Ive Been Working on the Railroad, All the Liv Long Day….

 

Ive been working on the railroad
All the live long day
Ive been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away
Can't you hear the whistle blowing
Rise up so early in the morn
Cant you hear the whistle blowing
Dinah, blow your horn

Dinah wont you blow
Dinah wont you blow
Dinah, wont you blow your horn
Dinah, wont you blow,
Dinah, wont you blow,
Dinah, wont you blow your horn

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
Someone’s in the kitchen I know
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
Strumming on the old banjo

Fee fie fiddle eell o
Fee fie fiddle eell o
Fee fie fiddle eell o
Strumming on the old banjo

 

 

                                                                   
Michael J. Ward is the CEO of CSX Transportation.  He is the boss of one of the world’s largest transportation systems.  We are talking about billions.


Connie Roberts works for Mr. Ward.  She makes $7.35 an hour, no paid holidays and one week vacation each year and no medical coverage.  Half her salary goes each month to pay CSX for her tiny room at their Green Country Inn.


It is a diner and a small hotel and on the night shift, Connie is the only employee who does the cooking and cleaning and the booking of the rooms.

 

We heard about Connie on National Public Radio on a show called “Low-Wage America.”

Now, let us get down to the meat of this story.  Michael J. Ward, the CEO of CSX doesn’t even know that Connie Roberts works for him.  He certainly doesn’t know that when she was sick with the flu, friends had to pay for her medicine because Mr. Ward doesn’t’ want her to have medical coverage.

 

He doesn’t want her to have a nice home.  He doesn’t want her to drive a nice car.  He doesn’t want her to take a nice vacation.  He doesn’t want her to have some extra money each week so that she can buy her grandchildren some gifts.


Mr. Ward is making in salary and benefits from CSX more money per hour than Connie is making per week.  He can go to the doctor any time he wants.

 

He really is a two-bit hustler who is really hurting the public image of CSX.  If the board of directors and the stockholders want to do a little damage control, they should fire him and put someone in who respects his/her employees.


Hopefully when Mr. Ward loses his job he will end up cleaning toilets at a CSX inn.

 

In the CSX “core values statement” one of the items is “treat each other with respect and dignity.”

 

Obviously, no one told Michael J. Ward about that.