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FILE - A CSX freight train travels through Alexandria, Va., Sept. 15, 2022. The third largest railroad union rejected its deal with freight railroads Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, renewing the possibility of a strike that could cripple the economy. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

A CSX freight train travels through Alexandria, Va. (Kevin Wolf / Associated Press)

This week, Congress passed a bill that effectively imposed an agreement between rail workers and their companies and prohibited a strike. Politicians feared that any work stoppage would cripple the U.S. economy for the holidays, costing the country billions of dollars.

Today, we talk about the unique, violent history of rail workers trying to fight for better union contracts. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

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Guests: University of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis

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Senate moves to avert rail strike amid dire warnings

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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