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  • Biden signs legislation preventing rail strike, lockout
    Reported by Sarah Zimmerman for SupplyChainDive. President Joe Biden on Friday signed legislation imposing a labor agreement on rail workers, avoiding a national strike or lockout that was expected to cost the economy $2 billion a day. “A rail shutdown would have devastated our economy,” the president said at a bill signing event. “Without freight rail, many of the U.S.… Read more »
  • Congress and Biden override rail worker collective bargaining rights
    Reported by Mark Gruenberg and John Wojcik for People's World. Giving in to pressure from Democratic President Joe Biden and corporate rail bosses, the Senate overwhelmingly imposed a four-year contract on 115,000 unionized freight railroad workers—without the seven paid sick days they sought. The contract, which a Biden board crafted, came in legislation the president signed this morning. Biden, in… Read more »
  • The Rail Impasse: Your Questions Answered
    Reported by Harold Meyerson for The American Prospect. So, what’s at the root of the conflict at the railroads? In their very successful effort to raise their profits and payouts to investors, the seven major freight railroads have all but eliminated their competition, downsized their workforces to reduce the share of revenues going to wages, shifted to just-in-time (or sometimes… Read more »
  • Congress votes to avert rail strike amid dire warnings
    Reported by Josh Funk and Kevin Freking for AP News. Legislation to avert what could have been an economically ruinous freight rail strike won final approval in Congress on Thursday as lawmakers responded quickly to President Joe Biden’s call for federal intervention in a long-running labor dispute. The Senate passed a bill to bind rail companies and workers to a… Read more »
  • Statement on Resolution to End Rail Dispute
    WASHINGTON – Greg Regan and Shari Semelsberger, president and secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, today issued this statement as President Biden signs H.J.Res.100 to prevent a national disruption to freight rail service and end the years-long dispute between rail corporations and workers: “We are disappointed anytime the vote to approve […] The post Statement on… Read more »
  • Rail unions urge Senate not to extend strike deadline
    Reported by Karl Evers-Hillstrom for The Hill. One of the largest railroad unions on Thursday urged senators not to extend the Dec. 9 deadline for rail workers to strike and instead force through a contract that would guarantee paid sick leave for workers. The plea from the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) — whose members rejected a… Read more »
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