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August 24, 2013

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The question drew differing opinions probably best explained by two veteran employees of the railroad, Engineer Mark Finch, a 55-year-veteran and the “second oldest man in service in Oneonta,” and Signalman Harry Congdon, a veteran of 47 years serving with the line.

Mr. Finch, who is engineer on a local that travels into Delaware County from Oneonta, is sure that there will be no strike.

Instead, he says, he is sure that President Kennedy will throw the matter into the hands of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Mr. Congdon is equally sure there will be a strike because the time has run “too short” to avert it and expressed worry over the men out of work. His most pointed comment concerned the 35,000 men the work rules change would make jobless and pointed out that most of these men have been railroad men “all their lives.”

“They don’t know how to do anything else,” he said.

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