Back in the day?
Not in in recent time’s if there was something like this….
A possible national strike?
President’s reached out for the parties….
That the President IS bringing the parties to the nation’s capitol to insert the government into overseeing things IS important for the economy, labor and all involved….
Any shutdown would probably spike consumer prices….
Railroad and union officials are expected to travel to Washington on Wednesday to meet with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh as the Biden administration tries to help avoid a freight rail strike that could cause massive supply chain disruptions and have significant repercussions on the economy.
The two main unions that have disputes with the railroads — the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and SMART Transportation Division — are expected to send their union chiefs to the meeting with Walsh.
The meeting comes with just days remaining until a federally mandated cooling off period expires and the strike could begin. It serves as a major test for President Joe Biden and his White House, which has positioned itself as one of the most pro-labor administrations in decades but also wants to avoid any potential shocks to the economy with the midterm elections just months away.
About 60,000 union members working for railroads are set to go on strike after midnight on Friday. These members include the engineers and conductors who make up the two-person crews on each train. Forty-five thousand other workers belong to unions that have reached tentative deals with the railroads, but a strike by engineers and conductors would bring the freight rail system to a grinding halt….
Amtrak is signaling it will begin to shut down some service as soon as Thursday…..
Once service IS shut down?
It could take a while to retore