Saturday, January 05, 2008

Amtrak unions say hopeful dispute can be settled

Reuters article about Amtrak unions happy with recommendations Friday by the special presidential board involved in settling their long running contract dispute with Amtrak. This may possibly avoid a strike at the end of January. If the special presidential board recommendations were approved wages would rise by more than a third and workers would get back pay. The board also advised against the railroad's proposal for changing work rules.

The unions seem to be happy with this suggested resolution. Perhaps there will be no impact to Amtrak commuters? With wages increasing by 33% the result would likely be higher fares for commuters at some point later in 2008.

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