Amtrak Workers To Get $145M In Back Pay

WASHINGTON — Amtrak says thousands of employees who worked for years under an outdated contract will soon start getting the remaining $145 million they are owed in back pay.

Amtrak had agreed to pay the unionized workers over two years. So far, the national passenger railroad has paid out $428 million. The rest of the money will be awarded May 1.

Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell said Tuesday the money will come from a combination of congressional appropriations and Amtrak general funds.

Amtrak and its workers agreed on the dealue in January 2008 after they came close to striking following years of unsuccessful mediation. The railroad has about 16,000 union-covered employees. Some workers had been without an updated contract for eight years.