Railroad workers lashed out at both Republicans and Democrats on Friday after Congress and President Joe Biden blocked their unions from striking over paid sick leave and unsafe work scheduling, with militant workers calling for the various railroad craft unions to unite under one organization and consider allying with a third political party.
Biden signed legislation on Friday finalizing a labor agreement with rail carrier companies that multiple unions representing more than half of railroad workers rejected in November after two years of bitter negotiations. Biden bills himself as valiant supporter of organized labor, but the holiday shopping season loomed over his decision to buck the rail unions, with the president warning on Friday of a “economic catastrophe at a very bad time of the calendar” before changing the subject to boast about job gains and lower gasoline prices.
“I think many trade unionists with any experience would see this for what it is — this is Reaganomics in action, this is the Reaganomics with the face of Joe Biden,” said Marilee Taylor, a labor organizer and recently retired locomotive engineer, in an interview. Taylor, who worked on freight trains for 28 years, recalled President Ronald Reagan’s controversial decision in 1981 to bust a strike called by air traffic controllers by stepping in and firing 11,000 union members from their jobs.Railroad Workers Slam Biden for Siding With Bosses to Avoid Strike – Truthout