From reading the Arbitrators' decision, it seems that the pattern
made by the other unions, settling with Amtrak's previous offers,
hurt us. Since all the other unions, with the exception of the BMWE
and BRS, had settled with Amtrak the arbitrators basically gave us
the same agreement, with slight deviations.
In the end, we all voted (by secret ballot) to fight the fight
and we gave it the best fight we could. At least we didn't sit back
and take the first offer Amtrak gave.
fought for something better, took the fight to the Amtrak Board of
Directors homes and office and made them take a risk too. The guys
that came out to protest should be especially proud and every member
can be proud that they stood together to try to get something
It's a shame the arbitrator's took the weight of the other
unions' decision to settle instead of the weight of the Freight
Pattern, that we have always been bound by, to settle our
contracts with Amtrak. Maybe, just maybe, the other unions will
learn that "Together We Win, Divided We Fall".