House Passes Bill to Avert Rail Strike, Adds Paid Sick Day
11/30 2:32 PM
House Passes Bill to Avert Rail Strike, Adds Paid Sick Days CRANBURY, N.J. (DTN) -- The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation averting a rail strike, and in a second motion, added seven days of paid sick leave. In a 290 to 137 vote, House members passed legislation adopting the Tentative Agreement -- a five-year agreement between freight rail workers and rail carriers that was agreed to by eight of the 12 unions. Seventy-nine Republicans joined Democrats in passing the measure, with eight Democrats voting against the legislation. In a second up-or-down vote, the House added seven days of paid sick leave to the Tentative Agreement in a 221 to 207 vote. Paid sick days were a sticking point by unions voting against the Tentative Agreement. The resolution now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. A cooling-off period in which workers are not allowed to strike and railroads are prohibited from locking out workers ends Dec. 8, freeing workers to strike on Dec. 9. (c) Copyright 2022 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.
 
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