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Machinists Union Approves Biden Rail Deal on Second Vote

Nov. 5, 2022, 6:02 PM

Nearly 5,000 workers affiliated with the International Association of Machinists approved a second tentative labor agreement with freight rail carriers, potentially putting off a complete rail shutdown in the next several weeks.

Members of IAM District Lodge 19 voted Saturday to approve the offer. The pillars of the deal were hashed out in an all-night bargaining session at the US Department of Labor in September. The Local 19 union rejected that contract and authorized a strike in September.

A union spokesperson said 59% of the membership participated in the vote, and the agreement was ratified with 52% ...