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Jim McKee: Havelock and the 1922 CB&Q Railroad strike

Posted on AllSides May 18th, 2024

The first national unions were formed within America’s railroads shortly after the end of the Civil War and were primarily associated with benefits and fraternal activities. But as the railroads grew in size and economic power, they expanded into matters of wages and working conditions. With the U.S. entry into World War I, the Burlington Railroad announced that men who enlisted would be given leave. Within months, more than 2,000 employees had joined the armed forces. On Dec. 28, 1917, the Burlington, along with all U.S. railroads, was nationalized, completely...

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