President of largest rail union predicts congressional intervention after 'no' vote - POLITICO

The president of the biggest freight rail union is skeptical he'll be in a position to reach a brand new settlement with carriers in time to evade an economically devastating strike — and predicts Congress will possible quickly step in.

"I'm hopeful, however I doubt it's truly in the cards," sensible Transportation Division President Jeremy Ferguson talked about in an interview Monday nighttime. "I've bought a lot of concerns which are superb; that are explanation why our guys voted it down."

sensible-TD, which represents just about forty,000, or 3 in 10, freight rail worker's, introduced Monday that its members had voted down a tentative contract with employers out of frustration over time-off, amongst different issues — sending negotiators back to the desk after the White house helped unions and rail businesses broking service compromise in September. these involved have little more than a week except a cooling-off length, which forbids any kind of work stoppage, expires in the dark on Dec. four.

"whatever's gotta ensue by then, otherwise we'll all stroll," Ferguson referred to.

Ferguson predicts lawmakers will pastime their means to step in earlier than then — notwithstanding it remains uncertain even if they will impose the techniques of a presidentially appointed emergency board as employers desire; impose the unions' respective tentative agreements like some officials have advocated; or without problems prolong the cooling-off duration to provide negotiators greater time. Unions and Democrats have advised repeatedly in opposition t congressional intervention in hopes of retaining as a great deal leverage as possible.

"It's such a short time frame," Ferguson spoke of. "I consider we're going to peer Congress panic and step in here at some element subsequent week, sadly."

Ferguson pointed out he'll reenter negotiations with carriers Tuesday alongside officials from three smaller freight rail unions which have also voted down their tentative agreements. "They're already in discussions from weeks ago, of direction, but I'm going to be a part of the birthday party," he mentioned

Yet, in keeping with how those talks have long gone up to now, Ferguson doesn't anticipate being in a position to gain plenty ground, exceptionally considering the fact that sensible-TD's proposed contract made greater complicated alterations to attendance and other policies.

"We'll see if it goes anyplace," Ferguson spoke of. however "carriers haven't been willing to movement with the other three unions" — "and already, our contract has lots of work guidelines alterations in which theirs in fact didn't." So "it's an even bigger hill for us to climb."

Union officials haven't heard lots from Congress at this element, Ferguson talked about, leaving them more often than not at the hours of darkness as to their plans. The residence and Senate are out this week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

there's "no actual indication yet what's going to go on," Ferguson spoke of. however "everyone's able to get it completed; get it over."

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