Notice - FDR authorized the Secretary of War to take control of the PTC, 1944
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.