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Biden’s Forced Rail Strike Deal Just Backfired – Now Railway Workers Are Threatening to Abandon the Industry En Masse
By Adam Casalino|December 6, 2022
Biden’s Forced Rail Strike Deal Just Backfired – Now Railway Workers Are Threatening to Abandon the Industry En Masse

What’s Happening:

We’ve been following Biden’s inability to work with unions for a while now. The man who claims to be just another blue-collar “Joe” doesn’t seem all that concerned with actually helping the working man. And his epic fumbles could hurt every last American.

Biden’s team failed to secure a deal for the twelve rail workers’ unions. A strike was averted this week, but only because Congress is forcing rail workers to agree to the current deal–despite a lack of paid sick leave. That’s right, if you work on the railroad, you do not get time off for being ill.

But it seems like the problem is far from solved. Because, despite this forced deal, thousands of workers are planning to quit.

From The Hill:

Railroad workers could leave the industry after Congress forced through a contract that does not provide them any paid sick days, an exodus that would ripple through an economy reliant on freight railroads to transport goods…

Those who were holding out hope for a strong contract might look for a new job after the deal failed to provide paid sick leave or put an end to strict attendance policies and strenuous schedules that require workers to be on call constantly, rail workers say.

How pathetic is that? Biden abandoned this labor union and used the brute force of Congress to force a deal through. I didn’t even know Congress could just force union workers to take a deal. But apparently, Democrats think they know better than everyone else. And because of that, they can ignore workers’ demands for paid sick leave.

But this brute-force method has left many of them outraged. And the word is, thousands of rail workers could just quit–leaving the entire industry in shambles. Even a minor slow-down could mean disaster for the U.S. economy.

It would interrupt the delivery of nearly every product you depend on. That includes food, fuel, and many online orders. Most products that stock (already mostly bare) shelves are supplied by rail. Trains deliver goods to local depots and truck drivers bring them to your stores (or home).

But if enough workers quit, looking for better jobs, the entire system will collapse.

And it doesn’t seem as if Biden and Democrats have any plan to solve this. They opted for the torched-earth policy, thinking they could just force workers to agree to a bad deal. That’s not every “pro-worker” of them, despite what Biden says.

Hmm… if only they had someone really good at making deals working for them? Perhaps, someone who wrote a book on the art of the deal?

Ah, I guess we don’t need people like that in Washington, right?

Key Takeaways:

  • Rail workers might quit after Congress forced unions to take a bad deal.
  • Thousands of workers could leave the industry over the refusal to give them sick leave.
  • Biden failed to broker a deal previously, despite bragging about solving the problem.

Source: The Hill

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Adam Casalino
Adam Casalino is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal. Find his other work: www.talesofmaora.com
Adam Casalino is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal. Find his other work: www.talesofmaora.com
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