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  1. Over time is anything outside your normal tour. Example: My normal tour is 8am to 4pm. Let's say I come in midnight. From midnight to 8am is over time. From 8-4 is straight time since that's your normal tour. Also, if you are out sick for 3 days (with or without Dr's line's) any OT worked during that week (Sunday - Monday) your out sick you lose the bonus and are only paid straight time.
  2. Any color is allowed as long as they are approved by safety.
  3. Anyone in Westchester Sq. Yard today replacing ties on the lay up track? I was out there with a grey helmet on.
  4. when he first got made a foreman back in 96 one superintendent wanted to bust him down immediately after he screwed up big-time. He was saved and eventually kiss enough gas to make superintendent until he got busted down to a foreman at the back of the list 2 years later. So as not to lose focus of the thread feel free to message me privately to talk shop
  5. That was a sad time. Goes to show what can happen when departments don't work together (meaning RTO & MOW) and managers (Supt's and higher) won't spend the money that could help everyone involved become safer and more productive.
  6. Wherever it hurts if the boots aren't comfortable get new ones. The link to the Union's website in my previous post has the requirements that boots bought yourself must meet. The only thing that was broken in where my feet not the boots, LOL
  7. That's the truth! I came in with Boggs. The way we worked in the 90's was unreal compared to now.
  8. Back in '98 when we worked live and everything was stripped out in advance Tommy Destafano fell onto the 3rd Rail. He was electrocuted and died. First thing Transit did was check his Boots (the ones on his feet at the time) and have his locker opened to see if his second pair was there. When they could not find them and realized he was on his 2nd pair they still fought the law suit. It took over 10 years to settle.
  9. If it's hurting the top of your foot get new boots. Along the top of the foot are the metatarsal bones. The long finger like ones that go to your toes. If the nerves along those bones become inflamed from pressure you feel it under your foot on the ball. It's like walking on glass and hard to correct even with surgery. It's what I'm dealing with now. One Dr. called it Metatarsalgia another calls it Mortons Neuroma.
  10. If the boots aren't comfortable then definitely get your own. Ballast is hard on your feet and even worse carrying tools and material. Make sure to get out of your boots when you can also. After 25 years I've got foot problems as most guys do. Maybe it's from going to and from work in TA issued boots and maybe it's not but I'm sure it didn't help. Hopefully this link will work. If not go to the TWU LOCAL 100 website. Along the top click on DEPARTMENTS then Maintenance Of Way (MOW) Track and scroll to the bottom and you'll see two links for boots. As of now a memo was put out that you DO NOT need a DR'S certification. http://www.twulocal100.org/sites/twulocal100.org/files/alternative_safety_boots_ohs_form_12_20_10_current.pdf
  11. From Track worker you could go into RTO and be a train operator. Personally I'm no fan of RTO. It is a very, very strict department with little leeway compared to Track (Maintenance Of Way, MOW). You can also go to 3rd Rail aka Power Distribution (Gray helmets) where I am. You won't work as hard in Track but senority moves very, very, slow increasing your odds of being nights longer. Also in my department they're a fewer specialist jobs. Just a chauffeur, welders, and asbestos gangs which go to school and become asbestos certified handlers by the state. For the younger guys track is a good dept if your a hustler on the outside. Me and some other guys who started when we were in our early twenties quickly picked a specialist job when we could operating a bobcat, payloader, Hi-Lo machine, etc. Some stayed nights working second jobs (with the TA's permission of course) or days working a second front at night with that training. It's something you can use on the outside. Some guys even got their CDLs and stayed nights and drove school buses in the daytime. Also supervision moves higher quicker in track Department. In my opinion track has a lot more benefits if you don't mind working.
  12. Do you know how long you'll be there? Usually they have the new guys replacing ties in the yard and have you use a slotter, chainsaw and some other gas tools. Instead i saw everyone by the front of the yard by the track where trains are loaded and unloaded.
  13. Anyone here in Westchester square yard today up in the Bronx? I saw a gang of new guys
  14. Go to the downloads section of this forum. As much as I'm against it being posted on this forum for security and safety reasons you'll see a blue book that says "Rules and Regulations." You can download it to read. As stated just concern yourself with the flagging rules section.
  15. depending on the position sometimes you're sent to school immediately such as a driver needing a CDL license if there is a shortage of drivers. Other times you may not get sent to school right away if there's no shortage. In my department right now on my shift we are okay as far as welders. Should one retire there's no big need to replace him right away so a person may not go to school for a few months until there's a big enough group from other departments to hold a welding class.

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