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·         Biden administration races to avert rail shutdown; smaller union rejects deal

… A union representing about 4,900 machinists, mechanics and maintenance personnel said on Wednesday its members voted to reject a tentative deal…

 

·         Possible railroad strike could impact meat industry

… The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the SMART Transportation Division stated that a strike could happen by Sept. 16 if the unions can’t reach a contract agreement…

 

·         Railroad Strike Hinges on Dispute Over Attendance Policies

Members at one union reject tentative agreement; both sides are meeting in Washington ahead of a Friday deadline

 

 

Biden administration races to avert rail shutdown; smaller union rejects deal

 

By David Shepardson and Lisa Baertlein, Reuters 

September 14, 2022

 

DETROIT/LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Biden administration officials, racing to avert a potential rail shutdown that could disrupt cargo shipments and impede food and fuel supplies, hosted labor contract talks on Wednesday as one of the smaller unions involved in the dispute rejected a deal.

 

Railroads including Union Pacific, Berkshire Hathaway’s BNSF and Norfolk Southern have until a minute after midnight on Friday to reach tentative deals with three holdout unions representing about 60,000 workers before a work stoppage affecting freight and Amtrak passenger rail service could begin.

 

A union representing about 4,900 machinists, mechanics and maintenance personnel said on Wednesday its members voted to reject a tentative deal.

 

Railroads have offered significant pay increases. Three of 12 unions, representing about half of the 115,000 workers affected by the negotiations, are holding out for better working conditions.

 

Unions are enjoying a surge of public support and worker interest in the wake of the pandemic - when employees risked COVID-19 exposure to keep goods moving and employers reaped hefty profits, labor and corporate experts say.

 

A shutdown could freeze almost 30% of U.S. cargo shipments by weight...

 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-railways-labor-idAFL1N30L1J2

 

 

Possible railroad strike could impact meat industry

 

By Ryan McCarthy, Meat+Poultry

09.13.2022

 

WASHINGTON — The possible strike of railroad workers by the end of the week is getting more attention from stakeholders in the meat processing and agricultural sectors of the economy.

 

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the SMART Transportation Division stated that a strike could happen by Sept. 16 if the unions can’t reach a contract agreement.

 

The National Carriers’ Conference Committee said it reached tentative agreements with a large portion of the unionized workers but still has not come to a new contract with the two largest unions…

 

… The US Meat Export Federation explained how a strike could affect the red meat market.

 

“USMEF was pleased to see that more rail worker unions reached tentative contract agreements over the weekend, but the threat of a strike remains a major concern,” said Joe Schuele, vice president of communications for USMEF. “While the vast majority of red meat exports rely on truck and ocean transport, any interruption in rail service will put a strain on the entire transportation system. And from a meat production standpoint, rail service is obviously critical for delivery of livestock feed and other inputs.”

 

The National Chicken Council (NCC) also discussed what a railroad strike could mean for its members.

 

“Our members rely on about 27 million bushels of corn and 11 million bushels of soybean meal every week to feed their chickens. Much of that is moved by rail,” said Tom Super, senior vice president of NCC...

 

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https://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/27228-possible-railroad-strike-could-impact-meat-industry

 

 

Railroad Strike Hinges on Dispute Over Attendance Policies

Members at one union reject tentative agreement; both sides are meeting in Washington ahead of a Friday deadline

 

By Esther Fung, The Wall Street Journal

Sept. 14, 2022

 

One of the labor unions representing U.S. railroad workers said its members rejected a tentative agreement its leaders had reached, a setback in efforts to avoid a potential strike that would disrupt the movement of goods across the country.

 

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said its 4,900 members had voted to reject a deal reached with the biggest U.S. freight railroads as part of bigger broader negotiations.

 

IAM is one of 10 labor groups that has reached or is completing tentative agreements based on a proposal laid out by a presidential advisory panel. Members at two of those groups are also voting Wednesday to ratify or reject the agreements. Two other unions haven’t yet reached any deal with the companies...

 

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/railroad-union-says-workers-voted-against-proposed-labor-deal-as-strike-looms-11663170265