KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — On Wednesday, Congress approved legislation to avoid a freight rail strike that could have had a major impact on the U.S. economy. A second vote to add seven days of paid sick leave for rail workers to the agreement did not pass.

The resolution bound rail companies and workers to a proposed labor agreement reached in September. According to the Associated Press, that agreement had been rejected by four of 12 labor unions, creating the possibility of a rail strike beginning Dec. 9.

The deal provides rail workers with 24 percent raises over five years and makes it easier for workers to miss time for medical appointments, but a sticking point was that the deal did not include more paid sick leave.

The bill to avert a potential strike, H.J. Res. 100 passed 290-137. Only three Tennessee representatives voted in favor of this bill, including both Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Jim Cooper (D-TN), and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN). Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) shared a statement, defending his stance to vote against the resolution.

“I voted against the bill to override contract negotiations between unions and rail companies because it sets a bad precedent. They are supposed to come to an agreement on their own, and this bill will take away workers’ leverage to negotiate. Congress should just stay out of it,” Burchett said.

The house bill forcing rail companies and unions to agree to a new labor contract, averting a potential rail shutdown, was approved 80-15 in the Senate and now heads to President Joe Biden‘s desk.

Tennessee’s senators were split on the House-passed bill to implement the labor agreement between freight rail carriers and unionized workers. Marsha Blackburn voted for the resolution, while Bill Hagerty voted against it.

Both voted against the bill to provide proposal to give railway workers seven days of sick leave. With at least 60 votes needed to pass, the sick leave bill failed 52-43. Five senators abstained from the vote.

“If the United States guaranteed paid sick leave to all workers like every other industrialized country, then American rail workers wouldn’t even be in this situation,” Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09) shared on Twitter Wednesday.