The subcommittee heard testimony from Secretary of Transportation Samuel Skinner on the government’s negotiations with labor unions… read more
The subcommittee heard testimony from Secretary of Transportation Samuel Skinner on the government’s negotiations with labor unions of railroad workers. Eleven railway workers' unions went on strike earlier in the day, preventing the transportation of many industrial and agricultural goods. The unions and management, in conflict over work contracts for over three years, have been unable to come to satisfactory terms on several issues, including work rules, health benefits, and wages. Secretary Skinner stressed the urgency of creating legislation to end the rail strike, citing its negative effect on American industry and the economy. The House Energy and Commerce committee later in the day approved a tentative compromise bill produced by its transportation subcommittee that involved a 65 day “cooling off” period, thus ending the strike, during which time a separate board would determine a settlement to end the strike. The bill that ended the strike and created a three member board to settle the labor dispute after 65 days was signed by President Bush in the early morning hours of April 18. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Charles Hopkins Chief New Republic
- Joshua Javits Chairman National Mediation Board
- Samuel K. Skinner Secretary (Former) Department of Transportation
- Michael Walsh Chairman New Republic
Railroad Strike Legislation
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