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White House Weighs Emergency Decree to Keep Vital Goods on Rails If There’s a Strike

  • Close to 125,000 works could strike if no deal reached
  • Stoppage would hit weeks before November midterm elections
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The White House is considering the use of emergency powers to ensure critical materials, such as chlorine for wastewater treatment plants, can be delivered in the event of a freight-rail worker strike in order to avoid devastating disruptions to services.  

White House aides and Cabinet officials spent Tuesday reviewing contingency plans for a work stoppage, including outreach to shippers, truckers and air-freight lines to keep goods moving, according to a White House official who requested anonymity to discuss the talks.