Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bus Strike In Milwaukee

This will be interesting, especially with one of the larges festivals in the U.s. is happening right now.
From jsonline, Milwaukee:
Bus drivers for the Milwaukee County Transit System will go on strike for 72 hours beginning Wednesday morning, union leaders and transit system officials said after an all-day mediation effort Tuesday failed to break an impasse on a new labor contract.
No additional talks are scheduled this week.
All MCTS service will end at 3 a.m. Wednesday when drivers and mechanics intend to stop work and begin walking picket lines, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 President James Macon said Tuesday.
Drivers are expected to return to work Saturday, Macon said.
Tens of thousands of Milwaukee County residents will be scrambling to find a way to get to jobs, medical appointments, grocery stores, Summerfest and Friday's lakefront fireworks, a transit system spokesman said. The company will not replace drivers with managers or others in the interim.
The strike's effect on attendance and business at Summerfest will depend on how long it lasts, said Don Smiley, chief executive officer of Milwaukee World Festival Inc.
About 15% to 20% of Summerfest attendees travel to the festival on MCTS buses, as do many of the festival's employees, especially hundreds of workers ages 16-17, Smiley said at a news conference Tuesday evening.

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