Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Fri Aug 19, 2022 4:37 am
From Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg--
Mr. Junkie, are Amtrak Passenger Engineers-BLET, part of the Conference?
I spent some of my eleven year railroad career in Labor Relations. I think the Act with its Emergency Board provision, then the "cooling off" will suffice. The RLA I really think has a good track record of keeping the peace. Unfortunately, it hasn't had quite the same record with airlines. Maritime only has the Trilogy.
Now if they do "hit the beicks" won't you have to X a Chessie picket line?
I'm totally with you about crew consist, it's one thing in the yard, but operating a 100 car train with only a "Conductngineer" is asking for trouble. Being an Operating Employee, you know better than I everything that could wrong and how much longer with only one man, it will take to fix it.
Finally, allow me to sincerely apologize for initiating the now killed at my request topic regarding a prominent person going to Atlanta by surface transportation. I deliberately avoided links to the material from The Times to avoid having any political discussion. I thought I did my part, but you and others thought otherwise.
Amtrak engineers/conductors are not part of the current labor negotiations. However what comes out of the freight agreement usually ends up with us. Not part and parcel but the general frame work.
As for crossing a picket line, both my grandfathers were union men one a welder the other an electrician Alco and GE. I do recall strikes as a kid. I think if CSX were to picket at work I would not cross less I be haunted by their ghosts for the rest of my days.
The railroads offer was a joke the PEB ruling is a joke, the Gov't stated how railroaders were heroes for keeping things moving and this is the best they can do? Just cut in half the unions offer. The local kid in your grocery store receives better treatment for doing a whole lot less. Upon further review I cant help but see a strike.
The one man crew non sense has do to with two things
1. PSR cheaper to run trains with just a single person cause on paper nothing ever goes wrong. More money for the shareholders. Screw the engineers that are being forced to be on call 7 days a week or be facing discipline.
2. IETMS Do not need a conductor when you have a computer that tells the engineer everything that is ahead of him and is prepared to take action if the engineer is not. Remember inward facing cameras and PTC were done for "safety".
Lastly apology excepted.