In December 1971, the longest labor dispute in United States history came to an end when a settlement was reached in the Florida East Coast Railway strike. It began in January 1963, and was viewed nationally as a test case of railway labor work rules. Hopes for an early conclusion faded, however, as each side dug in for a fight to the bitter end.2 Strife was not new to the troubled history of the FEC; it had been an object of controversy for many years, and possibly the violence-torn decade of the 1960s might have been avoided if it had been merged with a major trunk line. Instead, it became an independent line controlled by a subsidiary of the Florida duPont interests. The question of control was one of the basic issues which confronted those concerned with the complex bankruptcy proceedings that involved the line in the late 1940s.
Stoesen, Alexander R.
"Road from Receivership: Claude Pepper, the Dupont Trust, and the Florida East Coast Railway,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 52
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol52/iss2/4