When I speak to railroad employees at union meetings, I find that I can be a better help to them if I start a conversation instead of giving a lecture. I usually begin the meetings by asking people what problems they’ve encountered recently, or what questions they have. Railroads have different methods of dealing with on-the-job injuries; some are more aggressive than others at discouraging claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). If employees are having specific problems, they need specific answers, not a memorized speech.
I want this blog to also be responsive and helpful to the employees who read it. If you are having a recurring problem at your home terminal, leave a comment below or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I can provide advice privately to you, and/or generate a post that addresses the issues that concern you.