Pres. Biden Signs Bill to Avert Rail Worker Strike
President Biden has promised to continue working to secure paid sick leave for all U.S. workers.
Yesterday, the Senate passed a bill to avert a potentially crippling rail strike that was expected to start within days. The final vote was 80 to 15 and and this morning, the President signed it into law. Without any action, a rail strike was expected to begin as early as December 9th, which could have led to product shortages, spiking prices and halting factory production. It could have also disrupted commuter rail services for millions of travelers a day as well as the daily transportation of thousands of carloads of food and farm products, among other items. Union leaders, however, are still not pleased with the deal, and argue that it did not meet workers’ demands for paid sick leave. But, President Biden has promised to continue working to secure paid sick leave for all U.S. workers.