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Rail strike this week. 09/2022

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  • HRDWRK

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    Jan 7, 2013
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    "A potential nationwide freight rail strike is looming, threatening to cripple the U.S. economy ahead of the holiday shopping season and November’s midterm elections."

    "Roughly 115,000 rail workers could walk off the job as soon as Sept. 16 if they cannot agree to a new contract with railroads."

    "That’s the first day workers could legally strike after a White House-appointed panel released collective bargaining recommendations aimed at ending years of contentious negotiations. "

    "Five of the 13 unions representing rail workers have reached tentative agreements with railroads to enact the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) recommendations, which call for 24 percent pay raises, back pay and cash bonuses. "

    I wish I could get a 24% pay raise increase!

    Get ready for higher prices on groceries, gas, oil, coal, lumber and just about everything else!



     

    lazarus

    Active Member
    Jun 23, 2015
    11,663
    "A potential nationwide freight rail strike is looming, threatening to cripple the U.S. economy ahead of the holiday shopping season and November’s midterm elections."

    "Roughly 115,000 rail workers could walk off the job as soon as Sept. 16 if they cannot agree to a new contract with railroads."

    "That’s the first day workers could legally strike after a White House-appointed panel released collective bargaining recommendations aimed at ending years of contentious negotiations. "

    "Five of the 13 unions representing rail workers have reached tentative agreements with railroads to enact the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) recommendations, which call for 24 percent pay raises, back pay and cash bonuses. "

    I wish I could get a 24% pay raise increase!

    Get ready for higher prices on groceries, gas, oil, coal, lumber and just about everything else!



    If you read into it though, they have some real grievances. It is less about the pay, though most of the unions took pay cuts in the last few years. A lot is the work schedules. Most are on call 365 days a year, even if they aren't working that day. So, it is almost impossible to take an actual vacation away from home. Many are on call at all hours too. The railroads have basically contracted their workforces by about a third over the last decade or so. So, they are basically trying to get the same stuff down, with significantly fewer people.

    It is partly why some of the unions haven't agreed to the contract as they are trying to get provisions to keep from being permanently on call and ridiculous working hours/days.

    More likely than not Congress is going to step in and force the unions to accept it (they have the power to do that).
     

    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    18,953
    Socialist State of Maryland
    Railroads are required to use binding arbitration and cannot strike.


    Under the Railway Labor Act, employee grievances arising under the terms of collective bargaining agreements (i.e., minor disputes) are subject to compulsory arbitration. Effective arbitration processes are therefore necessary to resolve such disputes.
    The NMB administers the processes available to the parties for resolving railroad grievances. They include:
    • Public Law Boards
    • Special Boards of Adjustment
    • National Railroad Adjustment Board
    The NMB certifies appointments of arbitrators to serve as neutrals on these labor/management boards in the railroad industry. To be admitted to NMB’s roster of arbitrators, an applicant must be eligible under the “Uniform Guidelines for Placement on NMB’s Roster of Arbitrators”. The “Guidelines” and relevant Application Form are available in this web site. Each applicant is notified in writing as to whether or not admittance is approved.
    The NMB is also frequently asked to furnish panels of arbitrators from which the airline parties select a neutral for airline System Boards of Adjustment.
     

    newmuzzleloader

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    Apr 14, 2009
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    joppa
    Rail union workers declined the previous offer and set a strike date of December 9, 2022.


    This has to be fake news, All the major networks told me Biden avoided this a few months ago.

    Updated on September 17, 2022 6:15pm EDT

    Biden says deal averting rail worker strike avoided 'real economic crisis'​

    President Biden said that supply chains would have come to a 'screeching halt' if a deal wasn't reached​

     

    adit

    ReMember
    MDS Supporter
    Feb 20, 2013
    14,696
    DE
    Where's Waldo? Getting Railed, rather than working on the Rail issue?


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    Afrikeber

    Active Member
    Jan 14, 2013
    4,112
    Urbana, Md.
    Hope electrical generation power plants are stocked up with enough coal just in case. Some have converted to natural gas turbines but not all.
     

    K31

    "Part of that Ultra MAGA Crowd"
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 15, 2006
    33,851
    AA county
    Budda-Edge-Edge said supply chain problems are due to a lack of pre-K child care so I'm not too worried about a rail strike.
     

    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    18,953
    Socialist State of Maryland
    What happened to Binding Arbitration? My father worked for the B&O for 20 years before losing his arm to a train wreck. He told me all about the Railway Labor Act of 1926 and how it required Binding Arbitration. Did the demonrats throw this baby out with the bathwater too?
     

    TheOriginalMexicanBob

    Active Member
    Jul 2, 2017
    24,511
    Sun City West, AZ
    If the strike is averted…Biden will credit whether he had anything to do with It. If there is a strike Biden will blame Congress…the Republicans…anyone else. And the media will dutifully report it that way.
     

    lazarus

    Active Member
    Jun 23, 2015
    11,663
    What happened to Binding Arbitration? My father worked for the B&O for 20 years before losing his arm to a train wreck. He told me all about the Railway Labor Act of 1926 and how it required Binding Arbitration. Did the demonrats throw this baby out with the bathwater too?
    It is there. They just never reached an agreement that the unions membership actually agreed to. The railway labor act requires CONGRESS to enforce the arbitration agreement. It isn't on an arbiter to enforce.

    Which Congress is doing. The house passed a bill enforcing the contract drawn up, with a rider increasing sick leave from one day to seven. The Senate will almost certainly pass it, but I'd imagine GOP will strip the sick leave provision out.

    That is the part that blows my mind, is the railway companies really offered NO sick leave at all. The proposal from them was to increase sick leave to ONE day and refused to budge. Their biggest issue is they are understaffed, and like health care, don't want to spend the money to increase staffing (a huge issue in nursing). And it has the knock on effect that when everyone is overworked, no one wants to go into the field and you lose people because they get sick and tired of it. In a lot of cases, literally. Yup, it increases costs. That means either less profit, or needing to increase passed along costs marginally. Both with health care, and the railroads, increasing staffing 10-15%, that would be an enormous change in overworking, would likely lead to less than a 5% cost increase (or maybe a 10-15% profit reduction).
     

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