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USA: Possible nationwide rail strikes ahead

The rejection of the latest proposed contract by SMART union workers adds further pressure to avoid December rail strikes

Following our recent update on the US rail worker strikes, a 4th union has this week voted down the revised offer proposed by US rail carriers.

While one of the sector's smaller unions, BLET, voted to endorse the agreement, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) union found that 50.9% of its members were in disagreement with the proposed deal, resulting in them becoming the 4th out of 12 US rail unions to vote down the offer, increasing the possibility of strike action in early December.

The unions in disagreement with the deal have stated that their main grievance remains the issue of paid sick leave for rail workers, proposing that they are prepared to begin winding down and reducing services ahead of the end of the official cooling off period on 9th December in readiness for the strikes.

Industry groups are now calling on the US administration in a bid to avert costly strike action.

In parallel, North America's west coast ports remain at an impasse amidst ongoing labour negotiations.

In the event of rail or port strikes, Woodland will work with those affected to find alternative solutions to minimise delays and additional costs likely to be incurred. If you have any questions about your North American shipment or would like to discuss your options, please contact our team here.

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