WHEREAS, the future of Amtrak is uncertain and many within the federal government, Amtrak management, railroads, and private industry have initiated policies and practices which are detrimental to members of the Teamsters Rail Conference at Amtrak; and
WHEREAS, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are a substantial part of the Amtrak workforce; and
WHEREAS, the Teamsters Rail Conference and the International Union have worked diligently to oppose any legislation or policies that adversely affect its Amtrak members; and
WHEREAS, inter-city passenger rail service in the United States, including high speed rail, is finally receiving some long-needed attention and funding; and
WHEREAS, Amtrak is the only company in America with a proven record of providing inter-city passenger rail service in excess of 100 mph; and
WHEREAS, the career professionals of the BLET and BMWED in the Teamsters Rail Conference have a proven record of building, operating, and maintaining railroads;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the delegates to the 28th International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention go on record in support of its Amtrak members of the Rail Conference; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the delegates support the continued commitment of the International Union to provide the Rail Conference with the resources and legislative support necessary to secure adequate funding for Amtrak and resist diversion of passenger rail funds to privatization and similar schemes not in the public interest.