Biden says Tentative Railway Labor Agreement Reached

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President Joe Biden believes unions built the middle class. 

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He also knew a rail worker strike could damage the economy ahead of midterm elections.

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That left him in the awkward position of espousing the virtues of unionization in Detroit, 

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a stalwart of the labor movement, while members of his administration went all-out to keep talks going in Washington

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between the railroads and unionized workers in hopes of averting a shutdown.

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But after a long night, the talks succeeded and Biden announced Thursday

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that the parties had reached a tentative agreement to avoid a shutdown that would go to union members for a vote.

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The Democratic president hailed the deal in a statement for avoiding a shutdown and as a win for all sides.

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It looked far more tenuous for the president just a day earlier.

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United Auto Workers Local 598 member Ryan Buchalski introduced Biden at the Detroit auto show on Wednesday as

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“the most union- and labor-friendly president in American history” and someone who was "kickin' ass for the working class."

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Buchalski harked back to the pivotal sitdown strikes by autoworkers in the 1930s.

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