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WATCH: Congress Staves Off Logistical Disaster


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The looming railway strike has been averted yet again, this time through government fiat.

The House has passed a bill that forces railways to give workers better paid time off; however, critics are saying that this is a massive blow to the labor movement and labor unions.

Critics say that the government is essentially forcing railway workers not to strike.

While the House has passed the bill, it still needs to make its way to the Senate, at this time it is unclear whether or not the bill will become law.

Joe Biden’s administration has been trying to avert a logistical disaster that would only contribute more to soaring inflation and the supply chain crisis, and, for now, Congress has halted the strike.

Still, the bill could fail to pass, or the railway workers could choose to strike regardless of what happens due to the perceived encroachment on their right to organize strikes and collectively bargain.

Here are the latest developments in this ongoing story:

CNBC provided more details:

The House voted 290 to 137 — with 79 Republicans joining 211 Democrats — to pass the legislation, which approves new contracts providing railroad workers with 24% pay increases over five years from 2020 through 2024, immediate payouts averaging $11,000 upon ratification, and an extra paid day off.

Eight Democrats and 129 Republicans voted against the legislation.

In a separate 221 to 207 vote, the House also approved a resolution to provide seven days of paid sick leave in the contract instead of one, which is rail workers’ main disagreement with the current deal. As it stands rail workers don’t have guaranteed paid sick leave.

 

The Epoch Times noted:

The top two Democrats in Congress and one of the top Republicans, after meeting with Biden, said legislation will likely pass that would impose an agreement on rail workers and operators.

“All four of us agreed we got to resolve this rail shut down as quickly as possible and that we would work together on doing it,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate majority leader, told reporters outside the White House in Washington after the meeting.


 

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