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Biden averts rail labor strike with tentative union deal

President Joe Biden said Thursday that a tentative rail labor deal has been reached, averting a strike that could have been devastating to the economy ahead of crucial midterm elections.

Railroad and union representatives had been in negotiations for 20 hours at the Labor Department on Wednesday to reach an agreement, as there was a risk of a strike from Friday that could have shut down rail lines across the country.

Biden made a key phone call to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh at 9 p.m. as talks unfolded after the Italian dinner was brought in, according to a White House official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. to discuss closed negotiations. . The president told negotiators to consider the damage to families, farmers and businesses if a shutdown were to occur.

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