Rail Union Rejects Biden-Backed Deal, Reigniting Strike Fears

One of the country's largest rail unions on Monday rejected a Biden administration-brokered deal that recently averted a railway strike that threaten to further complicate supply chain issues and perhaps contribute to the rising price of goods in the U.S. and around the globe.

  • The union reportedly had concerns regarding working conditions, about which rail workers have long complained.
  • The vote by members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was rejected by 56% of the nearly 12,000 who cast ballots, a record turnout.
  • The Biden-backed deal includes a 24% raise over the next five years, $5,000 in annual bonuses and attendance policy exemptions for medical reasons.
  • BMWED President Tony Cardwell said that workers were still concerned about working conditions and sick leave, the Associated Press reports.
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