Biden and Congress want to stop the railroad strike, the economy is at risk

Today, at the call of President Joe Biden, the House of Representatives of the US Congress should vote to block the strike announced by the railroad workers who are dissatisfied with the negotiations for a collective agreement with the employers.

Negotiations were initiated back in September, and since the two sides failed to reach an agreement, President Biden ordered Congress to intervene and prevent the strike announced for December 9.

Congress must act to stop the railroad strike. It's not an easy decision, but I think we have to do it. The economy is at risk, Biden said last night.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers will vote to implement the framework agreement reached in September with a dozen unions representing 115 railroad employees.

Pelosi said the House will vote separately today on a proposal to allow railroad workers seven days of paid sick leave.

I am not in favor of preventing unions from striking, but weighing the stakes, we must avoid a strike, she said after meeting with Biden.

The US president has warned of catastrophic economic consequences if rail services are disrupted, stressing that up to 765 Americans could be out of work in the first two weeks of the strike.

According to the Association of American Railroads, approximately one-third of US exports depend directly on rail service.

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