August 23, 1993
The United Transportation Union has notified Amtrak that it plans a nationwide Amtrak strike at 12:01 am on August 25 -- that is later than a deadline reported here previously. The issue involves the Metrolink commuter train system in Los Angeles, which is operated under contract by Amtrak. The UTU objects to Mechanical Department employees moving trains within the maintenance facility at Taylor Yard and wants to assign passenger conductors there. Amtrak will go to court tomorrow to ask for a temporary restraining order. Still, if you have travel plans August 25 or beyond, be prepared for last-minute changes.
"When [NARP] comes to Washington, you help embolden us in our efforts to continue the progress for passenger rail. And not just on the Northeast Corridor. All over America! High-speed rail, passenger rail is coming to America, thanks to a lot of your efforts! We’re partners in this. ... You are the ones that are going to make this happen. Do not be dissuaded by the naysayers. There are thousands of people all over America who are for passenger rail and you represent the best of what America is about!"
Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation
2012 NARP Spring Council Meeting