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MTA and Union Could Both Strike Out

November 04, 2003

Unless both sides come together to end the transit strike soon, it will be too late to declare anyone a winner. Union leaders may soon find that they have succeeded in winning a few extra dollars for their members at the cost of any public support for them in the future. And the Metropolitan Transportation Authority may discover that what it loses in support from the public while its buses and trains sit idle would have been worth more in the long run than any savings from its bargaining position.

This city needs a functional transportation system. Dealing with inconvenience for a week or two is one thing, but asking us to put up with this kind of nuisance for any longer could seriously threaten people's livelihoods.

Fred Gaines

Chairman, Valley Industry

and Commerce Assn., Encino

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