Business: Toward Another Strike?

The nation's railroads this week served notice on the industry's five operating unions of proposed work-rule changes they want in the next railroad agreement to replace the one that expired last week. Preliminary wage sparring has already gone on. The unions pressed for a 36¢-an-hour boost, and the industry has counterproposed a 15¢ wage slash. Despite the wide gulf in wage proposals, however, the big fight will still be over union featherbedding. To eliminate featherbedding, the rail companies asked the rail unions to: ¶ Extend the basic day's mileage pay from 100 miles...

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