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Old 05-01-2018, 11:23 AM
 
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It looks like rail road workers pay more into rrr than you would into ss. 7.65% up to 127k for tier 1 employer and employee. Tier 2 benefits employees pay 4.9% and employers pay 13.1% up to 94k so it makes sense the system pays out more
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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Railroads offering thousands of dollars in signing bonuses - KXAN

Here are more college jobs, good ones, that don't need college degrees. Starbucks baristas take note: you might yet be able to pay off you college loans.
I think they are great jobs and before I became a practicing attorney I actually gave some thought to trying to find a job with the railroad.

I looked at the website though and if you read the fine print there are many stipulations involved in collecting these bonuses. The bonus isn't payable at once. Its payable over several years. That doesn't concern me as much though as the requirements for many of the jobs advertised. The railroad is particularly interested in hiring electricians. Unfortunately, there aren't that many of them. Other jobs indicate they would like someone to at least have an associates degree in mechanics or some similar field. Base salary is about $40,000 a year to start which is certainly decent. However, these jobs involve lots of travel and many, like mechanic, are physically quite arduous.

I'm sure some people will respond to the ad and get hired. However, its a lot more complicated than it looks. And, probably, only a few people out of hundreds are really qualified to do these jobs and stand any chance of being hired.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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I think they are great jobs and before I became a practicing attorney I actually gave some thought to trying to find a job with the railroad.

I looked at the website though and if you read the fine print there are many stipulations involved in collecting these bonuses. The bonus isn't payable at once. Its payable over several years. That doesn't concern me as much though as the requirements for many of the jobs advertised. The railroad is particularly interested in hiring electricians. Unfortunately, there aren't that many of them. Other jobs indicate they would like someone to at least have an associates degree in mechanics or some similar field. Base salary is about $40,000 a year to start which is certainly decent. However, these jobs involve lots of travel and many, like mechanic, are physically quite arduous.

I'm sure some people will respond to the ad and get hired. However, its a lot more complicated than it looks. And, probably, only a few people out of hundreds are really qualified to do these jobs and stand any chance of being hired.
Railroading is hard work. The kind not many people do anymore, which explains why they have to give bonuses to attract workers.

$40,000 is less that people on relief make for doing nothing when the value of non-cash benefits are figured in (the RR benefits help the comparison, though). So it's nothing to brag about. But having the dignity of work, getting your foot in the door, and starting on the path to a future compensate.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:59 PM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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Railroading is hard work. The kind not many people do anymore, which explains why they have to give bonuses to attract workers.

$40,000 is less that people on relief make for doing nothing when the value of non-cash benefits are figured in (the RR benefits help the comparison, though). So it's nothing to brag about. But having the dignity of work, getting your foot in the door, and starting on the path to a future compensate.
Hmm, doesn't sound that much better nor worse than the likes of nursing, teaching, or being a soldier
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:14 AM
 
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Hmm, doesn't sound that much better nor worse than the likes of nursing, teaching, or being a soldier
But it's real work. How many nurses, teachers and soldiers can we support? They all draw from the public purse. RR workers put into the public purse.
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Old 05-03-2018, 09:00 AM
 
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Railroads are also notorious for layoffs and rehiring. It's an inherently unstable industry.
So what industry is stable?
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Old 05-03-2018, 09:07 AM
 
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and ya get a federal pension..I think the average is around $3,500 a month or more..
Its not a "federal" pension.
https://www.rrb.gov/
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Old 05-03-2018, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-eO9IRQ4gM
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Old 05-03-2018, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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Its not a "federal" pension.
https://www.rrb.gov/

this is a quote from the link you provided..

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Agency Overview
An independent agency in the executive branch of the Federal Government, the RRB administers comprehensive benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families.
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Old 05-03-2018, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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It's really tough work with very long hours. Like long haul truck drivers, you are often away from home for weeks at a time. Makes it difficult to maintain relationships or have a family, so I'm not surprised it's tough to attract younger people into it. That said, it can certainly be financially rewarding, and if you move up the ranks it's a pretty good gig. My older cousin started out as a brakeman and worked his way up into upper management, eventually as CEO of a couple different railroads.
I knew several people years ago who constantly complained about their railroad jobs...while the pay seemed good the negative aspects apparently outweighed the good.
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