Pressure mounts on Biden to avert freight rail strike as union deadline looms

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  • White House officials and Biden himself have pressed rail carriers and unions. to reach an agreement
  • The clocking is ticking before a Friday deadline to avert a possible freight rail shutdown.
  • Biden, an outspoken supporter of union, finds himself in a tricky spot politically.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden faces a narrowing window to avert a strike from freight railroad workers that could further strain supply chains and deliver a damaging blow to Democrats before the midterm elections. 

Top aides and Biden himself were in touch with railroad companies and union representatives late into Monday evening and Tuesday in a push to avoid a shutdown, according to the White House. 

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