A BNSF rail terminal worker monitors the departure of a freight train, on June 15, 2021, in Galesburg, Ill. BNSF railroad wants a federal judge to prevent two of its unions from going on strike next month over a new attendance policy that would penalize employees for missing work. The Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad went to court after the unions that represent nearly half of BNSF's 35,000 workers threatened to strike over the new policy that is set to go into effect on Feb. 1, 2022. Shafkat Anowar / Associated Press
The final agreement, that goes to President Biden’s desk, includes a 24% pay increase and flexible scheduling, but does not include a key worker demand for more paid days off. Efforts by liberal Democrats to include seven paid sick days in this agreement, and by Republicans to create a “cool down” period extending the contract negotiation deadline, did not get enough votes.
Reset gets the rundown from a politics reporter and a reaction from a rail worker union representative.
GUEST: Kurt Mullins, vice president of the Midwest Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
Ximena Bustillo, politics reporter for NPR’s Washington Desk