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By Marilyn White, Ford, Kansas.

The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates applaud the tentative agreement reached between the railroads and rail union representatives that averts a rail shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline.

The agreement provides rail employees a 24% wage increase during the five-year period between 2020 and 2024, while also paying out an immediate $11,000 upon adoption. The labor unions have agreed that they will not strike while the agreed-upon deal goes through the ratification process. NAWG and USW would encourage a swift ratification of the agreement.

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