Unions decry end of full dining service on two Amtrak trains

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The westbound Capitol Limited passes through Goshen, Ind., in March 2018. As of today, the train is one of two losing its full dining-car service.
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TOLEDO, Ohio — Amtrak employee unions are calling on the passenger railroad to reinstate full dining-car service on two routes between the East Coast and Chicago, saying the move “threatens jobs and pensions from coast to coast,” the Toledo Blade reports.

As of today (June 1), the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited no longer offer full dining service, replacing it with pre-packaged cold meal options for sleeping-car passengers. [See “Cold-meal service coming to ‘Capitol,’ “Lake Shore Limited," Trains News Wire, April 19].

The Amtrak Service Workers Council, which includes members from three unions, said in a statement that “with as little as nine-day notice, seven chefs represented by the Transport Workers Union of America received furlough letters, giving them a little more than a week to make a major life decision. … Due to this sudden decision, our members will be forced out of work, and some will be faced with the difficult decision of whether to uproot their lives, to relocate and exercise their seniority to replace ASWC members working other routes.”

The Blade report is available here, and the full statement from the Service Workers Council is here.

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