RAILROADS: Perils of Penn Central

The Penn Central railroad made an unscheduled stop just short of chaos last week. Within hours after 28,000 members of the United Transportation Union shut down the line in 16 states an emergency back-to-work law was whipped through both houses of Congress and jet-shipped to San Clemente where President Nixon signed it in the middle of the night. That Perils of Pauline save marked the eighth time in six years that Congress has had to intervene at the last minute to prevent or stop a major rail strike.

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