until we as contract employees stand together as ONE they are going to keep applying the rules to us and forget about themselves. Heck they want to treat us like slaves but say were contract employees. Then they want to break every part of the contract they can. There is no honor or upstanding citizens in the leadership of csx corp.,they are theives crooks and evil running this company top to bottom. Ultimately this will lead to the failure and demise of csx.   Name: help E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 April 2015 Conductor 10-20 Before you spout your mouth off about someone else being an idiot, you need to do your homework. Not EVERYONE received the proper information in the mail as you claim. Several only received the attendance policy without detail steps to find the caps page. When you have some free time and can get away from the computer and stop posting your idiotic comments, look on page 4 of the new attendance policy. You will see the link that was provided for employees to use. It is obviously a very lengthy link to enter. The steps that were posted are the proper steps to be taken. You obviously were one of the lucky ones who received the steps posted on here or you are just a loud mouth supervisor or someone from the human resource department that felt offended because once again not all employees were provided with the steps needed to find the site more easily! If you need confirmation of this you can call CHESSIE and they will confirm that they were notified that improper information was given out to several employees! Have a nice CSX day!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 April 2015 my god............. you guys are fuckin idiots. cant find the CAPS attendance points page? maybe if you read the stuff you received in the mail about the CAPS policy you would know how to find it. I had no problem finding it the first time I looked. looks like the new employees are just as bad on the computer,as they are railroading !!!   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 April 2015 Think about it, how many CSX managers have railroad experience these days? They are hiring off the street more than the are promoting from within because nobody wants the jobs anymore, they suck! Today a guy is hired off the street to hide, watch, and harass people. Then he is given the title of "train master"....lol. Years ago you never saw the train master, you didn't want to because if he showed up, it meant something bad was gonna happen. He had miles of territory with his responsibilities, and you didn't need as many. Today you have 4 or 5 of them at every average size terminal / gestapo. They know nothing of what a train master is supposed to be, they just take orders from some ignorant idiot up above who knows even less about the job. CSX SUCKS, enough said.   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: 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: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 March 2015 Well, I can't see any difference on the layoff boards. It still seems as if we're going to do what we want. CSX needs to understand they're wasting their time and money with those revisions. I'd like to know exactly how much was spent. Someone's idiot brother-in-law came up with the latest.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 March 2015 stupid wanna be uprr manager brian dickster ,you cant work your valued employees 90 days and only give them 6 days off. you stupid shit fra hos law , your math don't add up!!!! you work 6 in a row you get 2 days off and 7 in a row only on a road job to return to home terminal you get 3 days off mandatory.no and ifs or buts fra hos law. you fucking idiot.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 10 March 2015 Less employees will mean less managers. Where is a person like the previous poster going to end up? Demands for snakes will decrease.   Name: Brian Seibert, UPRR MOP E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 March 2015 We work OUR valued employees at UPRR 90 days with only 6 days off allowed. If they can't comply we "FIRE" them and hire more DUM ass TEY people right off the street. Its all about breaking those TE&Y unions. The UTU sold off the Conductor for PTC one man train crews. HA! SMART/UTU really does suck don't they?   Name: Frank Ponce E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 March 2015 I wonder if the ex-felons or ex-cons are turning down these jobs along the CSX system? Hell that would be the way to go. Hire more Ex-felons...LOL...   Name: LV Smoot E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 09 March 2015 So the big question is, How many times can you legally lay off a month before you get a warning or a letter sent to your for a Investigation hearing? Anybody care to answer?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 March 2015 Thought the RSIA (Railway Safety Improvement Act) of 2008 limited train service employees to 276 hrs. of on duty a month. RR 432 = ???   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 March 2015 Name: New Hire that Declined E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 08 March 2015 Mr New Hire that Declined. Nice post! The Guaranteed day was not always there. The unions wanted it for years and fought for it with a vengeance. Now they have to live with it, and what a mess it is. Before the GD x board employees could work one day per month, screw off and keep their insurance in place. However there was some peril. On a good month ya work every call then mark off. Have some fun, spend for a while thinking just mark up and everything will be good. Opps when ya mark up and the board is stacked, however unemployment was there, now we have a little cushion. As one can see this was a nice place to work. Feast or Famine, at times personal and other times forced. Everyone that wanted time off, got time off with very few exceptions. Should this have happened??? who knows but one thing is for sure it was a learning experience. Just a comment on HOS seems strange to me, unreasonable at BEST. RR 432 per month Truckers 260 per month C-Pilots 100 per month Go Figure?   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: 06 March 2015 When someone gets burned out enough from working all the time, and decides to go postal, thats when you'll see change. Sad but true.   Name: Jessie Larroque E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 March 2015 We over here at UPRR Mojave Sub know what all you guys are going through. We have endured this UP Railroads attendance policy and IT sucks. Just like those cock suckers in Omaha suck! I have been on this Railroad since October 1998 and my dad was a Bakersfield SP yardmaster, got me and my Brother a job with the UP when they were doing all the hiring in the 90's. I derailed and wrecked cars and got a level 4 and still became a Engineer. Good for being a fat Mexican from Bakersfield. So I just kiss all the MOP's asses and other Officers asses. The officers in Bakersfield suck too. Bunch of butt kissers.. All well...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 March 2015 How's come they have to or think they have to, have an "attendance policy"? Things that bad? Do know from listening to people that work the road, that sometimes one trip is 40 or more hrs. & can be called back to work after only 10 hrs. at home. That would suck. Guess csx does really suck.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 05 March 2015 Why do most of you people post the same thing in every section here? This section is "attendance policy" and I'm reading the same grip that you post here in the other sections.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 March 2015 CSX just SUCKS! Piss poor management is why CSX can't move trains, it has nothing to do with attendance amongst the employees. CSX just always wants to play the blame game with labor. Just look at a CSX rule book and safety procedures......LMAO! Says it all.   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: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 03 March 2015 There is plenty enough bitching/complaining/harping about things on this site. Vulgar words are not needed. Read the heading. Attendance policy: No one was forced to hire on. No one is forced to stay. Tough it out until a much better career/job can be found. Glad (to be outta there)   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: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 March 2015 I quit reporting all the locomotive defects years ago.....what's the use in wasting all the time,ink,and paper....nothing ever gets fixed....ever....wish I would have taken a job at a locomotive repair facility....where lord only knows what goes on there.....as far as I can tell absolutely nothing....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 March 2015 Not complaining anymore. If CSX doesn't care about my health, family, or quality of life, then I don't care about CSX either! If you get hurt in any way, fill out those green accident reports! Works safe and by the rules, we all know how its slows things down. When it comes to reporting time, steal every penny you can, I'm gonna! If they want to break up my marriage, they are going to pay! Everyday is now a 12 hour day. Stop reporting things with all these junk engines, let them fall apart! If this is the new way of life, having none, the worst thing you can do is help the company. Like Cindy said..."They are confident this new policy will address your concerns and support a POSITIVE, PRODUCTIVE, AND REWARDING WORK EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE!" Who says you can't make money and screw the company at the same time? FUCK CSX! They are not your friend.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 March 2015 Well here it is....all you people got your attendance scorecard ready?......a big thanks to all of you candy ass dip shits that got this stupid ass new attendance policy in place now....if you don't want to work why don't you go on welfare like the rest of the country is on.....must be easy to do.....go for it.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 01 March 2015 It's like that everywhere -- industry \ job. Every craft, contact or non-contact. Damn FNGs. Some are OK. Respectful. Anxious, interested, & willing to learn & are not lazy. Majority aren't that way & probably never will amount to crap.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 February 2015 amen brother, I couldn't agree with ya anymore. you hit the nail on the head. they want everything the oldheads got but they don't want to work for it. we had new guys on the yard extra board a few years ago cry that they were getting 4 starts a week and that they needed to increase the extraboard !!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 February 2015 "This company really,really doesn't want the employees to spend any time with their wives,children,grandchildren,or their parents...this isquality of life ladies and gentlemen......" Deal with it. When you get the seniority to have a better quality of life this won't be an issue. Bide your time just like everyone else did before you. These young guys that hired out the past five years have a very lousy work ethic. They feel entitled to the same thing old heads with better seniority enjoy but without the work or time involved. Sorry pal but it doesn't work that way. These new employees are the reason we now have this slacker policy because they ruined it for others with excessive layoffs. Don't like it? Tough shit. Hit the bricks buddy. Tired of picking up the slack for your lazy ass.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 February 2015 first off , before I post im not a manager and I think most of the managers here are idiots . well I like the new attendance policy. I think all the whiners here are probably the ones who abuse marking off. for example ,if I mark off sick 3 days in a row during the week . old policy I would be getting a first step letter. new policy I have 12 point and no letter!!!!!! couple months goes buy and no sick days and now im down to 6 points. see I have personal day and daily vacation days I use to mark off { I use sick days if the days I need are taken} so I only mark off sick like 6 times a year or so. this policy is to taken down the abusers and other people who don't abuse who may get sick and take off 2 or 3 days don't get harassed with letters   Name: B&O E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 28 February 2015 Sometimes, side agreements are made between the carrier & the union(s)& the the masses don't get hard copies. B&O Conductors And Trainmen Agreement: Rule 100 (Crew Consist), Section 7. Employment - A. "" The Carrier will maintain, through recall of furloughed trainmen and/or hiring of new employees, a sufficient number of regular and extra employees to permit reason layoff privileges and to protect must-fill vacancies. B. This Rule will not have any bearing whatsoever on the administration of discipline procedures, or the amount of discipline assessed, in an effort to reduce the list of protected employees. If at any time the General Chairman feels that this commitment is not being honored, prompt conference will be arranged to review the matter and whatever steps are warranted will be taken to alleviate the complaint."" Now IF that is all still in effect & the same now days, then the UTU B&O & csx need to get together - & inform all affected, at least those members still governed by this contractual agreement, just what are considered reasonable layoff privileges, etc.   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: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 February 2015 The csx attendance polices are written - by co. dorks. They are NOT union contractual agreements. We'll see.... Just another csx screw up: before long, more employees will apply for FMLA leave & will probably be awarded such. Many already have. Many more could. Brain dead ignorant stupid corporate ...... To stockholders: Idiot management! Could be doing a hell of a lot better financially. Sad. Stock should be worth at least double what it is. \ When is this Co.'s Board Of Directors going to wake up & realize that the past few years' policies are not working - & will not, & then clean house? Glad Glad, fortunate & lucky to be outta there   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: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 February 2015 A buddy of mine who works for the former SP and now the stupid pacific in LA told me we should all lay off at once "Rule G" Operation Roadblock and force these class 1 College educated A holes to go out and work for us and if they threaten to fire us, tell them to stuff it and walk. These assholes are the ones that are killing this Industry over profits. And yes, Fuck the UTU. They all suck anyways!   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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 24 February 2015 Cindy is a cunt   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 February 2015 This company really,really doesn't want the employees to spend any time with their wives,children,grandchildren,or their parents...this is quality of life ladies and gentlemen......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 February 2015 Wondering if there are any other multiple million dollar companies whom treat their employees like grade school punks.....the respect that is shown to the hard working contract men and women of CSX is quite a shame to say the least.....and now if we are sick we get a scorecard to keep up with .....sounds like a flu epidemic will soon be striking the company....instead of not infecting anyone by staying at home everyone will become infected......just hope no one gets Ebola cause the whole company will get it....wipe us all out....thanks Cindy ....you must be one proud American ....any chance of a company provided face mask to wear like the Chinese have adopted?......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 23 February 2015 fuck csx and their attendance policy!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 23 February 2015 FUCK CSX! The employees HATE this company....FACT! CSX wants to accomplish goals with people who hate them? LMFAO!!!!!   Name: Cola E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 February 2015 With the new attendance policy going into effect on March 1st, am I the only one that is thinking I'm going to have to mark off one last time........ Say on February 27th, just after 2200, then mark up again 23 hours, and 50 plus minutes later on February 28th. Can you say CSX BLUE FLU DAY February 27th? Cough, Cough. I know I can   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 February 2015 HOW DARE YOU GET SICK!!!!....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 February 2015 Remember ladies and gentlemen.....februray 28,2015.......you must not ever get sick again or you will be punished !!!!!......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 February 2015 With the new attendance policy going into effect....when an appointment is made for a dentist or an eye exam do we mark off sick and then have our doctor write out a note and send to crew management to have the unavailable status removed?....just wondering how to be treated like a kindergarten kid again.....it's been a long time ago...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 February 2015 CSX SUCKS in 2015!!!!!!!!   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: 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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 16 February 2015 Interesting. How's come you know that?   Name: ??? E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 16 February 2015 Roselake Just sit back and wait it out. Ryan is another Stanley working on a section 8 transfer. He will step in it like the other nut job did. He is only using his position as a stepping stone to a move to the Human resource department. That wont happen though if his record is tarnished with his inability to show people skills. The human resource department requires one to be able to communicate in a professional manner. As for Aleek, it has been rumored that he carries TSA and homeland security clearance. It would be pretty stupid to go around bragging about being a dope head if he still holds active status. It would be rather rough for him if someone were to notify both departments(blow the whistle) about his so called habit and demand he be tested.   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: LC/VP E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 February 2015 THE PUBLIC AND FAMILY MEMBERS!!!!! Railroaders do not get paid sick days. When a conductor or engineer marks off sick they LOSE MONEY! If they work on an extra board they lose guarantee money. If they are on a pool they may lose an entire round trip. That round trip could amount to a loss of up to 600.00. Does that shock you. BET IT DOES. Most people don't make that much in a week. You think they get a fantastic salary? You don't know how much they pay in union dues, job protection insurance, medical insurance and higher taxes to cover that so called great retirement. Now add in any 401k contributions and the check is hacked away. A railroader will lose an average of 34% of every pay check just in taxes. Does he deserve great pay. HELL YES! He signs away his personal life as well as any quality of life when he takes the job. Now the company wants to punish him if he gets sick and goes to the doctor. If he submits a valid doctors statement they will put entries into his personnel file that he took time off for treatment and made himself unavailable for their beckon call. YES, PUTTING 3 POINTS INTO HIS EMPLOYEE HISTORY IS THE START OF PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE THAT CAN LEAD TO HIS TERMINATION. It is up to you, the family members to take a stance. Notify your politicians. Complain to the state health departments about the stress and fatigue this will bring upon your loved ones because they are afraid to stay home if ill. Complain about the fear of the spread of virus that someone may bring to work because they are afraid of marking off to see their doctors. The ball is in your hands. The unions will not do anything about this unless the members rally and threaten to unseat the current elected officials. Sorry, but that just wont happen. They have to be a union member to keep their jobs. If they stir the pot to much the unions could kick them out and they are just to afraid to take a stance. Its up to you to protect your families and your own!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 February 2015 Sounds as tho CSX has boatload of money for all the upcoming lawsuits,investigations,certified letters to mail the list goes on and on.....I am no educated rocket scientist but wouldn't it just be a lot cheaper and easier to allow a man to mark off sick once in awhile?......really stop and think about it.....   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 Less than 1 year Posted: 14 February 2015 Just received my letter from csx about new attendance changes. Somehow it said that this is what we wanted. How can a rd man on call 24/7 be under the same policy has a yard man with 2 days off a week and set hours?   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 14 February 2015 Don't ya just love it? Attendance Polices written & administered by people that do not even have the 1st clue - college educated idiots - NO experience working in the Trans. Dept. - living the unassigned/unscheduled life. Don't ya just love it when you're just trying to do your job in horrendous weather conditions & have to listen to/get threatened by some knumbnuts who's in a nice safe, warm, dry, well heated, lighted, etc., inside atmosphere? Labor issues on RRs were addressed in 1926 - look it up: The Railway labor Act. Powers that be knew then, that a shut down would hurt the entire economic system = same as now days. RRs move millions of TONS - stuff from one point to another & if just one factory\place could/may be shut down & put workers out of work, who would be blamed in this day & age? Union members, probably not the RR. Been posted previously: keep voting conservative republican = keep cutting your own working class blue collar throat & accept the long term consequences. Glad (to be outta there)   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 February 2015 Come on people, system slow down....NOW!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 February 2015 Csx does suck! UTU does suck! BLet does suck! My sawed off LC sucks the company with his Wanna be RFE (DSL) duties. He's been laid off all weekend Union beatin off to this new policy.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 February 2015 Bring on the accident forms. I'll be reporting getting hurt on duty by the end of the year. So much for safety bonuses . Pussy Union won't strike the men will be getting hurt all the time.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 February 2015 You all got til February 28 to get all your sickness out of your system....hmmmmmmm.......I feel a lot of sickness coming on all of the sudden from now til February 28th......lol.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 February 2015 To Michael,Oscar,and Cindy.....what happens when one of you hit 20 points?.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 February 2015 CSX IS EVIL..... Attendance policy's of the other class I railroads aren't this unethical. CSX SUCKS!   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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 February 2015 Got my letter today in the mail about the new attendance policy....seems as tho I wanted a new one in place according to Michael ward....some survey we all took?....ok whatever then....get your scorecards out ladies and gentlemen....first one to 20 loses...lol....lol....lol.......   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: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 February 2015 Jack There are trainmaster positions posted on gateway. You should check it out. It sounds like you might be a good candidate. Nurse lumber You cross our union again. Were gonna vote your sorry sawed off ass out of the ble. You're too close to the carrier doing all their little rfe work.   Name: jack E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 February 2015 the bottom line is when you mark off, especially when you know your phone is gonna ring in 10 hours and don't bullshit me if your in a pool for a while you know how often you will work. you should go home and sleep!!!! its the job deal with it. this new hours of service now is a cake walk.most people where I work with they skip there rest days and will work 6 and get 2 days off or 7 and get 3. bottom line is 4 out of 5 people they hire now have no work ethic whiners   Name: J.A.Garner E-mail: jgarner812@gmail.com Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 February 2015 I hired in the former Penn Central in 1974. Then Conrail acquired my seniority district. The Crew Consist agreement came along (2-man crews)and I went from a full time 3rd trick yard job to being layed off. I accepted a buy-off for 25k and left the industry. Since then I have done a lot of things but long story short I work in a hospital as a RAd technologist. (A profession I had before going to the railroad in 1974) I have 13 years on the railroad but only 70 months service under railroad retirement. I was also a Local Chairman for the yard in the UTU. I want to say that the way that FMLA is written one can get an "Intermittent" FMLA for a chronic condition. There are LOTS of chronic conditions, and this is a medical matter that is beyond the expertise of managers and not only can the company be liable but the manager can be liable personally. They HAVE to follow the doctor's orders. Narcolepsy sounds like a pretty good diagnosis. Carry a tape recorder of some sort and record anybody who gets intimidating. If they break the rules and the company gets liable they will roll over on their own managers. They will have no choice. The company attorneys will force the matter. The attitudes of management to labor go way back to the last century. The three management theories you need to review are Henri Fayol, Max Weber and especially Frederick Winslow Taylor. He is the worst. As far as the conservatives go the best thing that could happen is if somebody would commandere Ronald Reagan's Star Wars defense system and use a LASER to burn out out the satellite transponders that carry Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Yeah, that Fox News... Rupert Murdoch must be real proud of himself for finally recognising Mitt Romney as a loser. Remember, 'ol Rupert started making his fortune with his supermarket check out paper "Sun" which competed with the National Enquirer for "Fair and Balanced"...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 February 2015 Retired FRA Inspector that is quite an unfortunate state of affairs indeed. The tragedy of this is quite large if you consider that train crews have ended up being asleep and then dead along with anyone that was in their path and then posthumously blamed for their own demise. http://railroadersleep.org/ This FRA website gives tips from old hands who relate stories of their near death experiences from habitual chronic sleep deprivation. They recommend coffee and naps at work and say it is hard to get any sleep anywhere but at work when on call 24/7/365. How many hard working dedicated crew members have been killed trying to conform to this system when faced with the option of continue working a job they worked so hard to advance in for so many years under dangerously fatigued conditions or be terminated for calling out and lose a retirement plan that is exclusive to railroads. When entire crews are found asleep in an accident the mere fact that this can happen at all suggests it is a systematic problem. It seems everyone knows this including the unions, the railroads and the crews themselves and beyond the crews at risk of termination and death but too afraid to do anything about it beyond moan anonymously on the internet they would rather die than lose their jobs and retirement it seems. So everyone is rolling the dice and hoping they don't come up snake eyes because its how it is done on the railroad and no ones gonna change that? I would suspect the quality of life, the increased profits, the improved safety records that would result from a 16/7/365 change to on call policy and giving crews even just 8 hours of scheduled rest in every 24hour period regardless of their last shift would be fought tooth and nail for all the wrong reasons. Human Biology is not going to change any time soon either unfortunately.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 08 February 2015 To Other, non-employee, for N/A, FRA needs to address this unethical and dangerous practice of calling T&E employees for duty at unpredictable times. It's not as though FRA isn't aware of this practice, because I'm sure they have received numerous complaints. The problem is that FRA is in the pockets of railroad management. I witnessed this firsthand before I retired as an inspector. In fact that is exactly why I retired. Unless FRA is forced by Congress to regulate crew calling practices, they will do nothing. And with the current Republican majority in both Houses, railroads will push their unethical and dangerous practices to the limit. Unfortunately it will take a tragedy of high magnitude to change things now.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 February 2015 I guess the real question I have is why has there never been an on call 16/7 365 policy put in effect?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 February 2015 I have a question about extra board work practices... from what I have learned when you are working a shift of 12 hours you at least get 10 hours off and can use that time to go directly to sleep and be rested for anything they can throw at you after that 10 hours... is there any way of getting a chance for 8 hours of sleep when you are on call and have not worked a shift but have been awake and expecting to be called but never called? is there any advanced warning system that will give you time to rest when on call 24/7 365 days a year? or does CSX expect you to be frozen in a cryogenic tube and thawed when they need you then refrozen till called again? this has less to do with wanting to take time off for personal reasons and more to do with understanding if CSX and the railroads in general have a basic disregard for human biology and the effects of sleep deprivation on performance and safety. are the railroad unions so inept and powerless that in 200 years of operation there has not been a system setup to guarantee that train crews actually have alotted time to rest that is required by the biology of the human body?   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 07 February 2015 To News: You are right. This web site is a big thorn in the side for CSX. And we seem to be getting more posters all the time. I am on the side of the contract employees. I always have been and always will be. I was a member of the railroad Machinist's union (IAM) for 10 years and a member of the Federal employees' union (AFGE) for 34 years. In fact, I am still a member of the AFGE in retirement.   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: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 February 2015 Clinton fmla of 1993 awesome post FRA Inspector   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 05 February 2015 FMLA, one very good thing the Clinton administration did for working people in America. http://www.afscme.org/news/press-room/press-releases/2015/after-22-years-fmla-has-proven-value-to-working-families   Name: Retired E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 05 February 2015 Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years, does seem to be an anti-union, anti blue collar Republican. And perhaps he is also part of CSX management and his son will be moving up through the ranks very shortly.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 February 2015 I'm sorry you sounded like someone's silly old lady. Maybe just a goofy republican at heart. FMLA is The Law of the land don't try to cheapen it because of a few. Csx brought this on themselves. Someone with a back problem or whatever may be the case could have just laid off sick until it past. Now that same person would be fired. Csx forced men and women to protect themselves with fmla. Don't ever restrict someone's rights or question them because of a select few. There should be a lot more railroaders on fmla than other industries. A person ill or injured can't be on call 24/7, working swing shift, 36+ hours to get back home on a round trip. I can't wait until employees start laying off FMLA at the away from home terminal. That will give CSX something to really cry about. This new caps policy = increase of FMLA and accidents being reported. THE TURNOVER RATE ITS JUST NOT HIGH ENOUGH FOR CSX.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 February 2015 Actually I am a father to an employee. And I do believe FMLA is easily given out. Just my opinion.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 February 2015 Csx does investigate fmla layoffs. Someone can't just simply have a medical certification filled out. An M.D. will not risk his practice on some idiot who wants to lay off on weekends. I'm willing to bet you're some dumb bitch who has nothing to do all day but keep up with your husband's co-workers. You need a "real man" to come over when he's gone to dust that thing off.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 February 2015 We can thank all of the fine people who abuse the FMLA for this one. Maybe CSX should investigate what these people are actually doing when they mark off FMLA. I know they would be astonished by what they see, I know I am. They have abused it for the people who actually need it and use appropriately. As far as the attendance policy, it's awful for those who are dedicated to their job. CSX should give their employees 5 day work weeks and maybe there would be less mark offs.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 04 February 2015 I suggest that the T&E unions start flooding FRA's mailbox with complaint letters, and send copies of those letters to every United States congressman and senator from the states in which CSX operates. I also suggest that members of these unions start voting for the politicians that are union friendly. By not voting for union friendly politicians, union members have turned their backs on the best friends they will ever have.   Name: ADVICE E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 February 2015 EMPLOYEES Read the policy again. It states you will have 0 points applied to your record for hospitalization or emergency treatment with valid medical documentation. GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM EVERY TIME. YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IF YOU ARE SICK AND DO NOT THINK YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SIT AROUND IN A MED CARE FACILITY WAITING TO SEE A DOCTOR. ANOTHER CLAUSE ON PAGE ONE OF THE POLICY STATES EMPLOYEES WILL NOT BE ASSESSED ANY POINTS UNDER THIS POLICY FOR ABSENCES DUE TO AN APPROVED LEAVE UNDER THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT AND/OR.......... A WORK RELATED ILLNESS OR INJURY SUPPORTED BY A VALID DOCTORS NOTE TO THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT. IN OTHER WORDS WHEN YOU GET SICK AS HELL AFTER WORKING WITH SOMEONE BECASUE THEY WERE SCARED TO STAY HOME FROM WORK WHEN THEY WERE SICK BECAUSE THEY DIDNT WANT TO START RACKING UP POINTS, YOU WERE INFECTED AT WORK AND THAT MAKES IT A WORK RELATED ILLNESS. IF YOU ARE STUCK IN A CAB ALL DAY LONG WITH SOMEONE WHO IS SICK WITH THE FLU OR SOMETHING THEY CANT IDENTIFY, SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN NOTIFYING THEM YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND A SICK EMPLOYEE AND IF YOU GET SICK YOU WANTED IT DOCUMENTED AS AN ILLNESS YOU PICKED UP AT WORK!   Name: stones E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 February 2015 Law, You hit the nail on the head. For a company that constantly promotes, "Safety is a way of life", that's a bunch crap. T&E employees don't have sick days. Yet CSX own rules require it's employees to mark off if They're sick. If we follow CSX'S own rule and mark off because we're sick, CSX wants to punish us. I wonder how Mikey Ward or Cindy Sanborn would fair if they had to work and live under the same harsh and cruel rules that they impose in those T&E employees that work for them?   Name: LAW E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 03 February 2015 BOB It amazes me how many old head railroaders come on this site and constantly talk about the horrible working conditions they had. Do you really think that is something to brag about. Telling everyone you were treated like a dog and didn't do anything about it doesn't say much about previous railroad intelligence. The new policy states very clearly that a person can get 3 points applied to their personnel record after taking a sick day even if they have a legitimate doctors slip. It is up to the company to review the incident and if they feel it is not serious enough they can penalize the employee with 3-4 points. On top of that, the policy also makes it very clear that you can receive more points applied to your personnel record if you are sick on a weekend. I'm sure I don't have to explain to you that the flu or the measles do not care what day of the week it is. Employees with children have a greater risk of infection because they bring it home with them after being at school with other infected children. It is against the law to punish/discipline someone because they will not jeopardize the safety of themselves or others they work with by coming to work when sick. No matter what the level of the illness is, it can still cause side effects and adversely effect someone's ability to be fully alert. Again, there are federal laws in place to protect employees from this. Now, as to the points system, that can also be viewed as unjust "punishment". How you say? The point system is set up as a progressive discipline program. You reach a certain point level and you are disciplined. It wouldn't matter if you had only 3 points on your record every month. Once you receive one point you now have an adverse entry placed into your personnel file. It can and will be used against you in the event you accumulate too many points. If you were to decide to change job positions within the company, even one entry of 3 points could be used against you when your records are being viewed by the other departments. There is no doubt that another employee who had no adverse entries placed in their personnel file would be considered first for the position that was open over someone who did. Do you think it would be fair to have points placed into your working history after taking a day off from work because you were ill but the company didn't think your illness was serious enough to excuse even though your highly trained physician advised the company it was? Every entry made in your personnel file that is used in any progressive discipline step is considered negative behavior and can effect any future move that you may wish to make within the company. It is a good thing that your unions have actually had an influence on the roll out of this policy and it has been delayed. Telling others to quit crying and just go to work might be your idea of good advice but before you hand out such an order I suggest you look at the problem at hand and not live in the past where you rights were constantly violated and you had no backbone to do anything about it.   Name: Agent Zero E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2015 Despite CSX CEO's Confidence, US Oil Railcar Rates Have Crashed To 3 Year Lows http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-03/despite-csx-ceos-confidence-us-oil-railcar-rates-have-crashed-3-year-lows   Name: FACT E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 February 2015 FUNNY The reason the employees have to deal with outrageous policies is because we have unions with yellow stripes down their backs who have totally given up on protecting the members from having to work in a hostile work environment. 50 years ago union reps would have stood beside the members and put some woop ass on management but now with the kickbacks and padding under the table its gone. Stupid idiotic policies eventually get torn apart anyway. That's why they are called stupid and idiotic. As for those at rose lake who are tired of TM RYAN heres a little history. He hired on with the intentions of getting a job in the human resource department. He is still taking classes and is supposedly working towards getting out of T&E. He was told he would not be accepted in another job position until he was a TM for awhile. They are testing him to see if he has the back bone to fire! All he was doing at first was jumping through their hoops to look good. If he sucked arss and head hunted he knew he would look good to the boys in the club. Now, it has gone to his head and as far as those higher above, he is starting to show that he may not be such a good candidate for a position in the HR department. He is going rogue and showing his ability to be completely unprofessional. He will eventually hang himself. If you haven't paid attention for the last 20 years.....NO ONE NICE STAYS IN THE FIELD.At the rate he is going they will never let him go until he becomes a liability. He is chopping off his nose to spite his face. In the meantime, document, document document every violation that occurs. When, how, what kind and who else was present. Don't forget what happened to the other section 8 wack job they had there.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 03 February 2015 Bob you are missing the point. When I hired out, it was the same thing, they could call you 6 for 8, and they did. There was no attendance policy, and we had some bad apples in the group ruining it for everyone else. Especially when it came to weekends. My point is that they should have gone after those people who were screwing everything up. Not punish everyone who deserved time off! I used to work my ass off for at least 3 months, then mark off just to mow my lawn. This new policy basically doesn't want you to ever mark off without penalties, even if you are sick as a dog. CSX is a bunch of EVIL, UNETHICAL BASTARDS! I'm sick of hearing about how they are an ethical company. There employees hate them, what does that tell you?   Name: bob E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 February 2015 WTF you guys hired out to work not to mark off!!! we are our own worst enemy when marking off. back when I hired out the same people were marking off weekends and 3 day weekends and its now happening with fmla. I hired out there was no attendance policy , but as they say a few bad people ruin it. it was not 10 for 12 it was 6 for 8 and they could work you as often as they liked. so all you new guys stop whining about marking off or quit and go back to mcdonalds. attendance policy has nothing to do with the contract. pretty much csx can implement anything they want as long as it is not in the contract. remember the contract negotiation is between the utu and the class 1 railroads ( up,ns,csx,kcs and bnsf).   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 02 February 2015 New attendance policy is delayed another month! Big backlash going on, they are really taking this one too far.   Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 01 February 2015 Another new "policy" - not an agreement or contract. Probably will be more expense & work for the operating unions. No one should be the least bit surprised. Pro-business anti- middle class blue collar worker right wing conservative republicans gained control over the U.S. Congress. Unions perfect? Not only NO but HELL NO. Railroaders should read RR labor history -- and, read, study & understand the Railway Labor Act. It's just not all that easy to battle or negotiate with the bastards. Glad (to be outta there)   Name: Funny E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 February 2015 CSX is hated by their employees , but ladies the fact still remains, they implement these new crazy policies and you guys make it work. That's just good business . Deal with it ladies.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 29 January 2015 One of the Employment Conditions FOR NEW hire CONDUCTORS Strict disciplinary policy regarding inability to report to work within proper time frame, or failure to accept a call for work. IF CSX STATES THE OLD ATTENDANCE POLICY STRICT. HOW THE HELL DOES CSX STATE THE NEW CAPS IS REASONABLE. CSX DOESN'T EVEN BELIEVE THE SHIT THEY'RE SHOVELING US. WHY DID THE BLET THROW US THAT SHIT CONTRACT WHEN THEY WERE AWARE OF CSX PLACING US UNDER A NEW ATTENDANCE POLICY. CONTRACT PASSED AND SIGNED CSX RELEASES NEW POLICY. WHY WASN'T THIS ADDRESSED BEFORE?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 28 January 2015 Infractions related to absenteeism are guided by the company's Absenteeism Policy, which also provides for progressive discipline. The first two violations result in counseling letters. This is followed by three "Steps" of formal discipline. Possible discipline for a Step 3 violation includes termination. Anita Tingley, based in Florida, is the Manager of Manpower and Crew Availability Specialist for CSX. She is tasked with handling disciplinary issues related to employee absenteeism. When an employee has violated the Absenteeism Policy, she verifies what step in the disciplinary process that employee is at and creates an incident form. Similar to the IDPAP scheme, violations of the Absenteeism Policy are removed from an employee's record after three years. The three years doesn't change with caps.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 January 2015 CSX lays off 52 management workers in Jacksonville January 28, 2015 CSX Corp. laid off 52 management workers, all of them in Jacksonville, according to a company spokeswoman. The company finished the round of layoffs Monday, spokeswoman Melanie Cost said. “This is all related to the fact that we’re in a competitive industry,” she said. “The separation of the employees was difficult – it’s a difficult decision.” lollololololololololololololool   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 January 2015 NOTICE NOTICE!!!!! ALL CREWS AND CSX LAWYERS For those of you who did not catch the post in the past addressing the unethical behavior of the company in regards to using the IVR system to entrap crew, here is a quick review When the crew callers are running the rosters trying to find someone to work, it would automatically state you were working when you were not and you could not get any info on train line ups WITHOUT BEING TRANSFERED TO A CREW CALLER. THIS WAS PURE DEVIOUS ENTRAPMENT. THEY KNEW YOU WOULD HAVE TO CALL THEM TO GET THE INFO AND ONCE THEY HAD YOU ON THE PHONE THEY WOULD TELL YOU THAT THEY MADE CONTACT WITH YOU AND THEY WOULD FORCE A JOB ON THE CALLER. IF YOU DID NOT TELL THEM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CALL THAT YOU WERE NOT RETURNING THEIR CALL FOR A ROSTER RUN, THAT YOU WERE ONLY CALLING TO ASK THAT YOUR IVR INFO BE FIXED THEY WOULD THREATEN YOU WITH A MISS CALL OR PUT YOU DOWN AS REFUSAL TO WORK. YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM YOU ARE CALLING ONLY TO HAVE YOUR IVR INFO RESTORED AND IF THEY CANT OR WONT THEN HAVE THEM TRANSFER YOU TO A CREW MANAGER SO YOU CAN FILE A COMPLAINT. ETHICS CHARGES WERE FILED AND AN INVESTIGATION WAS DONE ON THE SYSTEM BY THE CSX TECH TEAM. NO PROBLEMS WERE FOUND(HA HA) AND THE CHARGES WERE THROWN OUT. ONE OF THE CREW MANAGERS WAS NOTIFIED THAT THE INFO THAT WAS BEING GIVEN ON THE IVR HAD BEEN RECORDED NUMEROUS TIMES AS PROOF AND A CREW CALLER WAS RECORDED ADMITTING THEY NEW WHY THE IVR WAS SET UP THE WAY IT WAS. OTHER UNION OFFICALS WERE NOTIFED OF THE TAPES AND THE PROOF OF THE INTENTIONAL BLOCKING OF INFO ON THE IVR. IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THAT THE IVR HAS BEEN ALTERED ONCE AGAIN. WHEN CALLING FOR YOUR STATUS AFTER THEY HAVE RUN THE ROSTERS THE IVR WILL NO LONGER STATE THAT YOU ARE WORKING. THAT WAS BOGUS INACCURATE INFO AND IT HAS DISAPPEARED AS OF A FEW DAYS AGO. HERE IS THE KICKER. THE IVR HAS NOT BEEN GIVING CREWS THEIR STANDING ON THE POOLS OR EXTRA BOARDS. IT WILL NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES OUT YOU ARE. IT STILL DOES NOT GIVE YOU ANY INFO ON THE TRAIN LINE UP SELECTION FOR YOUR POOLS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. YOU CAN NOT BE MISS CALLED FOR PROPER INFO NOT BEING AVAILABLE ON THE IVR SYSTEM. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN BE EXPECTED TO PROTECT TRAINS AND HAVE ANY QUALITY OF LIFE AWAY FROM WORK IF YOU ARE NOT PROVIDED WITH HOW MANY TIMES OUT YOU ARE ON YOUR POOL OR THE EXTRA BOARD. ALL THEY DID WAS GET RID OF THE BOGUS MESSAGE THAT YOU WERE WORKING AND REPLACE IT WITH YOUR STANDING NOT BEING AVAILABLE. ANOTHER SET UP FOR ENTRAPMENT. CALL THE CREW CALLERS WHEN THIS HAPPENS. MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM YOU ARE CALLING TO FILE A COMPLAINT AND NOT RETURNING ANY CALL MADE BY THE CREW CALLERS. MAKE THEM FIX YOUR ABILITY TO GET PROPER INFO FROM THE IVR. THEY HAVE TO. IF THEY DONT FILE AN ETHICS COMPLAINT AND NOTIFY YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS UNETHICAL USE OF THE IVR BY CREW MANAGEMENT. THE PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN RECORDED AND PROOF IS THERE THAT THE PROBLEMS STILL EXIST! WE CAN NOT ALLOW THE COMPANY TO CONTINUE PLAYING THESE KIND OF GAMES WITH THE CREWS. WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF CALLING THE CREW CALLERS AND GETTING STUCK ON A HORRIBLE JOB OR HAVING YOUR CURRENT PLANS DISRUPTED BUT IF WE DO NOT ALL STICK TOGETHER AND PUT A STOP TO IT THE GAMES WILL CONTINUE. CALL THE CREW CALLERS. FLOOD THEM WITH COMPLAINTS. MAYBE IF THEY GET SICK OF THE CONSTANT CALLS THEY WILL HELP PUT A STOP TO IT. LETS ALL GET ON BOARD ON THIS ONE!   Name: Tom Mitchell E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 January 2015 If you pussyfoots can't come to work call me. I' m money Mitchell ,, just let the phone ring. Money Mitchell, Money Mitchell. Just let the phone ring. I'm the Nashville Division Flash. Money Mitchell,,Money Mitchell   Name: WHAT???? E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 January 2015 LOCO 10-20 The new proposed blet ssa agreement passed. I didn't hear or receive anything in the mail notifying me that it was ratified and it was going into effect. When did this happen? When are we supposed to beging following the new procedures???   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 January 2015 CSX is just plain EVIL.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 January 2015 Rick Skidmore for president!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 January 2015 According to the new BLET SSA engineers can now take early layoff at 1200....u will not have to protect a train that puts off duty at away from home terminal.....wonder how management will screw us out of that now?....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 January 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/9817633/Snow-chaos-your-rights-if-you-cant-get-to-work.html If school closes csx has to let you off to make arrangements for your children. If it's unsafe to drive to work csx CANNOT make you come in.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 January 2015 Our sawed off L/C too busy doing RFE work to let us know what's going on.   Name:$$$E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 January 2015 LOCO 30 Of course not. Got to fire fire and fire. How else do you think they are going to keep that fancy school they built paid for. Got to keep those seats warm and dust free. Its a school. Bet your bottom they get plenty and then some from feds to play the game. Hire and get unemployed off the street. Teach them a skill then get $ for doing so. A lot of us just cant figure the math. The cooks, teachers, grounds keepers, utilities, insurance and everything else that goes into that school has to be paid for my stockholders money. No way government is flipping the whole bill. I think as a stockholder we should have something to say about how our money is spent. I say they spent to much on it and could have done just fine with a warehouse somewhere. New hires learn 90% of what they need in the field anyway. Don't need a big fancy school to learn what they learn. Big waste hole of money. Man, got to wonder how the railroads managed in the old days without a big fat fancy school! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 January 2015 Well it happened in two back to back trips......deadhead to terre haute to pick up 90 mtgs to spot up after we pull 90 loads out....ok sounds good.....show up to get on the train...only two engines are with it now and the rear unit is trail only account of non functioning horn....WE NEED THIS ENGINE TO BE A LEADER!!!....this engine just ran thru 2 locomotive diesel shop terminals....how can this happen?....non accountability to the tee....someones ass should be hung for this but prolly not....who gives a shit about a customer that won't get their cars now?.....certainly not CSX.....I don't give a shit either then....next day get on a train Indianapolis brings up.....3 engines and the rear is written up account of low water ,stinking bathroom,and radio malfunctions.....I am telling you all it never ends.....the only things that will never end is the non maintenance on the most important part of any railroad .....THE LOCOMOTIVES !!!!... 

