After a legal battle that dragged on for more than four decades, a group of Cleveland railroad workers and their heirs will be sharing a multi-million-dollar award. ideastream’s David C. Barnett says it’s the surprising conclusion of a story that has its roots in the rise and fall of a corporate giant.

It was six years ago when Virginia McNabb took the stand to testify on behalf of her father, who died in 1989. He had worked in Cleveland-area rail yards his entire career, and was part of a group of workers who sued the Penn Central Transportation company. They claimed the company had cheated them out of seniority and healthcare benefits. McNabb reads her own words from the court transcript.

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