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Congress likely to intervene to prevent rail strike, keep coal supply on track

Congress is likely to intervene to prevent a potentially devastating rail strike that would hamper shipments of coal and other commodities.

President Joe Biden has asked Congress to impose a compromise labor agreement and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling a vote this week.

The proposal would immediately resolve an impasse between freight railroads and the unions over paid sick leave that threatened a rail stoppage starting Dec. 9. The railroads and unions had previously come to an agreement to avoid a strike on Sept. 15, after 20 straight hours of negotiations.

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