 Name: WTF????? E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 January 2015 go figure this..... NEW POLICY JUST SHOWED UP IN THE CSX HEADQUARTER NOTICES.....TODAY OF ALL DAYS...... READ READ READ AND FALL OVER..... 

 Name: VLC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 January 2015 BOB You wont find a copy of the new attendance policy on the employee gateway or in any bulletin. IT HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISHED AS OF THIS MORNING. IT IS NOT IN ANY CSX HEADQUARTER BULLETIN OR ON THE GATEWAY. IT IS EFFECTIVE ON FEBRUARY 1ST SO THEY MUST GET SOMETHING OUT QUICK OR THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THEY CAN ENFORCE THIS POLICY. ALL EMPLOYEES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN ENOUGH TIME TO REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE POLICY WITH THEIR UNION OFFICALS AND CSX LABOR RELATIONS DEPARTMENT. NO WHERE IN OUR LABOR AGREEMENTS DOES IT ALLOW OUR UNIONS TO RESTRICT THE COMPANIES RIGHTS TO CHANGE OR DEVELOPE NEW POLICIES. HOWEVER THEY CAN NOT CREATE POLICIES THAT DIRECTLY VIOLATE OUR AGREEMENT. THE COMPANY MUST GIVE NOTICE TO THE UNIONS NO LESS THAN 60 DAYS BEFORE THEY PUT A POLICY INTO ACTION. OUR UNIONS HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL LONGER THAN THAT! THE UNIONS HAVE DELIBERATLEY KEPT THE MEMBERS IN THE DARK BECAUSE THEY KNEW IF IT LEAKED OUT THEY WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH AN UPROAR IN ALL OF THE LOCALS. THEY DID NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH THE MADNESS IT WOULD CAUSE. WHERE YOUR UNIONS ARE IN VIOLATION OF REPRESENTING YOU TO THEIR FULLEST ABILITIES, IS IN THE FAILURE TO ENFORCE THE AGREEMENT ARTICLES STATING...... THE COMPANY WILL KEEP ENOUGH EMPLOYEES HIRED TO COVER UNEXPECTED MANPOWER SHORTAGES(PB,DV,PD,SICK,WEATHER, ETC) ON TOP OF EXPECTED VACATION SCHEDULES. THE COMPANY HAS FAILED TO DO SO AND BECAUSE THE UNIONS HAVE ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN THE EMPLOYEES WILL PAY FOR MANPOWER SHORTAGE PROBLEM. THE COMPANIES INABILITY TO KEEP EMPLOYEES(68% TURNOVER RATE) DUE TO WORKING IN A HOSTILE AND DEMANDING ENVIORNMENT AND THE NEED TO KEEP THE SCHOOL SEATS FILLED WITH NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES AND GOVERNMENT GRANTS IS ANOTHER REASON THEY HAVE DECIDED TO PUNISH THE HARD WORKING EMPLOYEES AND THROW ANOTHER TOTALLY UNREASONABLE ATTENDANCE POLICY DOWN THEIR THROATS. ANOTHER MAJOR ISSUE IS AN EMPLOYEE MIGHT HAVE TO USE 2-3 PERSONAL OR DAILY VACATION DAYS JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE HOME FOR THEIR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. HAVING TO BURN 2-3 DAYS JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL BE HOME FOR 1 IS JUST PURE BS! WITH THE OLD POLICY AS WELL AS THE NEW POLCIY IF YOU MARK OFF DOCTORS APPOINTMENT OR SICK BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO GET FORCED OUT OF TOWN AND THERES A GOOD CHANCE YOU WONT BE BACK FOR 2 DAYS AND YOUR APPOINTMENT IS 1 1/2 DAYS FROM THE MARKOFF, YOUR GOING TO GET CHARGED WITH BEING OFF TOO LONG IF YOU DONT MARK BACK UP WITHIN 24 HOURS. EVEN IF YOU ARE ON A POOL THAT HAS SCHEDULED DAYS OFF, POOL CREWS CANT GUARENTEE THEY WILL BE IN TOWN ON THEIR SCHEDULED OFF DAY TO MEET THEIR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. JOBS THAT ARE 5-2 AND HAVE REGULAR ASSIGNED SHIFTS AND OFF DAYS KNOW THEY WILL BE HOME EVERYDAY AND DONT HAVE THIS PROBLEM. CREWS THAT ARE OUT ON THE ROAD AWAY FROM HOME ALL THE TIME ARE THE ONES WHO ARE GETTING PUNISHED BY ALL OF THIS! IF THE COMPANY DID SOME SERIOUS RESEARCH THEY WOULD FIND THAT MOST EMPLOYEES DO SCHEDULE THEIR APPOINTMENTS ON ONE OF THEIR OFF DAYS. MOST DO IT ON THEIR SECOND DAY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF BEING HOME. BUT THATS NO GUARENTEE AND GRABBING A PERSONAL DAY OR DAILY VACATION DAY AT THE LAST MINUTE ISNT ALWAYS POSSIBLE. THEY KNOW THIS BUT OBVIOULSLY DONT CARE! I MYSELF HAVE HAD TO RESCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT 5 TIMES IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO GET TO IT WITHOUT BURNING MY DAYS OR MARKING OFF SICK. THIS IS WHAT THE COMPANY WANTS. RESCHEDULE, RESCHEDULE, RESCHEDULE OR BURN UP YOUR DAYS. NO SWEAT OFF THEIR BACKS. IF THE COMPANY HAD TO COMPENSATE EACH EMPLOYEE FOR EACH DAY HE TOOK OFF SICK IT MIGHT BE UNDERSTANDABLE. BUT THEY DONT!!!!!! IF THEY HAVE MANPOWER SHORTAGE PROBLEMS IT IS TOTALLY THEIR FAULT. KEEP PEOPLE HIRED AND KEEP THE EXTRA BOARS FULL ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF SHORTAGES. GIVE MORE PERSONAL AND VACATION DAYS IF YOU EXPECT THE EMPLOYEE TO USE THEM TO HONOR APPOINTMENTS. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO CREATE A WORK ENVIORNMENT THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO STAY WITH THE COMPANY. THE COMPANY WANTS YOU TO SELL YOUR SOUL AND GIVE YOUR ENTIRE PERSONAL LIFE TO THEM, THEN THEY SHOULD FIND A WAY TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO HONOR THEIR APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING PUNISHED OR HAVE TO BURN UNNEEDED VALUABLE PERSONAL OR VACATION DAYS TO DO IT! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 January 2015 New system notice out effective Feb 1st The latest updated attendance policy. It seems the turnover rate wasn't high enough. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 January 2015 http://utu1162.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ALJ-Decision-and-Order-dtd-12-4-2014.pdf everyone needs to read this and pass it on. BIG WIN for T&E employees dealing with attendance. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Brakeman, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 January 2015 UTU 1162 - Major ruling in a DOL absenteeism case on ... check this out 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 January 2015 How does this apply to the new caps attendance policy. This is from csx utu bo agreement. 5. Discipline Forgiveness Employees with at least five (5) years of conductor seniority, and who are governed by this agreement, will be subject to the following – a) An employee who maintains a clear record (no IDPAP or attendance discipline events) for either the first or second half of a year (Jan-Jun or Jul-Dec) will cancel the one (1) latest disciplinary entry (IDPAP or absenteeism) for that half, up to two per year; b) Should that employee maintain a clear record for two consecutive six month periods (1st and 2nd or 2nd and 1st), the employee would have an additional (3rd) discipline entry cleared from his service record; and c) This discipline forgiveness would be retroactive back to the period beginning 

 Name: herewegoagain E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 January 2015 @ bob https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bwa3bdjeEyepWnNiNElCVUdVUTg/edit?pli=1 We were informed the GC ass clowns wrote labor relations a letter. I red it same bs they wrote in 2010. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 24 January 2015 Its about time these brain washed new hires get the big picture with this new attendance policy, and understand that CSX is not your friend. When Michael Ward sends out those quarterly letters, my wife is now tossing it in the garbage before I can even read the humor. Yeah....CSX SUCKS for sure! 

 Name: bob E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 January 2015 I must be dumb , but where do I find this new attendance policy posted??? I looked in system notices and my division notices and csx gateway and nothing 

 Name: Glad E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 22 January 2015 Corporate must think employees live in barracks, feel totally blessed to have a job, & have no life at all other than the RR. Admittedly, there are positives being employed by csx, but things could, ought to be & should be, a whole lot better. Their attendance policies are probably written & administered by bean counters with absolutely no clue what it's like to work in the transportation dept. & have to protect unassigned/unscheduled road freight assignments - one rest day per week. Glad (to be outta there) 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 22 January 2015 @herewegoagain This is just directed at the attendance policy. Basically this attendance policy just done away with our (sick) days once a month. Now if you lay off sick say Jan. 3rd. you will be deducted 3 points (with doctor's note), 4 Mon-Thurs. (without doctor's note) and 6 on weekends (without doctor's note).. You will then have to stay available till March 1st to get -3 points off your record. Nothing attendance wise will drop off your record in 6 months it will be yearly. If you accumulate 20+ points and 1 letter for being in attendance violation. That will drop off your record Jan 1. and you will be reset to 0 and the 1 letter drop off your record. If you accumulate 2 letters then Jan 1st. your points will reset to 0 but you will drop back to 1 letter (step 1). We use to be able layoff sick anytime, any day of the week once a month and have nothing count against us. Problem I have with the entire thing is csx forcing people with fmla to use it for being sick (to stay out of trouble) and if you do accumulate some points they are forcing you not to use FMLA to get those points off your record. I also have a problem with Freight pool workers on call 24/7, no days off being held to the same standards and guys working 5 days a week with 2 days off. God forbid the company sitting down with employee's and coming up a decent attendance policy 

 Name: herewegoagain E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 January 2015 New attendance policy I don't blame the carrier. I blame the unions. I expect this bull out of the carrier. Do we still have our record cleared after 3yrs with no incidents? Does one drop off after 6months? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 January 2015 Wonder how much CSX is going to pay the new bean counter to keep track of everyones attendance records?.......keep your scorecards handy everybody....oh boy a new game to play children.....batter up!.......let's knock this one out of the park!!!!!......lol...... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 January 2015 To terrible....on the attendance policy that goes into effect february 1st.....BLET ssa states engineers can mark off any reason and if not called on a job and marks back up before his turn is called it will not count against his attendance record......I will assume if we mark off personal business or weather conditions that will not go against our record.....there was mention of these two mark off options...... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 January 2015 To LE 10-20--1/18/15 I take your post as honest and from your experience, and respect them. Your comment on foreign power (being superior) may be true. It could happen every trip for an entire career. With all thing's being equal you will find that the reliability of CSX power is not the standard bearer of the world, but who know's who is and who is not? The end result is equipment ages and becomes less reliable. Check back to my previous post, if everything is working, what more do you expect? Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 January 2015 To other non employee.....just telling everyone about the problems we all encounter on a daily basis with the equipment CSX provides us to get a job accomplished in 12 hours or less.....don't seem to have near the problems with foreign power ....facts speak for themselves.....it is what it is no matter what you make believe..... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 20 January 2015 January 20, 2015..........and CSX STILL SUCKS!!!!!!! 

 Name: Terrible E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 19 January 2015 Wow when you thought CSX couldn't get a worse attendance policy think again. They are now going on a un-fair point system.... Here is a brief look at it Miss Call- 10 points Sick without excuse- 4 points Mon-Thurs, 6 points Fri-Sun Sick with valid medical documentation- 3 points Emergency treatment, Hospitalize - 0 points 3 points will be deductive for each month with no attendance issues, can't get below 0 points. When you hit 20+ points you will get warning letter and 10 points deducted. Example you get miss call (10), 4 days flu (12) with doctor excuse. You will receive warning letter for your (22) total points and points moved down to (12). If you have FMLA and missed work you will not receive points for missing work but you will not receive 3 points for good attendance that month either. So if you had 10 points for a miss call only way to get that down to 7 points is to have perfect attendance the following month and Only approved vacation, demand day off (DDO), personal leave, jury duty, work-related illness or injury with valid doctor’s note and bereavement leave day is consider not to count against you. So here is a final example... Employee A gets Miss Call and Flu for 4 days with excuse. 22 points he will receive warning letter and points move down to 12. Employee A gets another miss call +10 more points and he hits 20+ again.. Warning letter 2 and points move back to 12 Employee A misses 2 days sick no excuse on weekend... +12 points total 24.. Fired for X amount of days and moved back to 14 points... Employee receives miss Call= Dismissed for attendance. In conclusion only thing I see the company is trying to do is getting someone on a miss call, or sick a few days and not being able to get his point total back to 0 without staying marked up 4 months straight excluding vacation, death, jury duty... This is nothing more than preventing someone in attendance trouble from using FMLA to get attendance problems off your record. Basically you can get a miss call, mark off sick ect. but only way your record is going to get back clean is not using FMLA and stay marked up.. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 January 2015 To other non employee.....just telling everyone about the problems we all encounter on a daily basis with the equipment CSX provides us to get a job accomplished in 12 hours or less.....don't seem to have near the problems with foreign power ....facts speak for themselves.....it is what it is no matter what you make believe..... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 17 January 2015 Other, non-employee, for N/A is a full-of-shit troll. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 January 2015 Big E I know this is a piss and moan site.You have listed many flaws in a mechanical world. Now my question to YOU is. Mr engineer the consist is working, inspected, and is ready for service, just like a rental car. And off you go. If it does not move, then what? guess we call someone. jeez this is so simple. Many here do not know that CSX is really a very nice place to work. Just need to get the ego's and understanding of how the RR's operate to get it. And if I may add something that you already know--NO ONE will make you run an unsafe locomotive. NO ONE Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 January 2015 Well I wonder why all the time.....I show up to work and get on a p.o.s. Engine that won't 1 start 2 run 3 pull with a load on it 4 radio bad 5 horn inoperative 6 low/no water 7 ditch lights 8 eot inoperative 9 no heat or a/c......guarantee you it's always something.....all these things are out of my control pal......just saying maybe a little bit of maintainance could be beneficial.....looks like it's working for the BN and UP......it is someones responsibility .....now let's see who' s it is then......blame the train crew all the time......that's what is the easy thing to do so everybody does it...... 

 Name: 00h323 E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 January 2015 Hear a new availability policy is starting next month even worst than the one we have, basically able to mark off 5 days a year 

 Name: KYLE E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 January 2015 This is a note for all of you newbees. when i hired out on conrail, when we had to take rest, you got that in a rr ymca,lol that name, cuz those y,s sucked, they were set up just like a army boot camp type of thing, you had no privacy at ALL... A big wash room with 20 sinks & 20 toilets, some even had just a cloth sheet were you would sleep like right next to another guy and the sounds and smells were horrindus, plus some yards had these ymca,s right in the middle of hump yards were you could hear those retarders squealing 24-7 and the horns blowing, and yes some of those old heads loved those type of places and many even bitched when they closed all of them down, I heard many a stories from the kids the y would hire to take care of those places, some of them told me of vomit and shit that they would find in those sleep places, on the floor on the blankets and i know they were not lieing, and some of bitch about laying in some motel for 20 hrs, ha ha would like to see what you would say after spending 40+ hours in one of tose old ymca,s and some did not even have ac, so in the summer you roast yer ass off, that is why when i got on the less than 100 mile locals, i got another car and kept it at that away from home terminal, many did that so they could go and sleep at home when they were away from the home terminal, as they say 8 hrs sleep is better at home than any other place and that is true, and a lot of times when they the co knew we would go home instead of taking rest in 1 of those dumps, ya dam right they would get ordered right after the rest time,its like they got pissed off cuz we went home and not stay in the rr bunk house dumps, and the other thing, yes those ymca,s had a 24-7 restaurant and the shit they cooked, well even your dog would reject the shit they served,, been in some bad eating places on the road, but they were all better than those rr ymca,s and that is not saying much, hell when i was in army boot camp, that food was better than what those rr ymca,s would dream up, i even 1 time got food poison at a rr ymca, if i knew what i know now i would have filed a major law suite against that rr ymca, but i was just 18 young and dumb, but that is how the rr sort of took care of the t&e when they had to take rest in 1 of those DUMPS, HELL most of you today would not even let your dog or cat stay for 8 hrs in one of those places, But what i said is the truth, i did not make this stuff up as that is the way the rr operated back then, i ca just imagine what it was like back in the 1800,s a life of shit,, here is the list of the most horrible rr ymca,s i have been in, conway,pa. enola pa, pitcarin pa, crestline ohio, and collin wood ohio. the only thing good about collionwood is that you could not hear the next guy to you snorting and farting as the that place was built like a grave crypt, solid block wall in a 24 & 24 crypt, with no windows, it was indeed a grave crypt, and you newbees bitch about how you have it today, well lets put you in 1 of those old rr ymca,s today and see how you would like that----NOT.... And hey not really bitching about cuz i lived it, i am just telling it how the rr did it back then cuz see we had no choice. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 January 2015 Well I wonder why all the time.....I show up to work and get on a p.o.s. Engine that won't 1 start 2 run 3 pull with a load on it 4 radio bad 5 horn inoperative 6 low/no water 7 ditch lights 8 eot inoperative 9 no heat or a/c......guarantee you it's always something.....all these things are out of my control pal......just saying maybe a little bit of maintainance could be beneficial.....looks like it's working for the BN and UP......it is someones responsibility .....now let's see who' s it is then......blame the train crew all the time......that's what is the easy thing to do so everybody does it...... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 10 January 2015 Hey LE, Did you ever think,, WHY? Might be you and your comrades.Blame is easy to place, and hard to accept. Write them up, and also make sure they are BETTER than you found them. just remember the Conductor did not sign for them,,YOU DID. Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 January 2015 Ha I have seen broken down locomotives all the time and everywhere , doesn't matter what time of year it is either....been on a lot of BN and UP engines lately...even the older ones are twice as good as our new ones.....our cleaning and maintenance schedules for CSX locomotives has got to be next to non existence.....I would have to say what an embarrassment it must be to work in a CSX diesel shop.....all that seems to get done to them is put fuel in them every once in a while.....what a waste of paper and time filing out a locomotive work report..... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 January 2015 Ha I have seen broken down locomotives all the time and everywhere , doesn't matter what time of year it is either....been on a lot of BN and UP engines lately...even the older ones are twice as good as our new ones.....our cleaning and maintenance schedules for CSX locomotives has got to be next to non existence.....I would have to say what an embarrassment it must be to work in a CSX diesel shop.....all that seems to get done to them is put fuel in them every once in a while.....what a waste of paper and time filing out a locomotive work report..... 

