“Contingency Plans” Enacted! US Railroads Preparing for Massive Labor Strike As Union Talks Fail

“Contingency Plans” Enacted! US Railroads Preparing for Massive Labor Strike As Union Talks Fail

– Railroads and labor unions worked through the weekend to make a deal. There were little signs of progress, and rail companies are now taking steps Monday to secure shipments of hazardous and security-sensitive materials "in light of the possibility of a rail labor strike," the Association of American Railroads (AAR) wrote in a statement.

On Sunday, Norfolk Southern released a statement detailing it had "begun enacting its contingency plans for a controlled shut down of our network at 00:01 on Friday, Sept. 16." The railroad said two labor unions are holding out on new contracts, "we still do not have a commitment not to strike and must act accordingly," adding, "Our goal is to ensure that in the event of a work stoppage, crews, equipment, and freight safely reach their destinations with minimal disruption."

Union Pacific and CSX also announced contingency plans for a possible work stoppage. BNSF told customers to call Congress so lawmakers on Capitol Hill can "intervene to prevent or quickly resolve the service disruption" if a labor strike materializes on Friday. The railroad also said: "We will begin to take steps to manage and secure the shipments of hazardous and security-sensitive materials as early as Monday."

Rail freight networks are the arteries of the US economy.

Learn More: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/us-railroads-enact-contingency-plans-preparing-labor-strike-union-talks-fail

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