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Amtrak Seeks Court Help to Stop Walkout

September 30, 2003

Amtrak Seeks Court Help to Stop Walkout
Amtrak asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday to stop a union walkout planned Friday, which threatens to strand more than 750,000 Amtrak and commuter rail passengers around the country and disrupt mail and freight deliveries.

According to, six unions representing 8,000 workers plan to protest what they call the railroad’s chronic underfunding.

Amtrak asked for $1.8 billion in federal subsidies in 2004, but President Bush proposed half that amount as a way to force the railroad to restructure itself. The House agreed this month to give the railway $900 million next year. The Senate is proposing $1.346 billion.

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