late wrote:I guess half a load is better than none
I don't like it, either. But I know enough Union history to know that there will be another day, another fight.
What this was was a bill to crush the union's bargaining power and prevent their strike.
The railroad had already been willing to agree to give them most of what they wanted, but the union was stubborn and was trying to hold out to get more paid sick leave. And they were willing to carry out a strike to get that.
Biden sort of shot the union down and forced their hand for the greater good of the national economy.
Biden would have tried to get more concessions to the union in the bill, but would not have been able to get that through Congress. So a compromise was forced, for the good of everyone.
late wrote:“I know that many in Congress shared my reluctance to override the union ratification procedures,” Mr. Biden said in a statement after the vote. “But in this case, the consequences of a shutdown were just too great for working families all across the country.”
Ironically it was easier to get Republicans on board with Biden's policy than to get many of Biden's progressive supporters.
The support and opposition to this bill did not exist simply along the usual partisan lines.
Both Conservative Libertarians (the type who are seen as "radical extremists" by the Left) and several of the "power to the people" types on the Left, who support worker's collective action, opposed this.
Of course many Republicans were happy to support any bill crushing the unions, while many Democrats are less enthusiastically supportive of workers unions when it is going to go against the government. And of course Democrats are now at the last moment trying to do anything to prop the economy up because an election is approaching, and price increases have been the main complaint people have had against them.
The media won't be reporting much about this, because on the Republican side half of them agree with this, and on the Democrat side they do not want to make the President who belongs to their party look bad in the eyes of their own voters.
I will guess that a news organization like NPR might give it some more attention, however. They are Left-leaning but have intellectual integrity, being idealists.