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Rail Labor Agreement Averts Suspension of Caltrain Service; Other Trains in Flux

Federal officials announced a tentative agreement late Wednesday between Union Pacific and unions representing workers, avoiding service interruptions anticipated Friday for Caltrain between Gilroy and San Jose.

Caltrain officials had announced Tuesday that a strike would mean suspending service between Gilroy and San Jose because the tracks used by this line are owned by Union Pacific.

The Capitol Corridor initially planned for partial service Thursday from San Jose to Oakland to Sacramento, but restored full service later in the morning.

Other rail services in the Bay Area were still in flux.

ACE train announced Wednesday it would cancel two ACR trains Thursday morning between Stockton and San Jose and two more in the reverse direction Thursday evening if a deal to avert the strike wasn’t reached by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The deal wasn’t announced until early Thursday morning.

Amtrak says it is “working to quickly to restore canceled trains and reaching out to impacted customers to accommodate on first available departures.”

Union members will vote on the tentative agreement, a process that includes an agreement not to strike while voting is tallied.

While details on the agreement were not released, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the following statement after rail companies and union negotiators reached a tentative agreement:

“Moments ago, following 20 consecutive hours of negotiations at the Department of Labor, rail companies and union negotiators came to a tentative agreement that balances the needs of workers, businesses and our nation’s economy. Secretary Walsh and the Biden Administration applauds all parties for reaching this hard-fought, mutually beneficial deal. Our rail system is integral to our supply chain, and a disruption would have had catastrophic impacts on industries, travelers and families across the country.”

Source: NBC Bay Area

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