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Date: 09/30/19 19:57
ATSF Management Explains Their Position In Labor Dispute
Author: CA_Sou_MA_Agent

Here's something I stumbled across while going through some boxes.  I guess I'm a pack rat.  I guess it has some historical significance now that ATSF is a "fallen flag."  

This pertains to a labor dispute where the UTU and BLE were angry over management operating an experimental "Roadrailer" train.  I remember that picket lines were established but the unions pretty much left Amtrak alone.  Amtrak's "Desert Wind" was re-routed over the UP's Los Angeles Subdivision during the strike.  That was a freight-only piece of railroad at the time (Metrolink's 400-series trains use it now) so a friend of mine and I rode to Vegas and back to get some new mileage and lose some money at the tables.  The reason for the detour was to keep the train off of the Santa Fe.  Between West Riverside and Daggett, they had no choice but to operate the train over the Santa Fe, so managers operated the train on that segment. 

I've heard that the locals for the BLE and UTU were agreeable to the operation of this one-time experimental train with the exception of one local in Illinois.  That's all it took.      



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/01/19 13:51 by CA_Sou_MA_Agent.




Date: 10/01/19 07:49
Re: ATSF Management Explains Their Position In Labor Dispute
Author: engineerinvirginia

CA_Sou_MA_Agent Wrote:
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> Here's something I stumbled across while going
> through some boxes.  I guess I'm a pack rat.  I
> guess it has some historical significance now that
> ATSF is a "fallen flag."  
>
> This pertains to a labor dispute where the UTU and
> BLE were angry over management operating an
> experimental "Roadrailer" train.  I remember that
> picket lines were established but the unions
> pretty much left Amtrak alone.  For reasons I
> never quite figured out, Amtrak's "Desert Wind"
> was re-routed over the UP's Los Angeles
> Subdivision during the strike.  That was a
> freight-only piece of railroad at the time
> (Metrolink's 400-series trains use it now) so a
> friend of mine and I rode to Vegas and back to get
> some new mileage and lose some money at the
> tables.   

1986 was not a good time to be railroader....jobs were disappearing fast....anything the even smelled like a lost job was met with hostility.  



Date: 10/03/19 09:46
Re: ATSF Management Explains Their Position In Labor Dispute
Author: BigSkyBlue

engineerinvirginia Wrote:
>
> 1986 was not a good time to be railroader....jobs
> were disappearing fast....anything the even
> smelled like a lost job was met with
> hostility.  

Well said.  BSB 



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