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The Nation

March 17, 1986

Philadelphia buses, trolleys and subways stopped running as thousands of mass-transit workers went on strike, shutting down public transportation for 440,000 daily riders in the nation's fifth-largest city. About 5,100 operators, cashiers and maintenance workers, whose contract had expired at midnight Friday, walked out after weekend-long negotiations over wages and work conditions with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority failed.

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