Senate moves to avert rail strike amid dire warnings
By KEVIN FREKING and JOSH FUNK
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has moving quickly to avert a rail strike that the Biden administration and business leaders say would greatly damage the economy.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday to bind rail companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached between the rail companies and union leaders in September.
That settlement had been rejected by some of the 12 unions involved, creating the possibility of a strike.
The Senate vote was 80-15. It came one day after the House voted to impose the agreement.
The measure now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.