ISSA Applauds Passage of Legislation to Avert Rail Shutdown

December 2, 2022 ISSA Applauds Passage of Legislation to Avert Rail Shutdown

ISSA applauds congressional passage of legislation to avert a national railroad shutdown. The U.S. Senate passed H.J. Res. 100 on December 1 following passage by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 30. The measure will now be sent to U.S. President Joe Biden, who is expected to swiftly sign the legislation into law.

The parties had until December 9 to reach an agreement before workers promised to strike, which was estimated would cost the U.S. economy US$2 billion per day. Some of the unions opposed the contract and thus the rail movement of certain goods was set to stop as soon as this weekend in preparation for a strike. Congress stepped in using authority under the Railway Labor Act to prevent the shutdown from happening.

“We thank congressional members and President Biden for successfully heading off a railroad shutdown, which would have grinded our economy to a halt, and strained every family and cleaning-related business,” said ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft. “Averting a rail shutdown was one of the top priorities for ISSA during the lame duck session of Congress.”

To learn more about the impact of supply-chain challenges on the cleaning industry and possible governmental remedies, register for the 2023 ISSA Clean Advocacy Summit, March 28-29 in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C as part of National Cleaning Week. For questions regarding ISSA advocacy, including this legislation, the summit, and National Cleaning Week, please contact John Nothdurft.