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Rail Union Rejects Biden-Backed Deal, Reviving Strike Risk

  • Teamsters division is first to vote down tentative agreement
  • Four other unions have accepted deal; seven still to vote
Shipping containers at a rail terminal in Commerce, California.

Shipping containers at a rail terminal in Commerce, California.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg
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A majority of almost 12,000 unionized railroad workers voted to reject a tentative labor agreement brokered in part last month by President Joe Biden, the first dismissal by members of a dozen labor groups that must accept the deal or risk a strike. 

More than 6,600 members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes voted against the tentative agreement compared to 5,100 votes in favor, the division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said in a statement Monday.