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Re: CSX looking to cut 6,200 jobs, aiming for workforce of 21,000 by 2020

Posted by Steamdriven on Thu Mar 8 21:35:13 2018, in response to CSX looking to cut 6,200 jobs, aiming for workforce of 21,000 by 2020, posted by Olog-hai on Thu Mar 8 10:50:25 2018.

I'm going to be the unpopular voice here, but it needs to be said:

If CSX can get the same job done with fewer people, then they are doing the right thing by downsizing their workforce. We are at nearly full employment, and there are other jobs unfilled because there are not enough able bodied, non-druggie people available. Keeping 10 people on a task that actually needs 8 means that their time at work is actually being wasted. Imagine you're hiring a contractor to build a new house, and you have to pay extra for a couple buddies whose job is to look busy. You get exactly the same house as you would if they weren't there, and that'll be an extra $20K.

The two who are let go probably won't like it, but RR jobs pay well and they can use it as vacation time if they've been managing their $$, then go find something else, possibly at another RR, or lateral to long-haul trucking which also pays pretty well.

Most of my jobs had zero security and "go get another job" was nearly part of the description. Scks, but if people couldn't move I would not have been able to go get better jobs, because the whole economy would be bound up using 4x as much labor to make an unchangable total output. Heck, if we wanted to maximize the # of jobs, eliminate freight rail and put it all on trucks. Voila, 2 railroad jobs turn into 100 truck driving jobs plus more to fix the roads!


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