When Joe Biden sent the railway contract to Congress to have it ratified, we said it would hurt him.
Four of the 12 railway unions did not vote in favor of the new deal, which means there are now tens of thousands of railway workers that will no longer support Biden.
There will be other unions this impacts as well, seeing that Joe Biden sold out their brothers when push came to shove.
Clark Ballew, the director of communications for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWED), is going to have a memory like an elephant on this one.
He stated, "You can damn well bet that railroaders took note of who stood with us and who failed to support the basic common decency of paid sick days."
One rail worker who wished to keep his name out of the papers stated, "This will definitely have an effect on the next elections, I think, because Biden's slowly showing the true colors.
"I've always known he is only looking for votes, but several unions and members are just now realizing that. If he really cared, wanted to show that he cared about the work that we're doing and some of the sacrifices we have had to make, he should have stayed out of this or fought harder. I didn't want a strike, I know how bad it would be for the economy, but right is right and we need the sick leave days. The unions and rail companies have got to figure out how to work together on this sorta thing.
"This isn't for Congress to decide. Whether you're for unions or not, we railroad workers should not have to continue the harsh conditions we are subjected to. Paid sick leave is a simple ask.
"For Congress not to be able to reach an agreement for some of the hardest-working people I know is just sad. I appreciate those that stand up for us, though, and even voted in support of sick days to be included."
There are also members that are livid with union leaders of the eight unions that did vote to certify because they did not hold out for the one issue that was very important to the workers… paid sick leave.
Adam McKellips, a member of the SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD) local 1289 chapter in Oklahoma, explained why this was such a big deal.
He stated, "I work for a Class 1 railroad that implemented one of the most egregious attendance policies (Hi-Viz) that requires us to be available to work 92% of the time per month.
"If we take off one day for a sickness, we are required to [work] 14 days straight to gain points back. That is why we are fighting tooth and nail for sick days."
This is a game-changer on many levels for the 2024 cycle. If unions decide to sit on the sidelines, it takes a major cash cow for Democrats out of the picture.
Source: Fox News