Time Table: Jul. 19, 1963

A chronology of the railroad featherbedding battle:


February. The railroads ask the unions to join them in requesting a study by a presidential commission.

June. The unions refuse.

August. The railroads ask President Eisenhower to set up a study commission anyway.

September. Ike declines.

November. The railroads propose a list of work-rules changes, begin negotiations with the unions.


July-October. Switching to another track, the unions ask for a study by a presidential commission. The railroads insist that the commission proposals be binding. The unions balk at that. Finally the railroads agree to a non-binding study.

November. Ike names a 15-member commission.


February-November. Chaired by Lawyer Simon Rifkind, the...

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