13 Sep Potential rail strike could have severe implications for agribusiness
As you are aware, railroads and rail labor have until 12:01 a.m., on Sept. 16 to reach an agreement preventing a lockout or strike after the Presidential Emergency Board published a proposed settlement on Aug. 17.
Kansas Grain and Feed Association is working with its national affiliate organizations as well as the Kansas Congressional Delegation to find solutions to the impending rail labor strike.
As this deadline approaches, there is no agreement yet in place. Class I railroads announced recently they would begin curtailing shipments of hazardous materials in anticipation of a possible strike. It is now being reported that some grain shipments could stop as early as Wednesday.
A letter, coordinated and sent by the National Grain and Feed Association yesterday, urged leaders of railroads and rail labor unions to remain at the negotiating table and commit to reaching an agreement by Thursday to avoid a nationwide rail shutdown. Congress could be called upon to settle differences in the event of an impasse in negotiations, but the hope is to avoid this potential outcome.
As many agricultural facilities have already been experiencing rail service disruptions, the economic damages of a rail stoppage in the middle of the fall harvest would be severe.
Below are two steps you can take during this negotiation process:
1. Reach out to your rail and labor contacts and implore them to stay at the negotiating table and continue working toward an agreement. 2. Call your lawmakers using the script on National Grain and Feed Association’s advocacy page to ask Congress to intervene immediately if railroads and labor fail to reach an agreement.
Senator Jerry Moran
Republican (202) 224-6521
Senator Roger Marshall
Republican (202) 224-4774
Congresswoman Sharice Davids
Democrat | 3rd District (202) 225-2865
Congressman Ron Estes
Republican | 4th District (202) 225-6216
Congressman Jake LaTurner
Republican | 2nd District (202) 225-6601
Congressman Tracey Mann
Republican | 1st District (202) 225-2715