• Union voting update, 2022 contract

  • For topics on Class I and II passenger and freight operations more general in nature and not specifically related to a specific railroad with its own forum.
For topics on Class I and II passenger and freight operations more general in nature and not specifically related to a specific railroad with its own forum.

Moderator: Jeff Smith

  by John_Perkowski
 
Link from Politico
President of largest rail union predicts congressional intervention after ‘no’ vote

Brief, Fair use quote
The president of the largest freight rail union is skeptical he’ll be able to reach a new agreement with carriers in time to prevent an economically devastating strike — and predicts Congress will likely soon step in.
  by daybeers
 
I hate all the hand-wringing about the negative effects of striking. That's the point! That's how striking works and is effective! It's so frustrating that so much of the media is focused on that and not the huge corporations that aren't willing to give a few percentage points of their billions/year in profits so their employees can still get paid when they're sick!!
  by eolesen
 
Serious question.....striking will no doubt provoke an imposed solution from Congress.

My understanding after dealing with this crap for 30+ years is that Congress has very limited power in what they can impose via legislation.

The most likely result is the recommendations of the PEB or the modified agreements that went to a vote will be imposed, and those don't address all those balance of home/worklife issues that everyone seems to be most upset over.

So.....what's really achieved by walking out vs. continuing to bargain? Once the contract is imposed, there's no more pressure for the carriers to negotiate.
  by justalurker66
 
Presidential Emergency Board (PEB)