Railroad Strike

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

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Railroad Strike

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Program ID:
17576-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 17, 1991
Last Aired:
Apr 20, 1991

Airing Details

  • Apr 17, 1991 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 17, 1991 | 10:39pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 17, 1991 | 11:35pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 17, 1991 | 11:43pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 18, 1991 | 3:46am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 20, 1991 | 11:01am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 20, 1991 | 7:15pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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