 Name: The War Room E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 January 2015 I don't remember a time when BEFORE the sever cold of winter started, so many locomotives have broken down across the system. Has anyone else noticed this too? 

 Name: Lucky E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 02 January 2015 Love this site........ 

 Name: alert E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 December 2014 ALERT ALERT ALERT WATCH BRYAN EDWARDS VERY CLOSELY IF HE IS ON YOUR TRAIN. HIS WATCH IS NOT JUST A WATCH. IT IS A CELL PHONE AS WELL AND HAS A RECORDING DEVICE. ALL SUPERVISORS ARE UNDER THE SAME FRA RULES WHEN USING ELECTRONIC DEVICES. KEEP AND EYE ON HIS WATCH! 

 Name: kevin E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 December 2014 I was called yesterday and the lady told me they would like to extend their job offer to me as freight conductor? What will happen next? I work underground in coal mines am I making a good move? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 Does anyone know if that fucking obese fat fuck Bryan Edwards still lurking around on CSX? That fucking egg with legs can go eat a dick. YOU ARE A WASTE OF FUCKING SPACE, DEPLETING THE FOOD SUPPLY AND POSSIBLY THROWING THE EARTHS GRAVITATIONAL PULL off with your fat fucking no good cocksucking ass! Get on a diet, learn some people skills, find God, and repent dickbag. Because all the shit you've pulled on hardworking Union brothers has earned you a 1st class trip to hell, with the Devils pitchfork up your fat ass! Burn in hell cocksucker!!! 

 Name: just a number E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 I went to the local Rocky Mount NC buffet 'Golden Coral' on a couple occasions. I set my camera in video mode and aimed at the buffet line from waist high to the floor. MY GOD, all the big fat ass women there is totally amazing ! No one over 5 feet tall and no one under 250 pounds. Video soon to hit you-tube 

 Name: just a number E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 I would agree with ' Information'...There are just ugly skanks in Rocky Mount NC...AND the guys fucking them need to be tested for STDs 

 Name: Just a number E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 December 2014 Does anyone know if Mr. Ward will be working Christmas eve or Christmas day/evening also? 

