Acting on the request of Mayor John Lindsay, President Johnson sent United States Labor Secretary W.
Acting on the request of Mayor John Lindsay, President Johnson sent United States Labor Secretary W. Willard Wirtz to New York City to assist in trying to settle the crippling transit strike.
Mayor Lindsay, who had conferred with Labor Secretary Wirtz by telephone for several days, called President Johnson early in the evening of January 6 and said he thought the Secretary might be able to help in the transit crisis.
President Johnson immediately directed Mr. Wirtz to leave for New York City, a 200 mile plane trip. Mr. Wirtz was in New York within two hours.
Wirtz spent nearly five hours conferring with Mayor Lindsay, a group of labor leaders and the three mediators in the strike.
The negotiations are over the money offer the city has made and the demands by the Transport Workers union. The Union, which operates the city's buses and subway trains, is seeking higher wages. It has been on strike since January 1st, almost paralysing New York City.
When Secretary Wirtz arrived he was asked by newsmen if there was any possibility of federal financial help available. Mr. Wirtz replied, "I would say no."