Joe Biden’s deal to stave off ‘crippling’ rail strikes could fall apart

The ‘tentative’ deal President Joe Biden brokered between US freight rail companies and unions in the hopes of avoiding a massive economic disruption is at risk of collapsing, spelling trouble for the embattled president on the eve of the midterm elections.

Though the deal agreed to raise rail employees’ salaries by 24 percent over five years and gave up to $11,000 in bonuses, union leaders said it remains ‘intentionally’ vague about sick leave and other days off. 

Organizer for Railroad Workers United, Ron Kaminkow, said the average rail worker felt ‘a lot of anger, confusion and hostility’ towards the deal. 

The average rail worker put it more bluntly: ‘Workers are pissed off and this time we actually have a lot of leverage,’ said one locomotive engineer, according to The Hill, ‘I know I’m not going to accept anything less than what we deserve.’

Rail workers are scheduled to vote on the deal this Thursday, but if just one of the 12 railroad unions votes against the deal thousands…

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