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Senate barrels toward vote to avert railroad strike with fate of paid sick leave unclear
How Congress can ‘solve’ the rail problem
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen President Michael Baldwin discusses Congress’ involvement to avoid a rail strike, arguing a strike is the ‘last thing’ the industry wants.
The Senate on Thursday is moving toward a vote to avoid a looming railroad strike, which has the potential to cause significant economic damage in the U.S. right before the holiday season if lawmakers do not act.
"As a matter of process and timing and everything like that I still think it probably comes together today," Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters.
Thune said the Senate appears to be moving to a vote on a bill the House passed Wednesday which imposes upon unions a contract agreement that was negotiated in September. That agreement, which has already been approved by eight transportation unions, would grant workers three unpaid sick days as long as the employers were provided with at least 30 days' notice before the time was taken. Four transportation unions, compromising nearly 100,000 rail workers, say the deal is unfair and threatened a national strike unless the agreement is broadened.
The GOP whip also said the Senate would likely vote on two amendments to that bill. One, which passed the House Wednesday separately from the base agreement, includes seven more days of paid sick leave for workers. The other, Thune said, would extend a cooling-off period between management and workers to come to an agreement.
BIDEN'S PUSH TO AVERT RAIL STRIKE SPLITS GOP, DEMOCRATS IN SENATE