Most Senators and Representatives were willing to vote for the provision to grant RR workers seven days of paid sick leave per year. Unfortunately thanks to blanket use of the filibuster a majority is no longer enough to pass most bills and allows a minority to dictate most legislative outcomes.There will not be a strike. Bernie’s 7 day sick leave amendment failed and the bill is passing overwhelmingly. Vote isn’t done yet but already 69 yes.
The proposal to give workers seven days of sick leave, which was championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other liberal Democrats, failed to pick up enough Republican support to overcome a 60-vote threshold set for adopting the measure and fell 52-43. Six Republicans voted for the sick leave measure: Sens. Mike Braun (Ind.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), John Kennedy (La.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.). Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote against it.
Yep that was smart - if the amendment had been adopted in the senate the bill probably would have had to go back to the house for an up or down vote.Now we know why Pelosi did the sick leave thing as a separate Bill. Once the Senate passes this Bill it is done. No more shuttling between the House and the Senate.
It would have just delayed the inevitable. This was the cleanest way to allow for the 7 day vote while not delaying this and risking the disruption. Unfortunately the votes weren’t there for the 7 days. Don’t get me wrong I would have liked to see them get it for sure. But I understand the politics of why they did it the way they did for better or worse.
It most likely would not have worked. The entire bill would have failed and people's raises would have been delayed indefinitely, until the next Congress convened and got its act together etc. etc. Even the Unions did not want that as the other proposal to just pass a 60 day cooling off period for another round of negotiations to incorporate the sick days in the agreement that was vigorously opposed by the Unions suggests. The Republicans overall were in the pockets of the Railroads and would never let a non-negotiated position forced down the throats of the Railroads at this point. At least that is my understanding.
Would not have passed filibuster, the strike would have gone forward, and the Republican's could have hung the blame for the vast disruptions of a rail strike on Democratic "overreaching" when there was a deal in hand that the Republicans would support.
It may not have but passed but then the blame game can be played both ways. the house could have easily come together today and passed a bill without the sick days.Would not have passed filibuster, the strike would have gone forward, and the Republican's could have hung the blame for the vast disruptions of a rail strike on Democratic "overreaching" when there was a deal in hand that the Republicans would support.
And what if it did not pass? We have seen enough cases where something that passed in the morning would have failed to pass the same evening. None of the positions are static. One has to trust the guts of the likes if Pelosi and Schumer who have done this for a lot longer than amateurs like me and you.It may not have but passed but then the blame game can be played both ways. the house could have easily come together today and passed a bill without the sick days.
The blame game was played both ways. The House passed a separate bill with 7 days sick leave, supporting their constituencies. Senate Majority Leader Schumer scheduled a vote putting that bill before the Senate. The Senate Republicans shot it down, and take responsibility.It may not have but passed but then the blame game can be played both ways. the house could have easily come together today and passed a bill without the sick days.
The RR's knew the House would be on their side in a few weeks so it's unlikely that they would have buckled now. Most current Senators (and Representatives) voted for guaranteed paid sick leave for RR workers so it’s possible this can be fixed at some point in the future.
We're talking about a problem that has existed since the 1800's and inflation is nowhere near the apocalyptic levels that would be necessary to substantiate this claim.To be honest the biggest enemy of the workers here is the present economic issues and inflation.
In what way would a December strike have led to more paid sick leave? For what logical reason would railroads have capitulated just before their hand was strengthened in January?People might have been more willing to let a strike happen if not for these circumstances.
A majority of current Senators and Representatives were in favor of paid sick leave. We were only six votes away from overriding a filibuster. That is damn close and worth remembering.With Congress guranteed to always vote in favor of the railroads why would they ever bother negotiating contracts? They know that Congress will not let the workers strike to get what they want so what incentive is there for any real negotiations on their part? The paid sick leave bill will go nowhere, its too anti corporate to be allowed.