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Biden Asks Congress to Force Rail Deal Over Union Objections

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Biden Asks Congress to Force Rail Deal Over Union Objections

“We cannot let our strongly held conviction for better outcomes for workers deny workers the benefits of the bargain they reached, and hurl this nation into a devastating rail freight shutdown,” the president said. 

Biden’s intervention underscores the administration’s growing concern about the possibility of a work stoppage on freight rail lines. A strike could wreak havoc on the US economy by crippling supply chains, disrupting passenger rail travel and preventing key materials from reaching water treatment plants. 

Unions and railroads have until Dec. 9 to avoid a strike, and a negotiated agreement now appears unlikely. 

Of a total of 13 labor agreements among the 12 unions representing different types of rail…

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