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Old 10-06-2011, 05:44 PM
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Well it looks like my union is going on strike at midnight eastern tonight.

We've been trying to negotiate a new contract for awhile now, but even mediation has failed. The railroads have been posting record profits for the past several years, and have refused to give when it comes to what they call the "health and welfare package" which is a fancy way of describing the health insurance.

They're trying to get us to agree to a package that costs more, reduces benefits, and basicly makes it extremely expensive to go to the doctor or get medication.

Every railroad type job will come to a hault in the country at midnight when we walk out, if it comes to that. I fully expect Obamma to step in and convene a Presidential Emergency Board which will supposedly review the issues on both sides and make a rulling as to what type of package we will get. If the board isn't convened before midnight I suspect it'll happen soon after, as too much freight will be sitting still, which is said to be vital to interstate comerce and the the country as a whole.

Once a board is convened we'll be ordered back to work until an investigation is completed and a decision is made.

Wish us luck, the last time it came to this Reagan was in office and it didn't turn out very well for us.

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Wow, that's not good news at all! Makes me wonder why we haven't heard anything about this but best of luck to you and hope you're not out of work for too long. How long were you out last time?

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i saw this today, of course it doesn't go into detail
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/05...to-strike.html
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it is expected that the strike will either not take place or a PEB will quickly end it.

I guess that we will find out tonight

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As expected a Presidential Emergency Board was appointed.

No Strike! At least not yet.

The boars has 30 days to investigate and make it's recomendation, followed by another 30 days of "cooling off". Iff both sides still reject the recommendation then a settlement could be ordered.

Am still hoping for the best possible outcome.

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Well good luck, hope they come back with something both sides can live with!

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My buddy works for norfolk southern and I'm actually waiting for an interview about an internship with them. I don't think I'm going to hold my breath on that one much as much as I'd like to work there
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Most of the railroads are currentlyy hiring. If you've got the desire, keep applying, I think they're all almost exclusively doing online employment applications. Check out the company websites

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I am an Amtrak conductor working out of Washington Dc.
Amtrak is constantly hiring. Also, a large number of my co- workers are nearing retirement age. If you are serious, start applying now. Keep in mind however that railroad work isn't for everyone.
If you like sleeping in your own bed every night or having weekends off, it's not the job for you.
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I'm hoping for some kind of engineering internship for the experience and because they usually are well paying with the railroad company's. I don't think it's the path that I'll choose as a career but who knows
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