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Old 07-20-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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Anyone on call for their job?

MAN does it get old fast!

I've been working as a conductor for CNRail for 6 years now, and yeah the money is decent, but not having friends or a social life kind of gets to you after awhile. Having to be tied to your phone 24/7 all year round makes you feel like a slave!

Anyone else on call for their job?
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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I do on-call but not all year round - I share it with about 9 others. So that works out to about three 2-week rotations per year. I don't mind it too much and I try not to let it affect my life outside of work too much. I can still go out and have fun, I just have to be able to respond in a decent amount of time.

Doing it all year round like it sounds like you do wouldn't be too much fun...
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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No. I work 7 days a week

I do allow myself to read these forums during work.

I'm sort of self employed and you know what they say about the self employed only working half days - which half of the day do you want to work.

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Old 07-20-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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I do IT for a major grocery store chain, I have 13 stores, spanning from an hour north of me to 3 hours south of me. I work essentially 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Once I get off I am on call for the rest of the day/night until my next shift starts. I also get to spend 1 of my 2 days off being on call.

Wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have stores 3 hours away, nothing like driving 3 hours at 2am because a store can't print their price tags because their printer needs a new fuser. But anyway, no social life, to tired to ever do anything. It does suck
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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On call, Supervisor at big FBO at an airport. Fuel pretty much everything and when hits the fan I get a nice call.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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Nope, but I do work 10 hours on average a day for about five days a week. Nothing really bad, I have a few friends who do the same or more.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:57 PM   #7
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MAN does it get old fast!

I've been working as a conductor for CNRail for 6 years now, and yeah the money is decent, but not having friends or a social life kind of gets to you after awhile. Having to be tied to your phone 24/7 all year round makes you feel like a slave!

Anyone else on call for their job?
Serious question: how can a conductor be "on-call" for an industry and has to center itself on predictable and stable scheduling? What other facets of the rail-industry would have a conductor out on a moments notice?

Myself, I'm sort of on call because my company has to negotiate shipping/loading costs for ocean freighters around the globe. Demurrage charges can start at $20,000 A DAY - the last thing management wants to hear is that they got dinged because an email couldn't go through, or someone forgot to set up a loading advice properly.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:42 PM   #8
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We are all slave to our boss , and our boss is slave to the guy above. We are all slave
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:52 PM   #9
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We are all slave to our boss , and our boss is slave to the guy above. We are all slave
You are a wise person
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:19 AM   #10
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i will be soon (and have been winter season in the past)

but i just got a position on the team that ive known for a while working another position and its not really that bad. the need for on call will be once in a blue moon.

i should say most on call work will be known ahead of time and i will just have to be there off hours. its rare to get an immediate call needing attention in our department.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:32 AM   #11
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I am on call 24/7 365 days a year.


That is why I am on salary.

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:16 AM   #12
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Serious question: how can a conductor be "on-call" for an industry and has to center itself on predictable and stable scheduling? What other facets of the rail-industry would have a conductor out on a moments notice?.
We do have jobs that work normal hours with normal days off. I'm on what is called a "spareboard". Basically I cover people who are off on vacation or call in sick. That way there is always someone available to work a job that would otherwise stop because someone else is off. It also covers overtime essentially, if there is to much work at the time, they will call in an extra shift whenever they feel it is required. That is where most of the unpredictability comes from, getting called at 2AM because they need help.

I don't have enough seniority yet to hold a regular job though lol.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:48 AM   #13
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Technically I'm on call 24/7, but only for any serious emergencies, which hasn't happened yet.
Otherwise everything is scheduled for normal working hours and anything that comes up during the day just gets added to that.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:00 AM   #14
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I don't have enough seniority yet to hold a regular job though lol.
6 years isn't enough for them to give you a 'normal' schedule? Have you considered looking into what other jobs you might be suitable for? That doesn't sound like a company I would want to work for....
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:58 PM   #15
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6 years isn't enough for them to give you a 'normal' schedule? Have you considered looking into what other jobs you might be suitable for? That doesn't sound like a company I would want to work for....
Its because CN rarely highers. They are now because the top 75% of employees are close to retirement. I've invested to much time in this job to quit or find other work aswell. I was the first class they began hiring in years, so now I've got about 1200 people junion to me . Plus as I said, it pays to well to leave.
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