BMWED members, including Northeastern System Federation Secretary Treasurer/Vice General Chairman and longtime Amtrak employee Renato Rufo, joined the Amtrak Service Workers Council recently at Boston's South Station in protesting management’s ending of freshly-prepared meals on trains along the Northeast Corridor. This has meant job loss for 14 workers, members of the TWU and TCU. (The BMWED has been in Solidarity with this group in previous actions, including out front of Penn Station/NYC.)

Dozens of Amtrak employees and their supporters rallied in front of South Station Monday morning to protest changes to the rail company’s dining service, and the possible outsourcing of 1,700 union food and beverage jobs.

The demonstration was the latest in a series of actions across the country denouncing reductions in Amtrak meal service and the job losses that could ensue.

Protesters called for Amtrak president Richard Anderson, the former chief executive of Delta Air Lines, to be fired, holding up posters of Anderson wearing a top hat with a cartoon-villain mustache drawn on his face. They passed out fliers of Anderson in a chef hat under the headline, “All aboard the coldcut express!”