Union President: Rail Strike Odds ‘About 50-50’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 11: Trains sit at the CSX Oak Point Yard, a freight railroad yard on October 11, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The country's largest railroad unions announced that they have rejected its deal with freight railroads. The union has said the deal doesn't do enough to address the lack of paid sick time or improve working conditions. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Jeremy Ferguson, the President of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail Transportation union Transportation Division (SMART-TD), the largest rail union in the country, whose members rejected a tentative deal to avoid a rail strike, placed the odds of the SMART-TD members going on strike at “about 50-50 right now.”

Adds: “Well, I think it’s about 50-50 right now. We’re going to continue working as hard as we can to get them the right agreement that would ratify. They have a lot of issues. They have spoken. And I’ve got to do my due diligence and get in there and keep these negotiations moving.”

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