The president of the nation’s largest freight railway union is warning that Congress will likely get involved in order to resolve disagreements between employers and union members and steer clear of a strike.
“I’m hopeful, but I doubt it’s really in the cards,” SMART Transportation Division President Jeremy Ferguson told Politico Monday night. “I’ve got a lot of issues that are outstanding; that are reasons why our guys voted it down.”
SMART-TD said Monday that the union’s members had voted against a contract with freight railroads. A cooling-off period ends on December 4, which doesn’t allow the members to stop working. At that point, they could strike.
“Something’s gotta happen by then, otherwise we’ll all walk,” Ferguson said. “It’s such a short time frame. I think we’re going