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RAILROAD LABOR, AFL-CIO ISSUE STATEMENT ON OPPOSITION TO CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION IN RAILROAD DISPUTES

 RAILROAD LABOR, AFL-CIO ISSUE STATEMENT ON OPPOSITION
 TO CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION IN RAILROAD DISPUTES
 WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Railroad labor(A) and the AFL-CIO issued the following statement on their opposition to congressional intervention in railroad disputes:
 Railroad unions and the AFL-CIO oppose any action by Congress to intervene in these railroad labor-management disputes. If Congress feels it must take some action as a result of the national railroad shutdown that management has caused by the lockout by freight carriers, the least worst option would be an extension of the cooling off period. We would vigorously oppose any other intervention, including the imposition of binding arbitration in any form.
 Binding arbitration would punish workers by taking away their right to strike, while rewarding the carriers for their irresponsible action in shutting down virtually all railroads throughout the nation, even though a strike has been called at only one railroad. Binding arbitration is not required by law in any other private industry and railroads should not be an exception.
 The railroads are attempting to stampede Congress by causing a national crisis. If Congress votes to impose binding arbitration for the current outstanding disputes, it will be laying down to that stampede. Congress will be telling the railroads that there is no need for them to bargain in good faith. The message will be clear: no matter how irresponsible the railroads are, Congress will always make sure that management gets its way and that railroad workers are denied their legal right to strike.
 (A) Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
 Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes
 Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
 International Association of Machinists
 Transportation Communications Union
 Transportation Trades Department/AFL-CIO
 Transport Workers Union
 United Transportation Union
 AFL-CIO
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 /CONTACT: Steve FitzGerald of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 216-241-2639; Linda Ross of the International Association of Machinists, 202-857-5220; or Charlie Miller or Al Comeaux for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, 202-289-0800/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN SU:


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