Amtrak workers learn terms of severance, relocation deals

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Amtrak's call center in Riverside, Calif., is scheduled to close Jan. 18.
David Croteau

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Workers at Amtrak’s soon-to-close Riverside reservation call center are being offered a $15,000 relocation allowance or a one-time severance payment of $10,000, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.

Workers learned the terms of the agreement at a Wednesday meeting, after Amtrak and their union reached an agreement last week. [See “Amtrak, union reach agreement on relocation, severance for call center workers,” Trains News Wire, Dec. 26, 2018.]

The relocation allowance is for workers willing to transfer to the remaining Amtrak call center near Philadelphia. Workers were also told they might be able to take jobs selling tickets at Amtrak stations in California, but most would not have the senority to receive one of those positions, and most would require lengthy commutes.

The Riverside call center is scheduled to close Jan. 18, 2019.

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