White House Statement on
the Report of Presidential Emergency Board No. 217 To
Investigate a Railroad Labor Dispute
January 11, 1989
Emergency Board No. 217 submitted on January
its report to the President concerning a dispute between the Port Authority
Trans-Hudson Corp. and the Transportation Communications Union-Carmen Division.
three-member Board was established on November
by Executive Order No. 12655. The Board was chaired by Professor Thomas G.S.
Christensen, an arbitrator and professor of law at New York University School
of Law. Dr. Thomas Francis Carey and Dr. Mark Leo Kahn were appointed as
members of the Board. This dispute was investigated by a prior Presidential
Emergency Board No. 214, which issued recommendations for settlement of the
dispute. Presidential Emergency Board No. 217 was ordered to select the most
reasonable final offer submitted by the parties.
formal hearings and careful study of the final offers submitted by the parties,
the Board selected PATH's final offer as the most
reasonable. The primary features of PATH's final
offer are a 5-percent increase in all rates in each year of a 3-year contract
beginning in June 1985, improvements in medical and life insurance, and the
addition of Martin Luther King's birthday as a holiday.