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Rail Vote Could Fail, Raising Strike Threat, Union Official Says

Nov. 10, 2022, 5:11 PM

A high-stakes labor pact between unions and freight rail companies may not survive a vote by the SMART-Transportation Division this month—potentially prompting a strike, according to a senior union official.

The tentative agreement in question, reached with the help of the Biden administration in September, will pass or fail on a razor-thin margin, SMART-TD Alternate National Legislative Director Jared Cassity told reporters Thursday. Cassity’s comments came after a policy meeting of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, where leaders of major unions met with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and discussed goals for the coming year.

“I have not experienced anything like ...