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AMTRAK ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING RECOMMENDATIONS OF PEB 222

 AMTRAK ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING RECOMMENDATIONS OF PEB 222
 WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Amtrak issued the following statement regarding recommendations of the Presidential Emergency Board:
 The Emergency Board appointed by President Bush to investigate the labor dispute between Amtrak and six of its unions has submitted its report to the president. Amtrak has reviewed the Emergency Board's 84-page report and its detailed recommendations.
 The recommendations of PEB 222 concerning the disputes between Amtrak and six of its labor unions generally follow the wage agreements Amtrak has already reached with some 63 percent of its unionized workers. These recommendations are entirely separate from those governing the freight railroad disputes and are uniquely applicable to Amtrak; in fact, except for the BLE, these wage increases are significantly above those granted to the freight railroads last year by PEB 219. While the PEB 222 recommendations also cover some work rule relief, many of the work rule changes proposed by Amtrak were not recommended by the PEB, and a number of changes sought by various unions were granted.
 Amtrak is pleased that the board's recommendations do reflect an acknowledgement of Amtrak's difficult financial condition. While Amtrak's financial performance over the past decade has improved, the current recession and Amtrak's resulting decline in revenue has worsened its already tight money situation. Accordingly, the provision of greater wage increases than were provided to the freight railroad employees, without a number of needed work rule reforms, will make the board's recommendations financially difficult to implement.
 As a result, PEB 222 is by no means a victory for either side; it is intended to be, however, a careful and detailed response to the proposals made by both Amtrak and the unions, and should provide a basis for further negotiation to reach a settlement between Amtrak and its unions as quickly as possible. Amtrak intends to make every effort to do this, and will work closely with the National Mediation Board in arranging meetings between the parties in the next several weeks. Amtrak is committed to make every reasonable effort to reach agreements generally consistent with the PEB 222 recommendations.
 However, in the event agreements are not reached, any union or unions not agreeing will be free to strike at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24.
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 /CONTACT: Sue Martin of Amtrak, 202-906-3860/ CO: Amtrak ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN SU:


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