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The Wall Street Journal: Key railroad union rejects contract as strike looms


One of two of the country’s largest railroad unions said Monday their members voted to reject a new wage deal brokered by the White House, moving closer to a labor strike that could disrupt some supply chains as soon as early December.

The unions representing engineers and conductors, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and SMART Transportation Division were the final two out of the 12 unions reporting the ratification of votes in a protracted labor dispute.

SMART-TD, whose members narrowly rejected the deal, said it would head back to the negotiating table with the railroads for a revised deal with a Dec. 8 deadline. Without another agreement, workers will be allowed to strike on Dec. 9.

“SMART-TD members with their votes have spoken, it’s now back to the bargaining table,” said SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson. “This can all be settled through negotiations and without a strike.”

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