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Rail Unions Seek to Push Two-Year-Old Labor Talks to Biden

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President Joe Biden and Congress could eventually be asked to resolve a long-running railroad-industry contract dispute if a federal intermediary grants a request by labor unions.

Rail-worker unions plan to urge the National Mediation Board this week to find that the talks, which began in 2020, are at an impasse and to offer arbitration. It’s unclear when there will be a decision by the board, which is hearing from both sides in three days of meetings that end Thursday.