Thursday, December 22, 2005

Could the strike be over?

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 has, indeed, gone on strike. After postponing the deadline for several days, the workers walked off the job early Tuesday morning which meant that most of us in Queens have not bothered to go to work since then. To get to work, we would have to either a) walk; b) take a cab that has at least 4 people in it (per NYC strike guidelines) and wait in tons of traffic, or; c) Take a cab to one of the non-MTA-run train systems and wait in long lines. You can see why we decided to not work. Tom and I, instead, have spent hours watching movies, drinking and napping. I feel like I am getting away with something having time off on the weekdays. It’s like when you were a kid and snow kept you from going to school... Ok, so that never happened to me because I grew up in San Diego County, but you get the point. Unexpected vacations are fun!

But, alas, our time for fun and games is coming to an end. A mediator has gone between the two sides and has gotten the union leaders to agree to go back to work while negotiations continue. The proposal still has to be approved by the union’s executive board, but NYC can expect the transit workers to be back on the job as soon as tonight. Thank Dog- I still have holiday shopping to do.

In the meantime, I luckily have found a job to keep me occupied this afternoon. I am doing background work on a little HBO series called “The Sopranos.” The studio is in Queens, so I can easily take a cab there.

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