Insta-CoGo: Amtrak to Keep on Rolling
A possible strike that could have shut down passenger travel on Amtrak as of the end of this month seems to have been averted. Although a new contract proposal has yet to be ratified, company and union leaders came to a tentative agreement Friday. Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black said the company is "confident" that workers will ratify it.
Details of the tentative agreement weren't available today: Union leaders want to present the package to their membership first. However, Block said that while it doesn't follow exactly the recommendations of a presidential board, it's close. The board recommended that since Amtrak had "failed to bargain in good faith" for eight years as a means of keeping wages at 1999 levels, the company should provide retroactive raises going back eight years. It recommended increases that average 2.6 percent a year.
Will ticket prices have to increase to pay for the raises? "Not necessarily," said Black, adding that "Congress might have to be involved."
CoGo's interpretation of that: Congress will have to pony up some more bucks to keep the railroad running. And why not? Taxpayer dollars subsidize the trucking industry by building roads, so why not help a more efficient, less deadly means of transportation?
By Cindy Loose |
January 22, 2008; 1:27 PM ET
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