Roughly 57,000 workers were intent on walking off the job July 18th to protest low wages and poor working conditions.
Last week, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) reportedly voted by a 99.5% margin to authorize a strike if such action becomes legal and “necessary to secure a contract worthy of their consideration.”
“The railroads used and continue to use their economic strength to steam roll their employees, their customers and the Nation, all for the sake of their bottom line, and it is clear that they have no intentions of changing,” BLET National President Dennis Pierce said in a statement.
“Let’s be clear; in our third year of negotiations, the rail carriers have never made a contract proposal to our Union that their employees, our members, would accept. Not once,” he…