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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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Advances Hard Won and Well Deserved

Advances Hard Won and Well Deserved

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(p.229) Advances Hard Won and Well Deserved
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Running the Rails
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James Wolfinger

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.003.0009

This concluding chapter explains that Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) problems were not a function of bad management or inept politicians so much as a reflection of larger economic and demographic trends, as well as the way capital's imperative to maximize profits often came at the expense of the public, transit workers, and the transportation system itself. Company officers carried out their quest with talents that drew on the cultural tools and socially acceptable ideas and practices available in different eras of American history. From raw violence and company unionism to race mongering and ideas about the imperatives of capitalism, management shift edits tactics sometimes sharply, sometimes adeptly, sometimes both, in its effort to control its workforce.

Keywords:   Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, capital, transit workers, transportation system, company unionism, race mongering

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