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  • Think you’d like to work for the railroad?

    Interesting article, Railway Age is a RR industry trade magazine…
    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

    Cedar Swamp
    SW of Manistique, MI

    Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

  • #2
    Ring is not an easy job.
    Working nights, weekends and holidays puts a real strain on your personal life.
    Many of the people I worked with were divorced or on their second or third marriage.
    Just happened to sit next to a freight conductor last weekend while watching football.
    He was telling how the RR started a new policy for time off where you were given 30 points at the start.
    I forget the exact numbers but taking a personal cost you a point.
    A sick day cost you three and taking a holiday off was 7 points.
    I asked if you get 30 points every year.
    He said no, that's all you get for as long as you work there.
    Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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    • #3
      This is one of those situations where I see both sides of the argument. But I think on this I'm on the side of the unions.

      Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


      • #4
        Somewhere I have an employment form for the CVRR from well over 100 years ago; basically it was long-term indentured servitude that parents signed their children into that paid them pennies, and where just about anything including injuries were cause for dismissal with the company always being held faultless. May be a wee bit dated, but it seems that today's business is still well rooted in that same form.
        In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.


        • #5
          I put a post up on the forum over six months ago about hearings going at the Surface Transportation Board. It boils down to the fact that presidents/CEOs of the railroads have put stock holder dividends as goal number one above all else.




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            Just to show there's nothing new under the sun:
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            Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)