am New York reports that transit strike constract arbitration will start tomorrow, which is crazy. Because we're in the throes of crazy heat and stuffy subway platforms, and when the strike was on, it was cool (cold over the bridge) and we were holiday shopping. Nice for the MTA and TWU to work together so well and get this thing locked up quickly. Remember when the TWU members rejected the contract? And then the MTA wanted to settle the contract with arbitration? And then the TWU tried to get the old contract passed, but the MTA wasn't having it? And the strike itself? Ah, memories.

This contract arbitration will be binding. For better or for worse, neither MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow or TWU President Roger Toussaint will be present.