Thread regarding Norfolk Southern Corp. layoffs

Layoff targets

I was hired a few months ago. Does that mean I can feel safe, or can I still be a target even though I only recently got a job? Some tell me that NS will not cut those who have recently been hired, but others tell me that it would not be unusual for NS to cut someone shortly after they were hired.

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What is the working climate for non managers at Amtrak nowadays? I have seen people leave freight railroads and go to Amtrak, and seem more satisfied with their job, generally speaking. But that was a long time ago. Certainly PSR is not an issue on government funded passenger service. Anybody have any insight on Amtrak for new hires ?

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Post ID: @mduq+1fV2FEam

I have a interview tomorrow I’m currently at a good job what’s probability of getting conductor job then laid off

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Post ID: @jzfz+1fV2FEam

Last hired first fired .. no worries McDonald’s is hiring

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Post ID: @3jkk+1fV2FEam

Watched 9 newbies get walked off 3 weeks after returning from Georgia when PSR started. Jesus Christ himself wouldn’t be safe working for this company.

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Post ID: @3emf+1fV2FEam

You will have been trained to a absoutEly minimum level. I wouldn't be worried about furlough, I would be worried about getting yourself fired or ki---d. You are going to run a crew through a red yarding a train, ride close clearance or do something else crazy because you were not shown how to work properly for enough time or know your territory. Already seen it happening with new guys, multiple stories of new guys missing signals and

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Post ID: @2duh+1fV2FEam

The last post about not taking on debt hit the nail on the head. Yes. You can afford a decent vehicle while working for the railroad, but not on railroad unemployment. Best bet work, live thrifty, save money, get some seniority under your belt. And never trust management, they are always good for saying one thing but on paper it's completely different. Sad but true. I still remember the day I got hired in 2008. I felt like I was on top of the world getting a railroad job lol. That feeling only lasted a few months LOL

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Post ID: @1tar+1fV2FEam

Unfortunately, the day you hired on the railroad, you became one of the many human enemies of the bottom line, and an ever present obstacle that interferes with a lower operating ratio. Going forward, the railroad will constantly try to find a way to eliminate your position, and at the same time de-value your worth as an asset to the company. You will be constantly monitored, harassed, and treated like a red headed step child who will never make a legitimate contribution to the company. You will be reminded that you are lucky to have a job. Value and worth is strictly reserved for upper level managers who are very select and few. Your real wage and benefits will constantly be reduced by inflation, and you will always have the threat of a lay off hanging over your head. You will work nights, weekends, and be forced to work on Christmas. You will miss many important family activities for many years. Save all of your money, and dont ever take on any debt, because you never know when the axe will fall on your job, which will result in you being escorted off railroad property as a trespasser. Im sure I may have forgotten a few things, but other than that, welcome to the railroad !

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Post ID: @1mpf+1fV2FEam

Yes, only new hires are safe. The only ones to be worried are the senior guys. Rest assured you’re safe bud, congrats on the new career

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Post ID: @1vyx+1fV2FEam

Get an education then go get a real job.

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Post ID: @1pvw+1fV2FEam

I got furloughed the first time in Norfolk in 2009, 6 months after I started. Been furloughed three times since. You're just a number to them. If the beancounters say to cut 10 people they just go to the bottom of the list and count up 10 spots and that's it no matter how hard you work or how much they have invested in you with training and the cost of hiring you. I'm willing to accept that because of the money and the benefits but I know many aren't.

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Post ID: @1lwz+1fV2FEam

Need to know your craft and location if possible. No one is safe from furlough and it's likely in the future of anyone with low seniority. In the mechanical department we've seen men with 25 years plus get furloughed with this psr mess.

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Post ID: @1ixb+1fV2FEam

If your a new hire conductor, you'll never get furlough...................🙃🙃🙃🙃 Enjoy and welcome aboard lol

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Post ID: @1cjc+1fV2FEam

NS will do anything in their power to fire you as soon as you set foot on their property.

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