Baldwin, Johnson vote for bill to avert rail strike

Photo by Martin Vorel.
Photo by Martin Vorel.

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, have qualms with Congress getting involved in a conflict between freight railroads and most of their unions.

But both ultimately approved a bill to avoid a strike, which passed the Senate yesterday 80-15. It now goes to President Biden’s desk.

Baldwin said she preferred a deal to ensure rail workers have seven days of sick leave, a major sticking point for the union members who rejected the contract. The 52-43 vote to approve seven sick days failed 52-43 with 60 votes needed to pass. Baldwin supported that effort, while Jo...

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