 Name: Facts E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 December 2014 Folks we have a tie for the " Dumbest trainmaster on the Huntington Division" the award goes to Shiloh Campbell and David Benson. In order to win this award the employee is graded on 1.. How dumb they are 2 .. How bad that the employees hate them. 3.. How offen that they show they're ignorance. 3.. And the list goes on... So, congratulation dumba$$for being you..   Name: Facts E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 December 2014 The award for being the "Worest trainmasters in the Huntington division" goes to Shiloh Campbell and David Benson. To achieve this award these individuals had to show how dumb that they really are and they have No respect from the employees. They have truly lost focus on the real world. The hatered from the employees proves the lack of people and management skills. True idiots.   Name: jim bon E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 December 2014 This piece of shit Nazi hell hole of a sess pool company has done me the same way on the attendance policy... All this piece of shit outfit wants to do is find new ways to screw the employees.... Isnt this against the hepa laws... This shit hole gets worst everyday with there nazi policies. .. I wish we could strike and put them on their knees...   Name: Great Lakes E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 December 2014 Synopsis of SSA - 4 pages http://www.yardlimits.com/forums/attachments/csx-railway/6002d1415674399-blet-ssa-synopsis-ssa-2014-final-2.pdf   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 December 2014 What is in the new engineers contract? I haven't been able to find any details on it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 December 2014 I like how csx comes up with an attendance policy for having a drs excuse to stay out of trouble so when you produce such drs excuse they Deny it saying they won't except it cause it doesn't specify symptoms. So I guess when you get put on new meds and you don't know how you will react to them you need to go to work cause its the safe thing to do. Yes I am being harassed for this very thing. And now csx is coming up with a new notice so the idiots in Jacksonville FL can come up with new ways to get us. I think Micheal ward should be put out on his butt for being an idiot and for being a set righteous sob   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 December 2014 You guys are a bunch of cry babies ive made 94k this year with no college degree, where else could you make that kind of money, yes the hours/schedule sucks but come on im not hurting for money and it could be worse.i could be in line for my free Obama phone   Name: Paul Lopez E-mail: penncentral@earthlink.net Employed as: Car repair, for 30+ years Posted: 13 December 2014 WOW....It has to have been at least 8 years since the last time I visited this site, and I have to admit I'm absolutely stunned to see this site still up and running! I've been "unofficially...???" off on disability from the Selkirk car department since 2006. And although I must admit that I still miss the job, I certainly don't miss CSX and their mistreatment of its employees during the first years of its takeover. In my heart I will always be a railroader with fond memories of my years with the PENN CENTRAL and CONRAIL. Any railroaders today that weren't around to experience working for those two railroads...well, I don't know what to say. Guess you had to be there to understand what it meant to work during perhaps the darkest years of the PC and survive into the "Golden" years of CONRAIL.   Name: NOTICE E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 10 December 2014 For the Robert Pines fan club... We are tired of hearing about this limp dick. Let's get back to the real world and focus on how CSX SUCKS.... You can take this pines fellar and shove him stright up your back side........ You must have a man crush on him...... F A G G O T S.   Name: True story E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 30+ years Posted: 06 December 2014 Here is the true story.... When you hire on the Railroad, you most of the time leave low paying jobs or hire in off the street, So you start making good money, start a family, then you go deep in debt, before you know it the Railroad has you. You can't move, your stuck with whatever this company dishes out. You have to put up with harassment, new hire managers with poor management skills that have been hired off the street, HERE IS EXACTLY WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN WORKING FOR THE RAILROAD. 1 --Ex-board ( on-call) for the rest of your career, 2 --- harassment by new management ( No people skills) 3 --- Every time you get called to work, You can't focus on your job because in your mind your thinking " I'm I going to get fired today" ... 4 --- Your family can't and won't handle your lifestyle. The divorce rate is very high on the R.R. You will lose it all...... It's a gamble....... Think about it new hires.......   Name: Notice E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 December 2014 Guys stop being so gullible. CSX stock and 4 quarter earnings will show a loss because it's contract time and we get a bonus next year. I bet our contract and bonus will suck just like this company. This company doesn't care about your family. Management only cares about they're bonus. CSX Management has more greed than any other company of the planet.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 29 November 2014 how many trains are getting the detector just west of Garrett Indiana and just dragging the trains into Garrett and passing off to the next crew ! with the boots on? and 12,000 ft of train? doing the job according to the rules checking both sides ? not just one? at least three hours? how many crews still sitting there on rear units with the heat on? say all ok no defects found after an hour and a half? hmmmm ? did ya wipe the sleep outa your eyes !   Name: HA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 22 November 2014 GO AWAY SO CALLED TRAINMASTER..... OR FRIEND OR WHO EVER YOU ARE NOW TRYING TO DISTRACT OTHERS WITH YOU STUPID LBT CRAP.... IGNORE HIM PEOPLE.... YOU ARE MAKING MANAGEMENT SQUIRM. THEY KNOW THE POST ABOUT THE NEW AGREEMENT IS RIGHT ON HEAD AND THERE ARE RADIO ISSUES. IGNORE HIM AND HE WILL GO BACK UNDER HIS ROCK.... THIS AGREEMENT IS A JOKE AND HAS LOOP HOLES THAT WILL ALLOW THE CARRIER TO STICK IT UP FARTHER THAN THEY ALREADY DO. IF THE BLET PUSHES THIS THROUGH WITHOUT BLACK AND WHITE PROTECTION CLAUSES WRITTEN UP THEN ITS TIME TO FIND ANOTHER UNION AS FOR THE POST ON GETTING PERSONAL DAYS.... LC WAS RIGHT... THERE ARE THOSE WHO GET THEM ANYTIME THEY WANT AND THOSE WHO DONT. THE SUCKS WHO BUY PIZZAS AND SEND THEM TO DISPATCH AND THOSE WHO TAKE EVERY SINGLE CALL FROM THE CREW CALLERS WILL ALWAYS BE TREATED BETTER. AGAIN FAVORTISM IS ALIVE AND WELL AND ALWAYS WILL BE!   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 21 November 2014 JOKE!!!! BLET NEW SYSTEM AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS ARE IN ACTION! AMMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 40 STATES On the day preceding their scheduled rest cycle, an engineer at the home terminal that is not called by 1200 for 1400(1500 for runs subject to 3 hour call) may contact CREW MANAGEMENT indicating their desire to be removed from the calling cycle in advance of their rest cycle. In the event the company is unable to fulfill its manpower requirements, the engineer may be used in other classes of service for which he is qualified that will go off duty at the home terminal. IN THE EVENT AN ENGINEER HAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED COMMITMENTS SURROUNDING THEIR ASSIGNED DAYS OFF AND REQUIRE RELIEF FROM THIS PROVISIONS, THAT ENGINEER WILL BE REQUIRED TO ARRANGE SUCH THROUGH THEIR LOCAL SUPERVISOR OR CMC Do we even have to think twice about what was just posted in bold letter. First, if you can get through to a crew manager without being sent to his voice mail your lucky Second, if you try and reason with a supervisor who's only goal in life is to make the white collars in Jacksonville happy you will only get laughed out of the room. Try and tell a supervisor that your life is more important than his local job being filled or his train leaving on time. He will remind you that it isn't Third, there are those who can get a PB day anytime they want and those who couldn't if their lives depended on it. Favoritism is alive and well and ALWAYS WILL BE fourth, a crew callers job is to fill jobs at all cost. Leaving bogus messages, blocking the IVR system, threatening someone with a miss call is part of their job. They will not allow your personal business or personal commitments to interfere with their job of filling jobs. You will have to beg, cry and give all your personal info to them and maybe, just maybe get lucky enough to get your blessing from them. WHEN do you make these arrangements? Before you call and beg for this pardon? After you call at noon? How long will you be on hold waiting to talk to someone to get this cleared. What happens when your on hold for 45 minutes and they call your other line and tell you that its your call and they need you. Too bad if you were on hold first. You answered your other line like an idiot and now your busted and going to work! How about the provision that states an engineer arriving at his AFHT on his off day will be deadheaded home on combo service. DO NOT FORGET HOW BAD THEY HAVE SCREWED UP AND STILL SCREW UP THE FRA MANDATORY RULES ON SENDING ENGINEERS HOME ON THEIR 6TH START. THAT RULE HAD BEEN IN PLACE LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO GET IT RIGHT AND ITS STILL IS A MESS. THERE SHOULD BE A SERIOUS PENALTY CLAIM FOR NOT SENDING AN EMPLOYEE HOME PER THE AGREEMENT AND IT SHOULD GO STRAIGHT TO THE GENERAL CHAIRMAN AND ABOVE. NO WAITING A YEAR TO GET IT PAID! THERE ARE TOO MANY FLAWS IN THIS ENTIRE PROPOSAL AND WAY TOO MANY GRAY AREAS. DO NOT VOTE YES ON THIS UNTIL THERE ARE DEFINATE IN WRITING ANSWERS TO ALL GRAY AREAS. HOW MUCH INFO IS REQUIRED TO SATISFY THE CMC OR SUPERVISOR THAT YOUR LIFE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT. WILL MANPOWER SHORTAGES BE TAKEN CARE OF AND EXTRA BOARDS FILLED TO COVER ALL THE CHANGES IN THIS PROPOSAL. WHAT IS THEIR PLAN TO STOP THE MASSIVE TURNOVER RATE THAT CAUSE ALL THE MANPOWER SHORTAGES IN THE FIRST PLACE. READ IT CAREFULLY. EVERY SINGLE WORD. DO NOT LISTEN TO GOSSIP AND RUMORS. THIS IS YOUR LIFE AND YOUR WORKING CONDITIONS AT STAKE HERE. DO NOT BE STUPID. READ IT!   Name: Attention E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 November 2014 OF THE BLET PROPOSAL ..........   Name: Attention E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 November 2014 You all need to read ARTICLE 62, page 13 part (A). If you are off longer than 30 days for any reason then the company can terminate your employment ...   Name: bullsh... E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 November 2014 HEY CORPORATE!!! Want to know why people are pissed and moral is down???? Try looking at the extra board for the conductors at AVON! How come there are 14 guys on the board and only one gets a Saturday off! How come they have 3 guys off on Monday, 3 on Tuesday and 3 on Thursday. Instead of giving anyone a Saturday or Sunday they have everyone working their asses off when most of the rest of the world and their families are home on the weekends. How come they have so many people off on those day. Don't they realize that make the board short as hell on mon, tues, and Thursday because of this? They are so hell bent on no one getting a weekend day off they would shoot their nose off to spite their faces! What the hell!!!!! HEY UTU! See a problem here!   Name: RETIRED E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for N/A Posted: 18 November 2014 A FEW YEARS AGO WE WERE HEADING WEST OUT OF WILLARD OHIO, WE WERE FIVE MILES OUT OF THIS PARTICULAR TOWN AND ALL WE SEE IS FLASHING LIGHTS GOING BACK AND FORTH OVER THE CROSSING ,NOTHING IN OUR ORDERS ABOUT A PARADE ! MY ENGINEER AND I WENT AT IT ARGUING ! AS I ORDERED HIM TO BRING TRAIN DOWN TO RESTRICTED SPEED HE DID AS INSTRUCTED WHILE STILL ARGUING , HIS ATTITUDE WAS VERY POOR NEEDLESS TO SAY! OH SCREW EM LETS ? WELL SOME OF YOU MAY GET THE IDEA THAT HE DIDN'T CARE IF HE HIT SOMEONE !   Name: Lol E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 November 2014 Listen up you girls. WE DONT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT CROSSING ACCIDENTS OR THIS PINES FELLA.... !!!!! This website is called CSX SUCKS...... this isn't what I want to see on here ... We want to know how CSX is screwing us.. Not who is screwing who or this limp dick pines fella or crossing accidents .... We are tied of reading your stuff.... So you can shove those accidents up your backside..   Name: not fooled E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 November 2014 So Called Friend/SUPERVISOR GO AWAY...Just as predicted... here you come again with your crap when a topic is posted that obviously is making someone in payroll itch.....Nice try Keep deleting the box checked that you want electronic pay stubs only. Several of us have been deleting it everyday since it showed up 3 days ago. Some have received emails today that there had been a change made to their payroll choices. Funny that one pay roll rep said to wait until AFTER THE 10TH to go in and delete the check mark because it wouldn't work until then. If that were the case then why would anyone already receive an email confirming there was a change. I wouldn't believe that email. Keep an eye on the election box in your pay until after November the 11th. Take snap shots of each time you delete the check mark. There are going to be a lot of people out there that are going to get screwed because they didn't go back in and keep and eye on this box!   Name: Sick of it E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 November 2014 Wait until you see the NEW attendance policy for transportation. This New policy was created by people that have nights and weekends off. They probably only "WORK" 4-6 hours a day.. This company gets everything that they deserve.   Name: almost suckered E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 November 2014 READ ALL ABOUT IT THE POST FROM PAY WAS CORRECT. I JUST CHECKED MY PAY ON THE GATEWAY AND THEY HAD A CHECK MARK IN THE BOX THAT REQUESTED I RECEIVE MY PAY STUBS ON LINE AND DISCONTINUE RECEIVING THEM BY MAIL. I HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT AND NEVER HAD THAT BOX CHECKED BECAUSE I WANT PAPER STATEMENTS FOR DOUBLE PROOF OF MY PAY AND THAT THEY GENERATED IT. IT DOESNT SURPRISE ME THEY WENT IN AND CHECKED THAT BOX. THEY DONT WANT TO SEND PAPER STATEMENTS OUT. TO CHECK THAT BOX JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE DEAD LINE IS NOTHING BUT AN UNDERHANDED...... THERE ARE GOING TO BE ALOT OF PISSED OFF PEOPLE IF THEY DONT GO BACK IN AND CATCH IT BEFORE FRIDAY AT CLOSE OF BUSINESS DAY. BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR YOU CANT FIX IT OVER THE WEEKEND!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 October 2014 Advice for the entitlement generation.....instead of sitting around the yard office telling all that can hear how smart you are why don't you shut up and just show people how smart you are.....it's an older generation thing ....try it , it really works.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 October 2014 To less than one year max.....boy you have got a lot of nerve with that post...are you kidding me?....all you young punks ought to be thankful to have a frickin job....you know exactly what you signed up for....bitching already....less than a year of service...holy crap.....here comes the entitlement generation full force....this truly makes me sick knowing this is out there.....why don't you newbies just shut up ,go to work,and Maybe even learn how to do your job....or better yet go to Wally world or Mickey d....   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 October 2014 In our area the union guys rat there own members out. We paid them a safety day to pick trash up in the yard and other duties.. Ask around it's the truth. We love those Union boys. We management have no respect for those idiots. There greed is helping us out...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 October 2014 NAX as a new Conductor, being nice to you. Seek other employment. you will make more money and be a lot happier.   Name: Max E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 21 October 2014 Well now this nazi shit hole is not satisfied with the current bullshit attendance policy.... They are wanting to change it to once every 90 days.... Just when u think this nazi shit hole cant get any worst guess what it does.... Csx is a real piece of shit place to work now days ....   Name: Retired FRA E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 19 October 2014 When CSX managers receive their annual performance appraisals, it seems likely that employee tests and failures would be a major evaluating factor. The same goes for on-time train departures and operating with as few employees as possible. And it seems very unlikely that employee morale has anything at all to do with the process. It also seems to me that safety programs on the class one railroads have morphed into nothing short of harassment programs. And FRA is a cheerleader for all of this. Constant employee testing and failures make it look as if both the railroads and FRA are really serious about safety. But the fact is that railroads are really only serious about their stock prices and Wall Street standings. And of course the FRA is only serious about being a bureaucratic government agency that tries to please everyone, especially the railroads it is supposed to be regulating. And with all of the serious railroad accidents that have recently been occurring, FRA's house needs to be cleaned from top to bottom. And it needs to start focusing on how the harassment of employees and unethical call practices are having a negative effect on safety.   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 October 2014 Being a CSX manager is one of the biggest jokes that I have seen in years. You people think you are Gods. You're a fish on a big hook. A puppet, clown. CSX ONLY PICKS UP MANAGERS THAT NO OTHER COMPANY WANTS. Just take a look and see.. So keep strutting you piss ants... Jokes on you..........   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 14 October 2014 Conductor/Trainmaster Retired I completely agree with your statement on someone deliberately sabotaging a rule. I always went by the rules. I was only banner tested twice after that incident. The second time was hysterical I was waiting on Amtrak and the conversation on the radio between the Amtrak LE & Conductor they repeated that there was an obstruction on the track at least 4 times. lol. When Amtrak got by me the "hit squad" forget to set up the signals to test me. I was still told to stop at their location in which they boarded. My RFE never bothered me each year he signed my FRA Cert card without every doing a ride along. It was mutual respect I stayed away from him and visa-versa.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 October 2014 The problem is that if all rules are complied with, trains won't move on time. And railroad managers have been speaking out of both sides of their mouths on this issue since the first rails were laid. It's just that in recent years, to pacify FRA and to make railroads look much safer than they really are, railroad managers have been enforcing rules to the extreme. Of course these rules are enforced selectively. Remote operators that are struggling to meet production demands are left alone and attention is instead placed on employees that have time to spare. But when it comes to moving trains on time, the heads of managers are turned the other way. If the locomotives and freight cars aren't missing any wheels, it's off they go. And of course the bonus system for managers is very much geared to on-time train departures. And if employees try to perform inspections in accordance with FRA and AAR rules, they are watched very carefully, just like Conductor/Trainmaster Retired stated. The same goes for compliance with other rules. Employees are in a damned if they do and damned if they don't situation today. Total rules compliance and meeting the current production demand is just absolutely impossible. But what we all know is that production is really more important than rules compliance (wink, wink). That is the hypocrisy of railroad management. And CSX management seems to have a special hatred for its contract employees, particularly on the transportation side.   Name: Conductor/Trainmaster Retired E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 13 October 2014 RRJ I hear what you are saying but in your 30 plus years did you forget to say "over" even once? As a trainmaster I was lenient with someone who might not completely understand a rule, or, said "over" 30 times and forgot once. However someone who was deliberately sabotaging the operation got full attention .   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 13 October 2014 Conductor/Trainmaster Retired I've been retired for 4 years. Back then I could give a crap if some TM or RFE put a target on my back as long as I was going by the rules not much they could do. It doesn't take much to be a trainmaster these days other than kissing ass & knowing one word "Yes" when confronted by those higher up. Most are gutless. They hire them off the street these days to keep them clueless. I had respect for TM's that came out of the crafts even the assholes. At least they knew something about the job. This new breed made me a lot of money because I never refused to do a job their way. Which was always the wrong way. It was always about a power trip they were on. It happens with some people when they get a title. Never took it personal.   Name: Conductor/Trainmaster Retired E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 October 2014 RRJ Crews who operate at extremely slow speeds get special attention. They are either deliberately going too slow or are not competent to do their jobs Either way they have drawn attenation to themselves. The more they are watched the more likely a failure will be found. This may sound like a threat but if you think about it it is only cause and effect.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 12 October 2014 USE YOUR HEAD! LOL! I did just that on one occasion seeing the rule stated stopping half the range of vision. I was on straight track where I could see for over 2 miles. I stopped a mile away. Even though the TD gave us permission by a stop signal I wasn't expecting a banner test. When we came around a curve we saw a flashing light there's siding where they usually park the rock runner it was at dusk just thought it was an EOT. After realising what it actually was I made my stop nearly a mile way. It didn't matter once they got up to where we were instead of saying "good job" the RFE made a comment that he thought I was going to fast by doing 11mph. I told him bring a big lunch next time, when a TD talks me past a signal I'll be doing less than walking speed. I kept that promise.   Name: USE YOUR HEAD! E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 October 2014 getting a banner test? stop way back as far back as possible ! then call dispatcher you have unidentified trespasser! make em walk to you ! once you stop they cant make you come to them ! have your doors locked and makem show identity cards they could be imposters !   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 October 2014 It's contract time and we are getting ready to get our eyes screwed out, also CSX try's to fire you everyday and the only thing that some of you puss's worry about are crossing failures and people cheating. You are the very reason why this company pork's our eyeballs out. Keep on, keepin on you cry babies. You get what you deserve at contract time... LOL. PUNK's   Name: engineer only trains on bnsf E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 04 October 2014 read some news about the post about BNSF and the UTU running 1 man trains on some BNSF lines. it was voted on by UTU members of that local and it was voted DOWN! . if it would have passed BNSF would have been able to run certin trains with 1 crew member and master conductors stationed at various supply points to help the engineer if needed. remember people crew consist are not negotiated in our contract. they are by the railroads and the unions separately property by property basis   Name: Down with the sickness E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 September 2014 Csx management is one big joke. The employees in the transportation dept are tired of getting beat to death by the Trainmasters /RFE that don't have a clue about the rules and regulations. The "officials" are so dumb, they don't realize that the very people that earn they're big bonuses can also take them away. You think just because this company gave you a title that your better than us.. Well here's a news flash ... You are still crap, (and always will be ) just like us in the corparate eyes of CSX. So the laugh is on you..   Name: railroadjimmy E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year Posted: 29 September 2014 rumor going around my terminal is that if you run through a banner and you ruin the banner not only will you be taken out of service you will be charged for the amount it cost to replace the banner .it will be taken out of your check weekly. rumor price of the new banner is 250   Name: new rules E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 29 September 2014 new safe way rule. October 1st under "work attire" 1.while wearing csx approved work boot , shoe laces must be long enough to go threw all eyelets that are on the boots 2. must have enough lace left over to tie a double knot to secure the boot to the foot. upon request form a non agreement manager you must show the manager that all eyelets have laces through them and have a double know to give the wearer ankle support for walking on ballast. any violations will result in a investigation of the employee.   Name: new rules oct 1st E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 September 2014 new hand thrown switch rule starting October 1st . which states 1. check switch point to make sure there is no obstruction 2. grab bow handle firmly and release handle by stepping on latch 3. walk switch bow handle over using both hands and locking handle in catch and test to make sure handle is locked in catch. 4. check switch point to make sure switch point is tight against stock rail . 5. walk 15 feet from switch and lift up both arms and give double thumbs up in 2 directions, so a manager watching from car, camera or hiding place knows the switch is securely and properly lined for movement.   Name: fatigue E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 September 2014 FRA... WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE... RIGHT NOW IT IS 21:24(9:24 pm)ON THE 25TH AND AVON YARD IS TRYING TO ORDER A POOL TRAIN THAT WAS ON THE LINE UP MAIN FRAME FOR 08:30 TOMORROW MORNING ON THE 26TH. WE CALLED THE IVR SYSTEM AT 17:40(5:40 pm) FOR A 4 HOUR AND AN 8 HOUR LINE UP ON THE POOL. THE IVR SYSTEM STATED THERE WAS NOTHING SCHEDULED FOR THIS POOL FOR THE NEXT 8 HOURS. THEY ARE CALLING THIS TRAIN 11 HOURS EARLY AND ARE GOING TO CATCH SOME POOR SAP OFF GUARD WHO PROBABLY DIDNT GO TO BED OR EVEN SUSPECT THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!POOL CREWS ARE NOT EXTRA BOARD PEOPLE AND WE EXPECT OUR TRAIN LINE UP TO BE AT LEAST HALFWAY ACCURATE. THIS CRAP HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG WE CANT EVEN KEEP TRACT OF IT ANYMORE. WE HAVE DOCUMENTED TIMES AND TAKEN SNAP SHOTS OF THIS CRAP AND TURNED IT INTO THE UNION AND NOTHING IS GETTING DONE. THIS IS CAUSING A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE AND FATIGUE IN THE CREWS. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. WE KNOW YOU READ THIS SITE AND SO DOES JACKSONVILLE. IF THIS CRAP DOESNT STOP SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KILLED! HEY YOU!! MR CSX LAWYER WHO IS READING THIS! YOU BETTER DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS OR YOUR GOING TO BE MEETING SOMEONES LAWYER AT THE FUNERAL HOME!   Name: Ret. Eng and Manager E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 September 2014 Even though technology has made major advancements, unless management practices evolve with the times, the corporation will be plagued with problems. In the case of the railroad management, especially at higher levels, they are still in the 1800’s, when it comes to their treatment of their employees. In just a few short years, equipment has evolved in leaps and bound. But, their managers are still running steam engines. The style of railroad management starts at the top. Their Law Departments have much more control and influence they ever before, right down to writing the operating rules. When CEO's decide to release their grip and mindset on the past, things will change. Maybe when younger management types, with new ideas, move into higher positions with more authority, things will change for the better. The entire management military structure style of thinking needs to be scrapped and replaced with a more competent style. Now, no one is saying ALL managers are bad, no, not at all. But, When it comes to business practices, the railroads need to do much better. Upper management seems to have never figured out, with the new short operating crews, new equipment, constant rule changes, their train crews need to be much more productive then in the past. With ANY company, a happy employee is a productive employee. Good morale is a must or at least a plus. Just take a close look at other industries around the world and glean what works best.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 September 2014 The new attendance policy is to just mark off personal business.....   Name: ATL TE E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 September 2014 Am I to understand that the new attendance policy will allow CMT to decide if a dr. Excuse is good or not?   Name: alert!!! E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 September 2014 HEADS UP!!!! Some supervisors have already started discussing our topic about stopping several car length away when we do our safety stops so they cant get any bogus write ups on us. Word is they are saying if they catch anyone stopping farther away than 250 feet( one was heard saying 250 feet and 1 inch!)they will bust them. SO BE CAREFUL AND MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS DO A SAFETY STOP 2 CAR LENGTHS AWAY. IF YOU STOP AND YOU THINK YOU ARE 250 FEET AWAY THEN MAKE YOUR MOVE TO DO THE COUPLING YOU BETTER KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU ARE AT 250 FEET. DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT NON OF US HERE KNOW EXACTLY WERE 250 FEET IS SO WE ARENT GOING TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF ASSUMING WE ARE EXACTLY 5 CAR LENGTHS AWAY. FOR THE PUBLIC READERS WHO DONT KNOW OUR RULES SO THAT YOU CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND OUR SITUATION POSTED ON HERE, A LITTLE EXPLANATION FOR YOU! A SAFETY STOP CAN NOT BE MADE ANY FARTHER THAN 250 FEET AWAY FROM OR CLOSER THAN 50 FEET FROM THE CAR YOU ARE COUPLING INTO. CAR LENGHTS ARE CONSIDERED 50 FEET. ITS A BIG GUESTIMATION GAME BUT AFTER AN EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN WORKING LONG ENOUGH HE CAN GET A FEEL OF WHAT MIGHT BE FIFTY FEET BUT NO ONE..ABSOLUTLEY NO ONE CAN GET IT EXACT. WE HAVE SEEN OLD HEADS WITH 30 YEARS TRY TO HIT IN RIGHT ON AND COULDNT DO IT! THE FARTHER A CAR IS AWAY FROM YOU THE MORE DISTORTED THE GUESTIMATED VISUAL LENGTH BECOMES. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD STEP OFF 250 FEET EXACTLY?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 September 2014 Surprised the new conductors haven't asked for and received the early layoff and delayed markup......quite sure cmc will let them start doing that as well ......what a joke....   Name: Down with the sickness E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 September 2014 This isn't a railroad anymore..... It's a circus.... CSX SUCKS BIG ONES   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 September 2014 Folks its not a joke. Oct 1 ( around about) there will be a change in testing procedures. " measuring tools " will be used among other "tools" to do to the test with... It's all changing in Oct.. Trust me   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 September 2014 Folks just wait until October 1 and see the new testing procedures coming out. This company and lost they're freakin mind... Here is one example " when a conductor stops you for a safety stop ( which is one car length ) if the stop is shorter than one car length or 50 feet ( let's say it was an 48 ft stop ) which is less than the 50 foot stop. Then the conductor is written up. The official will have a measuring tool to check the exact footage. This is only one test of many ....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 September 2014 Guess all you new conductors no longer have to mark off sick.....just lay off personal business.....and the funny part is it's not even in the trainmens agreement....wish I could get one sometime soon......lol,lol,lol.......   Name: watchdog E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 September 2014 CMC MANAGER WE suggest you get out of your seat and office and start paying more attention to your crew dispatchers. One of your callers on second shift put two, not one, but two employees on hold for 45 minutes. These employees had vital information that could have filled a vacancy that would have moved a train 45 minutes earlier from its terminal. One of these employees had been called earlier to be asked to work other vacancies and when contacted told the caller that they didn't want to work anything but their pool they were assigned to. According to the employee the caller had a bad attitude and hung up on them. When it came time to run the rosters for a vacancy of his pool, they called his house for exactly 3 seconds. They made no attempt to leave a message or contact this employee even though he had made it clear he would work that pool. Several of us listened to the recording of the 3 second call and we all know what happened is true. In the meantime the second employee who was on hold knew the other employee was trying to get through and was trying to help get the job filled. After being on 2 telephones at once for 45 minutes as well this employee got ahold of a supervisor at the yard and told them what was going on. He was told how long both employees had been on hold and if he wanted to get his train out of the yard on time he better get ahold of a manager and tell the caller to answer the phone. This supervisor did make contact with someone in crew management and they instructed them to put the volunteer on the job and get the train ordered. Did they do as instructed? NO! Did they take the volunteers call? NO! At this time there was absolutely no one available to work the train because of severe manpower shortage. There was even a notation put in the mainframe on lineups that it was the end of all decisions to fill the job after trying to fill it for 30 minutes. This wouldn't have been a problem if they had just bothered to answer the phone. The phone calls have been saved and proof of all times the employees were on hold has been viewed by a supervisor. We know the callers have caller ID. I would hate to think they deliberately refused to answer the volunteers call because he wouldn't accommodate them earlier and refused to work the other jobs they called him for. We are not sure why they refused to answer the other employees call. Maybe because they knew they were the other employee who would also be on the job and thought maybe they might tell them the other employee wanted to work and they couldn't refuse him because there was no one else? The only reason the job got filled right after the yard supervisor made his call is because an employee called in to mark up from being off and asked the caller how long it would be before he was called and they told him right away if he wanted to take the vacancy. If that employee hadnt called right at that moment who knows what would have happened. Who knows how much longer the train would have been delayed just because they refused to answer the phone! Mr. crew manager, if you think for one moment that your callers are not rude or they don't play games then think again. If you think they don't show favorites, think again! If you don't think there is a pattern of who gets PB days while others can never get any think again! Pretty soon the straw that broke the camels back just might be hanging on yours if you don't start paying more attention to your subordinates! 45 minutes on hold! ARE YOU KIDDING ME. WHEN YOU GET HOME I WANT YOU TO SIT IN YOUR LAZY BOY AND HOLD A PHONE TO YOUR EAR FOR 45 MINUTES. YOU THINK THAT DOESNT SOUND VERY LONG! JUST SIT IN YOUR CHAIR WITH 2 PHONES TO YOUR EARS FOR 45 MINUTES AND SEE JUST HOW LONG IT IS. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR AND DEFINATELY POOR BUSINESS PRACTICES! IF THERE WASNT A FIRE IN THE BUILDING OR A TORNADO OR HURRICANE EVACUATION THEN THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE PHONES NOT TO BE ANSWERED FOR 45 MINUTES!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 14 September 2014 The Federal Railroad Administration requires that locomotive toilets be maintained in a sanitary condition, but I can tell you from experience that the management of that agency is deep in the pockets of railroad management and will not seriously enforce that regulation. The regulation for locomotive sanitary compartments can be found on the FRA web site.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 September 2014 Just out of curiosity.....who is 'supposed' to clean the toilets in locomotives?....   Name: Down with the sickness E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 September 2014 Has anyone heard anything on the UTU/BLET negotiations ? Positive or negative ?? Thanks..... CSX TRULY SUCKS.......   Name: health alert E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 26 August 2014 HEALTH ALERT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE EXPOSED TO UNSANITARY TOILETS ON YOUR ENGINES YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPORT THESE ISSUES TO YOUR STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. EVEN THOUGH YOU WORK FOR A CLASS ONE RAILROAD WHO'S OPERATING RULES ARE REGULATED BY A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY, YOU ARE ALSO A CIVILIAN. THE STATE THAT YOU LIVE IN CAN CONSIDER YOU A HEALTH RISK TO SURROUNDING BUSINESSES AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SPREAD CONTAMINATES FROM YOUR WORK PLACE. WHEN YOU STEP INTO A BATHROOM ON YOUR ENGINE THAT HAS SPLASHED OUT ON THE FLOOR DUE TO POOR MAINTANANCE OF THE UNIT YOU HAVE NOW STEPPED IN URINE AS WELL AS FECES. WHEN YOU LEAVE THE BATHROOM AND WALK AROUND THE CAB, YOU HAVE NOW DISTRIBUTED THE CONTAMINATES ONTO THE FLOOR. WHEN YOU PUT YOUR GRIPS AND TRAVEL BAGS ON THE FLOOR YOU HAVE NOW EXPOSED YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS TO THE CONTAMINATION. YOU CARRY THESE INTO THE HOTELS, PTI WAGONS AND INTO YOUR OWN PERSONAL VEHICLES AS WELL INTO ANY YARD BUILDINGS. THIS IS A VIOLATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL HEALTH LAWS. IF YOU TAKE CHARGE OF AN ENGINE IN THIS CONDITION YOU NEED TO REPORT IT TO YOUR SUPERVISORS AND TO THE ENGINE HOUSE FOREMAN. DO NOT....I REPEAT....DO NOT SET YOUR BELONGINGS ON A BARE FLOOR. SET THEM ON PLASTIC BAGS. RETIRED FRA IS CORRECT ABOUT FILING A COMLAINT WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO LET YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT KNOW OF THE CONSTANT EXPOSURES AT WORK. YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN MUST KNOW ABOUT YOUR EXPOSURES TO UNCONTAINED URINE AND POSSIBLE FECES CONTAMINATION. YOUR DOCTOR MAY NEED THIS INFO FOR FUTURE REFERENCES IF YOU BECOME SICK AND IT IS RELATED TO EXPOSURE TO BODILY FLUIDS/CONTAMINATES. IF YOU DO NOT FEEL SAFE REPORTING THIS ISSUE TO YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT, YOUR PHYSICIAN CAN FILE A REPORT FOR YOU.   Name: SP-Eng.- E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 August 2014 I was told that CSX hired many of the former NS management people. Is this just a rumor? If it is in fact true, it’s no wonder there are so many labor problems. Back in the 1980’s NS had to be forced to buy toilets for their locomotives. At that time, they gave the train crews a bag to crap in, then toss it out the window. It got so bad that local farmers, and others, were bitching so much, NS was forced to buy toilets.   Name: concerned E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 21 August 2014 https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/mandate-all-freight-trains-have-two-person-crews/s0jJ9Rmj. Pass it on   Name: Jacksonville E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 August 2014 Keep up the good work you bunch of girls...LOL.. Make our company grow ..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 August 2014 Why is it Avon can't run a train on time anymore?....   Name: Patriot Smith E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 18 August 2014 Another head-on [fatal] collision on the [ ]. The local unions were recently awarded safety captain positions to circumvent the federal rest rules. This treasonous act reduced the extra-boards by 20%!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 August 2014 Make a little OT when close to 8 hrs. Now we see a little part of the problem ! If it was YOUR CO,,,? Would that be acceptable ? Slow down, drag your feet, and make a few bucks. That in itself is what happens when the employee feels Entitled. I have seen it, been a part of it, but would never do it, nore allow it as a Conductor.   Name: WTF!! E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 August 2014 To the Conductor that was fired, The Arbitration is the last step in trying to get your job back. The board is out of Chicago & are backed up with hundreds of cases to be heard before a decision is made, I've been been through this and waited 13 months to have my case heard which would of been sooner if the Damn Republicans didn't shut down the govevrnment & continue to pull the same BS which affected the NMB Operating Budget along with the cases that were postponed because of it but finally I had it & was Awarded my job back. I known others who have gone through this same procedure some won & some lost, but it's definetly a 50/50 gamble knowing that your fate is in the hands of a stranger who's ruling comes after listening to the company & the union arguments. Just be patient and wait until your notified of the date & time of the hearing!   Name: mad shitter E-mail: Todd novak .com Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 August 2014 Collinwood ass hole Todd Novak shit all over the toilet again .8/6/14   Name: LC E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 August 2014 ALL CREW CALLERS!!! ARICLE 36 OF ENGINEERS AGREEMENT: WHEN THE DESIGNATED EXTRA BOARD IS EXHAUSTED, ENGINEER VACANCIES IN FREIGHT AND YARD SERVICE WILL BE PROTECTED IN THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE 1: OTHER EXTRA BOARDS AT THE SAME SUPPLY POINT PROVIDED THAT THEY ARE WITHIN THE SAME ZONE OR SUBZONE UNLESS THE APPLICABLE ZONE AGREEMENT PROVIDES OTHERWISE. 2: THE ADDITIONAL SERVICE LIST (ASL) MAINTAINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS AGREEMENT. 3: AVAILABLE DEMOTED ENGINEERS (SENIOR TO JUNIOR AT THE SUPPLY POINT), 4: RESTED AND QUALIFIED ENGINEERS WORKING AT THE SUPPLY POINT WHO ARE NOT ON THEIR REST DAYS WILL BE CALLED IN INVERSE SENIORITY ORDER AND THE FIRST ENGINEER CONTACTED MUST ACCEPT THE CALL. 5: REPEAT STEPS (1) THROUGH (4) AT THE NEAREST EXTRA BOARD OR SUPPLY POINT, VIA THE HIGHWAY MILES IN THE SAME ZONE. WHERE IN HERE DOES IT SAY THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BLOW IN A RECREW JOB FOR A LOCAL YOU CANT FILL TO A ROAD POOLS LINE UP OF TRAINS? WE DONT SEE THAT IN OUR AGREEMENT ANYWHERE. THE AGREEMENT DOES SAY THAT THE COMPANY WILL KEEP ENOUGH PEOPLE HIRED TO KEEP THE EXTRA BOARDS SUPPLIED WITH ENOUGH EMPLOYEES TO COVER THESE SITUATIONS. THIS IS NOT BEING DONE. THAT IS THE REASON WHEN YOU DID THAT TODAY YOU MADE IT DISAPPEAR FROM THE POOLS TRAIN LINE UP ON THE COMPUTER IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. YOU REALIZED THE ROAD CREW YOU WERE CALLING WASNT GOING TO CALL YOU BACK. THE CREW USED THE IVR TO CHECK THEIR SCHEDULED TRAIN LINE UP 15 MINUTES EARLIER AND IT WASNT LISTED! THAT TOO IS COVERED UNDER ARTICLE 36(QUESTION AND ANSWER #6) THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION IN MISCALLING THE CREW SO YOU HAD NO OTHER CHOICE. WE DO HAVE TO SAY THOUGH, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BRILLIANT MOVE IF THE CREW HAD BEEN LOGGED ON TO THE MAINFRAME AND WAS CHECKING THEIR TRAIN LINE UP. TRYING TO TRICK THE CREW INTO CALLING YOU BACK BY INSERTING THE JOB INTO THEIR TRAIN LINE UP WHILE YOU WERE CALLING THEM WAS UNPROFESSIONAL AND UNETHICAL. CALLING THE JOB 3 TIMES BEFORE HAND AND LEAVING MESSAGES THAT YOUR RUNNING THE ROSTER FOR A LOCAL RECREW AND CALL IF YOU CAN WORK WASNT SO BRIGHT. FUNNY HOW KARMA WORKS. DID YOU REALLY THINK WHEN YOU CALLED AND LEFT YOUR USUAL BOGUS MESSAGE THAT "THIS IS YOUR CALL FOR WORK" THAT IT WAS REALLY GOING TO FLY? THE CREW HAD JUST CHECKED THEIR LINE UP ON THE IVR! WE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SIT UP ALL DAY AND NIGHT WATCHING OUR COMPUTERS AT HOME. ALL INFO IS SUPPOSED TO BE AVAILABLE ON THE IVR. THAT SO CALLED SCHEDULED TRAIN YOU TRIED TO SNEAK IN THERE WAS NOT LISTED ON THAT POOLS TRAIN LINE UP. THE CREW KNEW WHAT YOU WERE UP TO. WE ALL KNOW YOU HAVE CREW MANAGERS BREATHING DOWN YOUR NECKS TO FILL THE JOBS AT ALL COST, BUT DO YOU REALLY NEED YOUR JOB THAT BAD? BAD ENOUGH THAT YOUR WILLING TO MANIPULATE AND SCHEME FOR THEM JUST TO FILL A VACANCY? IF SO, THEN IM SORRY THAT YOUR STUCK IN THIS POSITION AND I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING BETTER SOON.   Name: Fed-up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 08 August 2014 You bunch of cry babies. This site is called. "CSX SUCKS" please leave your personal problem with LBT and Pines at home. You are the reson that this company screws everyone over. For the last 10 plus years this railroad has hired a bunch of cry babies. This is the year of contracts for both the UTU/BLET. You need to worry about that. I know what's to come with the contracts .. You will have a reason to cry after the first of the year when the new contracts are enforced .....LOL. .... IDIOTS !!!!!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 07 August 2014 What's the deal with conductors getting personal business days off?....someone please correct me if I am wrong....I was thinking it was in the ssa for engineers to get one personal business day per pay period.....did not see it anywhere in the contract for trainmen....I look on the layoff board and see where cmc is handing them out to conductors like candy now.....seems like I call to get one and always get turned down...so I just mark off sick from now on and forget the hassle ....gotta baby these new conductors I guess......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 August 2014 RRJ, you are right and a few new hires are the same way. Just a reminder, the on board camera thats up and coming will catch up with all the useless dead weight thats currently in place. No where to run now.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 06 August 2014 Cond 30+ Being a LE was already a lonely job at times when half the conductors were asleep before we ever moved. Still having that person onboard helped asleep or not. As for talking to myself I did most of the radio communications the conductor was to lazy to talk on the radio unless we ended up behind a stop signal then they went ballistic trying to get the TD. As for being in charge only conductors had that ego especially after they lost the caboose. LE's are in charge of the locomotives, conductors it's their train. Easy enough definition on that one. Be afraid of your union they're not very SMART. I and most everyone one I know has signed HR 3040 to get Congress to act to keep two people onboard trains. This BS division which personally I never saw between the crafts is a figment of the former UTU's imagination. After the sellouts and reduction in members they started a lot of bullschidt. Personally I didn't like the BLE adding trainmen to it's name. A person should belong to the union that holds the contract for which they're working. In the scenario of one union why would anyone go for a union that has sold out it's members? Once again the UTU/SMART has opened up a can of worms.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 August 2014 With some of the new people csx has hired lately it's bout like a one man crew now....you would think some of these guys have been out here for years they way they bitch and moan about having to actually get off the engine and do something....be kind of nice to not bring any Kleenex for the so called conductor.....or to walk around his blanket and pillow to get to the cooler to get my own water....(don't want to wake him up you know)......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 31 July 2014 RRJ My ego or lack of doesn't change the facts. It will be good and bad on engineer only crews. The good part is that the engineer will finally be in charge. The bad part is that a large number of engineers will go crazy talking to themselves.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 29 July 2014 Cond 30+ Engineer ego's? How's your ego? If you hadn't been greedy and voted for a sellout there would still be a brakeman. Only two jobs I can think of after the end of the caboose that became obsolete the locomotive fireman & flagman. Locomotive fireman was questionable it was because of the needed space on the lead locomotive. After the sellout of the head brakeman then there was an empty seat. Get your head out of your ass. I don't know any LE's voting to get rid of your jobs it's never been our place seeing it's never been our union.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 July 2014 Here's a little of the back story on crew consists. The national conductor's contract stated that every job had to have a conductor. There were minor local agreements, B&O helper engines had an engineer and brakeman, but every job had a conductor. The engineer's contract didnt have that clause. To impliment engineer only trains there will have to be protection and the modern equivilent of the brakeman's buyout with a whole new class of protected conductors. and productivity pay Engineers don't have any contractual claim for losing the conductor but will probally get 25 a day or something like it to stroke their egos.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 July 2014 I've been "fired" since February 2014. Does anyone know the time frame for the arbitration regarding the attendance policy? o   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 July 2014 This guy "Randall Knutson" is selling the membership right up the river! His words expressed sound like words right out of the carriers mouths. Again, the UTU tries to sell it out and claim it was a good deal in the end. Have you noticed that since letting them bring in remote control, most remote jobs have since gone from 2 man to 1 man jobs? Good deal ??? Say what you want about the BLET. If this gets passed, sure the BLET won't have much of a fight, but which union is willing to just hand it all over? If I were a conductor and concerned about my job, my monthly dues would never see the hands of the UTU. http://www.galesburg.com/article/20140723/NEWS/140729876/?Start=1   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 July 2014 If you think the UTU sold out everyone on the BNSF why don't you do a little checking and read he BLE / BNSF on property agreement 2007 article 2. It appears to me that the BLE was very quick to throw their hand up and say screw the conductor we will take the train by ourselves and best I can remember there wasn't one word of that posted on here or any other railroad forum.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 July 2014 Remember the union - BNSF 1 man rule won't come right away, but it may come section by section. I.E. Avon - Rose Lake PTC will result in Avon Rose Lake adding 1 man crews, then some conductors will be forced to move. Complete PTC will be a long time coming but sections - not so long. HOWEVER - this is the time to make long term plans that might include using tuition assistance or a part time job (I know it's painful to find the time)to build your lifeboat for the future. You know PTC is coming. If your Titanic ticket said THIS SHIP WILL SINK on the bottom, wouldn't you learn to swim? If you will retire in 10 years perhaps few worries, but new hire? don't assume you will get your 30!   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 July 2014 I just read the message from the president of the SMART/UTU transportation division. They don't endorse this reduction. It gets strange when apparently this agreement can be implemented by General Committee instead of on the entire BNSF. PTC might of been endorsed by the BLET but it's not the fix all that the railroads are stating. There has been forms of it used for decades especially on the Northeast corridor with Train Traffic Control that would apply a penalty application if a signal wasn't adherred to. That's all PTC will do. In the end it wasn't the BLET that put this in place it was the FRA. The railroads aren't happy about it seeing they keep requesting extensions plus the cost out of their pockets. There is a petition for Congress H.R 3040 that can be signed to require two man crews. It's on the UTU/SMart website or on Move.org website.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 July 2014 It seems BNSF has taken the first step to "one man" operations. It still needs ratification by the members. As for Railroad Retirement it'll survive just like it did after the downsizing during the '80s & '90s. That was a big concern back then after the loss of the caboose train crews went from 5 to 2 members. Not to forget all the clerk jobs lost to computers, MOW jobs lost to equipment, the closing of locomotive roundhouses ect....in all we lost about 60% of the entire workforce. RRB still had to pay out for those retirees who hired in the '30s-'50s. RRB is well managed. One has to remember management is also in RRB. I haven't seen the specifics of the BNSF & SMART agreement hopefully there will be protective clauses for those working. That it'll be through attrition. I did read one article that train size under "one man" won't exceed 15,000 tons. With coal & grain that would just about double the amount of trains. I figured something was up when BNSF was sending newly promoted conductors straight to engineer training.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 July 2014 a union that doesn't respect or protect the jobs that they are paid to represent is not a union at all.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 July 2014 selling everybody out. this is the first of many steps these scumbag railroads are going to make to get rid of all of us. one man crews sucks for the engineers who have to do everything alone now. what about crossing malfunctions? train in emergency? fatalities? equipment problems? not to mention the damage that will eventually be done to railroad retirement. if those idiots vote or already voted for that then their stupidity has no bounds.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 July 2014 The UTU/SMART union sells out the membership once again! http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/07/17/5978214/bnsf-union-reach-agreement-on.html   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 18 July 2014 conductor 163 Seems you got spoiled. 3 hr runs? You have to learn to take the good with the bad. That way you'll appreciate that 3 hr run instead of expecting it. An 6-8 hr run is still a good run. If I was closer to 8 hrs I would of had to make a little OT. lol   Name: Cash Cow E-mail: Moo Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 July 2014 To: DONATION REQUEST Expect a big paypal check in your account for all the great info on here we mine daily. We never miss a day, just never know what might show up on here Does not have to be true we only react on it if we want to use it for our advantage. BTW we know who you are keep the wheels turning safely   Name: donate E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 July 2014 POSTERS Time to show a little appreciation to the man behind the curtain. The man who allows you to have a place to come and vent about the company that sooooo often breaks our agreements and their own rules. Go to his wish list at amazon or hit the pay pal...... Have done my part every year.... cant do it all!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 July 2014 Conductor 163 is correct There is absolutely no accountability for chiefs or dispatchers. When you have one chief covering the whole Great Lakes division, what the hell do they expect? As far as dispatchers, some are good and some are awful. But unless we put 2 trains together or overlap authorities (which is hard to do) . No accountability what so ever.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 July 2014 Name: Conductor163 E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 July 2014 No accountability for the chiefs or the dumbass dispatchers who can't run trains around a Christmas tree. Balt division clh dispatcher is a clown. When he is working I know that I am guaranteed at least 8 hrs on duty compared to 3. The chiefs are putting everyone to bed to reset starts total bs ----------------------------------------------------------------------- What is up with this POST. Is this guy working 3 hours and BITCHING. Or is he hourly for some reason. Guess I am to old to understand this one.   Name: Conductor163 E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 04 July 2014 No accountability for the chiefs or the dumbass dispatchers who can't run trains around a Christmas tree. Balt division clh dispatcher is a clown. When he is working I know that I am guaranteed at least 8 hrs on duty compared to 3. The chiefs are putting everyone to bed to reset starts total bs   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 27 June 2014 IF YOUR REST IS INTERRUPTED? WHY DON'T YOU TELL CALLER TO RESTART YOUR REST ? ALL CALLS ARE RECORDED? ALSO YOU CAN RECORD THE CALLS ! ARE YOU DOING THE COMPANY ANY FAVORS? DO YOU KNOW YOU CAN CHALLENGE UNSAFE ACTS? IF YOU CAN YOU NEED TOO? ANNOUNCE OVER THE RADIO ABOUT UNSAFE CHALLENGE ! ROAD FOREMAN TRIED TELLING ME TO GET OUT OF CAB TO WATCH TRAIN GO BY I CHALLENGED SO HE TRIED TELLING ME TO GO TO CROSSING TO WATCH TRAIN BY ! I CHALLENGED ! 30 FT RULE THEN, CROSSINGS ARE UNSAFE AREA ? WHAT IF TRAIN HITS AN AUTO? ALSO WE WERE PARKED WAY BACK FROM CROSSING AS I HAD INSTRUCTED ENGINEER TO LAY BACK ! PICK YOUR BATTLES! ARE YOU ORDERING ME TO COMMIT AN UNSAFE ACT? THINK THINK THINK WHEN RIDING IN TAXI'S YOUR IN CHARGE NOT THE DRIVER! KEEP SAFE ! BE SAFE ! TTFN   Name: Sad place E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 June 2014 CSX IS NOW CALLED CSX-NS.....   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 June 2014 The award for the biggest idiots goes to " drum roll please!!!!!! Trainmaster David Benson for being the dumbest Management employee. And his side kick Bud Carson . These two have helped destroy the Huntington Division. Please come and check out these two morons.   Name: WTF E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 June 2014 Dumbest Company Officers: 1) Jack Vierling 3rd: couldn't run a train around a Christmas Tree Fat Dumb and Stupid what a slob Has a nose that looks like a circus peanut The 3 in his name is his IQ 2) Robert Frulla: same as above only add arrogant and has a ego the size of his fat head and is a legend in his own mind   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 June 2014 U can never get a pb day when u need it but certain individuals can get them every two weeks like clockwork. I tried for pb with 5 engineers available on a 7 man extraboard and they were like we may not have enough manpower. The union is pretty much useless we are guaranteed to be able to mark off pb once every 2 weeks but they claim they can't do anything. Fuck screw management!   Name: Crying E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 19 June 2014 Our N.S management has destroyed this company..   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 14 June 2014 CSX MANAGEMENT Is a bunch of children. This company is a joke. It was a good place to work years ago. 2004 was the beginning of THE END OF CSX..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 June 2014 June, Friday the 13th 2014....and CSX STILL SUCKS!!!!! Some things will NEVER change!   Name: Crazy Railroader E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 June 2014 Beat you Not "Up"   Name: Crazy RAILROADER E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 June 2014 Attention "APE" I will meet you anytime,any place so you can tell me that to my face. You are nothing but a momma's boy that can't make it in the RAILROAD world. I will beat up to death you little punk. Period !!!!!!!!!   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 May 2014 Great Lakes division.. ..How is Frulla doing with you guys? He just about destroyed the Huntington Division. Then CSX promoted Him..... Well, He didn't get promoted on his merits but because his dad and John Snow were roommates in Collage.. I guess it paid to have pull...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 20 May 2014 The time to strike is now....... It can be done and will make the difference..... All it needs is to be cleverly organized....   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 13 May 2014 OSHA orders Grand Trunk Western to reinstate conductor, pay more than 244,000 in back wages & damages. At last, there is a Federal agency that will stand up to ruthless railroad management. https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25983   Name: Railroad Workers United E-mail: Railroadmusic333@gmail.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 May 2014 If your pissed off at the Railroad.. then RWU is for you.. If you are pissed off at the union.. then RWU is for you.. We have been around now for a while.. heard of us? RWU is not a union.. we don't plan on it.. but we can help you change the idiotic ways that our unions have been dealing with most of the issues that we face as railroaders.. We already have the structure.. it just needs new direction... Check us out.. you may have heard of us.. you may have heard rumors about us.. sure.. we are the folks who are all volunteer.. no political parties.. just shop floor.. real union organizing where it counts.. us.. the rank and file.. check us out.. www.railroadworkersunited.org.. or send me an email.. I am a Locomotive Engineer outta Louisville on the CSX.. i have been the organizer at RWU for two years and a member for 4.. get involved in the rank and file rebellion!! Thanks.. JP   Name: RWU E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 05 May 2014 RWU Resolution in Support of Dignity & Respect Whereas, all working people deserve dignity and respect on the job; and Whereas, unions have historically been the means by which workers have collectively banded together to defend their dignity and to win respect of their employers; and Whereas, the North American rail carriers have undertaken a concerted effort in recent years to demean and degrade rail workers along with their sense of dignity; and Whereas, this effort by the rail carriers includes but is not limited to:  Constant surveillance upon and interference with railroad workers in the course of their daily duties;  A major increase in discipline for all sorts of “infractions”, both in number of workers disciplined and in the severity of the discipline meted out;  A record number of firings and terminations;  Harassment and reprisal taken against workers who report injuries;  Failure to abide by OSHA findings when cited by the regulatory agency for violations;  Implementation of draconian attendance policies which restrict workers from taking needed time off work and which call for harsh discipline if/when a worker violates such a policy;  Relentless violation of the union agreement, accompanied by endless denials of claims;  Blaming workers for every accident and injury rather than fixing the underlying hazards. Whereas these attacks are detrimental to our mental and physical health, make for a stressful, dangerous and unsafe work environment, erode our sense of self-worth and endanger union solidarity; and Whereas, constantly responding to discipline and “individual” problems on an individual basis diverts union resources -- in terms of time, energy and finances – into a defensive posture, eroding the power and effectiveness of the union; and Whereas, since these attacks are universal and involve the entire railroad workforce, it must be met with a concerted defense by the collective effort of the workforce; Whereas, filing paper – whether it be claims, grievances, complaints, whistleblower complaints, etc. – is an important tactic but is clearly not enough to deter the carriers from escalating this wholesale attack; Therefore, be it resolved that Railroad Workers United (RWU) condemns this arrogant and despicable attack by the rail carriers upon our dignity, integrity and solidarity; and Be it further resolved that RWU calls on all railroaders to resist this universal attack by creative means; and Be it further resolved that RWU calls upon the union leadership to acknowledge the reality of this omnipresent situation and commit resources to organizing their membership to fight this scourge; and Be it finally resolved that RWU constitute a Committee on Workers’ Dignity & Respect that will identify and address issues that demean and degrade workers. This Resolution adopted at the Fourth Biennial RWU Convention April 3rd & 4th, 2014 Chicago, Illinois Railroad Workers United Unity—Solidarity—Democracy: The Rank and File in Action! railroadworkersunited.org  info@railroadworkersunited.org (206) 984-3051  PO Box 1053, Salem, IL 62881   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 April 2014 Moe,Larry and curly....al bundy....Alfred e. Newman....homer Simpson.....   