Railway Unions Not Relenting From Strike Date, Despite Dems’ Public Vows

The National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) and The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED) apparently have no plans of relenting from its respective bargaining positions — in advance of a potential nationwide railway strike on Dec. 9 — despite President Joe Biden’s calls for Congress to pass legislation that would enforce the tentative rail-labor agreement.

In a joint statement, the NRLC and BMWED didn’t share the Biden administration’s optimism for concocting a labor resolution within the next 10 days.

Congressional legislation regarding a railway strike “denies railroad workers their right to strike while also denying them of the benefit they would likely otherwise obtain if they were not denied their right to strike,” the statement reads.

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