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Get ready for the first U.S. railroad strike in three decades: Analysis


A U.S. railroad strike now seems inevitable.

The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen overwhelmingly rejected their tentative contract agreement with the railroads this week, following in the footsteps of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, who turned down their deal earlier this month.

This makes it almost certain that the rank-and-file members of the two largest rail unions — the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the SMART-TD union that represents conductors — will vote down their proposed contracts as well. They’re now due to release the results of their ballots on Nov. 21.
 

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Union people, wake up.

The dems are NOT your friends, they only want your fucking vote so they can continue fucking you and the rest of the country right up the keeshter.
 

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The nation's largest rail union on Monday voted down a tentative contract brokered by the White House, raising the possibility of a nationwide strike next month that could cripple the U.S. economy.

The SMART Transportation Division, or SMART-TD, which represents about 28,000 conductors, rejected the contract in a vote that garnered record turnout, the union said Monday. The contract was nixed by a slim margin, as just 50.8% of workers voted against it.

 

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One of the largest railway workers unions voted to reject a contract deal brokered by the Biden administration in September. Seven unions have agreed, but all 12 need to approve it to avoid a potentially economically devastating strike. Richard Edelman, attorney for BMWED, a union that voted against the contract, joins CBS News to discuss the contract and what workers say its missing

 

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Thise strikes will affect sounder trsnsit trains in puget sound area in wa, since they are operated by a contactor same as freight trains. People who commute from tacoma wa or everett wa to seattle and back (several stops as well) use those trains daily.
 

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Over in the UK, the RR workers have been striking on certain days, but this is mainly passenger rail workers. I don't know how they move good around in the UK. America has the best freight rail operation in the world.

Also in the UK, the Govt. Health workers are threatening to go on strike. The Joys of living in a Socialist State...
 

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Pelosi said the House would not change the terms of the September agreement, which would challenge the Senate to approve the House bill without changes.
 

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The reasons that Biden gave for not allowing the strike and insisting that Congress "force" the lame agreement the Union reps agreed to, was the damage to the economy, and national security concerns, etc....

Well, then, RR workers must actually be Federal Workers (without the Federal Benefits) and not know it, because practically speaking RR workers do not have a real option to actually go on strike, EVER.... because economy and national security, etc...
 

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"A letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Democratic colleagues promised two votes, reflecting the consternation she was hearing from members. The first vote will be on adopting the tentative labor agreement. The second will be on a measure to add seven days of paid sick leave for railroaders to the agreement."

 

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This explains the procedure of what it will take to get both of the House Resolutions passed through the US Senate, and what roadblocks and delays there could be as the strike date approaches...

"Both House-passed resolutions—with resolutions having the same effect as legislation, and each applying to most Class I railroads and their 12 labor unions—now proceed to the Senate where passage will be trickier, owing to that chamber’s unique parliamentary rules."

 

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Biden has demanded that the 1st Resolution be on his desk to sign by the weekend, with, or without the 2nd Resolution (with the Paid Sick Leave) being passed. See what they're doing there...
 
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