More than 115,000 workers are poised to strike as early as Friday after rejecting a deal that offered back pay and a 24% pay increase. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) refused to agree with the railroads, hoping a strike would produce higher compensation and address workers’ demands for predictable scheduling and penalty-free time off for doctors’ appointments.
“We are working with other modes of transportation, including shippers and truckers, air freight, to see how they can step in and keep goods moving in case of this rail shutdown,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Tuesday, according to The Hill.
Joe Biden’s America has already experienced many transportation and supply chain issues due to Biden’s “green” policies. House Judiciary GOP asked if Joe Biden could do anything right as Amtrak cancels all long-distance trains.
Amtrak Joe Biden can't even keep his beloved Amtrak running. Can he do anything right? https://t.co/G4B50DOHgS
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) September 14, 2022
“While we are hopeful that parties will reach a resolution, Amtrak has now begun phased adjustments to our service in preparation for a possible freight rail service interruption later this week,” the railroad said Monday.
Officials at some regional rail agencies said they are preparing for service stoppages as early as Thursday evening ahead of a possible 12:01 a.m. Friday shutdown. https://t.co/Ko2pUapuLG
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 14, 2022
There is great concern that the strikes will affect the transport of food, fuel, and other goods, further damaging supply chains and accelerating costs. GOP senators have backed a bill that would authorize a new contract with the union based on the presidential board’s recommendations which are the option railroads, and other business interests have lobbied to achieve. Democratic leaders say they will intervene if necessary, using their authority to block a walk-out.