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    • #498349
      Snort McDork
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      djean111
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      Golly, I thought Biden and Buttigieg had fixed this all up months ago!  I thought I remembered a look how awesome Biden is! moment.  But, no, this White House statement uses the “tentative” word five times….

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/09/15/statement-by-president-joe-biden-on-tentative-railway-labor-agreement/

      For the American people, the hard work done to reach this tentative agreement means that our economy can avert the significant damage any shutdown would have brought. With unemployment still near record lows and signs of progress in lowering costs, tonight’s agreement allows us to continue to fight for long term economic growth that finally works for working families.

      What bullshit.  IMO and all that.

      Here is how CNN framed it –

      https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/15/politics/railroad-strike-talks-biden-economic-disaster

      Biden’s team worked to head off a political nightmare
      A rail shutdown was not just a threat to the day-to-day lives of millions of Americans. The prospect was a huge problem for Biden and Democrats, first because they know that their brightening chances of staving off a Republican wave in the midterms could be dashed by another devastating shock to the economy that sends prices even higher and shatters the sense of normality that Biden pledged to restore. Another surge in inflation caused by a rail strike could also force the Federal Reserve to prolong its aggressive interest rate strategy, which is expected to go up another notch next week, and so raise the chances of an overcorrection that sends the economy into a recession.

      The President, boosted by the passage of key congressional items, has been aggressively selling a story that America is back on the move again and that its economy is ready to roar. A rail strike would quickly tarnish his credibility in selling that narrative.

      Credibility?

      IMO, Biden would not recognise a working family  unless Dr. Jill pointed one out to him, and then he would tell it to get off his lawn.  Hopefully the working family would not need to ask him for directions.

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      jbnw
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      Babel 17
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      BS that would keep them from a crippling rail strike right before election day. Though maybe the union didn’t want to risk being called out for exerting the leverage of scheduling a strike at that time if their demands weren’t met.

      Kind of seems a no brainer though if things had gone to extremes. Though of course a rail strike before Christmas could destroy retail store profits, and have terrible optics for the Biden administration, so there’s that as well. That would be intense political pressure, without being seen as an “October Surprise” of sorts.

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      A contract with a points system for being late or missing work. Get too many points, lose paid time off. The railroad companies laid off a shitload of workers, then couldn’t hire them back, and now they’re exploiting the hell out of those who are left.

      But Biden will Defend Christmas by making a strike illegal. He doesn’t have to do that, you know. He could tell the railroad companies to hire more workers and provide decent vacation and sick time, or else he’ll nationalize their asses. He has the power to do that.

      But you’ll never hear any Blue Team cheerleader holding Joe’s feet to the fire to do that. Oh, no.

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        jbnw
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        I remember Reagan firing all the air traffic control workers, but can you force someone to work under unacceptable conditions?


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          Ohio Barbarian
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          Of vital national interests are the railroads. PATCO’s a good example. Reagan and the rising oligarchs won. The workers lost. The other unions stood around and did nothing while Reagan used the power of the federal government to crush a strike. Flying’s been more dangerous ever since, but hey! Profits are up.

          The only way the railroad workers can win is if there is a general strike. That won’t happen, so they’ll get crushed. The only question is how many of them will simply quit, and what, if anything, the railroad companies and the government will do to keep the trains running.

          I bet they don’t do enough. I think it’s past time I built that pantry. Food shortages will become more frequent.

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      Snort McDork
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      Every freaking rail worker gets shafted even more. They will be offered a shitty long-term contract, and have to wait until they can threaten a strike again. Unless they have another trick up their sleeve. I’m not holding out hope for something good since these situations in the past (Ray-Gun) have not gone well for workers. But if they go on strike, I will go to our nearby rail yard and support them.


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