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Fertilizer, chemicals to stop moving Dec. 4 ahead of rail strike deadline
Biden: ‘I am confident’ that crippling nationwide rail strike will be avoided
President Biden met with congressional leaders Tuesday and said he is “confident” a rail strike can be avoided.
A potential railway strike will cut off supply of fertilizer and key chemicals on Dec. 4 if President Biden and Congress do not act to avert it, a key labor group told Fox News on Tuesday.
Corey Rosenbusch, the president and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute, echoed Biden's call for Congress to avert the strike in a statement to Fox. Fertilizer is just one of the products that rely heavily on freight rail transportation in the U.S., and many industries could grind to a halt if workers and employers do not reach an agreement.
"Without Congressional action, rail networks will shut down on Dec. 9th, but our deadline is Sunday, December 4th which is when ammonia and other fertilizers and inputs will stop moving on the rails in preparation for a strike," Rosenbusch said. "These embargoes could hamper production and add additional uncertainty to an already tight global market."
"TFI appreciates the leadership shown by President Biden in emphatically supporting efforts to codify the Tentative Agreements reached by rail carriers and labor unions in September. With over half of all fertilizer moving by rail year-round, we absolutely cannot afford a rail strike, and Congress must act now to ensure that fertilizers and other critical materials and goods that U.S. consumers rely on every day get to where they are needed," he added.
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