EO 13452
Effective Date: November 30, 2007

Responsible Office: Office of Internal Controls and Management Systems
Subject: Establishing an Emergency Board to Investigate Disputes Between the National Railroad Passenger Corp. & Certain of its Employees Represented by Certain Labor Organizations

Establishing an Emergency Board To Investigate
                Disputes Between the National Railroad Passenger
                Corporation and Certain of Its Employees Represented by
                Certain Labor Organizations

                Disputes exist between National Railroad Passenger
                Corporation (Amtrak) and certain of its employees
                represented by certain labor organizations. The labor
                organizations involved in these disputes are designated
                on the attached list, which is made a part of this

                The disputes have not heretofore been adjusted under
                the provisions of the Railway Labor Act, as amended (45
                U.S.C. 151 et seq.) (RLA).

                In the judgment of the National Mediation Board, these
                disputes threaten substantially to interrupt interstate
                commerce to a degree that would deprive sections of the
                country of essential transportation service.

                NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as
                President by the Constitution and the laws of the
                United States, including section 10 of the RLA (45
                U.S.C. 160), it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Establishment of Emergency Board (Board).
                There is established, effective 12:01 a.m. eastern
                standard time on December 1, 2007, a Board of five
                members to be appointed by the President to investigate
                and report on these disputes. No member shall be
                pecuniarily or otherwise interested in any organization
                of railroad employees or any carrier. The Board shall
                perform its functions subject to the availability of

                Sec. 2. Report. The Board shall report to the President
                with respect to the disputes within 30 days of its

                Sec. 3. Maintaining Conditions. As provided by section
                10 of the RLA, from the date of the creation of the
                Board and for 30 days after the Board has submitted its
                report to the President, no change in the conditions
                out of which the disputes arose shall be made by the
                parties to the controversy, except by agreement of the

                Sec. 4. Records Maintenance. The records and files of
                the Board are records of the Office of the President
                and upon the Board's termination shall be maintained in
                the physical custody of the National Mediation Board.

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                Sec. 5. Expiration. The Board shall terminate upon the
                submission of the report provided for in section 2 of
                this order.

                    President, George Bush

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    November 28, 2007.

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