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Low wages.

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365 24/7 12 hours requires 10 hours off, 6 days straight requires 48 hours off.

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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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There is absolutely no extra pay for working holidays or weekends as a train crew worker and if you layoff a holiday it stays on your attendance record for a year. Too many weekends and holidays and you'll be up for an attendance investigation and subject to termination.
Christmas to the 4th of July all straight time.

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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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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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Yes but it is very little considering you may be away from home for more than a full day. 10 to 16 dollars per day, depending on trade craft.

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