Unions Blast Rail Move to Delay Shipments Before Deadline

The leaders of the two largest rail unions in the country said on Sunday that the freight railroads' decision to start delaying some shipments before

deadline this week is just an attempt to get shippers to put more pressure on Congress to stop a work stoppage by forcing workers to sign a contract.

The leaders of the unions that represent engineers and conductors — the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers

Transportation Division union and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen union

criticised the move, which was announced by the railroads late Friday.

A strike or lockout won't be allowed until this Friday,