New York. The world’s largest economy is about to launch a goods strike. The situation can get worse if there is no agreement between the government and the union. Yes! Here we are talking about America. The railroad conductors’ organization refused to accept the labor agreement reached by the Biden government. This raised the possibility of a nationwide goods strike just before the holidays in America. If there is no agreement between the government and the union by the start of the second week of December, the American people may face an unexpected situation.
Leaders of the union organization have spoken of resuming talks with the government. The railway companies and the union still have two and a half weeks. If there is no agreement between the two parties, the strike can start from December 9. In the event of a strike, the country will suffer a daily loss of $2 billion (Rs 16,331 crore per day). If the strike continues, the country could face serious economic consequences. In the United States, approximately 30% of goods are transported by rail. According to the National Conference Committee on Careers, if there is no agreement in time, the shipment of perishable goods will start to be cut off, which can impact economic activities.
Please say that there are 4 unions in America, which have about 60,000 members. If there is no agreement between the government and the labor organizations by December 8, then two things can happen. First, the railway may prevent workers from coming to work or the workers themselves may go on strike. In the event of a strike, the US Parliament (Congress) can intervene. A provision was made in the Railway Labor Act that Parliament can pass any law to restore railway service. Significantly, in September, an agreement was reached between the labor organizations and the government regarding the payment. In this framework, the provision of a day’s paid work in the event of illness was not included. The SMART-ID union with 28,000 members refused to accept it.
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