Amtrak deal averts strike

(01/18/08) WASHINGTON (AP) - Amtrak has reached a deal with its union averting a possible strike at the end of this month. People familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the deal adopts the recommendations of a presidential emergency board issued December 30th. A meeting to finalize the agreement is scheduled for today in Washington, D.C. Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black said he did not have any information to release. Calls to Joel Parker of the Transportation Communications International Union, were not immediately returned. However, another union official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed there was a deal. The strike would have shutdown Manhattan's Penn Station, because Amtrak manages the tracks and signals. There has never been a strike in Amtrak's 36-year history. The dispute involved about 10,000 employees whose last contract ended December 31st, 1999. The presidential board recommended that wage increases be made retroactive. But Amtrak is worried about how it will afford the back pay.

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."