It’s been said that desperate times call for desperate measures.

That’s the situation facing Congress this week after President Biden called on the House and Senate to intervene and prevent an impending nationwide rail strike.

The White House’s announcement came as four labor unions failed to ratify agreements already approved by workers from eight other unions. The impasse has left the president and lawmakers in Washington with only a single viable option to avoid the economic catastrophe of a potential worker strike shutting down our nation’s rail system as soon as December 9.

The president’s call to action is prudent and should be acted upon in Congress quickly for the sake of consumers. After all, the tentative agreements Congress would advance represent a win for the nation’s rail workers, and it’s important to consider how the deal came together.

Published in its entirety in Inside Sources.