• Short Summary

    Thousands of local 'commuters' who travel daily between New York and New Jersey, USA, were the first affected by the recent strike of employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad which has tied up traffic on this giant line between New York and Washington DC.

    20,000 workers are on strike with 27 points at issue before the National Mediation Board now meeting in Philadelphia.

  • Description

    Thousands of local 'commuters' who travel daily between New York and New Jersey, USA, were the first affected by the recent strike of employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad which has tied up traffic on this giant line between New York and Washington DC.

    20,000 workers are on strike with 27 points at issue before the National Mediation Board now meeting in Philadelphia. The breakdown in negotiations has been described as the culmination of three years of discussions. The Transport Workers Union and System Federation 152, alarmed at the year to year decreases in non-operational employees and maintenance men, has tried to ensure additional employment for their members by a system of exclusive rights. They have protested at the method of giving work to outside contractors, and feel this work should be carried out by their own members. But the effect of these demands on the railroad would be far-reaching. It would mean the railroad could not, for example, sell property without a guarantee by the purchaser that all maintenance and other staff would be given permanent guaranteed employment.

    Tempers are running high in the dispute, and Michael Quill, President of the Transport Workers Union, has declared heatedly that the Pennsylvania Railroad itself provoked the strike to collect the $600,000 dollars a day strike 'insurance' written by the Nassau, Bahamas, Insurance Company which specialises in guaranteeing firms 'strike' insurance to pay overheads while employees are idle.

    On May 20 President Eisenhower appointed a three man fact-finding team to look into the railroads problems.

    With the railroad out of action, commuters took to cars, and the traffic jams in Manhattan have been worse than ever. The Holland Tunnel, the Lincoln Tunnel, and the George Washington Bridge, the three direct points of crossing between Manhattan and New Jersey, have all been blocked by queues of cars.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAJTZLYPM8SFPUJW9ALOUQIYOX
    Media URN:
    VLVAJTZLYPM8SFPUJW9ALOUQIYOX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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