House Passes Bill To Prevent Rail Worker Strike
(AmericanProsperity.com) – The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on November 30 to force rail workers to stay on the job despite claims of unfair treatment. A handful of unions rejected the earlier proposal they’d received on the matter, stating rail companies needed to offer employees adequate paid sick leave — an apparent dealbreaker. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged the Senate to push through the legislation, pointing to imminent economic collapse should a strike occur. Other legislators are calling foul on the move.
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Railroad companies and worker unions have struggled to find a consensus for some time now, with the Biden administration intervening in September when talks of strikes first threatened supply chains. According to NPR, they appeared to settle at that time on an agreement that would have increased pay by 24% over five years, improved healthcare benefits, allowed workers to take time off for medical appointments, and given one personal day each year.
Still, workers for four of the unions voted against the offer. They want 15 paid sick days, but rail companies say the concession would cost too much to implement.
Members of the House of Representatives voted 290-137 in favor of forcing the workers to abandon their strike. They also voted 221-207 in favor of forcing rail companies to give their employees seven days of paid sick leave. Pelosi wants the measures to move to the Senate as quickly as possible — preferably before union members have a chance to strike, which unions have scheduled to begin on December 9 unless they reach a resolution.
Democrats traditionally support workers and unions, but many believe this case is unique because it could potentially topple the country economically. Not everyone agrees. In a statement, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) says Congress stepping in “sets a bad precedent,” adding that such a move would ultimately “take away workers’ leverage to negotiate.”
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