Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Union pickets Amtrak Board chairman’s law office

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Amtrak Board Chairman Anthony Coscia's New Brunswick, N.J., law office was targeted Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, by the Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (PRLBC), representing Amtrak employees who PRLBC says continue to work without a contract.

Workers gathered in front of the offices of Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, in downtown New Brunswick to protest their lack of any formal agreement with Amtrak for more than three years. "Amtrak has continually stalled talks and engaged in bad faith bargaining," the group said in a statement. "The Union has asked to be released from government mediation so that the dispute can be resolved. Amtrak opposition to this release is the reason for the protest."

PRLBC chairman Jed Dodd said, "What is happening here is happening to unionized workers all over America where our basic due process rights are being denied. Mr. Coscia is just another boss in a long line of anti-labor governors, CEOs, and other politicians who are determined to deny the basic bargaining rights of American workers. We are protesting today to shine the light of day on these union-busting tactics."

PRLBC said it represents Amtrak workers who maintain and construct Amtrak's railroad track, bridges, buildings, overhead catenary, and signal systems.