How an attendance policy brought the U.S. to the brink of a nationwide rail strike

14 Sep 2022


Like so many essential workers in the pandemic, the engineers and conductors who drive the nation's freight trains have had it.

They're tired of unpredictable, inflexible work schedules. They're tired of being penalized for taking days off when they're sick or tending to a family emergency. They want a better quality of life.

Through contract negotiations, they made their voices heard, threatening a strike that could have brought trains to a halt nationwide on Friday.

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