Category Archives: Politics & Legislation

TCU Demands Congress Support Commuter Rail Workers

Thousands of commuter rail workers have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, only to contract the disease, resulting in many deaths. With CARES Act funding due to expire, the IAM and TCU-IAM demand that Congress provide additional funding to ensure the safety and security of all employees. TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Support Commuter Rail

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Senators slam Amtrak over proposed cuts

Eleven U.S. Senators wrote Amtrak this week in two separate letters that criticized Amtrak’s proposed cuts to long-distance train service and plans to eliminate 20% of the workforce – many of which would be TCU members. As the largest union on Amtrak – representing approx. 6,800 Amtrak employees nationwide – our union is fighting diligently

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TCU Supports the INVEST in America Act, Urges Swift Passage

TCU National President Bob Scardelletti and National President-elect Artie Maratea issued the following statement on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s INVEST in America Act: “After decades of calling for massive investments in our country’s infrastructure, the INVEST in America Act finally delivers. This is the kind of bold, transformative legislation that will lead rail

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TCU Fights for Jobs, Calls out Amtrak over Furloughs and Insufficient Funding Request

Amtrak recently requested nearly $1.5 billion in supplemental funding from the federal government in fiscal 2021 to maintain “minimum service levels,” anticipating ridership will not recover to pre-pandemic levels in fiscal 2021. Amtrak also announced a reduction of up to 20 percent of its staff. The reductions will come to about 3,700 jobs. Amtrak is

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TCU-IAM Leader Urges House Members to Hold Amtrak Accountable on Systematic Campaign of Union Busting

WASHINGTON DC, Nov. 13, 2019 – Jack Dinsdale, National Vice President for the Transportation Communications Union (TCU-IAM) today testified before a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee. Dinsdale, a longtime Amtrak worker, detailed a changing culture with the nation’s passenger rail corporation that today includes workers living “in fear for their livelihood and careers.” “Under its

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TCU Members Rally in Riverside to Save Jobs, Stop Outsourcing

TCU/IAM National Vice President Jack Dinsdale leading a rally to protest to closure and outsourcing of 500 jobs at Amtrak’s Riverside, CA call center. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Yesterday, TCU/IAM members from Amtrak’s Riverside call center rallied to save their jobs.

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