This is what I say to everyone who intends to apply to UP - you will become a stranger to your friends and family because work-life balance will be almost non-existent. At least that's how it is now, but I believe that those who have been working here for a very long time can confirm that this used to be the case before as well?
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Love it or leave it. You want family time? Go work at froyo. You wanna be a man and have nice ish? Stay marked up and work for it. Just like ol Bob Dillon says- the railroad men drink your blood like wine…
There are many jobs with UP which require you to be away from home a lot, in exchange for more money than your education or skills could otherwise bring you. There are also plenty of jobs that allow for a stable, though not ideal, schedule without travel. If this is the best job you can get, try it out for awhile and see if it works for you. It’s definitely not for everyone, but there are a lot of people that make this a career.
Honestly I think this person if they actually work for the railroad sounds like a real bi--h. Not to sound bad but if your working why would your family make u feel like a stranger if your out working. I’m confused with this bu-----t
We used to be able to layoff without penalty when we were tired after working non-stop for days on end. Our unions used to have an agreement with the company to be able to layoff when needed. The company then decided to ignore agreement and instead make a attendance policy that makes it very hard to balance work and personal life. This is the reason most people aren’t very interested in working in this industry anymore.
As bad as it is now, it was worse when I first started. We could be called back to work 8 hours after tie up. I worked plenty of 16 hour days. The boards were also short than as well, so you might work every day for 25-30 days without being able to lay off. The newer FRA rules on rest helped out greatly, but we still work too many hours/days to be truly safe or healthy.
Find a way to turn off work and escape to do something you enjoy. Go outside in the sun. Walk the dog. Ride a bicycle. Talk a walk. Eat healthy food.
Yes, you might be right. Time will tell.