Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The scare of my life!

Or should I say I'm so damn glad I'm in a union...
I've been here almost three years. Come in, do my job, don't cause trouble and I believe I'm a pretty good railroad freight conductor and employee.
After my shift tonight several of us were called into the head office for a meeting... This wouldn't be so bad if it was at a normal time... But it was 11 PM. No one is at the head office at 11 PM unless something really Ungood was about to happen.
We walk into the building and the first thing I notice was the security guard outside the office where were to go...
Not Good.
The only time security is called at times like this is when someone is asked to turn in their ID badge and escorted off the property. The three of us were collectively shitting our pants. My one buddy was almost about to vomit right there in the office. He was shaking so hard I was worried that he'd come unglued right there. 22 years with the company, good employee, great engineer, wife & kids at home... Mortgage... Everything to lose and for something this stupid?
We walked out with sick stomachs and wobbly knees an hour later with our jobs, but barely. I have truly never been more frightened in my life. Sure I've had the shit scared out of me several times in the past, but this... Watching everything I'd ever dreamed of be flushed down The Commode of Life....
So much for stopping off after work for some good St. Patty's good cheer.
I'm really not going to get into it right now because a few things are still in arbitration and there's a few grievances pending, but I will tell you this, if they sacked everyone in the Railroad Operating Department for something as stupid and petty as this, they'd need to replace 80% of the department.
I've badmouthed unions in the past, and still will, but for this I'm truly glad I'm in one.
Thank you my brothers in IAM Local #57!
Copyright 2009 Thomas J Wolfenden

6 comments:

honkeie2 said...

I have never like the whole union thing because most of the time they just protect lazy shit-heads. But sometimes they really do what they were ment for....protecting the little guy.

weatherchazer said...

BS is as easy as anything else for getting rid of good workers. It's all political.

leazwell said...

Still, screw unions and I wonder if the RR workers weren't unionized would what happened even have been brought to the table?

Ranger Tom said...

Honkeie: I agree, but sometimes it does help to have someone there to represent you.

Weatherchazer: Absolutely correct... And this is exactly what it was in my case.

Leazwell: Actually, in this case, the three of us would be unemployed today.

tsduff said...

LOL Tom - I AM unemployed today.

tsduff said...

No offense taken - I'm just a lazy lazy blogger in the depths of my joblessness and sloth in getting back to my own commenters. Your comment was actually one of the funnier ones I've read in a while ;)