Dwayne Bateman, UNITE HERE Local 43 Vice General Chairman and 35-year Amtrak food and beverage employee, testified on Capitol Hill Thursday against Congressional Republicans’ attempts to privatize Amtrak’s food and beverage operations that would eliminate good, living-wage, American jobs.
‘When I joined Amtrak, I had no expectation this job would make me a rich man. But it is honest and respectable work with long hours,” said Bateman.”It allowed me to provide for my family, help send my two girls to college, and live a middle class life. I have invested over three decades into this career. I work hard, earn a decent living, and expect to retire with dignity.”
Bateman’s testimony was praised by both Committee Ranking Member Gerry Connolly (D.-11th-Virginia) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-7th-Maryland).