Sen. Marco Rubio.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • Marco said he didn't like Biden's move to have Congress approve a rail contract.

  • The rail workers were threatening to go on strike.

  • Congress should pass the tentative agreement in order to avoid a strike.

Even as workers call for a better contract with access to paid sick leave, President Joe Biden stepped in to prevent a railroad workers strike. He's drawn the ire of a Republican senator.

The railways and workers should negotiate a deal that the workers will accept, not just the union bosses, according to the senator. I won't vote for a deal that doesn't have the support of the rail workers.

—Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 29, 2022

In a Monday statement, Biden said he was calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators. Congress can vote to impose a deal for rail workers over the objections of the normal bargaining process.

The issue of access to paid leave is important to union members. Senate Republicans want Congress to force through a deal.

Railroad companies agreed to just one paid personal day, despite the fact that workers wanted 15 paid sick days.

Biden said he was reluctant to overrule the procedures and views of those who voted against the deal. The economic impact of a shutdown would hurt millions of other working people and families, so Congress must use its powers to adopt this deal.

Pete Buttigieg is the secretary of transportation. The US Chamber of Commerce says a strike could cost the economy $2 billion a day.

The contract process requires that union members vote on whether or not to approve the agreement. The biggest union in the industry along with three others voted against the tentative agreement.

Workers and politicians are not happy about the lack of sick leave. Ro Khanna is a democrat from California. Rail companies don't allow their workers to have paid sick days. They only get 1 from the new agreement. That is ridiculous. We need to support them. This is uncomplicated.

Michael Paul Lindsey told Insider that it was a betrayal, but he wasn't surprised.

It was laughable that anyone would think the Democrats or the Republicans cared. He said that they cared about money. There was always a hope in the back of my mind that someone would do something that was actually right for the American worker.

Business Insider has an article on it.