Apr 15, 2022
I believe it was deliberate. And in keeping with their usual practice.
An interesting bit of testimony from someone who is in the business,
I saw that footage. It's in one my prior posted links. I can't wait to see how BNSF tries to blacklist him, use other mistreatments....
Yeah.........I made a new friend at the Livingston/Helena Railfair that is looking to get started on BNSF. I hope he can handle it. It may be easy for him now as he is young and single. He is aware of the controversy of the HiViz, so at least he is going in with both eyes open.
The STB does not regulate railroads as to items like crew consist. The FRA would be the one, IF there was a federal law on the subject. There currently isn't one. Some states are working on crew consist requirements, but there's nothing at the federal level. In the past, the FRA was of the opinion that Federal Preemption overruled State's attempt at regulating issues such as crew consists, train length, and blocked crossings. That mindset has changed, for know. Outside of any possible State requirement, railroads don't need permission to go to a single person crew. Crew consists are determined by labor contracts.
UP has had a similar attendence policy for some time. Instead of subtracting points for laying off, ours adds points. They're not designed to make people quit or not want to work so they can claim they must go to single person crews. That's just icing on their cake. They are designed to have the fewest people possible on the active payroll.
About Rio Tinto in Australia. I would like to know how well it works. Not what Rio Tinto, KNORR/New York Air Brake, or others involved with the equipment say, but those who deal with it. We have some of the same KNORR/NYAB auto throttle systems (though not complete automation) and they fail quite often. Most are minor and recoverable, some are such that manual operation is required.
Interesting testimony--seeing how he works for the union now, is he even on BNSF payroll? Still, federal whistleblower protections should be in effect. No matter what your job, federal law provides protections against reprisal, and other retaliatory actions.