GOLDEN-ARM wrote:The entire NJCT roster was a portion of the "dovetailed" System roster. (which was done, according to Zones, districts and Divisions) The dovetailing is still probably being fought over today, for it's inequities, as viewed by some Brothers. A percentage of jobs, in each on-duty location were given "prior-rights" preferences. This was, of course, another point of contention. Needless to say, other than PC, and it's prior rights PRR/NYC/NH protected jobs, most everyone else felt left out of the mix, as far as "the good jobs" went.
I am not sure just how good the work was in North Jersey but in Selkirk
and Buffalo a lot of EL and Lehigh people ended up with very good jobs
on the former New York Central, far better jobs than anything that
existed on their own former railroads. From what I understand, CSX no
longer has equity from any of the former railroads, just straight seniority
these days. Probably does not make much difference anyway because
most of the prior rights people are retired today.
I know on my former original railroad, the New Haven, we had NO through
freight jobs left when I went to Selkirk in November, 1987 but my New
Haven equity entitled me to a Selkirk - Buffalo job and I took advantage
of that for my last ten years on the railroad.