Dad was a railroader for 43 years, a carman, repaired coal cars and worked the wreck car most of his life. Absolutely hated the place. It took open warfare to get the union into the coal mines a hundred years ago. It will probably take something similar to get any improvements from the rail companies. Derailing trains in places that are detrimental to everyone around would get everyone’s attention quickly.
I'm not well informed on the current issues, but if the quality of life issues
I hear about are the issue, I agree with the union.
RR crew lifestyle sucks. Period.
And the companies DGAF!
But, I'm a former long haul trucker.
RR'ers sleep in motels, get paid wages to wait....
I slept in cold trucks, only money was hand unloading and turning wheels.
I understand their complaints, but when I got the schidts of the life, I bailed out.
To call for such behavior is dumb as F!
There was a time and place. When the companiues were killing and maiming workers with no concern. When the companies were hiring
mercenaries to beat and kill anyone who opposed them.
That is not the case now. Why in the hell would you encourage that?