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Hotline #787-A

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.