On Tuesday’s “CNN Tonight,” Jeremy Ferguson, president of the Sheet Metal, Aviation, Railroad Transport Union’s Transportation Division (SMART-TD), the nation’s largest railroad union, rejected a temporary proposal to avoid railroads. agreed to strike, putting the odds of SMART-TD members striking at “about 50-50 right now.”

Host Kasie Hunt asked: “So, yesterday, 20,000 of your employees rejected this deal that was announced earlier this year. How is the conversation going today?”

Ferguson replied: “Well, I think we’re off to a good start. We have a lot of issues that have to be on the table before we can start talking. So we’ll follow up again tomorrow and see where that leads us.”

Hunter then asked: “So how likely do you think your members are to go on strike, even for a short time?”

Ferguson responded, “Well, I think it’s about 50-50 now. We’re going to continue to do what we can to get them to the right deal that they can ratify. They have a lot of questions. They talk. I have to do my duty, get involved, Let these negotiations continue.”

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