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Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry

James Wolfinger

Abstract

Philadelphia exploded in violence in 1910. The general strike that year was a notable point, but not a unique one, in a generations-long history of conflict between the workers and management at one of the nation's largest privately owned transit systems. This book uses the history of Philadelphia's sprawling public transportation system to explore how labor relations shifted from the 1880s to the 1960s. As transit workers adapted to fast-paced technological innovation to keep the city's people and commerce on the move, management sought to limit its employees' rights. Raw violence, welfare ca ... More

Keywords: Philadelphia, general strike, transit systems, public transportation, labor relations, transit workers, violence, welfare capitalism, labor force, public service workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702402
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Wolfinger, author
DePaul University