Obama was right, never underestimate Joe’s ability to screw things up.
President Joe Biden prides himself as a union man and touted his success in negotiating a rail workers strike.
Below is an excerpt from a Reuters report on 9/15/2022:
President Joe Biden’s administration secured a tentative deal on Thursday to avert a railway strike that could have wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy, but union members angered by tough work conditions have yet to ratify the agreement.
A deal between major U.S. railroads and unions representing tens of thousands of workers was reached after about 20 hours of talks brokered by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. Workers agreed not to strike while votes are tallied over the next several weeks, avoiding a stoppage that could have started on Friday.
Delivering remarks in the White House Rose Garden, Biden called the deal a “big win for America” and promised more worker-company agreements in the future. Averting a strike helped the Democratic leader avoid fresh supply chain shortages and inflation hikes ahead of November’s midterm elections.
That has all gone up in flames.
The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the Teamsters (BMWED), which represents about 12,000 railroad workers, has rejected the agreement.
“The majority of the BMWED membership rejected the tentative national agreement and we recognize and understand that result,” BMWED president Tony D. Cardwell said in a statement on the union’s website. “I trust that railroad management understands that sentiment as well. Railroaders are discouraged and upset with working conditions and compensation and hold their employer in low regard. Railroaders do not feel valued. They resent the fact that management holds no regard for their quality of life, illustrated by their stubborn reluctance to provide a higher quantity of paid time off, especially for sickness. The result of this vote indicates that there is a lot of work to do to establish goodwill and improve the morale that has been broken by the railroads’ executives and Wall Street hedge fund managers.”
Of the 12 unions representing railroad workers only four have accepted the agreement, and seven more are set to vote soon.