Get on the Bus

One transit worker buckles up for a long, bumpy ride in her daily strike journal

One of our guys fires back: "You guys just walk out on a building. We're walking out on 200,000 people."

The room quiets down for a moment, and the IBEW man shakes his head and says, "Nothing good can come out of a strike if they're long. If they settle with you, you sure know it won't be retro."

Seconds later, an elderly gentleman walks in. He looks gingerly around the room. "I was out for almost two years during the Austin Hormel strike. I was mayor of Austin at the time. I'm retired and I just got off volunteering on the picket line. What else can I do?"

Good question. He gets rustled off to the business office without a moment to lose.


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