Further supply chain disruptions are currently in the making as railroad giant Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) plans to unveil a new attendance incentive program that may cause over 35,000 employees to go on strike as soon as February 1st, 2022. BNSF claims the points-based program intends to improve shipping lead times, though the members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Divisions of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART-TD) see otherwise; specifically citing that the program penalizes employees for any time taken off for any reason, even scheduled paid-time-off given with sufficient notice. “Our members have worked tirelessly to keep goods moving during a global pandemic, but the railroad is once again placing monetary profits over people to appease shareholders and Wall Street. Our membership is tired, frustrated and fed up with the treatment they continue to receive,” stated BLET National President Dennis Pierce and SMART-TD President Jeremy Ferguson. To learn more about this potential supply chain disruption, read the article published by Freight Waves here.

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