Labor: That's Railroadin'

Willie Glass, 60, a garbage man in Atlanta for many years and then unemployed for a spell, recently got a new job as a fireman on a Southern Railway diesel locomotive. On his first day at work, a supervisor showed him where to sit in the cab of the locomotive and where to find the toilet. Glass already feels confident he can perform a fireman's duties. "I don't do nothin'," he says. "I just set."

There are about 100 other such new "firemen" on the Southern, all aging or aged Negroes (60 to 80-odd). They get up to $25...

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