Amtrak is temporarily reverting to its original policy that will allow for testing as an alternative to vaccination, the company’s CEO,
“This caused the company to reevaluate our policy and to address the uncertainty about the federal requirements that apply to Amtrak,” Flynn said in the memo, adding that the company will offer testing.
The company warned lawmakers last week that it wouldn’t have enough employees to operate all its trains next month when it planned to enforce Covid-19 vaccine requirements. Employers across industries have warned vaccine mandates will exacerbate worker shortages they’re already facing.
Fewer than 500 active Amtrak employees are out of compliance with the company’s mandate, according to the memo. About 95.7% of Amtrak’s employees are fully vaccinated or have an accommodation, the company said.
Employees who need to submit to testing and don’t will be put on unpaid leave and could be fired, the memo said.
Republicans pushed back on Amtrak’s expected service cuts last week.
“The administration is preparing to spend nearly $60 billion in new funding for Amtrak and passenger rail, but its own unworkable policies and egregious mandates would have delivered less service for the taxpayers footing the bill--not more,” Rep.
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