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 15 April 2014 CSX management is one big joke. This company truly sucks. Please list some of the dumbest managers that you know..   Name: Big Brother E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 April 2014 Anyone have the locomotive numbers with the inward facing cameras?   Name: John Patriot E-mail: saveamerica.org Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 04 April 2014 All Concerned: The upcoming International elections is near....This is a request too all current international officers NOT too seek another term of service....Your leadership has been pathetic to the point of cowardliness! On your numerous watches; corrupt railroad mangers has infiltrated the rank and file with bribery to the point of increasing the bottom line for profits...solely at the expense of the membership who is entrusted with your leadership. CEO's pay is up 1000% over the last decade....Take your bribes and leave!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 March 2014 Dear Sad Place,,,, That was you that elected them, they are your Brothers. God bless America son. This is not new, I can go way back when a 20.00 day was settled for 2.00. The next session the same claim was settled for 1.50. The Union is worthless, get out and see what happens. They will come to visit. Name: Sad place E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 March 2014 BLET / UTU have produced some of the best managers. Bought and paid for. I love the latest UTU Agreement should show how much our unions love us. Selling our claims for 1.?? On the day. Lovin life..   Name: Fact E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 March 2014 Bob Frulla is a pieace of work. Ask anyone on the Huntington division. He ran Huntington in the ground and straight to HELL. This New manager ( Barr ) for the Huntington division seems ok so far..   Name: Sad place E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 March 2014 BLET / UTU have produced some of the best managers. Bought and paid for. I love the latest UTU Agreement should show how much our unions love us. Selling our claims for 1.?? On the day. Lovin life..   Name: CSX Buff E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 March 2014 Well the company is not satisfied with our current wonderful attendance policy... We are taking too much time off 1 day every 28 days... They are changing it to 1 day every 56 days... I truly love the wonderful quality of life this beautiful ,thoughtful,and ethical company is providing for us... CSX loves its employees   Name: Lovin life E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 28 February 2014 Single System Agreement ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 February 2014 To Collinwood Mad Shitter: Why do you still post that garbage? That guy hasn't been around in years for anybody who doesn't know him. There are more important issues out here than peoples personal grudges. Get a life already!   Name: Lovin life E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 February 2014 Thank you suckers. I love this single system agreement. YOU WILL GET IN AGAIN. Lol   Name: collinwood mad shitter E-mail: todd novac .com Employed as: Yard Master, for 1-10 years Posted: 25 February 2014 Todd Novac Collinwood ===yardmaster == baned from a trainman .convicted for stealing from our union ,see medina county records . company snitch . and is the one who shits on the floor as pay back!!!!! we know about you and your history Quit you fat bastard !!!! we don't like you   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 February 2014 What they call streamlining there operations! Cut jobs everywhere saying that it was because of the recession. Now crews are working 12 hour days in some places, with twice the workload, and overtime cannot be avoided. Crews are tired and burned out just waiting for fatalities to take place. All this and management doesn't like the overtime, they would rather have crews work faster than put a job back on. Greedy bastards. Safety First!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 16 February 2014 Typical terminal: lost 2/3 of engineer jobs in last 10 years. 1/3 of conductor jobs. Road trains are 1/4 longer. Forced to engineer service. Benefits are twice as expensive while corporate profits are (near) record levels. Unions? Do your job please! Regretting having ever heard of CS& X. Not sure what mike thinks his legacy will be but I've a good idea.   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 February 2014 WE DO NOT WANT THIS S.S.A agreement. And if our unions don't understand this in plain english then there's other means of getting the point across. Understand boys!!!!!! We are the bonebone of this company..NOT THE MANAGEMENT!!!! T&E makes the revenue... Period....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 February 2014 I couldn't agree with you more. The carrier has it worded as 2014 "negotiating the single system agreement." You know yourself that the SSA is a joke as it stands, and negotiating it again just means they want to take away as usual. BS!!!!   Name: Engineer E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 February 2014 Guys we need to stick together. Contract time is upon us and we really need to think about what is best for our family's . My opinion is that we need to snap back to the national contract due to the amount of money that we are losing with this contract. This stupid company thinks that we are stupid by "given us" 100% of our bonus on the last year of our contract during negotiations. Pretty slick I must say. Please look at the facts and in courage our locals to "Snap Back to the national average" please do the math.. Thanks guys ....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 08 February 2014 GayWard Vader: Go ahead, keep bringing in those 85 per centers. The ones you are providing piss poor training. Hurry up, push them through the Redi Center as fast as you can, cut there training shorter and shorter as you do, then wonder why there are accidents & derailments still happening? THATS WHAT YOU ARE GETTING FOR YOU CHEAPSKATE PRACTICES....lol You probably haven't noticed, but many of those 85 per centers come out of the school and walk right out the door after witnessing how screwed up this company is managed. The other railroads are running circles around this place with better training, less harassment, and are providing the tools it takes to do the job. CSX can't provide any of that, do you know why? ITS NOT IN THE BUDGET....Hahahahahaaaa.   Name: GayWard Vader E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 07 February 2014 TO all low life employees playing on your trains If you do not like it leave and we will hire more 85 per centers and increase the our P&L   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2014 this site is a joke right? You all sound like whining children that are too pussy to actually say something to your superiors, but would rather bitch anonymously on a site that was designed in the late 80's. even judging by your very short responses its not hard to see why you've been laid off. here's a hint: you sound stupid as hell, maybe you were fired for being a dumbass and not because of any boss or manager. shocker right?   Name: sig insp E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 January 2014 Change jobs inside the company transportation is the most demanding if you can't handle it go to engineering for instance. I'm 7-3 paid lunch very little call outs. Quit whining on your new company's dime.   Name: Thanks for listening. E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 January 2014 We could not agree more about needing more chiefs (ACDs) in the Great Lakes office. It is absolutely absurd the amount of work this one person has to do for the whole division. You have dispatchers calling trains, yards calling trains, chiefs calling trains. They can not keep up with re-crews, taxis, yards, engine problems which most of this gets dumped on the dispatchers. There is NO PLANNING on this division with the chiefs. All they do is put out fires. NO PLANNING AT ALL. They actually call people in and pay them special duty rate to help out. why? Why not just add more ACDs? We use to be the number one division years straight, until they cut the Columbus ACD, then the Willard ACD, then the Cleveland ACD and put it all on ONE person for 8 hours. To the crews out there, This is why we have problems on this division. I could type for hours about the problems we have in this office. But, I'll just leave it at that.   Name: Great Lakes Div E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 24 January 2014 Listen Jacksonville/Corporate The Great Lakes Division went from 4 Assistant Chief Dispatchers (16 people) down to ONE (4 people) THEY CAN NOT KEEP UP!!!! WE GET STUCK ON TRAINS WE GET STUCK IN HOTELS Even the dispatchers complain to us about the ACD not being able to keep up. FIX THIS!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 22 January 2014 What days are considered "weekend" on bi weekly boards ?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 January 2014 Hope this is not too radical but supposedly the Evansville terminal and related areas are getting free Lenovo tablets as safety rewards. They are a good name, good build, not the very latest in features, but if they are more than 30 days old they won't be. Anyway, wouldn't that be an optimal - optional way to learn tablet use and then load everybodys with the 16 ton timetable / BOR. Suppose this was the plan? The FAA just ok'd a similar app for pilots. FAR's, Jeppsen maps, AIMS, etc. just a thought.   Name: Snotboggin' E-mail: yourname@jagoff.com Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 January 2014 I have not heard 1 positive comment about the new rule book yet. It's pitiful. As for the "Voice of the Victim" employee survey, geez was that funny. Even with the idiots stacking the deck with all their 8-hour job drones in Jackassville, and probably requiring every knee-padded manager to participate, their results were still a little beneath expectations. This outfit is a joke. Some were discussing stock value- and it's not as simple as comparing a current day price to evaluate. But I look at it this way. Before purchasing BNSF outright, Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway had large positions in 3 of the North American Class 1's. CSX was not among them. Mr. Buffet recognizes bullshit when he sees it, and had not invested in CSX under Mr. Ward's "Land of Deception and Delusion" reign. "Things will be different after the revolution." "I'm not going to give them hell. I'm going to give them the truth, they'll just think it's hell."   Name: Snotboggin' E-mail: yourname@yahoo.com Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 January 2014 I don't usually post to all forums, but I would like to have some input from everyone. I received my new Operating Rules Book the other day. To say I was stunned would be a drastic understatement. What idiot thought hauling around this 5 pound boat anchor around was a great idea? Haven't found a bag big enough to tote it in. I have the largest TuffBag, and while I can wedge it in a side pocket, there's no room for anything else. How much did they spend on that stupid binder? And the moronic tabs? A decent index was all that was needed. Received the new timetable. Amazing. 2 years of bulletined changes, and I don't think any made it into the "new" timetable. The seem to only have changed items pertaining to their "new" simplified orb. Unfortunately, they didn't even manage to get that correct either. Whoever came up with this, everyone of the boobs in Jacksonville who signed off on it, should have to carry it in from their vehicle each day they come to work, and haul it with them everywhere but the restroom. I can't believe any person who actually worked in a craft gave any approval to the production of this. If they did, they should just curl up and, well, let bad things happen to them. Would anyone who has received this monstrosity please post a brief opinion of this CSX product? Thank you.   Name: warning E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 30+ years Posted: 07 January 2014 ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE NEW OPTS FORMAT FOR CHECKING YOU OBSERVATION ENTRIES THAN YOU NEED TO DO IT RIGHT NOW!!!! NOT ONLY HAS IT CHANGED FOR THE WORSE AND IS HARD AS EVER TO FIND THE EXACT INFO YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BUT IT ALSO VIOLATES THE EMPLOYEES RIGHT TO PRIVACY. WHEN LOOKING THROUGH THE LIST OF EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE BEEN TESTED(OBSERVED) IN ITS LENGTHLY LIST YOU WILL SEE SOME EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN GIVE A FAILING MARK. THIS INFO IS ENTERED INTO THE EMPLOYEES PERSONNEL RECORDS AND IS RETAINED FOR FUTURE USE IN PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE. IT IS ASSOLUTLELY NO ONE ELSES BUSINESS IF YOU HAVE OF HAVE NOT RECIEVED A PASSING OR FAILING MARK. ESPECIALLY A FAILING MARK! THIS ALLOW AN INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY AND OPENS THE DOOR FOR OTHER EMPLOYEES TO TEASE, HARRASS OR GOSSIP ABOUT YOUR MARKS/DISCIPLINE WHICH IS ABSOLUTLEY NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS. IF YOU SEE YOUR NAME WITH A FAILING MARK YOU NEED TO IMMEDIATELY CALL THE ETHICS HOTLINE AND FILE A COMPLAINT AND DEMAND THAT IT BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY! NOTIFY YOUR LOCAL CHAIRMAN AND FILE A COMPLAINT AS WELL.   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 01 January 2014 You guys are idiots... This web site is called CSX SUCKS not LBT SUCKS.. You idiots, we don't care how many people that lady dates... Focus on the company... Cry babies   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 31 December 2013 Hey no judgment here!!!! Maybe his old lady is one of those nut jobs that bangs her own head against a wall and then calls 5-0 for a domestic disturbance. Some of these railroader wives no what they are entitled to and how much time to put in so they get what they want. I haven't been railroading for long but in my short time I have seen some gold digging wives of railroaders. I wouldn't put it put it past some of these women to pull crap like that. I work with several guys who actually get an allowance from their stay at home wives with the money they bring home..it blows my mind.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 December 2013 If your biggest worries are trying to sneak by the company with your personal criminal history, maybe the paycheck isn't your #1 priority. Act line an adult.. get back to work. I'm sure there are plenty out there who would love your job/paycheck.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 December 2013 Merry Christmas T&E employees! Especially the employees who have been HARASSED, INTIMIDATED, and FIRED by this unethical outfit that calls themselves a railroad! CSX DOES SUCK!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 December 2013 Legal troubles... Its a growing trend these days when any company gets wind of one of their employees are in any kind of legal trouble to take action. In most cases its separation because the company is only concerned with their public image. As long as your story stays out of all media you might be able to go on undetected. If you are convicted and the company conducts a background check on you, you might have some questions to answer. I guess best case scenario is you make all of your court dates and serve you punishment with out disrupting your attendance record. If you start missing a lot of time im sure someone is going to start snooping. The worse case scenario is conviction comes with some time to serve and then how do you explain all that. Hopefully your lawyer works up a plea deal if it looks like your going down for the charge. One of my coworkers got arrested for domestic violence...was convicted... his sentence was for him and his wife to attend classes and pay a fine...no jail time. All his court dates were on days off and same with his classes. He lucked out.   Name: JP E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 December 2013 Are you pissed at CSX.. Are you pissed at your Union.. You could do something about it and Join Railroad Workers United... Check us out.. www.railroadworkersunited.org   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 December 2013 ACL Man here... Thank you guys for all of your advice. My surgery is scheduled for next week. I absolutely have to have it repaired got a second opinion and everything. I am trying to be objective through all this and I think I am going to wait to see how the company treats me before I take any other action. Their actions will dictate mine. I have some lawyers recommended by my union but will wait to call them until the company gives me reason to. Thanks again to all... wish me luck under the knife... and everyone have a great holiday season. Take care all. Be safe out there.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 December 2013 Mr ACl man, make sure you ask your Fela attorney which union he works for before you hire him...lol Stay away from Dr Tia Chung (orthopedics) in Montgomery Al, he is a yes man for you know who...lol By the way it sounds like you have a few union men giving you some advice...lol Ask yourself if there working for the union or csx or both.... Watch out for snakes csx is full of them......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 December 2013 Mr ACL Man: You can expect anything, I was off with a shoulder injury and csx went as far as having someone approach my mom and niece in a parking lot, I now know who they hired to do this...can you say payback...lol (Bucket list) They even got to my Attorney, he was a Union Attorney (TCU) but didn't tell me until it was over.... So you can expect anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And they will get away with it to!!!!! Forget about the EEOC to, they found for me, but refused to help me, Does that tell you anything????   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 1-10 years Posted: 10 December 2013 Hello Gang!!! I was hurt at work (torn ACL). I require surgery. I just would like some advice from some Railroad Veterans... Is the company going to find a way to fire me? Should I be looking for CSX employees to be disguised as telephone workers to conduct surveillance on me, tap my phone, monitor my internet usage? I feel like I am in for a wild ride with this company. Any advice? Any I deal what I could look forward to for damages? Any insight would be great. Thanks.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 December 2013 {SEX at CSX}...lol I worked for csx for almost 13 years before I was set up, harassed, threaten and terminated I seen a trainmaster that is now with the FRA go after many women and get a few of them according to him....lol I seen a terminal trainmaster (female) with another woman setting in her lap kissing...LMAO The same woman that was setting in her lap was having sex with another trainmaster a year or so before that....lol But she was a switch hitter and when your a switch hitter or just gay and you are willing to do anything for csx, they will reward you.....lol Just like the newest clerk that is now in Jacksonville, she had been arrested for various things and caught stealing from csx, but there was nothing she wouldn't do for csx, now she's in Jacksonville where she belongs.... You guys in Montgomery know who she is....lol CSX does not terminated these kind of people, they move them from state to state or move them back to their old jobs, you know how it goes!!! From a Clerk to a trainmaster back to a clerk..... Or back to an Engineer, isn't that right Danny Boy........LMAO Sometimes if you just keep your mouth shut and don't do your union job (TCU) like you should, csx will move you from Birmingham to Jacksonville as well, no name needed here, everybody in Birmingham knows who you are ....lol I need to write a book.... Before I forget, I was told by a (TCU) union man in Jacksonville that all CSX had to do was make a request and he would remove any part of your agreement that they wanted to be removed, now for all of you people that believe your union in Jacksonville is ready to protect you...lol Get Real   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 03 December 2013 In reply to the Retired FRA inspector, the only way I could prove it, is if I could get the FBI to interview the people that was there, I have informed the EEOC, but they had already closed my case and refused to re-open it.... The EEOC did find for me, but would not help me in any way, so that tells me that csx has a lot of pull with the Government.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 December 2013 Thanks to the person who replied to ljohnnyappleseed@aol.com with the lawyers info. Unfortunately my Wife deleted this message (so I can't contact them)and I am hoping that you'd be kind enough to reply again to my email address with that same info. Thank you very much for your response. E-mail: ljohnnyappleseed@aol.com Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 December 2013 I'm looking for reply to anyone who knows of a good lawyer to "Sue" CSX for a wrongful termination suit. I am a 20 year carman with CSX who already has a lawyer also working with OSHA on a whistleblower retaliation claim against CSX. CSX unfortunately fired me for a single instance of going home sick and foreman said I never Iinformed him; in 20 years I've never had a single instance of any kind of late or absent fron work issue ever. This same foreman in the past 2 years let another employee get away continually with not coming in on time/leaving early and even not showing up for work at all without permission and nothing happened to him. But because I turned that foreman in for falsely reporting me as the cause of a derailment he in turned put me up on charges of leaving work without permission which CSX fired me. SO I ask any and all of you if you know of any lawyer who can help me sue CSX for this. Please reply to ljohnnyappleseed@aol.com.Thanks.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 December 2013 Other, non-employee, for N/A: If you can prove those allegations against your union representative, it seems to me that you could sue him and the union. That may be what it takes to get the message out to all union reps that they can be held accountable.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 December 2013 I keep reading how much you guys dislike the unions, but no one does anything about it... Let me tell you about my union man. He stood in the Birmingham crew room or round house and listened to a man (Don) scream at other crews telling them how much he enjoyed setting me up and having me terminated, do you think he went to the head of the union (TCU) and told them ???? No he didn't, did you Mat !!! And you call yourself a Christian ????? He didn't even inform me of the time and date that my mediation was going to take place so I could defend myself.... I had to hear all of this from another Clerk out of Montgomery, both of these men called this clerk and told him about these events, didn't they Jason!!!! I've always heard what goes around, always comes back around to bite people in the A**, ""Trust me it will"" For all of you RR's that wonder about the FRA, just look at some of the people that work for them, most of them, but not all are former train masters, that will over look what the RR's are doing... I had a former train master ask me every day if a switch was right and this same man now has a job with the FRA....lol You guys in Montgomery know who he is.... The same man that would stand in front of you with his fist clinched and try to tell you what to do and intimidate people....Wowwwwwwww   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 02 December 2013 I posted the truth about being harassed, set up and terminated and the truth about my TCU union man (Mat) finding out about it or hearing a man (Don) in the round house (Birmingham) screaming that he helped set me up, its under the Harassment section of this thing if anyone wants to read it.... One thing I can't understand is how the "EEOC" can find for me and not help me sue CSXT or help me in any way???? Does anyone know the answer to that?????   Name: E-mail: ljohnnyappleseed@aol.com Employed as: Car repair, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 December 2013 I'm looking for reply to anyone who knows of a good lawyer to "Sue" CSX for a wrongful termination suit. I am a 20 year carman with CSX who already has a lawyer also working with OSHA on a whistleblower retaliation claim against CSX. CSX unfortunately fired me for a single instance of going home sick and foreman said I never Iinformed him; in 20 years I've never had a single instance of any kind of late or absent fron work issue ever. This same foreman in the past 2 years let another employee get away continually with not coming in on time/leaving early and even not showing up for work at all without permission and nothing happened to him. But because I turned that foreman in for falsely reporting me as the cause of a derailment he in turned put me up on charges of leaving work without permission which CSX fired me. SO I ask any and all of you if you know of any lawyer who can help me sue CSX for this. Please reply to ljohnnyappleseed@aol.com.Thanks.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 30 November 2013 Great Lakes: Several years ago I investigated that practice of deadheading crews on trailing locomotives between Willard and Chicago. I did smell fumes while riding in the cab of a trailing GE, with another GE in the lead. Those fumes also made me nauseous. I reported that to CSX management but was not able to take any official action as FRA does not regulate products of combustion after they are released from the exhaust stacks and into the atmosphere. Perhaps that is when you received that dispatcher rule.   Name: Great Lakes E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 30 November 2013 This is what upsets me about CSX rules. On our dispatching computers, We have a ton of rules called 'Dispatcher Procedural Instructions' or PTIs. Only we see these rules. No engineers, conductors, engineering, signals, ect. see these. A few years back, some crew was picked up by a passing train and put on the second locomotive for a deadhead. When they got home, they complained about being sick and smelling fumes from the head loco. And of course a new 'rule' came out for us not to put crews on the 2nd/3rd/4th engines. CSX needs to make these rules available for everyone to see and just not us. .   Name: Company E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for Less than 1 year Posted: 28 November 2013 Happy Thanksgiving you piss ants. 365 days in a year and we can't shut down for the holidays. So grab that turkey leg and work boots and get to work.. Our bonus depends on you..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 November 2013 November 26, 2013....and CSX STILL SUCKS!!!!!!!   Name: Asking E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 November 2013 I forgot .. Please post names and location of managers that were hired in there home location.......thanks so much   Name: Asking E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 November 2013 Serious question ... Does anybody know if anyone has been hired in there own territory as manager Within the last six years? This is very important..CSX SUCKS HARD!!!!!!! Thanks guys have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas.......   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 25 November 2013 Goofer: Lucifer commands you to submit to him. Hallelujah! Amen!   Name: Goober E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 25 November 2013 Now I am Doomed. I hate that.I know the poster is a person of the lord, and must be connected to the powers above. Wonder if the lord said that or this pimp did, or was it a gift in the night.. Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 20 November 2013 No Gooby, you will be taken by the Devil himself and forced to spend an eternity in hell!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Yard Master, for 1-10 years Posted: 24 November 2013 Ryan Barrs, radnor switchman/conductor, was caught doing gay porn. I saw it with my own eyes. Ryan barrs sucks dick, literally and figuratively.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for Less than 1 year Posted: 20 November 2013 No Gooby, you will be taken by the Devil himself and forced to spend an eternity in hell!   Name: Goober E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 November 2013 Ok got it. I am so sorry. will I get my vacation time, and day's off or are they also gone? Dang lost another job. Goofy. What a dumbass post. Name: Top Management E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 November 2013 Goober: We do not know your identity because the IP address you post from is not immediately available to us. However, we believe you are a member of our lower or mid level management. We are therefore asking you to cease posting on this site. This site has already embarrassed us for far too long, and we don't need to have our management employees creating even more embarrassment.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 19 November 2013 they treat me bad   Name: Top Management E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 November 2013 Goober: We do not know your identity because the IP address you post from is not immediately available to us. However, we believe you are a member of our lower or mid level management. We are therefore asking you to cease posting on this site. This site has already embarrassed us for far too long, and we don't need to have our management employees creating even more embarrassment.   Name: Goober E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 November 2013 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 November 2013 Contract says you have 48 hours to make a move once displaced. CSX says you have 12 hours. Union response a year and a half after CSX started charging conductors for "attendance" violations. "Sign off on the charge, avoid investigation, and only take 12 hours to make a move." Thanks Steve (who's office happens to be in Jacksonville)!!! I'm glad I pay you 120 bucks a month to side with the company and not enforce our contract!!!---------------------------------------------------------- NOW, this is called STUPID! 120.00 per month for what? Good lord help the stupid survive.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 11 November 2013 Contract says you have 48 hours to make a move once displaced. CSX says you have 12 hours. Union response a year and a half after CSX started charging conductors for "attendance" violations. "Sign off on the charge, avoid investigation, and only take 12 hours to make a move." Thanks Steve (who's office happens to be in Jacksonville)!!! I'm glad I pay you 120 bucks a month to side with the company and not enforce our contract!!!   Name: Ticked off E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 November 2013 BLET/UTU SUCKS .......... Not the unions that we once had..... BLET/UTU BOUGHT AND PAID FOR.... Period .... FACT.   Name: Ticked off E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 October 2013 It's Time to dump our unions and find other means of protection. BLET/UTU are bought and paid for period. BLET/UTU SUCKS.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 October 2013 To learn more about the HBO documentary described below, click on the following link: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-union   Name: Investigative Reporter E-mail: arealpatriot.org Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 19 October 2013 HBO Documentary on Rail/Union Corruption: The two-hour documentary will uncover all the back-door deals on how the railroads bribe local and division union officers....In a recent "FRSA" complaint case; an Administrative Law Judge sited that complaints about union corruption ("if legit") cannot be litigated in FRSA claims.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 19 October 2013 Why is it union meetings were standing room only 10 years when today they can barely get a quarem (6 people) to hold a meeting. Union is only as strong as it's members.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 19 October 2013 LMAO! Ms Mac gets fired from management training for being late. That's hysterical. At least it shows CSX doesn't discriminate. Then she tries to file for unemployment. I needed a laugh.   Name: Phoenix Rising E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 October 2013 Frustration with most unions is rampant. Attendance is down everywhere. The current unions representing the RR crafts has been less than active in growing the locals, educating their representatives properly in the agreements/contracts, writing claims and grievances properly, and selecting or encouraging stewards to step up and learn the ropes. The rank-and-file are working under the same old hand-me-down union culture that's existed for too many decades. One of the worst, most negligent, sides to the culture,imho, is the lack of cohesion between the unions. The "step on my brothers' toes, you've stepped on mine" bond is non-existent. Power in numbers. The union leadership, especially at the local level, need to schedule regular meetings, review each crafts on-going problems, (thru a council) and agree to support each other when "legitimate" work issues are ignored by the carrier. Call a Work-to-Rule, across the board, with the council's majority vote. Example: Watch what's going at the Port-of-Baltimore right now, over the past 3 days, with the I.L.A union AND supporting unions. They have a "no-strike" clause in their contract(s) as well. I'm sure one of their "reps" from the International would be happy to talk with any group of "frustrated" union rr workers. Be discreet. Never been a better time, in the last hundred years, to (re)organize.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 October 2013 Conductor, for 1-10 years, One of the reasons that unions need more money than ever for political action committees is because the lunatics at the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people, and can donate to political candidates accordingly. And until union workers start voting for the pro-union candidates this situation will only get worse. Another factor is that the ranks of union membership have fallen to such low levels. Unions in the North are having to pay more today to support friendly candidates because all of the non-union workers in the South pay nothing. The seeds of anti-union sentiment were sowed wisely by corporate America and the Republican Party. And even a few turn-coat Democrats have thrown fertilizer (bullshit) on those seeds. I don't blame you folks for balking at all of the money unions ask for. I paid union dues when I was a Machinist on the C&O and it seemed like a lot even then. There is no doubt ways that unions could spend their money more wisely. But standing up politically to the fat cats of today's corporate America takes deep pockets. We are basically now really starting to feel the effects of the Republican trickle down policy that started with Howdy Duty (Reagan). I remember Archie Bunker, who was a die-hard Reagan fan, saying that the working people would be tinkled down on, and boy was he right!   Name: Distressed E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 October 2013 Every UTU union meeting I have been too lately is nothing more than a high pressure sales pitch from the UTU State Legislative Director for the UTU PAC fund. With the money these Union officers are making, maybe they should donate more of their paycheck and get off our ass. Their are several guys who have stopped going to Union Meetings due to the endless pressure of signing up.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 15 October 2013 Sorry I can not stop Laughing,,,,Fired the first DAY. Ms.Mac Railroad time is ON TIME EVERY TIME. This not Walmart. Name: Ms.Mac E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 October 2013 Am I the first??? I was wrongfully terminated during management training for being late. I filed for unemployment and they said I was terminated for attendance when there was no official policy in place. Does this happen a lot or just if someone doesn't keep their opinions to themselves?   Name: Ms.Mac E-mail: Employed as: M of W, for Less than 1 year Posted: 14 October 2013 Am I the first??? I was wrongfully terminated during management training for being late. I filed for unemployment and they said I was terminated for attendance when there was no official policy in place. Does this happen a lot or just if someone doesn't keep their opinions to themselves?   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 11 October 2013 IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR JOBS? TAKE THE EASY ROAD? THE EASY WAY OUT?........DO THE COMPANY FAVORS! BE FRIENDS WITH THE TRAIN MASTER BE FRIENDS WITH THE ROAD FOREMAN ! KISS ALL THE ASS YOU CAN! DON'T LISTEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A FEW YEARS! HELL? WHO CARES ANYHOW YOUR MAKING YOUR BIG BUX THERE'S NO BODY TO CARE ABOUT BUT YOU ! YOU DON'T NEED TO PAY ALL YOUR UNION DUES WHY BOTHER? ITS A WASTE OF YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ! OH YA ALMOST FORGOT THIS ONE? WHY NOT STAB YOUR FELLOW UNION WORKERS IN THE BACK ! JUST A FINAL THOUGHT FOLKS ALL RAILROADS HAVE YOU UNDER THEIR THUMB UNTIL YOU GET KILLED ON THE JOB ,GET FIRED, OR JUST PLAIN QUIT, HMMM GO ON DISABILITY? PAID MY DUES FOR OVER 30 YEARS DIDN'T LIKE IT ! BUT THE UNION SAVED MY JOB AGAINST PETTY CHARGES ! ALL TRUMPED UP! ON ONE OCCASION I DID SERVE TIME FOR A WRONG ACTION AND GLAD FULLY ACCEPTED DAYS OVERHEAD INSTEAD OF JUST BEING FIRED ! DO YOU WANT A JOB WHERE THEY CAN FIRE YOU AT WILL?.......BE CAREFUL AND USE DUE PROCESS IF YOUR UNION MAN WONT GO TO BAT FOR YOU GO THE NEXT STEP IN A TIMELY MANNER KEEP USING THE PROPER STEPS AND APPEAL EVERYTHING YOU CAN EVEN IF YOUR GUILTY! KEEP GOOD RECORDS ! WAS BLOWING OFF STEAM HERE NOT RAILROAD RELATED WORK SAFE ! BE SAFE ! DON'T CUT CORNERS!   Name: I heard that E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 October 2013 Step 1 Complain to the union leadership. If the problem is local to your union, union leaders may be able to help you by pressuring their members to shape up. However, keep in mind that union leaders work for your employees, not you. They will not take an action that is contrary to the broad interests of their members. They may be willing to help you deal with a rogue employee or union shop leader who is violating the law or threatening union interests. Step 2 Contact your state's Department of Labor Development or Department of Industrial Relations. Each state has an executive branch agency responsible for enforcing state labor laws and facilitating good relations between labor and business interests. Each state has different specific laws and procedures. Step 3 Complain to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This is a federal agency responsible for enforcing federal labor laws and has jurisdiction over union violations of the law as well as employer violations. They can help you with mediation services and even law enforcement resources, via the U.S. Department of Labor. To file a complaint, contact the regional NLRB office nearest you. File an NLRB Form 508 - Charge Against Labor Organization or its Agents.   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 04 October 2013 Csx does suck.But think about this " We pay our unions to protect our rights as CSX employees and they have sold us out. Our angry should be channelled at the unions. The BLET/UTU SUCKS WORSE. By no means I'm I taking up for this sorry worthless outfit but it's true. Can we complain to the better business bureau on the blet/utu??? Something needs to be done fast. The new contracts are approaching!!!! BLET/UTU SUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Name: John Q. Public E-mail: saveamerica.org Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 03 October 2013 Budget Crisis: Railroaders are in a unique position in saving the country from imminent doom...GO ON STRIKE AND FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS!   Name: Big C E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 02 October 2013 Anyone asking why Csx doesn't cover grandparents anymore our great union traded it in our last contract now we get off for grandkids instead of grandparents. Saves the company a lot of money. Not to many people will take off for the death of a grandkid in their entire career. your union must have got a big kick back check for that.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 October 2013 same site more info on atom ! http://whois.domaintools.com/smasher.org   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 October 2013 last post link bad use this one to see who owns this site ! http://whois.domaintools.com/csx-sucks.com   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 01 October 2013 IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO OWNS THIS SITE ? USE THIS LINK ! http://www.whois.net/   Name: Loco E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 September 2013 I hate CSX.. Keep hiring those management BOYS to supervise MAN. Lol.. Sorriest company that I have ever seen.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 September 2013 Hello All, I currently work for CP as a conductor. I am trying to relocate to NY and have found openings for conductors. After reading this site should I be concerned? CP is running the same way as the descriptions that I'm reading here and I'm not sure i can handle another 20 years of it! Does anyone know about Selkirk division? Where/how it runs? Should I just say screw it and look elsewhere? Thanks in advance 2 1/2 years conductor, 1 year yard clerk, 10 years service center clerk   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 September 2013 KANDY DANCER YOU SAY YOU WERE C&O SIGNALS FOR 12 YEARS? IN WHAT CAPACITY? EITHER WAY, YOU HAVE A LOT OF INPUT FOR THIS SIGHT. TELL US SOME OF YOUR STORIES. MAN UP!   Name: ????? E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for N/A Posted: 16 September 2013 Does anyone know for sure that atom smasher still owns this site. Could it have been acquired by someone at csx? How do you find out if it wasn't taken over by them when it was down and up for renewal?   Name: disappointed E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 September 2013 FRA NOT THE LEAST!!! In fact I was hoping the site was down while atom was changing the format and putting a notice out that things have changed. NO MORE VULGAR FILTH AND NASTY NAME CALLING! All post of that nature will be blocked out. I was hoping he would also announce that he installed a tougher hacker program and would assure that csx couldn't go after anyone on this site for posting the truth and whistleblowing on here. So much for that fantasy! This site went to hell years ago because everyone is scared to address the real violations that are going on everyday in the yards and on the road. Its a shame. This use to be a site that did make some impact. I know that for a fact! I had been approached by several supervisors who read this site about damaging post that were true and the company wasn't happy with it.... so much for any of that anymore!   Name: KandyDancer E-mail: Kg4cnc@yahoo.com Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 August 2013 Worked for CSX ( C+O ) in the track gangs 10 yrs-----OH ..KY..WV . Transfe Ed to the signal dept for 12 yrs then CSX , .. VA..NC..SC..GA..AL..FL .   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 August 2013 I don't know much about this Frulla, but i can tell you this much...The Northern Region has been losing officials left and right to the Genesee & Wyoming, and a few more just recently. Not only do the employees hate this place, but management as well. Just goes to show that you can beat a dog into the ground until he bleeds, but you won't get obedience, he will just run away from home. Its so sad how they are approaching people right out of conductor school to become trainmasters because what kind of experience do you need to hide in the weeds and watch people? When I started out here, you never saw the trainmaster because they were more focused on moving freight. Today its like a circus train that brings the show to town, yet the show never leaves.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 22 August 2013 UPDATE: Someone posted a while back that Bob Frulla was leaving Huntington HQ. Friend of mine is in Huntington this morning. I asked him about the rumor if Frulla was tranferring to the Northern Region. He asked Bob it's just a rumor. So, I guess ya'll have him for a while longer.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 18 August 2013 To: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years The Bereavement Policy for craft employees is a matter of the contract that we work under. My Grandfather died last year, and it was not covered under the UTU's contract, so they told me I couldn't have the day off. Talked to my trainmaster and he got me a couple days off to go to the service. If you don't like the policy, make sure you go to the union meetings and let them know. If you're in a pinch, talk to your LC or boss and see if they can work something out.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 August 2013 SMH The vice local chairman is supposed to report to his LC "BEFORE" he/she does anything. Like other unions with chief stewards who have job stewards to help them, THE RULE IS THE SAME! If the vice has gone rogue then he/she needs to be removed. The ONLY TIME a vice should go over his LC's head is if the LC is violating the members rights and getting under the sheets with management. Then the International should get involved. Could be this vice has done something seriously wrong and has made some agreement with management to give then 2 other birds in replace of him/her. The LC needs to do a little more digging into this matter. Hell, all the LC's in the area should be looking into this. THERE IS NO PLACE FOR A ROGUE UNION REP ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY. MEMBERS COME FIRST. NO SLEEPING WITH MANAGEMENT. NO HORSETRADING AND NEVER EVER EVER THROWING MEMBERS UNDER THE BUS TO SAVE SOMEONE ELSE   Name: Dr. X E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for N/A Posted: 12 August 2013 Diagnosis: the crap is still flowing freely out the mouths of RRJackAss and HoMoNoMoGetaLifeYouDeadBeat. AtomSqueezer must be off whacking his subliminess smallness schweicher nodule, his brain cancer is terminal. Prognosis: Death by Bullshit. Cure: jump in front of a cement truck on Interstate 99. Nothing else will cure these old pathetic geezers. CSX wizened words of the day: "shut the fuck up, stupid". Courtesey of your CSX management team. Only sane person on here: Robert Pines NoMo, tell your wife that her next proctology exam with me is tonignt at 10pm, room 620, Hilton Hotel. Tell her to Bring some extra coconut oil this time.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 08 August 2013 HELP!!! Still cant find out or get an answer as to why Grandma and Grandpa are not covered under CSX'S bereavement policy. Still digging!! Can anyone help! Remember to mark your calendars so you don't forget to take the day on sept 8th to honor and show respect to your grandparents!   Name: Happy clown E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 August 2013 Frulla will be the new V.P of the northern region effective Sept 1....   Name: What next E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 August 2013 Heard Frulla was going to the northern region, not sure what position he was promoted to. This was from Jacksonville.Scheduled to take place around September 1.   Name: Boyles E-mail: RETIRED Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 07 August 2013 People,,,,,I retired 13 years ago,,,,,I got out while getting was good... THE UNION SOLD US OUT THEN,,I KNOW IT IS WORSE NOW.!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 August 2013 To: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Why doesn't CSXT cover grandparents under there bereavement policy? The only way a person can answer that is to look at this railroad for the way that it is. They are just the opposite of what they preach to be, they are an unethical company! They don't care about there employees, they are constantly out to fire everyone with unethical tricks & games, and pathetic rules. When an employee retires after 40 yrs of uninjured service, they hand him a cheap wrist watch and tell him he is trespassing if he steps foot back on the property. There are a good number of people hitting the door right after marking up after conductor school as well. CSX DOES SUCK!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years Posted: 06 August 2013 FRA Retired Don't let the piece of trash get to you. You are obviously hitting a nerve with someone. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND REPORTING! Question to everyone Does anyone know why csx refuses to cover grandparents under their bereavement policy? I cant understand for the life of me why they would not but yet they cover aunts, uncles and even In Laws. Im sorry but I think In Laws take a back seat to Grandma and Grandpa. A lot of people are raised by their Grandparents and I think its insulting to leave them out. Several people have tried to get the day off to attend their funerals and were told NO! Has anyone heard their reasons for this denial? Don't forget to schedule a day off if you can on September 8th. This is Grandparents day! Show them the respect they deserve while they are still alive. Obviously you wont be able to when they pass!!!!!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 August 2013 Active FRA: Let's get something straight right now whoever you are, I retired on my own free will. I was even asked not to retire by my supervisor. He stated, "I wish you wouldn't retire." And I might just sue your ass off for falsely accusing me of stealing. A court order would quickly reveal your identity. You are the one that is lying! And another thing, I wasn't paid overtime for working nights and weekends. I worked nights and weekends because FRA management requested that we do so. And your statement that I said overtime pays me what I was worth is another bald face lie. You are a real piece of work! I retired because I could. I had the time and I was tired of dealing with asshole trainmasters and superintendents. And because FRA Region 2 no longer supported regulatory enforcement the way they once did, retirement was a done deal for me. Yes I did generally inspect outbound trains. And if CSX had done its job there would have been no delays. I was finding numerous defects that should have been identified during CSX inspections. If CSX had made the trains right there would have been no delays. I never cared that trains were delayed because they did not comply with FRA regulations. I did not take an oath to facilitate on-time train departures. I was doing my job in the most effective manner possible. And because of that, I was bullied and stalked by Terminal Superintendent Rob Burkett and Trainmaster Lennon Givens. The Lake Township Police put a stop to the actions of those individuals and there is a record of that. I understand that Givens was transferred to Chicago shortly thereafter. I strongly suspect that you are a CSX Superintendent or Trainmaster and identified yourself as "Active FRA." Perhaps you are Rob Burkett. Regardless of who the hell you are, I am proud of my record at FRA. And I was never in any kind of trouble or reprimanded for anything. I constantly received distinguished evaluations for my work. There were very few inspectors that were finding more defects or writing more violations than me. So, you piece of shit, crawl back under your rock with all of the other snakes!   Name: Active FRA E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 August 2013 Hey retired FRA...Your name is Robert Lusher... I find it funny after you were forced to quit the FRA that you now stoop to this...Man just get over it...You got caught stealing and where run out of the FRA...The facts are that you only worked when you could claim overtime nights & weekends...You made the statement that "the overtime rate is the only rate that pays you what your worth"... You where recorded on video breaking many safety rules...Finally you only wanted to make inspections on outbound trains to maximize your impact to operations which you where also recorded saying... The only thing that you spew that is true is that you are retired... BY CHOICE THOUGH...YOU COULD HAVE ELECTED TO BE FIRED!!! Enjoy your retirement Robert...You piece of S****!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 August 2013 This has to be one of the most pathetic companies I've ever worked. The Nazi management style is so unprofessional, not that its there fault because they just take orders from the Führer himself. On the Northern Region, management is exiting the doors faster than you can count. A large number of them have left to work for the Genesee & Wyoming railroad. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT CSXT? Even management is fed up with this circus..LMAO! Now the remaining trainmasters are approaching conductors right out of school, trying desperately to recruit them into management with no prior railroad experience, but nobody wants the job..lol. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT THE CSXT MANAGEMENT STYLE? Its about time these clowns realize that Tony Ingram is gone, and his unethical practices don't work. CSXT isn't going to accomplish anything if the employees hate them, and they do! CSX DOES SUCK!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 03 August 2013 "Tired of whining" I practiced what I wrote, now what are you going to do?   Name: E-mail: broken_rail@hotmail.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 02 August 2013 With all the harassment and discipline being handed out by CSX, it's time to band together and do something about it! Don't just sit on your ass with a passive attitude. I reads all this whining about how bad this place is to work, but never any action taken break it off in CSX's ass. It is a known fact that this company cares little about you. All they care about is the bottom line. They deny legitimate claims, pay claims for pennies on the dollar, cheat you out of overtime, lunch violations etc. The list goes on and on. And what do we do, we let them with out retaliation. Time to band together and make THEM suffer. CSX hates bad publicity. 1. RCO crews, work BY THE RULES ! There is no reason for you to hurry. You will not be rewarded for your performance, you will just get another switch list handed to you. Early quit? was it worth busting your ass over 30 minutes?? Risk life or limb to help these greedy fuckers increase their profits off the backs of trainmen? Get hurt and see how quickly they dis-own you. 2. Take your allotted heat / cold weather breaks. Remember, CSX educates it's employees on proper hydration, heat/cold exposure. You are allowed to seek relief when necessary. There is NO time limits between seeking relief from extreme heat or cold. 3.Walk slowly, especially on road ballast. If you slip, trip, fall while performing your duties, make damn sure you report it. Most of all, ensure you have on the required footwear. Road ballast is the most common cause of injuries. 4.No favors! Do not take " short calls" from the CMC. If they screw up and forget to call someone to fill a vacancy, that's not your fault. Take your 2-3 hour call. Delayed trains cause back-ups. Pisses off the customers as well. 4. If a company official asks for a favor, and we all know they do from time to time to make themselves look good and break a few rules in the process, cover your ass! You are not going to be charged for NOT breaking a rule. Who will defend you if you fuck up? Not that official that asked for the favor..... you can be sure of that. 5. Make sure you are "on time". Being late can invite a charge of delaying trains etc. Have all your bulletins, train orders and job briefing when on CSX time. You do not have to perform any duties while off the clock. You responsibilities start at the beginning of your on duty time. Not 20 minutes before. So make coffee, change your shoes etc. But do not pull your train orders off the printer until you are actually getting paid. What are CSX pricks going to do to you? Your not allowed to perform ANY duties on property unless you are on duty. These CSX officials could even charge you with being on the property illegally if you get to work too early. Fuck them with their own rules. 6. FMLA If you have to have it, get it. CSX bastards hate to have anyone on FMLA. It takes the fun out of CMC intimidating you to work. 7. Quit bitching about your Union and get involved. They are not the real enemy. Granted, they seem to be in bed with the company recently. 8. Engineers need to do a thorough "calendar day inspection" of locomotives when necessary. Especially when on overtime. Note ALL defects. And most of all, the defects require a visit from the repair facility. Nothing pisses CSX off more than having a locomotive reported that needs repair. And the toilet issue, nothing needs to be said there. We all know CSX locomotives are some of the worst. CSX could care less about your comfort while sitting on a hot, stinky locomotive for 12 plus hours. 9. Stop way short of any hand throw switch when coming into the yards. So the conductor has to walk a little. Slow down. Keep the yard crews from doing their job just causes more delays for outbound trains. And we all know how these CSX pricks like to lie about actual departure times. You don't need to go 10 mph in the yard, that's just the limit. 10. DO NOT take a train over territory you are not qualified on. Even if you have operated on that territory years ago. You are not allowed to operate on a division/sub division that you had done over one or two years ago. CSX would nail your ass to the wall if you took a train while doing them a favor, and you had some sort of mishap. These fuckers would be the first to crucify you. What is your defense? 11. You cannot refuse to do what you are told by any officials. If ordered to do something unsafe, call the FRA or OSHA. CSX loves having been "dimed" to the Feds. I know, I called OSHA on them many times. Make sure you have names, dates, and places when reporting. Witnesses as well. 12. Never, ever give lengthy written statements to any officials for what ever mishap you were involved.. Keep is as short as possible. This is just going to be used against you in any investigation. You may forget what you wrote. And make a copy for yourself. 13. DO NOT TRUST ANY OFFICIAL ! Regardless of your cozy relationship with them. In the end, they will protect their ass, not yours. You are a liability in the eyes of CSX management. I would also suggest any and all CSX former employees that have been terminated to contact me. I think we should all pay a visit to Jacksonville and stage a protest in front of their headquarters. What are they gonna do, fire us? Spread the word............... broken_rail@hotmail.com   Name: What next E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 01 August 2013 Frulla has been promoted!!!!!!!! He is leaving the huntington division very soon....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for N/A Posted: 01 August 2013 Think about it: It took Railroad CEO'S 150 years to finally generate obscene personal wealth. Lobby or bribe politicians to hire FRA Inspectors from their personnel management pool. Bribe local union officers to trash claims and pay the officers their personal created claims....When one union officer trashes hundreds of thousand dollars in claims, imagine the effect of twenty union officers doing the same thing system-wide. Who reaps the reward? Pay a bully Road Foreman of Engines 100,000 annually to instill fear in you (daily) from the moment you step on company property. The accumulated wealth of the top 5 railroad ceo's is over One Billion Dollars! TE&Y Employees are the only employees subjected daily torment of threats getting fired! Please post in your nearest ready room or send to Mike!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 July 2013 Don't listen to this guy that calls himself HOYER. He keeps posting the same garbage about Ashtabula, Ohio. Nearly everyone working in Ashtabula has been out of service for rule violations. What does that tell you about the place? It tells you that you can't break the rules there, and the place is no different from any other yard. It tells you that HOYER is spreading BS because he he doesn't like somebody at Ashtabula. They probably put him out of service and he's looking for pay back. More than anything, he makes himself look like a snitch bitch if the place really was that laid back. Get a life HOYER, you retard.   Name: hoyer E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 July 2013 If anyone wants to get away with breaking rules.Try the Great Lakes Division in northeast OHIO. At CP 128 to CP 130 Ashtabula, Ohio. I have seen plenty of rule breaking violations that go on all the time.They have 1 yard job and 3 local jobs and Anything GOES!!! Cleveland,Ohio might switch tag from time to time but that's it.But if you work in Ashtabula,Ohio there are no rules there at all.It's a free for all.Guys riding Hazmat tank cars on shoves,no stretching after a tie is made,getting on and off moving equipment,never doing any safety stops,they walk behind cars all the time to open up the knuckle,never asking for 3 step protection,they throw switches all day never once looking at the switch points.It's crazy and the train master there doesn't even got out and watch his employees,so he doesn't have to discipline them for what there are doing.It's all about the money out there and that yard makes a lot of MONEY.So rule breaking is OK it makes the train master look good,profit wise to CSX. If CSX or the FRA would go out there and see what is really going on,that yard would be SHUT DOWN PERIOD.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 31 July 2013 I like how I got an email from my piece of shot LC Wesley Griffin about a meeting he went to in Boston. He carried all his little buddies with him. There was a list of all in attendance and these fuckers from Fitzgerald outnumber terminals of larger sizes. Good to know my dues are sending that faggit pussy bitch and his company cock sucking friends on vacation.   Name: Spencer Clawson Fan Club E-mail: bigbrother5.org Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 29 July 2013 All Rails: Watch BigBrothers5 on CBS after 60 Minutes. One of your own is live in the flesh on this reality show. In fact, Goggle him and see the remarks that's been made! Enjoy! Spencer Clawson's Fan Club...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 29 July 2013 July 29, 2013 and CSX STILL SUCKS!