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Running the RailsCapital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry$
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James Wolfinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702402

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.001.0001

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Time of Troubles

Time of Troubles

Chapter:
(p.64) 3 Time of Troubles
Source:
Running the Rails
Author(s):

James Wolfinger

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.003.0004

This chapter situates transit workers' experience and the great strikes of 1909 and 1910 in broader social currents. The construction of the Market Street Subway nearly bankrupted the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company (PRT), leading the company and city to sign the 1907 contract that gave the city increased power over its transit system. This contract serves as a lens for the chapter's exploration of the debates over the provision of public services by private enterprise. In organizing Philadelphia's transit workers, the Amalgamated countered the transit company's staunch antiunionism with language focused on workers' rights, equality, and fairness. Conflicts in Philadelphia's transit industry showed the violence brewing in Progressive Era labor relations and convinced city leaders that they could not let that conflict loose on the city again.

Keywords:   transit workers, Market Street Subway, Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, antiunionism, workers' rights, Progressive Era

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