Protect Our Economy! Stop the Rail Strike!
Tell Your Legislators and The President That They Must Stop a Rail Strike That Could Cost $2 Billion a Day and Devastate U.S. Food and Agricultural Production, Our Supply Chains, and Consumer Prices
Labor agreement negotiations between railroad companies and their workers are breaking down again. A rail labor strike would have severe consequences for our nation’s economy, farmers, and consumers.
It is imperative that Congress and the President take immediate action to avoid a freight railroad labor strike and the catastrophic damage it would cause. The consequences of a freight rail work stoppage would be far-reaching, impacting U.S. agricultural production, supply chains, and consumer prices, and could cost $2 billion a day in lost output.Congress and the President have the authority to intervene and prevent a rail labor strike. Tell them to act promptly to prevent harm to communities and families across our nation.
Please fill out the form on the right to send the letter below to your Representatives, Senators and the President.
Dear [Representative NAME / Senator NAME / President Biden],
As your constituent, I am writing to ask that you take immediate action to avoid a freight railroad labor strike and the catastrophic damage to the U.S. economy that a strike would cause. The potential consequences are far-reaching, impacting U.S. food and agricultural production, supply chains, and consumer prices, and could cost $2 billion a day in lost output.
Should rail labor negotiations fail, it is vital that you take prompt action to prevent a freight rail stoppage of any length.
The U.S. economy and supply chains depend on an efficient, reliable, and affordable rail transportation network. Many U.S.-based food and agricultural processors are already stretched to their limit, operating at full capacity, and struggling with railroads’ inability to deliver inputs or ship finished products. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, in the third quarter of 2022, railroads failed to fill more than 100,000 grain car orders for farmers and ranchers, a 1,200% increase from the same period the year before. In the event of a rail strike that would completely shut down the supply chain, there would be no capacity to recover lost production.
If there is a rail strike, food price inflation, expected to increase throughout 2023, would also be significantly exacerbated and particularly devastating for the American families that can least afford it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently issued a report stating that the Consumer Price Index for food prices rose by more than 11% between September 2021 and September 2022, and food-at-home prices also rose 13% during that time.
Additionally, with war continuing to rage in Ukraine, a rail stoppage would have far-reaching global effects at a time when the world relies more than ever on America’s ability to address food insecurity.
We appreciate your swift attention to this serious issue.