Before the famous Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters first organized, another group of African-American railroad workers helped them get their start. That union lives on today in 团结在这里, representing dining car workers on Amtrak trains throughout the United States.
The Dining Car Employees Union first joined HERE in the early 1900s. 在那个时候, the 17 dining car locals represented 20,000年的厨师, waiters, 以及在美国酒吧工作的调酒师.S. 铁路线路.
几十年来,, the Dining Car Employees and Pullman porters were the only unions in the United States of mostly African-American membership. These two unions actively fought for their rights as workers while battling discrimination from the railroad industry and even other unions.
最终, major railroads wanted to get out of the business of passenger rail service, so Congress authorized the creation of Amtrak in 1971. As Amtrak began running the trains from Chicago to New York, 新奥尔良, Oakland, 和西雅图, 团结在这里 and the two other unions representing railroad workers of various crafts across the country joined forces in the Amtrak Service Works Council.
团结在这里 members in the Amtrak Service Works Council include lead service attendants, 食品专家, 和厨师, as well as service attendants in the snack cars, coaches, 和睡眠.