Thread regarding Union Pacific Corp. layoffs

Long time away from family

This is my personal problem, it does not directly concern the company, but it is very common in the railroad industry so I am interested in your opinion.
I have always wanted to do this job which I love very much, however, at one point spending long time away from home started to reflect on my family. Has anyone had a problem like this and how did you solve it? I would love to stay in this industry, but family is very important to me.

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UP will always give you a juicy fat hot dog. Be thankful

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Post ID: @8plm+1azK3qA5

Being away from home is part of railroading, it takes a strong commitment from your partner to put up with the irregular schedule of railroading. My wife always told me "what you don't know don't hurt you", I'd still look behind the headboard for those empty co---m wrappers. Better safe than sorry.

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Post ID: @3dvo+1azK3qA5

Take your loved ones to a UP family day near you and enjoy a free UP hotdog.

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Post ID: @1kpe+1azK3qA5

Long live the SP San Joaquin and LA Divisions. That was a real good deal.

By the way UP is hiring for the tenth millionth time for Buggersfields, West Colton and Tucson.

The feds aren't messing with UP being understaffed for the Intermodal container Armada traffic that is coming.
BNSF can handle it but UP?
CN and KCS and CP might have to come in
to LA LB and Oakland.
Don't let anyway get hired and laid off per PSR.

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Post ID: @1vpg+1azK3qA5

It’s not what caring about what the neighbors say, but realizing what they said is right. The military analogy doesn’t apply here at all. I was deployed multiple times in the military, but I knew this was for a relatively short period of time. Working in a railroad job means being away from your family for most of your adult life. It is a choice. If you and your family are onboard then more power to you. I just realize after 30 years what I gave up and for a company that absolutely doesn’t care about you or me one bit.

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Post ID: @1moz+1azK3qA5

It is definitely a lifestyle choice. As bad as it may seem at times, keep in mind there are military members on deployment who are away from family even more and don't have the option of easily changing careers. Do you want to be a railroader or not? Definitely not for everyone. But if you like what you are doing, then who cares what your neighbors have to say.

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Post ID: @1gek+1azK3qA5

I think this is something most of us in train service have struggled with. I am getting ready to retire after 30 years with two railroads. I have mostly enjoyed my job, but didn’t like so much time away from home. Now that my kids are grown and have children of their own, I realize how much I missed with them. I regret not finding a job where I could have lived a “normal” life with weekends and holidays off. I have a neighbor who was talking with me about my crazy hours and said something that really made me think. He said “all of us are off on the weekends, grilling out and spending time with our families while you work. What’s so great about working for the railroad? We all have the same level of homes, cars, etc, but we are home nights and weekends. Maybe you should have chosen a different career field”. At first I was defensive hearing this, but then realized he was right. Look around your neighborhood and see if anyone else works the hours you do and are away as much as you are. Then ask yourself if this is still something you want to do. You will then be able to answer your own question.

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