Detroit Evening Report, September 12, 2022: U.S. railroad unions threaten to strike

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Unionized railroad workers are threatening to go on strike if contract negotiations aren’t settled this week.

A strike could clog supply chains for everything from automotive parts to food and beer. The sides have been at odds over a new contract since 2020.

This year President Biden created a board that recommended wage hikes for workers. Some of the unions tentatively accepted that resolution, but many workers are also demanding that the industry change its long and unpredictable scheduling.

The issue is challenging for Democrats this election season as they might have to choose between upsetting a traditional base – unions – or disrupting the nation’s supply chains before mid-term elections.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.