11020Re: [FJGRailroad] Re: Chicago Line
- Apr 26 8:50 PMThe Hudson doesn't handle much freight. Most traffic for the city runs on
the River Line, former West Shore. The B&A was pretty good last week's trip
because everything must have been tied up west. On the Mohawk, where I've
made but one trip in several month, I had the best day in many months.
Bring it on.
The press doesn't give a rats ass about us. We will be presented as
stealing time and the majority of folks would consider us obstructionists.
The state doesn't really care; CSX knows they can buy about anyone in state
government for the right price. As an aside, in this area I have seen a few
cases where public employees have been prosecuted for stealing time. I
thought it was a little absurd, politics I'm sure, but a crime nevertheless.
Give CSX managers what they want - comply with all the rules even when they
are illogical. The best way to change a bad rule or practice is to comply.
Never give the impression that we are not already complying. That's suicide
and just asking for more attention from management and the FRA. It makes us
look bad., especially after a tragic incident (of which CSX has had a few
lately in this area). We alays copmply with the rules, even the foolish
ones - like calling signals over the radio. Just keep talking over the DS
and anyone else - it's the rule. Stop and walk through whenever the "flag"
isn't at his post. I know walking through seems too much like work for some
guys. We walked .9 of a mile at Syracuse the other day because CSX screwed
up the message and then didn't allow the DS discretion to correct it. The
culture and style of the NS management, now infiltrating CSX I hear, is not
conducive to good relationships between educated employees and themselves.
There's a better solution to the early quit issue. T&E are different because
they have a contract that specifies a minimun of eight once work is
performed. It isn't stealing if the work is done but you can't sign off at
11 pm if you go home at 9:30 pm. You have to sign off at 9:30. Should
something unfortunate happen to you between 9:30 and 11:00 you're still on
duty but at home, in your local tavern, or whatever. That's one problem
FELA. T&E get eight for the start.
If you're in one of the other crafts, that's a little different; surely
there must be something to be accomplished around your shops. Hard to get
sympathy from a general public that has to stay their full shift in their
jobs. Cultures are hard to change; doesn't mean its ethically right. If we
ran our own shop, how would we feel about paying eight hours for four or
six. Do you watch the Monster Shop or Orange County Choppers on TV? Think
any of those guys would last if they took early quits? Early quits is not
an issue to put before the public. The lip service would have you believe
there is nothing wrong with expecting eight hours work for eight hours pay,
if that the way the contract is written. Reality demontrates that even when
employees stay the full eight hours they actually work about six hours.
>Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Re: Chicago Line
>Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 22:57:23 -0400
>Paul- Whats it like along the Hudson? Mark
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