"Retailers and thousands of other businesses depend on the railway transportation system to move goods through the supply chain every day."NRF SVP for Government Relations David French
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French after President Biden signed an executive order establishing a Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve labor disputes between freight railroads and rail labor organizations.
“Retailers and thousands of other businesses depend on the railway transportation system to move goods through the supply chain every day. NRF thanks President Biden for proactively working to address potential supply chain disruptions on our nation’s railways that would contribute to additional inflationary pressures.
“Now that we are in the peak shipping season for back-to-school and winter holiday merchandise, it is critical that both parties come back to the table to reach an agreement without any kind of rail service disruption this fall.”
Earlier this month, NRF sent a letter to Biden asking the administration to intervene and help settle the labor negotiations before a cooling off period ends this Sunday.
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