Another big win for President Joe Biden
As Republican prospects for retaking power in November began to dwindle, a number of House Republicans cheered on the possibility of a railroad shutdown happening just before the midterms, hoping the media would turn this into yet another crisis they could politicize while offering no real solutions. Unfortunately for them, President Biden proved them yet again wrong by announcing a newly struck tentative deal on Thursday morning with the railroads and railway labor unions that would allow for 24% raises and $5,000 bonuses – part of a five-year deal retroactive to the year 2020.
Union activism has surged under the leadership of President Biden, who rose to the occasion along with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh who both realized what was at stake in this deal. Even though the GOP liked to hail the former guy as a “dealmaker,” this is yet again another promise that President Biden has managed to deliver on – with a 56% rise in the number of petitions for labor representation sent to the National Labor Relations Board. Never has the distinction between both parties been as clear as it is right now – as Republicans are just doing all in their power to look for an excuse to grab power, while Democrats are getting things done and working to make our lives better. If anyone is looking for a reason to vote for Democrats and not just against Republicans, this is it.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making