Labor Secretary Warns Labor, Rails (UPDATED)

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor
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U.S. Labor Secretary Mart Walsh. Photo: Department of Labor/Shawn T Moore

As the clock ticks toward a nationwide rail shutdown as early as Sept. 16—the first in more than three decades and similarly owing to an inability of labor and management to reach a negotiated settlement over amending contracts covering wages, benefits and work rules—frustration is growing, the Biden Administration has inserted itself in the dispute, committees of Congress are showing interest, and economic-damage estimates for the economy, railroads, unions and workers are being calculated.

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