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Rail Bosses Said No to Paid Sick Leave – So We’re Still on Track for A Strike
Posted On: Sep 26, 2022
Sept. 26, 2022 | FREIGHT | Earlier this month, when railroad workers threatened to strike over “grueling” conditions—like formal discipline for taking any time off at all—the Biden administration brokered a tentative deal, avoiding a work stoppage that could have crippled supply chains and cost the US billions of dollars a day. Crisis averted. Or not. As more details of the deal come to light, it’s unclear that union members—who have to vote on the deal—will get on board. Workers had complained of weeks on call without a day off, overwork after staff cuts, and underpayment amid high inflation. One engineer told my colleague Noah Lanard that workers were “just fighting for the basic right to be able to be people outside of the railroad”—not for the $10 million-plus pay packages of top rail CEOs… Mother Jones   Note: The Teamsters Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 U.S. rail employees.
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