Joe Biden has campaigned on his ability to connect with unions and “regular folk.” The man from Delaware built his reputation for not being a D.C. insider, but a rare politician who looks after the little guys.
But that fantasy was shattered this week.
A major Biden win, which could have prevented a crippling strike, has suddenly fallen through. Now, this one of many Biden failures could shut down America’s economy. From Breitbart:
President Joe Biden’s tentative railroad union deal fell apart on Monday after a freight rail workers union rejected it, raising fears of a looming strike…
“Railroaders do not feel valued. They resent the fact that management holds no regard for their quality of life, illustrated by their stubborn reluctance to provide a higher quantity of paid time off, especially for sickness.”
Last month, Biden brokered a tentative agreement with the unions and the railroads, boasting of his success as a dealmaker…
But the union’s rejection of the deal sets Biden back and again raises the possibility of a national rail shutdown which would cripple the economy right before the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays.
Biden took a victory lap when his administration brokered a deal between rail workers and their bosses. He even claimed this was a “win for America.” But a few weeks have passed and the entire thing has fallen apart.
The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the Teamsters rejected the deal, accusing their bosses of refusing to pay for time off–especially for sickness or family emergencies.
It’s actually pretty shocking that Biden’s “deal” didn’t address this critical demand. How can Biden claim a “win,” when these workers weren’t getting compensation for sickness? The union even said their members did not “feel valued” by the very people they work for. That is a powerful indictment against management–and something Biden should have strived to fix.
Instead, he quickly took the win to prop up his failing image and salvage the midterm elections.
But this is a prime example of counting your chickens before they hatched. Because the deal is broken and a strike might happen any minute, now. A railroad strike would be devastating for the U.S. economy–already suffering under Biden’s inflation and recession. The railways deliver most of our goods from coast to coast. Even a minor slowdown would deprive countless communities of the goods they need.
Businesses, stores, restaurants, you name it–will be forced to close their doors. It would be worse than the lockdowns, ten times over. And Biden appears to have no solution to the problem.
Sounds a lot like his work with Afghanistan, or Russia, or the Iran Deal, huh?
- Biden’s deal with the railroad unions fell through, increasing the risk of a strike.
- The Democrat bragged about the deal in September, claiming it as a win for his administration.
- A railroad strike would bring the U.S. economy to a grinding halt, as goods would not be delivered.