It's not just the numbers that are important, it's anti-worker measures the majority Republicans may try to insert into the measures, too.
President Obama named the board, at the request of the unions representing the railroad's 4,000 workers, on July 16.
The legislation is important both for jobs creation and to repair and replace the nation's crumbling infrastructure and to repair, replace and upgrade bus and subway systems.
Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 in Portland, Ore., ratified a new union contract at the area transit agency, TriMet.
NEW YORK - On the evening of Oct. 25, lower Broadway here became a sea of green as thousands of transport workers wearing green hats filled the street in front of the headquarters of their employer, the New York City Transit division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to rally for a good contract.
SAN FRANCISCO - Management refusal to negotiate on its own work rule demands - demands the unions say could impact worker safety - forced workers for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) to strike at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 18.
Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and Oakland city workers protested what they said were management's refusal to increase wages and demands for givebacks, despite rising revenues.
On December 20, 2005, thousands of workers began what was to be a three-day strike of the New York City transit system over retirement, pension and wage issues.
The ruling House GOP wouldn't even let lawmakers vote on a 2-year bipartisan highway-mass transit bill the Senate approved earlier this month.
That rewrite, an attempt to end a fight over union recognition votes at airlines and railroads, ended up leaving workers and their unions with the short end of the stick.