Labor of love

They’ve resolved the transit strike in Philadelphia with a decisive union vote, and I was a bit surprised to read this line from the union boss: “The work stoppage began at 3 a.m. on Nov. 3 and left city bus, trolley, and subway riders scrambling for alternatives. Many crowded onto jammed Regional Rail trains; others were stranded with no way to get to work.

The lack of warning infuriated riders, and union president Willie Brown later acknowledged that the timing had been bad.”
He didn’t apologize–that would probably be considered bad labor politics–but he did acknowledge that a strike is more than politics.  It affects a person’s daily life.  And people miss that about transit generally–that when we make decisions about whether to maintain and/or improve transit, we change people’s lives.

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