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SMART-TD General Chairmen Respond to CSX CEO E. Hunter Harrison "employee" Comments

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 | By Administrator

SMART Transportation Division General Chairperson on CSX property joined together to address CSX CEO E. Hunter Harrison's comments blaming employees for service disruptions.
In a recent email to shipping customers, Harrison said "The pace of change at CSX has been extremely rapid, and while most people at the company have embraced the new plan, unfortunately, a few have pushed back and continue to do so." Harrison went on to blame some employees "resistance to change" for the service disruptions.
SMART-TD General Chairperson, which represents CSX Train and Engine service employees, issued a letter on August 3, 2017, responding to the comments stating, “The Organization refuses to accept responsibility for service disruptions that negatively affect the customers when we have no input on operational changes.” The General Chairmen continued by stating, “To suggest contract employees would intentionally disrupt operations misleads the general public and insults the integrity of our crafts. This Organization will not allow our members to serve as an excuse for management’s inability to communicate and execute your ‘precision scheduled railroading’.”
You can read the full letter here.


Thu, 08 Dec 2016 | By Administrator

On December 5, 2016, Rail Labor’s Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) released the following statement, requesting that a federal mediator assist in negotiations:
“Despite our best efforts, collective bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads completely stalled late last week. Therefore, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act, we have today applied to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for the assignment of a federal mediator to assist in our negotiations.” Read the complete press release here.