Intensifying efforts to avert crippling rail strike go into overtime

By Chris Isidor and Vanessa Yurkevich
CNN Business
September 14, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NEW YORK — Talks intensified Wednesday in hope of averting a freight railroad strike set for early Friday that could cripple the nation’s struggling supply chain and send prices higher for goods from gasoline to food to cars. Two rail unions, representing more than 50,000 engineers and conductors who make up the two-person crews that make the trains run, are threatening the first rail strike in 30 years as of 12:01 am ET Friday. Union leaders and the railroads’ labor negotiators were meeting throughout the day with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. …”I don’t expect a resolution any time soon,” an official who has knowledge of the negotiations said. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that “all parties need to stay at the table, bargain in good faith to resolve outstanding issues and come to an agreement. A shutdown of our freight rail system is unacceptable.” 

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