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 July 2013 Attendance Policy and Laying-Off Sick: In the eyes of OSHA, the railroads cannot discipline any employee for laying-off sick...even from an off-duty injury. However the carriers can request limited-medical information from your provider. There are several FELA firms that are willingly accepting cases from train and engine employees who were discipline for laying-off sick. Due to a recent court ruling, FELA firms were awarded their maximum hourly rate for services rendered instead of the outdated 125 hourly federally mandated rate. Imagine a carrier refusing a sick employee the right to lay-off and that employee is involved in a tragic accident. The liability would be unlimited to the carrier. Source: TrainLawBolg.com   Name: Jim E-mail: blt4speed@hotmail.com Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 28 July 2013 Does anyone have any information on anyone terminated for step 3 absenteeism"? Need some information on who, when and where, and if they signed waivers to get their jobs back or went to arbitration   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 27 July 2013 Locomotive Slave: I work on the Northern Region, former Conrail. We worked under the national contract the longest and stayed away from the single system agreement because we knew it was a sham. After a few years, the corporate greedy pricks called out the lawyers forcing it upon us. The whole single system agreement isn't bad. Your are right though, the bonus program is a total joke compared to national wage increases. The bonuses will continue to decrease even as the company profits, thats there plan. As for the bid system, I'm afraid it is here to stay. From what I understand, it isn't just CSX. The other railroads already are or will be doing the bid system. The bid system wasn't a bad thing at all until CSX implemented this unethical attendance policy. CSX has a vision of slave labor with no quality of life. CSX SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 July 2013 Just want to share my story. I was a conductor for 2 years with CSX. I was a yard conductor and RCO operator. Last summer on a remote job I let an inbound train thru my zones and after they reported clear my switchman and I failed to line the switch back. So we ran thru the switch and derailed 7 cars. I was taken out of service and charged with a major some how though the charges were rules 46, 104, 913a, 913c of which none are majors. I was found guilty and fired. I asked how I was fired and was told I willfully endangered employees, public and equipment. My union BLET did nothing. Thanks a lot BLET! I am now homeless. I hope whatever my local chairman got in exchange for my job was worth it.   Name: Locomotive slave E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 27 July 2013 WE NEED TO VOTE THIS SINGLE SYSTEM AGREEMENT/ Bonus/ bids out on the next contract . LETS GO BACK TO THE NATIONAL AVAERAGE WAGES. PLEASE DO THE MATH ... More money on the national average..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 23 July 2013 Hey Sad You should plug in on some CSX Math. Fruitloop is still there for a reason or reasons. He must have some connections in the CSX Family or has stuff on someone real high up. Pictures or video who knows. If it don't sound right then it must not be. There is always a breaking point. CSX read all these post so who knows just keep postin !!!   Name: Sad E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 18 July 2013 Yes... Frulla has destroyed the Huntington division,but if the upper management doesn't care so why should we.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 17 July 2013 This could be a better and more useful site if we focused on providing information that the company does not distribute, or in some cases does not even know. I don't mind pines, etc. but just don't pay much attention as most of his comments are not very important to my concerns.I DO like to know about co. policies, habits and policies of various employees, relevant outside information, etc. Peoples sex habits can be slightly amusing, but who really needs to know repeated details that are only significant to the couple involved? This is not Jerry Springer, folks.   Name: JFO E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 July 2013 To the Loco Ingineer addressing everyone and their brother that this site can be useful. LMFAO PineCone is a icon here like several others anyone can say what they want. You can take it up at the union meeting if it is not tabled to next meeting when you can not attend. You can keep stirring the pot here and make a name for yourself then maybe CSX will promote you into management like you desire Squeaky wheel gets some grease. Trust me when u get into management you will get enough grease and kool aid u will not feel a thing. JFO   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 13 July 2013 In response to Hoyer, Your an idiot!!! I guess union employees don't have enough issues with management harassment. I guess we needed you to dime out your fellow union brothers as well. Hope you feel really good about yourself. Pick a freaking side, management or union? Hope someone didn't lose their job, get time off, or written up over your crap.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 10 July 2013 To all CSX Employees. This site can be a useful tool to effect change. But you have to realize there WILL be Company moles, Internet Trolls and other assorted jerks that chime in. So Please do us all a favor and NOT respond to them, or be baited into their stupid arguments. If I see another argument with Pines and his followers I'm gonna puke. Just IGNORE THEM and they will eventually go away. These pukes obviously have NO life, that they spend so much time on a site about problems in an industry, that they know NOTHING about and have NO REAL connection to.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 July 2013 Nice post RRJ, Anyone that needs to cross the railroad, can call the number on the sign. Hell man the railroad will shut down for you. They just need a date and time, and place. Everyone will be safe, and a person will stand on the crossing, directing traffic for whatever time it takes. Never call and ya might just get whacked. Most of the time you will be safe and lucky. Kinda like speeding, it is fun until the lights go on in the rear view.   Name: Laughing E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 07 July 2013 You idiots prove everyday to the company that you are a bunch of back stabbing babies.You post thing about each other on here like a bunch of school girls.PLEASE READ THE NAME OF THIS WEB SIte. " C S X S U C K S ". Bunch of over paid girls.Band together and fight..Starting with the unions.   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 26 June 2013 Other.... Explain how you think someone dumped on me? 34 years at the throttle is being an expert. Pines, Holmes ect...all the mumbo jumbo is speculation. I don't know where my post from yesterday went but I explained the Midland, Texas incident was the fault of the city and parade organizers. None had contacted the UP to notify them about the parade. If they had done so a train order would of been issued for every train to slow down be on the look out at the specific milepost between set hours. I've had TO's where the railroad held trains back not allowing them to proceed between set hours. Without that protection trains are allowed to run max authorised speed. The train crew wouldn't have any knowledge of any possible obstructions. Go back and play with your toy train set.   Name: hoyer E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 June 2013 If anyone wants to get away with breaking rules.Try the Great Lakes Division in northeast OHIO. At CP 128 to CP 130 Ashtabula, Ohio. I have seen plenty of rule breaking violations that go on all the time.They have 1 yard job and 3 local jobs and Anything GOES!!! Cleveland,Ohio might switch tag from time to time but that's it.But if you work in Ashtabula,Ohio there are no rules there at all.It's a free for all.Guys riding Hazmat tank cars on shoves,no stretching after a tie is made,getting on and off moving equipment,never doing any safety stops,they walk behind cars all the time to open up the knuckle,never asking for 3 step protection,they throw switches all day never once looking at the switch points.It's crazy and the train master there doesn't even got out and watch his employees,so he doesn't have to discipline them for what there are doing.It's all about the money out there and that yard makes a lot of MONEY.So rule breaking is OK it makes the train master look good,profit wise to CSX. If CSX or the FRA would go out there and see what is really going on,that yard would be SHUT DOWN PERIOD.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 June 2013 CSX Transportation Right Results Right Way! Heard that one before? BS BS BS They Just fired a guy at SouthPoint in Jacksonville after the company violated a bunch of union rules as well as fmla rules. This very same employee has legally blind son who's charity was featured on the CSX Charity train. The very reason this charity the Foundation Fighting Blindness is on this charity train (which donated 25K each year to this foundation) is this employees son. His mom also works for CSX. Talk about Cold blunded...sponsoring 50k in donations while firing a guys father. NICE RIGH RESULTS RIGHT WAY!   Name: ==Todd Novac== E-mail: ==mad shitter .com== Employed as: Yard Master, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 June 2013 Well the news is out ,they have found out who is the MAD SHITTER at Collinwood yard , No better than ==Todd Novac === The mad shitter . at least oncea month some one shitts all over the bathroom . the cleaning woman wants to quit . I heard there is going be an hearing . and if found guilt ,He should get a swirley in the same crapper that he shits in . this is the same person who took money from our union the only way he came back is to be a company snitch . May a heard of monkeys shit on your head=== Todd novac===   Name: kyle E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years Posted: 11 June 2013 I dont know how others think, but when i was in high school there was rules we had to abide by, and it sort of sucked, sounded so damm stupid at the time, and i thought when i graduated high school, that would mean the end to chicken shit high school rules for me, then when i get on the railroad i get a book with over 200 rules that i must abide by to keep a job, i do recall a principle talking about insubornation, hell we was kids, we had no idea what they were tryhing to get into us, but i sure found out real fast on the rr what that term ment, plus obeying rules, its all a part of growing up but some do not grow up and dont know what will happen if the rules are disregarded, and those are the peeps who end up getting fired from a good paying job, that would be so embarrsing, getting fired from a good paying rr job and have to go back at working for min wage at micky dees or some other rinky dink min wage job, and those companys have rules too, all companys have rules and if you get caught breaking them, then your ass is out in the street with no income,, not a very pleasant thing, that is what they were trying to instil into us in school, but some took it as a big joke and those are the ones who got the royal shaft and ended up as welfare cases and bum do nothings, but i think what i just wrote is the truth, like it or not.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 06 June 2013 I was fired last April 2012 for the attendance policy. This past march I was awarded my job back. It's now June and I haven't stepped foot on the property. Hell they haven't even sent me info to take my physical. Of course the union isn't doing anything about it.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 June 2013 I'm all for a strike, lets rally the troops!   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 June 2013 Is it time to strike yet? BLET/UTU are the best company bought unions that money can buy.ITS TIME FOR A STRIKE GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!! Bunch of cry baby push overs..   Name: Margo Likker E-mail: Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year Posted: 29 May 2013 I want to lick D K Jones toilet clean with my tongue. D K Jones is a God. Jesus aint got nothing on Jones. Bow down and worship thy mighty D K Jones!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 May 2013 Hoyer: Are you back to playing your cowardly games again? Who is it in Ashtabula that you have a hard on for? People don't get away with anything more out there than anywhere else. They discipline and put people on the street just like other yards, and YOU KNOW THIS! Grow up retard!   Name: hoyer E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 May 2013 If anyone wants to get away with breaking rules.Try the Great Lakes Division in northeast OHIO. At CP 128 to CP 130 Ashtabula, Ohio. I have seen plenty of rule breaking violations that go on all the time.They have 1 yard job and 3 local jobs and Anything GOES!!! Cleveland,Ohio might switch tag from time to time but that's it.But if you work in Ashtabula,Ohio there are no rules there at all.It's a free for all.Guys riding tank cars on shoves,no stretching after a tie is made,getting on and off moving equipment,never doing any safety stops,they walk behind cars all the time to open up the knuckle,never asking for 3 step protection,they throw switches all day never once looking at the switch points.It's crazy and the train master there doesn't even got out and watch his employees,so he doesn't have to discipline them for what there are doing.It's all about the money out there and that yard makes a lot of MONEY.So rule breaking is OK it makes the train master look good,profit wise to CSX. If CSX would go out there and see what is really going on,that yard would be SHUT DOWN PERIOD.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 06 May 2013 Hey, Conductor 30 years +, I did NOT say Master was an exclusive slave term, that was the poster below me (Phil?)that I was replying to. Master IS a very traditional term, with both positive (tradition) and negative connotations. The culture, however, is very traditional in some ways, and modern in others. For example, if you were a conductor and couldn't pass the engineer training program, you stayed a conductor or became a clerk, etc. Today you pass or are fired, and thrown out on the street. So now we watch trendy videos about work place violence. And, in other organizations such as the military, many mandatory pass programs (i.e. learning to operate and repair a M-60 m.g.) are offered in variations so people that learn in a different manner can still pass. We have adopted the worst of the new (worry about workplace violence - traditionally very rare on the RR)with the worst of the old (training is my way or the highway, graduation based on highly subjective opinion). STARS is a classic timeclock program that is viewed as highly regressive in many industries, and is new to the RR. You could go on...."own your job, take responsibility, but do NOTHING without express permission, knowing that the slightest initiative may lead to serious punishment. Even supervisors know that their ability to perform is very limited, and the focus must be on discipline, connections, and conformity. No smart boys wanted or tolerated, even if this would improve the company. And so on.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 02 May 2013 Ape 20-30 WTF, Master is racist? Master mechanic, Master mason, Master's degree. Don't we have real things to worry about?   Name: tsp626 E-mail: tobishan1972@gmail.com Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 May 2013 I received my termination letter due to excessive attendance points. Yes, I did miss a lot of work in a short period, but I was very sick, had doctors notes, and the sick days. Also, my daughter was in the hospital and I was FORCED to use vacation days because of accruing points and I was told that sick days were for when the "employee" is sick and not any family members. And don't even get me started about my union representation! Haven't heard from the asshole. Six plus years of my life busting my ass and a kick right through the door.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 May 2013 although using the word MASTER may hit some nerves, it is not exclusively a slave term. Look at old book of rules, etc. from NYC, PRR, Erie, etc. They refer to "entering upon the service of the company" and similar archaic terms closer to Downton Abby or Upstairs - Downstairs then the millenium generation. Yes, CSX is a southern company but in many respects it is an Appalachian company, very closely micro managed so any decision is high level, This is obviously a real drag on efficiency, and is coupled with a surge in female employment at high level. The problem with these high level females is that they bring the worst of non RR management traditions and combine them with the worst in traditional RR culture. And, like every RR I have ever seen, CSX is the RR of the future - and always will be.   Name: Phil E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 30 April 2013 Other, Non-Employee, I'm guessing from reading your post that you're a company officer, and drank the Kool-Aid from the CSX company fountain in Atlanta and Jacksonville. CSX DOES NOT have diversity outside of Jacksonville or Atlanta. The only place you'll find diversity is where Wall Street and upper management will look. CSX is a SOUTHERN COMPANY IN ALL FASCITIS. Look at the terms it continues to use in the 21st century, and that other railroads have chose NOT to use. Train MASTER, Yard MASTER, Road MASTER..... Instead of updating the terms that are used for these positions, as other railroads have done, CSX has decided to, and continues to use these antiquated terms from the Civil War, and Slave and Master era. This is the 21st century. I know this might come as a shock to some, and contrary to want Great Lakes Division's own David Harris may openly say about how the T&E field not being a job for women, today, women are in the workforce. When you read the company produced propaganda from both Jacksonville, or the local divisions, it STILL refers to its employees in the male vernacular, even though women work in the T&E field. On the Great Lakes Division is only ONE manager of African American decent, and NO FEMALE MANAGERS. Until last year Avon terminal's youngest female had 10 years seniority, and she was their only female minority. To top this off, she'd transferred in from another division. So Other, Non Employee, I've worked out of many terminals on both the Great Lakes, Nashville, and Chicago Division. I don't see women out here, (not that my wife objects to this), and I don't see to many if any minorities (afro American or Hispanic) out here. I don't know where you're working out of CSX or who you know that is, but if you ever visited terminals outside of Jacksonville's immediate view, you would find that CSX is not the utopia that CSX paints for the media and world to see.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 29 April 2013 This is so untrue and unfair to every RR employee that ever hired on. Pure BS. Some RR hired only white males for certain jobs, and an African american could get the same job at another RR. The exact same thing happened when a white guy applied. The RR hired based on need, as they do today, however they must have diversity today and that is a problem. Simply hiring the best one that walks in the door, filling the board and things are good is not good enough.- -------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------- Contrary to what CSX may say publicly, CSX management looks at all women and minorities as a lawsuit waiting to happen. With this said, CSX DOES NOT care about you, me, or anyone else. But CSX does care about bad publicity. God Forbid anyone tarnish the image they falsely propagate to the media and Wall Street about what a wonderful company they are. I STRONGLY SUGGEST you spend the thirty dollars, join the NAACP, and file a discrimination complaint with their legal address committee. While I'm not sure what you were hoping to gain when you filed your lawsuit, I'm sure this organization might be of some assistance to you. No company wants to have their logo plastered across the front page and leading the National News with the NAACP saying THIS COMPANY DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR. Please give going this route some thought, and good luck.   Name: ===Todd Novac== E-mail: ==shit bag .com== Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 28 April 2013 HE ===TODD NOVAC ==== boy the truth hurts maybe you should go back to cooking !!!!! maybe you dipped one to many times in the secret sauce !! or is that cum on you check from the train master . you have no shame showing you face at work and we know what you realy think of your fellow workers May a herd of monkeys shit on your head===== Fat boy====   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 26 April 2013 Joann, I decided to take the time and look up if you were real person, or a company plant on this site. I ran a google search using your name, Joann Brooks, Jacksonville, and CSX, below is one of the links that came up. http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/florida/flmdce/3:2009cv00379/226328/11 It looks like your case was dismissed back in 2009. While I applaud your efforts, and am impressed that you were actually able to get the EEOC to do something, then agree you did indeed have grounds to file a suit against CSX, what are you hoping to gain now that your lawsuit has been dismissed? How will it help you, and be of benefit to those of us who agree to join and stand with you as you've asked, when your case was dismissed several years ago? I understand from reading the lawsuit you filed, you're an older african american female that worked her way up the ranks and hurt your back lifting a box of files. Have you thought about contacting your local NAACP branch and filing a discrimination complaint with their legal address committee? By filing a complaint with the NAACP's Legal Address Committee, you are a voice of many, vs a voice of one. Who out here doesn't agree, we all know, CSX DOES discriminate. Contrary to what CSX may say publicly, CSX management looks at all women and minorities as a lawsuit waiting to happen. With this said, CSX DOES NOT care about you, me, or anyone else. But CSX does care about bad publicity. God Forbid anyone tarnish the image they falsely propagate to the media and Wall Street about what a wonderful company they are. I STRONGLY SUGGEST you spend the thirty dollars, join the NAACP, and file a discrimination complaint with their legal address committee. While I'm not sure what you were hoping to gain when you filed your lawsuit, I'm sure this organization might be of some assistance to you. No company wants to have their logo plastered across the front page and leading the National News with the NAACP saying THIS COMPANY DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR. Please give going this route some thought, and good luck.   Name: ===Todd Novac=== E-mail: I suck a Dick .com Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 26 April 2013 =======Todd Novac ======= updates . he has made a complant to CSX about harassment that this should be not talked about !!!!!! he claims he only barrowed the money and as a union official he was allowed to do it without breaking the law . LOOK at medina county criminal records . We should all stand up against him Fuck the company And fuck the UTU for letting him Back Fuck you ===Todd Novac   Name: ==Todd Novac== E-mail: scumbag .com Employed as: Yard Master, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 April 2013 TODD NOVAC Yardmaster at Collinwood In at Cleveland ohio . Fat fuck with a pumpkin head . stoled money from our union BLE and was found guilty !!!!!!!! and the came back as a yardmaster .It shows how weak are unions are !!!!! No one should even talk to him .what happened to employee un becomining !!!! what a piece of fat shit!! I am sure he is a snitch for the trainmaster . stand up against him he is no good !!!. And also he stated I was going to pay it back . like they all do !!!!!!!!!   Name: JoAnn Brooks E-mail: royaltyreigns09@yahoo.com Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 23 April 2013 RAILROADERS, PAST and PRESENT . . . I have been reading your comments and there definitely must be "CHANGE" within the Railroad System. I am a former CSX employee with over thirty (30) years of experience. I have also taken advantage of the educational reimbursement program, earned a Master's Degree, Facilitated training programs for management and union employees. My last position allowed me to work with the gentlemen in the field, SPG and Maintenance of Way through the Human Resources Department in Jacksonville, Florida. I am currently fighting in COURT against some of the very things you are upset about . . . bullying . . . retaliation . . . discrimination . . . unfair treatment . . . safety violations and much more. . . . I really want to know how many of you would be willing to rally . . . stand together and really let your voices be heard without sounding uneducated and WIN back . . . what has been STOLEN from US? Profanity may relieve the hurt and disbelief temporarily, but not intelligently get your point heard . . . MONEY RECOVERED and JUSTICE REIGN!!! WHAT SAY YOU??? Thanks JoAnn IS THE COURT SYSTEM INEFFECTIVE? MY GOD ISN'T!! HE RULES . . . Again, WHAT SAY YOU? TIME TO ACT NOW . . . LET ME HEAR FROM YOU . . .   Name: NoMo E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 22 April 2013 Hey APE 10-20: Good point...the RCO's came to CSX in 2001 and were fully deployed by 2003 with a two man crew. The back issues will start hitting CSX anytime now...probably won't be as bad as the asbestos suit but will cost the carriers billions!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 April 2013 I would think that the RCO physical fitness issue is not the fact that 20 year old RCO's may have problems when they are 50, but that we have newer RCO's who were hired in middle age and may not have the seniority to escape to a better job before retirement AND - will not have full retirement until age 70. Meaning we have 50 yr old new hires doing RCO work now who will still be marching through poor walking conditions with a heavy box when they are 65, unable to retire and even unable to qualify for disability in some cases. Where do they go? How safe is this? Can we foist our corporate mistakes off on RRB so ALL RR employees can contribute to the$$$by forcing theses folks into disability at a lower pay rate? The RR was never setup with the idea that 50 year old men could not perform the only job they could hold, despite a good faith effort.There was always a less demanding (physically) job they could hold, even if pays, hours, days off, etc. were not optimal.Something to think about.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 April 2013 This is a nice post that has merit, and deserves a comment. The Remote was not accepted by anyone, no one wanted it. It came from the same place as FRED. It was forced into use by the carriers, they bought it and are going to use it. This is when the fight starts, simply because we have 2 unions that work together on the same locomotive day after day and get their info from 2 different directions. I saw that in the early 1960's ---when the Brakeman got off of the locomotive it was fun on him time. We had Fireman that rode a few miles and got off, it was the same again. We had Engineers that hated all Brakemen until the Fireman left. We had Conductors that would not board the locomotive if a certain Engineer was on duty.-- Now some of the real life BS that I posted above is still going on. Time to roll those dues into something that works. RCO with 3 is a good start, or fight the system with 1. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 April 2013 I just believe that remote control was bad for everyone, and that it should have been opposed by both unions. This has been a big step backward for railroad transportation employees. One employee is now doing the work that was previously done by three. The young people may be able to spend eight hours walking in ballast, over ties and tripping on debris, but how will they do it after 30 or 40 years. And they are constantly carrying the extra weight of the remote control boxes. Also, from what those folks told me, they often must break rules in order to meet production demands. And keep in mind how stringent the rules have become. Technology usually makes work easier, but in this case, it has had the opposite effect. Power stokers on steam locomotives is an example of technology that was good for employees.   Name: I E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 April 2013 Looks like Stupid dodged a bullet this time. Done some damage to a Locomotive a while back on the north end, denied all involvement to management. Not to worry, Management knows about it now. Too bad your own local chairman dimed you out. Nothing like the union brotherly love.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 April 2013 yes I agree he needs to be got read of.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 17 April 2013 yes I know this is not professionalism, but it needs to be said FUCK Frulla I'm glad the coal fields are finally sticking together and putting csx in a bind with no one available.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 April 2013 Crane just got Burrus's job. Maybe people can not be so uptight now   Name: Hee Hee E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 16 April 2013 Really? E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 April 2013 stupid does in your case by posting petty crap on this site . OH ..wait a minute..that's ALL that's on this site.. Wish all I had to worry about was who has a PB day.!! GET A LIFE LOSER Really: pretty funny stuff there, you say that a post is "posting petty crap on this site. OH...wait a minute.. that's all that's on this site. So in your mind, you post more petty crap on this site.   Name: Really? E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 April 2013 Why worry about Fatboy? She take a PB day and bump you outta one.?? Be a MAN and face her in person if you have a problem with her ! Stupid is as stupid does in your case by posting petty crap on this site . OH ..wait a minute..that's ALL that's on this site.. Wish all I had to worry about was who has a PB day.!! GET A LIFE LOSER   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 10-20 years Posted: 16 April 2013 Wake up it is time to consolidate our unions call your local Teamsters office to get assistance with representation. Go to: https://nlrb.gov/forms download NLRB Form 502 – petition. Download form and get signatures, let us end our differences and consolidate for the benefit of the employee.   Name: oh E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 15 April 2013 It appears as though Fatboy finally figured out how to play the P.B. game after nearly 19 years on the railroad. Some people catch on a lot slower than others. The more you talk the stupider you look.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 12 April 2013 I just believe that remote control was bad for everyone, and that it should have been opposed by both unions. This has been a big step backward for railroad transportation employees. One employee is now doing the work that was previously done by three. The young people may be able to spend eight hours walking in ballast, over ties and tripping on debris, but how will they do it after 30 or 40 years. And they are constantly carrying the extra weight of the remote control boxes. Also, from what those folks told me, they often must break rules in order to meet production demands. And keep in mind how stringent the rules have become. Technology usually makes work easier, but in this case, it has had the opposite effect. Power stokers on steam locomotives is an example of technology that was good for employees.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 12 April 2013 How can you say the UTU shafted the BLE on remote control? The UTU asked the BLE to jointly negotiate. The BLE refused saying RCO wouldn't happen. The UTU went in alone, knowing that technology was going to be implimented. The fact is a 1 man RCO conductor does 90 percent trainmen's work (switches, hoses, hand brakes) and 10 percent forward, backward, stop.   Name: Stildragon E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 12 April 2013 For the folks near New Orleans familiar with him- Trainmaster Todd West was recently seperated from the employ of CSX. They should have done it long ago. Rots of Ruck todd.   Name: Nasty company E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 11 April 2013 IT'S TIME TO STAND UP AGAINEST OUR UNIONS AND DEMAND MORE THAN B.S ...or face a law suit ..WE PAY THOSE FOOLS FOR NOTHING...I vote for a class action lawsuit ...They love our union dues but do NOTHING FOR US....   Name: Nasty company E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 April 2013 Guys ..Here is the bottom line.CSX will indeed do anything and everything to you.If it benefits the company.But here is some food for thought.We pay our unions to protect our rights as laborers, and to in force the AGREED CONTRACTS.I HATE CSX but the company can only get by with crap if the PAID unions allows it..I believe that I hate the unions (BLET/UTU) more because I pay them to screw my eye balls out..until the unions band together and fight then will we lose the battle.. GUYS IT'S TIME THAT WE EXPECT MORE FROM OUR UNIONS..the fox is in the hen house..A DIVISION MANAGER STATED " THE UNIONS WERE BOUGHT OFF YEARS AGO" Fact !!!!!!....if it walks like a duck AND ACTS LIKE A DUCK THEN IT'S A FREAKIN DUCK BOYS!!!!!!!   Name: La Mort Rouge E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 April 2013 On our division an employee is currently serving a seven day suspension for riding his two day bump.I understand this is a union agreement but it is in conflict with CSX's availablity policy. Since when does a "policy" override a union agreement? After this policy went into effect I asked my local chairman how could this be. The gist of his answer was,"Well we'll wait until someone is in trouble for this and we will get this overturned". That day has come and gone and true to form,the union did nothing about it,just empty talk and chest pounding. CSX does truly suck but the unions let them get away with this BS. CSX is claiming a manpower shortage but is this the answer to solving the problem by suspending employees over petty offenses when they could be marked up and ready for their next call? By the letter of the law,so to speak,he is not gulity of anything;he was living up to the agreement.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 06 April 2013 Crew Dispatcher: I have always believed that railroad unions should merge in order to become more powerful. Railroad corporations have done that, and look how powerful they have become! The UTU and BLET have bickered between themselves for years instead of fighting the railroads. The UTU shafted the BLET by quickly signing on with remote control. Then CSX then went to one-person remote control operations and everyone lost. Railroad employees should begin to demand more from their unions! I also recommend the Teamsters. That union speaks out against the absurd power of corporations and the sleazy politicians that protect the interests of those corporations. Not so much with the UTU. Corporate greed is exactly what's driving the mistreatment of employees. CSX managers in Toledo even tried to stalk and bully me last year. I actually had to call the local police department for protection. And when FRA Region 2 Deputy Administrator Larry Kish took the side of the CSX managers, I said to hell with it and retired! Fortunately I had enough years of service to retire with a good pension. With 10 years of railroad retirement and 36 years of civil service it was a good time to pull the pin. And the best part is that I don't have to put up with those railroad managers anymore! FRA of course insisted that we be nice to them. Now they can all kiss my........   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Crew Dispatcher, for 10-20 years Posted: 06 April 2013 I want to apologize to all T&E for the actions of the Crew Management Center. I know most of you are dedicated hard working employees, not necessary for the company but for your own moral and ethical principles. There are a few Crew Dispatchers that are actually moral and ethical individuals and on their behalf I want to express my sincerest apologies for the way we are made to treat you. We are limited to the actions we can take in fear of losing our jobs just like you are. It is the culture of CSX to move trains at any cost with no ethical or moral values considered. CSX does not care about its employees, plain and simple. The only thing we can do is get rid of our current unions and consolidate all crafts under one union so we can have the power to stand our ground. We must realize we are at war with corporate greed and the only way to maintain an even playing field is through strength in numbers. A consolidation of all crafts to one union will give us the strength to negotiate with the railroad consortiums. We need to consolidate, I recommend the Teamsters for all crafts. I realize there will be disagreements with this philosophy but believe me it is the only way we will be united in the cause of looking out for the interests of the employee.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 April 2013 WHAT A GREAT JOB! WHO CAN I FIRE TODAY? WHO CAN I TALKED TO LIKE SHIT? OR MAYBE I WILL TRY TREATING MY EMPLOYEEES LIKE I WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED! NO THAT WOULD GET ME IN TROUBLE GUESS I WILL TREAT THEM LIKE SHIT BECAUSE THATS THE WAY CSX TRAINED ME TO DO IT!!!!!!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 05 April 2013 CSX COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOUR SAFTY!!! JUST MOVE THOSE TRAINS OR WE WILL FIRE YOU! GOOD JOB CSX HIRE MORE TRAINMASTERS OFF THE STREETS THAT KNOW NOTHING ABOUT RAILROADING! BUT THEY SURE KNOW HOW TOO ACT LIKE A BIG SHOT!READ MORE BOOKS THEN YOU MIGHT LEARN HOW TO GET TRAINS OUT OF THE TERMINALS ON TIME!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 03 April 2013 First your remark regarding the special Olympics is quite childish and uneducated in itself as well, which may explain my complaint. For years I have watched many CSX employees take advantage of their freedom at work. Your managers and signalman are more interested cheating on their wives during work hours than they are in their jobs. They would rather create a second identity and sleep with every hooker in town. And one sick individual uses his work computer to send pictures of himself and or pictures of his partner and himself. You can only guess at what kind of pictures I'm talking about. How can CSX support such behavior? Don't they monitor their employees? I would if i was paying them 60,000 plus a year.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 31 March 2013 Happy Easter!!! March 31, 2013....and CSX STILL SUCKS!!!   Name: Trigger E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 28 March 2013 To any high officials that reads these post. I injured myself at home last year. Went to Doc on a Thursday and was told to go have MRI done on Friday and to return on Monday to go over results. Doc said dont go back to work for one week due to injury. Against doc orders i went back to work that day and faxed my dr. excuse to correct personnel. Since it was not an urgent care and it was on a "WEEKEND" my excuse was not valid and therefor put me in the attendance policy. After speaking with a train master about this, he seemed to be more concerned about me coming back to work against my docs orders and said i could be terminated for that. So with all that being said, what would you do? I can heel up and get fired for attendance or i can come to work injured and get fired for that. so no matter what i do i risk being fired just simply because i hurt myself at home. So with this intimidation of being fired either way i go, you can bet your ass i will hire a lawyer or i will just simply come to work and slip and fall as soon as i walk in the door so not only will CSX have to pay my dr bill, you will have to pay me for everyday i do not work. YOUR CHOICE CSX!!!!!!!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 27 March 2013 Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 27 March 2013 Have railroaders become soft? Regular road calling times is an old issue that isn't going to happen seeing except for Amtrak, rock trains, a few switchers (in my area they ended up in the freight pools) & mabey the Juice train scheduled runs have gone the way of the Dodo bird. Divorce? That's always been a problem nothing new. It's the life people accepted if they don't like it then it's time to move on. In this day & age of corporations having the upper hand better be glad you still have a union that gets decent contracts & benefits. They might not be as strong as they once were but that goes back nearly 30 years ago with Ronald Raygun. Rail unions can't be compared to the UAW ect...because of the restrictions under the RLA. A recent article there is less than 7% of workers in this country unionized these days. You people got more time off then ever before between rest days & FRA manditory rest. If other generations could juggle their lives around the railroad then what has changed? New railroaders that didn't come from a railroad family. That's the only conclusion I can sum it up to be............. --------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------- Just a response to the above post, which I might add is real. Have Rails become soft? Sure they have, same as we did, remember the fireman and steam Vs diesel you were there to ride the wave, sit on the left side and wave at the foamers. Second comment on call times, and you are correct that is the hard part. Now let us take a look at the last 6 lines in your post! YEP   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 27 March 2013 Have railroaders become soft? Regular road calling times is an old issue that isn't going to happen seeing except for Amtrak, rock trains, a few switchers (in my area they ended up in the freight pools) & mabey the Juice train scheduled runs have gone the way of the Dodo bird. Divorce? That's always been a problem nothing new. It's the life people accepted if they don't like it then it's time to move on. In this day & age of corporations having the upper hand better be glad you still have a union that gets decent contracts & benefits. They might not be as strong as they once were but that goes back nearly 30 years ago with Ronald Raygun. Rail unions can't be compared to the UAW ect...because of the restrictions under the RLA. A recent article there is less than 7% of workers in this country unionized these days. You people got more time off then ever before between rest days & FRA manditory rest. If other generations could juggle their lives around the railroad then what has changed? New railroaders that didn't come from a railroad family. That's the only conclusion I can sum it up to be.   Name: Fed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 March 2013 Sorry but the name should say "fed up".   Name: Feed up E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 26 March 2013 To the conductor 20/30 years.... Just because CSX does one thing right ( contributing to our 401k plan) doesn't mean that they need a big pat on the back..CSX will always suck due to poor management..have you ever the term "you have been railroaded" or " I have been railroaded" this term has been used for over 100 years..why ? You ask... Because the railroad takes what they want regardless of the consequences of the employee ...here is what I truly believe....# 1 ...the employee's are only human and not machines... # 2. The employee's need more family time..( railroad divorce rate is at 85% ) # 3 The employee's need a more structured job schedule.( regular calling times) # 4 the employee's need to be treated as if they do matter, and not just a EMPLOYEE ID...upper management needs to understand that if it wasn't for the employee's (the little man and women) that their fat butts wouldn't have a job either.. I believe that in order to be a manager for the railroad you first need to have at least 10/15 years of experience... These young managers are little punks that has never had anything ...If anyone ask me how to apply for the railroad I really do my best to direct them somewhere else..My God bless us as we try to make it to retirement ....   Name: Boxcar E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 25 March 2013 I agree with you WTF...... Frulla is worst than Adolph Hitler ever thought of being... He is a sick joke not nly as a manager but also as a human being... I dont know how he continues to hold his position... If CSX was smart they would fire his worthless ass.. The morale of the Huntington is at an all time low thanks to Adolph and his little Nazi minions....   Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 25 March 2013 Attenance policies. People got what they wanted rest days & gaurented extra boards it backfired. The extra boards got drastically cut and rest days made attendance policies. Gone were the days when a person could mark off anytime for any reason. People should be working on getting sick days in the next contract. Other railroad crafts have sick days. Today with rest days & FRA required rest T&E is technically no longer a 24/7 occupation. Which is the reason T&E never had sick days. In the past taking off sick ect...earning could be made up. That needs to be started at the union. Seeing todays contracts are on-property instead of national it wouldn't have an impact on other railroads. The negative side to get one something has to be given up that's bargaining. As for CSX working people to death not having a life that's nothing new it's a railroad. Get over it that was known before a person got hired that's crying over spilled milk.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Train Dispatcher, for 20-30 years Posted: 25 March 2013 CSX at its finest, what ever happened to hiring the best qualified candidate for the job? Is this a response to fines for reciprocity? Has this had any influence on the process associated with the hiring processes? To hell with EEOC, hire the best qualified, it’s the right thing to do. No special considerations for anyone. Let the best qualified candidate for the job be the best qualified candidate hired for the job. Check out CMC, EEOC at its finest. Definitely influential, first and foremost they have the strongest case of any department influence by EEOC policies administered by senior management to take advantage of current department directive to influence the EEOC policies initiated by CSX to promote the appearance of CMC compliance to reciprocity directives associated with the current settlement factors with the settlement conditions by the courts. But for those of us who really know, it's all smoking mirrors. It is all for appearance purposes, obligations for reprobation are being orchestrated by a non-operational essential department of operations.   Name: WTF E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 23 March 2013 TIME TO RATE THE MANAGEMENT TEAM RATINGS 1 TO 10 1 = KINDA SUCKS 2 = SUCKS SLIGHTLY 3 = MAN U SUCK 4 = U SUCK BIG ONES 5 = U BOTHER ME SUCKS 6 = U SUCK AS A MANAGER 7 = VERY HARD SUCKER 8 = U COULD SUCK START A HARLEY DAVIDSON 9 = U SUCK SO MUCH IT HURTS 10 = U SUCK SO HARD U CAN SUCK A BASKETBALL THRU A MCDONALDS STRAW FIRST RATING BOB FRULLA = 11   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 March 2013 Conductor 1-10 You are very mis-informed. I suggest you get clarification from your Union rep before you spread more bad information, or get someone else in trouble through your mis-interperations. People like you need to attend a union meeting once in a while. Not trying to be an ass, but its people like you that are the problem. Can't voice your opinion and pass it off as fact. Get informed.   Name: TenPlusYears E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 14 March 2013 After being a loyal employee of CSX for over 20 years, there came a time when I needed CSX to be on my team they betrayed me. I was accused by an "Anonymous" caller (My Ex) of violating the covenant of my oath as a locomotive engineer to never do anything that would endanger myself, my crew or the public (besides the obvious doing my job). I had warned them prior to all of this that she would be calling and even told them what she would say. Of course when it did happen I was immediately removed from service and kept from service for more than 60 days. Of course when I went back they played "Dumb" like they had nothing to do with it and they had no prior notice. (Not that I never had a failed drug test EVER or anything) Long story short I feel betrayed by the company that I have given more that a decade to so now that she is charged with Felony Extortion for it (my Ex) I think I will forward this to federal prosecutors for them to look into CSX's actions......   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 March 2013 Either the alleged failure to accept a doctor's verification of sickness is not a violation of law, or the law is not being enforced. The supposed watchdog agency, FRA, certainly takes no exception to the mistreatment of railroad workers. It seems to me that FRA is more concerned about railroad profitability. I learned that firsthand, while working at FRA. If railroads allowed employees to mark off when they are sick or aren't properly rested, they would need to hire additional people. And that would decrease profits. Because corporations are only guided by greed, they will not do anything that would decrease profits. And the larger the corporation, the greedier it becomes.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 11 March 2013 loco What alot of people dont know is that it is against the law to force someone to come to work sick. It makes it an unsafe enviornment for anyone working with this person as well as spreading negative germs throughout the work place if this person is contagious. If a person is sick enough to need a doctors visit then they shouldnt be in charge of heavy and dangerous equipment. Their ability to give their full attention to the job could be easily compromised. As for the company refusing to accept a doctors visit as legit, that is an offense as well. The doctor that treated you should be told immediately that his/her written orders were not accepted as legitimate. This could be interpreted as an accusation of malpractice/fraud on the part of the doctor. Many doctors do not take this lightly. If this behavior is allowed to continue, there will be a growing number of doctors that will drop out of the "in-network" group. Think about it. Would you want to treat patients whos employer may insinuate that you are possibly not professional or may be violating the laws of their state medical board? The company started the stringent policy for attendance that resulted in the employees going to their doctors or med care to cover their reasons for calling in sick. Cut their noses off to save their faces. Insurance companies are not happy with the excessive payouts on claims. They dont understand why the claims have trippled in the last year. Guarentee there will be a raise in the cost of medical insurance. Most of it will be out of the employees pockets. In the meantime continue to go to the doctor and if your proof of visit is denied by the company, take it up with your doctor and consult with outside legal sources.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 10 March 2013 1800hurt: Its not the bid system that is so bad, its the fact that they implemented an unethical attendance policy that gives an employee no quality of life. CSXT is an unethical company plain and simple. Right now they are out to fire everyone with no just cause while safety is an excuse for law suites that they bring on themselves. Everyone I work with right now is hating this company.   Name: 1800hurt E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 March 2013 The bid system is horrible.We are not machines..WE ARE HUMAN,WE WIL BREAK DOWN AND HOPEFUL ON YOUR PROPERTY!!! CSX's NEW MANAGEMENT HAS SET THE STAGE FOR COMPANY FAILURE...EMPLOYEES will start dropping ..so sad...God bless each employee and there family's..   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 09 March 2013 CSX has been pushing conductors around in my area for over a year. We are entilted to take up to 48hours to markup back up after being bumped. Although in our agreement it allows us to take up to 48 hours the company will fire you if you take more then 12hours. The first offense is 3days over head must sign a nasty gram. Then keep your nose clean for 30 days and keep your availability up for 6 months before the first nasty gram falls off. Step 2 gets you 3 days off in the form of a suspension. Step 3 gets termination. Csx does not honor there union contracts they push people around pushing there agenda and the fire us for availabilty because they want us to have there company wide bid system which we dont want.   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 08 March 2013 Railroad rules pertaining to the use of cell phones and other electronic devices are more restrictive than those imposed by FRA. But because FRA is now assisting railroads in the enforcement of their rules, it is unwise to even say the word "cell phone" while on railroad property. And FRA policy now seems to only target the T&E people. When railroad managers are involved, it's strictly "hands off." So don't expect FRA to take action against anyone in the management ranks. I personally believe that FRA has completely overblown the issue of cell phone use. After the passenger engineer in California blew through signals while texting his boy friend, FRA entered the usual crisis mode. I don't remember FRA ever being proactive. Had FRA been proactive on that issue, many lives could have been saved. Now, FRA is allowing railroads to overwork and overextend their employees in a possible lead-up to another tragedy. Harassment and intimidation is also creating an environment where accidents happen, but FRA is playing its fiddle again. I believe that the heads of Federal agencies are now dropping to their knees in front of corporate managers because their wages are only a small fraction of what those corporate managers receive in wages and benefits. The wealth and power of those corporate managers make the Federal employees feel small and powerless. Political pressure also enters into the mix, as does self interest on the part of Federal employees.   Name: out of the game E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years Posted: 08 March 2013 hey folks?.........is it still illegal to use cell phones on the train? and if you have an incident? does the official have the right to use the cell phone on your train?............not ! your in charge its your train , same rules apply to all ! the conductor is in charge and should have it known ! no cell phones at all ! if need be ? report the officer to the fra ! pronto!   Name: diehard E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 27 February 2013 hey guys. Can anyone tell me what is the average starting salary for Intermodel service worker. I seems like it is a big secret! Because I can not find out anywhere on line not even on the CSX website.   Name: Anonymous Operations E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 26 February 2013 Breaking news! Feds crack-down on railroad managers for falsifying trip events. Any false reporting of point shaving (lowering TE&Y efficiency score) by railroad mangers is a "one and done" event for an early termination!   Name: Douche bag E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 24 February 2013 Yes ..Trainmaster Shiloh Campbell is a douche bag fag..Bob Frulla's little rat ...He was caught screwing a taxi driver withCell phone pictures...don't turn your back on this prick...   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 February 2013 SICKOUT FEBRUARY 26 FOR CONDUCTORS FEBRUARY 27 FOR ENGINEERS Heard the rumor... Anyone else heard about this? Atlanta Division   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 February 2013 IDK. I have a pay stub on the gateway that is dated 3-1 but that is my regular ole paycheck we get every two weeks. I haven't gotten a new one for our bonus. Had one but it disappeared today. Jax said the bonuses were figured incorrectly and that payment was stopped. Also said some people will be getting more and some less than what your 1st stub said. So who knows.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 February 2013 Yeah just looked the one dated 2-22 is gone but the 3-1 is my regular pay check not bonus. The word is they are supposed to have it fixed Monday but who knows. By agreement it has to be paid by 3-1. Guess we will see.....   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 23 February 2013 Did any of my fellow CSX employees get their bonus Friday, Feb 22, 2013? I got my pay stub emailed to me Friday and it was supposed to be deposited yesterday but has not been. After talking to local chairman comes to find out CSX stopped pay on most of the deposits because many people were overpaid and many were underpaid and some didn't even get one. They (JAX) have had three months to get the bonus stuff figured out yet they still can't seem to get it right. Suprised? Not me....The word on the street is that there is a "sickout" Tuesday, Feb 26 for conductors and one for engineers on Wednesday. Just to let em know that we are ultimately in control. Its not just because they screwed the bonus up but its just everything that has been happening on the Atlanta Division lately. Hope to see you off sick!   Name: NoMo E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 February 2013 Hey FRA: Nice to have another Preacher in the "Church of the Deep Pockets", Preach on it my Brother. I've been preaching the same Sermon for 6 or 7 years now and these sinners won't repent. Evil is upon us and wants their souls. Hey Corporate Office: I'm not very smart but it seems to me that if management had a lick of common sense; they would use what they learn on this site to make changes to improve their operating practices...those improvements would trickle straight to the bottom line, which intern trickles right into their bonuses. Like I said, I'm not very smart but evidently I'm smarter than anyone in the power suite!   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 20 February 2013 Corporate Office: Corporations in America have always been powerful. But today, their power and greed is totally out of control. They own the politicians that make the laws as well as the legal system that enforces them. And let's not forget about the army's of lobbyists that these corporations employ. It seems to me that America has become a perfect example of free enterprise gone awry. So you are right. An individual taking on a corporation would be the same as David vs. Goliath. Unfortunately, most people don't understand or care about the growing power of corporate America, and the resultant decline of the middle class. Conditions will just need to get a whole lot worse before they can ever start to get better.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 February 2013 Retired FRA Upper level management has their lawyers monitor this site on a daily basis. There are many lower level managers who do as well. THIS IS A FACT. They are well aware of the complaints. They have nothing to worry about because they know that no one will take action and if they do they most likely wont have the money to ride out a lengthy lawsuit. Concrete proof is needed as well. The only thing that will draw serious attention is a class action suit. If the union fails to back its members 100% then they can be sued. Members need to read their rights under federal law in regards to their union and what they can and cant do. As for a large class action suit, if it draws enough media attention, there is no doubt the unions will get on board and try to claim all the glory if anything gets done. They are media leeches!   Name: who cares E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 19 February 2013 I was sitting here reading and thinking about all the comments posted.Here is the facts #1 who cares that someone is screwing around!!!! CSX is screwing your eyeballs out every single day. And a upper end manager stated "The unions where bought off years ago" and the unions have proven it.So heres the bottom line.Which do you hate the most? THE COMPANY OR THE UNION? I HATE THE UNION BECAUSE I PAY THEM TO SCREW MY EYEBALLS OUT.BLET/UTU = unless .... bought off punks   Name: Retired FRA Inspector E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 February 2013 NoMo you are right. Employees that are wrongfully charged, or harassed in some other way, always have the option of taking legal action. And the U.S. Constitution specifically protects individuals whose civil rights have been violated. If the unions can't protect employees, perhaps the legal system can stop lower and mid level railroad managers from taking unjust actions against employees. And given the amount of union dues collected, it seems that the unions could start providing some good attorneys to help facilitate this. A union is supposed to protect its members, and that should be done by all means legally possible. And on a side note, if a corporation mistreats its employees, how can those employees be expected to always act in the corporation's best interests? Also, shouldn't top level managers know what's going on at ground level? If they visited this web site they would!   Name: NoMo E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 18 February 2013 Hey Loco <1: No...it's just a reflection of the incompetent and misguided management that CSX has on the line all the way through mid management levels. Unnecessary investigations cost the company millions every year. In your case which was clear cut and within the CSX's own guidelines, the charging officer's immediate supervisor should have short stopped it. The charging officer should now face charges for improper use of company funds and perhaps even civil charges for defamation.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for Less than 1 year Posted: 17 February 2013 was charged and received 5 days suspension for missing two days. i had a note from a urologist and also the kidney stone that i passed at the investigation. later won it in arbitration but should it really have made it that far?   Name: NY Area Commuter RR Conductor E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 February 2013 I look at some of these posts here, and notice people using people's real names on here. This is just not right, and you all who do this should chill out!! Not only does it lead to further degradation of what seems to be already subterranean morale, but it can lead to tons of legal issues. Let's keep names out of this!! No one needs to be knowing all that.   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 February 2013 I'm from Buffalo, CSX just SUCKS!   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 09 February 2013 Trainmaster/supervisor 10-20: I work out of Buffalo NY, trust me we all hate this company up here. Nothing but trash talk. We like railroading, but we hate management!   Name: Hater E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 03 February 2013 I hate Frulla !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2013   Name: WTF E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 03 February 2013 Please help me understand how in the world the railroad has become a very very bad placed to work. It's terrible to love your job but you hate to come to work. It's not the T&E employeess it's upper management. We at CSX used ,yep used to be proud of our company. Those days are long gone thanks to the bad attitudes of employees who are sick of the upper management, (the Frulla's,Vierlings, Connors, Jarrells,Burriss,) and I suppose other ones I can"t think of. I remember crews taking pride at getting a train from point A to point B safely and without delay ,now all they want to do is go to work get on a train and get off the train in 12 hours without getting fired or charged with some bullshit and they don't care if they ever turn a wheel. There is no pride left. Thank You Upper Management   Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 February 2013 Talk about breaking the agreement it also states they will be a furlough retention board put on to keep people available for work and not have to furlough so people like myself struggle to live on 1300$ a month waiting for CSX to call me back. What happen to that? Frulla took it off the entire division which is another violation of the agreement but unions didn't do anything 

