RAILROADS: Strike on the Long Island

The nation's busiest commuter railroad was closed down this week by a strike aimed at setting a precedent for U.S. railroads. After last-minute negotiations collapsed, 1,350 members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen walked off the Long Island Railroad, which carries 175,000 riders daily in and out of New York City. The trainmen are striking for a five-day week but want to continue receiving the seven days' pay they now get for working six. No major U.S. railroad has a five-day week for employees who man the trains, and a settlement on union terms could be used as a...

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