Here we go again. A strike has been called for May 22nd which will shut down the public transportation system up here. Once again, it is the janitorial workers who will cause it. 2000 floor moppers have the power to disrupt a system that transports a million people a day. 2000 floor moppers who currently make $22-$25 an hour. From what I can tell, the union and the city are about 2 % away from agreement on a contract. ( the city is offering 8% over 5 years, the union wants 6% in three years.) It looks like the city is offering more, but since it's over a period of 5 years, the union is balking.
I watched one of these guys mopping the metro station floor yesterday. I've never seen anyone move so slowly. It was difficult for me to suppress my rage. I've got nothing against a fair wage, but ANYONE can do that job, so why is it that they are guaranteed work for life at a constantly increasing wage? And why do they have the power to shut down a very important part of the economic engine up here? I'm sorry, but that's too much power.
The moment I heard the news yesterday, I reserved a car in case they can't avert the strike. Last time they struck, I lost $500 from lost work. This time, it'll just be the $200 for the rental car.