 Name: It's coming E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 01 February 2013 Bob FRULLA's accident report can be recieved from the state police barracks at post 9 in pikeville ky.Pictures of the accident will be posted.Anyone that needs the information for the class action law suit on the grounds of discrination due to CSX firing people for small violations and letting this clown by with his numerous rule violations without any discipline action for his failures..... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 01 February 2013 Goofy is making a few comments for the peanut gallery. Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 01 February 2013 higher management on the huntington division disregard union agreements. they do as they please and are never held responsible. the contract states that after an X-amount of extra jobs are called with in a week. there will be a regular call time job put on for bid. but the jobs are never put on for bid.( Who cares a diddle work is work) i guess you could blame the unions too. because it seems they arent doing anything about it either.(They can't) also we are left out there to load trains at mines with no recrews for 12 to 14 hrs everyday. they say they dont have the man power to recrew us. well guess what they would have the man power if they didnt have every one with less than 12 years service furloughed.(Who cares take the cash) CSX treats there employees as only a number. they dont care about us or our families the way their website says. Its all just PR. all they care about is cutting jobs so they can get a bigger bonus.(That happens just like your Bonus) 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 01 February 2013 higher management on the huntington division disregard union agreements. they do as they please and are never held responsible. the contract states that after an X-amount of extra jobs are called with in a week. there will be a regular call time job put on for bid. but the jobs are never put on for bid. i guess you could blame the unions too. because it seems they arent doing anything about it either. also we are left out there to load trains at mines with no recrews for 12 to 14 hrs everyday. they say they dont have the man power to recrew us. well guess what they would have the man power if they didnt have every one with less than 12 years service furloughed. CSX treats there employees as only a number. they dont care about us or our families the way their website says. Its all just PR. all they care about is cutting jobs so they can get a bigger bonus. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 27 January 2013 I - HATE - CSX! 

