National Affairs: Crisis Revisited

New York City, which last month weathered a ten-day tie-up by striking tugboat operators, now faced the threat of a far more serious strike: on all city-owned subway, elevated, streetcar and bus lines.

Michael J. Quill, belligerent, Communist-line boss of the disaffected, 110,000-member Transport Workers' Union, C.I.O., boomed his demands for a $2-a-day raise and exclusive bargaining rights for all the city's 32,000 transit workers. One point he made very clear: his civic responsibilities (as City Councilman from The Bronx) would not soften his determination to win. Another point that frightened New York City...

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