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Wisconsin U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D) and Glenn Grothman (R) both voted for a resolution to block a rail strike and force railroad unions to accept an agreement led by the Biden administration. The House passed the resolution 290-137 with bipartisan support.

A dozen rail unions representing 115,000 workers are involved. Four unions rejected the agreement, which provides a 24% wage increase over five years and five annual $1,000 lump-sum payments, over frustrations that paid sick leave was not included.

The House passed a separate resolution to provide seven days of paid sick leave to railroad workers. All Wisconsin Republicans voted against it and all Democrats voted for it.

The Senate approved the broader measure without the sick leave component on Thursday. Wisconsin U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) voted for it, but Johnson voted no on the sick leave measure.


Reuters: U.S. House to vote to block rail strike despite labor objections

US House of Representatives: Roll Call 490 | Bill Number: H. J. Res. 100

US House of Representatives: Roll Call 491 | Bill Number: H. Con. Res. 119

NPR: The House has voted to avert a rail strike. Now the bill heads to the Senate

Wisconsin Public Radio: Derrick Van Orden defeats Brad Pfaff in nationally watched congressional swing district

NPR: Senate passes railroad legislation to prevent a strike

US Senate: Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 2nd Session On the Resolution (H.J.Res. 100 )

US Senate: Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 2nd Session On the Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res. 119 )

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.