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Sen. Tammy Baldwin introduced the Rail Shipper Fairness Act, which aims to reduce costs and service problems faced by a broad coalition of Wisconsin rail shippers.
Five-year contract now goes to rank and file union members for a ratification vote.
While the Jones Act is seen as a pillar by many industry and government officials, it's under heavy attack by some legislators and interests.
A strike could come as soon as Monday, according to a statement from Teamster affiliate Justice for Port Truck Drivers.
Carriers should not be allowed to profit from congestion for which they are at least partially responsible, says agriculture group.
The 10-ship loop will call in South China, Vietnam, Colombo, New York, Savannah and Norfolk, and is designed to provide fast transit from Asia to New York.