Rubio Weighs in on Biden's Railroad Strike Crisis

Rubio Weighs in on Biden's Railroad Strike Crisis

The labor dispute has yet to be resolved.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
December 1, 2022

With Christmas fast approaching and the Biden administration failing to properly negotiate the ongoing railroad labor strike, the White House is calling on Congress to step in to avert what could be an economy-cripping strike.

President Biden’s (D) tentative deal bought some time, but some legislators believe that his approach has “sold out the workers” and their ability to accept a deal on their own. One of those legislators is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Some have stated that for Congress to step in and negotiate would set a bad precedent concerning future labor disputes. As it stands, the tentative deal provides an additional “personal day,” bringing the total number of days to 3. Workers have to request those personal days 48 hours in advance.

However, the railroad unions, however, want 7 days of paid sick leave.

“The railroad fight is NOT just a typical industry vs. union dispute. Union bosses & Biden sold out the workers to make a deal. Tens of thousands of workers rejected their deal. And now Biden & the union bosses want Congress to impose their deal on the workers,” tweeted Sen. Rubio.

Yesterday, Rubio also provided his solution to the strike crisis.

The way to avoid a rail strike isn’t for Congress to impose a deal made by labor bosses that were rejected by the rank & file of unions representing over half the rail workers. The way to avoid a strike is a new deal that rank & file members will support,” stated Rubio.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) voted  against the deal that passed in the House of Representatives, arguing that the consequences beyond the strike could be worse should the legislative branch set the precedent that could “compound this industry’s problems.”

“I didn't come to Congress to bail out an inept president and political party that is incapable of negotiating and governing to avert a rail crisis and oversee our country's vital supply chains. Today's vote is window dressing for failed leadership. I voted NO,” said Rep. Donalds.

This is a developing story.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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