President Appoints Presidential Emergency Board

Executive board to assist in negotiations between freight rail carriers and unions.

President Joe Biden issued an executive order appointing a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) to aid in labor negotiations. The board goes into effect on Monday to help resolve the labor dispute between unions and railroads. If workers were to strike, it would have a tremendous negative impact on the already shaky supply chain, since everything from consumer packages to food and fuel travels via rail. The board will investigate and deliver a report on resolving the dispute within 30 days.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “Keeping supply chains running means keeping America’s railways running. In making the decision to create the Presidential Emergency Board, the President has considered input from relevant stakeholders. The President’s goal is to make sure America’s freight rail system continues to run without disruption, delivering the items that our families, communities, farms, and businesses rely on.”

She added, “By statute, the Executive Order triggers a “cooling off” period intended to keep the parties working toward a negotiated settlement.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the appointees to the Presidential Emergency Board to be discerning in their review of railway labor negotiations.
  • For wisdom for U.S. officials involved in the transport of goods and commodities.
  • For prudence for the president and his advisors in the matters of supply chain and food supply.

Sources: AP, Reuters


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