A plan to help stalled rail contract negotiations includes a proposal for raises and bonuses.
The plan was put forward by a board of directors appointed by President Biden in an attempt to avert a strike.
The proposal calls for 115,000 rail workers to receive a 24% pay raise and thousands of dollars in bonuses.
Railways and unions will take those recommendations into account in a new round of negotiations in the coming month.
Federal law would allow a strike or lockout if the two sides can’t agree on a new deal by mid-September.
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Congress is expected to intervene at that point to keep the supply chain moving.
A railroad strike could have devastating consequences for companies that depend on Union Pacific, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, CSX and other major freight railroads to supply raw materials and ship their products.
The report was distributed to the parties on Tuesday and The Associated Press got a copy of it, but the railroads and unions did not immediately comment on details.
The railroads participated in the presidential emergency council process a month ago, far apart from the 12 participating unions.
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A total of 12 unions are involved and have asked for a 31% pay increase over the five years, while the railways offered only 17% in compound pay increases.
The unions are also concerned about rising healthcare costs in a new contract.
In addition to the pay raise and bonuses, the report recommends adding an extra paid day off each year and keeping the same health insurance plan, but letting employees bear a larger share of the costs.
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Rail workers have not received a pay rise since 2019.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.