Not a surprise. Biden and his Evil Minions™ browbeat the unions into taking a bad deal in order protect the Democratic Party’s chances in the midterms. (It worked)
Now that the rank and file are voting on it, they are disinclined to roll over and show their belly:
The boilermakers’ union that represents 300 railroad workers has rejected their tentative agreement with the U.S. Class I systems, becoming the third labor organization to give a new contract a thumbs down.
The union announced today that its members rejected the contract that had been based on the recommendations of the Presidential Emergency Board convened this summer after railroads and the unions failed to reach a contract deal.
The two sides now will enter a cooling-off period that will run through at least Dec. 9.
The Kansas City, Kan.,-based International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers said it expects “continue negotiating further toward a satisfactory contract in the future with the NCCC.” (National Carriers Conference Committee)
The IBB joins the unions representing maintenance of way employees and signalmen in rejecting their tentative agreements with the railroads. Seven unions have ratified their contracts.
But the two largest unions — the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and the SMART-TD that represents conductors — won’t announce their ballot results until Nov. 21. Industry observers believe BLET and SMART-TD are likely to vote down their agreements, setting up the prospect of the first nationwide railroad strike since one that led to a brief lockout in 1992.
The working conditions at the railroads are literally killing workers. Is it any wonder that they want the abuse to stop?