Amtrak – The Cross-Country Union Jobs Program at Taxpayer Expense

October 23, 2012 08:02

A recent Capitol Hill hearing offered grounds for suspicion that the railroad’s 20,000 employees—who average $90,000 a year in pay and benefits—have cousins in high places. It came out in the hearing that Amtrak loses more than $80 million a year on food services.



By Clark Whelton at City Journal


A cheeseburger that sells for $9.50 in an Amtrak café car costs the railroad $16.15.


“Why are some members of Congress promoting the elimination of good middle-class jobs with decent pay and benefits?” demanded Dwayne Bateman, vice general chairman of the union that represents train service workers. Nick Rahall, the ranking Democrat on the House’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, agreed. “It’s a whopper of an idea, trading good-paying jobs for cheaper hamburgers,” Rahall said.


Romney should start by ending the food scam. If he can’t put an end to such blatant fraud, he’ll have no chance of reforming Amtrak’s rail operations.


Amtrak lost $800M on cheeseburgers and soda

Top Industries Lobbying on Labor, 2012

Industry Total
Public Sector Unions $10,310,057
Transportation Unions $5,633,862
Industrial Unions $4,305,205
Misc Unions $3,390,419
Building Trade Unions $1,894,925

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