Tuesday, April 13, 2004

So the Twin Cities bus strike is (tentatively) over, according to the Star-Tribune. As far as I could determine, this strike revolved around bus drivers, the vast majority of whom make more than Matter-Eater Wife and I do combined, objecting to increased costs of their health plan, for which they pay less than either Matter-Eater Wife and I do, and putting a very great many people who can only dream of making what the drivers do, or who are disabled or poor and can only get from point A to B via bus, at tremendous disadvantage.

Are you detecting, perhaps, a lack of sympathy? I knew you could.

"No details of the agreement" are being revealed. If this strike is anything like the clerical workers' strike we had at the University last fall, that means the union leadership will hold a press conference to crow about how great a deal they've gotten and how the strike was a rousing success, and then it will turn out that, basically, the union members don't really get anything that will make up for six weeks without paychecks.

And, of course, there's this:

    Projected savings from suspending bus service amounted to about $5 million. Some of that money will be used to meet the terms of the new agreement, Pawlenty said, but he denied the strike had been prolonged in order to increase the size of the pot.

What's that saying about rivers in Egypt?

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