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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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I.C.2. Issue Files -- Amtrak, 1988-1992

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Extent: .75 linear ft.

Box: 28

Contents: Correspondence, memoranda, meeting notes, floor statements, testimonies, news clippings, and reports.

Arrangement: Alphabetically by topic and chronologically within. Most file contents were maintained in reverse chronological order and this placement has been retained.


The majority of the Amtrak files deal with conflicts between upper management and railroad worker unions over the four year period of 1988-1992. Major matters in the disputes involved wages, health and welfare issues, and possible changes to work environment regulations. Due to Wilmington's position as a major repair yard and travel station along the "northeast corridor" for railroad travel and movement of goods, Congressman Carper maintained a strong interest in resolutions benefiting both Amtrak and labor. As a result, the files contain a significant body of literature pertaining to this topic, and deal with it on the local, state, and national levels.

Amtrak negotiated labor contracts with over twenty unions. For instance, management negotiated separately with the on-board service employees, the yardmasters, the station masters and the machinists. This method is well documented within the files, and provides insight into the complex nature of a system where twenty-plus different unions must be addressed.

Also included in the Amtrak files are letters and information regarding the possibility of 1992 layoffs of Amtrak workers in Wilmington, and Carper's efforts to save those jobs. The issue was unresolved in 1993 when Carper left his congressional office.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)

Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches, photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.

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