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Bus Strike Strands Commuters on Oahu

August 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The public transportation system for Honolulu and the rest of Oahu came to a halt when the union representing 1,300 bus workers went on strike, stranding tens of thousands of commuters on Hawaii's most populous island.

Representatives of the workers and Oahu Transit Services Inc. negotiated behind closed doors for more than nine hours but failed to come to an agreement by the deadline.

Transit workers are seeking higher wages and benefits, demands that the company says it is unable to grant because the bus system faces a budget shortfall of $6.8 million.

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