Amtrak Cancels Long Distance Routes Ahead Of Possible Railroad Strike That Could Start Friday – KAFF News – Flagstaff
It may be quieter in Flagstaff, Winslow and Williams starting Friday as a strike looms as two unions continue to negotiate with BNSF and Union Pacific, along with other railway companies, on a new contract. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, or BLET, wants sick time included in the new deal, but the rail companies aren’t budging. If the two sides don’t come to an agreement by midnight Friday, rail service could come to a stop, threatening major supply chain disruptions. All rail companies have taken steps this week to limit all but essential services and minimize the transport of hazardous materials. A strike would also affect passenger rail service, since freight lines own the tracks in certain parts of the country. Amtrak says it will cancel all of its long-distance routes starting Thursday, unless a strike is averted.