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Passenger rail is making a bit of a resurgence in Florida, but a half-century ago railroads played a far more important role in moving both cargo and people around the Sunshine State. So a 1963 labor union strike against the Florida East Coast Railroad was a major disruption, one that didn’t end until a court order on this date 51 years ago finally resolved the nearly decade-old work stoppage. The strike led to various incidents of violence, including shooting and bombings, as striking union members opposed workers brought in to replace them. The court ruling on December 19, 1971, ended most aspects of the strike – just in time for interstate highways to become the dominant path for transportation to and around Florida.

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