Now that Congress has decided on the rail agreement they're essentially saying that if the rail workers continue the strike as planned, then this is an illegal strike. Is this interpretation correct?
What does this mean exactly? What happens if the rail workers go ahead with the strike? What happens if the workers decide to quit en masse instead of having a formal, but illegal, strike?
From my point of view Congress was trying to prevent economic damage by way of the rails being shut down. But by choosing a deal that the workers had previously refused they're allowing for the possibility that the workers could all quit because maybe they don't like the agreement that Congress has approved.
If all the workers quit as I speculate above, then the situation is the exact same. Rails shut down due to lack of workers and lead to economic damage.
Can the workers still quit or are they compelled to work without the option of quitting? Or is there some other arrangement, perhaps defined in the the Railway Labor Act?
Edit: So far the answers haven't gotten to the jist of my question. Now that Congress has made it's decision to make these strikes illegal can people be arrested for refusing to work?
The question I essentially want to get to: Is this basically legalized slavery?