Headline RoundupNovember 30th, 2022

House Passes Legislation to Avert Rail Strike, Address Some Worker Demands

AllSides Summary

The House of Representatives voted 290-137 on Wednesday to approve a tentative rail agreement and avoid a potential railroad workers’ strike.

For Context: In a separate 221-207 vote, all House Democrats and three Republicans approved a measure to grant rail workers seven days of sick leave — a key demand that held up prior negotiations. The specter of an economically-damaging rail strike rose once again in early November when the nation’s largest rail union narrowly voted to reject a deal with rail carriers. President Joe Biden met with congressional leaders this week and gave his support for a deal negotiated with workers, companies, and the Biden administration.

Key Quote: "This overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives makes clear that Democrats and Republicans agree that a rail shutdown would be devastating to our economy and families across the country. The Senate must now act urgently," Biden said in a statement. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was widespread across the spectrum. Outlets on the left were more likely to cover workers who were disappointed by Biden’s decision; one Vice (Left bias) headline highlighted a quote calling him a “SCAB.”

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