watching the bus drive by
First off, will there be a strike? It's amazing to me how many people I have spoken with recently who have been scared into believing a strike was imminent. Despite the fact that the two sides didn't mutually agree to the state factfinders report (which by the way has never happened in previous negotiations) nobody has said a strike was about to happen this weekend. Yes, the union drivers have made noise about striking if negotiations fail, but they never said it was going to happen anytime soon and this is still considered early in the process. The drivers have gone on strike four times in the 45 year history of the Port Authority: for 3 days in wildcat strike in 1971, for 7 days in 1973, 5 days in 1976 and 28 days in 1992. Works out almost exactly to an average of a day per year. I doubt they feel any more empowered to strike this time around than in any of the regular rounds of labor negotiations. People lose perspective, this happens every few years. Why does it seem like a much bigger deal this time is a great question. More politics involved this time for sure, but one of my answers is that the Port Authority's upper Management and fellow travelers have spent a lot more time and effort on PR this time around. Think about that some.
For those worried about an extended strike. The longest local transit strike in recent history was not against the Port Authority at all, but a 56 day strike against the then-privately owned Pittsburgh Railways Co. in 1956.Anyway... I'll leave it at that. I have a lot more transit stuff that has been building up since I figured it only made sense to see what happened with the factfinders report. But it ought to be a quiet week on the transit-news front now that we are passed that. Maybe I will make this 'transit week' for posts. Assuming Pat Ford does not pop up in the news some more that is.