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  •  Public transportation strikes can get ugly. (3+ / 0-)

    Here's a story about the last Chicago CTA strike in 1979:

    The story mainly covers the rail side of the strike on the then Ravenswood branch. The first day it was reported that only 2 union employees showed up. No switchman, no motorman or conductors or station agents reported for work. A picket line had been established on Kimball in front of the station platform. So a train crew was dispatched to lock up the stations for the first day. District Superintendents operated the Clark junction and Tower 18 manual interlockings. On the next few days using Management and professional employees partial train service was established on the now Red line from Howard to Belmont, on the Ravenswood, on the Evanston and West South Lake Dan Ryan service. (For security reasons subways would not be served. ) #6000's were mostly operated due to the comfort level of Management employees that were not that comfortable with the #2400's as of yet. 3 policeman were riding the train for extra security. Train rides were free. At times they were only two trains total on the ravenswood. This resulted in major overcrowding. People were boarding trains between cars and riding between cars. No effort was made to stop this in fear of a riot. One of the trains that day was driven by then president George Krambles. Manpower had been stretched to the bone.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 08:25:37 AM PDT

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