Freight rail companies, workers at odds as service deteriorates

Freight railroads avoided a labor strike thanks to an intervention by President Biden, but tensions between rank-and-file workers and their employers continue to simmer.

Containers are piling up at terminals across the country, compounding delays and frustrating customers. Railroad executives cite the tight labor market, saying they have been unable to hire and retain enough workers despite offering incentives such as higher signing bonuses. Current railway workers say they are overworked and waiting for overdue wage increases.


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