House passes bills to avert US rail shutdown, add paid sick leave

The vote comes just two days after President Joe Biden urged congressional intervention, warning “a rail shutdown would devastate our economy.”

House lawmakers approved a legislative package Wednesday that averts an economically damaging rail strike or lockout while still keeping the door open for workers to secure paid sick leave.

Legislators passed two resolutions: One forces four holdout unions to accept their rejected contract as written, which includes the biggest wage increase in decades plus expanded health coverage. The other amends the tentative agreement to include seven days sick leave, which workers had pushed for arguing they can’t take time off in the case of a short-term illness.


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