Railroad workers hopeful Biden will sign executive order for paid sick days
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Railroad workers are hoping President Biden will sign an executive order to provide them paid sick days.
The demand was at the heart of negotiations the past few months between the workers’ unions and freight rail companies.
Negotiations that nearly led to a strike.
Congress stepped in to avert the strike.
But the legislation failed to include the request for paid sick leave because it didn’t get enough votes in senate.
Friday, 70 Democrats in Congress signed a letter asking for President Biden or some federal agency to issue an order giving rail workers the seven sick days a year they were seeking.
The lawmakers say it poses a public safety risk to have rail workers trying to do their jobs when they are sick.
They also pointed out that workers who do call in sick have to go without pay and in some cases are penalized or even fired.
The White House has not yet commented on the letter.