Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:03 am This paywalled Washington Post (courtesy of Seattle Times) material certainly suggests "they mean business":If Amtrak has to go down to tri-weekly service for the LD trains (and reduction in corridor or even state based trains) - it was also noted in the same article that this could ERODE both patron and Congressional support/confidence from Amtrak, especially in the wake of it receiving $66B for infrastructure. To me - that was the most important observation made.
The railroad is expected to publish a revised service schedule by mid-December to reflect possible cuts, according to Amtrak. In a memo to workers last month, chief executive William J. Flynn said the railroad is preparing “for the possibility that some number of employees will choose not to get vaccinated and will therefore be leaving the company, which could necessitate some temporary reductions of Amtrak service.”If the six car 3-4 I noted immediately is representative of the present demand, who away from the advocacy community really cares?
The company said in the memo that 88.2% of its roughly 17,000 workers had been vaccinated late last month, and projected an additional 6% were on track to comply this month. Amtrak said Friday it expects the number “to be slightly higher” by the January deadline.
Amtrak estimates that at Jan 4, 2022 it will have 94% of its workforce vaccinated......They’ll never publish it, but it would be interesting to see a graph as to what crafts or areas unvaccinated people are in. Is it pre-dominately rail operations? Moreover, this statement about reduction in service certainly opens another door that Amtrak could say - sorry, this LD train is coach only, with no dining service because we are short on staff. And if Amtrak is short on staff - how will this exactly work at the bigger picture....... Some crews may be short a conductor or LSA or coach attendant, and then this is going to lead to reduced labor levels again........When will the Merry Go Round end???? This has deeper ramifications than if you support corridor or LD trains or both. Amtrak is going to get a Congressional stamp of irrelevancy.......
I’m all for the vaccine and a believer in the vaccine. Scheduled for my booster this week. Not sure what exactly the answer is, but I think any service reductions will have greater ramifications, for better or worse, not sure. I do want people to stay safe and healthy. Is a less than 6% unvaccinated employees going to cause tri-weekly service again etc etc.????