The Times podcast: Why the U.S. clamps down on rail strikes

This week, Congress passed legislation that effectively enforced an agreement between railroad workers and their companies, prohibiting a strike. Politicians feared any work stoppage would shut down the US economy for the holidays and cost the country billions of dollars.

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Today we talk about the unique, violent story of rail workers trying to fight for better collective bargaining agreements. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustave Arellano

Guests: Erik Loomis, Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island

Read more:

The Senate is trying to avert the rail strike despite dire warnings

Biden is asking Congress to avert a possible rail strike

Major railway unions are splitting over contract deals with railways, increasing the possibility of a strike

https://www.latimes.com/podcasts/story/2022-12-02/the-times-podcast-rail-strike-united-states-history The Times podcast: Why the U.S. clamps down on rail strikes

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