At the end of December, the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) appointed to investigate the long-running contract dispute between Amtrak and nine labor unions came down squarely on the side of the workers. The nearly 10,000 workers have been seeking a new contract and a general wage increase since the beginning of 2000—more than eight years.
The board’s report, submitted Dec. 30, recommends adoption of nearly all of the unions’ proposals. The AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) says the PEB’s report:
is the basis for agreement. Amtrak should come to the bargaining table and reach a negotiated settlement with its unions based on the recommendations of the PEB. Rail labor has repeatedly stated its desire to settle this dispute voluntarily, without a strike.