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Biden Signs Law Thwarting Rail Strike, Depriving Workers of Paid Sick Leave

HeadlineDec 05, 2022

President Biden on Friday signed into law a bill prohibiting a rail strike and imposing a deal rejected by over half of unionized rail workers over its lack of paid sick leave. At the signing, Biden acknowledged the issues with the bill.

President Joe Biden: “And, look, I know this bill doesn’t have paid sick leave, that these rail workers and, frankly, every worker in America deserves. But that fight isn’t over.”

Labor activists have condemned Biden and Democratic Party leaders for failing to secure paid time off for workers who become ill. Pressure is now building on Biden to issue an executive order requiring paid sick days. Railroad Workers United said in a statement the U.S. rail system should come under public ownership and freight workers should consider supporting leaders outside the existing two-party system. The general secretary of the RWU said, “This one-two punch from the two political parties is despicable.”

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