President Biden signs legislation to block a rail strike
A rail strike has officially been averted after President Biden signed legislation today that Congress quickly passed this week.
During the signing at the White House, President Biden said, “We’ve spared the country this catastrophe. I know this was a tough vote for members of both parties. It was tough for me, but it was the right thing to do at the moment.”
With the signing of the Railway Labor Agreement, we not only spared this country a catastrophe.— President Biden (@POTUS) December 2, 2022
We ensured rail workers will get a historic 24% wage increase, better conditions, and a cap on health care costs. And I won't stop fighting for paid sick leave for all workers.
Ag groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, are applauding the news.
“AFBF applauds Congress and President Biden for working together to avert a rail strike. High diesel prices, a truck driver shortage, and low water levels on the Mississippi River have already made shipping conditions difficult. A rail strike would have had a devastating effect on the American economy, especially as families grapple with higher prices caused by inflation,” said AFBF President, Zippy Duvall.
Story via Michael Collins with USA Today