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Rail Strike Inevitable Without Congressional Intervention


With three of 12 Unions rejecting the provisional agreement the prospect of a rail strike is looming with inevitable dislocation of grain shipments and bulk commodities and fuel. The situation is exacerbated by the concurrent restrictions on Mississippi barge traffic and approaching freezes in the upper Midwest river system


Congressional intervention during this lame duck session is necessary to avert a major transportation crisis with impacts through the entire economy. Let us hope that reason prevails and that the diverse unions recognize their responsibilities to the Nation.