 Name: Lol E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 30+ years Posted: 26 January 2013 I love how everyone is so worried about everyone's cheating habits.Take this crap on Jerry Springer.This web site was designed to show how corrupted CSX really is.You idiots are showing how retarded you really are.Uneducated douche bags. 

 Name: The E-mail: smart one!!! Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 24 January 2013 I have been out of this crap hole company for 4 years. I STIIL SEE IT TRUELY SUCKS!!! Damn, now there are men with perfectly looking Christian wives cheating with defensive tackle material looking company woman!!!LLLMMMAAAAOOOOO I love it!!: keeping it going!! Hey Christion?? Did he at least hit the "BROWN EYE" when he bent it over???lmmmmaaaooo 

 Name: United E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 22 January 2013 This web site was created to open the eyes of employees,families,customers,and the public on how CSX really is.The harassment,discrimination,courtesy,lack of customer needs, this "company" cares for no one.This includes your families.your life..Why do you think that the company gives use ID #? Outside people looks at this site to be educated on how Csx really does treat there employees and customers.So with that being said I want to say this "THIS SITE WASN'T DESIGNED TO BASH EACH OTHER". Every time a CSX Suck gets on here and sees employees cutting each other,those clowns smile real big and say to themself "We're winning there breaking down" so please it you have a problem with someone and need to release it, go them or put it on "TOPIX" thanks ..... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 21 January 2013 Saw something about Frulla hitting a coal truck on his high railer, anything to that ? 

 Name: NoMo E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 21 January 2013 Hey RRJ: Ward is a man of many hats...the question is, which on is he going to shit in; which one will he cover it up with and which one will he fan the flies with? 

 Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 20 January 2013 LOL! Ward is the Chairmen of the Board. In fact he holds three CSX titles Board Chairmen, CEO, and President. Something he consolidated after Snow's departure. 

 Name: Casey Jones E-mail: jonesy1@yahoo.com Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 17 January 2013 Come now. Mr. Ward needs a river front home after the stress-full days he has. After all, he can be canned at any time by the board. He is under the same pressure as us T&E guys. Only more so. 

 Name: NoMo E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 January 2013 The CEO of J.P. Morgan is Jamie Dimon and and it was $11.5 million! http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/morgans-board-uses-a-pay-cut-as-a-message/ Maybe the CSX Board needs to follow suite!   Name: NoMo E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 January 2013 Hey Corruption Blogger: The J.P. Morgan's guys name was what? Unless you are willing to name, names you're full of shit! Hie name is well known, been all over the national media. His name is what?   Name: CorrUPtion Blogger E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 16 January 2013 Only in America: JP Morgan Chase CEO gets a$10 Million pay cut for losing $1 Billion in trading corporate funds! Is it time for our political leaders to "outsource" Justice to China? Or is it time that union leaders authorize a strike to wake-up our political leaders, in order to save the country from doom? Imagine what a two-day strike would do to ignite the congress too focus on the people's business! A$17 TRILLION DEFICIT AND COUNTING? 

 Name: Concerned E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 20-30 years Posted: 16 January 2013 For the comment on "Bob FRULLA's on track accident " pictures and police report will be posted on here within the next week. Frulla did not receive any discipline for his non csx rule compliance.Anyone on CSX PROPERTY THAT HAS BEEN FIRED FOR A MINOR VIOLATION AND RECIEVED TIME OFF NEEDS TO LOOK INTO A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT AGAINEST CSX ON THE GROUND OF DISCRIMINATION. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 15 January 2013 Frulla the same guy who wants everyone fired for a mistake is the same guy who did not flag a crossing and smashed into a coal truck. This is the same guy who called the road-master and assistant road-master to stand at the north and south signal and not let any train pass so he could cover up the accident. If you don't believe me their is a police report of the accident. Wonder how many Days Frulla got fired for breaking csx rules? Zero 

 Name: Company greed E-mail: Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 January 2013 Attention ......band 7 and above will be getting there bonuses..Still unsure about anyone below band 7....SCREWED AGAIN... 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 03 January 2013 Avon is no better, look who is running it!!!!!!!!! 

 Name: E-mail: freepress.info Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A Posted: 03 January 2013 Good Day Rails: 2013 is the year of containing corporate greed! Why is it that every Tom Dick and Sue; that's in senior management, making millions and millions of dollars at our peril? It seems like the only thing they're good at is lobbying our elected officials and bribing union officers with "Safety Captain" positions to contain dissent! Went to yahoo finance and symboled the rail companies. Every major carrier's CEO has accumulated at least \$100,000,000.00 in earnings (insider transaction). Think about that when you can't layoff for your daughter's graduation. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 02 January 2013 Huntington Division Keep the ethics hotline flooded. Dont let it rest for one single minute. They will get sick of it and they will do something about it. Start a petition to send to your International office asking for immediate assistance in taking control of a hostile work enviornment. Forces in numbers will fix it.... GET TO IT! 

 Name: Jim Bob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 02 January 2013 Sad Division I dont know why CSX allows this Nazi idiot to continue to destroy the Huntington Division... He has done nothing but make the employees miserable with his Nazi style regime and work ethics.. Hes the worst manager I have ever seen out here. The morale of the men is at an all time low plus he doesnt care about customers or getting freight over the road... All he wants to do is make everyones life pure hell... 

 Name: Sad division E-mail: Employed as: CSX Customer, for N/A Posted: 31 December 2012 Myself and other CSX customers "WILL NOT ADAPT" to BOB FRULLA's statement "THAT THE CUSTOMER WILL ADAPT" our business WILL GO ELSEWHERE !!!!! That is a fact BOB!!!!!!!!!!!' Good luck Huntington Division 

 Name: Grinch II E-mail: companyman.org Employed as: Corporate office, for 1-10 years Posted: 26 December 2012 Anybody that Lays-Off New Years Eve will be fired! So man those trains! 

 Name: The Grinch E-mail: Employed as: Corporate office, for 30+ years Posted: 24 December 2012 Merry Freaking Christmas all you CSX Flockers. I know you are looking forward to the end of the year Bone US and lots of time off work on the Holidays. Maybe you will get your wish and get fired soon because it is that time of the year. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 23 December 2012 Always remember there are two (2) signatures on every check. One on the front and one on the back. Which side is your side ? 

 Name: WTF E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 22 December 2012 I agree, The Huntington Division is a real bad place to work, low employee morale, crappy attitudes, and employees who dont give a shit about the company. When i first started at CSX T&E employees took pride in getting a train from point A to point B and making money for the company we work for NOW the crew gets on a train and doesn't care if they turn a wheel in 12 hours as along as they can get on and off the engine without getting charged with something or even fired.You sucked at football at Virginia Tech and suck even more as a GM on the Hutington Division I wish the company would give you a promotion/demotion the company is famous for. PS the NFL called and said you wouldn't make a pimple on a real football players ass. 

 Name: No one cares E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 20 December 2012 Huntington division is now the most unhappiest division that CSX has ....Frulla has destroyed it....I would hate to be the person that follows him...It WILL take years to fix what he has done....so let me get this straight ....he does one thing right and screws 10 things wrong..CSX WAY... 

 Name: Scared E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 December 2012 Please help!!!!! What is going on with management not wanting a lot of starts? This company is working there crews to death with people are laid off...killing the crews that they have.....transportation dept!!! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 December 2012 eugene v debs, I couldnt agree with you more , IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE FROM THE TOP DOWN !!!!!! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 20 December 2012 the Professionalism at russell ky round house really sucks everyone there will cut your head off in a heart beat 75% of the electrical craft 90@ of the gear heads sucks 100% of the office jockeys and unions need new leardership to take back control 

 Name: eugene v debs E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 18 December 2012 Our unions have a big hand in this trouble... did you get your service pin? ARE YOU SICK OF HEARING.. THEY CAN DO THAT! There is only one answer for you.. change. ChChange the leadership. Stop bitching about stuff and get involved.. take over your UNION! www.railroadworkersunited.org 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 17 December 2012 WOW I learned a lot. In my old years we set them and forgot them. Thanks for the info. I cannot imagine a push button (Park) loco brake. I can see the reason, and it makes sense. The testing requirement (EVERY TIME) is something that someone dreamed up. Shove and spot a car at an industry with air. Set the brake as hard as you can. Set out 40 cars of coal going south set 4. Everyone knew 1 for 10. If the train was large, the number went down. 80 would have 4 on the rear and 2 on the head end, or vice versa. Where we screwed up was some set none, now you have the result.TESTING 

 Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 14 December 2012 LE 1-10 The units with push buttons on the outside at the hand brake was around when I was still there only been gone 3 1/2 years. They also have a lever to do it manually if it doesn't apply fully. Still I'd get some info somewhere wether it's the RFE or the LC before someone gets charged. The RFE has to give an answer as to proper procedure that's his frigging job. This BS has gotten stupid setting every hand brake in a consist. CSX reasoning if someone later on cuts up those motors then left the remaining ones without hand brakes they could roll out. My arguement was the dumb arse who cut them up if he didn't make sure the ones left had hand brakes then he should get charged but why make us go above and beyond because of "what if's". There was no reasoning with CSX. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 1-10 years Posted: 14 December 2012 RRJ Alot of things have changed and are changing since you were in the field. I had a newer unit the other day that had the "push buttons" to set and release the brakes outside on the end of the loco. There is a warning light in the cab on the back wall that lights up red and lets you know the handbrakes are not fully released. When doing the standing break test the alarm activates and a wheel slip warning light flashes on the computer screen. This one actually loaded. There are those that do not. Ive noticed that the ones that dont load dont normally have a wheel slip warning. Guessing because its not needed since it wont load. Wont do any good to turn it in because it wont load if thats the way they are designed to work. Like the poster said they were told, just go through the motions. CYA 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 13 December 2012 RRJ No one is assuming anything. The newer models of some AC engines are now equiped with a safety feature that does not allow the engine to load so the brake shoes arent burned off by an engineer who forgot to take the brakes off. Downloading them to see if a standing handbrake test was done is worthless because they dont load. Simple. Therefore busting someone because the download showed the engineer failed to put the unit under load to test the brakes would just be plain bull. Thats not the main issue here. Its the fact that you cant do a brake test per operating rules procedures and your not doing one properly anyway when the unit is still attatched to a cut of cars. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 13 December 2012 Thanks for the hand brake testing info. In my old time years ago we did none of this. Guess to many were injured and the rules came along. Everything had a manual hand brake, and we set as many as was required from experience, and as told to set by the Conductor or Engineer. Most of the time we set none. Put the engine away one time on a local and the Engineer started to set the hand brake on the single locomotive, I said let me get that. One and only time. I can see the reason for the test, we did have several roll outs, nothing was ever done, just an investigation, off for a month and back to work. No person was fired in my 7 years except, Engineers getting by the red and making contact. Many backed up and were ok. I see today--locomotives have air/electric brakes for the old hand operated units, and that is nice. Thanks for the Education. 

 Name: Hot2Trot E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 December 2012 Things will be different after the revolution. "Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me." 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 13 December 2012 December 13, 2012.....and CSX STILL SUCKS! 

 Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 13 December 2012 Go ask the RFE about non-loading locomotives when doing a hand brake test. You people are assuming and we all know where that leads. If a locomotive didn't load then I'd write it up leave it running. The protection is that it was reported. First I'd ask the RFE. He is the person to get the answers. If they don't know then tell them to find out. The only locomotives I knew that sounded alarms when the hand brake was applied was the EMD's which had the in cab push button apply & release. Even when I applied the brakes on these EMD's I still did a visual that the chain tighened. I had more then one that didn't. 

 Name: Jim Bob E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 12 December 2012 Will our Nazi leader(Frulla) ever move on or leave the Huntington Division? We've been stuck with this piece of shit long enough.. Hes done nothing but ruin this division.... Enoughs enough.... 

 Name: NoMo E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 11 December 2012 Hey APE 20-30: Per your Dec. 5 post...How do you really know the train is secure even after doing the brake test? Seems I recall A CSX train that wasn't so secure getting away for a 60 mile jaunt between Cleveland and Toledo back in '01! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 10 December 2012 Other You are still confused. It doesnt matter if the engines are light(by themselves) or if they are attatched to a train. You still have to follow the same procedure. If your trying down a train, the cars are tied down first then all brakes are released on the cars and locomotive for 1 minute to test the ability of the cars to hold the train. This is done to make sure they will hold if you are going to cut the locos away and leave them standing alone. If the locos are left on the train you still have to apply the handbrakes on the locos and do the handbrake test. Question for you to ponder....If the engines are tied to a train that has handbrakes applied and clearly wont allow the cars to move do you think the engine is going to move when you test them? Would they be able to move 10 feet or more in throttle #1 if they are attatched to cars with operative handbrakes? 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 09 December 2012 Thanks for the reply. I was talking hand brake on the locomotive's, and you were talking tying down the train. Thanks. _______________________________________________________________________ Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 December 2012 Other Im guessing you dont work for a rr or you would now the procedures and nothing would be misleading to you. Rule: Engineer securing a locomotive consist must apply the number of hand brakes required by operating rules and MAKE CERTAIN that the consist will not move. Procedure: Place the independent and the automatic brakes in the release position. Place the throttle in #1 position UNDER POWER If the locomotive does not move consider the hand brake effective. If the locomotive moves place the throttle in idle and be governed as follows If loco stops within 10 feet consider the hand brake as effective If the loco does not stop within 10 feet, place the independent brake to full application and comply with rules governing testing loco's without hand brakes or hand brakes that do not prevent movement. Now, you should understand why it is a must for the loco to be under power(load) in order to do a legal hand brake test. If a supervisors boards the loco after the crew has left and downloads the recorder box and it does not show that the engine was put under load to test the brakes before they got off then it can be assumed they didnt do the test. Now you know the rest of the story! 

 Name: John Holmes E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years Posted: 09 December 2012 Huntington division will be experiencing a huge employee turn over in the next year or so.....Thanks to Bob "Mr Ego" Frulla ....Employees are tired of this monster.... 

 Name: WTF E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years Posted: 08 December 2012 Bob Frulla is the worst thing that ever happened to the Huntington Division, he has destroyed it, they say the power plants are turning to natural gas, that may be true. But why is it you drive by AEP in Louisa KY power plant you see 3 maybe 4 sets of coal cars rusting to the rail but there is 40 or 50 trucks delivering coal daily or AEP's Mitchell power plant in Northern WV that at at the end of the year is done shipping by rail. I know for a fact 3 or 4 years ago they got 2 loaded trains a day with 2 empty trains being pulled daily now none. I'll tell you the problem is Bob Frulla lack of customer service he and his drones are out there doing whatever it takes to slow down the railroad, keep up the good work Frulla and upper mangement becuase our stock, yes ours, will be about 10 dollars a share soon. IDIOTS How about some cutomer service instead of a bunch of EGO minded assholes running the show. 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years Posted: 05 December 2012 Other Im guessing you dont work for a rr or you would now the procedures and nothing would be misleading to you. Rule: Engineer securing a locomotive consist must apply the number of hand brakes required by operating rules and MAKE CERTAIN that the consist will not move. Procedure: Place the independent and the automatic brakes in the release position. Place the throttle in #1 position UNDER POWER If the locomotive does not move consider the hand brake effective. If the locomotive moves place the throttle in idle and be governed as follows If loco stops within 10 feet consider the hand brake as effective If the loco does not stop within 10 feet, place the independent brake to full application and comply with rules governing testing loco's without hand brakes or hand brakes that do not prevent movement. Now, you should understand why it is a must for the loco to be under power(load) in order to do a legal hand brake test. If a supervisors boards the loco after the crew has left and downloads the recorder box and it does not show that the engine was put under load to test the brakes before they got off then it can be assumed they didnt do the test. Now you know the rest of the story! 

 Name: E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 05 December 2012 The engineer is required to do a handbrake test on the engine before he leaves it unattended. However the engine will not load and allow him to do his standing handbrake test. So, the test has not been done properly by operating rules standards. So what are you supposed to do? Per one supervisors directions, you just go through the motions so you are protected if they download the box and check your run. In other words, just pretend you did it. Now, if you didnt do it because you know it wont load and you know that you cant do the test and you are written up for it, theres your gray area for arguement. Supervisors should know which locomotive wont load and there shouldnt be any charges filed against them because they failed to do a "fake" test.------------------ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Nice post from the above, however it might just be a little misleading. I have never heard of a standing hand brake test! I do not know of any (box) that could check a human against a handbrake. The (just pretend) that it was done is silly. I am thinking--- get on, check the brake, if it spins freely it is off. Get off------ spin it tight. 

 Name: rep E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 04 December 2012 NS CT I have a simple answer for you on why it always appears that the union always represents and wins cases for employees who "know" the rules as you have stated. The union doesnt win, the educated employee does. Everyone knows that csx has so many gray areas in their rules that it is not even funny. Half the supervisors dont even know them. Half the time you have to show them the rules and argue the loop holes they have left in the rules that lead to different kinds of interpretations. This of course gives the supervisors wiggle room to file charges and argue that their interpretation is right and yours is wrong. We all know they will side with the supervisors. I am not saying it is okay to knowingly break the rules nor do I encourage it, but being human means you will most likey do so one time or another. Your best defense...KNOW THE RULES. KNOW THE GRAY AREAS. Proof read every single system bulletin that comes out. Find the errors. There will be some. To bad you dont have a copy of the latest system bulletin reissue to review. You would see exactly what Im talking about. The company is trying to bundle the rules into smaller and easier to understand catagories, but at this moment they are misleading and provide gray areas(as usual) leaving things for the supervisors to interpret as they please. Ever good defense lawyer knows he needs several different reference guides to build his case on. For csx employees, those are called gray areas. A good example of a gray area would be on locomotives. The industry is putting out several models now that will not load after the handbrakes have been applied. It is a new safety feature that is built in so the engineer can not take off with the brakes on and burn up brake shoes. The engineer is required to do a handbrake test on the engine before he leaves it unattended. However the engine will not load and allow him to do his standing handbrake test. So, the test has not been done properly by operating rules standards. So what are you supposed to do? Per one supervisors directions, you just go through the motions so you are protected if they download the box and check your run. In other words, just pretend you did it. Now, if you didnt do it because you know it wont load and you know that you cant do the test and you are written up for it, theres your gray area for arguement. Supervisors should know which locomotive wont load and there shouldnt be any charges filed against them because they failed to do a "fake" test. 

 Name: RRJ E-mail: Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years Posted: 04 December 2012 NS CT That's one of the functions of the union to protect (unions are not a platinum card to get out of trouble) and defend an individual against charges. It doesn't take but a split second for something to happen. It's not your concern to worry about anyone but yourself. Those rule breakers (cellphones ect...) will get caught eventually. You do have the right to inform anyone breaking the rules if it directly affects you or is a danger to themselves & others. Anything else might lead to a fight or a person could be deemed untrustwothy. Which is someplace you don't want to be. Even though a person belongs to a union they can be terminated. The union will go through the process of appeals to get their job back that's up to an independent panel to decide. Seniority is one of the most important things we have as union members. You'll learn that later on. 

 Name: NS conductor trainee E-mail: Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A Posted: 03 December 2012 Im a CT for the NS, lots of stories about the Confederate States Express have been relayed to me by our old heads and some former CSX guys. Apparently a large number of the old NS corporate type (the REAL Nazi management) left NS and took over at CSX which made it really bad. The extra board is what it is, a 24/7 job. Cant complain too much about that when they tell you from the get-go thats how it works. Lots of complainers on the RR and lots of people who break the rules blatantly then complain they got caught. Its the rules no one knows about readily that I can see being caught up in and screwed rather than the ones people knowingly break. Id have more sympathy for those people than the ones talking on cell phones in the engine.....Unions suck BTW, they protect the people who broke the rules knowingly 

 Name: Rob E-mail: Employed as: Conductor, for 1-10 years Posted: 02 December 2012 Cartman I read your post, and had to wonder if you were a company officer. In 2008 there was an old head conductor out of Avon. He got sick while he was putting together a train that was set to depart out of Toledo. Two young Train Masters had been following the conductor around, and harrassing him. The conductor started to feel sick, and asked to go to the hospital. The young Train Masters had a fit, and after 30 minutes of listening to the conductor asking to go to the hospital, they threatened to fire him if the doctors said nothing was wrong. The old head conductor went to the hospital, and the two young Train Masters spent 7 hours outside of the room that the old head conductor was in. The two young Train Masters asked every med