Rail Strike Averted
On December 2, 2022, President Biden signed a rail labor agreement averting a strike that lawmakers warned would have imposed heavy economic costs. A resolution imposing the labor agreement makes a strike a federal offense and is to remain in effect until the unions' next contract talks in two years. The newly enacted contract allows workers one annual "paid personal day" and three periods off for medical visits annually. Those visits can only occur on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and have to be scheduled at least 30 days in advance.