Wee-Hours Deal Reached At Last Minute To Avert Crippling Railroad Workers’ Strike

Wee-Hours Deal Reached At Last Minute To Avert Crippling Railroad Workers’ Strike


Railroad companies and their labor unions reached a handshake agreement early Thursday, possibly averting a strike that threatened to further cripple the reeling U.S. economy.

The marathon talks, which began early Wednesday and were brokered by Labor Secretary Martin Walsh, led to an agreement that now goes to union members for a vote. In the meantime, the unions have agreed not to strike.

“The tentative agreement reached tonight is an important win for our economy and the American people,” President Joe Biden said. “It is a win for tens of thousands of rail workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure that America’s families and communities got deliveries of what have kept us going during these difficult years.”

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Unions involved in the talks include the powerful International

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