Union Can't Block Rail Co. From Using Biometric Time Clocks

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By Allison Grande (April 26, 2022, 10:33 PM EDT) — A New York federal judge has axed a railway union’s bid to stop Metro-North from implementing a timekeeping system that would require locomotive engineers to scan their fingerprints, finding on Monday the labor spat is a “minor” dispute that can’t be resolved in district court under federal law.

The Association of Commuter Rail Employees Local No. 9, the collective bargaining representative for locomotive engineers employed by Metro-North Railroad Co., sued the suburban commuter rail service operator after Metro-North announced in March 2021 it was moving forward with plans to use Kronos biometric time clocks, requiring engineers to swipe out using their…

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