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Please find update provided to the industry in an article published by the JOC.


“The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to force all US rail unions to accept terms of a tentative contract agreement brokered by the Biden administration in September. The measure, approved by a vote of 80-15, ends the threat of a country-wide rail strike that could have begun Dec. 9, crippling cargo movement in the midst of the holiday season.


Senate action came one day after the House of Representatives approved a similar resolution. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature, which is expected to happen quickly.


Four of the country’s 12 rail unions rejected the deal hammered out almost three months ago, prompting Congress to use its powers under the Railway Labor Act to force implementation of a binding contract on all parties. It is the first time in 30 years Congress has involved itself in rail labor negotiations.


In a separate vote Thursday, the Senate failed to grant seven paid sick days to rail workers, which the House approved on Wednesday. The Senate vote was 52-43, but 60 votes were needed to pass the amendment.


The tentative agreement that will be implemented across all 12 rail unions includes a 24 percent pay increase covering the five years between 2020 to 2024.”



We continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as new information is made available.





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