Senate approves bill to avert rail strike by imposing labor deal on workers
The Senate passed urgent legislation Thursday to impose a labor agreement between railroad unions and companies brokered by the Biden administration, preventing a strike that would have halted the shipment of up to 40% of the nation’s goods just weeks before the holidays.

But Senators rejected a House-passed measure that would have added seven days of paid sick leave for more than 110,000 workers. AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said the labor federation was “deeply disappointing that 43 senators sided with multibillion-dollar rail corporations to block desperately needed paid sick days.”

Really dissapointed in the outcome of the senate, yet again.

From the article:

The five-year deal that the Biden administration helped negotiate includes a 24% pay raise and $5,000 in bonuses. Because the pay raises are retroactive to July 2020, the average rail worker will receive back pay of about $11,000.

The passed bill is the absolute least that could be done. Still though, the workers need to keep fighting for an humane amount of sick days.

Yes, but there’s one detail in the article I find weird if I may say so. It reads that the Biden administration “helped negotiate” a deal, but in fact they passed a bill. That’s a far tougher (indeed, it’s the toughest) level of reaching an agreement that has nothing to do with a negotiation.

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