Workers nationwide lack a federal guarantee of paid sick leave in the United States. Establishing a federal paid sick leave guarantee would improve the lives of all American workers — railworkers included.
A train engineer talks about President Biden forcing a contract on rail workers, the failure of rail union leadership during negotiations, and why he thinks progressives in Congress should be commended for their role pushing for seven paid sick days.
Democrats were ready to throw railworkers to the wolves, letting even Republicans outflank them on labor rights. But thanks to a last-minute legislative push by Bernie Sanders and his allies today, railworkers may be getting the sick leave they’re demanding.
Shefali Milczarek-Desai and Tara Sklar
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We need to bring back fairness to an economy plagued by an imbalance of power between workers and employers. At a time when our nation is engaged in a vital conversation about economic justice, we need to make union membership a civil right.