House votes to impose deal on US rail workers to avert strike – live

House votes to impose labor agreement on rail workers, averting December strike

The House just voted to impose a labor agreement on rail workers, averting a potential rail strike that was to start in December. Though a majority of the dozen unions have supported the agreement, four have voted against it and were prepped to strike come December.

The agreement includes a pay increase, a $1,000 annual bonus and a cap on healthcare premiums.

Those against the agreement have decried its lack of paid sick leave for workers. The unions argue that workers have to use vacation when calling out sick else they are penalized.

With a strike looming, Joe Biden called on Congress to intervene by voting on the agreement, which was made in September. In a statement, Biden said that he is “grateful” that the House voted to avert the strike and urged the Senate to “move quickly” on getting the bill passed.

“Without action this week, disruptions to our auto supply chains, our ability to move food…

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This article was written by Lauren Aratani in New York and originally published on www.theguardian.com