Minnesota residents may be familiar with the disputes between an east coast railroad and the unions that represent some 5,600 of its workers. The contract disputes have lasted well in excess of three years. After all this time, President Obama decided to create a board to investigate and report on the contract disputes.
The board was tasked with hearing the arguments from both sides and making a recommendation to the railroad and the unions. That recommendation will not be binding on the parties. However, if there is no resolution to the disagreements by July 2014, there could be a strike by the unions.