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US Railroads Enact "Contingency Plans," Preparing For Labor Strike As Union Talks Fail

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MONDAY, SEP 12, 2022 - 05:45 AM

Railroads and labor unions worked through the weekend to make a deal. There were little signs of progress, and rail companies are now taking steps Monday to secure shipments of hazardous and security-sensitive materials "in light of the possibility of a rail labor strike," the Association of American Railroads (AAR) wrote in a statement. 

On Sunday, Norfolk Southern released a statement detailing it had "begun enacting its contingency plans for a controlled shut down of our network at 00:01 on Friday, Sept. 16." The railroad said two labor unions are holding out on new contracts, "we still do not have a commitment not to strike and must act accordingly," adding, "Our goal is to ensure that in the event of a work stoppage, crews, equipment, and freight safely reach their destinations with minimal disruption." 

Union Pacific and CSX also announced contingency plans for a possible work stoppage. BNSF told customers to call Congress so lawmakers on Capitol Hill can "intervene to prevent or quickly resolve the service disruption" if a labor strike materializes on Friday. The railroad also said: "We will begin to take steps to manage and secure the shipments of hazardous and security-sensitive materials as early as Monday."

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