'Twas the night of the transit negotiations,
and all through the big city,
not a straphanger (or bus rider) was calm,
'cause a strike would be damn gritty.
So, it's the end of your work day and the MTA and Transit Workers Union are still engaged in intense negotiations at the Grand Hyatt right by Grand Central. (Have you seeing rallying workers?) And, uh, Newsday reports that the talks are "going nowhere." How about "...going nowhere except for a resolution at 00:00:59?" We have been enjoying the photographs from the 1980 transit strike, but it doesn't seem like they had a rainy day to deal with! Both sides are willing to negotiate on wages, but pensions are one of the wildcards.
Check out the Transit Workers Union's blog - here's what they'll do in case of a strike (for instance, for stations: "Chain and lock each STATION TURNSTILE at 12:01 a.m. STAIRWAY GATES and HIGH GATES shall remain open to allow passengers to leave the system). And we've put up the transit strike clock in the column (look LEFT!). This is certainly more climactic than New Year's!
Our work hasn't discussed "contingency plans," but we hear that some larger companies are suggesting biking and carpooling. Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz is opening up Borough Hall to commuters, for the potty, coffee, or rest (via digital brooklyn). Neworkology tells us that 35% of cabbies may stay home tomorrow, if there's a strike. And if you have a special unlimited and/or unlimited Holiday Metrocard, don't fear - the MTA will extend it for however long a strike is (via Dan Dickinson).