Wartime workers cope with 24-hour streetcar strike

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On Thursday, July 22, 1943, a 24-hour strike was called by the Transportation Union Division No. 1277 of the Amalgamated Association of Street Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees, A.F.L., against the Los Angeles Railway Company. Streetcar and bus service was interrupted for hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles workers.

A story in the July 23, 1943, Los Angeles Times reports:

Out of ration-locked garages came cars yesterday and many an insole burned as its owner pounded the sidewalk, lunch in hand, to get to work.

With the Los Angeles Railway Corp. streetcars and buses idle in a 24-hour strike, all Los Angeles rallied to meet the transportation emergency in a surprisingly good-natured way.

Townward traffic thickened earlier than usual as executives and employees alike set the alarm clock a few minutes ahead to give them plenty of time to get to office and factory without trolleys.

Thousands of automobiles…

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