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Congress Urged to Intervene in Rail Dispute;
GOP Leaders ‘Troubled’ by Strike Possibility

Nov. 29, 2011, 5:00 AM

With a deadline looming to avert a possible strike by freight railroad workers, the National Retail Federation Nov. 29 asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to intervene if necessary to prevent a possible strike that could occur Dec. 6, while GOP leaders said they are “troubled” by the possibility of a work stoppage and will seek to avert one.

Although 10 of 13 unions representing employees of the nation’s freight rail carriers already have ratified contracts or reached tentative agreements with the employers (223 DLR A-10, 11/18/11; 221 DLR A-10, 11/16/11; 220 DLR A-11, 11/15/11; 172 DLR A-12, 9/6/11