Biden calls on Congress to avert rail strike

Gage Skidmore, Flickr CC (Fair Use)

President Joe Biden called Monday evening for Congress to act immediately to head off an economically crippling freight rail strike, saying there appeared to be “no path to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table.”

Biden asked that Congress act “without any modifications or delay” to impose a tentative settlement that leadership of railroads and 12 unions had hammered out in September.

However, of the 12 unions that voted on contract proposals, the rank and file membership of four of them have voted no, keeping the possibility of a strike as soon as Dec. 9 alive.