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House Takes Action to Avert US Rail Strike

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We continue to monitor developments on the potential rail strike by union members who work for Class 1 rail operators in the US.


Of the 12 unions that have participated in the negotiations, eight have approved contracts while four unions representing 60,000 rail workers have voted down the tentative agreement that had been negotiated in September with the participation of a White House appointed mediation panel. 


If even one of the railroad unions were to go on strike, the other 11 would honor the picket lines, effectively shutting down the national railroad network. Friday, December 9th at 12:01 am EST marks the end of a cooling off period, giving rail union workers the option of striking. The dispute is over wages, attendance policies and paid time off.
On November 28th, the White House released a statement from President Biden calling on Congress to immediately pass legislation to adopt the tentative agreement between railroad workers and operators. The House passed legislation on Wednesday, November 30th that would impose the contract terms on unions that have rejected the agreement. A second House vote added seven days of paid sick leave to the tentative agreement. The legislation now heads to the Senate for voting before the President can sign into law.


We continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as they are received.





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