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5pm-5am 3-4 days a week

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Low wages.

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Training is minimal and doesn't replace experience. You pass a few classroom tests then are thrown to the wolves. Forced away from home and having to wing it as you go trying to get the job done while trying not to break the 5,000 rules. Good pay and benefits, but your a ghost to your loved ones and you basically live to work.

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If you work the road you get no holiday pay. But yard jobs and locals get a holiday rate plus basic days pay. Some guys make 500+ dollars at 100% pay in a days work on holidays.

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Improve leadership training and devote more resources to developing professionalism in every craft. Improve training across the board and ditch the current "discipline" programs which have very little effect installing the type of individual discipline needed for such a diverse operation.

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If you can find any job with a schedule that pays within 10-20% of what UPRR pays then take it because you will live a longer happier life and have twice the time with your family and half the stress on your mind and body.

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Went to internet on 17 April and did an application. Two weeks later did a test on the internet and passed. About 2 weeks later 15 May went to hiring session for 3 hrs, did interview the same day. On 16 May got the job offer, and started conductor training 16 July. On 5 Dec did my 2 hr cert ride and passed.

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Long group meeting before interviews where a manager comes in hard and loud to scare people off. Scare tactics and horror stories, a lot of people walk out. About 5 percent of what the manager says is true over the course of someones carreer.

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Every other week

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If you look on the Pacific Unions webpage were it is describing the job under "pay" it says as a new train crew hire you can expect your pay to be 41,000$ a year, and as you advance to conductor and engineer you can expect 75,000$ a year.

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