The U.S. Labor Department announced this morning that the rail companies and union negotiators have reached tentative agreements to avert a possible work stoppage on Friday, September 16.
After 20 hours of negotiations the agreement “balances the needs of workers, businesses and our nation’s economy.”
The Labor Department said that if the 12 labor unions of the nation’s Class I railroads did strike the “disruption would have had catastrophic impacts on industries, travelers and families across the country.”
All tentative agreements are subject to ratification by the unions’ memberships. It is advised to check the railroad websites for service updates. You can also find updates from the labor unions on the National Railway Labor Conference website here.