Oct 31, 2022
NPC says administration must continue to engage to avoid a rail strike

On Oct. 27, National Potato Council (NPC) joined a group of 322 local, state and federal trade associations calling on the Biden Administration to continue to work with the railroad unions and railroads to ensure that the tentative agreement endorsed by the White House is ratified by the parties. Noting that it is paramount that these contracts now be ratified, the group said a national rail shutdown “would have a significant impact on the U.S. economy and lead to further inflationary pressure.”

The letter comes after two unions have rejected the proposed contract with the freight railroad industry, pushing the nation toward a rail strike as soon as next month.

“Because the White House played such a central role in the process, we believe it can be helpful in continuing to move the process forward in a positive direction. Otherwise, Congress will be called upon to act,” wrote the group.

“We continue to urge that the contracts be ratified to provide stability and predictability to the system. Your involvement can only help make that happen and ensure there is no interruption to rail service,” the letter concludes. The full letter is available here.

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