‘The corporate greed never ends’: Bernie Sanders vows to ‘stand with rail workers’ as possible strike looms

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      eridani
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      https://www.alternet.org/2022/11/the-corporate-greed-never-ends/

      Under the Railway Labor Act of 1926, Congress has the authority to intervene in rail labor disputes—power it has used in the past. In September, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blocked Republican legislation that would have forced rail workers to accept the inadequate contract recommendations of an emergency board convened by President Joe Biden.
      The prospect of congressional intervention ahead of a potential strike on December 9 has angered rail workers who say it would let giant companies off the hook, allowing them to continue abusing their employees while raking in record profits. Rail workers are often forced to be on call 24/7—with minimal rest between long shifts—and are penalized for taking days off for doctor’s appointments or health emergencies.

      In June, a locomotive engineer died of a heart attack after he put off a doctor’s visit when his employer BNSF—a rail giant owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway—called him into work.

      “When railroads refuse to give us sick time, what they are saying is their profits are worth more than their workers and the national economy,” Ross Grooters, co-chair of Railroad Workers United, tweeted over the weekend. “Hold the railroads accountable. Tell your elected leaders to give railroad workers the sick time they need or let them strike.”

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      djean111
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      It is now just virtue signaling, no matter who uses it, politicians or we members of the herd.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" Baelish

      VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".

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      jbnw
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      I’m calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators.

      Let me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy. Without freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down.

      Joe Biden just threw every single rail worker under the bus.

      He is now pushing for Congressional legislation to override several unions that have declined to accept a tentative agreement that did not give them a single day of paid sick leave — one of the union’s core demands.

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        djean111
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        and the workers disagreed.  So now, like, IMO, many other bad things, this is also an ego issue.   The workers must be forced to work under the conditions they want to strike over.   No paid sick leave.  What the fuck.  For people who work a LOT harder than Biden or Congress, for less pay and benefits.  Also – as if Biden was ever ever going to recommend anything that is in favor of workers as opposed to corporations.

        America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

        "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" Baelish

        VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".

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        Ohio Barbarian
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        Using the power of government to back corporations who did some $130+ billion in stock buybacks last year to keep workers from having paid sick time. That’s a textbook example of Fascism, and Bernie Sanders does not have the courage or the decency to denounce the Blue Fascist Party.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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