NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Amtrak Friday announced a tentative deal with nine labor unions had averted a "crippling" strike at the end of January.
Specifics of the agreement were withheld until the proposal is ratified by union members over the next several weeks, Amtrak, the nation's quasi-government passenger rail corporation, said.
The contract is believed to follow recommendations of a presidential emergency board on Dec. 30 in which Amtrak was urged to grant back wages to its workers, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"We have averted a possible strike that could have had a crippling effect on the lives of millions of Americans," Alex Kummant, Amtrak president and chief executive said in a statement.
There has never been a strike in Amtrak's 36-year history.