‘So… there’s no plan?’ Biden’s not ready for massive rail workers strike that could devastate supply chain

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made it painfully obvious during a press conference that the Biden administration has no real contingency plan as thousands of rail workers plan to strike, devastating the supply chain.

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Biden loves the unions and is defending them for all he’s worth as the looming railroad workers’ strike gets ready to kick in along with 15,000 nurses walking out in Minnesota and West Coast ports potentially shutting down amid a contract dispute. It’s the perfect storm for the ultimate emergency which the left will not let go to waste.

Jean-Pierre confirmed on Tuesday that the administration basically doesn’t have any serious plan to stop all of this from crushing the supply chain. Instead, she spewed platitudes about how hard the president is working on it and that a strike is unacceptable.

She asserted that the Biden administration is asking truckers and air shippers to assist should rail service cease. Of course, Biden is also considering invoking emergency authorities to handle the crisis.

According to the press secretary, daily interagency meetings are being hosted by the administration to assess which supply chains and commodities are at the highest risk.

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“We are working with other modes of transportation including shippers, truckers, and air freight to see how they can step in and keep goods moving in case of this rail shutdown,” she commented, indicating that the threat of a shutdown is very, very real at this point.

“The administration has also been working with relevant agencies to assess what supply chains and commodities are most likely to face severe disruptions,” Jean-Pierre added.

The White House has informed railroads and unions that “a shutdown is unacceptable and will hurt American workers, families, and businesses, and they must take action to avert it,” an anonymous White House official told Reuters.

“We have made crystal clear to the interested parties the harm that American families, businesses, farmers, and communities would experience if they were not to reach a resolution,” Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday.

“We encourage folks to stick at the negotiation table to come up with a resolution. This is important because of what this could mean to the American people, what this could mean to American families,” she weakly stated.

On Monday, railroads stopped accepting shipments of hazardous materials such as chlorine and chemicals used in fertilizer, so they won’t be stranded in unsafe locations if rail traffic halts, according to the Daily Mail. The strike would impact moving coal, crude oil, ethanol, and other products necessary for life functioning normally in the United States.

The strike could come as early as Friday and freeze nearly 30 percent of U.S. cargo shipments, stoke inflation, impede supplies of food and fuel, cost the U.S. economy approximately $2 billion per day, and cause transportation headaches.

Amtrak began suspending service to Chicago, San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, and Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to a statement released Monday evening.

Protests are also occurring at America’s ports and hospitals by tens of thousands of workers over low pay and staffing shortages.

Railroad unions are incensed that they are being blamed for a looming catastrophe.

“The railroads are using shippers, consumers, and the supply chain of our nation as pawns in an effort to get our unions to cave into their contract demands,” the unions said in a statement. “Our unions will not cave into these scare tactics, and Congress must not cave into what can only be described as corporate terrorism.”

Ten of the 12 largest railroad unions that represent some 115,000 workers have reached tentative deals with the railroads that will see them earn 24 percent raises over five years, $5,000 in bonuses, and one extra vacation day a year.

The two largest unions, The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the SMART Transportation Division, however, have not come to an agreement with the railroads. They represent more than half of all railroad union workers.

As many as 60,000 railway workers will be joined by 15,000 nurses, and 22,000 West Coast port workers in massive strikes beginning this week as they seek better working conditions.

The widespread chaos of supply chain disruption could cause food shortages, skyrocketing gas prices, and potentially further explode inflation.

Biden could be forced to enact the Taft-Hartley Act, which is a Cold War-era law that allows the government to call for an 80-day cool-down period amid labor impasses.

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