- Mar 13, 2019
- Albuquerque, NM
I hear that one of the main things the conductors and engineers are striking over is having to be available to work most or all of the time; being "on call" forever, I guess. I assume it's because the freight rail lines don't have enough workforce redundancy which I have heard has been a long-time problem. I imagine that now it might be difficult to rectify even if the railroad companies wanted to due to the shortage of workers "everywhere". If they did try to rectify it, would that cause problems to Amtrak; would perhaps conductors and engineers be poached from Amtrak? And currently, who gets paid more overall, freight rail-lines conductors/engineers or Amtrak's?