Randy Ross


As Interviewed by Wyatt G., March 27, 2017
"Before you, a long time ago, they would just leave on that train until they sent someone out there to get it and you might be out there 24 to 36 hours. Now days they have to come and get you."
Randy Ross

Introductory Profile: About Randy Ross

For my First Hand History interview, I investigated labor unions with regard to their effect on workers by interviewing my great uncle, Randy Ross. My Uncle Randy was born and raised in a small railroad town just outside of Manhattan, Kansas, called Council Grove, where he spent all of his career. My uncle spent 40 years on the railroads and has worked his way from brakes man all the way up to engineer. He has many experiences through his laborious work on the railroads, especially with the unions.

My Uncle Randy’s 6’1, has reddish hair that is balding, wears glasses and talks with a small town accent. My uncle is one of those cool family members that you can always rely on and will help you out in any situation. He’s a good friend to many people but if you break his trust, he’ll hold a grudge against you longer than anyone.

The unions are big part of an industrial workers life and plays a big role in job security, work safety, salary, benefits, and retirement pension. My uncle's experiences describe how railroad unions ensure better working conditions and how they’re unjust to certain workers. He also describes through specific examples his opinions on certain aspects of unions and their benefit systems. I used his experiences to create a more elaborate understanding of how unions work and how they could be improved, as well as an overview to the political side of unions.