TCU and IAM Send Joint Letter to the House of Representatives Asking Them to Vote NO on Amtrak Privatization
7/1/2011 IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger and TCU/IAM President Bob Scardelletti joined together to send a letter to every member of the House urging them to vote no on the "Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America Act.”
The letter states, “We are writing to ask you not to support legislation proposed by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica and Subcommittee Chairman Bill Shuster, titled ‘Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America Act.’”
This legislation is designed to privatize Amtrak's Northeast Corridor while at the same time put the rest of Amtrak's service in America out for bid. Amtrak is doing better today than at any time in its history. By stripping Amtrak of its most heavily traveled route - Washington, DC. to Boston - and privatizing state supported and long-distance service, you doom the only national passenger rail system in the United States.