U.S. Senate averts freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

Sen. Bernie Sanders called out railroad companies for refusing to give their workers paid sick leave and penalizing those who do take time off

By: - December 2, 2022 8:56 am
freight rail cars sit in a rail yard near shipping containers in Wilmington, California

In an aerial view, freight rail cars sit in a rail yard near shipping containers on Nov. 22, 2022, in Wilmington, California. A national rail strike could have occurred after the nation’s largest freight rail union, SMART Transportation Division, voted to reject the Biden administration’s contract deal. About 30% of the nation’s freight is moved by rail with the Association of American Railroads estimating that a nationwide shutdown could cause $2 billion a day in economic losses. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Ariana Figueroa
Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.