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Biden's push to avert national rail strike faces opposition by progressive Democrats
Railroad workers still hold substantial ‘anger and animosity’: Dennis Pierce
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen National President Dennis Pierce discusses the imminent rail strike amid a large rail union’s decision to reject Biden’s labor deal.
President Biden's push to avert a national railroad strike that could paralyze the country's economy is facing opposition from progressive Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Far-Left lawmakers, like Sen. Bernie Sanders, say that Biden's request for Congress to approve legislation blocking nearly 100,000 railroad workers from striking was inappropriate given the unions were still pushing for broader paid sick leave.
"If the rail industry can afford to spend $25.5 billion this year to buy back its own stock and hand out huge dividends to its wealthy shareholders, please do not tell me it cannot afford to guarantee paid sick days to its workers and provide them with a decent quality of life," said Sanders, I-Vt., Tuesday.
The "Squad" member Rep. Jaamal Bowman even said that Biden, who pledged on the campaign trail to be the most pro-union president in history, is making an unfair request.
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