Harris J. Klein

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Harris J. Klein answers questions about the city's transit problems.

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

Panelists: Jim Farrell, Michael Spielman, and Ruth Corsnick


The people of the city of New York were the losers in the transit strike. Makes recommendation on how the contract negotiations should go for the Transit Workers Union. Craft unions should set up a committee for negotiations. Walter Reuther's tactics for negotiation. There is no right to strike in the transit union. Last week's strike put 8 million people in a terrible spot. The subway system was once a private business, but the city took it over and created a quasi public organization. They should have maintained their right to strike.
NYC should enact a transit system labor act, like the railroad, to define rights of the employee, set up a mediation panel, and a buffer between the strike and the final decision of the authority. Transit authority should be given back to the people of New York. Transit authority has more than $75 million in the bank, a profit of close to $20 million. Some of this profit could be given back to the straphanger in many forms, including allowing free rides for school children. The subway strike has cost $2 million. The authority can't go in the red with a 15 cent fare. A reserve set up by the city for pensions. Objects to the Mayor's claims he can't do anything about the transit strike. Wages. Attitude toward Commissioner O'Grady. Private bus lines have brainwashed New Yorkers. We don't have rights to examine their books.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72066
Municipal archives id: LT8599