The United States Congress was today(Tuesday) considering urgent interim legislation to end the crippling country-wide railway strike by more than 13 thousand signalmen.
The United States Congress was today(Tuesday) considering urgent interim legislation to end the crippling country-wide railway strike by more than 13 thousand signalmen. Their strike in support of wage claims, forced thousands of commuters to find alternative means of transport and threatened many workers in industry. Already the Chrysler Corporation has laid off three and a half thousand workers and warned that its operations throughout the country could come to a standstill in three days. President Nixon sent a resolution to Congress that would order the men back to work -- without increased pay provisions -- and halt the strike until July 1.
SYNOPSIS: Pickets paraded in major American cities today (Tuesday) in support of a nationwide strike by railroad signalmen. The strike by 13 thousand railway workers is being staged in support of wage claims.
In New York, commuters crammed aboard the few trains that were still running, as President Nixon ordered the men to return to work immediately. Car Parks were filled to overflowing as grave warnings of major industrial layoffs were issued.
Even New Yorkers' entertainment has been hit by the strike. A special train carrying the world-famous Barnum and Bailey circus was forced to stop 10 miles away from its New York destination. Animals and performers were later offloaded onto a fleet of trucks and the circus proprietors promised the show would go on as advertised.
As the animals were re-routed towards their destination, the United States Congress was considering urgent interim legislation to put an end to the strike. If successful, the legislation will order the men back immediately.