Another American railroad workers’ union voted against a contract settlement with railroads.
More than 300 trade associations covering local, state, and national-level groups wrote to the White House asking for intervention to keep railroads running.
The letter to President Biden and officials says, “We’re writing to ask you to help ensure that the tentative agreement you helped broker between railroads and their worker unions is ratified by both sides.”
Two unions rejected the agreement, and the groups are concerned that others may follow.
The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen is the latest union to vote against ratifying the agreement, with 60% of its members voting no.
The union says, “BRS members spoke loudly and clearly that their contributions are worth more, particularly when it comes to the basic right of time off for illnesses.”
The trade groups say if more unions vote no, a strike could shut down the entire rail system.