I had a good laugh when a group of people showed up here some time ago wringing their hands with glee. They somehow had the impression that they could hire out on the railroad in their 40's, work until they were 62-65 and then collect the same pension as the rest of us
already retired with only 18-20 years service. They argued me (and others) down with this assertion. When they found out it was NOT true, the group, disappointed I'm sure, disappeared not to be heard from again.
I went out on disability (heart) myself. Railroad retirement was one of the best things that could've happened to me! It is a very difficult lifestyle and takes a toll on one and his family;' I'm living proof of it. Still, with all its difficulties I wouldn't have traded places with anyone, and tho I wondered at the time if I could stick with it. I can look back with a bit of pride on a good career that's like nothing else, where I saw machinery,worked with trains, both steam and diesel, dealt with stuff behind the scenes that rail buffs only dream about. And, again, there's the retirement.
Recently, I was delivering cars for a Toyota dealership as a part-time gig, and the fella I was riding with just flat out asked me just HOW much $$ did I make anyways. Not being particularly friendly towards this person, whom I regard and deal with on a strictly professional level for certain reasons, I was offended by his impertinent question. It was none of his business, so I pulled a figure down out of a hat and told him "$2900/mo" plus whatever I earn as a contract driver!
It wasn't toooo far off the mark, but enough not to reveal my true income. The guy was shocked, and, I guess, offended that I
earned that much more than HE
did--which happened to be $1480/mo Socialist IN-security and what he earned driving cars. He literally sputtered and blubbered in shock, "Why you don't NEED to be driving cars; you make too much already"! I thought he was going to cry!!!!! And later, when driving with other drivers, he talked about me to the other drivers about how "unfair" it was that railroaders make so much than the "rest of us" and "it oughta be stopped" BWAHHHHHHH! BOO HOO!!!!!!
Of course this man has no understanding of how RRB works and how WE put so much MORE into it during our working years.
Not liking this fellow, who can be a real "butt" at times, knowing that the income disparity worried him so much was, well, WORTH it!!!!