With Just One Sick Day, Lawmakers Forced Rail Workers Back to Work.

I’m so tired of it.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readDec 2, 2022


Photo via Jacquelyn Martin/AP

I just keep thinking about how the media had the nerve to call Biden “FDR 2.0”.

Well once again, the Democratic and Republican Parties alike have sided with corporate interests, voting for legislation that will force rail workers to accept a contract that guarantees them only one sick day a year. They then voted against legislation that would add seven additional sick days. Except, of course, there were a handful who couldn’t even be bothered to vote at all.

More Perfect Union tweeted:

“UPDATE: Joe Manchin, a reliable ally of the U.S Chamber of Commerce, has voted against paid sick days for rail workers. The Chamber, America’s largest corporate lobby, had told lawmakers that this would be tracked as a “key vote” for the organization.”

Ah, Joe Manchin. Of course. The corporate lapdog who never, ever misses an opportunity to give the American people the middle finger. He was the only Democrat to vote alongside Republicans against paid sick days.

Nothing but sociopathic, craven dinosaurs.

Personally, they should be obligated to work with just one guaranteed sick day as well. Who are they to demand it from these workers if they can’t do the same? After all, we all know that these rail workers contribute significantly more to society and the communities around them than these lawmakers have. The willingness and ability of these lawmakers to remind us of just how utterly worthless and cruel they are genuinely never ceases to amaze me.

But of course, all the blame can’t be put on Manchin and the Republicans. At least they don’t have the nerve to declare themselves “pro labor” as they crush these rail workers.

No, that would be Joe Biden.

On the 28th of November, his account tweeted:

“As a proud pro-labor President, I’m reluctant to override the ratification procedures and views of those who voted against the agreement. But in this case — where the economic impact of a…



Lauren Elizabeth

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