The train track under your Christmas tree may be the only one running this season. That is because railway workers’ unions have been unable to agree on a deal in an ongoing labor dispute.
This is the same dispute that President Biden said was worked out just before the election. The one where workers are threatening to strike because they are overworked, underpaid, have no time off and have to report to duty at short notice, meaning they are unable to run life errands like doctor’s appointments or showing up at their childrens’ classrooms for the endless holiday events. They still live like that because no agreement has been reached.
Could this slow down the flow of goods this holiday in an economy that is already on the brink? Yes. Yes it could. A strike involving 70,000 jobs could begin on December 9 if no deal is reached by then.