Amtrak expects to temporarily cut some services next month as it warns of possible labor shortages due to the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate that requires employees in sub- government contractors will be fully bitten by January 4.
Bloomberg News reports:
As Amtrak prepares to comply with the federal vaccine mandate, it will likely need to temporarily reduce the frequency, especially on its long-haul services, said Stephen J. Gardner, president of Amtrak, in testimony written for a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. About 94% of the workers at the railway company have been fully vaccinated this week. […] The problem is most acute on multi-day routes, where crew bases at certain intermediate points have relatively lower rates of employees vaccinated.
“Achieving full service levels, while meeting immunization requirements and continuing to prioritize the safety of our customers and employees, is our goal,” said Gardner.
Some Republican lawmakers have expressed frustration with looming labor shortages due to the vaccines mandate.
Amtrak just received about $ 60 billion in new funding, but now President Biden’s vaccine mandates are causing further worker shortages and service cuts, hampering recovery from Amtrak’s historic losses. last year, “said Rep Sam Graves (R-MO) declared. “Taxpayers will pay more for fewer services. “
In addition to the tenure, Amtrak faces a staffing shortage due to a lack of human resources managers tasked with hiring new employees, according to the report from the company’s Office of the Inspector General released Thursday.
Amtrak hopes to increase its workforce by more than 20% through October 2022.