WASHINGTON (AP) – Under a tentative railway labor deal avoiding a strike that could’ve devastated the U.S. economy, workers will receive 24% raises and $5,000 in bonuses.
Railroads agreed to ease strict attendance policies to address some union concerns about working conditions. Railroad workers will be able to take unpaid days off for doctor’s appointments without being penalized.
The unions that represent conductors and engineers had pressed hard for changes in the attendance rules.
President Joe Biden announced the deal Thursday and says it’ll keep the “critical rail system” working.
A strike starting Friday could’ve shut rail lines across the country. The tentative agreement goes to union members for a vote.