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House to Impose Deal Blocking Rail Strike Despite Objections from Workers, Progressive Dems

HeadlineNov 30, 2022

The House of Representatives is voting today to impose a deal that would block a rail strike, after President Biden warned of devastating economic consequences. Four out of 12 rail unions, representing tens of thousands of workers, have opposed the deal, struck in September, which raised wages by nearly 25% but did not address the need for paid sick days and workers’ grueling schedules. Lawmakers separately will vote on a proposal to add seven days of paid sick leave to the agreement, after mounting pressure from labor groups and progressive lawmakers, who oppose the imposition of the existing agreement. Rail workers are asking for 15 days of paid leave.

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