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Various strikes in Brooklyn

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Posted by Rabinowitz on Friday, July 7th 2017:

Does everyone remember the various strikes which occurred years ago, in Brooklyn? I remember in the 1960's, when the various unions which delivered bread and milk went on strike. It was impossible to buy milk, or bread locally. I knew of one person, who was out of town, and brought milk back with him on the plane, for his family. Then, there were the strikes by the drivers, who would deliver fuel oil, for heating. In addition to those two strikes by private entities, there were the various strikes by the municipal unions. The 12 day transit strike was really something to remember. I recall that it was bitterly cold, in January, 1966. I walked from my home in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, to the business library, opposite the courthouse, near Cadman Plaza. Then, I could walk that far, in the cold. Today, forgetaboutit! Incidentally, I was fortunate, as I was able to thumb a ride into Manhattan, and do the same on the way back to Brooklyn. Everybody was very helpful, and courteous, during those two weeks. I remember the Sanitation Dept. strike of 1968. Fortunately, it occurred during the cold weather. However, the NYC Daily News showed a cartoon of the Statue of Liberty holding its nose. Last, I remember the Bridge Strike of 1971. Specifically, there was one bridge in Brooklyn, on the Belt Parkway (before Canarsie), which has a span to open to barges. It appeared that the strikers tampered with the mechanism to lower that barge, and it was left open, preventing traffic from moving on the Belt Parkway. In any event, I was wondering if any Brooklynites, have any memories of the various strikes which I mentioned, or others, which I may have omitted?

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