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US rail unions reject Biden proposal to avoid strike

Presidente dos EUA, Joe Biden.US President Joe Biden.
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Railway workers across the United States took a stand against President Joe Biden’s proposal on a possible strike that threatens to derail the country’s economy. For trade unionists, Biden’s position contradicts the image of the most pro-union president in recent times.24

The American president asked Congress to intervene and block the shutdowns that could cost US$ 2 billion (more than R$ 10 billion) per day to the country’s coffers, according to some estimates.

Union leaders are unhappy that the Biden solution functions as the imposition of a deal made in September, which has already been rejected by unions. categories for not addressing workers’ concerns about wages, sick leave, staff shortages, and time off.

In a statement, the White House points out that the agreement provides for a salary increase of % for railway workers, and which provides improved health care benefits, in addition to the ability for workers to take leave unscheduled illness for medical needs.24

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