President Biden has signaled his ready and willingness to help Congress force through the deal 4 out of 12 rail unions are rejecting. (1 paid sick day per year in the compromise deal I think)The national railroad strike is back on, possibly for December 9th!
Large rail union SMART-TD votes to reject labor deal as national strike moves closerSMART-TD, one of the largest rail unions, voted down a labor deal, and a national strike could begin in December, a serious blow to the economy.www.cnbc.com
Will they really do it before Christmas though?
Workers wanted 15 paid sick days, according to Reuters, but railroad companies agreed to just one paid personal day in the tentative agreement.
"As a proud pro-labor President, I am reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement," Biden said. "But in this case – where the economic impact of a shutdown would hurt millions of other working people and families – I believe Congress must use its powers to adopt this deal."
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg echoed Biden's sentiment. A strike could cost the economy $2 billion a day, according to the pro-business US Chamber of Commerce, and bring a slew of services to a standstill.
While Rubio struck out at union bosses, the contract process does require that union members vote on whether or not to ratify the tentative agreement. The industry's biggest union, alongside three others, voted down the tentative agreement, while the rest of the 12 total unions involved in the negotations voted to ratify.
Michael Paul Lindsey, a locomotive engineer in Idaho and steering committee member for Railroad Workers United, told Insider it was a "blatant betrayal," but he wasn't surprised.
"I thought it was kind of laughable that anyone would think that either the Democrats or the Republicans actually cared. Bottom line, they care about money," he said. Even so, "there was always that hope in the back of my mind that maybe someone would do something that was actually right for the American worker for once — instead of just what's right for corporate America."
The U.S. House passed the railroad agreement forcing the Unions and workers to accept the new contract. 290 votes yes to 137 against.
House votes to prevent rail strike, guarantee paid sick leaveThe House of Representatives voted 290-137 to intervene on a potential rail strike. It also voted to guarantee seven days of paid sick leave.www.freightwaves.com
A second bill was passed that would guarantee 7 paid sick days per year instead of 1.
It squeaked through with 221 to 207 votes.
I assume the railroads and Republicans were against this one.
Both head to the Senate.
House Republicans, who have unlimited paid sick leave, have given no explanation why they voted almost unanimously against the 7 days of paid sick leave.
Republicans with unlimited sick days vote against time off for rail workers"The 'working class party' strikes again," one Twitter user said after the vote.www.newsweek.com
Moving towards securing Republicans, then.
I know very little, but I know a thing or two about sickness and the stress of worrying about your job makes it significantly worse.How much you guys know about rail scheduling?
How much you guys know about rail scheduling?
When trains get more expensive, shipping gets more expensive, and guess who eats crap when the wholesale transportation basis cost goes up first?