On Sunday, two unions representing almost 60,000 workers at significant U.S. freight railways said that those companies were stopping certain shipments of goods in order to gain leverage before this week’s deadline for reaching labor deals. The deadline for tentative agreements between unions and railways, such as Union Pacific, BNSF of Berkshire Hathaway, CSX, and Norfolk Southern, is one minute after midnight on Friday.
To guarantee safety in the case of a strike, railroads said late last week that they will start stopping shipments of dangerous and poisonous products starting on Monday. and causing more damage to the supply chain in an effort to elicit congressional action,” Jeremy Ferguson, president of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail’s transportation branch, Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), and the SMART-TD (SMART-TD) Transportation Workers (SMART-TD), announced in a joint statement on Sunday.
According to the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), 8 of the 12 unions had provisional agreements in place as of Sunday. In response to the industry’s decision to halt hazardous shipments, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) stated that while it does not believe a nationwide service interruption is unavoidable, the moment has come when certain customers will start to be affected.