Is there a coming rail strike?

Is there a coming rail strike?

Are America’s railroads barreling toward a shutdown, practically weeks before the midterm elections?

That real possibility was created when the National Mediation Board issued a news release on June 17 announcing that “pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) and the twelve unions noted below were released by the NMB from statutory Mediation.”

This announcement meant that a mandated “30-day cooling-off period begins on June 18, 2022,” and further that “absent agreements or the establishment of a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), the parties could exercise Self-Help as of 12:01 a.m. EDT, July 18, 2022.”

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“Self-help” here could turn out to be another word for “strike” after a few more hurdles are cleared.

That’s certainly

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