Retired locomotive engineer discusses possible rail strike

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(ABC 6 News) – A union representing about 12 thousand rail workers voted down a tentative contract earlier this week.

The contract was brokered by the White House last month ahead of a possible rail strike. This vote will force the two sides back to the negotiating table and again creates the possibility of a nationwide strike.

The potential work stoppage could paralyze the nation’s supply chain and transportation rail service later this fall as the U.S. enters the peak holiday season.

ABC 6 News Anchor James Wilcox spoke with Merilee Tayler, a retired locomotive engineer who spent 34 years working on the railroad.

Tayler hopes the deal brokered with the Biden administration does fall through and says the rail industry needs to stop putting profits before its people, and the time for that change is now.