Managment only cares about one thing, Production.
Lead Locomotive Machinist (Relief Foreman) (Current Employee) – Wisconsin – December 27, 2015
Production is the only thing on the minds of management, Safety is not a high priority other then to the people completing the job. With the business so up and down there is absolutely no room for advancement within the company. Apply at a higher scaled position at a different railroad and you will probably get it. Its happened to two people i personally know that either left or got laid off from UP. the Benefits are awesome for someone with a family and nothing can touch the retirement payouts. The co-workers all band together and push for more safety and better tooling to complete the work safety and in accordance to company process but with cut-backs being so insane at the current moment the tooling or equipment is rarely seen unless an individual is hurt completing a task that should have been complete with a company standard tool. Management beats around the bush with everything that is brought up from safety within the location to company wide business, they never tell us straight up what is going on within the business or give a logical answer to why we cant get new tooling or equipment to complete the job safer and more efficiently. The hardest part of my job as relief shop foreman is the thought while walking into work day after day of what i did wrong the day prior. The most enjoyable part of my day is working with a good tight nit crew who cares about doing the job safely, correctly, and accurately