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CN / Chemins de fer nationaux du Canada


Size of company: Large (More than 500 employees)

Industry: Transportation (freight), Warehousing

  • 30 years in the service as a conductor. This job was absolutely awesome when I first started. Great for the employee, but not so good for the company. Enter Tellier, and the share holders. Good for them, and the company, bad for the employees. The only advice I can give anyone that is thinking about a running trades career is this. First and foremost, learn the rules, learn the rules, learn the rules. The only ammunition you have against the meat heads (train masters, assistant sups, sups, and all managers) is knowledge. Study your union agreement, and when you are absolutely sure of yourself and your rights, grow a set of balls, and use them only when needed. Do your job, don't complain, and pick up your paycheck. It's not easy to do at the start, but as the learning process develops, it will happen. CN has afforded me an exceptional life, with only a few more career years to go. Watch your backs, and don't be afraid to stand up for your rights. But first, be sure of your rights.

    Posted on 12 January 2015 by Rater #464 | Flag as inappropriate

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For a new employee, there really isn't any type of schedule. You would be on call, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. After you have accumulated a certain amount of travelling miles, you can have some time off as well. You do have 12 days that you can have off (without pay) every year. Once you have established some seniority, probably around 5 years, you would be able to have a regular assignment.

Posted on 1 April 2015

What is the days on/days off schedule? (Ex. 2weeks on 1weeks off)

Posted on 1 April 2015

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