Rail union becomes first to authorize strike, threatening supply chain

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  • Source: The Hill
  • 09/16/2022

Rail union becomes first to authorize strike, threatening supply chain

  • by:
  • Source: The Hill
  • 09/16/2022

Nearly 5,000 railway workers at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) voted to reject a tentative contract agreement with railroads and authorize a strike, the union said Wednesday.

IAM members are the first to approve a strike and reject a contract based on recommendations released by a White House-appointed board last month. 

The vote reveals that rail workers are not satisfied with the agreement, which calls for 24 percent raises and back pay but doesn’t address workers’ demands for more predictable scheduling and the ability to take time off for doctors’ appointments without being penalized. 

IAM said that it would delay strike action until Sept. 29 at noon to allow union leaders to continue negotiations with railroads.
 
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