A rail strike in New York City's northern suburbs forced 95,000 commuters to find another way to get to work Friday, and a railroad strike in Chicago disrupted evening rush-hour service despite a bill signed by President Reagan to impose a settlement.
The New York-area employees returned to work under court order hours after the strike began. Legislation to force the Chicago workers to do the same was passed by Congress on Friday afternoon, but not in time to prevent a delayed evening rush hour.
Refusal to Work Overtime
The strike by 780 track workers on New York's Metro-North Commuter Railroad was prompted by the suspension of 37 employees Tuesday for refusing to work overtime, the Teamsters Union said. It said forcing tired workers to continue on the job could be dangerous.
Other unions quickly honored the Teamsters' picket lines, shutting down the line and catching morning commuters in Connecticut and New York's northern suburbs without warning.