You know it's getting bad where a Headquater track gang is just ONE man left. UP having to pay for contractors to help on local levels. So many open jobs and no one to fill them, I wonder why 🤨🤨🤨
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UP is bragging about having 400 in class now and just
graduating 450 this week....We all know its BS!!
Having less guys to oversee is better. Less paperwork, less audits. Less one on ones to deal with . And when contractors are hired, most of the time managers get kickbacks. So its a win win.
I used to work for a contractor, UP saves NO money when using contractors. This contractor was over paid and behind the scenes compensated UP managers. One thing he did was let a UP manager ‘rent’ a house from him for $1 a month. There was so much graft and corruption. Today the laborers of these contractors make as much as UP employees. Then UP has to pay for the contractors trucks, management, HR, etc. The contractors themselves are millionaires. Its cheaper and the quality of work is better when performed by real railroad workers. But dont let me disrupt the old back and forth good cop bad cop UP and our Unions tell us, “we had to agree to this cr---y contract cuz contractors”
Wow 2 more resignations this week. Not looking good.
Contractors are less expensive for the railroads. They don’t care about manpower shortages when they can contract the work out cheaper.
I know some Mw crews are 1 man crews too. Electricians same way , 1 UP guy to work with contractors.