I have 22 years on a Class 1 RR with less than 9 to go before I can retire with full benefits. I recall all the old-heads close to retirement; a few from the end of the steam era, working cush high paying yard jobs or locals. 6-8 hour days with weekends off. Those days/jobs are long gone. Corporate hedgefunds have taken over and eliminated nearly all high paying yard/local jobs. At the same time doubled and tripled the size of road trains in favor of shareholders. More with less..... Anywho, since they blatantly violate contract pay agreements we have to put claims in against the violations hoping it gets paid within the year and work more than ever with attendance/availability policies. Unavailable due to a doctor appointment, points assessed against your record. Too many points, charged with a company policy violation and if found guilty time on the street without pay. FMLA is the only recourse and you get charged using that if they deem it a "pattern". So we stay on the road and have no time at home to build guns! Ticks me off. Sorry for the rant. Had to get it out!