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·         Railroad Strike Averted

Railroad Strike Averted: President Says Tentative Deal Reached Between Railroads and Unions

 

·         Ag groups welcome agreement to avoid rail strike

The deal announced extends the cooling-off period until union members can ratify it.

 

·         Statement by President Joe Biden on Tentative Railway Labor Agreement

… I thank the unions and rail companies for negotiating in good faith and reaching a tentative agreement…

 

·         ARA Encouraged by Announcement of Tentative Rail Labor Agreement

… The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is encouraged and relieved…

 

 

Railroad Strike Averted

Railroad Strike Averted: President Says Tentative Deal Reached Between Railroads and Unions

 

By Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer 

9/15/2022

 

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- President Joe Biden early Thursday announced overnight negotiations between major railroads and unions had reached a tentative agreement to avoid a nationwide rail strike that was set to occur Friday.

 

The deal, if culminated, would bring a sigh of relief across the agricultural and biofuels supply chain. Agricultural groups this past week had increasingly called on Congress to prepare to step in to block a potential strike that would have gridlocked commodity supply chains at the beginning of harvest.

 

The White House released a statement from President Biden after the labor deal was brokered by Labor Secretary Martin Walsh. Biden called the tentative deal a win for rail workers, the railroads and the overall U.S. economy.

 

"The tentative agreement reached tonight is an important win for our economy and the American people," Biden said. "It is a win for tens of thousands of rail workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure that America's families and communities got deliveries of what have kept us going during these difficult years."

 

Associated Press reported Biden made a phone call to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh at 9 p.m. as the talks were ongoing, according to a White House official.

 

Averting a strike avoids the risk of an immediate spike in food, fuel and other prices as inflation is already a major challenge economically.

 

Specific details on the agreement were not released. The talks involved twelve unions representing more than 100,000 engineers, conductors, mechanics and other railroad workers…

 

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Ag groups welcome agreement to avoid rail strike

The deal announced extends the cooling-off period until union members can ratify it.

 

Jacqui Fatka, Beef Magazine

Sep 15, 2022

 

Railroad and rail union representatives have reached a preliminary agreement in time to avert a nationwide rail shutdown in advance of Friday’s deadline. The action was welcomed by those in the agricultural sector who had already begun to see slowdowns in shipments of fertilizer and ethanol and expressed concerns over the impact to the economy.

 

Many agricultural groups during the week had written Congress and the White House asking them to take any necessary actions to avoid the strike. President Joe Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh all were involved in helping broker the agreement between the unions and railroads.

 

Walsh held a meeting with union and rail representatives Wednesday morning to discuss options to avoid a strike. Late in the day Wednesday, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., requested unanimous consent on the Wicker-Burr resolution that would implement the recommendations of the Presidential Emergency Board to halt the impending strike. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., opposed the request, blocking it from advancing.

 

“The solidarity shown by our members—essential workers to this economy who keep America’s freight trains moving—made the difference in our Unions obtaining agreement provisions that exceeded the recommendations of the Presidential Emergency Board,” according to a joint statement from Jeremy Ferguson, president of the SMART Transportation Division, and Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

 

The agreement provides rail employees a 24% wage increase during the five-year period between 2020 and 2024, while also paying out an immediate $11,000 upon adoption. The labor unions have agreed that they will not strike while the agreed-upon deal goes through the ratification process...

 

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https://www.beefmagazine.com/regulatory/ag-groups-welcome-agreement-avoid-rail-strike

 

 

Statement by President Joe Biden on Tentative Railway Labor Agreement

 

Oklahoma Farm Report

15 Sep 2022

 

Statement by President Joe Biden on Tentative Railway Labor Agreement The tentative agreement reached is an important win for our economy and the American people. It is a win for tens of thousands of rail workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure that America’s families and communities got deliveries of what have kept us going during these difficult years. These rail workers will get better pay, improved working conditions, and peace of mind around their health care costs: all hard-earned. The agreement is also a victory for railway companies who will be able to retain and recruit more workers for an industry that will continue to be part of the backbone of the American economy for decades to come.

 

I thank the unions and rail companies for negotiating in good faith and reaching a tentative agreement that will keep our critical rail system working and avoid disruption of our economy.

 

I am grateful for the hard work that Secretaries Walsh, Buttigieg, and Vilsack, and NEC Director Deese put into reaching this tentative agreement...

 

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http://www.oklahomafarmreport.com/wire/news/2022/09/03649_BidenonRails09152022_084845.php

 

 

ARA Encouraged by Announcement of Tentative Rail Labor Agreement

 

Oklahoma Farm Report

15 Sep 2022

 

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is encouraged and relieved by the White House announcement this morning of a tentative agreement reached between the rail carriers and labor unions.

 

The ARA team thanks its members along with allied state and regional association representatives who weighed in with their Congressional delegations to urge intervention in order to prevent a disastrous railroad shutdown, which would have cost the U.S. economy up to $2 billion per day, according to a report issued by the Association of American Railroads.

 

“Transportation is a critical service for the entire economy, and reliable rail service is a significant piece of that puzzle for our members,” said ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock.

 

“Our ag retailers and the farmers they serve depend on timely delivery of large quantities of supplies to produce the nation’s agricultural bounty, and that can’t happen without rail service. The prospect of a rail strike would have further disrupted a supply chain that is already strained. We hope the unions will quickly ratify the agreement so this cloud of uncertainty can be cleared away.”

 

Agricultural retailers and other ARA members were already feeling the impact of a potential strike as railroad carriers started to cancel shipments of critical fertilizer products such as anhydrous ammonia and impacting domestic fertilizer production earlier this week...

 

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