Looks like Biden is battling a fresh supply chain crisis, especially in light of the fact that his administration has yet to solve a looming crisis that threatens the stability of national supply chains.
And that crisis pertains directly to a railroad strike.
In an effort to solve tensions amongst railroad stakeholders, the White House issued an Executive order dated July 15, 2022 that underscored the administration’s alleged efforts to resolve “an ongoing dispute” between different rail carriers and unions.
“Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order establishing a Presidential Emergency Board, effective July 18, 2022, to help resolve an ongoing dispute between major freight rail carriers and their unions,” the executive order declares.
Well, it appears that such a dispute is still “ongoing” two months later, much to the detriment of Americans who will suffer the worst effects of the crisis.
“Keeping supply chains running means keeping America’s railways running. In making the decision to create the Presidential Emergency Board, the President has considered input from relevant stakeholders. The President’s goal is to make sure America’s freight rail system continues to run without disruption, delivering the items that our families, communities, farms and businesses rely on,” the statement continued.
Right, because this administration has demonstrated so much concern for various “families” and “communities.”
More like various woke causes that only resonate with the militant Twitter mob.
“The Presidential Emergency Board will provide a structure for workers and management to resolve their disagreements. The Board will investigate the dispute and, within 30 days of its establishment, deliver a report recommending how the dispute should be resolved,” the executive order added.
Well, guess what.
At this juncture in time, the dispute remains unresolved, which means the White House may be dealing with a serious problem in the coming weeks if they are unable to foster an agreement amongst the varied railway stakeholders, including Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, CSX, and BNSF.
Norfolk Southern has already indicated the reality of what will unfold, barring an eleventh-hour intervention.
“Although the rail industry has reached tentative agreements with 10 of the 12 unions involved in current negotiations, two holdouts have been unwilling to come to an agreement based on the recommendations of President Joe Biden’s Presidential Emergency Board,” Norfolk Southern warned.
In other words, the “Presidential Emergency Board” did not exactly resolve one of the most critically important emergencies, which was to prevent the possibility of a massive, seriously disruptive, strike.
“As a result, Norfolk Southern must now begin to prepare for the possibility of a strike at the conclusion of the current cooling-off period on September 16. Most importantly, we must ensure that hazardous and other security-sensitive freight is properly secured so it is not left stranded in the event of a sudden strike,” Norfolk Southern continued.
And Americans must prepare for the very real possibility of seriously empty shelves nationwide, not to mention even higher levels of inflation than before.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre offered the usual words of non-comfort, leaving virtually everyone with little doubt that the White House is clueless.
“We have made crystal clear to the interested parties the harm that American families, businesses and farmers, and communities would experience if they were not to reach a resolution,” Jean-Pierre trilled.
That’s great. Hardly going to resolve the current issue at hand.
Jean-Pierre also argued that the Biden admin is trying to “see how they can step in and keep goods moving in case of this rail shutdown.”
In other words, the White House is clueless.
Meanwhile, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is not, which is especially evident in its brutal economic analysis.
“Daily lost economic output due to a nationwide rail shutdown could be more than $2 billion. The lost output would harm manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers; it would mean increased fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; and it would have a strong negative impact on our nation’s taxpayer-funded highway system,” the AAR intoned.
In other words, another shoe may be imminently dropping to keep recovery from popping, and the only advantage of such a shoe is that it just might make the red wave in the fall even larger than it was projected before.
Author: Jane Jones