A strike by the International Association of machinists Monday (17 July) shut down at least 27 railroads across the United States.
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Background: A strike by the International Association of machinists Monday (17 July) shut down at least 27 railroads across the United States. The strike is having its greatest effect in the Middle West and Far West, but the East is also affected. The strike threatens the shipment of goods to Viet Nam and has resulted in serious commuter problems in large urban centers. In Washington, Congress has promised legislation to end the strike by Monday night.
The machinists began walking off their jobs Sunday (16 July). By Sunday afternoon Los Angeles terminals and freight yards were all but deserted. Between 75 and 100 trains leave Los Angeles daily, but on Sunday, according to a union spokesman, only two or three went out, and those were manned by supervisory personnel. Military supply shipments to Viet Nam were among the first freight goods affected.
In Chicago, all but one of the rail lines have stopped running, and the remaining one is operating on an hour-to-hour basis. Besides its stalled freight shipments, Chicago is faced with a commuter problem. Normally, 125,000 people commute to their jobs by rail, and because of the strike they must find other means of getting to work. Traffic on the expressways was heavier than usual. Mail has also been affected by the strike. Postal authorities have embargoed all but first-class mail and this is being transferred to planes and trucks for shipment.
New York's is primarily a commuted problem. Like Chicago, New York has only one commuter line running, but the New York trains are stopping outside Manhattan. From there the commutes must take subway and buses to work. There was heavy traffic on the George Washington Bridge and in the Lincoln Tunnel, two of the three Hudson River crossings that link Manhattan with New Jersey.