US consumers could pay price if railroads, unions can’t reach agreement

This 2021 file photo shows freight train cars and containers at Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Conway Yard in Conway, Pennsylvania. Railroad engineers accepted their deal with the railroads that will deliver 24% raises but conductors rejected the contract casting more doubt on whether the industry will beable to resolve the labor dispute before next month’s deadline without Congress’ help. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

OMAHA, Neb. — Consumers could see higher gas prices and shortages of some of their favorite groceries during the winter holiday season if railroads and all of their unions can’t agree on new contracts by an early-December deadline that had already been pushed back.

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