Rail Operator CSX Tweaks Attendance Policy
Meanwhile, unions are pushing back on sick time
Rail operator CSX Corp is changing its attendance policy for unexpected, short-term medical absences next year after U.S. railroads' sick-time policies became a flashpoint in national labor talks.
CSX is among the railroads that used so-called points-based attendance policies to reduce unplanned absences as the industry cut jobs to bring down costs and bolster profits. Under the policies, workers are penalized with points for unscheduled absences, and risk being suspended or fired.
Rail unions are protesting the lack of federal intervention on sick-time policies outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. On Dec. 2, President Joe Biden signed legislation that broke the impasse that could have halted shipments of food, fuel and medicine, stranded commuters and harmed the U.S. economy without making any changes to sick-time agreements.
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