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Rail union president on House bill forcing labor deal: We told Congress to ‘stay out’
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Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen President Michael Baldwin discusses Congress’ involvement to avoid a rail strike, arguing a strike is the ‘last thing’ the industry wants.
Following the House’s approval of legislation averting a nationwide rail strike, the president of one of America’s largest rail unions is signaling its members would’ve liked to have seen negotiations through to the end.
"We had initially indicated to Congress that we would like for them to stay out of the process, that we would like for them to allow us to complete our process under the Railway Labor Act," Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen President Michael Baldwin said on "Mornings with Maria" Thursday.
By a 290-137 vote, House lawmakers voted Wednesday to pass legislation blocking nearly 100,000 railroad workers from striking in early December. Economists and the White House have warned that a railroad strike could paralyze the nation's economy ahead of the holiday season.
"We must act to prevent a catastrophic strike that would touch the lives of nearly every family," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
HOUSE PASSES BIDEN-BACKED BILL TO AVERT RAIL STRIKE
The legislation gives unionized train engineers and conductors three unpaid sick days a year for medical appointments, provided employers are given at least 30 days' notice about the time off. It's based on an agreement that railroad companies and transportation unions agreed to in September. While eight unions have already adopted the agreement, four have not.
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