A strike could freeze up to 30 percent of cargo shipments as workers voice frustration over quality-of-life issues.
Members of the largest railroad union in the United States have voted against a potential contract deal, raising the possibility of a strike.
Union voters cited unmet quality of life issues, including demanding schedules, among the reasons for rejecting the deal.
The vote comes amid an uptick in labour organising in the US, as workers push for greater compensation and better working conditions.
A rail shutdown could freeze up to 30 percent of US cargo shipments by weight, impacting various sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and retail.
Biden’s Presidential Emergency Board issued a 124-page report in August that laid the groundwork for the five-year contract deal.
The US Congress has the power to impose contract terms if an agreement is not reached in time to avoid a strike. »