Rail workers union turns against Biden

President Joe Biden is being criticized by a rail workers union that could lead to a strike just before Christmas.

The strong pushback from the union comes after Biden celebrated a deal with the union in September that has since been rejected.

The report

“Joe Biden blew it,” Railroad Workers United said in a press release.

“He had the opportunity to prove his labor-friendly pedigree to millions of workers by simply asking Congress for legislation to end the threat of a national strike on terms more favorable to workers. Sadly, he could not bring himself to advocate for a lousy handful of sick days. The Democrats and Republicans are both pawns of big business and the corporations,” it added.

The concern

“BMWED calls upon President Biden and any member of Congress that truly supports the Working Class to act swiftly by passing any sort of reforms and regulations that will provide paid sick leave for all Railroad Workers,” another rail worker union said in a separate release.

“BMWED will continue fighting for paid sick days for every Railroad Worker because it is unreasonable and unjust to insist a person perform critical work when they are unwell,” it continued.

In contrast, the Association of American Railroads trade group on Monday spoke in favor of Biden’s efforts.

“No one benefits from a rail work stoppage — not our customers, not rail employees and not the American economy,” said AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies.

“Now is the appropriate time for Congress to pass legislation to implement the agreements already ratified by eight of the twelve unions,” he added.

The timing of the potential strike after the midterms and before Christmas during a lame-duck Congress is suspect, but action is clearly needed.

The nation cannot handle another crisis in addition to a growing list of problems since Biden entered office less than two years ago.