Major U. S. freight railroads said on Friday they were preparing for a possible strike and service disruption a week before a deadline in protracted labor talks.
After more than two years of talks, contract negotiations between railroads such as BNSF, Union Pacific, and CSX and unions representing 115,000 workers came to a halt this summer.
The Association of American Railroads stated on Friday that negotiations are “dynamic and ongoing.” BNSF stated that the remaining unions and railroads are working to establish voluntary agreements based on the board’s recommendations in order to minimize disruptions in train service. So far, unions and freight railways have achieved provisional agreements covering 21,000 workers represented by five of the 12 unions engaged in the talks.
A train work stoppage would cost the United States money. S. The railroad organization claims that cargo diverted off the train cost the economy $2 billion per day and requires 467,000 long-haul vehicles every day to handle them, a much-surpassing supply.