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[–] Superking 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm in a union, and as long as you've started the paperwork or have some kind of verifiable proof that you've made a complaint you would be covered (at least in my union).

Something similar happened to me a few years ago. I was the bottom of the seniority list until we hired another 10 guys. For some reason though, when they were put on the seniority list they were placed in front of me in brakeman's seniority (I work for a railroad). I usually work as a conductor so I didn't even notice until about 50 days had gone by. Thankfully, we get 60 days to make a complaint. I notified my chairman immediately, and started a paper trail.

I've always thought seniority errors like that are ridiculous. It's not like there isn't a record of when you started working. If your start date is before someone else's it's ridiculous to give them higher seniority.

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[–] frank_drebin [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yep railroad. No one could even tell me what happened. I showed up one day and looked at the crew change, and I was being forced to the night switcher with the conductor below me (one other senior conductor got demoted, as well). Myself and the two other conductors affected made all the proper inquiries and requests. That all happened in January, and we have 90 days from the date when the seniority lists are published to protest. I thought my rep had everything filed, until someone showed me a recent email they had from a crew change clerk that we were going to be permanently dropped unless they received the protest. I'm not sure why it wasn't filed, but they sure are cutting it close. Starting to get worried...

Our switchers aren't very fun, I work them on the brakemans spareboard. At the very least, 10 hours of grueling mess, strictly enforced 20 minute lunch breaks.

What's your terminal like?

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[–] Superking 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well,my advice (as a Local Chairman) would be that if your LC isn't making any real moves to get this fixed, then call your general chairman. More than likely, he/she will be able to at least get the ball rolling if your LC is dragging his feet. Honestly, if your LC screws up something as simple as this it would be grounds for a lawsuit.

My terminal isn't very big honestly. We're the point between two major terminals so we see a lot of stuff, but we don't have many yard jobs or industry switchers. The ones that we do have go to high seniority guys. Most of our work comes from coal trains and through-freight. The job you are describing sounds like a couple of our RCO jobs. They suck, but at least you get the extra remote pay and weekends off.

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[–] guy231 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Our strikes (the most effective tool) never last longer than a few days because the government legislates us back to work.

Canadian public sector?

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[–] frank_drebin [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Close. I work for the railway.

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[–] frank_drebin [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm not sure how illegal workers are treated. It must be pretty bad? I've landscaped before, the work itself wasn't horrible. I just hate having a boss.

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