At first I thought NS will do something to prevent the departure of the best employees. Then I thought the leadership realized it couldn’t keep the best. Now I'm starting to think that it actually suits them that we are all slowly leaving so that they can hire even cheaper workers. How long will it take them to realize that going cheaper is not the right solution?
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I don't think it's cheaper workers that they want. With the way the union contracts ate structured, within 5 years or less depending on the craft they'd be paying top rate top whoever they bring in. No, what they want is the experienced people to leave because they think that they'll be better able to exploit the newer guys because the old heads won't be around to school them. In my experience, people with less seniority are less likely to question management and less able to protect themselves against disciplinary action. It's all about establishing control.
Here’s the thing. All these people have higher education. It stopped being higher education years ago. So all those people are now at the helm of hundreds of companies. They taught the common business sense right out of them. So they run everything without a lick of common sense. Just the cr-p they taught them in college. No real world experience, no hands on, no working up through the ranks. If it sounds good, it will work. Period. Then they are to arrogant to admit it’s not working so they double down on it. “It’ll work we just don’t have enough of it”. This description fits most companies in the US. And, all of Washington DC.
If you don’t have 25sh years in mechanical as an agreement employee, hitting powerball has better odds then 30/60 at the railroad.
NS won’t sign a new contract. NS wants people to leave and wants it so they can’t hire any decent new people. So they can go in front of OUR GOVERNMENT and say they can’t get employees for a reason to get out of the current union contracts. Seen the writing on the wall years ago.
The short-term thinking of this company is so short that they go by the hour.
NS wants to sell the mechanical side of their business to progressive rail. It's only a matter of did they down size enough for progressive rail to grandfather in the remaining employees.
You are correct. They want Mexicans for cheap