This photo from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin captures police pursuing a protester from the 1910 trolley strikes.
Labor shortages and pressure from the federal government lead the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) to employ African Americans in non-menial positions such as motormen and conductors. This in turn lead to a 1944 strike by white transit workers called a sickout strike to protest the decision. President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the Secretary of War to take control of the PTC. This subsequent notice was posted in all PTC vehicles.
Members of the Army’s Signal Corp post notices of the War Department’s seizure of the PTC fleet on Philadelphia’s trolleys.
On August 5, 1944, 5,000 troops arrived in Philadelphia to take over the PTC. The soldiers seen here are getting ready to operate a West Philly trolley.
Just two years after the 1944 strike by white workers over the inclusion of African Americans in the workforce, female transit operators struck for better pay. Here, Olivia Bruce of West Philadelphia and operator of Car 31 holds a sign signaling her displeasure.
The 1965 longshoremen strikes closed East and Gulf Coast ports. Here Philadelphia longshoremen strike along Delaware Avenue.
These workers at the 26th and Allegheny depot show their solidarity with a 1971 strike.
Transport Workers Union Local 234 had a noon rally held at the Luzerne Depot.